63 looks like this!

Yay, it's my birthday!

Yes, this is what 63 looks like on me, and man it feels fine. If this past year has taught me one thing, it's gotta be that we must be grateful to simply be alive. I'm happy to have got this far without contracting Covid19 and with any luck I can stay well until I'm vaccinated. 

If you're a regular reader of mine you'll know that I aim to inspire you, delight and entertain you but most of all pass on my very own version of love and joy. 
I did think about counting through all of my blog posts to see how often I mention the words joy and love, but decided that maybe my time would be better spent just creating today's happy feature.

Dressing up for fun surely has to be my forte and even though it's lockdown3 and I really don't have anywhere to go, well that's no reason for a gal not to don her birthday finery is it? Reusing and recycling at its best, this outfit also pays homage to clothes swapping through the joys of friendship. My friend Sheila (see her blog here) who also lives on an island, but on the other side of the world in Canada, sent me this two tone frock a few years ago which cemented our long distance friendship. I've jettisoned a couple of things in her direction too as we have similar wacky tastes in clothes.

Sporting my ol' favourite sunglasses by Quay Australia along with this toning tribal necklace from Topshop a couple of years ago. 

The mere act of putting on this red petticoat is an instant mood lifter for me which is another cause for celebration today. During the winter months I battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and use all of the tools in my arsenal to keep myself buoyed up - these being mainly my sea swimming and winter walking, as well as dressing up of course. The big outdoors is a remedy for any kind of depression, acting as a diversion away from the inner self as the mind is drawn outwards to engage with the stunning sights and sounds of nature. Tresco offers a plethora of views and vantage points to stop and stare, to literally breath in the ozone and be amazed at the panorama.  

The only bit of birthday advice from this 63 year old is for you to embrace your own version of joy, be that dancing in the kitchen, completing a 1000 piece jigsaw, walking the dog, doing an on online yoga session or applying a full face of make-up just to go to the supermarket with your mask on - if it makes you happy, then do it! The realities of life can sit heavy on our shoulders if we let it and I for one battle daily to find or create my own little ray of sunshine. I'm so pleased that as I was tinkering with my camera and tripod for these photos that a couple of local girls called out to me from across the field, just to wave and shout hello. The acceptance that this is who I am and what I do and that it's nothing remarkable for me to be out on a Sunday morning dressed like this is a wonderful affirmation. Within a small community we all have a role to play and this, it seems, is mine. What a joy!

The fabulous red petticoat was an eBay find (a long time ago), the red tights are so old that I can't recall the details and the tartan boots were from M&S a couple of years ago.

Rings and elasticated belt are all pre-loved items. 

If this post encourages you to venture out in something wild and wacky, or equally cool and classy or to simply spend time leafing through your wardrobe to seek new inspiration from what lies within, then I'll be happy to have helped you on your way. To my dear friend Teddy who, like so many healthcare professionals, wears scubs to work, then I hope that my loungewear post coming up tomorrow may inspire your downtime too x

I'm linking with Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb !

                                                                    Anna x



  1. You look superb in this outfit. And what a good idea to add the red petticoat (I'd kill for that one). It lifts the outfit from the ordinary.
    I agree that Sheila and you love to dress a bit wacky. Although I am too conservative for that, I do appreciate and enjoy seeing it. It makes the world so much nicer.
    Well darling, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. Mwah.

    1. So lovely to have you drop in for my birthday post Greetje! Thanks for your kind words of endorsement.

      Wishing you a fab week ahead xxx

  2. Thank you for the inspiration and energy you bring us. Thanks to you, I dare more to get out of my comfort zone . Thank you again for sharing. And above all, happy birthday!

    1. It's a joy to have you drop in to tell me this, thank you! Stepping out of our comfort zone can be scary, but also utterly exhilarating too xxx

  3. Happy birthday Anna. You look bloody amazing! xx

  4. Dear Anna, another wonderful outfit you showed us at your honor day. It is so YOU! I hope you had a very special day and wish you joy and love for the upcoming year. Happy Birthday (I know, just one day too late, but coming from my heard - I was offline yesterday... snow in Cologne, very seldom. I had to enjoy it...).
    Hugs, Susa

    1. I so appreciate every birthday message from my readers, thank you Susa! As I sashayed along the road on the way to take these photos I must admit I did feel so very ME in this outfit.

      How lovely to have some snow to enjoy - we've had gales and hailstones of late.


  5. Happy Birthday Anna - you look stunning! Lise

  6. Happy Birthday, dear Anna! Funny, I was gaping at this fabulous outfit, and enjoying it, and thinking, "I used to have a very similar dress to this!" when boom! there it is - this WAS my dress! I'm so happy to see it on you, and that petticoat is SO ruffly and wonderful! What a great look to usher in your new year! Big hugs to you, from my island to yours!

    1. The volume of clothes that you have coming and going - it's hardly surprising you forgot this one! The petticoat is a great companion piece isn't it?

      Much love right back at ya! xxx

  7. This outfit is just fab Anna, totally wow! You look great!
    Have a great year going forwards. X


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