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Wednesday 2 August 2017

When All You Need is a Sense of Purpose

Hi, darling people, hope you've had a nice day.

What I did yesterday
Sunny, but still hovering sub-20c.  So no dress or skirt for me again, sadly.
But tomorrow it has to happen, I have a big birthday lunch to go to and that means a dress!
The day yesterday was filled with a sense of purpose.  It started with a trip with my car up to the garage for a  booked minor part replacement.  It's always a nice drive there, going along the coast and seeing gorgeous coloured sea and coastal granite.  Uplifting.
We popped in for brunch at the golf club on the journey home with the courtesy car.  Felt like retirement!

Yesterday was also a day of tidying me up.


My fringe needed tidying.  So I had it tidied.  For free.  My hairdresser usually rounds off visits by telling me I can pop in for a free fringe trim anytime; I've never followed that up before.  But yesterday, I did, it was that time.  It felt so great walking out from the hairdresser without paying.  My type of hairdressing! 

My nails and gel have been on a break.  One of those recommended periods of letting nails have a breather.  But nails and gel had missed each other and it was now time to get myself glammed up with pink gel for tomorrow's big lunch.  So I did.

What I stole

Sometimes I look at an outfit pic and see that it works because of one predominant thing.
When I spied the pic below right, what struck me is that sometimes distraction is the vital accessory to the outfit, having a sense of purpose other than the photo being driven by the outfit itself.

I liked this lady's sense of purpose, a bundle of papers, clearly she's unconcerned about what she's wearing, it's where she's going that's the key driver in this pic.
So I grabbed a telephone directory, a road map and a few assorted pieces of paperwork.  My bundle of papers, the perfect accessory! 

Sometimes I have to say to The Photographer "Don't ask questions, just take the bloomin' pic!" 
The above was one of those times.

The model wore a long grey cardi over a v. short cami.  Her cami displayed her tummy.  I do not want to display mine.  So I reversed my grey layers, starting with a long grey cami and topping with a shorter cardi.   Did it work?  Think so, I felt v. comfortably whizzing around doing my little errands wearing this little combo.

My little grey crotchet bag finished my go-out-and-do-stuff outfit.

So garage, brunch, hair, nails, grocery shopping, a raid on cheapo moisturisers and pressie shopping in town (and a little something for me too, longing to show you!).  Yes, it was a whirlwind of a day for The Pout.

What I've been eating

Tomatoes, that's what!
Our proud budding gardener picked a selection from the garden including my first ever beefsteak tomato. #soproud.

Despite some less than sweltering temperatures, little salad meals have been hitting the spot.

What's been amazing me

This little beauty.  It's been a few leaves in a pot for so many months that I'd forgotten what it was.

Tadaah!  It's a beautiful tiger orchid, that I'd forgotten a neighbour had  brought round ages ago when we had aperos.

So, ladies, hope you've been enjoying your day and I hope the weather has been nice for you.

BTW, I did enjoy my day with the courtesy car, nipping around doing my errands with a sense of purpose.  It was a white Suzuki Ignes (I think).  It's quick, it has a tight turn, it's much roomier than my little Peugeot 108 but still easy to park whilst I was purposefully whizzing around .  The boot is spacious and easily accommodated my groceries, pressies ... and my little special something for myself!

So I leave you with a pic of the day's uplifting coastal journey.

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A la perchoine.



  1. Mary you look so stylish in this outift! I LOVE how you took the inspiration photo and made it your own, I like yours much better. I need to get my nails done and book a hair appointment - thanks for the reminder! Have a marvelous and fun day my love!

    1. Thanks so much, Kellyann, I had a bit of fun and ended up with a simple outfit for a busy day. Hope you have a smashing day, luvey x!

  2. You look great in this outfit and perfect for the activities of the day. I think grey is a really good neutral for you. Your meals always look so enticing.

    1. Hi Christy, thanks so much, you're a sweetie, and I happen to really love grey, x!

  3. Mary, your writing is so cute. Your recreation of the outfit was perfect. I wouldn't want my tummy showing either. I just got my nails done Tuesday after a 7 month break myself. Feels good to have them all pretty again. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Lisa, welcome to my blog and thanks for your nice comments, sweetness. Hope you pop by again soon, I like "cute"! Wishing you and your glam nails a brilliant weekend! Mary, x.

  4. You are so funny! I love your sense of humor. Love the casual outfit. The cardigan and bag are fabulous. I'm still waiting for tomatoes from my garden. It takes a long time for them to grow in our cold climate.

    1. Hi Amy, hope you had a nice holiday.
      Thank you so much for all your lovely words. Hope your tomatoes come out soon, it'll soon be time for Apple's and pears ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘, x.

  5. You look so much better in this than the pic of the model. I feel a style steel coming where's my primani cardi? Oh on vacation. Must recall it from its slumbers aka packed away.

    1. Oh tell that to The Photographer, AM, he's loving that model pic!! Tell you what, you wake up your Primani pinkie and I'll wake up mine!