Saturday, 12 August 2017

Vintage Fair & when your daughter starts to grow up!

We went, as a family, to a local Vintage Fair this weekend where there were lots of antique and second hand stalls and well over 100 classic cars, tractors and steam engines on display. We also had a fly-past by a World War II Spitfire. It was difficult to get  good photo as it was flying very fast but Hannah did manage to get one  somewhat distant shot. You can just see it.
Hannah took a lot of pictures of the classic cars for her course work portfolio and a selection follow.
A 1930s Morris 8 and a 1930s Austin 10
It was this Triumph's 50th Birthday!
Some Morris Minors from the 1950s
An historic London Cab new in 1933
A Royal Mail delivery van from the 1940s
One for my American friends - a Ford Mustang and a Cadillac.
Henry enjoyed this steam roller which later was in full steam
Hannah is growing up fast and, being a teenager, is getting very fashion conscious. As you all know I do not mind whether or not my clothes have designer labels as long as they are comfortable and fit properly. Hannah now has to have certain trainers - usually with an expensive price tag, and a few days ago she needed new jeans and, you are right, they had to be a certain label and style the same as worn by her friends.

I don't wear jeans (even though Hannah is trying to persuade me to buy some) as I am not keen on the image so I was completely out of my comfort zone in a store which catered for the younger generation. Hannah quickly found a rail of Levi jeans (which seems to be the current favourite of her year group) and eventually settled on some Demi Curve skinnies.
 They cost £39.99 (and that was with the benefit of a price reduction). I could almost buy a whole new wardrobe in a charity shop for that money but I don't think Hannah will be satisfied with second hand clothes now.
They do seem to fit well and she couldn't wait to show them off to her friends.




Sunday, 6 August 2017

More Tops

This week I have added two new summer tops to my collection. Both are charity shop purchases and they cost £1.25 each. The first one is in lavender and has short sleeves and a button front. I added a white belt to enhance my figure and in the photo  I am wearing it with a white skirt which has been in my wardrobe for several years.
The second is in a light orange colour with white polkadots. This is a fairly unusual colour for me - and tones well with my new lighter hair colour this week! The sleeves are mid length. I would have liked it to have been a little longer to cover my bottom a little more when wearing trousers but at £1.25 it was too good a bargain to resist!

The trousers are fairly new - they came from Primark and I think they were £9.99. They have a high cotton content and, although a little tighter than I would like, are very comfortable.

Normally, I don't wear trousers that often during the summer but here in the UK the temperatures have barely reached 20 C recently and we have had constant wind and heavy showers. Totally different from Southern Europe where we read of temperatures well over 40 C! I don't think I could bear heat like that each day.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Summer Top

I found this top for just £1.00 in a bargain bin in my favourite charity shop last week. It is a different style for me and rather an interesting black and white design. It goes well with my black skirts or trousers. I would have preferred it to be slightly longer to cover my bottom a little more in the interest of modesty but for £1.00 I couldn't really complain.

Have you had any good buys recently?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Red Dress

I do not own many red clothes so when I came across this red dress with a white floral pattern in my size in my favourite charity shop last week, I just had to buy it. It cost me £4.50. It has a white belt feature which enhances my waist and is knee length - the length I always prefer.

It will make a change from my usual blue/turquoise outfits and will look good with a cream cardigan for cooler evenings.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I don't like jeans. I am probably the only woman in her late 30s who does not own and has never owned a pair of jeans. My daughter, Hannah, has recently been persuading me to start wearing jeans - and I have to admit a pair might be useful to wear around the garden - but I have something of an aversion to denim.

A few days ago, Hannah spotted a new pair in a charity shop and nagged me until I tried them on. She had her camera with her (I didn't know at the time) and took my picture in the changing cubicle.
They just didn't feel right on me somehow - too tight around my bottom which looks rather large in this picture - and restrictive. I decided not to buy them - Hannah was disappointed - but they were not comfortable.

Is there anyone else who shares my views on jeans or am I alone on this one?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Black Top

It's been an indoors sort of day today as we have had light rain for most of the time. It is ideal for the garden but it is a pity it came on a Saturday as I have a lot of jobs to do in the vegetable plot.

My charity shop find this week is this top. I bought it to wear casually but it is in new condition and has rather an interesting leaf decoration which adds interest and I think I could wear it successfully for evenings out.

It cost me £2.50 and has a WCF label which I am not familiar with. I tones quite well with my dark grey trousers.

Do you like it?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Evening Dress

We do not normally attend a lot of formal social functions but we have been invited to a garden party in about 10 days time. It is connected to my husband's work and it is important that we attend. I am sure that I will feel a little uncomfortable as I am not that good at mixing with people that I know and engaging in conversation. I also have to avoid alcohol whenever possible due to a chemical imbalance in my blood.

Anyway, I have been searching for an outfit and have two possibilities. Firstly this yellow dress with a black belt. It has been in my wardrobe for rather a long time. It was a charity shop find but I can't remember how much it cost. Probably no more than £5.00.
An alternative would be this polkadot dress I bought this week. Again it has a belt detail and a sort of pleats which adds interest. It cost me £5.50. This dress is longer and I am slightly concerned that it may cause me to trip as I am not used to wearing dresses of this length.

Which would you choose?

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sky Blue

Another top to tell you about this week. This time in sky blue with an unusual decorative tie detail. It cost me £2.50 in my favourite charity shop and it is in a cool cotton fabric.

The weather has cooled dramatically this week from 30+ C down to 18 C. It was a bit of a shock to the system and I wore trousers to the office on Thursday and Friday which is unusual for me at this time of the year. We have had spells of rain though which is very welcome for the garden and saves me the task of watering each evening. 

How are you coping with the weather?