Look what I got for Christmas!

Happy New Year to you, my dear readers! I hope that you've had a lovely break and managed to stay well. We've had a super family time over the past couple of weeks and it's been one of our best Christmases ever I would say. My daughter's boyfriend came over from the mainland for the festive period, adding to our excitement as this was the first time we've met him. Suffice to say that he's an absolute gem, a real find and such a happy addition to our family.

So, this amazing vintage leather jacket is what Steve bought for my Christmas. Of course, I made sure that wishlists were passed on to everyone, and this is what I directed Steve to. Many moons ago I had a patchwork leather blazer that I passed on to a friend and this reminds me somewhat of that. The jacket was from eBay, bought at the end of November, leaving just the right amount of time for it to get here in the midst of the postal chaos.

I love the variety of skins used to create this very unusual jacket; the animal print, embossed hide, diamante studs, floral prints, tassel fringes and leather ruffles all go to make it quite unique. It's like wearing a piece of art. Oh my goodness, how I love it! 

I teamed the jacket with an old gold sweater (from H&M) and these funky new jeans (Primark). 

The gold leather Chelsea boots are very ancient (from River Island), but much loved.

I took myself off for a Boxing Day walk to burn up a few excess calories and also test drive the bomber jacket and see how it fitted. It's fab, passed the test with flying colours! 

I stopped to enjoy the view. I wasn't surprised to see lots of people out, stretching their legs after all of those Christmas Day calories. Family groups with dogs, couples out walking and driving past on golf buggies, all passed by below my hilltop perch in the half hour I sat there.

Today's jewellery features another Christmas present - the necklace (Zara) was from a girlfriend and is a perfect accessory for this look. The gold coloured flower ring was a Christmas pressie from her too, a couple of years ago. The other gold ring was a charity shop find. The sunglasses are by Quay Australia.

Apart from family meals together we had a pretty low key time over the holidays. We met up with our extended family for drinks one night which was another excuse to dress up, but no pics of that. I did manage to get some shots of the day that I dressed for work as my favourite Christmas movie, Elf.

This was very well received by all of my customers at the Gallery that day, resulting in lots of laughter and appropriate comments.

And this was my outfit for NYE at home, where I did have my very own kitchen disco while hubby snoozed in front of the TV.

I did full on glitz for that, wearing silver and gold sparkles, sequins and glitter. None if it was new, but all fulfilled the need for full on glamour on the home front!

And finally, here's some swimming shots from the festive period. The first was my last swim of 2021.

And below is the venue for my New Year's Day swim. Green Porth was tucked out of the westerly wind affording just enough protection to make it look nigh on perfect.

I was joined by two islanders, Rebecca and Emma for the swim which was in aid of Mental Health Swims. Photos from each of us earned donations from Speedo. Somehow a group swim always feels better, dare I say even warmer, as you have the lovely distraction of chat and laughter throughout.

Not drowning, just waving!

And that pretty much rounds up my past week or so. It's been great to have some time away from work and to relax in my pj's for a change. I do hope you've had a lovely break from the norm and that you managed to spend some time with your nearest and dearest. Sending you lots of love and good luck for 2022 from my island home.

                                                                                         Anna x



  1. Oh my gosh, how much do I love that amazing jacket?? It's stupendous! However, your festively glitzy NYE outfit steals my heart - so much sparkle and those flares! You light up the night, Anna!

    Happy 2022!

    1. How lovely of you Sheila, thanks x I do hope to get the chance to wear the sparlkefest another time!

  2. Your splendid jacket, what a find!! Looks good with all the other items. I bet it keeps the wind out too. You have taken me right back to the 70s when I was at uni and made patchwork handbags, belts and chokers to earn some cash. They had lots of fringes, eyelets etc. A boutique used to take them sale or return. I have just been googling 70s patchwork handbags.I recently found a box of leather pieces from those days in the loft. Tessa x

    1. I'm thrilled with this addition to my wardrobe and can't wait to style it up over the forthcoming months.

      It sounds as if you're about to have a another go at using those patchwork pieces creatively again Tessa ... x

  3. My goodness, that jacket is wonderful; the colours, the detail, the fringes, I’m loving it!

    Your ‘elfie selfie’ outfit made me smile, I like how you put it all together to create a great, fun look.

    Sounds like you enjoyed a lovely Christmas with time to unwind and relax.
    Wishing you all the best for 2022 x

  4. Lovely feedback from you, thanks.

    Happy New Year to you Phyllis. I do hope that 2022 is a good year for you too!

  5. Anna, oh I'm so late in whishing you a very, very happy new year. Just read up your blogs to be up to date again. Super outfits!!!! Happy swimming ;-)
    Hugs from Cologne,

  6. What a statement piece, love the trousers and boots. Jacqui x


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