Outfit of the day 28/04/17

I am really pleased to be able to write that I managed two things today! LH drove me to the public library and I returned my massive heap of books and chose another huge pile to take home. Amongst them were two books that I had reserved some time ago and I raided the shelves for every Ellie Griffiths book that I could find. So I will be binge reading about sleuthing archaeologists for some time 😀.

We then went to the local garden centre where we had a pretty heated argument discussion about politics and the General Election. LH and I agree about most political issues, but often disagree about the fine details. Anyway, let’s just say that we are both extremely worried about a possible landslide by the Tories and the effect this would have on poor people in this country and also our sons’ futures. I try not to say too much about my political stance on this blog, but my views are very strong and the current situation does impact on my depression and anxiety levels.

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk scarf – De la Mer au Ciel – Hermès. Tied in an asymmetric wrap.
  • Cobalt blue, cotton cable jumper – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Klass.
  • Crystal and gold earrings.
  • White leather and gold bracelet – Tory Burch.
  • Cobalt blue enamel and gold, patterned bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • White enamel and gold, plain wide bangle – Halcyon Days.
De la Mer au Ciel - Hermès - collage #02

De la Mer au Ciel РHerm̬s Рcollage #02

The last few days have been very quiet and peaceful in our household as Elder Son has been away on one of his trips. When he has a few days off, he likes to travel to one of the larger cities, this time Manchester, and then visit every other city in the region. Of course, this is a really amazing achievement for him as we were told, many years ago when he first had his diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties, that he would have a very restricted life. We are so happy for him that those awful predictions have been outstripped. ES has gone way beyond anything that we might have hoped for and now contributes to his community and wider society. We are so proud of him.

That doesn’t stop us enjoying the peace when he is away, though 😉.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

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Update 27/04/17

Still not doing well health-wise as I had a really terrible coughing and choking bout in the night. I am getting a bit stir-crazy from staying in the house, but there has been no chance of going out today.

LH and I watched recorded Holby City and then Little Boy Blue this morning. The latter programme is very upsetting as it is the story of a young boy, Rhys Jones age 11, who was shot whilst returning home from football practice. The emotional trauma of losing a son in such horrific circumstances is almost too much to deal with, even as an observer, never mind that this happened to a family in real life. Part of my anxiety is focused on worrying about my lads and the fear of losing any of them. If that sounds selfish and making this about me, when a family has already lost their loved one, then I am sorry. Perhaps I shouldn’t have watched the programme at all.


I had promised that I would reveal my new scarf and so I will do that now. For some time, I have been looking at the range of Herm̬s scarves that show designs based on themes from the ancient world. Up to now, I have mostly bought scarves with plant and animal designs, but I began to look at older scarves on eBay and reseller sites and noticed a few with Ancient Greek and Roman motifs, as well as those from Ancient Egypt. I already have one such scarf РEscales Mediterran̩enes Рbut am quite keen to acquire some more.

As I cannot afford to spend a lot of money on scarves, certainly nothing beyond the price of a new one from the web shop, I was pleased to see one on eBay last week that fitted into my new collecting “theme”.

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

I had seen this colourway before and really liked it: pale lilac, sepia, blush, cream and shades of brown and teal. There is a pattern that looks a bit like crazy paving in two light purple/lilac colours with motifs of ancient gods and goddesses, fish, buildings, animals and plants. I think it will look best against a deeper purple top or this brick jumper, perhaps even a cream t-shirt. We will see.

Let me just say that I was thrilled to get this pristine scarf for the price. Yes, it has a sale stamp but I don’t mind about that! I am just so pleased to add it to my small collection.

❤️💜💚💙💛

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Update 26/04/17

I woke up this morning in excruciating pain from acid reflux, which lasted until lunchtime despite taking my prescribed meds. This washed me out so much that I had to stay in bed and could not fulfil my plan of going to the library to pick up reserved books.

Oops! I said I would reveal my new scarf today! Well, that will have to wait until I have the strength to take some photos as the ones on eBay didn’t get the colours quite right. That’s OK, though, because I knew from the description that it was the colourway I have been seeking for a while. I will try again tomorrow.

Now, back to books…

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Fortunately, my local public library service has a pretty good ebook collection and I have been reading the first book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series: The Crow Trap. It was very enjoyable and I have already stacked up the sequels in my digital loans from the library. I have already reviewed The Crow Trap on Goodreads and will quote that here:

Started to read this series as I have enjoyed the TV adaptations so much. In fact, this book surprised me in that the format was so different to the screenplays. Told from the different characters’ points of view, Vera Stanhope only appears part of the way through after we have met many of the main characters. The plot was pretty complex, with lots of back stories which eventually came together. Will definitely work through the rest of the series, so it is great that our public library digital collection has all of them!

OK, so not a very profound review, but, as I have said many times before, I am not a good reviewer and I can’t wait to get on with my next book!

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Since I last wrote about my reading, I have also finished Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard. This was a great first book – an exciting thriller largely set on board a cruise ship and using modern technology and social media in a really positive and appropriate way. Lots of missing persons, murder, mayhem and mystery!

The Wrong Girl by David Hewson

The Wrong Girl by David Hewson

My next book, before I go in and get a new stack from the library, will be David Hewson’s The Wrong Girl. This is the second in his Pieter Vos series, set in Amsterdam. Hewson is perhaps better known for turning the famous The Killing TV programmes into novel form.

I hope that I feel better tomorrow, but even if I don’t, at least I have plenty to read!

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Outfit of the day 25/04/17

It is time to introduce my favourite Spring scarf: Hermès’ Dans un Jardin Anglais 90cm, designed by Alice Shirley. You may remember that I have already shown the pretty twilly of this design, back in January. I love this time of year with new flowers and fresh blossom and leaves bursting out on the trees around here. This scarf embodies Spring for me with its depiction of an English garden. Trees, flowers and plants of every kind are shown with a host of creatures: birds, butterflies, deer, rabbits, badgers and even a peacock. I will write a Scarf of the Moment post about it in a few weeks.

Dans un Jardin Anglais is unusual in that the design goes diagonally across the scarf. So that the elements don’t look upside down, I tend to wear it in a cowboy cowl knot as in the image below. It does look lovely in other knots too and I will continue to wear it into the Summer. The background colour is in my absolutely favourite Hermès colour: lilac, and there are shades of blue, aqua, purple, yellow, green, brown and orange. Simply beautiful 😍

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk scarf 90cm – Dans un Jardin Anglais – Hermès.
  • Aqua cotton mix cable jumper – Lands’ End.
  • Navy cotton joggers – Cotton Traders.
  • Lilac enamel and gold plain bangle – Halcyon Days. This is an almost exact match to the background colour of the scarf.
  • Turquoise enamel and rose gold, giraffe pattern bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Yellow, white and rose gold with crystal earrings.
Dans un Jardin Anglais - Hermès - collage #01

Dans un Jardin Anglais РHerm̬s Рcollage #01

Well, I had a first today! We finally sorted out the insurance and AA cover for Younger Son to drive my car and he took me out in it around our neighbourhood. I must admit that I was very nervous and was quite overwhelmed when we got back home. Nothing to do with him at all as he did well and, with more practice, will be a competent driver at the very least. The reason the situation took so much out of me must be because of my physical and mental health issues. It is so frustrating to feel like this – so weak and feeble.

On a more positive note, over the weekend I found one of my Grail scarves on eBay and bought it after some negotiations. I don’t suppose that it would be anyone else’s Grail, but it fits nicely with my love of the ancient world and I have been looking for an affordable and nice colourway for some time. Tomorrow’s post will reveal which scarf!

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Wardrobe planning #16: Hermès scarves – at the movies

I thought I would have a bit of fun this week and look for videos about Hermès scarves and then list them in a post so that readers can find them all in one place. If I find any more in the future, I will add them here.

I hope you find them useful and enjoy the more humorous ones!

General

How Hermès Silk Scarves are Made:

La Fabrique de la Soie:

La Maison des Carrés:

Maxi Twilly Cut:

Scarf Themes

Fauna and Flora:

Into the Silk:

Silk Waves:

Individual Scarves

Hermès have a sense of whimsical humour which is very appealing. Although these videos are made for marketing purposes, they are also a great deal of fun.

And the Winner is:

Les Bains d’Hermès: not on YouTube, but on Vimeo – please follow this link as it is well worth the visit!

Dans un Jardin Anglais:

Flamingo Love:

Hippopolis:

On a Summer Day:

Pégase Pop:

Super H:

 

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Scarf of the moment: Zebra Pegasus

Zebra Pegasus, designed by Alice Shirley for Hermès, has been so popular since it was first issued in 2014 that it has appeared in every format imaginable. Well, just about. I have it in the gavroche size, issued for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season, but it has been offered as a 90cm twill, a maxi-twilly, a cashmere-silk shawl and a mousseline (chiffon).

Zebra Pegasus gavroche by Alice Shirley for Hermès

Zebra Pegasus gavroche by Alice Shirley for Hermès

When it appeared as a 90cm, my usual favourite size, I felt that the design was too bold for me and I did not think that any of the colourways would suit me. The gavroche issue, however, was a different thing altogether. I found the colourway I loved (09) on a reseller site at a reduced price and snapped it up. I adore how this little scrap of silk feels around my neck and the colours are perfect for my wardrobe: teal background, navy and white zebra pattern and shades of blue and purple on the feathered wings. Yes, the scarf shows a zebra as Pegasus – great fun!

I wear this scarf quite often as it goes with so many of my clothes and accessories, particularly my cobalt cable jumper, anything in navy or purple and this teal twin-set. The collage below shows modelling photos from the last couple of years:

Zebra Pegasus gavroche - Hermès - collage #03

Zebra Pegasus gavroche РHerm̬s Рcollage #03

As you can see, I also have several accessories which tone with the scarf – earrings from Blue Nile, bracelets from Ferragamo and Halcyon Days:

Accessories which go well with my Zebra Pegasus gavroche

Accessories which go well with my Zebra Pegasus gavroche

These were the colourways available for the gavroche in 2015:

As the design has appeared in so many formats, I must show some of the other colourways which have been available over the years since 2014:

The design story:

A graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and The Prince’s Drawing School in London, Alice Shirley is a frequent collaborator with the city’s Natural History Museum. Fascinated by the myth of Pegasus, and the famously untameable African zebra, Alice Shirley reinvents the classical legend, transporting it to southern Africa. The celestial mount of Zeus brought forth the fountain of the Muses with a kick of his hoof, and was turned into a constellation by the king of the gods. Here, he swaps his immaculate white coat for the two-tone pattern of his close equine cousins. Completing this highly original portrait, his magnificent wings turn flaming orange, echoing the plumage of African parrots. Has his metamorphosis given Pegasus the power of speech, like them? We cannot know…


The theme of Pegasus appeals to my love of Ancient Greece again – this time Greek mythology. If you are interested in the legend, I hope you find these links useful:

Ancient History Encyclopedia
Pegasus

Ancient Origins
Pegasus: the Majestic White Horse of Olympus

Greek Legends and Myths
Pegasus in Greek Mythology

Theoi Project
Pegasos


The legend of Pegasus was often shown in ancient art from the Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans. Here are some depictions on ceramics and mosaics:

Pegasus in ancient art

Pegasus in ancient art

In fact Pegasus, as well as being a favourite of ancient art, also seems to be very popular in Paris. There are several statues that can be seen:

Pegasus on the Pont Alexandre, Paris by Max London on Flickr

Pegasus on the Pont Alexandre, Paris by Max London on Flickr

Pegasus by Dan Jarvis on Flickr

Pegasus by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

Mercury Riding Pegasus by Craig Moe on Flickr

Mercury Riding Pegasus by Craig Moe on Flickr

Tuileries Gate Statue by Paolo on Flickr

Tuileries Gate Statue by Paolo on Flickr

Image Credits

Pegasus on the Pont Alexandre, Paris by Max London on Flickr

Pegasus by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

Mercury Riding Pegasus by Craig Moe on Flickr

Tuileries Gate Statue by Paolo on Flickr

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Outfit of the day 20/04/17

I am still feeling very dizzy, weak and ill. Elder Son was in super fuss-mode this morning, which is very wearing. I worry when he starts on like this that it will develop into a full melt-down. He went out for the day and I am hoping that he has calmed down when he gets home again.

Younger Son has been cleaning my car as we have now insured him to drive it! I will be taking him out in it as soon as I feel a bit better. But the thought of him driving on his own fills me with dread, although he is a very sensible lad.

I only managed a couple of hours downstairs before coming back up to bed. We watched a recorded episode of Holby City, plus Jeremy Corbyn’s speech. I am still very worried about what will happen in this country, before, during and after the General Election.

I don’t usually wear the same scarf more than once in a week, but was not in the mood to change over. So today’s outfit is:

  • Silk scarf, 90cm – Au Pays des Oiseaux Fleurs – Hermès. Knotted like a tie to show off the lovely hem (see the second picture for a close-up of the hem).
  • Bright teal cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Dark navy cotton mix short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Navy cotton jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • London blue topaz earrings – Blue Nile.
  • Navy enamel and gold patterned wide bangle – Halcyon Days.
Au Pays des Oiseaux Fleurs - Hermès - collage #01

Au Pays des Oiseaux Fleurs РHerm̬s Рcollage #02

I also played with another knot later in the day – this half-bow knot is one of my favourites as it really shows off the scarf, although perhaps it can look a bit fussy and overdone for a casual outfit. It would look great with a plain shift dress for evenings, but then I don’t wear plain shift dresses on an evening these days!

Au Pays des Oiseaux Fleurs - Hermès - in a half-bow knot

Au Pays des Oiseaux Fleurs РHerm̬s Рin a half-bow knot

I nearly used a smaller version of the above photo, but thought that the details would be more visible in this larger size.

Reading

I finished Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner yesterday evening. The book was an enjoyable mystery with a touch of the supernatural. Characters from Gardner’s other books were old favourites, but the two main protagonists were very strange, intentionally so. I have written a short review on Goodreads – it is so useful and interesting to track my reading on that site.

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

After watching the the series on the TV, I decided that I wanted to re-read Len Deighton’s SS-GB. I think I probably read this in the early 80s, so have forgotten the written version of the story. This is an ebook that I have borrowed from the public library’s digital collection – it is very easy to read on my iPad. I have two ebook and three print books in my reading queue before I will turn to the new John Connolly that I mentioned yesterday.

SS-GB by Len Deighton

SS-GB by Len Deighton

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