Kicking Off The AW17 With Bonmarche

Hi Everyone. Well, here it is the start of my AW17  wardrobe. I’m sharing with you today my first offering that’s come in really handy the last couple of weeks and that is my Floral Parka from Bonmarche.

bonmarche raincoat

It’s been a while since I shared some of my favorite items from Bonmarche. Way back in May, yes May! Where did that time go? It was actually for the  Neutrals Post, and I’m still wearing those items, the jacket even more now that the weather has turned.

This Showerproof Parka has come in so handy already!

As soon as I spotted this I knew it was just what I needed for putting in the car in case it rained, it’s showerproof and the hood is very handy which is a bonus and there’s  no need for an umbrella to lug around the shops.


I like the pattern on the Parka, perfect to style with Jeans and or leggings. Perfect for walking the dog in your Wellies or a country walk. It’s saved me from a soaking on my quick trips to the supermarket!


There’s a drawstring at the waist for definition or you can wear it loose like I am. There’s also a handy drawstring toggle at the hood to stop any wet or wind getting in. And deep pockets! Now they are handy!

Talking of wind! This is me trying to show off the hood and how generous it is!


My Perfect Betty Bootcut Jeans For Everyday Wear

betty bootcut jeans

I’m wearing my Betty Bootcut Jeans from Bonmarche with the Parker. I claim these to be my everyday jeans, perfect length (you can choose different leg lengths in Bonmarche) I can wear my everyday boots/shoes with these. Did you notice the seams down the front? Is it just me that still does this? I like them that way! Do you have creases in your jeans? The daughter hates it and I just laugh it off, I’m wearing them how I want to!


Do you have a waterproof coat in your wardrobe? This is my first and I’m wondering why I have never tried one before? they are a really useful piece of kit!


Showerproof Parka CO/Bonmarche

Betty Bootcut Jeans CO/ Bonmarche


Have A Great Week Everyone! Let’s Hope It’s Not All Rain!

XO Laurie

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  1. September 30, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Love the blend of design and practicality on the jacket and it looks great with jeans. To be honest, I was sold at deep pockets lol
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  2. September 29, 2017 / 5:30 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This para is a great find. Perfect for the rainy UK weather. The flowers and color up the mood! You will make people’s day where ever you go. It’s great to see color and flowers when everything is grey.

  3. September 27, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    That looks great – my trouble at the moment is finding something lightweight and stylish – so, thanks! Thanks too for sharing with #PoCoLo

  4. September 27, 2017 / 2:37 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your Peggle. It must be difficult for you. Your parka is not only very useful, but very pretty with the floral print.


  5. September 26, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    That is a seriously beautiful jacket! I love the whole look and enjoyed this post! Thank you for joining our Style Wise link up party and I hope you will join us again next Friday!

  6. September 26, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Such a lovely coat! It’s nice to have one that’s showerproof AND looks great. I’ve all but given up with umbrellas because the wind keeps wrecking them. Hats and hooded coats are the way forward!

    Emma xxx

  7. September 26, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Fabulous coat…and love the boot-cut jeans! I bought a waterproof rain coat last year and per wear it has been my best value item of clothing..apart from my Zara skinny jeans! Says something about our weather I guess

  8. jodie filogomo
    September 25, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Now that’s a fabulous raincoat. We don’t need them much around here, but if I had one like that, i might even ask for rain!!
    Thanks for joining in on the “On Monday’s we Link up”

  9. September 25, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Gorgeous parka. I’ve taken to not carrying an umbrella and wearing a hooded mac instead.

  10. September 25, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Fabulous! It’s pretty, but also practical!

  11. September 23, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Such a great combination of practicality and style – love those florals. It’s the perfect piece for autumn 🙂

  12. September 23, 2017 / 6:47 am

    Your Parka looks lovely Laurie, perfect for Autumn 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop. So sorry to hear about Peggle, Laurie 🙁 xx

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you Claire. Yes, it’s been very sad here xx

  13. September 22, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    What a great coat, love it. I definitely need a waterproof coat in my wardrobe. I recently bought a new and put some money into it, I like the ones that you can wear also when it’s not raining.

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you Kari. Good to see you back here xx

  14. September 22, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Your parka is really nice. I think Bon Marche is often overlooked but they have some really nice pieces #pocolo

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I totally agree Louisa. I love their jeans. And they always have great jackets too xx

  15. September 22, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    You must have a waterproof coat for the constantly changing British weather. I love the print with the colourful flowers. I hope you have some fun adventures in this coat. Thank you for sharing. #ShareTheJoyLinky

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you Christina. Yes, adventures! I could do with some of those. Thank you for stopping by xx

  16. September 21, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    You look great in jeans Laurie! I am going to try and wear mine a bit more in the Fall. Love the pattern on the parka! i am ready for cooler fall weather! weve had a hot spell!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you Jess xx

  17. September 20, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Laurie such a brilliant idea to keep it in the car, and so much better than an umbrella, I like!
    ashley x

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Isn’t it? I hate wrestling with umbrellas in our busy streets xx

  18. September 20, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Oh now I love, love, love that design and it looks so lightweight. The big pockets are a must for me too. No wonder it’s sold out! Thanks again for linking up to #sharethejoylinky

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much Carol. It is really lightweight and I’m sure they will have some in stock pretty soon because it’s only just been released xx

  19. September 20, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Your parka is so so nice! Loving your outfit!

    Have a lovely day!
    xx Kris

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you Kris xx

  20. September 20, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Love the coat! Perfect for this time of year #sharethejoylinky

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you Lizzie xx

  21. September 20, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Love that outfit on you Laurie.I am a huge fan of raincoats. Your blue outfit here would be perfect for my #bluechallenge on instagram. Will present the best looks on my blog in mid-Oktober 🙂 Would love for you to join. xo Sabina

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Oh thank you Sabina. Thank you for the invite. I’d love to join xx

  22. September 20, 2017 / 10:35 am

    The mac is lovely. If you are anything like me I hate practical clothes, unless they kind of suit the fashion!!! Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you Sarah xx

  23. September 20, 2017 / 10:13 am


    Thanks for sharing your fashion sense with us on WW! You photograph very well. I’m not much of a coat wearer, even when the weather turns cold unless I’m going to be outdoors and then I prefer something less constrictive. I’m good with adding a fleece vest for a layer of warmth. This works well for shopping or other errands. The rain jacket looks lovely on you and the bootcut jeans are attractive. I like jeans that are somewhere between skinny straight and bootcut. What do you call this style? I’m not much on fashion. lol Have a good day!

    • laurie
      September 23, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much Cathy. These boots are classed as Bootcut, but they are not a flared boot cut. Just a nice kick flare at the bottom xx

  24. September 20, 2017 / 8:03 am

    Love the jeans! It’s so hard to find jeans that aren’t skinny jeans these days. I like bootcut or straight jeans but it’s all skinny or super skinny in most shops! I found some straight in good old M&S the other day. (Nice to meet you, found your blog via #BloggersBest)

  25. September 19, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    That raincoat is lovely! I just adore the beautiful dark floral pattern!

  26. September 19, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    We rarely use a brolly here on the islands because rain is usually accompanied by terrific gales too, so a good raincoat is key in our wardrobes. This one is so pretty and obviously practical too with that lovely big hood and roomy pockets, what a find! The bootcut jeans are always so figure flattering – I love that you’re holding on to the creases Laurie – how sweet!

    Anna x

  27. September 19, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    That’s the perfect coat for the wet weather, Laurie. I do love the florals – it makes it much more interesting than a plain one, doesn’t it? And I’m loving the jeans on you!
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

  28. September 19, 2017 / 7:13 am

    great you looks awesome realy i love coat its so good well nice blog best wordpress themes free download

  29. September 19, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

  30. September 18, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    I sure miss bootcut jeans and you’ve inspired me to find a new pair. That jacket is such a great statement piece. Love, love, love it! Hope you have a great week!

  31. September 18, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Lovely jacket and it’ll be a blessing with our awful weather. Love the look indeed. xx Jacqui

  32. September 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I was in the UK last week and visited a Bonmarche for the first time because I always see it on your blog! They had fabulous dresses!

    • laurie
      September 18, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Oh, Nancy! We could have met up! I’m so pleased that you like the store xx

  33. September 18, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Oh Laurie, you had me at ‘deep pockets’. When walking in the pouring rain why would anyone carry a bag, you’ll be dry and your bag gets soaked. So in my eyes, deep pockets is a hugely important feature with rainwear so that all the essentials can be stuffed in them. So deep pockets and hugely pretty, so that it still looks good when the rain stops – sounds like you’ve got a winner!

    I have a red one I bought in France during a June downpour years ago. Paid a small fortune for it (I was desperate!) but it still looks pretty much like new as fortunately if it tips down you won’t see me for dust 😊.

    Hugs, x

    • laurie
      September 18, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      You know what I like most about this Parka coat Mary? No Umbrella! xx

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