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Sunday, April 15, 2018




Hello and happy Sunday to you! Thank you for joining me as I return from my stint on the mainland. The purpose of my trip was to visit the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate where I do the main gift buying for the gallery. It was as fruitful an event as ever which is always a relief after the two days of travelling it takes to get there. I spend a whole day on the train travelling from Cornwall to Yorkshire during which time I have waves of excitement at the prospect of finding some fab new gifts and then I also worry that the Fair may yield nothing to suit my audience. My journey of nine hours is punctuated by thoughts on the two extremes.




This was the outfit I wore on day two of the Fair. If you missed the first outfit then click here to find that one. By the second day I'd made a few new acquaintances as well as meeting up with some regular suppliers and most of them declared this as their outfit of the day - very kind of you all! The kimono was a charity shop find (no surprises there) and was only £3, which frankly is quite ridiculous for an authentic Chinese piece of this quality. 




You'll no doubt recognise the obligatory sock boots (H&M) along with the embroidered velour track pants (Zara). Today I've added my beloved leather handbag from many years ago - it was one of my first vintage finds in a charity shop in Ireland when I was there on holiday with my sisters. My sisters joined me this time in Harrogate too, so that I had company in the evenings to go out for dinner.




I've adapted the outfit to the mild temperature by adding a silk shirt underneath (preloved, Next brand). When I was in Harrogate the weather was quite cold, very cold in fact, so much so that I wore a polo neck sweater with this, plus a long sleeved thermal top underneath. We also had torrential rain one day, followed by fog and a bitterly cold breeze, so we really did get value for our money weather-wise!




The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed my new sunglasses from my favoured brand Quay. I bought three new pairs of Quay Australia sunglasses from TK Maxx in Harrogate. On the face of it, this may seem extravagant, but when you take into account that these were all reduced in the sale meaning I got three for the price of one, then that's perfectly sensible or at least reasonable, isn't it? The gold chain was a gift, and the rings are preloved.







It's always nice to have a trip away, to have a change of scenery and Harrogate certainly does have lots of lovely scenery as well as things to enjoy. The tearooms at Bettys are a highlight of anyone's stay, whether it's for the tradition of afternoon tea or to buy some sweet treats to take home. My bags were bursting with goodies for the family on my return.





My next post will feature my third outfit of the Fair plus the further joys of Harrogate by way of its charity shopping. You'll not be surprised to hear that I couldn't fit all of my lovely loot into my suitcase and therefore had to send two boxes home by post. Hopefully within the next couple of days these will arrive and I can take some snaps for the blog. I have some vintage delights to share with you as well as some more bargains from TK Maxx. 

I hope you have a super weekend and look forward to catching up with you again soon!


Linking with -
Jacqui of Mummabstylish 
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb
Anna x

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26 comments

  1. Beautiful appearance, beautiful tunic, pants. I love your bag.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments and for taking the time to drop by!

      Anna x

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  2. Gorgeous eclectic outfit! Glad the trip was fruitful.

    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I could you see you wearing this ensemble quite easily!

      Anna x

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  3. Great bag...was the charity shop in Dublin? And I just love this outfit it is so cheerful and funky...I am not surprised it got outfit of the day...

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    1. We didn't get as far as Dublin - this was somewhere in Cork, but I can't remember the name. Cheers, Hilda!

      Anna x

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  4. That really is a stunning outfit - the Chinese kimono jacket is a stunner. That bag makes me catch my breath! And I'm not even a bag person!

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    1. Yes, the outfit is all about the jacket. I hadn't really noticed your lack of handbags Sheila - how funny!

      Anna x

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  5. Those red boots are getting so loved by you! I love seeing them and know you must have a lot that will work with them. Glad you're home safe though I always enjoy your travel posts! xx Julia

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    1. Thanks Julia. It's funny that the more I think I need to rest these boots, the more I seem to find to wear with them!

      Anna x

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  6. Oh Anna! The texture of beading and embroidery in the kimono and pants are simply marvelous!!! I think I'm especially smitten by the pants. Embroidery has certainly mauntained it's popularity for another season and that makes me so happy! Apparently it makes you happy too:-):-):-)!

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    1. Embellishments of any sort appeal to me Jude, but embroidery most of all. The trousers are not only pretty, but are also super comfy too making them an absolute winner with me.

      Anna x

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  7. what a lovely color combo!, and that kimono jacket is stunning and enhances every red detail in the embroidered pants, and your fab booties!
    And I love your bag and the fab accessorizing!.
    Gorgeous!
    besos

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    1. I'm so pleased with the response to this outfit Monica, so thank you for your input too. It was lovely to have the excuse to showcase this cute handbag once more, as I love it too.

      Cheers!
      Anna x

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  8. I love your outfit! The kimono was a real bargain and it goes so well with the embroidered trousers and sock boots. Love the bag, too! Looking forward to seeing all your finds.

    xxx

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    1. Thanks Vronni! This whole outfit has to be one of my current favourites too. Both times I've worn it I've had a lot of lovely compliments.

      Anna x

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  9. Gorgeous look Anna, love the Quay sunglasses (sounds a great bargain to me!) and the dinky bag. Amazing that it takes you two days to get from one part of the UK to another. Hard work!

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    1. Thanks Gail, I'm such a sucker for a bargain! I don't mind all the travelling; just a good book for company and I'm sorted.

      Anna x

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  10. I'm really enjoying these colours together, the trousers are a good statement piece. Thanks so much for sharing them Hun. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. Cheers Jacqui. It's quite bold I know, but I really like the mix of colours too.

      Anna x

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  11. This is SUCH a glorious outfit! I actually want to go and find a pair of these trousers now! Off to hunt Ebay!n Everything is so exquisitely combined! I'm not surprised you ended up as the manager of a gallery!xx

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    1. Good luck with your search Kezzie. I love these trousers as I can dress them up or just slouch about in them at home as they are so comfy thanks to the elasticated waist. Hope you manage to find them!

      Thanks for the lovely compliments!
      Anna x

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  12. Embroidered velour track pants - who would have thought I'd see those words in combination 30 years ago, right? So sweeeet. Again, a winning outfit. I adore the pop of green in your bag with this outfit.

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    1. Hahaha - what a scream that these are in fashion!

      Anna x

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