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Normally I try to stay clear of advising others what to buy when it comes to clothing (except for Mark… I have to shop for him as well as he is one of those males that has no clue about what to buy and wear) but sometimes I am met with people who I just do not understand.
So the conversation is taking place about getting a pair of school shoes…
I say “I am going to look for some leather shoes, ideally with GORE-TEX, if I can find it”
Her: “Really? Why? I do not spend more than £10-£12 for a pair of school shoes”
Really? Why? Are your kids not worth it? I didn’t ask these questions because I wasn’t really in the mood for a lecture but maybe I should have.
Lately I was met with the response “Oh, but I couldn’t justify spending money on good quality shoes”.
How silly is that!
Ok, so maybe I am a little sensitive when it comes to footwear, I love my shoes but most of all I love good quality comfortable shoes.
I do not see myself as a snob. I do not buy things because they have a high value price tag, I do not buy things just because of the branding (oh, ok maybe sometimes)… I try to buy things which represent a good value for money but at the same time are of a good quality.
I think that shoes are very important part of our wardrobe. We spend hours every day wearing them and very often our well being and good mood depends on them.
Have you ever worn a pair of too small or too tight shoes? Or a fairly new pair of shoes which you are just wearing in? How painful and uncomfortable were you feeling? I do not understand why some people do not pay more attention to what they put on their feet.
That is one of my issues; my other issue is why some people must insist on criticizing something when they really have no idea what they are talking about. One of my friends once told me that GORE-TEX is an advertising gimmick and it doesn’t work… when asked “did you have a bad experience with it”, the answer was “no, I’ve never tried it”. So how can you say it is bad if you have never had a chance to test it?
I did try GORE-TEX shoes and clothing and I think these items are worth every penny.
Imagine a pair of shoes which can be worn all year round – hot summer day or a wet winter one – your feet will be dry and warm without sweating.
Years ago when you wanted to purchase some GORE-TEX clothing or footwear you needed to have a bit of extra money comparing to other similar pieces, today this is not really the case. Just a few weeks back I bought some GORE-TEX shoes from Clarks for £12 – yes they were on sale… but my point is – something good does not necessary mean expensive.
If you have never tried anything made with the addition of this fabric then I have copied a bit of the explanation of its history from the GORE-TEX site.
The origin of waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX outerwear, footwear, and gloves starts with five little letters: ePTFE. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, or ePTFE, was created by Bob Gore in 1969 when he rapidly stretched PTFE under certain conditions. The result was an incredibly strong, microporous material with an amazing list of characteristics including low water adsorption and good weathering properties. By 1978, GORE-TEX fabric was introduced and the world met the first truly waterproof, breathable outerwear.
The secret of GORE-TEX products — which are both completely waterproof and completely breathable at the same time — lies within its revolutionary bi-component membrane. The membrane contains over 9 billion microscopic pores which are approximately 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, but 700 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapor. So while water in its liquid form cannot penetrate the GORE-TEX membrane, as moisture vapor it can easily escape.
Waterproof, windproof and breathable: The GORE-TEX membrane makes garments durably waterproof, windproof and breathable so that you stay dry and comfortable.
Durable: Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX outerwear is made of the very toughest fabrics and is thoroughly tested to guarantee performance even after serious wear and tear. Easy care: Just because its high tech doesn’t mean it has to be high maintenance. GORE-TEX fabric is extremely easy to take care of and won’t lose its effectiveness even after repeated washing.
Do you have any experience with GORE-TEX?
Do you like it?
Would you recommend it?
If not, do you think it is worth spending a little bit extra for a quality items which will be waterproof, windproof and breathable?
I really would love to know what you think.
For all of you who don’t know, Bonmarche is an award winning fashion retailer catering for mature woman over 50. I do not belong to this age category but I did found most of Bonmarche clothing appealing to me. I think it is more about the mature styling really, then an age mark. Being a woman of a certain age some styles are just not for us anymore and should be really left for teenagers to wear. Bonmarche stocks casual and formal wear as well as outerwear, dresses, swimwear, lingerie, nightwear and accessories. They also offer an exclusive Bonmarche collection by formal royal couturier David Emanuel. There is a lot of choice on their website and I am sure everyone can pick something to their liking.
I was offered to try something from the new arrivals section, which has a lot of clothes with spring in mind. My choice wasn’t easy as there were a lot of pieces I wanted but being a reasonable person I narrowed my pick to something which I will make the most use of – my final choice was a Jersey Quilted Gilet in red (RRP £18 but you can get it cheaper at the moment as it is on offer).
My gilet arrived very quickly… actually it arrived the next day to be exact, which was a pleasant surprise. My first impression – stunning! It is very soft to the touch and it has the most beautiful flowery inside, which is not visible on any website pictures, so it was something I was not expecting. Once I stopped admiring the finishing touches it was time to put it on… hmmm… it really comes on the big side. This was my first order from Bonmarche so I followed the size guide on the web. According to its sizing I should get size UK18 taking the most important measurement for me, which is bust… so this is what I did… it is way to big… now I wish I hadn’t checked the size guide and just picked my normal size UK14. Anyway… with something like a gilet being too big is not the end of the world. So my gilet is on and how do I feel? It is nice and soft and it feels really good. A bit too wide at the bottom for my taste, maybe a waist cut in model would suit me a bit better but despite this I like it. Two side pockets are in the perfect places and big enough to store something if needed (I hate clothes with pockets just for look…I never really understood why even make pockets if you cannot put anything into them). After a day of “testing” I must say it keeps you warm.
So, to sum it up:
- Perfect finish
- Nice soft material
- Usable pockets
- Smooth working zip
- Warm and comfortable
- Easy care – machine washable
- Good price
- Size on the big side, but now I know the sizes this is avoidable
- Straight cut
I would totally recommend it, despite the few things I didn’t like so much. I think this gilet offers very good value for money and it can be an essential part of your wardrobe the whole year round. It is easy to style and it will add a nice splash of colour to your final look. It is available in two colours: red and chartreuse (which is sort of pale yellow).
What do you think?
Do you like it? Would you make a use of it?
Or maybe you got your own favourite pick from Bonmarche?
I received a red gilet from Bonmarche for free for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.
It’s not too long till Halloween so it’s time to get ready. As always costumes are the most important part so they take priority in preparation hierarchy. This year we were lucky – F&F Clothing at Tesco came to the rescue! We could pick any costume we wanted.
The choice wasn’t easy, as there is a great selection to choose from.
There are 20 kids’ costumes to choose from so E. battled a bit with a choice between the cat onesie and a devil onesie. In the end she decided that the cat is the way to go.
Halloween Cat Onesie retails at £8 and is available in 6 sizes ranging from 3 years old up to 14 years old. I would say the sizing is pretty accurate. The costume itself is very soft and well made. E. has already put it on and then taken it off 20+ times and it is still in one piece, so it is durable. I think the cat nose is a really nice finishing touch and it brings all the costume together.
As for us, adults, we couldn’t decide between vampires and skeletons. So we compromise and got one each – vampiress for me and skeleton for Mark.
Of course we had to check our costumes out, so on Sunday we had a pre-Halloween dressing up session. As we had company and only 2 adult costumes – Roman took Marks spot as a skeleton and Mark was standing behind the camera suffering from an acute case of stage fright.
So this is us… on our pre-Halloween trying out session
Both adults’ costumes are true to the size stated. We didn’t have any problems with fitting into them nor do they hang too much. The skeleton is very thin, so there will be need for some thermal underwear :-). My vampiress dress is exactly the same as the stock picture, which actually surprised me a bit… I wasn’t expecting stiff collar and such a soft velvet fabric, so big plus there.
What do you think about our choices and try-out Halloween look?
Do you have your costumes ready?
If not, there is still time to order your favourite costume from F&F.
We received 3 Halloween costumes from F&F for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.