Thursday, 29 January 2015

Frozen

When the temperature plummets there's a cool beauty to the surrounding scenery, with some gorgeous gold colours against the weak blue sky.  I just had to share some of my recent snaps.

Frozen

Sunday, 25 January 2015

We Could Be In Russia

Maybe that's a slight exaggeration, I don't think there's nearly enough snow for this to be Russia!  But the hat certainly gives me the urge to start dancing to Boney M's 'Rasputin'.

We Could Be In Russia

It's the same coat that you saw last Sunday, but with different gloves, boots, scarf and the addition of the fabulous faux fur hat.  That coat has been a winter winner, it's wool, so nice and cosy, and I love how the length covers my full skirts.  A bargain for £8 from a local charity shop.

We Could Be In Russia

We Could Be In Russia

We Could Be In Russia

We Could Be In Russia

Scarf: Joy the store, sale bin bargain.
Coat: Vintage, via charity shop.
Hat: Can't remember, possibly H&M about a decade ago!
Boots: Cara.
Gloves: TU at Sainsbury's.


We Could Be In Russia

We are having so much fun driving around our scenic area to take photos, we're seeing sights that we wouldn't normally get to see.  Tourism via blogging!  It does feel a bit ridiculous sometimes, with the drivers of passing cars wondering what you're doing, and my family and friends are always quick to gently jibe me about my latest blog photos, with comments like "have you lost something in the near distance?" and "can you see Siberia?".  One of my sisters hates this hat, so I will make sure I post a few pictures on her Facebook page.

Anyway, if you haven't heard the disco-classic Rasputin, you can enjoy that now - I warn you that it's an infectious melody and you'll be singing it for days.



Friday, 23 January 2015

Book Review: The Paying Guests

I was very eager to read Sarah Waters' latest book, The Paying Guests.  I adored 'The Little Stranger', the only other Waters book I've read, and had high hopes for this new tale set in the early 1920s.

PayingGuest_D-2

"It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants,  life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach…"

About 180 pages in I realised that I was gripped and turning the pages at a rate of knots, even though the plot wasn't advancing as quickly and nothing had really happened.  I think that shows the quality of the writing, that I was happy just to absorb the words and enjoy a study of the characters and their relationships, without any major plot developments.  The story steadily moved from moment to moment, and I found a lot to savour in each scene.  There are sections of writing that are delicious, there's no other word for it!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Voodoo Vixen Mila Cardigan

I'm excited to share a few pics of my new Voodoo Vixen cardigan today, and it's also a sneak preview of my latest outfit shoot.  I had to take advantage of the snowy hills,  it might be the only snow we get this winter.

Voodoo Vixen Mila Cardigan

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Faux Fur in the Forest

Faux Fur in the Forest

Wrapping up warm and heading up a hill or into the forest to explore is one of my favourite things to do when the weather allows, and it's always nice to tie in a few shots for the blog too.  I wore my French Connection dress that I picked up for £1 in a charity shop haul.  It's got a bit of an indecent plunge in the front, so I wore a slip underneath.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury ran a prize-draw before Christmas to win one of their fabulously authentic 1940's styled outfits.  I didn't win the big prize, but I was a runner-up, and received a lovely polkadot headscarf!

I tried out some different ways of wearing it.  Please excuse the focusing, I'm still getting to grips with the new camera!!

Seamstress of Bloomsbury

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Lumberjack

I've got something a bit different today, with a men's outfit post featuring my lovely husband-to-be.

Lumberjack

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