Outfit of the day 12/07/19

I did go to my counselling session this morning! I got out of the house! Whoop!

Yes, I am back in bed resting this afternoon, as I now feel very tired, but I am so pleased. I am also happy that I was able to get dressed in a nice outfit and actually wear it outside. Let’s hope that I get more opportunities over the next few days.

Outfit of the day 12/07/19 with Hermès’ Cosmographia Universalis scarf

Today’s outfit:

  • Cerise cotton/silk round neck top – WoolOvers.
  • Cerise cotton/silk crew neck cardigan – WoolOvers.
  • Navy linen midi skirt – Isle Collection.
  • Cobalt blue crystal and silver earrings – Sonrisa Boutique.
  • Cobalt blue enamel and gold Agama bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Cream enamel and gold Byzantine bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Silk scarf, 90cm, in bright pink, sky blue, white and navy – Cosmographia Universalis – Hermès. Tied in a necklace knot – this is the best one that I have found for 90cm scarves in warm weather. The minimum amount of fabric touches the neck and the whole looks like silk jewellery.

I decided to wear my new scarf again, this time with bright pink and navy and I think that it worked very well. On a cooler day I would probably use a scarf tie that would show off more of the bright pink, which would look lovely with the cerise of these pieces from WoolOvers. I will add this Outfit of the Day collage to Monday’s Scarf of the Moment post when I have finished writing this one. Oh yes, I also wore my navy nubuck slip on shoes from Hotter and carried my bright blue midi-Muse handbag from Massaccesi.

I do hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes,


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Update 11/07/19

Well, I am having yet another day in bed. I really hope that I am fit enough to go for my counselling appointment tomorrow as it would be so nice to actually leave the house! I haven’t been out for well over a week.

I did go downstairs over lunchtime, so dressed in a very simple outfit of a navy cotton vest from Sainsbury’s Tu and navy and white woven linen trousers from Isle Collection. It is still so very warm and humid here and I find this kind of weather very trying indeed.

If I do go out tomorrow, I intend to wear my new scarf, Cosmographia Universalis, in a different tie and will take a photo to show you. I keep looking at all of the lovely colours and details. Many thanks to all of you who are continuing to visit the Scarf of the Moment page that I wrote on Monday.

Yesterday, I had a hunt around some of the online sales. Even though my birthday isn’t until November, I usually choose some nice items in the sales at this time of year. Lovely Husband is never sure what to get me, and our shops are very limited locally, so I am a bit cheeky and select things that he can give me! I also use the opportunity of the sales to buy birthday and Christmas presents well in advance.

I will wait until November to show you what I chose 😁.

Best wishes,


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Reading roundup 10/07/19

I enjoyed two very different books this week, one historical, the other science fiction. It is wonderful to have libraries which give us access, free at the point of use, to a wealth of choice for our reading.

Blood and Blade by Matthew Harffy

The first book was Blood and Blade by Matthew Harffy (#03 Bernicia Chronicles), set in 7th century Britain. Here is the blurb:

Oswald is now King of Northumbria. However, his plans for further alliances and conquests are quickly thrown into disarray when his wedding to a princess of Wessex is interrupted by news of a Pictish uprising.

Rushing north, Oswald leaves Beobrand to escort the young queen to her new home. Their path is fraught with danger and uncertainty, Beobrand must try to unravel secrets and lies if they are to survive.

Meanwhile, old enemies are closing in, seeking brutal revenge. Beobrand will give his blood and blade in service to his king, but will that be enough to avert disaster and save his kith and kin from the evil forces that surround them?

It, perhaps, wasn’t a very good idea to jump into a series at the third book, but it wasn’t too difficult to understand some of the previous storylines. If you decide to read this series for yourself, I would recommend that you begin at the beginning, unlike me! Anyway, here is my short review. I gave the book three stars as I did enjoy reading it, but had quite a lot of reservations.

I love historical fiction, particularly Roman Britain and also the Dark Ages, so I immediately picked this up when I visited the Library. As a huge fan of Cornwell’s Last Kingdom series, I must admit that this book was a real disappointment. The characters were such stereotypes, especially the female ones. The whole thing is such a macho testosterone fest with no leavening of humour at all. I enjoy books with gory battles, but this was simply not written well enough.

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

The second book of the week was a much more satisfying read: The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #01). Some of you may remember that I wrote about the second book in this series, Elysium Fire, a few weeks ago. This is the blurb:

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts, and one of the best. His force is Panoply, and his beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone. These days, his job is his life.

A murderous attack against a Glitter Band habitat is nasty, but it looks to be an open-and-shut case – until Dreyfus starts looking under some stones that some very powerful people would really rather stayed unturned. What he uncovers is far more serious than mere gruesome murder…

I must admit that I find the use of the term “Glitter Band” amusing – I was still at school when they were in the charts! Anyway, here is my four star review of the book on Goodreads:

I read the two books in this short series (yes, I know it is part of a much larger set of science fiction tales) the wrong way round. So, I did already know who would survive until the second book! I suppose that did have quite an effect on my appreciation of the story. However, I really loved both of the books. The world-building is totally amazing and I have already requested the first book of the main series so that I can immerse myself in what looks like an incredible achievement in science fiction writing. These books are not easy, simple reads, but they are well worth a little extra concentration in order to appreciate the exciting and intricate plot, the amazing scenarios and technology and the sheer imagination of the author. Brilliant stuff!

The Penny Heart by Martine Bailey

Phew! I still have a large book pile in my bedroom and also a few more requests to pick up from the Library. My next book, which I will write about next week, is set in the 18th century this time: Martine Bailey’s The Penny Heart.

Happy Reading and very best wishes!


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Update 09/09/19

After yesterday’s detailed post, which took quite a lot of effort to put together, please forgive me for today’s very brief note. Many thanks to all of you who read my Scarf of the Moment post about Cosmographia Universalis – I did enjoy researching and writing it!

I don’t have an outfit to show you as I have spent the day in pyjamas, reading in bed. I did see this set of rather humorous cartoons from The New Yorker, which might make you smile:

Nineteenth-Century Novels, with Better Birth Control
Glynnis Fawkes
June 21, 2019

Reading Roundup post tomorrow!

Best wishes,


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Scarf of the moment: Cosmographia Universalis

As details of Hermès new Autumn/Winter 2019 scarves started to appear online a few weeks ago, I really didn’t think that I would purchase anything. Nothing really “sang” to me. I didn’t love any of them!

But, then the magic of Hermès began to work, as it always has since I first fell down the orange slippery slope. I began to see modelling photos, particularly on The Purse Forum, of the range of colourways as the new season scarves and shawls became available in boutiques and on websites around the world. I hit the “purchase” button last week and this lovely new scarf, Cosmographia Universalis designed by Jan Bajtlik, arrived on my doorstep.

My colourway of the scarf is #05 in bleu jean, rose vif, marine:

Cosmographia Universalis by Jan Bajtlik for Hermès


It is difficult to describe this complex pattern and do it full justice! Like Bajtlik’s design for last season, Animalopolis, the scarf is a riot of colour and activity. Cosmographia Universalis appears to have a river, or lake, in the centre surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, all kinds of amazing architecture and dreamlike, mythological landscapes. Amazing beasts and people move between trees and plants, boats glide across the water, fantastical creatures appear and Bajtlik’s dog sleeps peacefully amongst the riot. This scarf is such fun. Who could look at it without a smile?

The colours in #05 are glorious. A deep fuchsia pink for the contrast rolled hem and across  the design, toning and clashing pinks from cerise to pale rose, a range of blues from navy to sky, touches of white on stylised waves, and some elements are picked out in brown.

Look out for humour and surprises, I have already mentioned the dog. The famous Hermès horse and carriage appear on a bridge, water cascades from a horse’s mouth (horses are everywhere), a water snake (Nessie?) swims in the lake, people climb the mountains, squid fly out of a volcano! A peaceful moon looks down on it all. What else can you find? You could spend an hour looking at this scarf!


These are the colourways for the Autumn/Winter 2019 silk twill 90cm. I have added in the codes to help those of you who wish to purchase this scarf:

Design story

Sebastian Münster was a cartographer, historian, astronomer, mathematician and scholar of Hebrew. His work, Cosmographia Universalis, was first published in Germany in 1544 and became one of the most widely-read books of the 16th century. When Jan Bajtlik discovered an original edition of the book in a library in Poland, he was fascinated by its vision of a world made up of myths and legends. His scarf depicts an imaginary landscape that combines architecture with fauna and flora. Taking the seahorses, sea monsters and pyramids of the Cosmographia as his models, he creates a dreamlike world teeming with extraordinary beasts.


Here are some closeups of my scarf in a slideshow format:

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How I wear the scarf

I have only made two Outfit of the Day collages for this scarf, so far, but will add more as I continue to wear it. With my wardrobe, I intend to pair it with navy and blue, and navy with bright pink, as below, and also with cobalt blue, white and perhaps a paler pink. I think the scarf in this particular colourway will work well across the seasons as, although it is a cool weather design, it looks fine here with my Summer clothing because it has such vivid and rich colours.

Outfit of the day 08/09/19 with Hermès’ Cosmographia Universalis scarf

Outfit of the day 12/07/19 with Hermès’ Cosmographia Universalis scarf

Scarf ties

These are a few quick ties that I made to show the details and colours of the scarf. As it was brand new, the silk was crisp and rather stiff, so I haven’t yet tried more flowing ties such as the waterfall knot. I feel that more casual ties probably suit the nature of the design better anyway.

Cosmographia Universalis – scarf ties

1) Top row L to R: basic bias fold, casual knot, basic bias fold using alternate diagonal.
2) Middle row L to R: casual knot using alternate diagonal, half-bow knot using MaiTai mother-of-pearl scarf ring, asymmetric wrap.
3) Bottom row L to R: cowboy cowl knot, casual knot using scarf folded into a triangle, drape knot to show off the scarf details.

Background information

I have found some information about Sebastian Münster and his original Cosmographia Universalis:

Cosmographia (Sebastian Münster)
Short article about the Cosmographia itself. There are several external links you could follow if you are interested.

Sebastian Münster
Article about the author of the original Cosmographia.

I cannot find a great deal of information about the designer of the scarf, Jan Bajtlik, unfortunately. You could find him on Twitter and Instagram, if you wish.

Jan Bajtlik
Biography of the designer on his own site. You can see his previous designs for Hermès on here plus other works.

Jan Bajtlik
Article about the designer from Polish Wikipedia, in Polish.

I hope readers have found this exploration of Cosmographia Universalis both interesting and useful. Once again, if you find any errors or have any additional information that I could add, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,


(Edited on 12/07/19 to add in another Outfit of the Day collage).

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Update 05/07/19 with a gorgeous reveal!

Here is my choice from the Hermès Autumn/Winter 2019 scarf offering. I will do the full reveal…

Yet another orange box – do you know that these go for a considerable sum on eBay? Just the box! Some people also sell the Bolduc ribbon…

The box untied…

Open so you can see the first glimpse of the scarf – wonderful colours!

The scarf unfolded a little more:

Scarf details showing more of the colours and the design…

The images from the website. Yes, this is Cosmographia Universalis by Jan Bajtlik – a new design for this season in 90cm silk twill…

Cosmographia Universalis by Jan Bajtlik for Hermès

I had intended to take some modelling shots today in this outfit, but I have been too ill to get out of bed for more than a few moments. The colours in the photo below are a little paler and less vivid than in real life. My photos above are more accurate. I have listed the outfit below the photo…

Outfit of the day 05/07/19 with Hermès’ Cosmographia Universalis scarf

Today’s outfit (if I had managed to get dressed):

  • Pond blue cotton sleeveless vest – Lands’ End.
  • Navy cotton mix crew neck cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Navy linen mix skirt – Isle Collection.
  • Navy leather slip on shoes – Hotter.
  • Blue crystal and silver earrings – Sonrisa Boutique.
  • Cobalt blue pompei midi-Muse handbag – Massaccesi.

As this is such a new scarf and it has already drawn so much attention, I am planning to write a Scarf of the Moment profile for it over the weekend so that visitors to this blog can see all of the colourways and any information I can compile.

Happy Weekend and best wishes to you all!


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Update 04/07/19 with dreams of Hermès Autumn/Winter 2019

How quickly I can change my mind! It was only on Monday that I stated that I wasn’t particularly keen on any scarves from Hermès new Autumn/Winter 2019 season. Since then, I have had a closer look (to be honest, some of the modelling shots on The Purse Forum are fabulous) and a new scarf is on its way!

See, no self control at all!

In the meantime, I will show you a few which caught my eye. In recent years, Hermès has been producing scarves in colour families and you can see that I was drawn to one family in the main:

Now, which one did I choose? You will find out in tomorrow’s post.

Best wishes,


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