Thursday, 8 August 2019

My Cliff Top Shop



My dear readers, we are ploughing into August with some great bulldozery thing and I am wanting to make the most of every single hour of sunniness.  So on many days I frolic around on the beach.  And on many other days I am working on my She Shed.  You get the picture don't you.  Or rather you don't get the picture, cos I'm either in a swimsuit or in painting scruffies and either way, not much is making it on to the blog right now!


However, these beauts have been most photoworthy.
I recently did a bit of shopping at a cliff top gift shop at Le Gouffre.   Ok, not your Madeleine, Hobbs or Baukjen sort of shopping admittedly, but this type of shop sells light clothes with a distinct summer vibe and most wearable in this heat.

Here's what I picked up in their summer sale.


A black jersey and lace OTS maxi, cool and floaty and just £15.



I tried it with a leather tie belt, which I thought was quite the gypsy look.


But I think it works best as it was designed - loose, floaty and cool.


A hat adds edge to this floaty number, taking it from 70s throwback to teensies boho.  IMHO.




I also bought a light-as-a-feather pink kaftan, £7.
Great for suitcase packing and a versatile layering piece.



It scrubs up well over a black maxi slip dress.


And the kaftan can be slipped off for summer evening aperos.


However, it works best with a white column.  Again IMHO.


But a few days after this little shopping spree, I went back for more.  I knew the white version of the maxi was lurking up on those cliffs.


I spent took out another £15 from my money box and bagged myself an OTS maxi twin.


I stuck a hat on this outfit and test-drove the dress on my morning constitional.  Really just to see if after all these years I could still walk in a maxi without going t**s up.

And what a relief, not one stumble during the whole walk.
But it did feel a bit weird, walking round the lanes on a sunny Saturday morning in something that resembles a nightie.  
I asked The Photographer what it felt like to be out in public with a lady who looked like she'd just got out of bed (especially as I wasn't wearing make up!)
"No, it's like I'm out promenading with a lady from an impressionist painting", he replied.   Awwww. 


So here I give you a hitherto unknown work, attributed to Monet.  Femme Dans Les Jardins de Chez Pout.  


So, what do you think of my floaty numbers?
Not a bad haul for cliff top gift shop shopping?
Was that £37 well spent?
And do YOU sometimes pick up clothes in unlikely places?



A la perchoine, 
Mary x.


27 comments:

  1. Oh yes. I love both versions. I could have done with those this past week on my hols in the 30C+ heat. They look very elegant on you and not at all like a nightie!

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    1. Thanks and hope you had a fabulous holiday, Jay.
      Hugs, x.

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  2. I can't make up my mind if I love the Black or the White dress more. They are stunning Mary. Have fun pottering and getting your she shed ready or walking those beaches. Sounds idyllic to me! xx

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    1. Hmmnn, Laurie ... beach frolics, idyllic. She shed work, not so much!
      Hugs, x.

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  3. They look very high end Mary! I love finding shops like that where you know you're going to be wearing things that no-one else is. The kaftan looks fab with the white column and against the black.

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    1. Thanks Gail, yes it's nice to find interesting pieces that are almost unique.
      Hugs, x.

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  4. Definiteley money well spent. They are all lovely items but my favourite has to be the floaty pink top, I think this item will get lots of wear.
    Regards - Jill stylishatsixty
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    1. Oh yes Jill, that floaty pink number was a bargain!
      Hugs x.

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  5. Hello from the Southwest deserts where each of your lovely new items would be so perfect. You look lovely and bring to mind a certain '70's rock star (from this area, actually) who wore the boho gypsy look well too! I am especially fond of the pink blouse, one of my fave colors. I have found some lovely items of clothing (mostly scarves and jewelry) in art museum gift shops and they were not expensive. I am always looking for something new and different but still within my classic style profile. Enjoy the beach for me!!

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    1. God dag, Jules! I remember that Arizona heat in February, can't imagine what it's like right now, so I'll think of you when I'm in the cool sea!
      I like your approach to gift shop shopping and how elegantly you keep to your classic style profile.
      Now, you've got me intrigued with the 70s rock star - I've ruled out Mama Cass because of the decade difference!!!
      Hugs, x.

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  6. Oh yes I love them all! The maxi dresses look so stylish on you, and I agree with you the pink top looks wonderful with your white trousers. XXX

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    1. Thanks sweet Linda, that pink and white is classic holiday style eh!!I
      Hugs, x.

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  7. Girlfriend, you are giving Stevie Nicks a run for her money! You wear Boho so well, I am loving these dresses on you!
    BTW - guess who will be in London at the end of September???
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh you had me at Stevie Nicks, till then I was thinking more Mama Cass!
      Let's get DMing re forthcomings!
      Hugs, x.

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  8. Wow, PP, what fabulous finds. Those dresses are just so perfect for summer and they look so good on you. Loving the boho look! Great to wear casual-ish during the day and with a bit of additional jewellery you can carry them into the night. Great for holidays to sunny climes too!!! So pleased to see that the Gouffre shop is up and running again and keeping you happy. :o) Well done, my friend. That kaftan is a great find too. I wish I had planned a holiday to Guernsey now!!

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    1. Oh Dutchie, how I think of you when I'm in that shop. Guernsey is missing you badly, x.I
      Hugs, x.

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  9. Very well spend! You know I love black clothes but the White one is fantastic! Gives me a bit of a French feel!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, and I'm with you, a white dress has a certain je ne sais quoi, ca c'est sur!
      Hugs, x.

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  10. Money very well spent my dear. I love that wistful look as you pose in the white version. Let's hold onto summer as long as we can, eh? xxx

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    1. Thanks Anna, and I think the dress inspired the wistful look. I do want to hold on to summer too!
      Hugs, x.

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  11. Wow, another beautiful dress Mary, these looks so good on you. I'll be checking out when I next go to Spain to see if i spot anything similar. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. Thanks Jacqui. Good luck with your gift Spanish shop shopping!
      Hugs, x.

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  12. You have wonderful style! I love how you styled all of these looks.

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  13. I was also thinking Stevie Nix :) You really do boho style well - really suits you. I love the black dress the most. Lise

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    1. I’ll be very happy with Steve Nicks, thank you very much - in my dreams! Thanks, Lise 💕,.
      Hugs, x.

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  14. Pout!! Mama Cass? While she was something in her own right, I was seeing Stevie Nicks in you all the way:) Especially from the "Rumors" era-an album I have only begun to really appreciate. Anyway, a compliment was my intention, hope that came through!

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