Sunday, 24 September 2017

New to me Coat

Autumn is now officially with us and there is definitely a chill in the air as I walk to the office in the mornings. I was therefore pleased to find this camel coloured coat in a charity shop a few days ago. It was in my size and in excellent condition. It cost me £10.00 but it will keep me nice and snug each morning. It is of a wool/terylene mix and is also waterproof for when we get wetter periods.

Is it getting cooler where you are yet? (unless you are lucky enough to be in the southern hemisphere)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Blue Shirt

Nothing very exciting to report this week. My only charity shop find recently was this blue shirt. It cost me £2.00 and is casual in appearance, ideal for holidays.  It is in mainly cotton and has a George label.

The weather has turned colder here in the UK and I doubt if I will be wearing this shirt very often without a cardigan or jacket.

The flowers are coming to an end earlier than usual in the garden this year and a few days ago I removed the tomato and cucumber plants from the greenhouse as they had finished cropping. The runner beans may last a few more weeks.

We are wondering if the early onset of autumn will mean a colder winter this year. We have had very little snow for about 5 years.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Walk in the Woods

The recent Bank Holiday weekend was unusually warm and sunny so we all decided to go for a walk in the countryside and the footpath we followed lead us to a lovely natural woodland. Hannah took her camera as usual and took these photos for my blog with some nature pictures for a school assignment.
This top was from a bargain bin in a charity shop - it was a £1. I am unlikely to keep it though as I have some concerns with the design being slightly see through particularly when wet and consequently having modesty issues. It will be donated back so it can be sold again to help the charity. It shows that we all make mistakes!
My trousers were new from Primark. They are in lightweight cotton and I thought that they would be ideal for warmer weather. Sadly, it has been cool and wet here in the UK so I have not worn them as much as I had hoped. The dusky pink colour is a new one for me. The trousers are super comfy and cost me about £15.00.

Do you like this outfit?

Friday, 1 September 2017

Polkadots & Blue

At least we have had some warm sunny weather here in the UK as we said goodbye to August and move into September.

My charity shop find this week is this polkadot top which, although not easy to see in the picture, also has blue lines between the dots. The top cost me £1.50.

I have teamed it with this royal blue pencil skirt which I bought for £2.50 a few weeks ago. The skirt started life in M & S.

The sandals were a present from my husband for my birthday.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Autumn Top


My latest charity shop find is this top. It is fairly loose fitting and has autumnal colours in the design. The top cost be £1.50 on a bargain rail. It is sad that we are talking of autumn already but it will be the first of September next week. Apart from a week in June we have not really experienced any really warm long settled periods this year so summer has been  little disappointing.
The brown, gold and green colours on a white background means that the top goes well with my summer trousers. The belt is more decorative than functional but it adds a little interest to the outfit - we were out for a family meal when Hannah took these photos. The cool damp summer weather meant that I wore these trousers more than summer dresses this year which is a shame.

Perhaps we will get a warm sunny autumn!

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.