Mid week mix

Apologies again for pulling this out of my draft box while I'm away on my holidays. Thanks to you all for hanging on in there and coming back to view.

Golly, I'm not too happy about my mop of hair here! I hope to be looking a bit more sleek upon my return.


These Irregular Choice shoes were a gift from my friend Bun. I've dollied about in them recently and felt totally cutsie-glam, if there's such a thing.

I'm a bit late showing my fake fur in February. Most fashion bloggers had theirs on show in December at least. 

The right shoes and tights can make such an impact on any outfit I think. Imagine this same dress but with flesh coloured tights and simple courts. It just wouldn't have this impact, would it? I would encourage anyone to experiment with coloured/patterned/lacy tights to inject a bit of personality to a dress that may have become an old faithful. It's an inexpensive way to add a pop of colour, to test the water too.

I've hesitated about showing the first photo, as it strikes me as a bit frumpy. The jacket was a purchase from eBay ages ago and I've never worn it until today. The rosette pattern was what attracted me, but when I put it on I feel a bit blah. However, it ended up in too many of the shots to edit therefore I'll let you guys be the judge. Don't worry about hurting my feelings as it's already been allocated to the recycle pile. It'll be heading off to eBay in a month or two when I finally get straight. Watch this space...

Currently we should be sailing towards Barcelona if my calculations are right. I do hope that my instagram account is firing on all cylinders showing snaps of our jolly trips out and about and that some of you may be keeping in touch with our travels. Thanks for taking time to visit the blog despite me flaunting my playing hooky. I'll try to keep abreast of all of my favourite bloggers antics too. See you all soon x

Dress: Ninewest (old). Shoes: Irregular Choice. Jacket: eBay. Thermal top: M&S. Orange necklace: old. Brown ring: East. Yellow ring: Martin James. Tights: Topshop (old).



Polly had watched me tip toe my way down the slippy incline onto the beach and had been snapping away furiously - I think she had hoped to catch me slipping onto my derriere!

This clutch belongs to my daughter who has moved out, but not moved all of her things out. She may decide to collect some of these featured pieces now that I'm making good use of them!

The little harbour behind me is always a hive of activity in the mornings with frieght being loaded and unloaded, and visitors catching the jet boats to make their trip homewards.

Here we are in the middle of winter and I just wanted to inject a burst of sunshine into your day. Some of these posts were forgotten in the days when we had perfect conditions to have a shoot, but I was too busy to organise them into a draft. It's lovely to go back to them now and see the glorious sunny mornings, see how relaxed the warm weather makes me look.

Polly, my lovely assistant and photographer, has gone to work elsewhere for the winter months and I do miss her help with not only the photos, but her feedback and advice on the blog, or how to style an outfit or even just give me her perspective on a pose that works or doesn't. My blog is currently full of selfies, albeit with the aid of a tripod and timer. The interaction with Polly is what I miss; her sense of fun and wish to get the best out of me. I hope she will be back in 2016, and in the meantime I'll potter along and hope you still enjoy what you see.

I featured this skirt on our final exhibition night and really glammed it up as seen here. Today however, it was a simple and slightly monochrome look I was after. I like the laser cut sandals paired with the studded handbag, I think they work well together. Much as the sandals look precariously high, they are really only high due to the wedge and are not to bad to walk in at all. I think the clever thing about them is the curve at the front which allows the foot to roll as you walk, very clever. The sleeveless white blouse was perfect for a sunny day in the gallery as it looked smart, businesslike and was also cool for the afternoon heat-bath we often endured as we stood near the gallery windows serving in full-on sunshine. I kept the jewellery to a minimum and not too colourful either as I thought the skirt was pretty much saying it all. Looking back on it now, I think it was a simple success, unfussy but still fun.

Skirt: H&M. Blouse: charity shop. Sandals: New Look. Bag: borrowed. Necklace and silver ring: charity shop. Yellow ring: Martin James.


Travel tales

The reality of this post is that I'm setting this up in advance in the hope that the technology works and it does in fact publish while I head off on the next stage of our holiday. On Wednesday morning, if everything works out, we ought to be sitting on the train travelling from Cornwall to London and my plan is that this is the outfit I'll be wearing. So here goes -

Travelling clothes have to be a mix of practical and stylish in my book. The jacket is practical as it doesn't crease even when I bunch it up to use as a pillow. And, yes you guessed it, the stylish element has to be these leather Chelsea boots with a bit of glittery sparkle to them.

I'm in boot heaven with these. I love Chelsea boots and I adore a bit of bling so this is the perfect marriage of the two.

These are my favourite jeans of the moment. I've never bought Gap jeans before, but the fit is really comfy and seems to be my shape exactly - I may have to look out for another pair.

As I said we're leaving Cornwall today after spending a couple of days with Sasha. I've got a hair appointment lined up as well as a facial so I hope to be looking a bit more groomed by the time we hit the bright lights of London. These posts may not be quite up to scratch as I'm feeling the pressure as we rise to a crescendo of printing off tickets, insurance papers etc as well as the packing of that ever elusive capsule wardrobe. So excuse me if I'm not quite delivering my best.

I've had this yellow tartan jacket for quite a few years now and it comes out every winter. I particularly like the cut which gives it a very feminine feel. The boots are new and came in the deluge of boots and shoes which were the result of my "influenza shoppingitis" episode and were lucky to have made the cut. Once I was well, I could see the error of my ways and was quite brutal with the returns. Only those with true merit were retained and these most definitely made the grade.  I even used these when I was trying some frocks for the cruise and despite them not being the exact look I was hoping for they were OK. Well see what you think -

This is a kind of half way house in the dressing up scale to my mind. It's not what I will want to be wearing on board our cruise but I could be taken out for a posh meal in London, say. I'm meeting up with my dear friend Bo on Friday to see the Monet exhibition and wonder if I might persuade her to stay on for a meal that evening. Well, I'm ready for all eventualities with this I think.

Jacket: Next (old). Jeans: Gap (charity shop). Cardigan: H&M (old). Blouse: eBay. Boots: River Island (sold out but these are similar). Dress: H&M.  Handbag: charity shop. Rings: charity shop.


The final countdown

Today is going to be bedlam in our house, therefore I've put this post together sooner rather than later as I think my bedroom may end up looking like the remnants of a jumble sale. At the end of the post I've finally got a few frocks to show you after all those promises, but I must admit that some would have benefited from an iron. 

Maybe the expression on my face says - "Not long 'til I'm being whisked off on my hols!"

Does this happen to you? The minute you've made the appointment to have your hair cut it suddenly looks the best it's been in ages.

Let's talk about the coat first, shall we? I bought this from a charity shop in September and whisked it straight off to the dry cleaners for specialist cleaning. It took about a month to be posted back to me and ever since then I've been trying to show it off to it's best. It's got a lovely veined effect which shows up better in a close up later on, and has a distressed look that has probably just come about through the passage of time. I changed the belt as the other was too big. 

And let's not forget the boots. New, and having their debut with these wonderful tights which my sister Sandra sent me. I fancy they're called Argyle check rather than tartan. I know these boots will obviously look amazing with jeans, but wanted to try something a little bit different initially.

The beautiful woollen shorts came from ASOS via a charity shop in Penzance a couple of years ago. I like the feature of the side zips which conceal the pockets - very nifty.

I'm a regular in most of the charity shops in Penzance, so it was a lovely surprise to find that one of them had upgraded an area of the shop into a vintage section. Not unusual elsewhere, but pretty cutting edge for us out on this far peninsula of Cornwall. In one corner an old fashioned wardrobe was decked out in all sort of finery and hanging inside I came across this gorgeous suede coat which hails from Cypress. I slipped it gently off its hanger and slid it over my shoulders. I was soon the happy owner of this exquisite piece. A bit of neglect was apparent, but nothing that couldn't be sorted by some specialist cleaning. The coat is in the running as the holiday coat, but I have others to consider.

So, on to the frock situation. These are a few that might make the final cut, but at the moment it's as clear as mud.

Two beautiful beaded numbers. The peach chiffon one is new, but marred slightly by the fact that someone said it was a bit Bollywood, hmmmm. Can I let that put me off?

I have fellow fashion blogger Suzanne Carillo to thank for leading me to discover this stunning skirt by Anthropologie. It was in the sale, (sold out now)  which did reduce the sting somewhat.

This is the green beaded dress I wore to my 40th birthday bash - truly vintage now methinks.

I wore this gold maxi dress on our last cruise. Does that mean it ought to stay at home this time?

And this maxi dress hasn't had an outing since I bought in on eBay last summer. I can imagine Melanie from Bag and a Beret wearing this to an exotic soiree, with elbow length gloves, whilst brandishing a cigarette in a very long cigarette holder. 

The gold knee length dress is lovely with the gold beaded crochet top, but again has already been cruising. And the dark green 50's frock has never been worn, but looks amazing with my black net underskirt underneath. To be honest, it seems like I've got a whole lot of trying on to do to help with the decision making. Wish me luck!

I'm scheduling my posts to continue to go live on Wednesdays and Sundays for the duration of my holiday and so dear readers it would be great to know you'll still pop by to see some new outfits. Some are from last summer which I thought might be a bit cheering during the last weeks of the winter. I hope to also post some new shots from our holiday on Instagram which is under the same name as my blog - it would be great to hear from you there too. I'll be checking my comments on both and provided I have network will respond, so do keep in touch x

Coat: charity shop. Boots: Office shoes (sold out but these are similar) Shorts: charity shop. Top: eBay. Tights: gift. Belt: Zara. Bag: charity shop. Rings: charity shop.

All of the dresses shown are old, vintage or from eBay. The striped skirt is now sold out.

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