Sunday, 13 April 2014

…Playing Dress Up...

Dress (Top - Zara and Skirt - H&M), Gloves - Claire's Accessories, Shoes - Charity shop, Jewellery - Various places

Oh dressing up is always fun, especially when you get the chance to be Audrey Hepburn from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. This is the most effort I have put into a fancy dress outfit, since about the age of 11/12, maybe? As I am currently on a tight budget, I wanted the challenge of creating an outfit using  items of clothing I already owned, rather than splashing out something I'll never wear again. I must say, it was harder than I thought.

I have plenty of black dresses, but either they are patterned or too short, and not keeping with the classic Audrey style everyone knows and loves. So, I assessed my wardrobe and noticed my long black skirt, and knew I could team it a plain black top. Perfect. The result was a simple, floor length 'dress'. Creating an outfit, and having to use my imagination in putting pieces together, was a great way to recycle my wardrobe. If you try hard enough, and I'll admit within the limits of what you're trying to create, your wardrobe can be used for anything. I am very much in this frame of mind at the moment. Only buying items I feel they are necessary and worthwhile. (N.B. The only items I did purchase were the little black shoes and gloves, all for less than a tenner, may I add).

When sourcing inspiration for my outfit, I noticed that the fashion in the late 50's, early 60's was much simpler, cleaner, less varied. Styles were clearly marked and people knew exactly what look they wanted to create - the classic black flick and rouge lips never fails and the simple silhouettes are just wonderful. People took the time and effort in putting their look together. I am only recently doing the same myself.

I suppose true fashion, and true style is timeless. I know in the varied fabrics and colours and multitude items of clothing I own, I have enough to recreate and restyle as many outfits as I need. Maybe I am just being a tight old git, but maybe I'm just finally being more savvy with my choices. Taking more care in how I present my style, and thinking all the time - What would Audrey do?


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

…Before Sunset...

Shoes - Peacocks, Coat - Debenhams via charity shop, Tights - Accessories

Sunday evening, I watched one of the most beautiful sunsets over Worthing beach that I hadn't seen in a long time. James went off to play snooker with his dad, and I decided to take a stroll down on the beach and snap away with the ever changing evening light. It was crisp, fresh and bleakly beautiful at that time of the evening. It is so peaceful and quiet, you can't help but take stock of your life, whilst gazing out to sea. I felt so calm and relaxed, listening to the waves and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the moon. Big, round and pink. Stunning really. Might start making this a regular occurrence at the weekend. After a big dinner, taking a stroll down to the front and taking time to think about the past week and the things to come.

Everything seems to going swimmingly at the moment and I've been trying to be more accepting of things that happen and not let stuff bother me. It is what it is and not much can change that. Accepting what happens means you can move on and continue living. Maybe it's all these sutras I've been reading and getting back into yoga and meditating that's helping me re-focus…


Sunday, 16 March 2014

…Trips: Arundel in Spring...

What another lovely weekend we've had. Everything seems so much brighter when the suns out. Especially when you're feeling tired from a night out. Last weekend, as you may have seen, James and I headed out to Arundel to make the most of the good weather. Here are the last few images of our day there (I promise). I took so many images, it was just too pretty not to. The castle and old churches were stunning. The way light shone through spired towers and small back alleys that had some of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. If I could I would snap one of those properties up. Alas that will probably never be case. One can wish though.

We spent most of day wandering around, seeing what hidden treasures we could find. Arundel has so many little boutique shops, with some really nice clothes, home furnishings and best of all, places to get tea and cake. That's something I really like about going there. There is not one mainstream shop there. Everything is independent and unique, apart from the one Co-op. It's so nice to see a little village like this keep on to it's independence. I suppose that's what attracts everyone to come spend their days there…


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

…Outfit: Spring Layers...

Jacket - Debenhams, Jeans - TU range, Loafers - Russell & Bromley, Glasses - River Island

How glorious is the weather at the moment? Cannot get enough of it. Wearing a light jacket (one of my faves at the moment), loafers and cracking out the sunnies is my idea of a good weekend. It feels so good to be posting an outfit. Been too long. I don't know what it is about Spring/Summer outfits that are so much nicer to post. Maybe it's the lighting, the colours and fabrics that make posting outfits easier. 

Sunday saw me breaking in my new shoes. I finally, after many years of searching grabbed my hands on pair of Russell & Bromley loafers. They are ridiculously comfortable and I love the mannish look they have. The distressed brown leather I know will wear down perfectly to a soft quality.


Monday, 10 March 2014

…Food: More Tea Please...

It all it seems I do when I post about my food habits, is go out for afternoon tea.  A few scones here, couple of pots of tea there. I love it. It is one of mine and James's favourite things to do when we venture out and about. This weekend was no exception. The weather was glorious, warm and sunny, so we headed out to Arundel to make the most of it. What a wonderful day we had. Lunch outside, walks around the lake and meandering around the local shops meant we were thoroughly worn out by the end of the day. 

Now back to our tea escapades. We stopped off to rest our feet and quench our thirst in a cute little cafe tucked away in one of the many cobbled side streets. 'Sage' had the most delicious orange, flavoured scones, with freshly hand-whipped cream. Just yum. I love my afternoon tea, and savoured each bite. Having been ill for the past two weeks, it was so lovely to be out and enjoying the weekend and satisfying my appetite (which had disappeared for a while).

The scones were freshly baked and you can't beat a newly warmed scones that melt away in your mouth. It's so nice to treat yourself to little indulgences like this every now and then, or in our case every weekend. What I can I say? We like our tea…


Wednesday, 29 January 2014