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  I'm very happy with my Mountain Warehouse down jacket but as temperatures turn Winter I'm feeling a cold thigh.  So, to their Florence Womens Long Padded Jacket.  Soft, cosy and, crucially, knee-length.  The joy of a warm, dry thigh is something I didn't previously know I needed.  I also got a Helly Hansen Vos Jacket for the total waterproof.  And a navy blue Masato Jones beanie, treating myself and a stranger, they're currently donating a free beanie to homeless charities for every beanie sold.


  The H&M Pyjama top and leggings.  These pyjamas have an oversized sweatshirt top with a soft brushed inside and jersey leggings, £17.99.  Fine-Knit Jumpers in light blue marl and dark grey marl, £11 each.  Pyjama bottoms in dark grey marl and stars, £9.  Metal Salad Servers £7.  The prices of the jumpers, jammy bottoms and servers reflect the Black Friday sale 20% discount.


  The George Navy Cable Knitted Longline Hooded Jumper, £16, and the H&M Oversized Hooded Top £19.99, two cozy oversized pieces with Winter in mind.


  I've got new favourites, the Ugg Classic Short Leather Waterproof Boot.
  I love Ugg Classics, I've always got at least 4 pairs at any given time:
1. my newest pair...pristine, still in the box unused
2. my best pair...pristine, look box-fresh, worn on suitable dress-up days/occasions
3. everyday good nick but not box-fresh
4. gardening pair...past their best, sometimes even have a hole in the toe.
  The game has now been raised, WATERPROOF.  Classic Uggs are lovely in every way apart from the water seepage.  I've been testing my new Waterproof Uggs, I've worn them in the wet grass, in the rain, damn, I've even sprayed water on them with the garden hose at the back door to get grass clippings and mud off the soles.  They're good.  The Ugg website doesn't give care instructions for this waterproof leather though, so I've asked the question on there, and await their answer at time of blogging here.
  The Ugg sizing issue did hold me back from purchasing, I had to do a fair bit of research before going for it.  I now know and can advise.  In all other footwear I'm a 5.  In the Ugg Classic I order a 4.5 or a 4, it's the same size, different online outlets call it either 4 or 4.5.  This is because of some thing about...different countries and labels on boxes, it doesn't matter, don't even trouble yourself about it.  If you're a size 5, order either a 4 or a 4.5, whatever the particular online shop is calling it.  That's the advice for the old style suede-finish Classic.  However, the Leather Waterproof Classic is true to size, if you're a size 5 in footwear, order a 5 or a's that old different countries/labels on boxes thing again.  The 5 and the 5.5 are the same thing.  I tried to explain this as clearly as I could, in case anyone's still not got it:
  Old style classic - whatever your normal everyday shoe size is, buy one size down or the one half size down, whichever your chosen outlet is offering
  New waterproof leather classic - whatever your normal everyday shoe size is, buy that size or the one half size up, whichever your chosen outlet is offering.  Right, got it? good.


  Sorted for Boyfriend fit jeans I got myself some skinnies.  The H&M Skinny Fit Trousers, all down in price; in Light Denim Blue Washed £7, Denim Blue £8 and in Light Blue, down to £8, bargain.  The H&M Fitted Jacket in black dogtooth is neat, £24.99.  Picked up this H&M Lightweight Sweatshirt too, it's a lovely relaxed fit and drapes just right.  The Diesel S-CLEVER LOW W black Leather Sneakers with branded pull tab, was £100, down to £40.


  A few treats for me, mostly because I'm cautiously adding a bit more colour to my wardrobe, ok, it's very cautiously.  There are more blues and some grey and really branching out to beige and off-white...easy does it.  H&M Fine-Knit Jumper in marl blue.  H&M Fine-Knit Jumper in beige stripe.  H&M V-Neck Jumper in dark blue.  H&M V-Neck Satin Vest Top in dark blue.  H&M Girlfriend Regular Jeans in blue with a raw hem (bragging rights, they're size 4).  Boohoo Petite Mid Wash Classic Mom Jeans in mid blue.  Wee tiny Petite size 4 Naples Ankle Grazer Trousers from Dorothy Perkins.  The Boohoo Star Repeat Print T-Shirt. Boohoo Star Print Sweat + Jogger Set because I'm always looking for a comfy lounging around jimjam sweat.  Also, I couldn't resist the ASOS DESIGN lounge oversize star print sweat, it's big, it's starry, it's very EU remain.


  Bum Bags are back.  Well mine never went away further than the walk-in-wardrobe and I've got my 1980's black leather Bum Bag out again.  It's in remarkably good condition, I'll keep it for the dog walking because new Bum Bags have been acquired.  The ASOS Design Leather Classic Bum Bag, black leather with silvertone metalwear, simple everyday classic.  The Karl Lagerfeld Ikonik Bumbag, the Depeche Studded Leather Bum Bag and the Boohoo Real Leather Basic Pocket Front Bumbag, another for the dog walking.


  New favourite smart trousers, the H&M Pull-On Cigarette Trouser, in the check, the black and the black with side stripe.  Other H&M items I like: the H&M Sweatshirt in light grey marl.  H&M Sweatshirt with dolman sleeves, it's dark grey.  H&M Cotton Shirt in light blue stripe and the black and white check.  H&M Loose Knit Jumper in natural white with dark blue stripe.  H&M Fine-Knit Top and Fine-Knit Joggers, both in grey marl patterned.  And my new favourite trainer, the New Look Black Canvas Stripe Sole Trainers.


  Summery bottom stuff.  The Dorothy Perkins Petite Black ‘Eden’ Super Soft Cropped Jegging is the cropped version of my favourite jegging, really nice, comfortable and cool.  I've had to buy new shorts...because I now wear a size 6.  The Dorothy Perkins Ice Blue Denim Shorts and the H&M Denim Shorts Boyfriend in light denim blue.  H&M Girlfriend Regular Jeans in denim blue.  Petite Blue Ripped Knee Slim Leg Tori Mom Jeans from New Look and Dotty P Midwash ‘Mom’ High Rise Tapered Jeans.  And some starry lounging around soft as Grey Super Soft Star Print Top and Grey Super Soft Star Print.  See when DP calls them "super soft", that's because they're THE softest fabric ever, so lovely.


  I'm now kitted out for drenchy rainy days.  I've finally found a rain-proof trouser I can live with.  The H&M Outdoor Trousers, stretchy in water-repellent, breathable functional fabric.  They are so soft, comfortable and non-bulky.  I can even wear them over jeggings for extra warmth without them making me look fat.  And the premium quality H&M Shell Ski Jacket. Shell jacket in windproof, waterproof, breathable functional fabric with taped seams, waterproof zips and a hood with a reinforced peak and elasticated drawstring.


  Purchased with photography in mind.  I can't find a dedicated camera bag I like, they're too bulky and heavy.  This is very light with loads of pockets, spacious enough to hold several lenses plus the camera.  I can wear it across body comfortably without being hindered or feeling encumbered.  This is the Kipling Women's Fairfax Large Shoulder Bag.  I like it.  I immediately removed the monkey, I've never liked the Kipling monkey.


  Oh, these are nice, more see-through than the photo shows, there's a solid short with a (very fine) mesh trouser leg and the pretty broderie trim.  H&M Wide Broderie-trim Trousers, were £34.99, down to £15.  The new blues on the nails are from H&M too, Moonchild and Lapis Lazuli, £3.99 each.


  H&M have recently been pressured into relabeling/resizing their women's garments in a vanity-sizing type way, that along with my recent return to mere-slip-of-a-girl status and the fact that their sizing was always a bit all-over-the-place anyway, has led to much consternation and faffing about with ordering multiple sizes of same garments.  I'm currently an Extra Small in some of their stuff, a 6 in tops, a 6 in trousers but a 10 in their frocks, to accommodate my still impressive breasts, though they fit in the size 6 tops.  Their sizing is not uniform.  Here are my picks for Summer tops/coverups.  The Tie-hem Viscose Blouse £12.99.  Cotton Shirt in black check £12.99.  Tie-front V-neck Blouse in the snake print, £14.99.  Broderie Anglaise Blouse in white, £14.99.  Crêpe Blouse, was £17.99, down to £8.  Loose-knit Cardigan £8.99.  Strappy Top £12.99.  All obtained with a healthy 15% discount code.


  From ASOS, I love this Petite Cardigan in Crop with Loop Stitch, was £50, down to £25, beautiful blue colour.  And the Pretty Little Thing Basic V Neck T-Shirt Dress in black, £8.


  Staying cozy with a Boohoo Petite Fluffy Knit Jumper £13.50, down from £18.  A light Hooded Jacket from H&M for dog walking in the better weather later in the year, £19.99.


  More about the dog walking.  Warm socks.  These "5 Pairs Womens Socks Wool Thermal Warm Knitting Ladies Socks for Winter" from Amazon, £8.99, are comfy, cozy and wash well, I like them.  As well as an ankle sock I wear an over-the-knee sock over the top of my jeggings.  I've tried a load of the long socks, but found the best Winter warm ones on eBay, being sold by someone by the name of light_hm.  Really thick cable, really thigh-high long, I got the dark grey and the black, £4.33 a pair.  Search for "Extra Long Thigh High Socks Over The Knee OTK Women School Girl Boot Cable LH".


  (Nearly) all about the dog walking, keeping warm and dry.  The Swell Ezra Windbreaker Jacket is rain and wind proof, was £54.99, down to £21.99 at Surfdome.  The Tog24 Craven Waterproof Packaway Jacket, £30, down from £75.  H&M Fleece Outdoor Jacket, £24.99.  The Forclaz Travel 500 Women's Wool Long-Sleeved T-Shirt, made from Marino Wool, £19.99 at Decathlon.  However, it's not all about the dog walking, to celebrate the tremendous return to slip-of-a-girl status there's the H&M Slip Dress, £14.99.  H&M Crepe Blouse £12.99.  Forever 21 Sheer-Trim Woven Top, £14.  Forever 21 Sheer Combo Top, £17.  Forever 21 Round Neck Ts, £6 each.  The H&M Izzy Bizu Quilted Jacket with a hood, was £29.99, down to £12.