Flower power!

I should have put out a sunglasses alert for this one! This is my new flower power jacket, a real throwback to the fashion of my teens (that's the 70's in case you couldn't guess). I came across it in TK Maxx earlier this summer and have been itching to have the opportunity to wear it. The recent downturn in the weather provided the perfect silver lining to these storm clouds giving me a chance to add a pop or two of citrus brights to the jazziest of jackets.

Here's the brand ...

... and here's the price. Not too shabby eh?

The observant amongst you will notice that I decided to flip my bag around letting you see the simple, featureless nature of the back - clever of me, don't you think? And done on purpose, of course.

The smock jacket is canvas, fully lined and adorned with these crazy vinyl flowers on the orange trim. It took only a heartbeat for me to decide to try it on and less than a minute to decide to buy it - the look is flower power, flamboyant and completely over the top, therefore is an utter joy to me. 

I added John Lennon retro sunnies (from River Island), a wide orange and gold bangle, one plastic ring and another oversized one, plus that natty little straw bag (all preloved) to continue with the hippy chick theme. No-one could ever accuse me of taking myself seriously could they?

The cute sweater is by Tu, picked up in the summer sale last year and perfect to wear with this jacket with its double trumpet sleeves. And the trousers are preloved, by Zara and seen recently on the blog after a trip to London (see here) and that's where I found this hand carved wooden necklace too.

These River Island sandals are retro pieces too being many, many years old; too many for me to remember. The rubber soles are great shock absorbers and the angle of the platform is not too steep to be uncomfortable - they're all day wonders these ones!

Sunshine and showers pretty much sums up the weather of the day. I have a day off tomorrow and had been hoping to have an end of day picnic when Steve finishes work so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the fresh weather front blows though by late afternoon. All being well, I can share a new off-island adventure with you on next time as Steve and I visit a different uninhabited island for the first time. We've suddenly decided that we really ought to visit as many of these smaller islands as we can, just because we can, and I'll be capturing as much of this on camera as possible. I do hope that you're having a good week wherever you are. Seemingly we in the UK are about to have another burst of that summer heatwave again, but this weekend I'll be thinking of my lovely friend Bo who lives in Portugal and is being promised temperatures of 48 degrees! She left the UK with her son and husband nearly 10 years ago, looking for a milder climate, but really - 48 degrees? That's blooming ridiculous!

Until next time, take care!
Anna x


Autumn equinox

Yes, today we mark the official start to autumn or if you're reading this in the Southern hemisphere then you'll be embracing the spring equinox. For us in the North this day heralds the start of shorter daylight hours and longer nights. In some ways I'm being dragged, kicking and screaming in rebellion as I say goodbye to summer, but I know that in a few weeks time when I'm togged up in brogues and snuggly tights I'll be, once again, in my element. I have a couple of last minute summery outfits to show you and here's the first...

Longer shadows and golden light signal the gradual change that's been taking place lately, but I've been making the most of the odd warm day to bring out something you've not yet seen this year. The maxi dress was a recent find in a charity shop when I was in Truro. Orange and turquoise are my two favourite summer colours plus the fact that this is a vintage piece makes it top of my "Best finds" list of the year. I've plucked some zingy turquoise accessories to emphasise the sea colours by way of these metallic mules, the beaded belt and two long turquoise necklaces as well as the bangle and ring.

Last weekend I announced that my clothes swap over usually brings on a change in the weather and bang, right on cue, it did! My friend Rachel was right in her prediction. Accordingly my bedroom is the scene of clothes chaos where the seasons are held in limbo, summer, autumn and winter all gloriously melded and mixed together in a jumbled rainbow of colours, textures and fabrics. I daren't move things forward as the days here are still producing the soft, warm, golden light which is so flattering to the skin. Yes, these are interspersed by windy, blustery, sometimes rainy and even foggy days too, but my attention is always focused on the single day when we are becalmed and autumn pushed back for another 24 hours. Sasha and her friends spent yesterday lounging on the beach and by the end of the day she was sporting a sun kissed look that she hadn't managed to achieve in her whole summer spent on mainland Cornwall. Hurrah for the joys of Scilly!

Outfit details - dress: Kivenil, shoes and tee shirt: Primark, belt: Sainsbury's, Dancing girl pendant: Charlie Dodge, long necklace: old, bangle: gift, ring: pre-loved, sunglasses: River Island.

Anna x

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