Update 10/10/17

I am too ill to post today as I have been in bed with horrible weakness and nausea. I hope to be able to write a proper Reading Roundup post tomorrow.

Here is a lovely Hermès A/W 2017 scarf for readers to enjoy:

Jardin à Sintra by Annie Faivre for Hermès, colourway #05

Jardin à Sintra by Annie Faivre for Hermès, colourway #05

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 09/10/17

I sincerely hope that readers had a better weekend than I did. Things went rather pear-shaped and I ended up having one of the worst coughing attacks ever. At some moments I thought that I would not survive, it was that bad. So it has been pretty miraculous that I have been able to get up at all today.

You may notice that I even put on a bit of make-up! This red cashmere jumper has been in my wardrobe for years. Even though I don’t really wear red these days, I decided to put it on today to give myself some rosy colour. Lipstick was necessary to ensure that I didn’t look washed out – I hate wearing it, mind you! I know that it looks nice, but I cannot bear the feeling of it on my lips and I tend to bite it off.

Today’s outfit:

  • Cherry red, cashmere, round neck jumper – Pure Collection. This image is the nearest I could find as I didn’t like my own attempt to photograph it. Mine has quite a low round neckline with three-quarter sleeves.
  • Navy cotton joggers – Cotton Traders.
  • Navy suede slippers – Lands’ End.
  • Turquoise and red earrings.
  • Navy enamel and gold bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Navy, turquoise, red and beige, varuna wool shawl in Ianthe – Liberty of London.
Outfit of the day 09/10/17 with Liberty's Ianthe varuna wool shawl

Outfit of the day 09/10/17 with Liberty’s Ianthe varuna wool shawl

I am pleased that I managed to go downstairs for a few hours and also do a couple of household jobs. Perhaps I will be able to do more tomorrow.

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 06/10/17

I persuaded Lovely Husband to take me into town this afternoon to pick up my eBay parcel. Also, our kettle had broken with a loud bang, fusing all of the lights, so we needed to buy a new one quickly – I didn’t fancy boiling water on the hob for my numerous pots of tea! After finishing these small chores, we ended up in the supermarket cafe again and saw Elder Son. He is now learning how to manage the till – so proud to see his continuing progress.

Today’s outfit:

  • Bright navy, cotton mix, short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright navy, cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Grey crystal and gold earrings – Swarovski. These adapt into studs as the dangles can be removed.
  • Blue and cream enamel, crystal, and gold, Owl bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Blue, white and lilac silk 90cm scarf – Hera – Liberty of London. Tied in a criss-cross knot using a MaiTai scarf ring.
Outfit of the day 06/10/17 with Liberty's Hera scarf

Outfit of the day 06/10/17 with Liberty’s Hera scarf

In my parcel was another scarf by Liberty of London, well, more of a shawl. I have said before that my favourite patterns are Liberty’s Hera and Ianthe. This shawl is the Ianthe design in veruna wool in navy, blue, turquoise, beige and red. I am sure it will keep me lovely and warm through the Winter months. It’s also very gratifying that I bought it for such a good price – that thought will warm me up too! Maybe one day I will manage to own an Hermès cashmere and silk shawl, but I would probably have to win the lottery or save up for months and months.

Ianthe shawl in veruna wool - Liberty of London

Ianthe shawl in veruna wool – Liberty of London

What do you think of it?

I hope that all readers of this blog have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

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Update 05/10/17

Illness has hit hard today, so I have been unable to go out – hence no proper Outfit of the Day post.  We did go out yesterday, though, visiting the library and also the supermarket cafe where Elder Son works. I do love seeing him there, in his uniform, bustling around and getting on so well in his job. He has now been there for almost two years.

If I had managed to get out of bed today, I had planned to wear another of my Hermès Autumn/Winter scarves: Daimyo Princes du Soleil Levant. This scarf is such a beautiful green, with a lot of gold and silver, and touches of navy and pink. I recently bought some earrings to go with the ginkgo leaf motif on the scarf. So I quickly tried them on this afternoon, with the scarf, in order to take a photo to show readers. There are some very expensive earrings available, but I couldn’t afford to spend too much so got these on Etsy, from MissyTRocks:

Outfit of the day 05/10/17 with Hermès' Daimyo Princes du Soleil Levant

Outfit of the day 05/10/17 with Hermès’ Daimyo Princes du Soleil Levant

The same Etsy shop also sells a matching necklace, with turquoise and brass beads, as shown in the collage above. There are also loads of pretty leaf shaped earrings available from sellers on Etsy and other sites.

Whilst we were out yesterday the Royal Mail attempted to deliver the parcel I have been waiting for from eBay. So we got home to find a note from them saying that we have to go and pick it up. It just amazes me – we take in loads of parcels for other people on this street, but no-one did it for us! Anyway, I hope we can collect it tomorrow so that I can do a quick reveal of the contents 😉.

Best wishes,

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Reading roundup 04/10/17

I have decided to add the blurb to each book review from this week. Hopefully, that will be helpful. I am also pleased that we were able to visit the public library today so that I could pick up two reservations and build up the book pile next to my bed 😄.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

My first read was Joe Abercrombie’s Half the World, #2 in his Shattered Sea series, to which I gave the full five stars. Here is the blurb:

Thorn Bathu was born to fight. But when she kills a boy in the training square she finds herself named a murderer.

Fate places her life in the hands of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi as he sets out to cross half the world in search of allies against the ruthless High King. Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in her eyes and his own, the voyage is his last chance at redemption.

But warriors can be weapons, and weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn always be a tool in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Is there a place outside of legend for a woman with a blade?

And here is my short review on Goodreads:

I am a massive fan of Joe Abercrombie and just can’t wait to read his books when I find them. In fact, I have just reserved the final book in this trilogy at the library. I loved this book. The characters were great and a nice switching around of stereotypes. The plot was gripping, with loads of unexpected turns. Not as gruesome and violent as his adult books; this series is supposed to be YA. Highly recommended to all lovers of fantasy with strong female, and male, characters.

I adore Abercrombie’s books and hope that he continues to write exciting fantasy fiction to this standard for a very long time.

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

My next read was Girl Unknown by Karen Perry. I awarded this book four stars on Goodreads. The blurb is as follows:

‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

And here is what I wrote in my review:

An excellent psychological thriller that had me gripped all the way through. Told through two people’s points of view, it had surprises at every turn. All kinds of back stories unfolded during the novel, shedding a different light on the characters’ actions in the past. A tale of a fractured marriage being out under intolerable strain. Great read!

The Killing Game by J A Kerley

The Killing Game by J A Kerley

I must have been lucky this week, or very discerning when I chose these books at the local library, as my next read also deserved four stars. My third book was The Killing Game by Jack Kerley and this was the blurb:

Detective Carson Ryder’s reputation is on the line when a sociopathic serial killer embarks on a personal vendetta, constructing his crimes to hit Carson’s weak spot.

He’s coming to get you…

After a humiliating encounter with a cop, Romanian immigrant Gregory Nieves launches a vendetta against the Mobile Police Department, Alabama. Nieves can’t fight a department, so he selects one man who symbolizes all men in blue: Carson Ryder, the MPD’s specialist in bizarre and twisted crimes.

Carson has never seen a killing spree like this one: Nothing connects the victims, the murder weapon is always different, and the horrific crime scenes are devoid of evidence. It almost seems he’s being taunted. Even laughed at.

Carson doesn’t know it yet, but he is caught up in a sadistic game of life and death. And there can only be one victor…

Yet again, I had jumped in part way through a series: this book is #9 in Kerley’s Carson Ryder series. It was a good read, however, and I am now keen to try some more. Here is my Goodreads review:

Very good murder mystery. Part of a series I have never read before. I liked the main characters on the police side. It was interesting to get inside the mind of the criminal! Great twists in the story too. I will definitely be searching for more books by this author.

The Visitor by Lee Child

The Visitor by Lee Child

Yet another book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series popped into my BorrowBox account today, so that will be my next read. I will write my usual quick review on Goodreads as soon as I finish it.

Happy Reading to you all.

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 03/10/17

Well, today has not been very exciting, even by my present standards. I did watch some recorded TV programmes with Lovely Husband and finished a great book, though (more about the book tomorrow).

One of my weekend eBay purchases arrived and I am thrilled with it, but have put it away until my birthday in November. All will be revealed then! Ooh, I am such a tease 😉.

So, today’s outfit was:

  • Purple, cotton mix, short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright navy, cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Grape leather and pale gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Amethyst and gold, botanical design earrings – craft centre Torquay. I also wear a matching gold ring daily.
  • Turquoise, purple, brick and beige silk scarf, 90cm – La Promenade de Platon – Hermès. Tied in an asymmetric wrap.
Outfit of the day 03/10/17 with Hermès' La Promenade de Platon

Outfit of the day 03/10/17 with Hermès’ La Promenade de Platon

I hope to be able to write a Reading Roundup post tomorrow.

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 02/10/17

I am feeling quite pleased with the world after the last few days. Tiny positive things have really helped my state of mind.

On Friday, I finally managed to go through with a procedure with the Dental Hygienist to have my badly stained teeth sorted. I have wanted to do this for years, but was really scared as I thought it might cause a massive cough. Well, it got very close at times, but I was able to cope (I was going to write “I gritted my teeth”!). I am so pleased with the result and will not be so afraid next time. And there will be a next time as I simply cannot give up tea! Readers from outside the U.K. will probably be bemused by how badly we Brits look after our teeth.

Over the weekend, I was successful in two out of three eBay auctions, netting two lovely items at a fraction of the full price. One, a Halcyon Days bangle, will be given to one of my sons to give back to me for my birthday. That’s how I make sure that I get what I want! A bit cheeky, I know, but my lads are happy with the system. The other item is a Liberty of London shawl, which I will show on here when it arrives.

Today I managed to go for a walk around the block by myself – the first time in months. Although the drop in my steroid dose is supposed to help me lose weight, I also need to improve my exercise levels to support that attempt and to regain some fitness. I will try to do the same tomorrow.

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk mousseline stole in navy, orange, deep red, brown and purple – Leopard and Feathers – Ferragamo.
  • Bright navy, cotton mix, short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright navy, cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Oxford blue leather and rose gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Gold knot earrings.
Outfit of the day 02/10/17 with Ferragamo Leopard and Feather scarf

Outfit of the day 02/10/17 with Ferragamo Leopard and Feather scarf

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Best wishes,

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