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April showers? I’m ready!

An alternate title for this post could be, ‘How I ended up in the children’s section of Marks and Spencer.’

What happened is this: somehow, I tripped across this particular Sies Marjan orange metallic trench coat online, and predictably, I fell in love. My wallet refused to fall in love with the price, so for three months the coat has been gathering virtual dust in my online shopping cart. For a while, I would visit it daily and gaze upon its sparkly wondrous perfection (note the fabulous lapels and the pocket flaps to keep my trinkets safe).  It is my ideal sartorial cocktail– both vintage and modern style in one shiny item.


Retailers eventually put the coat on sale, but the sizes of anything I could fit into sold out quickly. My dream of being the fashion version of a Quality Street orange creme slipped away.


In my sadness and irritation, I googled.  Oh, how I googled! I was certain I would find this sparkling orange cream dream of a coat somewhere on a second hand website. Surely someone with a thicker wallet would buy it and tire of it? No such luck (yet). I did turn up many sparkly shiny jackets, but most were even less wallet friendly than the orange dream. Whilst feverishly googling for metallic and iridescent raincoats (because I was on a mission now, obviously) I found an iridescent SEQUIN RAINCOAT at Marks and Spencer…  maybe a sequin raincoat is even better than a candy wrapper raincoat? The only problem was that it is for children. The largest size was a children’s age 15-16. Never mind that I am going to be 50 in five short months, I ordered it anyway. For £38, I didn’t have a lot to lose. The adorable girl in the photo looks as pleased as punch to be wearing it, and I can’t blame her one bit. I’d be equally pleased if it fit me. It arrived and I actually squealed when I unwrapped it. To the universe, I whispered the mantra, ‘Please let it fit, please let it fit, please let it fit’ as I slipped it on. The universe sometimes delivers because this children’s coat fit… barely. I wanted to photograph it on a drizzly grey day to show a raincoat in its natural habitat, but the universe didn’t deliver that. Instead, we got wall to wall sunshine until about an hour after we finished the photos.


hooded-sequin-raincoat-iridescentThere is even a hood and pockets, see?  Très practical.

Closeup-sequin-coat-iridescentLavender nail polish from the set in this post

street-styleSigns of spring in London– cherry blossoms and building works on my street

Here are some colourful, shiny (or both) jackets I found during my googling, in case you would like some inspiration to pimp up your wardrobe for spring. Some are crazy prices, some are affordable, but all educate the eye into seeing something besides a classic taupe trench. On me, taupe is the colour of misery itself, so bright colour is compulsory. One jacket below is part of a pink metallic velvet suit (I know, the decadence).  It is definitely NOT rainwear, but I couldn’t help but include it 🙂

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  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 10:15 PM

    Classic. I mean seriously…could I love this post more? Erm NO! That was rhetorical obvs 😉

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      March 28, 2019 at 1:05 PM

      Thank you babe! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 xx

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    Tracy Patil
    March 28, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    I honestly love your raincoat the best!! What a bargain. Definitely need something cheery when it’s raining. So cute on you Lisa x

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      March 28, 2019 at 8:10 PM

      I’m so thrilled to hear that Tracy… I still adore the orange one (almost as much as my husband hates it, haha). Thank you lovely lady xx

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    March 28, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Spectacular! And well done on the creative sourcing. I’ve fallen hard for the orange too, but not the price. I’ll keep my eyes open in the girls department.

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      March 28, 2019 at 8:11 PM

      Thanks Mel! Isn’t that orange one just a total dream?! I’m also going to pay more attention to the girls department from now on… xx

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    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    March 28, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    I think this may be one of my favourite ever posts of yours Lisa – the writing, the writing!! So many fabulous phrases: “It is my ideal sartorial cocktail” or “On me, taupe is the colour of misery itself”, for example… just genius. Your posts are always entertaining and SUCH a delight to read.

    Then there’s the raincoat!! I see that the 15-16 is sold out – I think you may have started a thing for grown women to shop in the children’s section, haha! It is, as always, sequinned gorgeousness: it couldn’t have been more perfect for you. It’s a bright sparkly delight on a chilly spring day, I’m so pleased you found an affordable option (though I’ll see if I can scrape together some pennies so we can buy and share the orange cream Quality Street raincoat!!!!!!! 😉

    C x

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      March 28, 2019 at 8:16 PM

      Oh gosh, thank you so much Catherine, I’m thrilled you enjoyed reading it so much!

      I put the raincoat on Instagram stories when I first discovered it, and a few people messaged me to say they were going to try it… I may be on to something here! I’m still hoping that you, my orange queen, and I can find the orange cream dream coat somewhere somehow. Maybe a kickstarter campaign is in order?

      I do think this crazy sequin thing is so unusual; I’ve never seen sequins inside vinyl like this before, but what a good idea. I’m now imagining an evening gown in this material… 🙂 xx

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    March 28, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Ha ha, I I had the same with a patent black trench coat. Only mine didn’t fit! Enjoy that coat!

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      March 28, 2019 at 8:08 PM

      Thanks Nancy! I hope you find your black patent trench dream coat… I’ve seen some beautiful ones lately. xx

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    March 29, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    I think of YOU Often when I see SEQUINS of ANY KIND!!!!!!
    STAY on the HUNT for THAT ORANGE COAT!IT may take a couple of YEARS but DON’t FOR GET IT!KEEP AT IT!
    YOU are a BLOSSOM amongst the TREES!

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      March 29, 2019 at 8:13 PM

      Thank you Elizabeth! Oh I won’t rest until that orange coat is in my closet. I’ll find it one day! xx

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    Suzy Turner
    March 29, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    LOL I just LOVE that you ordered something from the kids department! I often visit the same section in H&M and quite frequently come away with a new jumper or tee. I’ve yet to buy a coat though. However I would have squealed just as loud as you to have received such a gorgeously girlie one in the post! I think it looks bloody brilliant on you…. even in the sunshine!!
    Suzy xx

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      March 29, 2019 at 8:11 PM

      Thank you so much, Suzy! I am truly thrilled with it. It even makes a fabulous clinking sound when you move as the sequins stir around inside the coat, lol! xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    March 29, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    The children’s coat looks absolutely fab on you. This way. As you say it fits barely… are you going to keep it for good weather days and wear it open? Or can you actually zip it up without looking like a sausage?
    Love the orange one too, but indeed too pricey.

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      March 29, 2019 at 8:08 PM

      Thank you Greetje! I can easily zip it, but I do wish it were just a bit longer. I’ve worn in on a few rainy days already and it works a treat. I ADORE the handy hood. I probably won’t wear it much on good weather days, but it was the only day I had free to take photos this week, so I had to roll with it. The orange one is still giving me heart flutters. xx

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    March 29, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    I don’t know what to say!!! I LOVE it. It’s absolutely fabulous and a bargain to boot too. beautiful photos of London in the spring too xxxx

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      March 29, 2019 at 8:03 PM

      Thanks Liz! I was really pleased with my sparkling bargain! 🙂 xx

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    Judith Boyd
    April 1, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Beautiful photos in this post! Thanks so much for sharing, and happy spring!

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      April 2, 2019 at 12:52 PM

      Thank you, Judith! Happy spring to you, gorgeous. xx

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    Samantha Blair
    April 2, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Oh MY… your jacket is fab!!
    And SO you… could it be more perfect??

    I often shop in the kids section too.
    The clothes are cheaper (no tax) and often the quality is better.
    I love your little selection of SUPER-EXPENSIVE (and beautiful) coats then that little gem on the end.
    Where is your rain though??
    I’ll send you some of mine… my washing has been in an out 3 times today!!


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      April 2, 2019 at 8:47 PM

      Oh THANK YOU Sam!

      Please promise me that if you EVER see that orange metallic trench while you’re vintage shopping, you’ll snap it up for me?! You are queen of amazing deals.

      Our rain and cold arrived tonight, so I may get lots of use out of this raincoat over the next few days. xx

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    melissa williams
    April 6, 2019 at 6:05 AM

    I read this post when it went live but didn’t comment on it. This is such a great piece of writing from you as always Lisa. And I think my favorite images are the actual product links on the bottom with all of the luxe trench coats and then the little girl sporting her little rain coat, lol! You’re awesome.
    ~Melissa xx

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      April 12, 2019 at 4:44 PM

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Haha, isn’t that little girl just adorable?! I can’t even with her. She is so extra. xx

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    April 9, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    I can see why you fell in love with the orange Sies Marjan coat, it’s all kinds of fabulous! You are just like me when you see something you really want – I stalk the internet relentlessly for things that take my fancy. Somehow the thrill of the chase becomes rather heady and all consuming. You’ve found a fantastic alternative though, and even though it wasn’t raining, the sun does make it shimmer splendidly. I remember seeing your Insta story about this coat and not long after I saw one similar to it in the Next outlet near work, although I think it was longer. A sequin raincoat is just the thing to brighten up a grey wet day! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

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      April 12, 2019 at 4:46 PM

      One day, the orange coat will be mine! I feel all Scarlet O’Hara determined about it. Oh! A LONGER sequin raincoat… I shall have to go have a look at Next. Thank you, darling! xx

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    May 7, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Ah, what a marvellous raincoat! I lusted after the Topshop equivalent of this raincoat that my friend Amy owns- it is SO pretty! You look glorious in it!

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      May 11, 2019 at 6:22 PM

      Thank you so much Kezzie! I’m pretty thrilled with it, and almost look forward to rainy days, so it has its perks! xx

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