The pumpkin. Autumn is the time to celebrate this humble vegetable and do glorious things with it which go beyond the realms of our British imaginations. Right now I am reading of pumpkin spice, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin body lotions and ... pumpkin martinis, which taste surprisingly good, so I'm told.
Yes, pumpkin fever has hit the blogisphere.
As a nation, we Brits tend to be quite conservative with vegetables in general and pumpkins specifically. We can barely get our heads around scooping out the pumpkin's innards, popping that in a soup then gouging facial features out of the carcase and calling it a candle holder.
So I decided to fly the flag and try a bit of pumpkin innovation myself. I see further possibilities for this most voluminous of vegetables. Why stop at cocktails and body products?
I see it as the perfect accessory. After all, others accessorise with hoovers, roller blades and Sainsburys carrier bags (you know who you are!) so why not a pumpkin?
A few days ago we visited a farm shop. So, what did I wear? I wore grey. Only grey.
Grey patterned top (Next), grey jeans (Peacocks) ... and grey boots.
Yup, these babies are new. I sneaked out a-shoppin' whilst The Photographer was playing golf and found these in Debenhams. I lucked out on a day when the store was offering a huge discount on boots. I'd been looking out for grey boots for some time and when I saw the deal, I pounced.
Lucky ole me eh?
The fact is that these boots have a high heel and my legs appear longer. IMHO. And I desperately need extra length to my stumpiest of pins which usually appear to be short appendages bridging body and footwear. The trompe l'oeil of these boots is that I appear to have legs!
I'd thought to go out in just a cardi (grey), but the weather had other plans on how to style The Pout.
The weather decided that it would follow my outfit cue - it was grey. A warmer layer was required - grey, of course.
So the day being grey was the perfect final accessory for my monochrome look. Oh, and a cross-body being the final final accessory.
Then at the farm shop, I thought maybe I could use a pumpkin as my final final final accessory, but it was orange and lacked my chosen monochromicity.
Now, I had always believed that with pumpkins, similar to Fords and black, you could have any colour you wanted, provided it was orange. But a revelation awaited me in the vegetable stalls.
Pumpkins apparently come in grey too, here a light grey to match the light greyness of my outfit. How fortuitous. The ultimate grey accessory.
And they even come in a darker shade of grey to match my jeans.
Oh, which to choose?
The greys stopped there. It seems there are not 50 Shades of Grey in the pumpkin world. I counted two. Two doth not a best selling book nor a film make, but two was sufficient for the purpose of the monochromaciouness of my outfit.
Yes, you can accessorise an outfit with a pumpkin, dear fellow fashionistas. Slice it mid-section, gouge out the pumpkin's top half and call it a beret, is my humble fashion tip for today.
To break the monochrome
rut paradise I had found myself in, I had my nails gelled glittery soft pink. Here seen against my laptop keyboard, which is grey, of course.
A la perchoine.