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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Being ... Une Femme

 
 
I am really in a thieving mood right now! Some serious larceny is occurring on this blog.

I frequently visit Une Femme here.  Une Femme, a.k.a. Susan, is a lovely American lady who puts together some stylish yet simple outfits for everyday wear.  Her travel packing posts make are my essential pre-holiday reads.
 
This outfit was inspired by a woman I noticed on the street. It was a simple and comfortable look, yet very chic. | une femme d'un certain âge:

I loved the simplicity of this outfit which she put together recently.  I would instinctively put gray jeans with gray cardi, but I think the idea of black pants puts some zest into the pairing.  It looks somehow perkier, fresher, perhaps frenchier!
So, liking this gray and black mix, your serial larcenist got going! 
I tried to tell myself I was sourcing inspiration rather than plain stealing, so I varied it a little with what I had to hand. 
 

I accessorised my outfit with a pearl pendant - such a subtle variation!
And her black pants are more slouchy than my black jeans, but I was just seeking inspiration.
(Oh shucks, I just spotted that I should have worn brown boots!)

 
But there were no delicious red nails or chunky purse per Une Femme as I didn't have either.
And then came a scarf.  Of course I had to add one.  Une Femme lives in California (permanent UK summer temps), I am in currently in Sussex (UK spring temps, winter temps = same difference).


That was Steal No. 1.  And because Une Femme had fired me up and I was cooking on high octane ...


I decided on yet another steal - again, this outfit is so stylish in its simplicity.
I like how the gray jeans seem to soften the black of the rest of the outfit.
In fact, that pairing seems to have the opposite effect of Steal No. 1.

I had similar "ingredients" in my wardrobe here to make up the "recipe".
I didn't have the jewelry layers on the day, but next day I did manage to find some thrift store necklaces (r/h pic).


(See how the scarf colours blend with the jacket lining!)

Now, I don't have a blazer over here (stop press: but I do now, I've been shopping!). 
So I had to go off-piste a little with the outerwear.  My old quilted black jacket stepped in, which was probably a good idea as we are not enjoying any California temps right now - I can but dream ... do some California Dreaming maybe?

And of course I had to wear warmer Chelsea boots, it was not a day for fancy cut-out bits.


I was happy with my Being ... Une Femme outfits, bearing in mind our "spring" weather and the limitations of my current travel capsule.  I like her style, so expect more "thieving"!
So thank you for your inspiration,  Une Femme!

And whilst we're on the subject of spring and capsules, look what Une Femme has gone and done


spring travel wardrobe for Europe

She's only gone and tempted me with this little spring capsule.  I think I have most of these ingredients to cook up these little dishes too.
Oh when will this thieving inspiration end ... ?



A la perchoine.



p.s.  Not content with style thievery, I've tried my hand at American spelling too - thoro huh?
p.p.s.  I've now shopped for another Une Femme signature outfit piece - wait and see what that is!









Friday, 24 March 2017

Meet Cookie!


Look What's Popped Into My Life ... this adorable little Samoyed puppy!


Meet Cookie!


His Royal Fluffiness joined the family a couple of weeks ago.

He's not mine :-(.  But he is Son's and I've had so much fun with him already.
You can imagine how the grandkiddies are loving this lively ball of pure pleasure.

He came to us at 10 weeks old and he's already such a little character.

He really is a cute little cookie!


And like all youngsters, he needs his naps.

A la perchoine.




Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Being ... Anna


When reflecting on 2016 I decided that I'd like to continue my Being ...  series into 2017.
In 2016 I'd been Nora, I'd been Jane.  I'd found that hiding behind the Being ... exercise gave me the confidence to try out new looks. 
And now here we are, practically through the third month of the year
and how many Beings ... have I done?  Zilch!
I need to address this slovenliness.   Let's start by Being ... Anna.

So what's Anna about? Well, it would seem we have quite a bit in common.

We share boots.  The dependable bendables from Clarks.
We share a jumper.  A chunky ecru knit from M&S, ca 2015.


(Now, a lot of Anna's OOTD shots are taken in her kitchen.  It is perhaps where she has her best sill-fie sill. I am nothing if not thorough, so here I am kitchen-posing for authenticity.)

But it goes deeper than boots and a woollie jumper. 


We share our love of the Primani slouch cardi, hers and mine here in Pink.
(Anna's grey below, my Navy here.)


We share a love of the grey cardi, though Anna pampers hers with Spa weeks, mine gets tough love.


We are fans of the leoprint scarf, which we agree provides an instant "lift" to an outfit.


We both like the biker jacket.


I jumped to steal her idea of a furry scarf for indoor wear.


 And the belted third piece trickery I'd recently discovered was something that Anna had already, well, got under her belt.
Anna's all about the challenges too.  Se likes to set them.
I often respond.    Anna says "jump", The Pout asks "how high?"



 I wouldn't have graced the world with my legs in shorts had it not been for an Anna challenge, though that may not have been Anna's finest hour - you have seen my legs?

 

My attempt at her Pearls and Plaid challenge was a little gentler on the eye :-).



And talking of eyes, this cardi seems to have a trickery of its own.  I saw jade, Anna saw me completing her teal challenge.  So we don't always see eye to eye on colour.


I cheated on the t shirt and jeans challenge (not my finest hour) then quickly remedied my misdemeanour.

 My introduction to her blog was via selfie sticks.  I wasn't too familiar with their work.


I imagined an off-photo blackboard.  Soon Anna discovered the sill-fie and my OOTD classes became a thing of the past.
(Me wearing yet another Primani slouch, in black and using a clothes prop as my selfie stick)


So what do we have in common, Anna and I?
Yes, we are frequent wearers of cardis (notably grey) and scarves (notably leoprint).
But apart from all of the above, what has struck me when putting together this compilation is that we often choose similar poses for similar outfits - how spooky is that?!

It is no surprise that we are self-declared twins, separated at birth ... and by about 20 years.
I feel sorry for our mother, that was some labour!


Do you have a blog twin?  One with whom you have an affinity, for styles, colours, outfits, clothing?

A la perchoine.



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The 12 Piece Travel Capsule Exposé !!

Hi peeps, I've travelled to the UK for a few weeks' break.
So what does any self-respecting blogger do?  Yup, here comes the travel case post!


I travelled in black jeans and jumper, ivory sleeveless top, ecru jacardi and leoprint scarf, black boots.

Now here's a fun story.  On arrival at London Gatwick, I found myself lurking outside the mens' toilets, as you do (calm down, I was waiting for The Photographer!).  A lady came towards me and we spotted immediately that we were wearing the same coat. So we smiled in recognition of this coincidence as she walked past, then she turned back and we started chatting. Turns out the jacardi is on sale and my pretty Irish new BFF had bought the grey version too (which I was torn over when buying my ecru version).
Funny how a piece of clothing gets complete strangers chatting together like old friends.

 The thing about this jacardi, as I call it, is that it's quite distinctive.  As well as the airport anecdote, I walked into my double cousin's kitchen the other day.  She looked at me and instantly said "Zara!  Looked at it at the airport shop back in November, wish I'd bought it." 
It's a sort of once-seen-never-forgotten piece.

So, fired by the carrot my BFF had dangled, a sale price of 13 Euro, I went on to the Zara website.  No sign of it, so it must be sold out already.  Sorry peeps, but no surprise really.  But there may be some left "physically" in a Zara store near you ...


But, I digress, bigly (sic).  In my little carry-on I packed this little lot.


Grey and white jumpers, grey cardi, pink and leoprint sleeveless tops, black and grey jersey tops,black cami, grey jeans; down coat (bagged up and out of shot), scarf, brown boots, snakeprint flatties, beret and gloves, just in case it gets chilly, notebook, spare specs and filofax as, evidently, I haven't yet left the 90s - and you should see the size of my mobile!


So that's 12 capsule items, in blogger-accounting.

And my Wild Card - the item you can bung in at the last minute without counting it per blogger-accounting.  It's the black pink and taupe splodgy jersey top.  I threw it in because it's coming up for its 4th summer and I have worn it 0 times.  So I am challenging myself to wear it this holiday.
Wish me luck!

So that's Exposé No. 1, the truth behind the "12" piece travel capsule.


Here's some of what I've been wearing so far.  The first reveal is a bit of a shocker actually. 


Shocker, you ask?  Well, here's the first wearing of a M&S tie top, bought recently in the sales.
Grey jersey.  Long sleeves.  High neck.  What's to shock?


Well, it was how I tied the knot at the bottom.  Without looking in the mirror I tied a simple knot, with the ends dangling.  You will have to use you're imagination at this point, for I've now popped the photo in my bloopers file.

 I went out for the day wearing the top. The. Whole. Day.
Only when downloading the photos for this post did I spot that the tie arrangement looked a bit, errr, embarrassing! 

Why oh why did I not check myself out in the mirror?!  There ensued Tiegate (and that's putting it genteelly!).  TP now tells me he'd given me the heads up when photographing.  He delicately suggested I might want to "re-tie" as it was "bunched up".  Too subtle for me.  Maybe he should have asked which side I "dressed".
No matter, as I did what I always do - I ignored him.  To my detriment, it now seems.

And the top's no longer on their website so I can't see how it's supposed to be tied, decently.  Anyone else having problems with tie tops?  

That's Exposé No. 2, nuff said on that one - so moving swiftly on ...


And here I'm wearing a pretty reserved mix but I must point out the beads.  I hit my fave charity shop in Battle on Saturday and found three necklaces that mix perfectly with what I've brought over.  £1 a-piece.  Bargain!

And finally ...

Although I bring a core capsule over with me when I come to Sussex, I do also have what I call a "visiting wardrobe" that I can tapp (sic) into.  The visiting wardrobe came about by an unfortunate event a few years ago.  TP was held at the NHS' pleasure - not HM's, I am pleased to say!

We were over for a few weeks and I had packed an appropriate travel capsule.  But TP ended up unexpectedly in hospital for a few weeks, poor thing,  And he then convalesced for a few more weeks.  By which time, we'd moved from late summer into early autumn. 
What's a girl to do?  I hit the shops in the area!  Primark, M&S, Next  ...
I picked up some disparate items, like undies and socks, a few tops, some boots and outerwear. 
You get the picture - I'm an opportunist!
Quite understandably I hadn't packed these things for what started out as a 2 week August holiday and ended up as a mid-October departure.  
Simply put, I'd packed for the wrong trip.

I tell you all of this in the spirit of transparency and openness.  For although I show you my little carry-on's contents, this wasn't in it ...


Another rogue item will pop up in my next post too, whilst I'm fessing up ... and probably in many more posts to come!
You see, I don't always restrict myself to my 12 piece.  I augment.



And that, dear reader, is Exposé No. 3.
So on those blogger's travel capsule bombshells, I bid you adieu,
A la perchoine.






Being ... Une Femme

I am really in a thieving mood right now! Some serious larceny is occurring on this blog.

I frequently visit Une Femme here.  Une Femme, a.k.a. Susan, is a lovely American lady who puts together some stylish yet simple outfits for everyday wear.  Her travel packing posts make are my essential pre-holiday reads.
 
This outfit was inspired by a woman I noticed on the street. It was a simple and comfortable look, yet very chic. | une femme d'un certain âge:

I loved the simplicity of this outfit which she put together recently.  I would instinctively put gray jeans with gray cardi, but I think the idea of black pants puts some zest into the pairing.  It looks somehow perkier, fresher, perhaps frenchier!
So, liking this gray and black mix, your serial larcenist got going! 
I tried to tell myself I was sourcing inspiration rather than plain stealing, so I varied it a little with what I had to hand. 

I accessorised my outfit with a pearl pendant - such a subtle variation!
And her black pants are more slouchy than my black jeans, but I was just seeking inspiration.
(Oh shucks, I just spotted that I should have worn brown boots!)

 
But there were no delicious red nails or chunky purse per Une Femme as I didn't have either.
And then came a scarf.  Of course I had to add one.  Une Femme lives in California (permanent UK summer temps), I am in currently in Sussex (UK spring temps, winter temps = same difference).


That was Steal No. 1.  And because Une Femme had fired me up and I was cooking on high octane ...


I decided on yet another steal - again, this outfit is so stylish in its simplicity.
I like how the gray jeans seem to soften the black of the rest of the outfit.
In fact, that pairing seems to have the opposite effect of Steal No. 1.


I had similar "ingredients" in my wardrobe here to make up the "recipe".
I didn't have the jewelry layers on the day, but next day I did manage to find some thrift store necklaces (middle pic).


(See how the scarf colours blend with the jacket lining!)

Now, I don't have a blazer over here (stop press: but I do now, I've been shopping!). 
So I had to go off-piste a little with the outerwear.  My old quilted black jacket stepped in, which was probably a good idea as we are not enjoying any California temps right now - I can but dream ... do some California Dreaming maybe?

And of course I had to wear warmer Chelsea boots, it was not a day for fancy cut-out bits.


I was happy with my Being ... Une Femme outfits, bearing in mind our "spring" weather and the limitations of my current travel capsule.  I like her style, so expect more "thieving"!
So thank you for your inspiration,  Une Femme!

And whilst we're on the subject of spring and capsules, look what Une Femme has gone and done


spring travel wardrobe for Europe

She's only gone and tempted me with this little spring capsule.  I think I have most of these ingredients to cook up these little dishes too.
Oh when will this thieving inspiration end ... ?



A la perchoine.



p.s.  Not content with style thievery, I've tried my hand at American spelling too - thoro huh?
p.p.s.  I've now shopped for another Une Femme signature outfit piece - wait and see what that is!