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>> I was aghast when it opened.  I almost ALWAYS say "Bah… " like an agitated OAP, whenever I walk past it.  Then one rainy day with time to kill, I did what I never thought I would and went into TK Maxx on Charing Cross Road, where once upon a time, Borders lay.  Don't get me wrong – it's not TK Maxx I have beef with but coming to terms with the fact that Borders no longers exists for gratuitous fash magazine browsing pleasure has been tough (oops…there lay the problem then, seeing as I almost always went over to Foyles to buy actual profit-making books…).  I blame the rain on the day for driving me into TK Maxx for sheltered browsing. 


I can't say I'm going to be making a weekly trip given that memories of awkward first dates at the Starbucks on the first floor, waiting around in the Graphic Novel section for a spare chair to sit down in and getting the doorcode for the toilet are all too emotive for me to abandon my loyalty to Borders (R.I.P…).  Still, I am grateful that the singular rainy jaunt gave me a price satisfaction as good as bagging this Manoush embroidered coat for ¬£30 as opposed to the ¬£170 listed price on Yoox.com – I laugh and my belly shakes with glee…


It also looks mighty different from the straight fit that is portrayed on Yoox.com so I guess in-person shopping in some cases really does come in handy (I also lopped off the distracting rosette to simplify the coat somewhat).  I've done some Wikipedia-ing and found that the embroidery of the floral pattern on the coat is technically a Bargello stitch (a vertical stitch of four threads…).  Ahaaa… a fancier, more official way of saying something that may have hung up as drapes in my grandmother's house.  I mentioned before in my last ol' chunky outfit post that I'm finding myself drawn to anything that may be sitting around gathering dust in my grandmother's house.  This coat, the quilted skirt, the Liberty print shirt and of course, the Crockett and Jones slippers all in some capacity fall into that category.  All together, it feels appropriate to be dressed head to toe in old-fashioned interior-led textiles whilst doing my stay-at-home routine, watching X Factor and shouting "Oh no, where has Matt Cardle's hat gone?!?!"




(Manoush coat, Liberty print shirt, ye olde Topshop quilted floral skirt, old belt, COS tights, Crockett & Jones slipper, vintage scarf tied around head, See by Chloe bag via Beso)


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  1. AngieMontreal

    2010-11-06 at 10:49 PM

    Love, love, love everything about this oufit. You never cease to inspire, that’s why I keep coming back! xoxo

  2. Cassiopeia

    2010-11-06 at 10:53 PM

    Awesome find! Loving the hair too =D Xxxc

  3. dreamy

    2010-11-06 at 11:14 PM

    you look incredible! what a find! and the autumnal light in those pictures is making me feel all cosy and happy…

  4. Kerry

    2010-11-06 at 11:15 PM

    TK Maxx always brings a few surprises, but it has to be a day in which you have plenty of patience to browse and worm your way through the maze of aisles…That Manoush coat is lovely, I love the drapey pockets!

  5. Yoshi

    2010-11-06 at 11:30 PM

    What beautiful embroidery, both on the jacket and the slippers…
    P.S. What were the results of your space competition…? Have I missed that post..?

  6. Sarah Doyle

    2010-11-07 at 12:20 AM

    What a great jacket! And a bargain too! TK Maxx is scary, it’s always so messy so you really have to hunt for what you want but this proves they have hidden gems!
    Sarah XXXX

  7. Cara

    2010-11-07 at 12:58 AM

    Oh, I do miss Matt’s hat!

  8. dominique

    2010-11-07 at 1:01 AM

    amazing! XXXXX

  9. Boxmoonbabble

    2010-11-07 at 1:05 AM

    I love your combination of patterns and colors. Always inspiring!

  10. Mary

    2010-11-07 at 1:06 AM

    Oh Susie, I absolutely love this outfit! You are an inspiration 🙂

  11. yve

    2010-11-07 at 2:26 AM

    This is such an adorable outfit, as always. Am now also looking up Crockett and Jones slippers!

  12. Brigadeiro

    2010-11-07 at 3:09 AM

    Love the coat! The cut/folding/shape is wicked! And the price makes it that much better 😉

  13. Stylista

    2010-11-07 at 5:07 AM

    What a daring, daring way to mix prints! Cute shoes!

  14. Lizzy

    2010-11-07 at 5:15 AM

    The mixture of prints is so beautiful, and the coat draws all the disparate colours together effortlessly. Stunning! xx

  15. Olivia

    2010-11-07 at 6:01 AM

    Your outfit is beyond amazing!! You look adorable I love the mix of patterns!! And your hair is super cute I love the high bun!! Check out my looks and inspiration at

  16. claire

    2010-11-07 at 6:24 AM

    hi..would you like to drop me an email regarding to some shopping reviews? I like to offer you some proposals. Please contact me for further details..thanks!

  17. minette

    2010-11-07 at 6:46 AM

    one of the Borders here in Chicago is set to close very soon… a Topshop will be taking its place.

  18. coco

    2010-11-07 at 8:09 AM

    love ur blog^^
    i will follow u know
    I’d also appreciate it if u follow my blog, too?:)

  19. Dagmar

    2010-11-07 at 9:21 AM

    Your creativity is amazing. Just love how you style your outfits!!! 😀

  20. Sophia

    2010-11-07 at 9:47 AM

    This is definitely one of my Favourite outfits. I love the mix of patterns, your bum bag and your stunning coat and shoes. The headband is so amazing!! <3

  21. girl a la mode

    2010-11-07 at 10:18 AM

    Wow the jacket is gorgeous!

  22. Kazuko

    2010-11-07 at 11:16 AM

    this is an amazing jacket! and i love your headscarf.

  23. mustownmore

    2010-11-07 at 1:00 PM

    Such a great outfit – I feel the same about the passing of Borders…the T.K.Maxx is quite good to nip into but it does bring back memories of a late opening browsing book store. I still can’t shop at Aldo because they took over the Neal Street East (sob!).

  24. Laura Connell

    2010-11-07 at 1:10 PM

    That is one short skirt! But with the black tights and gorgeous gams, you pull it off nicely.

  25. ttv

    2010-11-07 at 1:52 PM

    That’s lovely and I like the color combination.

  26. CherryLips

    2010-11-07 at 2:13 PM

    A todas las “bikini lovers” os invitamos a conocer el mundo “CherryLips”, esperamos conocer a gente maravillosa ☼

  27. escalante blogger

    2010-11-07 at 2:44 PM

    She’s very nice.

  28. Nolita

    2010-11-07 at 3:03 PM

    I like the hairdo with the scarf!

  29. sam

    2010-11-07 at 4:22 PM

    love the blog! just did a piece on alexa chung’s style, it reminds me of yours a great deal! xxxx

  30. Caterina Salvietti

    2010-11-07 at 5:11 PM

    I really like your blog … I am new, I opened a blog recently but I’d love to have you follow me … kisses

  31. queen michelle

    2010-11-07 at 5:13 PM

    OK, I’m going nuts here – but, did you buy a Nikon camera? Which one? All my images end up with my head blurred! Do you have it set to focus on the dynamic area? I can’t get my whole body in focus at all.

  32. susie_bubble

    2010-11-07 at 5:21 PM

    Queen M: I’m using a Canon in these images…
    Normally I use a Nikon D40 but not with the lens that the camera came with (haven’t a clue what it’s called but it’s a telephoto lens…) I normally just set it to automatic with the focus area is closest subject….I’m crap at all things photograph-related…I just leave my boyfriend Steve to figure it all out…

  33. queen michelle

    2010-11-07 at 5:37 PM

    ahhhhhh that makes sense! Cool, thank you! I must investigate a new lens x

  34. fashion ice

    2010-11-07 at 6:27 PM

    truly an amazing look! love the detail
    twitter: @FASHION_ICE

  35. Nicole

    2010-11-07 at 8:07 PM

    I found this line out of New York, Savant… it’s been around a while, so don’t hate me if you’ve seen it before! It seems like something you’d be into, the layering options make me feel all fuzzy inside.

  36. Laura

    2010-11-07 at 8:44 PM

    love the mix of florals!!

  37. Penny Dreadful Vintage Clothing

    2010-11-07 at 9:26 PM

    This is one of my favourite of your outfits. So many different prints and styles, but it all works perfectly together. Interesting about Bargello stitches, I will have to try and remember the name, I hadn’t heard of it before but have seen that type of embroidery.
    Well done on the bargain hunting.
    Penny Dreadful Vintage

  38. tezgah

    2010-11-07 at 10:11 PM

    I love those floral motifs. I love it.

  39. hunz

    2010-11-08 at 3:18 AM

    Gee, i heart your blazer, heart your bang and heart it all… ^0^

  40. Unfair Dismissal Lawyers

    2010-11-08 at 10:17 AM

    I feel so bad that i laughed at my gf about that pair of shoes last week. It looks so good on you

  41. Thewardrobeweeder.wordpress.com

    2010-11-08 at 6:51 PM

    I love all things carpet inspired. Good job

  42. Charlie Smith

    2010-11-09 at 7:47 PM

    Hi Рthe jacket is £79 in TK Maxx. How come you got it for £30? x x

  43. susie_bubble

    2010-11-09 at 9:09 PM

    Charlie: Not sure! Was it incorrect pricing perhaps? It had a red label on it… maybe it was flawed though I didn’t notice anything?

  44. timdean

    2010-11-11 at 4:49 AM

    you are looking so cute here i just have to comment!
    nice tying of the scarf around your hair and that’s really an awesome buy of a jacket !

  45. Siuvimo Masinu Remontas

    2010-11-11 at 10:17 PM

    Nice shoes. Good looking

  46. Dina

    2010-11-16 at 10:28 PM

    Ahh i want the jacket soo much! I am now going to hunt through every TK Maxx i can! Let me know if you ever sell it! 😉 xx

  47. Maryjane

    2010-11-24 at 1:59 PM

    Suzie, could I trouble you for the size of your coat? I’m so in love with it and want to purchase one, I’m just afraid it runs larger than usual. You look gorgeous sweety!
    Maryjane xoxo

  48. susie_bubble

    2010-11-25 at 11:50 AM

    Maryjane – I bought it in a size 38 which is one size up from what I usually buy it in… it’s fine a little loose I think!

  49. Maryjane

    2010-11-25 at 9:49 PM

    You’re such a doll, thank you!
    Maryjane xoxo

  50. UnoCosa

    2010-12-05 at 10:53 PM

    total in love w/ this look

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    2015-10-06 at 10:08 AM

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