Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Mama likes - working mama style

This is probably one of my favourite work outfits recently - a pencil skirt, slim fit sweater and navy court shoes. And you know what, I'm actually surprised that I like it so much, given it's all pretty conservative for me!

Trench, Burberry; Pencil Skirt, Reiss; Navy court shoes, Via Venise

(tip, if you can get yourself over to Hackney in East London, there is a little street where Pringle, Aquascutum, and Burberry all have their factory outlet stores - so no need to schlep all the way to Bicester Village - and the stock is on average a third off or more.  Time Out article here gives directions, and says 50% off, but that's misleading.  If shopping from out of the EU, don't forget to ask for your tax reclaim paperwork!.  I saw lots of really lovely classic trenchcoats, a definite investment piece, and the investment is all the better when not full price!)

Two-tone navy/wine sweater, Maje; rose-gold watch, Michael Kors

This has been a crazy year for me professionally.  Back in January, I ended my maternity leave and started a new job, having been coaxed away from the company I was with for 5 years to a new role which sounded great on paper and during the several interviews, and then after just five months was made redundant.  In reality, I was practically twiddling my thumbs, as the realities of the new situation and the people I worked for meant that I was doing about a third of what I could have been, should have been and was asking to do.  In these times, redundancy is hardly unusual, but it was a first for me, and despite the assurances that the redundancy had nothing to do with my performance, it's hard not to take it personally to some degree.

After just six weeks, I went into a short-term contract which was super-intense and manic, and which gave me the opportunity to work with a big luxury fashion brand and some amazing people, however after being extended, the contract finally came to an end at the end of October.  It was always going to be short term, yet I do feel like I am in void right now.  It's a very weird feeling, having been working ever since I left university without a gap, bar two maternity leaves (and those were the hardest work of all!).  I am vacillating between wanting to relax, enjoy the time with the kids, the run up to Christmas, and feeling like I should be manically calling and emailing everyone I can think of to secure something new as quickly as possible.  Right now, I am leaning towards the former, together with opening my eyes to opportunities out there.  Maybe I will slip back into a full-time job again, or perhaps something entirely different.  I honestly believe that the right thing will always happen.

Bit deep for a style post, but there we go, just had to get that all off my chest!

Have a wonderful week all, and keep working your style.

Linking up with

Transatlantic Blonde What I Wore Wednesday // The Pleated Poppy What I Wore Wednesday // Because Shanna Said So Random Wednesday //Style Sessions at Style Elixir// Wardrobe Wednesday at Kiwi Womens Style // Fashion Friday at Mummy's Got Style // Fashion Canvas // Walking in Memphis in High Heels// My Fashion Forward Blog//Vodka Infused Lemonade Tres Chic Thursday


  1. Hi there! Visiting you from the Style Elixir link-up, It's nice to read a deep post! I can relate to your life changes, although my kids are older than yours, we just moved to Atlanta after my hubby lost his job in Florida. He jumped on a great opportunity here and we have been happy so far…You are right, things usually work out for the best. Hang in there!

    1. Ah, thank you so much, lovely words, and thanks for stopping by x

  2. Hi Zarouhi, thank you for commenting on So what to Twenty! I can totally relate to your post. I too am transitioning between work. I believe that things always work out for the best. Be encouraged.

  3. Cool back drop and nice dress! Nice to meet you. I am Renae #51 at Agi's hop.


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