And once again, I’m apologising for the grainy quality of the photo — it was so dark and gloomy today that I suppose I should just be glad it came out at all. There are Plans for fixing some of my chronic lighting issues, but they’ll almost certainly have to wait until the House Photographer is home over the hols.
Still, there I am, and definitely visible, so I’m hooking up with Patti’s Visible Monday. My waist is visible again, anyway, heh. This tunic fit and flared in just the right spots on me to make belting it without weird bunching possible, and as I love this belt and have wanted to wear it again, I was delighted it worked. And by that I mean, that mirabile dictu, the top isn’t too big in the hips. Yay!
In other news, I will be making a post about my awesome new bike soon — preliminary verdict is that awesome bike is awesome, with the caveat that you know what they say about never forgetting how to ride a bike? In my case that’s very true, except, of course, they fail to mention that you might not ride very well. Yikes. Still, I’m getting there, and having fun. It’s a LOT of bike, i.e., a 22.5-inch, heavy steel framed monster which weighs, unloaded, and as yet, sans rack and panniers, something over 40 lbs. Getting that barge down the stairs at the Tube station was lots of fun, let me tell you.
Earrings: Monet, remixed. First time in a while my earrings have been showing well enough to bother mentioning them!
Scarf: H&M. I wanted to lighten up the brown a little bit, so this skinny, lace-edged pink scarf was deployed.
Pendant: Pilgrim, remixed.
Tunic: Marks & Spencer, thrifted. This is a linen/cotton knit, and oh goodness, how I love my linen knits.
Belt: Ralph Lauren, remixed.
Skirt: Papaya, thrifted. Papaya is a Matalan house brand, and thus, something I usually associate with extremely high manmade fibre content, but this is a very soft and drapey, thin-wale, 100% cotton corduroy. I love my corduroy, but it’s a rare long cord skirt I like as much as this one, because the damn things are usually way too heavy and stiff.
Boots: Malmo, Duo, remixed. Look at me, with my skirt covering my long boots.
Today was very cold, and not that I need an excuse, but definitely good weather for lots of layers.
Scarf: Bella Bazaar, remixed. I’d long since detagged this thing — tags on scarves annoy me so much — but a quick Google search on “bird scarf,” brought it right up in the first few images, so there you go. I love this whimsical scarf a lot.
Cardigan: Mantaray, remixed.
Pendant: Wallis. Probably remixed.
Overdress: Staring at Stars, remixed.
Skirt: Marks & Spencer, thrifted, remixed.
Socks: Just yer basic black wool over-knee socks.
Clogs: Scholl. You can tell my feet hurt when I wear these. At least they’re totally nondescript and don’t call attention to their dowdiness!
And back in the kitchen, where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately, doing pre-Xmas prep, and also making vast quantities of soup and stock, and other freezer-friendly fare, to get us through the long holiday break. I’ve got the latest batch of soup, mixed root veg & bacon, cooling on the hob, waiting to be pureed and then frozen, so while the cooling happens, an outfit post!
This is what I wore to go out and collect various dried fruit for the Christmas pudding, which I will be making later this week, and to do some Christmas shopping. In other exciting news, I just got an e-mail from the spouse telling me he’d ordered my Xmas pressie, and we’ll be picking this gorgeous thing up at the bike shop this weekend. (I got the red one.)
Pashmina: Thrifted, remixed. This is a lovely silk and cashmere blend, with a bit of a sheen to it.
Long cardigan: Thrifted, no tags. I know it’s cotton, but that’s about all I know about it.
Tunic: Monsoon. This is sleeveless, and made largely of wool, with a bit of mohair so I wore a silk/modal blend layering tee under it to combat what for me is the inevitable mohair itching. Fortunately, it worked, and other than the odd prickle, I wasn’t bothered by it. (Seriously, mohair/angora is almost always unwearable for me, in just about any percentage of the fibre blend. And yet, I keep trying, because occasionally I get away with it.)
Pendant: The acorn again.
Skirt: M&S, thrifted, remixed. This is in heavy rotation right now, quickly earning workhorse status.
Socks: Some Italian company via TK Maxx. I am absolutely loving over-knee socks this year, often layered over tights for the extra warmth.