November wish list

Oh, November. I love autumn and I hate it at the same time. I love when the seasons change, the the leaves change colour, and I can start getting my cashmere out. But the gradual slide into near perpetual darkness does get me down, I have to admit.

So, I'm falling back on that old 'retail therapy' chestnut. Here's a wish list to cheer me up:

Did someone just say cashmere? Oh yes, that was me. This cardigan from Gap gives you a lot of cashmere for a pretty reasonable price. And it's the colour that everyone loves this season.

I love this style. My-wardrobe has versions by Equipment and Splendid, but why pay a-hundred-and-something for it when ASOS has one for £26? Seriously.

Being a hopeless magpie, I love anything that sparkles. Like this fab party shirt by Malene Birger at Net-a-Porter.

With a 35 to 36" inseam, my trouser options are somewhat limited. Long Tall Sally are good for basics that won't go out of style in a hurry. I love the check pattern on these.

Traditionally, I do not like shearling on my shoes. I think it's because I tend to associate it with Uggs, which I hate with a passion. But with all the shearling around this season, designers seemed determined on reinvention. I do quite like these boots from Jaeger, without even a whiff of Ugg-ness about them.

If you love all the sheepskin that's saturating the designer and high street stores at the moment, but reluctant to go for the bulk or expense of a fully lined sheepskin coat, a shrug or scarf could be the answer. There was a Karl Donoghue shrug at the Outnet for about 5 minutes before it sold out, so I did a search and found Designer Leathercraft, run by Carol, a UK based designer who makes hand crafted shearling shrugs, scarves and tippets (in addition to coats and jackets). I bought an ivory shrug from her, which is beautiful and so soft. Her site is a bit confusing, but if you contact her she'll let you know what's available. She'll also make designs to order. Made to order pieces are more expensive, but her prices are very reasonable.

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