What a lovely surprise!

Apologies my dear friend for not showing up last week, but life overtook me and some things just had to give... But hey, I'm back and want to share this fabulous top/tunic/mini dress which landed on my doorstep the other day. It's come from a friend who I complimented when she wore it to a drinks party recently in the Gallery. I feel bad that I laid it on so thick about it being exactly my colours and how we could maybe timeshare it...

Anyway, just the other day I had a card from Nicky telling me I had a parcel on the way and bang, here it is! It is indeed just my colours and is a perfect summer addition to my wardrobe and, I hasten to add, it's not her one, but a brand new one that she's sent me. I ironed it and put it on at end of the day to capture these shots down on Pentle Bay just as the tide was coming in. There was a light breeze, but it was a glorious evening and a joy to get outside at the end of the day.

I paired the tunic with my old Boden trousers and didn't that work well. The tunic is by At Last... a brand I've never heard of before and it's called the Annabel Cotton tunic - I can't find this colourway, but here's a fabulous orange paisley version. Did you check it out? If you did you'll understand how guilty I feel at being sent such an extravagent gift - all because I was so cheeky!

I added one pink and one orange perspex ring along with a gold coloured chain and Radley sunglasses as my simple accessories.

As I moved further along the beach the cloud dispersed and the wind dropped whereupon I decided to shed my trousers and try this as a beach dress.

I do like it worn like this - what do you think? It might be the perfect beach cover up for my boating trips too. Talking of which, our boat is on the water and we've already had our first trip to the Eastern Isles, so all that hard work over the past two summers has at last paid off!

And that pretty much rounds it up for me this time. I'm trying hard to keep a good work/life balance, but as ever it's a challenge for me. Some people seem to have nailed it by the time they get to my age, but I'm still running around like a scalded cat some days and having to take to my bed straight after dinner at other times. Thank you for coming back to see me, I do appreciate your company.

Have a super week!
Anna x



  1. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY YOUR COLOUR SCHEME! This blouse HAD to be yours!!!!!

  2. What a gorgeous energising colour combo. Nice as a beach dress and I like it with trousers or maybe leggings. Tessa x

  3. I get the energy thing - I look at my comments and feel too exhausted to reply or even reach out to comment on other blogs! My apologies for my absence, getting caught up on blogs, Anna!

    LOVE that tunic - I am a huge fan of the colours, and would also have gushed in an embarrassing way! What a lovely gift! I love it with the trousers and as a dress - I would probably wear little shorts under it.

    1. You've no need to apologise Sheila - I'm guilty of not finding the time to visit other bloggers too, but we only have a limited amount of spare time and need to use it wisely. Currently I'm enjoying early morning walks to help keep me sane.
      Shorts would indeed work well - thank you! xx

  4. What an extra special gift Anna; the colours are stunning and it’s such a versatile piece too. Fabulous xx


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