Update 18/08/17 and style rules

I am having one of those “stay in pyjamas and potter about” kind of days. The weather has been sunshine and showers, with a quick thunder storm, and Lovely Husband is watching the Test Match on and off.

So I thought that readers might enjoy this post: “24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear” on the Warning: Curves Ahead site. It was written in response to a rather silly article “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30” by Kallie Provencher for RantNow.com. No leopard print, apparently, amongst other items…

I 💕LOVE💕 leopard print!!!

Scarves with leopard print by Halcyon Days, Roberto Cavalli and Ferragamo

Scarves with leopard print by Halcyon Days, Roberto Cavalli and Ferragamo

There have been responses to similar articles online, such as this great reply from Alyson Walsh on her That’s Not My Age site: “Why there are no rules on what to do, say and wear over-40“.

I also hate arbitrary rules for women as we age, either for our clothing or our behaviour. One of the nastiest things is to be called “mutton dressed as lamb”. This may appear to be harmless or trivial on the surface, but I don’t think that it is. Women and girls are criticised enough for our appearance from childhood to old age.

Let us simply develop our own style!

Here’s mine…

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes,


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Update 17/08/17

 I am keeping myself very busy today with work for my local food bank, as I wrote in a post the other day. When I visited them, I thought that I would be able to get on with things fairly quickly, but the usual family stuff got in the way and then, when I tried to force myself to start, I found that my mind kept sliding away. Concentration is such an issue for me these days. I have always been a terrible procrastinator, but now I think I am even worse.

So, I used my tried and trusted method:

  1. Read any notes and paperwork through, whilst drinking tea, then put it down and leave it all for a week day or two.
  2. Start writing, just write stuff down, keep writing and writing as ideas come. Shout at anyone who interrupts, lose your train of thought and swear grit your teeth.
  3. Have a cup of tea to calm down.
  4. Then, read everything through and begin to put the words and sentences into a better order.
  5. Maybe leave it all to stew in your mind for several days a while.
  6. Read the notes and paperwork you have been given again.
  7. Perhaps a nice cup of tea is needed here?
  8. Go back to the writing and add in anything new from your reading and thinking.
  9. Leave it all again for an hour or two (tea time!).
  10. Now do all of the tweaking and final editing.
  11. Have another cup of tea whilst Lovely Husband or Younger Son read it all through.
  12. Any final tweaking then finish it all off!

Well, that seems to have worked for me and I am now ready to email it all to our local food bank staff. It will be interesting to see what they think. I had better make some tea now that I have completed this first stage.

I am very excited about it all!

Oh, this isn’t an Outfit of the Day post because I stayed in my pyjamas all day working in bed on my iPad 😀…

….with the odd cup of tea…

Best wishes,


If you want to find out about the work of The Trussell Trust in supporting food banks, have a look at their website.

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Reading roundup 16/08/17

I was quite shocked, when I checked on Goodreads, to see that I have only finished two books this week, as I am not sure what else I have been doing with my time. Writing this blog, perhaps? Anyway, I will use my Goodreads reviews to tell you what I thought about these two, then I will get back to my current book.

Just one more thing: as I have been unable to visit the library (until this afternoon – hooray!), I have been fulfilling my thirst for books by using the public library’s ebook service on my iPad. I am beginning to think that ebook reading has an affect on me – more about that later on in this post.

Dead Joker by Anne Holt

Dead Joker by Anne Holt

The first book was Anne Holt’s Dead Joker, one of her Hanne Wilhelmsen series. This is what I wrote on Goodreads:

An excellent read but very difficult to review without giving away vital elements. Good character development and a twisting plot. I will be reading more in the series.

OK, that doesn’t say very much, but please bear in mind that I gave it four stars! I have already read several in this series and, although the main character is not altogether likeable, she is very interesting and intriguing. Holt’s plots are also good in that they keep the reader guessing until close to the end.

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

The second book is part one of a series about the Wars of the Roses – Stormbird by Conn Iggulden. I have read both fiction and non-fiction about this period and have watched several TV programmes too, so I do already have a little knowledge. Mind you, the story is very complicated and convoluted and I was very pleased that Iggulden had made such a good job of this first episode. Here is my Goodreads review:

I rate this as 3 1/2 stars really. An enjoyable read and it started very well, but I kind of lost interest a bit in the middle. I found that the technique of using different characters’ points of view got a bit annoying at times as the storyline was interrupted so often. I do like Iggulden’s writing and will continue to read more in the series. Perhaps some of my difficulty was reading this as an ebook as opposed to a print version. I find that my concentration slides with ebooks, especially as I read using my iPad. I get distracted by notifications, the sudden urge to read my emails or play a game – am I reverting back to my teens?!?

What is Mine by Anne Holt

What is Mine by Anne Holt

Before I start my new library books, I am reading another book by Anne Holt, which I will write about next week: What is Mine, #01 in her Vik and Stubo series. Good stuff so far!

I will now organise the lovely book pile on my bedside table… 😍😍😍

Best wishes and happy reading,


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Outfit of the day 15/08/17

What a lovely day it has been so far. I managed to get up in time to go to the hairdresser and had a relaxing time being pampered. Her assistant gave me a wonderful head and scalp massage whilst washing my hair. The grey roots have now gone and I am nice and curly again. I am still considering growing out my colour and going completely grey, but have not decided when will be the right time to take such a drastic step.

Lovely Husband picked me up in town after my haircut and then we decided to go out for lunch. We have a favourite pub which we used to visit a couple of times per month, plus every Boxing Day, but recently we have not been very often. Well, since our last visit they have restyled the place and changed their menus. My meal was fab: a gorgeous steak cooked to perfection!

I am now lying in bed recovering!

Outfit of the day is virtually the same as yesterday as I only wore the t-shirt and trousers for a couple of hours:

  • Teal, navy, white, blue and purple silk scarf – Zebra Pegasus gavroche – Hermès.
  • Bright navy, cotton, sweetheart neck t-shirt – Kettlewell Colours.
  • Beige cotton chinos – Lands’ End.
  • Crystal and gold earrings.
  • White enamel and gold bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Navy enamel and gold patterned bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Navy leather sandals – Suave.
Outfit of the day 15/08/17

Outfit of the day 15/08/17

Tomorrow’s post will be a Reading Roundup, assuming that everything is OK.

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 14/08/17

I managed to do a few useful tasks over the weekend, which always helps my mental health. Also, the weather has been improving over the last few days. We haven’t gone out today, though, and I ended up back in bed after behaving rather stupidly. Next door are having their front garden paved and the workmen began to raise up quite a dust storm. Without thinking it through, I jumped up from the sofa and virtually ran upstairs to shut the windows in an attempt to stop dust billowing into our bedroom. As dust is one of my cough triggers, I was trying to make sure that my sanctuary would be safe.

Well, as anyone but me could have foreseen, that mad burst of activity gave me a coughing fit and I had to get into bed anyway. Silly me!

So, here’s what I wore today in anticipation of going out, but only managed a couple of hours before changing back into pyjamas. Perhaps I will put this outfit on again tomorrow when I go to the hairdresser, with just a change of gavroche.

  • Bright navy, cotton, sweetheart neck t-shirt – Kettlewell Colours.
  • Beige cotton chinos – Lands’ End.
  • Silver and crystal earrings.
  • White enamel and silver bangle.
  • Navy leather sandals – Suave.
  • Blue, white, grey and pink silk scarf – The Savana Dance gavroche – Hermès.
Outfit of the day 14/08/17

Outfit of the day 14/08/17

Best wishes,


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Scarf of the moment: Mare Nostrum

Today’s Scarf of the Moment post is about Mare Nostrum, designed by Annie Faivre for Hermès. The title is “Our Sea” in Latin and is the name that the Romans gave to the Mediterranean. This 90cm silk twill scarf shows a range of mythological, architectural, plant and animal images set into a mosaic-like background, which looks a little like crazy paving! Many of these images are whimsical and fun and they reward detailed examination. This central design is then surrounded by what appears to be a ceramic water pipe with open fish mouths as outflows. An inner border is composed of stylised palm trees.

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

I was so pleased when I discovered this lovely colourway of Mare Nostrum on eBay. The design fits perfectly into my long-loved theme of the Ancient World and the colours are just right for my Autumn clothing. The main colours are two shades of lavender used for the outer border and also the inner surrounds, which have fish shapes hidden amongst them. There are also shades of a pinkish beige, sepia, blue and brown.

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find out much information about the scarf and so I am writing a rather bare bones post, which I will add to if I come across anything more at a later date. What I have been able to find out is that Faivre’s design was produced as a 90cm silk twill by Hermès in 2003. There are several lovely colourways which can be seen online and I am sure that there are more in lucky people’s collections.

These are the colourways I have found so far:

A very kind member of The Purse Forum sent me the design story:

Referred to by some as a “lake” the Mediterranean can sometimes become disturbed and Aphrodite’s nerves are then frayed. On its shores nevertheless, civilisations thrive. In the shadow of the olive trees, literary genius finds its apogee, swept to its heights by Homer, Virgil, Ibn Khaldun, Dante or Cervantes. Mediterranean cultures form a mosaic where mingle the griffin of Pylos and the chimneys of Gaudi, a phoenix of Antioch and Neptune crowned with an octopus, a queen of Carthage and a Berber prince. United in the same limpidity.

Here are some close-ups of elements from the scarf, shown in a slideshow format:

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I have not worn the scarf yet, only tried out a few scarf knots, so I will add some collages here as soon as they become available later on in the year. The scarf will look lovely with shades of beige, camel and other browns but also with darker purples, perhaps. I am looking forward to seeing which clothes in my wardrobe will work the best!

Until then, I have this collage that I made to show off some of the features and ties:

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Background information

HSCI Hermès Scarf Photo Catalogue
Mare Nostrum
Click the right arrow to see more colourways in the catalogue.

As the design reminds me so much of Greek and Roman mosaics, I have added a few links and videos here for you to explore, if you are interested:

Comprehensive article about this art form.

Helen Miles Mosaics
Comprehensive guide to the mosaics of Greece

I hope you have enjoyed this scarf post. There are a couple more to write and then I will have finished all of the Hermès scarves that I presently own. So, Scarf of the Moment posts will then have to wait until I can afford more!

Best wishes,


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Update 10/08/17

I have been unable to write a proper post today, for a number of reasons. There is a Scarf of the Moment post, on Hermès’ Mare Nostrum, due for tomorrow and I will do my best to finish that. If not, I hope that I will be able to resume normal activities on Monday.

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Mare Nostrum by Annie Faivre for Hermès

Best wishes,


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