I bought new things, all of which are black. There's not a hint of a sequin or jewel-hued party wear to be found here so you'd be forgiven for checking out early.
Always seasonally appropriate, or at least in my view, black is pretty much a staple in my wardrobe. You can insert a joke about the colour of my soul if you wish but you're never going to tear me away from my black skinny jeans. The love runs deep.
Admittedly, I'm over ripped denim. I was a key participant in the torn-up trews parade over the past 12 months, but I finally decided I needed to revert back to adult denim - sans rips. The Molly jeggings from River Island fit the bill. I'm not a lover of the jegging, particularly those that have the simple, elasticated waistband that are perfectly designed to allow a muffin-top to form with ease. No, I like structure. A button, zip and enough sucking in power to keep me from spilling out of my trousers in an ungodly fashion. The Molly jeggings deliver. Plus they're a true black denim, which isn't always easy to find. Here's hoping the colour survives a wash or two!
I also bought two items from Zara, a store with which I have a love/hate relationship. Mostly due to the fact that it can be so hit and miss. The current stock is ticking boxes for me so I picked up a lightweight jacket and a fringed top.
As the weather is cooling off in the UAE, a light jacket is an essential for me in the evening. The tasselled top is considerably more flattering than you'd be led to believe. It's a cropped style but not indecently so and still covers the tum sufficiently when paired with high-waisted trousers or a skirt.
Finally, the shoes are a slightly older purchase from ASOS but I thought I'd include them anyway as they are A) Fabulous and B) Fit well with the theme I've inadvertently got going on.
Anyone with an annoying husband needs razor-sharp, studded pumps to make idle threats with.