Mixing old and new


Hello and how's your Sunday going so far? Are you making time for a bit of chilling out or is it all about catching up with chores? I'm off to church this morning and then I think it'll be time for a bit of housework this afternoon. My week away in Harrogate meant that the cleaning lady didn't appear for a week either - strange that, eh?


My bags aren't unpacked yet so I can't give you a look at all my purchases, but here's a couple of new things. The back view shows the seaming details in black on the citrus faux suede jacket from Primark (£25) which attracted me to the biker jacket worn with these vintage 60's bell bottom cords that I found in the mens section of the Scope charity shop for £4.99. The pink ostrich leather bag was new from a charity shop in Truro a couple of years ago. 


Mixing old and new fashion gives me a real thrill. I love to find new things no matter if it's brand new or preloved. In an ideal world I'd like to say I only want to have pre-loved fashion in my collection, but I can't help but to be attracted to the mainsteam stores and online brands to see the latest styles and colours. Shopping responsibly is a message we're all getting and by buying recycled clothing I believe I'm making a difference. It's not my intention to set myself up here as a paragon of virtue shopping-wise as I'm as imperfect as the next fashion blogger. More importantly, my blog is meant to act as inspiration, encouraging you to try out new ideas, not to make you feel bad. What I can say is that these preloved trousers have to be my most favourite find of the whole trip and that's because they're such a quirky individual piece. That's where charity shopping wins hands down every time. 


The pairing of the vintage bell bottoms with these sixties vibe ankle boots (from New Look) takes me back to my youth. I love this retro look. It's such fun. 


This new photo shoot site is located just below my house where Polly now collects me before we start work in the morning. On a high tide in the early morning sunshine it's pretty perfect, but this is how it looked on Friday when we got together. The zingy jacket was my ploy to brighten up the slightly dull day. That plus my full on cheesy grin - hope it cheers you up too!


My ribbed polo neck sweater also channels that 60's vibe. It's a charity shop find from a long time ago and it's been worn at least once a week over the winter months - the gilt buttons at the cuffs lift it out of the ordinary - God forbid that I might look ordinary!



My silver coloured necklace is by Melissa James and again ties in beautifully with this look. The lozenge shaped ring was from an airport shop on my way to Cape Town and other gold ring was a charity shop purchase.




The pattern on the cords shows up well here. I remember having a pair of bell bottoms in a khaki green corduroy when I was about 12 years old. My dear brother poked fun at me as my rounded thighs rubbed together creating a friction noise from the cords as we walked home from the shops together - body hang-ups can start from the most playful of jibes when you're a sensitive wee lass.


And here I am, some 50 years later with the same rounded thighs (which seemingly are perfectly normal when you're a woman by the way) and at last am able to smile at the rub of corduroy against corduroy. There's always something to feel down about, something that we feel we need to match up to, someone to make us feel not good enough, thin enough, young enough, pretty enough. It's so easy to fall into that trap, especially if you're feeling a bit down. But instead I try daily to inspire myself, to be pleased with my efforts at throwing myself into the sea on the chilliest of days, to be happy that I've found a new colour combination I've not tried before, to be impressed that I've managed to get two loads of washing on the line before I go to work. Tell me what you're pleased to have achieved this week - I'd love to hear from you!

                                                                                      Anna x

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  1. I am pleased to have finally got the garden in a better position! Grass seed laid and grass cut, bark has been spread and weeds collected! Fully exhausted now, but glad to get the setting nearer to be wedding ready. I also came back from ballroom dancing really happy, that's when I'm at my best, when I'm dancing. x So your outfit is super, I remember my mum buying material in mauve and yellow, she was going to make me a dress, but it never actually happened! I knew I always had a wacky side, but i feel it's been surpressed! Here's to dressing with an edgy feel. Happy Sunday Anna. xx Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. Golly it sounds like you're firing on all cylinders Jacqui! I completely agree with you about that dancing thing - it makes me feel great too. Your style of dressing suits you very well, but yes, it's always fun to keep pushing the boundaries x

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  2. I love this colour combo and the style of the jacket. Love the colour but I don't think it would suit me. Did they have it in other colours? Imight have to pop down to Primark. thanks for the ideas. I like the handbag. This afternoon I repaired a top for a toy bunny. I made a scarf for a soft toy bee, royal blue with a yellow flower with a red centre as specified by my DGD. I then painted a kingfisher in a circle of 1in diameter to go in a pendant. It's to be a prize for the crowdfunder for my county which is to put the beautiful 'Lost Words' book into every primary school. I don't usually paint that small and I don't know how I squeezed the little fella in!! Have a good week. Tessa xx

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    1. I love to hear what goes on in my reader's lives - thanks for sharing and oh how industrious you too have been! I've no idea if the jacket comes in other colours. I simply saw this one and tried it on without even venturing into the changing rooms. Now that I've got it home I've discovered that it works with lots of things, hurrah!

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  3. Fabulous outfit - I would wear this whole thing! Your jacket reminds me of my pank wool version, and I ADORE those vintage bell-bottoms! Vintage purple corduroy printed - too much! I remember the teasing about the "zwish zwish" of thighs + corduroy! So early in our lives that we're told we're not good enough. Aging is helping me get over that, and stop giving a flying f**k about what others think. Hooray for that, and hugs to you, Anna (and hello to Polly!).

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    1. Polly says hello back my sweet! Zwish zwish indeed, but thank goodness we're finally getting over that. You'd carry this look off beautifully - the colours would work fab with you too x

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  4. Sometimes I just marvel at your fabulous combinations and this one is no exception. The purple and vibrant (almost neon) green are just delicious together. I have a special love for patterned jeans and these purple cords are really cute! I want this outfit:-)
    I just purchased a periwinkle, leather, biker jacket from Poshmark (online thrift) and although it will require alteration to fit my orangutan like arms I'm thrilled with it. Any suggestions for a good color mix with periwinkle???

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    1. Periwinkle would work with this lovely shade of green, but you might like to try it with orange Judy. I think that would make a super combination - do let me know what you think.
      Glad you like this combo - it felt fab to wear x

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  5. Love your outfit Anna, it makes me think of Abba and their gorgeous outfits
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean Anna - those bell bottoms are very Abba x

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