HtCC – Wet Weather Necessities

If your Twitter time line is anything like mine, this week, all you’ll have read is “OMG ITS RAINING AGAIN” or “LOL LOL LOL HOW CAN WE STILL BE IN A DROUGHT LOOK AT THE RAIN” (Don’t understand how we can be in the wettest drought? This article from Channel 4 explains it).

I’ve actually been quite happy about the rain – I bought these short wellies from Primark a month or so ago, but the weather hasn’t been completely horrible to justify wearing them without people giving you a bit of side eye. Whatev, my feet are dry. They remind me of these Mel booties, although I prefer the Primark bow. When the weather was starting to turn horrible a week or so ago, I looked at the broken brolly I was using and quickly placed an order with Amazon for a new one. Thanks to my Prime account, it was delivered the next day – I bought this Susino umbrella* for about £12, and I love it because I like clear umbrellas, its not a dome shape (so I can share with other people!) and it has a button to automatically open. That was exciting when I was 8 and had a little red umbrella, and its not gotten any less exciting as I’ve gotten older.

I’ve blogged before about raincoats, but I thought I’d share some cute wellies and umbrellas, because lets face it, we live in the UK, you need a decent umbrella at the very least.

1. Fulton Lulu Guinness bunting via Amazon, £22.95* – 2. Fulton spotted via Amazon* – 3. Small London via Cath Kidston, £20* – 4. Small black frills via Dorothy Perkins, £8* – 5. Rainbow via Amazon, £6.99* – 6. Red spotted via Cath Kidston, £28* – 7. Claremont poppys via Radley, £30*

1. Tommy Hilfiger via Zalando, £90 * - 2. Joules via Zalando, £64.99 * - 3. Cath Kidston, £38 * - 4. Hunter via Amazon, £55 * (approx – price varies on colour) - 5. Joe Browns, £24.95 * - 6. Wedge Welly via Amazon, £42.94 * - 7. Ted Baker, £75 *

HtCC: Uniqlo

Uniqlo isn’t a brand that I’ve paid much attention to before. I know a few people who swear by their basics, but I only visited their site for the first time this week after reading about how they are pledging help towards those affected by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.

It was nice to see that besides the basics that are raved about, Uniqlo have a few collaborations on at the moment. The one I noticed straight away was the collaboration with Antoni and Alison, who have for the first time allowed access to their archives and allowed Uniqlo to recreate some of their more iconic slogans.

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The other collection I noticed straight away was of course the Cath Kidston* one. This collection is being sold to raise money for the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning

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HtCC – Tweed Blazers

Whenever I think of tweed, I think of my friend Julian. He loves tweed. Even his site design is tweedy! It seems like tweed is fashionable this autumn (well…its supposed to be autumn, but as I type this, I’ve got a long cardi, my fingerless mittens on and a snood on and I’m still cold!)

Heres a few of my favourite tweedy blazers – I’d wear mine with a white blouse, jeans, and some calf length flat boots.

Jack Wills isn’t normally a store I’d venture into – they’re quite overpriced for a shop which mainly sells hoodies and joggers. £110 for a duvet cover* (not even a set!) £3.50 for a big marker pen*? For a shop aimed at university students, the pricing is a bit ridiculous.

However! This “Coldwell Tweed Blazer*” is quite cute – I like the cut and it looks like it is longer than the rest but at £229, its going to be staying on the wishlist for now.

If the Jack Wills jacket was a bit overpriced, then this Admiral Tweed Jacket* from Cath Kidston for £245 is even further down the list. This is less tweedy looking though, and more like a wool jacket. I love the little brooches on the lapels, but not enough love to spend that much!

Unusually, it seems that Topshop has the more affordable versions here. This blazer has velvet trims all over, and even elbow patches! At only £70, its a bit of a bargain compared to the rest! Annoyingly though, this is a “shrunken” blazer – meaning its probably even more tiny than the usual Topshop offerings.

It feels wrong, but this blazer is probably my favourite out of the four blazers here. Not only is it Topshop, but its from the Kate Moss range. Again though, its “shrunken”, so will be too short for me to wear. £120 isn’t a bad price though, and the turquoise satin lining is gorgeous!

It seems I’m still going to be on the hunt for a decently priced well fitting blazer for me. Bah!

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