41 In Style

An Explosion of Colours

In my last post, I went classic all in black and navy.  Today, I’m feeling the zest of a shiny brand new year and I’m wearing an explosion of colours.  I like to be unpredictable, style-wise.  Just when you think I might zig, I zag.  In this particularly colourful ‘zag,’ I’m wearing a coat which I have since returned.  I’ve been looking for a bright patchwork faux fur coat for about a year.  I want one that is really REALLY colourful, like a unicorn wrapped in a rainbow seen through a prism.  This one was close, but just not right.  I wanted more of my favourite colours in there.  I don’t wear orange or yellow clothing (admit it, my hair looks pretty vile with the yellow, doesn’t it?).  I love the turquoise and cobalt and black, but I need some red or fuchsia or some of ‘my’ other colours in it.  Plus, the sleeves were too short for Miss Monkey Arms here.   That’s the trouble when you buy from a Chinese website; even when you buy a size L, they are not making things for a Western L!  So back went the coat, and my search continues for a rainbow faux fur confection.  I’ve even gone so far to contact an Etsy seller who makes faux fur rainbow children’s toys to see if she could make me a coat with her materials (she can’t).  The lengths I go to, honestly!

SheIn colours coat

The reason why I decided to even bother putting it on the blog is that when I put this coat on my Instagram stories video, most people LOVED it because the coat is so photogenic.  It photographs much better than it looks in real life.  Surprisingly, when we photographed it out in the street near my house, people stopped me to rave over how much they loved the coat… both properly crazy people and normal people!  I had a few fleeting moments of thinking maybe I wouldn’t send it back, but I would rather hold out and find one that I really love.  The colours of this coat work so well with a necklace I have, so I thought, why not, I’ll put it on the blog anyway.  Isn’t the necklace amazing?  I discovered this Belgian jewellery designer, Reina (soreina.beyoux on Instagram) through my friend Greet (journeyofastylist).   Reina’s jewellery is all made from Swarovski crystals; this particular piece had my name all over it.  I thought the orange was going to be red (as you may know, red and pale turquoise blue is my absolute favourite colour combination) but I still like it with the orange, and when you wear it with red, it looks red.

Orange and blue colours necklace

Since I am clearly in More Is More, Less Is A Bore mode with this outfit, I wore these insane new sunglasses from my favourite cheap and cheerful brand, ZeroUV.  They look yellow, orange, red, or black, depending on the light (I now want them in every colour they come in).  Like the necklace, I adore them with this coat.  I’m really hoping I don’t regret sending this coat back!  If you want to look like you are wearing the cast of Monsters Inc. in a coat, full shopping details are credited under the last photo.

Orange coloured sunnies

black glasses colour

ALL the colours! Hairy coat: SheIn   Necklace: SoReina.BeYoux   Sunglasses: ZeroUV Rimless Flat Lens  Photography: LottieAnderson

Happy New Year to all of you, sparkly readers.  If you’d like to make sure you see what other  things I wear in 2017, be sure to subscribe at the very bottom of the page and you’ll get a dose of virtual glitter (not the kind that stays in your carpet) in your Inbox.

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    RetroChicMama
    January 2, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    This is the perfect start to the year Lisa, you star! Don’t ever change lady you’re fabulous xxx
    p.s. I might have to get those sunnies ????

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      Lisa
      January 2, 2017 at 10:24 PM

      Thank you, my lovely. Get the sunnies! I want them in every colour. The pale blue is to die for. xx

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    Virginia
    January 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    It could be that you’ve experienced the best of the coat already. I think it’s fine that you remain on the hunt. Speaking of hunting, the main thing I learned from Downton Abbey is this: Women over 40 (and 50 and 60 and 70 and 80) look fabulous in fur. I know you will always choose faux, and it looks just as smashing.

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      Lisa
      January 2, 2017 at 10:23 PM

      I’m sure you’re right; the thrill of the chase is the best part sometimes 🙂 Thank you, Virginia! xx

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    Susan B
    January 2, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    The coat is fun, but I’d vote to hold out for THE One. The colorful faux fur seems to be trending still, and you may have luck in the next couple of seasons. And that necklace…wow, gorgeous!!

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:21 PM

      Thanks Susan! My rainbow coat and I will find each other, eventually! The necklace is ridiculously gorgeous, isn’t it? I can’t get enough of it. xx

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    Emma Peach
    January 3, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I love the coat Lisa! It’s definitely better to hold out for the perfect one though. I have long arms too – they are often referred to in our house as “mummy’s long monkey arms”. The necklace is stunning – red and turquoise is one of my favourite colour combinations too. Happy New Year!!!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:18 PM

      I’m sure I’ll find the right rainbow coat in my future! Thank so much, Emma, and Happy New Year to you too! xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    January 3, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    This was a highly entertaining post. Indeed such a coat will be a hell of a conversation piece and not for the faint hearted. I trust you to pull that off. Easily. I love how it shows in these pictures but I get why you sent it back. I always buy so much while chasing something else. You are better.
    The necklace is very beautiful and I would have given it front stage. Like on a black dress or a light blue dress. To shine and get all the attention. But I am not a more is more girl. There have to be differences otherwise the world gets boring. It does go very well with the coat, I admit that.
    The sunglasses are fun.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:15 PM

      Thanks so much, Greetje! I’ve worn the necklace with a red cardigan coat, and it was wonderful with that as well. It adds a lot to a basic outfit, but I couldn’t resist the perfect match with this obnoxious coat 😀 xx

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    Nancy
    January 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Wow! What a color explosion! That’s a bright way to start the new year right? Love the necklace.

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      Thanks so much, Nancy! xx

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    jodie filogomo
    January 3, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Well, that coat certainly is a stand out—but I bet you can find another that fits better in the arms! Although I would never think that the yellow looks bad with your hair!
    I truly think everything looks just wonderful…in fact, I’d wear it in a second!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      Thanks so much Jodie! I’m glad you like it all. Maybe YOU need the coat? xx

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    Joanna
    January 3, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Oh…my..gracious! That is one colourful coat. Do you always dress so colourfully? I love the sunnies though. So fun!
    I’m a new follower.

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:12 PM

      It is QUITE colourful, isn’t it? No, I definitely don’t always dress so colourfully, but I do sometimes 🙂 Thank you, Joanna, and thank you for following! xx

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    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    January 3, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    “Miss Monkey Arms”… I’m crying over here Lisa, that’s almost exactly what Keefy calls me with my long thin twiglets arms!! ????????

    I totally agree with you that the yellow isn’t quite right, so although it looks fabulous on the blog and Insta, I’m kinda glad you’ve sent it back in the hopes that you’ll find the perfect one. But BOY do those colours look good on screen, especially with those crazy gorgeous sunglasses and that TDF necklace!!

    Catherine x

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      Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
      January 3, 2017 at 6:05 PM

      Hmmmm all those ?????? were meant to be the “crying with laughter” emoji!

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      Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 8:11 PM

      Thanks, Catherine! In person, it looks a little like those 1970s troll dolls… remember those!? xx

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    Jessica
    January 3, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    The coat looks great with that necklace! It is a statement coat.
    http://tresfly.blogspot.com/

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      Lisa
      January 4, 2017 at 8:19 AM

      Thanks Jessica! xx

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    Michelle
    January 4, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    I absolutely love it, but get why you sent it back. When on a mission to find ‘the one’ if it isn’t perfect, then it’s wrong. I’m loving those glasses. I popped over to their website – that was over and hour ago!
    Keep hunting, I can’t wait to see what you’ll find next.
    Michelle xx

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      Lisa
      January 4, 2017 at 8:18 PM

      You’re so right; it is isn’t perfect, it feels wrong. The glasses website is killer, everything is reasonable quality and seriously cheap. You actually cannot imagine how many sunglasses I have from them! xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    January 4, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    YOU ARE FUN!
    EXPECTING TONS OF GLITTER FROM YOU this YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Lisa
      January 4, 2017 at 8:16 PM

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I will glitter as mightily as I can! xx

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    Anna Parkes
    January 4, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    The coat is adorable and yet if it’s not the right combo for you Lisa, then well done for returning it. Likewise I love that sparkly necklace, so well done to Greetje too. And those crazy sunglasses, what a fab idea. You’re a woman after my own heart re the zig/zag – I hate to be predicatable style-wise.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2017!
    Anna
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

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      Lisa
      January 5, 2017 at 12:35 PM

      Thank you so much, Anna! Happy 2017 to you as well; I can’t wait to see what you get up to this year! xx

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    Sarah Bell
    January 6, 2017 at 9:20 PM

    Such a gorgeous, colorful, and fabulous sweater! It caught my eye immediately and it’s the perfect outfit to start off the new year with 🙂 Happy Weekend, gorgeous!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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      Lisa
      January 8, 2017 at 1:34 PM

      Thank you Sarah! It went back, but I enjoyed it for a day. I’ll find The Perfect One eventually… xx

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    angela
    January 8, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    you do totally own this coat when you wear it. But you’ll never love it like the mythical one you seek. This has happened to me tons of times i pursue something then when I get it I’m lm slightly deflated as its not as fabulous as when its the elusive vision in my head. Actually not just clothes this happens with men I date too!! happy new year lovely lisa xx

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      Lisa
      January 8, 2017 at 2:35 PM

      Thank you, Angela! I’ll probably have to have something custom made to get anything near my mythical unicorn coat. As with dating, you’re quite right… the expectation and the reality are often very different animals! Happy New Year, gorgeous. xx

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    Sheela Goh
    January 8, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Now that’s a technicolour dream coat I could very well see myself in, Lisa 🙂 but yes, I concur. The sleeves are too short and that particular fluorescent-esque shade of yellow is rather nasty on just about everyone. Save for supermodels, of course, you know, with the word “super” in their monikers, they could pull off anything. Hate them. Anyway, I’ve been on the prowl for a rainbow shaggy number myself, taking my time since the occasion arises but few and far between here in Houston. I remember seeing a really pretty one on ASOS but the palette was blush pinks, light silver, ivory and dove grey. Not quite technicolour.

    Still you look SPECTACULAR in this, Lisa, really truly spectacular. And I am experiencing serious cravings for your sunnies.

    Happy 2017, my friend, I hope you’ve had nothing but wondrous moments since the start of this new year xoxo

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      Lisa
      January 8, 2017 at 4:28 PM

      Thanks so much, Sheela! Yes, I figured you’d like the sunnies. If you don’t know the ZeroUV website already, then that will be an extremely dangerous place for you to discover. It is a treasure trove of affordable sunglasses, from basic to totally bonkers and in every colour of the rainbow!

      I think I know which ASOS coat you’re talking about. I’ve resigned myself to doing something custom, or else I won’t be happy with it.

      Happy 2017 back to you, sweetie. I can’t wait to see what you get up to this year, lady! xx

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    Patti
    January 8, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Like most of your fans, I do like the coat. I also believe you should LOVE your clothes, so follow your heart. Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      January 9, 2017 at 8:53 AM

      Thanks, Patti! I’ll find the right one eventually. Not gonna settle! xx

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    January 9, 2017 at 1:10 AM

    I really like the coat, but I think it’s great that you are holding out for the “perfect” one. You’ll be happier in the long run. Your necklace is absolutely stunning!

    Happy 2017!

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      Lisa
      January 9, 2017 at 8:55 AM

      Thanks, Andrea. Yeah, I’d rather have the right one; the yellow in this one will always annoy me. Thanks so much, I love the necklace too xx

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    Yvadney @ Mums That Slay
    January 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    As an obsesser of colour, this post is everything. I love it all, the jacket, the necklace and those sunnies are awesome. What a joyful sight on such a wet week. Yvadney x #SaturdayShareLinkUp

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      Lisa
      January 9, 2017 at 9:33 PM

      Thanks so much, Yvadney! I’m so glad you liked it! xx

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    Kat (Kitty and B)
    January 9, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    I respectfully disagree, I think the whole look (yellow included) looks great on you! I am not at all surprised you’ve had so much love for this look! #mumsthatslay

    Kat x

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      Lisa
      January 10, 2017 at 12:08 PM

      Thank you so much, Kat! If it weren’t for the fit, I might have kept it anyway (yellow and all!). I’m glad that you like it all. xx

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