Wet and wild!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018


Winter is upon us, that's for sure, when the view from my office window looks like this. 


No swimming on these days either!


The following day it was much improved and only a bit showery so I ventured outside with tripod, camera and timer to try a morning shot. I only managed one snap when the first shower hit and I had to grab my camera and run for cover.


I toyed with the idea of setting the camera up inside the gallery so that I could gad about outside, but as you can see the door was centre shot and not quite what I wanted. 


There was nothing else for it, I pitched the tripod and camera up outside the gallery door (downwind of the rain to keep it off the lens) and my new tartan brolly was brought into play. Lining up to get into the shot took a couple of goes though!


Oh well, third time lucky then ...


Yay! Here I am. So shall we talk outfits? Starting from the shoes up - these silver golfing type brogues are from Office, not new, but not terribly old either. I think I've only worn them twice before this and I can't imagine why cos I really do like them. They get packed away in tissue, boxed up and slid back under the bed, so maybe that's why I seem to forget about them. 


This was my vain attempt at giving you another look at the shoes. Oh Polly, where are you now? Next up are my cotton/bamboo tights from TK Maxx which are uber soft and comfy. The tartan pencil skirt is rather ancient now and I've no label to identify the brand. I've got a thermal polo neck under the red sweater which is by Berkertex and cost me £4 in a charity shop. 


The piece de resistance of the whole outfit, well apart from the cute tartan umbrella, has to be this wonderful jacket by Moschino from TK Maxx. I love a bomber jacket at the best of times, but this one just caught my eye as I was cruising through the designer racks. A little bit quirky and yet functional too as it's nicely padded so is quite cosy - well how could I resist it? The label price was £550 reduced to £120. A few times a year I treat myself to something special that's not pre-loved and this is most certainly a very special piece.


Last of all is the silver disc necklace that I bought from M&S a few years ago. 

I've been struggling with a low mood ever since the rainy weather settled here and I'm having a job shaking it off. I'm making an effort every day to find something cheery to wear and this mix of red and tartan was great to partner with my new jacket. I know when the S.A.D. is really taking hold with me when I start to wear the same outfits on a very tight repeat pattern. My yellow and red tartan jeans are becoming my default setting, my comfort zone. The blog is great drive for me however, pushing me to think beyond the same old, same old day after day. Sasha has offered to take some shots for the blog tomorrow so I'll knuckle down to find you something worth coming back for.

And finally, I had a funny Heath Robinson moment today when the sun made a momentary appearance between the rain clouds. The sight of this brightness in the sky really lifted my heart making me feel hopeful, optimistic I suppose, that the weather was going improve and with it my mood too. I suddenly had this vision of a diy version of instant sunlight where we could access sunlight from our own personal reserve, by way of a solar hat, no less! Imagine if you could store sunlight in a natty little hat and when you need a burst of sunlight it could be projected from the panels for your own enjoyment, nay mental well being! Laugh if you will, but maybe I'm just ahead of my time. Ought I to be putting a patent out on this now?
Anna x

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  1. Hugs to you, hon - I know those low days well. I'm also affected by SAD, but we've been really lucky to have some amazingly sunny weather up till now. Of course, now my challenge is actually getting out of the office to GET that sun before it's dark at 4:30pm!

    I LOVE this amazing bomber jacket - that's a pretty penny for it, but you know what? You buy so much second-hand, and you don't make impulse buys (that I know of, ha!), so buying something new once in a while is nothing to feel guilty about.

    I also take comfort in colour this time of year. Too much grey and black...

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    1. Thanks Sheila for your kind words. And no, I don't do impulse buying as there's nowhere here to do any of that! I'm not buying into the guilt syndrome either. I work very hard and have few vices, so I see my clothes shopping not as a treat but a legitimate part of my life.
      I'm on the search for sunshine currently and think I may have to take up lunchtime walks again to catch some winter rays.

      Anna x

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  2. Winter or not, I'd still give anything to have a view like yours! As I'm a fellow sufferer from S.A.D., I'd buy the solar hat in a heartbeat. Until then, I'm being cheered up by your colourful outfits. I especially love the jacket and shoes. And the brolly, obviously! I'm taking extra care to wear colour as well. Can't really understand why everyone else insists on being dressed in dark and drab colours. xxx

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    1. I'm so pleased to hear that you like the colourful offerings of the day. Winter does seem to have that effect on people where they want to wear drab colours - it would just serve to make me feel more drab!
      Winter or summer my view is pretty special I must agree.

      Anna x

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  3. You got some good fashion shots despite the wet and cold and your happy red plaid brolly added the perfect bit of cheer Anna! Your efforts to maintain a high quality post are appreciated! Please know that your sincerety counts a lot in my view.

    Your alphabet bomber is a unique piece and combined with the plaids of skirt and brolly I imagine you're a funky, Scot, princess warrior. Alas! You're the only one who can save our faltering moods by finding that happy sunshine!!
    Would it be fun to selectively highlight a few of those letters ( secret message style) by coloring them in with a fabric pen? They have some great ones that only require ironing to set the ink... Perhaps something "farked" / Melanie inspired?

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  4. I so appreciate you cheering me on from the sidelines Jude. Ever honest, I sometimes do wonder if you guys want to hear my daily woes, but I can only be myself!
    A cheery outfit does work wonders for me and I'll be hopefully giving you my best efforts again on Sunday. In the meantime, I love your Melanie inspired idea to customise the jacket. Currently is so new/so special and SO Moschino that I can only cherish it as it is, but hey, in due course who knows? ...

    Anna x

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  5. That would be some hat! If you manage to make one, do send me one please!
    Your outfit is marvellously cheerful! I like that jacket muchly and a good ol' bit of tartan!!! I have been feeling really gloomy this week so I feel it too! xx

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    1. One day someone may well come up with a hat that functions like this ... In the meantime Kezzie I'll beaver away at trying to be cheerful in my dressing. Hope you're feeling better now x

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  6. Your new bomber jacket is fabulous and just oooozes expensive - a great investment. In the McIntosh household we know how you feel with SAD syndrome. I'm sure Mr Mc and I both suffer this fate. It is usually January when it hits us, just after the hype of Christmas and New Year. Possibly early 2019 may see us taking a short break to warmer climates. Jill x

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    1. A break away to top up your sun reserves sounds like the perfect remedy Jill and what better time than during that post Christmas slump! Glad you appreciate the jacket. Probably my only Moschino piece ever!

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  7. glad that you battled the elements to show us this lovely outfit!, I do love the tartan skirt and brollie and the fab bomber jacket, what a cool ensemble! and your shoes totally rock (even more if they're comfy too!).
    Sorry that you're suffering from this SAD, wish you lots of sunshine!. And carrying your own sunshine reserve looks like a great idea!
    besos

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    1. I'm pleased that this ticks all the boxes with you Monica. One day my personal lightbox vision may come true - you never know!

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