Brocade and burnished gold for Christmas

Yay, it's only 11 sleeps 'til Christmas!

How are you today my lovelies? Are things coming along nicely? I start back to work again today and know that it'll be like the fast forward button being pressed in my run up to Christmas. You may have caught my Instagram post about me making my Get Ahead Gravy a la Jamie Oliver recently see it here. Well, apart from that I've really not done much more prep for the big day. The mail has become sluggish all of a sudden and I'm slightly stressed that everything will arrive on time. The courier services to the islands add up to a week extra on top of normal delivery times so all in all, we do feel at the end of the line here.

But, hey let's focus on something that I can control ... Here's another dose of style inspiration for you, straight from my closet. There's nothing new here, but I fancy I may not have showcased all of these separates previously, namely the gold jeans and the pale gold shirt. Burnished gold is a wonderfully festive take on Christmas don't you think? 

It's only a matter of weeks now for me to conclude my 12 month shopping ban and what a sound lesson that has proved to be for me. Of course it's been made a whole lot easier by not leaving the island for the past 9 months, but I had made this decision before Covid-19 appeared. I've learnt that I don't need new clothes every couple of weeks, nor do I need that rush of excitement as I carry a basket full of new clothes to the checkout. I've fought the hunter gatherer gene even if it's only short term. I can't wait to see what I shall do when I get to the end of this ...

Anyway, the inspiration for this particular Christmas outfit was the fabulous brocade jacket by Clements Ribiero, which is actually part of a two-piece (see it here). This is only the second time I've worn it in two years, so shame on me for neglecting such a glorious piece of design. The 3/4 length sleeves are flattering as is the collarless round neck and slit pockets without flaps - all work together to allow the brocade star billing. The green and gold stitching gleam together and are so flattering for my colouring. This was a dry run of the ensemble before the Gallery re-opens next week when I'll definitely be wearing it.

It'll be no surprise to hear that these rings are both pre-loved. 

The amber mirrored sunglasses are by my favourite brand, Quay Australia.

The glitter jeans (second hand) are by South and the patent boots are by Topshop.

My thanks go to Fiona for today's photos. We were surprised and delighted to find that one of our favourite backdrops had been upgraded to this buttery yellow colour. The metal door fronts the fire engine shed and so far we've managed to avoid getting caught up in any emergency.

See you again on Friday with my next festive dose of fashion!

Anna x



  1. Lovely outfit, really festive and elegant, original and fab!. I love particularly your brocade jacket, the motive is so beautiful (and looks like some William Morris' wallpaper, which I love!) and your trousers and accessories rock!

    1. It's great to have your appreciation Monica, especially as you're such an aficionado of all things beautiful xx

  2. Oh, how I adore all of that shimmering, festive gold. The pattern on your coat is beautiful; it’s a very unusual piece and perfect for day to night dressing up. Fabulous gold jeans too.
    You are embracing Christmas dressing big style Anna. I love it! X

    1. So kind of you to say such lovely things Phyl. I must admit that I'm in my element dressing up to the hilt xx

  3. Oh, Anna, what a GORGEOUS outfit! I love that woven brocade - so luxe and glittery! And with the sparkly jeans? Get outta town! Or not, as it seems to have been good for you! Do whatever feels right for the next phase. I'm buying fewer things, but paying a bit more and consequently, getting better quality. I do miss that ol' thrill of the hunt, though, got to admit it!

    Stay chill and remember, whatever you do, it's not about the food or the presents, it's about the people. Hugs to you, my dear!

    1. So lovely to have your approval Sheila. I must admit I like the sound of your new shopping philosophy. My best friend says she is doing the same and finding it gives here more satisfaction too. Real food for thought.

      And yes indeed, it's all about the people and I'm blessed to have my children come join us for Christmas day xxx


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