You might have noticed that it’s been
somewhat all quiet on the Western front with the blog the last week. It’s been a week of hunkering down and conserving energy.
Whilst our American cousins across the pond were celebrating
Thanksgiving, I was quietly giving thanks for two events that could
have turned out to be far more serious than they were.
First, we had it confirmed that Tall
Brown Fox wouldn’t be made redundant just before Christmas. This had
been hanging over his head for the last month. Sadly, several of his
friends and colleagues did not escape the brutal cull at the company.
Whilst I’m thankful that Tall Brown Fox wasn’t made redundant, I
feel so sad for those who have lost their jobs just at the year ends,
especially as some of them have been at the company for over 20
Second, my Dad was taken to hospital on
Thursday suffering chest pains. What could have been a suspected
heart attack turned out to be an irregular heart beat. Fortunately,
my brother was staying the week with my parents on a visit and was
able to go with him in the ambulance. I’m thankful that he was
Not only has life been somewhat
embattled this week, the weather this weekend decided it had had
enough of the ‘Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness’ and went into
winter mode with a big, fat W!
Freezing temperatures, howling winds and driving rain aren’t conducive to outdoor shoots and despite a valiant effort to take some photos outside, we knew when we were beaten and we scuttled inside. Moving a chair and dusting a sideboard was peanuts compared with trying not to get frostbitten fingers!
Do you like my rubber plant? It’s rather magnificent, isn’t it?
Despite the un-Autumn like weather, my
last Seasonal Skinny of the Autumn, is a celebration of Autumn
colours and wildlife – a last hurrah before next’s week handover to
the Winter Seasonal Skinny. I was hoping for a bright Autumn day to
match but Mother Nature doesn’t always play ball.
You may remember a few weeks ago that I
posted a photo of this tree when it was at it’s crowning golden
glory. It was the inspiration for this week’s style challenge using
gold, brown, burgundy and russet.
Before critters start to hibernate for
Winter, we’ve a last glimpse of some woodland wildlife. A roedeer
peers out, ears pricked for the sound of any rustling in the leaves.
An owl gazes sagely from it’s wooden perch. As much as I love
graphic tees, I won’t buy them unless they have a really eye-catching
design or they strike a personal chord with me.
I saw this one way
back in August (it’s from the Tu range at Sainsbury’s) just as some
of the Autumn ranges were trickling into the stores. With the
colours and the design of the graphics, I thought it was just perfect
for the coming season. Tall Brown Fox and I like nothing better than
escaping to the country for long woodland hikes so the feel of the
tee really resonated with me.
You’ll have to excuse the odd look of my glasses. I assure you they aren’t dirty. The TV was on in the corner and I didn’t realise until afterwards that the screen was reflecting against the lenses! And it seems I’m being photo bombed by the rubber plant!
Arghhh, this would never happen if I was a seasoned blogger!
Moving swiftly one. One of the many things this blogging
malarkey has reinforced is how can I be just that little bit more
playful/creative/daring with my outfits. Yes, a bracelet (or this
case 2) here and an unusual necklace there and oh, why not a vintage
tapesty, bamboo handle handbag as well. All lovely touches, I’m sure
you’ll agree but the addition of the low slung belt gives it more of
I originally had added it as a
necessity rather than in a flash of inspiration. When outside, the
boyfriend cardigan kept wrapping itself around me one second and then
flying away the next all due to the wind! I put the belt on to keep
it in place but the material bunched up too much and I felt lumpy.
Once inside, I whipped it off and put
it on under the cardigan and
as one of my favourite TV
characters would say!
On it’s own, the top potentially could
be edging towards twee-dom, especially with the tapestry bag. The
belt pulls it back, giving the outfit some edge whilst not
detracting from the evocative graphic tee.
The colour of the boyfriend cardigan looks slightly different in real life – oh the joys of indoor lighting. It’s more camel than mustard, with a bronze undertone more like the disc of the belt.
I have a secret passion for bamboo handle handbags. They always remind me of my Grandma! Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I remember her carrying handbags that had bamboo handles. I loved the feel of them, thought they looked so elegant and dreamt I’d have some handbags just like that when I was all grown up. Well, sometimes childhood dreams do come true!
My Grandma would’ve loved this one with it’s delicate clasp, big hoop handle and floral tapestry pattern.
Tu at Sainsbury Graphic tee A/W15
New Look Camel
Drop Pocket Boyfriend Cardigan
Necklace (old) from a market stall lost
in the midst of time
Green Bracelet (old)
Dorothy Perkins Gold
Glitter Bracelet – currently reduced
Vintage tapestry bamboo handbag (e-bay)
Bhs Suede Shoe Boots (old) I wore them with my Swirling Leaves Skirt last month.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving?
And even if you didn’t, what are you giving thanks for as we move
from Autumn to Winter?
You can read all about my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.