Ok, ok so I kind of went shopping today on the premise of having a scout out for Christmas presents. Sort of. Unfortunately for my friends and family (thankfully they don't read this blog - charming) I ended up having a very successful shop for yours truly. Maybe if they did read my literary toils I would be more incentivised to buy them stuff. Hah.
Shopping with a 16 week old cantankerous baby can be challenging but not insurmountable. The online option is good but i do spend a lot of time waiting at the post office to return the majority of my buys, as stuff just doesn't fit right unless you try it on. Sucks, but true dat.
Thankfully I have discovered my new kid friendly shopping destination. Loos, lifts and empty changing rooms - Canary Wharf!!! Not just the playground of the corporate kids - it also caters for maternity leave, shopping mad mothers. As long as you time it right and avoid rush hour and lunch time you basically have the place to yourself and the shops are AMAZING! Whistles, Cos, Zara, Topshop, Sandro, Maje, Karen Millen, Mac, Bimba Y Lola, Banana Republic........holy shit!!
I was a woman on a mission to get in, out, try on everything I scouted out online and avoid being body checked during the lunch time rush (seriously, my husband told me he once stood still in rush hour to see what would happen and he was hit. Several times. I've discovered he bruises easily....)
First up was Whistles and there was loads that I had seen on line including an updated pattern of the Lola dress which I already have in black. Sadly, everything made me look distinctly average in there today and for their prices I want to look like a million dollars. I left deflated but not defeated and ran straight into Cos.
I bloody love Cos. It is just soooo scandic cool. And possibly inspired by the recent series of The Bridge (BBC3 Saturday nights at 9pm -yes, i am in) and @noweare40 doing a very cool fashion piece on its protagonist Saga, I was ready to shop big. The only pitfalls in there are an overuse of linen (creases NEVER look good, especially in the crotch area) and a tendency towards the shapeless sack. Personally I love a sack but my husband, not so much.
I was the only person in the shop for the entire time (unbelievably amazing) and my daughter slept happily in the pram in the changing room lulled by the sophisticated sartorial vibes.
First up was a big, hairy green jumper. I am BEYOND bored of my clothes as whilst I am breast feeding the easiest thing to wear is a baggy jumper over a nursing vest top. I have tried shirts and all manner of other stuff inspired by @dresslikeamum but nothing is as easy. I also refuse to buy designated nursing wear as most of it is rank.
So, brightly coloured knits are right up my street at the moment. This is a fabulous colour which is what instantly piqued my interest. It is also slightly see through and lightweight so although ostensibly a chunky jumper it is not in any way unflattering.
The sleeves are a bit out there as they are tulip shaped but if you aren't feeling it you can always roll them up. Love it, love it, love it. £79 so not the cheapest but just goddam cool and practical. Tak.
My second entirely opportunistic purchase was a pair of wide leg culottes. These are the kind of trousers that I ogle on youthful hipsters whilst cursing my predictable, mumsy skinny jeans. However, these bad boys are such a nice fit and so versatile that I just couldn't resist. They make a change from my usual jeans which I live in at the moment and can do daytime casual, work (when I go back) and evening cool. They are a bit of a change for me as I always do skinny on the bottom half but let's mix it up. I owe it to my child. Not the cheapest either at £79 as well but they do look like quality trousers. 'You buy cheap, you buy twice' (i'm often heard reciting this).
So, get yourselves down there kids. And preferably to the Canary Wharf branch. Take a break from making money to spending it. This is definitely where my strengths lie. COS I'm worth it.