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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wine with The Neighbours


Burgundyberrywine.  The colour of my coated jeggings is perhaps
best described in this portmanteau, because I do believe that colour is in the eye of the beholder.
Plum, aubergine ... oh I could go on, but I will stop here because no matter what it's called, it's all shades of dark red and puce and it's going into so many of my outfits at the moment.
Looks like berry isn't just for Christmas. 
 
So when the neighbours down the end of the garden invited us for a neighbours' supper, I thought no further than berry coated jeans for my Saturday night out.  Out of the house, yes, but just a few yards down the track!  I don't think I walked off even one of the many tasty calories my dear neighbour put on my plate :-(.
 
 
The Outfit Bit
 

Yes. That colour jeggings, with a black tunic blouse.  I found a camisole in Peacocks for £4 last week and snapped it up as I saw immediately that it was the same colour as the jeggings and my gorgeous new berry knee boots. And bing-o, it was. This long cami is going to be so useful to column with the jeggings for putting together with cardis, and the occasional jacket if I'm feeling a bit more dressy.
Peacocks also have jeggings (not coated) in the same colour; yes, I was tempted but stopped myself for fear of going into berry overkill territory.  But they're really nice, if you fancy smearing a bit of berry on your legs.

 
 
I thought the pointy toed heels were perfect pitch for this night-out outfit, but practicality ruled the day night.  Yes, I only had to walk a few yards to my destination, but it was raining heavily, wind-ing even heavier, so as soon as I poked my nose out of the window I was inspired to swap for boots.

 
 
 
I'd worn the top and jeggings recently for another at-home supper at the home of friends.
 
 

 
Then,  I'd slipped a woolly jumper over the tunic that time, probably as I was at the tail end of sinusitis.
 
 
 
 I think the tunic on its own changes the outfit into something a bit more partyish. 
What do you think?
 
 
The Food Bit
 
I took no photos of the meal, respectful of the fact that it's post-Christmas and there may be a few serious dieters reading this.  But just want to say this.  When at our neighbours' drinks party before Christmas we'd talked about getting together a bit more frequently than once a year.  When our neighbour invited us for this supper the week before, I started rambling on about how it's the getting together that's important, and that I'd keep the food very simple when I host.  She totally agreed and said she was keeping her menu simple too.    She was doing a crab and prawn tian for starter, then a choice of sea bass or beef bourginon (or both!) for mains.  Pudding would be a citrus posset, lemon merengue pie and a fruit crumble.
Oh my!!!  That's simple?!!!! 
 
On the night itself she kept to a lighter touch.  Slightly.
The tian was delicious and I would have been happy to stop there.  But I didn't want to appear precious so I soldiered on.  For the cause, you understand.   
As we all chose to keep it light with just the fish for mains, she didn't serve the beef, but then did bring to the table a choice of cod or hake, both en papillote.  And she only served the posset, though the other two pudds were on the countertop if we fancied.  No, no, posset would be just lovely to round off the splendid meal, we all chimed.  So on to the table came the possets.  Lemon, lime, orange.  Yes, she'd made three types of posset!
 
And that, readers, is the act that I will be following!!!!
 
 
 
A la perchoine.


16 comments:

  1. I love your pants and all the combinations you propose with booties and heels. I like your pendant and I love your hair.

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    1. Oh thanks so much JM. Perhaps you didn't love my hair so much in the next post, when it was flying in every direction! Thanks for popping in, x.

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  2. I would love to a fellow guest at your neighborhood dinners and any excuse to get a little gussied up is fun! Pout you are rockin those pointy toes, dreaded rain but you brought the light and sunshine in that divine ensemble!

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    1. New word - gussied up, love it! You know that you are welcome to join in our neighbours get togethers and I know a certain neighbour who'd go gaga over your Sandy look! Thanks for bringing sunshine to my day and sparkle to my world, hugs Adorable Andrea, x.

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  3. I know what you mean - it seems to be blowing a gale every week here in the uk right now! Boots seem more fitting x

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    1. Hi PFPaP, thanks for popping in. So right, I don't think we've had a week without storms or gales since November and as for the rain ... ! Hugs and please pop by again soon, x.

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  4. Smart call my sassy friend swapping the boots for the pointy toed heels, although those heels are FAB! You are looking terrific in this outfit, I'd say you've found your sweet spot - this look is terrific on you!
    Let's talk about that meal. Dang. That was simple? Is your neighbor related to Julia Child or Martha Stewart? Ugh. I do love the idea of getting together with neighbors for a night in, I think that's the best! No doubt you'll make something equally impressive, I have faith in you my friend!
    Hugs to you!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Yup, the boots were the right call for the night. Thanks for saying all those lovely things and I think you're on to something, I'm feeling these coated jeggings thingeys are starting to feel ME!
      The thing is with my neighbour, EVERYTHING she makes tastes bloomin' good and she really pushes the envelope because she just LOVES to spend a whole day in the kitchen. Her pleasure shows in the food.
      My meal will be really simple, trust me!
      Hugs darling, x.

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  5. OOh, looks so cute with the pointy shoes. Well, I could never have your neighbors for dinner. I would be doing well to make a pot of chili. I didn't even know what half the stuff you mentioned was. I am always amazed at people who love to cook. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Susan, I wish the weather had been good enough to walk down the track to the neighbours wearing those heels 😖.
      Well, I like cooking but I just couldn't put so much work into so many dishes AND clean the house too! Hugs, x

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  6. I enjoyed reading about your night! wine with neighbors, a scrumptious meal.. all sounds very inviting. i LOVE your burgundy coated jeans! Great rich color can be worn with anything! I have a black pair I need to take out a bit more. The black tunic and pointed pumps looks quite chic!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Hi Jess, thanks so much, and hey, you should have joined us! The berry jeggings have really surprised me, I'm finding it difficult NOT to wear them! Looking forward to seeing what beauty you create with your black coated jeans v. soon.
      Thanks for hosting, hugs, x.

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  7. Wow! You look amazing in this outfit. I love those jeggings!

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    1. Aww, Amy, you really are too kind. Aren't the jeggings The Best?! I could wear them most days and each day they would look different, they go with so much. And they are like a second skin.
      Hugs, keep warm, x.

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  8. Layering items of clothing like tis is so chic Mary. The necklace is stealing the show here, I really like that too
    Laurie xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie. The necklace is a wall hanging which my SD brought back from Morocco which I thought would be beautiful around my neck. I bought a necklace extension off Amazon which converted it and it works perfectly. Hugs, x.

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