Off to Scotland

I'm heading homeward for my niece's wedding in Scotland at the weekend and this may look like I'm travelling light, but that's just my hand luggage for the flight North. As always I will be factoring in a stopover in Cornwall to hoover up any prize finds in my local charity shops. Today's ensemble has paired up two of my current favourites, the Boden trousers and the yellow jacket. I think they just look fab together. The splash of orange adds a bit of zing and yet another pair of brogues make the whole thing practical for hopping on and off boats, planes and trains. Mainland here I come!

Jacket : charity shop. Trousers : Boden. Top : Miss Selfridge. Shoes : TK Maxx. Necklace and rings : old. Holdall : Thailand.

New Boden skirt

Goodness me, how I love this outfit! Each of the elements are fab in their own right, but put them together and bang, they look amazing. Boden make this style of skirt as a mainstay, and I do seem to succumb at least once or twice a year, but usually I try to hold off until sale time. However, this print is so me I couldn't risk waiting in case it was all sold out. The marrying of skirt, tights and new silver brogues makes my heart sing and the addition of my huge purple bag is the icing on the cake. So here we have this month's favourite photo shoot (so far).

Skirt : Boden. Jacket : Benetton. Shirt : Austin Reed (charity shop). Tights : Topshop. Shoes : Office. Bag : TK Maxx. Necklace : Zinc White. Rings : old.


The joy of brogues

My favourite shoes are brogues and as far as I'm concerned they never go out of fashion. You magazine of 10th May featured actress Sarah Gordon sporting a pair of similar brogues by Christian Louboutin, however I fancy they may cost a tad more than mine did. Mine are from Bertie and I've had them for about 2 years now. I usually wear them with black and white tartan trousers, but they also look very cute with a dress as you can see. The splendid silver lily ring was a prize find in a rummage basket on the counter in a Truro charity shop for the grand sum of £12. I'm dedicated to finding the best bargains, even in my charity shops!

Yesterday was a bit of a downer for us locals as this amazing painting which has been such a fabulous backdrop for my photo shoots was returned to the artist, Anthony Garratt in Bristol. This piece along with three others had been on loan for a year as the outdoors exhibition "Four". Three of them were dismantled and shipped to the mainland to be relocated, but one remains here permanently. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the last of my photos featuring the paintings and happily will still have access to the 4th one which I'm sure you'll get to know as well as you do this one. Thanks Ant, you've really added a bit of glamour to the launch of my blog x

Dress : Gok Wan at Sainsbury. Top : M&S. Shoes : Bertie. Necklace : Dorothy Perkins. Glass ring : Dorothy Perkins. Silver Amaryllis ring : charity shop. Handbag : retro shop, Ireland.


I'm off shopping!

This may look a bit different to your average shopping trip, but living on an island we lack that whole chuck-it-in-the-boot option.  Hence this cute little shopping trolley to take the strain out of the grocery dash. The guys on the boats are always happy to carry it up and down the quay steps, so life couldn't be more simple!

My piece of the day has to be this gorgeous blouse with pussy-cat bow. I found it very recently on eBay when I was suffering shopper's withdrawal symptoms. As you'll have seen from my blog I much prefer to do old fashioned shopping from a shop. I like to feel the fabric, check out things like stitching and linings, but most importantly try it on. However, sometimes I get the urge to shop and just can't wait until my next trip to the mainland and that's when the vintage section of eBay comes into it's own.

It probably hasn't escaped your attention that the fab yellow jacket has made it's second appearance after only a week. But what else could I have worn with this? It looks made to measure. A boat trip, even on a sunny day, can still be breezy so I had to wear a jacket and this is The Perfect One.

Jacket : charity shop. Trousers : Boden. Blouse : eBay. Sandals : New Zealand. Silver "in heaven on earth" ring : Diana Porter. Multi colour ring : old. Shopping trolley : TK Maxx.

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