Outfit of the day 12/04/17

This will be quite a quick post today as we didn’t do very much! Elder Son went back to work after a week off with illness – I hope his shift has been OK and he isn’t too tired. Younger Son is looking into car insurance so he can drive my car. And Lovely Husband and I sat together for a while, watching Tuesday’s Holby City and cheering when the horrible Isaac got his comeuppance. I then sat and watched The Last Kingdom on my own – I love this series and have read all of these books by Bernard Cornwell.

I will catch up with blogging my reading tomorrow as I have finished three books since I last wrote about this subject.

Even though we stayed in, I still put on a nice scarf. This one was bought from SilkScarvesColorado via Etsy and cost more than I had anticipated. I was a bit daft and ordered from a craftswoman in the USA, forgetting that duty would be added! The scarf is hand painted on silk in a lovely range of colours: greens, oranges, yellow, brown, lilac and mauve with bands of metallic gold, bronze and turquoise. Very pretty but a bit costly!

The whole outfit:

  • Silk scarf, multi-colour, hand painted – SilkScarvesColorado via Etsy. In a half-bow knot using a MaiTai horn scarf ring.
  • Bright teal, cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Purple, cotton mix, short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo cotton mix jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Purple leather and pale gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Gold knot earrings – H Samuel.
Silk hand-painted scarf - collage #01

Silk hand-painted scarf – collage #01

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Outfit of the day 11/04/17

I didn’t get much sleep last night, so woke up feeling pretty yucky this morning. In fact, I was nauseous and was actually sick. But…it was Hairdresser Day today and I was not going to miss that!

Now, I have to say something about the state of my hair. When I was younger, I was never satisfied with my hair. It was a mid to light brown with a strong natural curl, but was very fine. I did all kinds of things to it: straightening, perms, colours. In fact, I tried out so many colours that my Dad once walked past me as he didn’t recognise me with aubergine colour hair! When I look back at photos, it was really rather nice in its natural state.

Me and Elder Son in 1991

Me and Elder Son in 1991

In my 40th year, I was extremely ill with blood poisoning and all my hair fell out apart from a small fringe at the back of my head! I vowed that if I ever got my hair back, I would never complain about it again. Well, I suppose that I broke that promise. It did grow back, with all of the curl, but with a thinner and finer texture. I felt very relieved to have it back after weeks of wearing hats and scarves to disguise my baldness.

When I started the menopause in my late forties, my hair became thinner still. I also have an under active thyroid, which makes all of this worse. So, I have now reached the stage where I am very unhappy about how I look. I’m not too bothered about wrinkles, but I hate the fact that my hair is so thin on the crown of my head. The curls are still there and I cover up the grey (I keep wondering when to stop doing that).

Anyway, the hairdresser did her best. Here are the after and before shots, both taken today:

Before and after my visit to the hairdresser

After (left) and before (right) my visit to the hairdresser

A few months ago, I read a real horror story on The Purse Forum about a disastrous accident with a very expensive handbag at a hair salon. As many of my scarves are very precious to me, I decided to wear one of my cheaper ones today. In fact, I picked this one up from a market stall years ago! It does go nicely with my bright teal twinset, though 😊

My my outfit today was:

  • Silk scarf in teal, white, blue, gold and silver. In a bias fold, secured with a medium MaiTai horn scarf ring.
  • Bright teal cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Bright teal matching cotton mix short sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • White enamel and gold bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Turquoise enamel and gold narrow bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Turquoise enamel and rose gold skinny star bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Blue topaz and gold stud earrings – H Samuel.
  • Blue Africa leather handbag – Massaccesi.
Teal silk scarf - collage #01

Teal silk scarf – collage #01

New iPad

I am really enjoying using my new iPad. My old one is now six years old and was really slowing down. The new one feels lightning fast and the camera is sooooo much better. The two photos below will show the difference, not only in clarity but also in colour. Wow!

I am standing in the same place, with the same lighting and wearing the same bright teal twinset. So at least, from now on, my photos on this blog will be much more true to the correct colours (and show my wrinkles 😉).

Images from new iPad on the left and old iPad2 on the right.

Images from new iPad on the left and old iPad2 on the right.

 

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Wardrobe planning #14: Bangles and bracelets – #02 Leather bracelets

This is the second of a two-part piece about bangles and bracelets. Here is a shortcut to last week’s post: Wardrobe planning #13: Bangles and bracelets – #01 Enamel bangles.

Before I retired, I hardly ever wore bracelets and only owned a small number. I wore a watch on my left wrist every day and did not like the feel of a bracelet in addition. My right wrist was bare because I used a computer mouse at work and a bracelet or bangle got in the way. It was only when I retired that I began to get interested in this form of jewellery. I kept seeing pretty stacks of bracelets on fashion blogs and fell in love with the idea.

This is what I wrote before last week’s post about enamel bangles, today we are going to look at leather bracelets and storage.

Leather bracelets

I love leather wrap bracelets as they give a modern twist to most outfits. I don’t think they look too “mutton” on older women either. Well, perhaps someone younger might think so, but I don’t care!

Hermès do a range of gorgeous leather bracelets, such as their iconic Collier de Chien. Again, there is no way I could afford these:

Collier de Chien bracelet - Hermès

Collier de Chien bracelet РHerm̬s

At first, I did buy a couple of very cheap leather wrap bracelets from sites such as Etsy, but then I found Ferragamo. Their leather bracelets come in a number of styles and colours, and they do sales twice each year, which usually brings the price right down. I have four now, two Gancio and two Vara Bow bracelets, and I may add more if I see the right colours in the sales.

Leather bracelets - Ferragamo

Leather bracelets – Ferragamo

I also have two other leather bracelets: this one in white leather and gold from Tory Burch and another in brown, black and leopard print snake skin from Aspinal. Both were bought in sales. The links for these two companies can be found in the sidebar.

White leather and gold bracelet - Tory Burch

White leather and gold bracelet – Tory Burch

Snake skin and gold bangle - Aspinal

Snake skin and gold bangle – Aspinal

In fact, Aspinal do a lovely range of bracelets and bangles in leather and snake skin. Their colours are stunning too:

Storage

I have a nice jewellery box which is large enough to hold my small collection of jewellery, but when I started adding in new bangles and bracelets, it was not big enough. Also, I tend not to wear things if they are hidden in drawers, so I decided to look for something that could hold the enamel bangles. I keep the leather Ferragamo ones in their original packaging – it is very nice.

After looking around for a while, I found lots of images of other people’s solutions to this issue. Many of the tPF members have large closets with wonderful display/storage systems for their Hermès bangles. I found a cheaper version via eBay and it works very well for me, even if I have to remember to get out the duster quite often! Sorry the image is so small, sadly the supplier no longer stocks these at the date of writing this post, perhaps they may re-stock. There are loads of similar items available.

Acrylic bangle stands

Acrylic bangle stands

I hope readers have enjoyed this post today. It has been fun to write. By the way, I only show items like this for enjoyment, no one is paying me to! I like to share the accessories I have found. 😍😍😍

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Scarf of the moment: La Promenade de Platon

La Promenade de Platon was the first Herm̬s scarf that I bought. It was designed by Annie Faivre for Herm̬s Autumn/Winter 2013 season. The season had a theme of Sport and so the scarf design shows some Ancient Greek sports in a garden setting, surrounded by leaves of different kinds РI can see olives in there. There are also plenty of horses, as you would expect from Herm̬s!

La Promenade de Platon by Hermès

La Promenade de Platon by Annie Faivre for Hermès

I came to this “scarf moment” after stepping up to higher cost scarves when I bought my first from Liberty of London. MaiTai’s site had fascinated me with her sense of style and use of Hermès scarves. So I just had to explore the Hermès site itself. I looked at the wonderful designs and colours, in awe of the quality. Then I spotted Platon and was hooked! It fitted perfectly with my love of Ancient Greece and the fact that my Masters degree was based on Red and Black Figure vase painting. I pushed the button in the Spring of 2014 and fell down the Hermès slippery slope!

My choice was colourway 17 with a bright turquoise background, purple rolled hem and accents of brick, mauve and a golden/beige.

I have put close-up photos of the details into a slideshow so that you can examine the lovely figures and patterns used by Faivre as well as the colours and shading:

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The design story is as follows:

Plato loved to stroll in the gardens of Akademia. It was here, in 387 BC, that he founded his ‘Academy,’ the first of its kind in history, named after its birthplace, which was itself named for the ancient Athenian hero Akademos. Teaching at the Academy nurtured the mind and body alike. Plato wrote his Dialogues here, debating goodness, beauty, justice and truth in an elegant style worthy of the finest authors.  A pupil of Socrates, the young Plato received a typical, aristocratic Athenian education, honing his skills as both an artist and gymnast. Drawing on artworks of the period, this carré evokes the annual Panhellenic games, held in honour of the gods. Here we see a horse and rider inspired by the Penthesilea Painter, famous for his beautifully decorated vases, and a javelin-thrower and horse from the canon of the vase painter and potter Euphronios. The Niobid Painter contributes his celebrated discus-thrower, the Euphiletos Painter hymns the ancient sprinters, and the Andokides Painter – an important pioneer of the Red Figure technique – honours the wrestlers. Inspired by their subjects of choice, designer Annie Faivre recreates scenes from ancient Greece, in her own inimitable style.

I find it slightly amusing that the sportsmen are shown fully clothed on the scarf, when the Ancient Greeks took part naked. Annie Faivre has given them lovely patterned clothing. Here are some Ancient Greek sports as depicted on some of their Red and Black Figure vases:

Ancient Greek sport

Ancient Greek sport

The scarf has been shown on the blog already with the collage below. I wear it with teal, navy or purple, in the main.

La Promenade de Platon - Hermès - collage #01

La Promenade de Platon РHerm̬s Рcollage #01

Here it is shown in different scarf knots. I wore the same Lands’ End cotton short sleeved top in a purple shade throughout.

La Promenade de Platon - Hermès - scarf knot collage #01

La Promenade de Platon РHerm̬s Рscarf knot collage #01

From the top right, going clockwise, the knots are: crisscross, simple bias fold, half-bow, simple bias fold tie, bias fold the other way around!

La Promenade de Platon - Hermès - scarf knot collage #02

La Promenade de Platon РHerm̬s Рscarf knot collage #02

Again from the top right: cowboy cowl, asymmetric wrap, cowboy, waterfall, edo, asymmetric wrap reversed. Horn scarf ring by MaiTai. You can also find instructions for these and many more knots on her website or have a look at the resources on this post from a few weeks ago: Wardrobe planning #11: Scarf tying

I would love to collect more scarves with the themes of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, but I missed the year that Greece was featured and have not seen any scarves yet that are within my price range. Someday, perhaps.


If you are interested in finding out more about Greek vase painting and the painters mentioned in the design story, here are some links:

Ancient Greek Vase Painting
Khan Academy: Greek vase-painting, an introduction 
A whole course with lots of interesting resources.

Penthesilea Painter
Wikipedia article

Euphronios
Wikipedia article

Niobid Painter
Wikipedia article
A YouTube video from the Khan Aacademy about the painter’s most famous vase:

Euphelitos Painter
Wikipedia article

Andokides Painter
Wikipedia article

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Update 06/04/17

I have very little to post about today. Last night, I was up for hours with awful acid reflux pain, which continued this morning. I did get up for a while and watched TV, then came up to bed for a read. Elder Son is still quite ill and has been taking it out on us all morning – ASD rages are sooo wonderful! [sarcasm alert] 😬😬😬

Tomorrow’s post highlighting my first ever Hermès scarf, La Promenade de Platon, has already been prepared and is scheduled to appear at 19.00. I hope you enjoy it.

La Promenade de Platon - Hermès - in a waterfall knot

La Promenade de Platon РHerm̬s Рin a waterfall knot

I hope readers have a very happy rest of the week and weekend.

❤️❤️❤️

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Outfit of the day 05/04/17

All of this lovely Spring weather has really put me in a bright mood this week, so I thought I would really celebrate this today by wearing bright colours.

Daffodil by actor212 on Flickr

Daffodil by actor212 on Flickr

I mean….really….bright….colours….

Let me introduce another of my Hermès scarves to this blog – Aline Honoré’s Au Coeur de la Vie. I will write about this scarf in a “Scarf of the Moment” post in a few weeks. It is certainly the brightest and most colourful scarf in my collection with a wide yellow hem and plants, animals, birds, insects and flowers in a huge range of colours, including purple, blue, turquoise, pink, orange, green, red and so on.

My favourite flower of all is the daffodil as it uplifts my mood with that Spring feeling. The yellow in the scarf is not really that of daffodils, as it is a more acid yellow, but it invokes that same happy feeling for me.

Here is the whole outfit:

  • Silk scarf – Au Coeur de la Vie – Hermès. Worn in a half-bow knot using a MaiTai horn scarf ring.
  • Cobalt blue cotton cable jumper – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Navy leather shoes – Hotter.
  • Bright blue glass earrings.
  • White and gold enamel bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Cobalt blue and gold enamel bangle – Halcyon Days.
Au Coeur de la Vie - Hermès - collage #01

Au Coeur de la Vie РHerm̬s Рcollage #01

Well, I am very pleased with the camera on my new iPad as the colours in the selfie above are much more true. In fact, tomorrow, I might wear the same outfit as yesterday. Then I will take a photos and put then side-by-side to compare.


We went out this afternoon to one of our usual garden centres. They really have had a massive change around and have added in loads of new concessions. I was pleased to see that Hotter are moving in. I know that they have a reputation for “old lady” shoes, but 1) I suppose I am an old lady now I am 60, and 2) If you look carefully through their ranges you can find some really nice footwear, and 3) It is all soooo comfortable!

So, perhaps that is a bit old lady! Anyway, it will be nice to be able to try their shoes on instead of relying on their website as I have my eye on a couple of items:

Mabel canvas shoes - Hotter

Mabel canvas shoes – Hotter


Image credits
Daffodil by actor212 on Flickr

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Outfit of the day 04/04/17 and Whoooop!

My new iPad has arrived! Whoop! So I am going to have lots of fun this evening playing with it and setting it up how I like. This afternoon, I have been using Dropbox to make sure that all my photos are saved in the cloud and then uploaded to both my laptop, my old iPad and my new one. I took the opportunity to sort them all out and delete loads of me pulling a variety of weird faces whilst wearing gorgeous scarves. My Mum used to tell me that my face would be frozen in a particular pose if the wind changed direction. Let me say now that it is just as well that comment is not true! Phew!

We didn’t go out as I was waiting in for the parcel to arrive. I did, however, wear a nice outfit today, just in case:

  • Silk scarf – Zebra Pegasus gavroche in a simple cowboy knot – Hermès.
  • Bright teal, cotton mix, cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Bright teal, cotton mix, matching short sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • London Blue topaz, stud earrings – Blue Nile.
  • Blue Indien leather and pale gold bracelet – Ferragamo. This blue exactly matches the bright blue in the scarf.

The photo of me modelling the scarf looks far more blue than it should. The cardigan and top are a few shades darker than the background teal shade in the scarf, so they go very well together. The gavroche size is 45 x 45 cm and looks very neat around the neck. It is ideal if you are going out for a meal as it doesn’t get in the way! Can you see that I was hoping to go out for our belated anniversary meal? Perhaps tomorrow…

Zebra Pegasus gavroche - Hermès - collage #02

Zebra Pegasus gavroche РHerm̬s Рcollage #02


Last week and this one, so far, the household has been Cough Central. Not because of me, for once. Sadly, my two lads have both had a really nasty virus and they have been hacking away all day and most of the night, poor things. A couple of nights ago, I forgot that they are now grown up and “Mummy Instincts” kicked in! I was fast asleep when Elder Son started coughing so loudly that he woke me up. I jumped out of bed and was in his room stroking his back, giving him water and generally sorting him out, when I pulled myself up – he is 27! The next day, both lads were giggling at the thought of “Mummy Instincts” – mind you, I think they were rather pleased that they are still there in a crisis.

Hoping that the dreaded coughing virus does not get you and yours…

…back to the iPad!!!

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