Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Summer in the City

It's love. 

Yesterday i relented and purchased the beautiful maxi skirt you see before you.  It wasn't in haste.  We have spent quite a bit of time together over the last few weeks; exchanged many glances; and dare i say it - a little bit of physical contact too.

This loveliness is not from my usual haunts, but from the M&S Indigo range - which rather surprised me as it's not somewhere i would ever usually think of wandering.  If truth be told i was actually en route through to the food-hall when i first spotted it.

According to M&S, the Indigo range is 'Pretty mix and match pieces in denim, ethnic inspired prints and co-ordinating colours.  Women with busy lives will love this feminine, everyday casual wear.' 

Well yes i am a woman and to say i am busy is an understatement; but i think for my age group, buying from M&S comes with a little bit of a tag.  And it's not just me.  I had the skirt on when the Mr came in last night (road testing you see) and our conversation went a bit like this:

Him:  'Ooh i like your skirt'
Me:  'Thanks.  It's new.  I am just wearing it for a bit to decide if i should keep it.  I love it.'
Him:  'Where's it from? I like it.  You should keep it.'
Me:  'M&S'
Him:  'Oh. Right. Where they sell the big pants?'
Him:  'How was your day?
It is a good job i am not of a sensitive disposition.  Buying clothes from M&S has somehow become peppered with hints of a late thirties, little bit overweight, ruddy complexioned, possibly sanitary towel wearing women.  Or is it just me?  Apologies if that may be a little harsh, but it's not Zara or French Connection is it?

I have to say in all honesty though, after countless brief rendezvous with The Skirt before i purchased; i did have a good nosey around the rest of the collection and i was pleasantly surprised.  I found several slouchy, over sized jumpers i would love, a handful of beautifully printed swingy tops, and some fab skinny plum cords too. And they have some lovely ankle boots too.  

As someone who is always saying 'its not what you wear, its how you wear it' i fear i should heed my own advice. 

When i think of my style and what i like to wear, i seem to go for quirky pieces in unnusual prints, and clashing colours, or things that are very relaxed, a little ethnic or bohemian.  This little wonder has me back in the latter camp.  Not only do i love the colour - a rich pinky plum which gets a little lighter towards the bottom; but its all in the details to.  So so many maxi skirts about at the moment are either overly summery (i know it is summer, but it is British summertime!) or made of jersey.  I don't mind jersey for its versatility and cheapness, but it doesn't look as lovely as other fabrics can.  This skirts got mileage.  

This beautiful heavyweight cotton is cool enough for now, with a little vest popped inside; but it will work equally well when the nights draw in and it gets cooler - even better probably with a chunky slouchy jumper, ankle boots or brogues and a lovely satchel.  

Because i am very pale, i love warmer plum-ey tones, but made this a little softer by pairing it with a pale pink old Topshop vest, and then pinned an oversized burgundy flower to the vest, just because.  I didn't actually brave the lovely floppy hat into town today, as i was riding Willow and just knew it would blow off my head once the wind got underneath it. I have attached a little bit of ribbon round it so i can fasten it round my neck, but i feel like an extra from Little House and the Prairie….not a good look!
If i was lucky enough to be meandering through the fields of Kendal Calling this weekend, i would definitely be rocking this get up!

Vest:  Topshop, two or three years ago.  Skirt:  M&S Indigo Collection, £29.50.  Skull ring:  Topshop, £3.50 AW11 sale.  Bracelets:  Accessorize, many years ago.  


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

All Tied Up

I can't ever remember not wearing scarves.  To me they are my most favourite accessory.  A 'something' that can completely update an outfit, change the way something looks, bring out a different colour in a dress or, like so many of my scarf purchases, make up for the fact that i cant afford a whole new outfit and so simply opt for a new scarf!

Last week i had a traumatic scarf dilemma.  Anyone who knows me will know the sheer volume of scarves i own.  So many infact that they are in three different places in our wonderful abode; just so i can keep track.  I have my big box of knitted, woollen, wintery scarves (which are kept with my woolly bobble hats and mittens too).  Then there is my overnight flowery weekender bag which lives under the bed and is filled with my not-quite-wintery enough for winter cotton,jersey and viscose scarves (think autumn and spring - the in-betweeners if you will).  And lastly but probably my most treasured scarves - my lovely little silk scarves.  These live in various places:  Hung on a wooden coat hanger on the back of the door in the spare room;  Draped around what i plan to wear them with next, and hung in wardrobe number two in the spare room.  Or rolled up neatly in between my jeans in a big canvas trunk under the bed. 

Last week i lost a scarf.  

Or rather more i have since discovered that i didn't in fact lose it, i actually gave it away to the lovely charity shop in Denton Holme by mistake.  I cannot quite understand how this happened, given my super scarf organisation and the fact that i know each and every scarf by name colour, type, material.  I cannot possibly go back into the charity shop to re-purchase the scarf I accidentally gave away.  What a wombat.  What's worse is that i actually considered this.  Until i remembered that i often see said lovely old lady from the charity shop in our local supermarket and she always says hello.  (She remembers me from all the clutter giving away i did when we first moved in here - we had lovely little chats over tealight holders,heart shaped notice boards and other various paraphernalia). 

So now everytime i look at something in my wardrobe i keep thinking how lovely it would have looked with my beautiful lost little scarf.  

Now its gone i know i would wear it everyday. 

The above photos are not said, very much missed scarf, but in fact my lovely Liberty scarf which i dug out on Sunday after not wearing it for a little while.  I love how many things you can do with a scarf….and this is but a few!!
I had  very lazy sunday due to a busy weekend out hen-nighting and visiting old friends; so apologies for the scalleywag before you!!


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Drum Roll Please!

You may have noticed a little disruption around this little place over the weekend….my most sincerest apologies, but we have had a little makeover, courtesy of the lovliest blogger, Jen at Jenny and the Magic Feather.  I cannot thank her enough!!!! For the most lovely lovely layout! 

So consequently my weekend has been spent sending alot of emails at our little desk and trying to describe how i envisaged the little blog to look - it is harder than you think!  This i find quite amazing! Jen and i don't know each other at all, only really through blogging, and i cannot believe she has pretty much summed me up in a blog layout, im so pleased!!! 

You will notice that you can now click on all the pictures in my posts, and see much clearer, larger versions which i love.  And its easy to direct to my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too and so you can choose which way you say hellooo from now on.  

I havent been blogging for very long, as most of you will no, so i am still very new to all this and really struggle with the technicalities!  (As you can probably tell!) So i have been thinking that the layout and overall look needed a little update and refresher for a little bit. Et voila!!!

I hope you all approve and enjoy!!! I cannot thank Jen enough!! Hope you get the chance for a little goosey gander around her beautiful little blog too.  You will be hooked! 

I am looking forward to getting some lovely posts up and running with the new snazziness, but right now i am off to pop the kettle on and do some mood boarding before tea time!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Sunshine and Showers

It is what my weather forecast has said on my phone for…at least the last three weeks.  I have done the usual - shook it, turned it upside down, turned it off and on again, even talked to it.  It is not broken - that is in fact the way things are rolling in good old Blighty at the minute.  I know this is not a revelation to most of you!! So hopefully i shall manage to wear something and get some photographs at some point in the near future without getting drenched head to toe and being a grumpy bum!

Poor Willow.  She has been 'swimming' a lot recently, and i am not sure she is too keen!!
So consequently i have been sneaking in quick fits and spurts on lovely little Willow, in between very heavy downpours, coming home, drying off and mostly eating and drinking tea and cookies! I should probably kick this very bad habit as i am being bridesmaid in a mere few weeks now…eek.  


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