Update 20/02/18

As I have spent the day in bed, I don’t have an “Outfit of the day” to show you. My pyjamas and a woolly scarf aren’t very interesting! Instead, I will give you all something that I find very amusing. There is a thread on The Purse Forum called “Just Because it’s Designer Doesn’t Mean it’s Good – Post your WTH Finds!” that I find absolutely hilarious. Here are a few examples to start you off – remember these cost thousands of £££!! 😂🤣😂🤣😂

The designer DHL t-shirt deserves a KFC joke, but I can’t think of anything funny enough to beat what is actually happening. Anyway, it all goes to show that the old phrase “more money than sense” is still true!

Reading Roundup post tomorrow, if all is well.

Best wishes,

💛💚💙❤💜

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Outfit of the day 19/02/18

I was a bit low both physically and mentally over the weekend. As I am spending so much time in bed these days, I am beginning to question why I am collecting so many scarves and other accessories, when I can’t go out wearing them. Mind you, in my small town I don’t think that anyone would really notice How I am dressed.

So, thinking it over once again, the questions really are:
(1) Who am I wearing these lovely (and often very expensive) items for?
(2) Do I really want complete strangers to know my scarf is Hermès or Ferragamo, or who designed my jewellery?

The answers to to these are:
(1) I wear them for myself, to help my confidence when my appearance has been badly affected by illness, and for my family – I plaster a smile on my face so that they don’t worry too much. And (2) not really, that would be showing off!

So, I think that I have talked myself out of this present malaise, at least for a while. Today, even though I knew we would be indoors all day, I decided to wear a lovely scarf and some of my favourite jewellery. Just for me, and also for Lovely Husband.

Today’s outfit:

  • Purple wool-mix jumper – Tommy Hilfiger.
  • Navy cotton v-neck base layer – Sainsbury’s. Image is of a similar item.
  • Navy cotton jogging pants – Cotton Traders.
  • Amethyst and silver stud earrings – Blue Nile.
  • Purple leather and gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Silk scarf, 90cm, in purple, fuchsia, green, teal, burgundy and shades of blue – L’Arbre du Vent – Hermès. Tied in an asymmetric wrap to show off the gorgeous contrast rolled hem.
Outfit of the day 19/02/18 with Hermès’ L’Arbre du Vent scarf

Outfit of the day 19/02/18 with Hermès’ L’Arbre du Vent scarf

I love the rich colours of this scarf!

Best wishes,

💜💜💜💜💜

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Update 16/02/18

Sorry, no post today because I am too ill. Hope you all have a great weekend. With any luck, normal service will be resumed next week 😘

Best wishes,

❤💜💙💚💛

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Outfit of the day 15/02/18

Just a very quick post today. I haven’t made a full collage with today’s outfit, but have put my selfie together with a photo of the scarf. This one is a gorgeous 140cm silk chiffon/mousseline by Leonard which has a design of feathers in grey, black, tan, cream, yellow and turquoise. It drapes wonderfully and is the softest scarf I own.

Today’s outfit:

  • Grey marl, acrylic and wool mix cable jumper – Klass.
  • Navy cotton joggers – Cotton Traders.
  • Diamond stud earrings – Blue Nile.
  • Silk chiffon scarf, 140cm, in grey, black, tan, cream, yellow and turquoise – Feathers – Leonard.
Outfit of the day 15/02/18 with Leonard’s Feather scarf

Outfit of the day 15/02/18 with Leonard’s Feather scarf

Best wishes,

💙💜❤💚💛

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Reading roundup 14/02/18

No romance books for me leading up to Valentine’s Day! Instead, I have been reading science fiction again and a kind of mix of both that and fantasy. One of my two books was very good and enjoyable, the other was far less successful.

Abaddon’s Gate by James S A Corey

Abaddon’s Gate by James S A Corey

I am continuing to read the books in The Expanse series whilst being sad that I missed the TV version when it was broadcast a few years ago. We don’t have Netflix so that I can catch up with it now. Mind you, maybe the changes that they always make would annoy me, as an admirer of the books. Anyway, this time it was the turn of #03 Abaddon’s Gate by James S A Corey and here is the blurb:

For generations, the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt — was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus’s orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

These books are pretty long and and it takes me quite a while to finish each one as they also demand a good level of concentration. When I say a while, I mean three of four days, rather than one or two. This was my review on Goodreads for four stars:

Another great book in a great series. An interesting exploration of how humans, in the face of something too awful (in its original meaning) to fully comprehend, are often consumed by fear. They then react to that fear in a number of different ways. This book brings together differing religions, revenge, hubris, courage and the worst and best of human behaviour. A fantastic ride through space!

Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton

Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton

I did have the next book, #04 Cibola Burn, waiting in the pile, but decided to change direction a little and read an ebook which was waiting for me on my iPad: Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton. This is #01 of a very long series, The Diadem Saga. This is the blurb:

Raised, but never loved, by the barbarian valley people of Jaydugar, a planet of two suns, young Aleytys has always known she did not belong. Abandoned by her space-traveling mother and barely tolerated by a superstitious primitive tribe fearful of divine reprisals, Aleytys is forced to flee for her life following the catastrophic appearance of a fireball in the sky. Guided by her absent mother’s journals, the young outcast must now journey alone across an unfamiliar world of perils in search of an escape from this planet that holds no hope for her future.

But her pursuit of a spacecraft and the parent who inexplicably left her behind leads young Aleytys instead to the miraculous device that will determine her destiny. An object of unimaginable power—a magical technology stolen from a vengeful alien arachnid race determined to recover it at any cost—the Diadem instantly becomes an integral part of who and what Aleytys is and will be. Once its great energy is transferred to her she will never be free of it, and mastering the Diadem’s wonders is Aleytys’s only hope for survival now that she has become the most wanted woman in a dangerous universe.

I gave the book three stars and wrote this short review:

This book is more like fantasy with a bit of science fiction thrown in. It was interesting and kept my attention, but had very odd “jumps” between events. I think it was originally published in the 70s and that does show to some extent, particularly in the sexual relationships, with some strange moments. I will try the second book in the series as the first four are available as ebooks from the public library, but I am not sure how this will pan out in the long run.

Cibola Burn by James S A Corey

Cibola Burn by James S A Corey

After that diversion, I have returned to the world of The Expanse and am currently a third of the way through James S A Corey’s Cibola Burn. I will let you know my thoughts next week. To give you a hint, I am about to request #05 from the Library just as soon as I finish this post!

Hoping you are all enjoying your reading.

Best wishes,

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Update 13/02/18 and reveal!

It is Elder Son’s Birthday today – 28 – I cannot believe it! Time goes so fast and seems to speed up as you get older. He came into the bedroom this morning for a hug and I croaked Happy Birthday at him (I can’t sing properly any more because of the problems with my vocal cords). He has happily gone out with a friend for the day and I don’t suppose we will see him until late this evening. It is so amazing how independent he now is; anyone who knew him as a child would be shocked as he was so clingy to me for years.

Anyway, I have a reveal for you today. You may remember that Lovely Husband had a fit just after I bought the Hermès Jaguar Quetzal scarf. Basically, he totted up roughly what my small H scarf collection is worth and nearly fainted! People like us simply don’t “invest” that much money in “mere” accessories. My point of view is that I have a monthly allowance that is mine to spend how I wish. When I was still at work, the money went on a wide range of things, including meals and drinks out with friends, visits to the theatre or cinema, books, makeup, clothes etc. Now that I am retired and hardly ever go out, why shouldn’t I continue to spend my own cash on things that make me happy?

I kind of lost the argument, but then kind of won it again 😂.

One of my pastimes is wandering around eBay and reseller sites simply looking at the scarves on offer, not only Hermès but also those made by Liberty and others. I don’t really have a wish list of famous grail scarves in mind, but do have a kind of idea of what might interest me. I have often mentioned my love for the art and motifs from the Ancient World and this is what informs my search.

So, I was very excited when I saw a certain scarf on the Rennies website (link in the sidebar). Paul and Karen Rennie have a shop in Folkestone, Kent, and their website offers a range of scarves (H and others), handbags and other interesting vintage items. I mentioned the scarf to Lovely Husband, fully expecting a negative response. So, I was thrilled when he said that he would buy it for me in celebration of our wedding anniversary! It will be 30 years in April!

After a lovely email correspondence, this scarf found its way to me.

So, here goes…

First the famous orange box…

Opening the box to view the scarf carefully wrapped by Rennies…

The Rennies sticker in closeup…

The paper is right out of the way. Ah, what lovely colours… That red…

The carré folded…

The picture from the Rennies website…

The full scarf…

My first attempt at wearing it (the light was fading, but you can see how it ties)…

Persepolis by Hermès in an asymmetric wrap

Persepolis by Hermès in an asymmetric wrap

Yes, this is Persepolis and this colourway is quite a departure for me. I don’t have any Hermès scarves in red and so this could be said to fill in a gap. It also rather breaks my wardrobe colourwheel. I bought it, however, because I didn’t think I would find another Persepolis at this price, in this perfect condition and in such gorgeous colours. In fact, it will fit into my wardrobe very well indeed because, as well as the beautiful red, the scarf also has shades of teal, blue and purple, which are on my colourwheel, as well as orange and yellow. I think the scarf will be fine with grey hair, although I will need to find a matching red lipstick. Any ideas?

I will write a Scarf of the Moment profile post at a later date, when I have had time to try out different scarf ties and wear it with a range of colours.

Best wishes,

❤❤❤❤❤

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Outfit of the day 12/02/18

It has been really cold over the last few days and we had a sprinkling of snow overnight, although it has almost all melted away now. I have been struggling with illness all weekend, but did manage to get to the local hospital on Friday for a blood test and the Library to drop a couple of books back. One of them has a long waiting list, so I read it as fast as I could so that I could return it quickly.

As I have been in bed most of the day again, I don’t have much more to say except that there will be a nice reveal tomorrow!

Today’s outfit:

  • Bright navy cotton mix short sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright navy cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Gold knot earrings.
  • Oxford Blue leather and rose gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Silk scarf, 90cm, in navy, blues, browns and green – Cornelia James.
Outfit of the day 12/02/18 with Cornelia James scarf

Outfit of the day 12/02/18 with Cornelia James scarf

The scarf has a design of belts and gold chains against a pale blue background. The border is dark navy and there is a central square in leopard print. The maker is Cornelia James, which is better known for beautiful gloves. I used a bias fold for the scarf, wrapped it around my neck twice and then used a MaiTai horn scarf ring to hold it in place.

Tomorrow is Elder Son’s Birthday 🎁, so I hope that he comes home from work today in a good mood. Special days and events are often difficult for him as he likes routine, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we all have a pleasant day tomorrow!

Best wishes,

💛💚💙❤💜

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