Outfits of the week 09/04/21

I am feeling rather under the weather as I attempt to write today’s post, so I am unable to make the usual collages for each outfit. Instead, I have posted the quick selfies that I use in the collages and will briefly list the clothing and accessories.

There are two outfits for you this week. The first was with my gorgeous colourway, in denim blue, pink, yellow and a range of purples, of Hermès’ Jaguar Quetzal:

Outfit of the day 07/04/21 with Hermès’ Jaguar Quetzal scarf
Jaguar Quetzal by Alice Shirley for Hermès

I thought that I would show you an image of the whole scarf as well, because it is so amazing! It was worn with my Marks and Spencer lilac cashmere v-neck, a purple scarf ring by MaiTai, amethyst earrings by Blue Nile and a purple enamel and gold Halcyon Days bangle.

Today I am wearing Hermès’ Musique des Dieux scarf, tied in an asymmetric knot with a mother of pearl scarf ring by MaiTai:

Outfit of the day 09/04/21 with Hermès’ Musique des Dieux scarf
Musique des Dieux by Claudia Stuhlhofer-Mayr for Hermès

With this scarf, I am wearing a John Lewis navy cashmere v-neck, ice blue crystal earrings from Sainsbury’s, and an old silver bangle. The scarf colours are purple, green, black, pale blue and white with a border in silver grey.

Once again, I still wore my navy pyjama bottoms with these lovely outfits. They are so much more comfortable than trousers!

Anyway, I hope that you like these outfits and I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Reading roundup 07/04/21

Well, I actually managed to read two books this week, unlike the week before. I was fortunate in that I chose two absorbing reads, which I really enjoyed.

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish was my first choice from our ebook catalogue. Here is the blurb:

“On the morning of Monday 23rd December, Jamie Buckby takes the commuter riverboat from his home in St Mary’s, southeast London, to work in Central London, noting that his good friend and neighbour Kit Roper has not turned up for the 7.30am service they usually catch together.
 
At the London Eye, where he disembarks for his job in a café behind the South Bank Centre, Jamie is met by the police. Kit has been reported missing by his wife.
 
As Jamie is taken in for questioning, he discovers someone saw him arguing with Kit on the boat home late on Friday night. The other passenger believes Jamie committed murder.
 
But what really happened?”

And here is my response on the Goodreads website:

The Other PassengerThe Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish our library’s ebook service had more books by this author! As soon as I had finished The Other Passenger, I rushed to look up the author’s name in the hope that there would be a long list of her books on there. But, no.

So, you can see that I really enjoyed this book! I love stories with a twist, and this one was like a corkscrew. Just when I thought I had worked it all out, another turn would come along, leaving me gasping in surprise.

Now, because of this it is impossible to say much more about the plot as I wouldn’t be able to avoid giving too much away. The characters were really interesting and well-drawn and quite unusual in my experience. Of course there are echoes of other books and films, but then nothing is totally original, is it?

Anyway, as you can see, I really recommend this book, and if her others are as good, they will be worth a go too!

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The Mermaid by Christina Henry

My second choice was a very different kind of book for me: The Mermaid by Christine Henry. This is the blurb:

”Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.”

Once again, I gave the book five stars and wrote the following review on Goodreads:

The MermaidThe Mermaid by Christina Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this fantasy re-telling of “historical” events. Apparently, the FeeJee Mermaid hoax actually took place, although not in quite the same way as in this book!

The writing was straight forward and easy to read. In fact, I read the book very quickly as I was so taken with the tale. The description of Amelia in mermaid form was intriguing and her character was strong and almost heroic, unlike some of the other figures in the book.

I will have to look out for other books by this author. If they are as good as this, I will be in for quite a treat!

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I apologise for the brevity of the review. 

I am now trying to decide what to read next! There are so many books out there and I am feeling rather overwhelmed at the moment!

Anyway, Happy Reading to you all…

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Update 05/04/21 from an M addict!

OK, by “M” I mean Massaccesi handbags! I have to admit that I already have one on order as I was tempted by a really good offer. Then, another lovely bag, which I had been stalking on eBay for ages, dropped in price and I couldn’t resist!

But this is crazy!

I am a very ill person who is just about always stuck in bed!

Maybe I should add “kleptomania” to my list of current conditions? Or “scarfitis”? Or “handbagitis”?

Anyway, here is the evidence of my shame. First the dust bag:

Here is the bag: Massaccesi’s Midi Modena in white pebbled leather, with light gold hardware and a silver lining.

As usual, my photos are not the greatest, so this is a slideshow of the vendor’s photos from eBay:

I hope that I can model the handbag very soon to show you how it looks. It is quite large, which is necessary for me as I have to carry a lot of stuff when I do go out. The colour is a lovely creamy white, which will be gorgeous on sunny days, although the pebbled leather also works well when it rains. The bag has not been used before and is in a pristine condition. It even came with the original protective covers over the zips! The front pockets are a useful size and the interior is laid out with the typical Massaccesi pockets and clips. The open inside pockets are edged in leather – this is a sign of a high-end handbag, as is the quality of the pale gold hardware.

Right, I will now stop eulogising (is that a word?) about my newest purchase and return to my latest book!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Outfits of the week 02/04/21

Today is our 33rd Wedding Anniversary! It seems pretty amazing to have reached this point in our lives and I am so grateful that, somehow, Lovely Husband and I crossed paths so many years ago. This evening he is going to cook us a scrumptious meal and I am really looking forward to it. In fact, I am going to try to eat downstairs in honour of the occasion.

I also managed to go out with LH this week! It must be at least a month since I last ventured forth – I think it was for the vaccination. We had a drive around the area and it was so lovely to see the daffodils and other flowers in the sunshine. I wore the first outfit below with my pink denim jacket by Joules over a navy short sleeved jumper from Lands’ End, with jeans and my Hermès Mythiques Phoenix Coloriage scarf in red, pinks and denim blue. Gold earrings and the pretty cobalt Agama bangle from Halcyon Days, plus navy shoes and my gorgeous blue handbag from Massacecesi completed the outfit.

Outfit of the day 31/03/21 with Hermès’ Mythiques Phoenix Coloriage scarf

Here is my gorgeous blue Massaccesi Midi Muse handbag:

Midi Muse by Massaccesi with Hermès scarves
Midi Muse by Massaccesi with Hermès scarves

The next outfit is what I am wearing today: my cobalt cashmere v-neck from John Lewis, earrings from a local boutique and the same Halcyon Days bangle as before. I haven’t worn this beautiful chiffon rectangular scarf before. You may remember that I saw the William Morris design from Liberty of London earlier in the year. It goes really well with the jumper, I think!

Outfit of the day 02/04/21 with Liberty’s William Morris scarf

OK, so that is all for this week. We have had some gorgeous sunny days and I am glad that I was able to enjoy the drive around to experience some of the Spring flowers.

I do hope that you all have a great Easter Weekend if that is your “thing”.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Not a Reading roundup 31/03/21

I have to admit that I haven’t managed to finish a book in the last week! Concentration was the problem – lack of, I mean. I started a few books, but then didn’t get on with them for some reason. One was about an epidemic! So that wouldn’t do.

I wish you all a week of Happy Reading and hope to return with the usual Reading Roundup post next week

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Update 29/03/21 with Olympian Gods X 2!!

I had planned to write this post a couple of weeks ago, but had to postpone because of illness. Anyway, you may remember this scarf from this post on 08/03/21:

Olympian Gods scarf by Fetolia on Wolf and Badger

It really fits with my interest in Ancient Greece and the colours are lovely. I was also pleased to find Fetolia’s own website with these descriptions of the scarf – just like Hermès!


“The Greek pantheon is displayed on this unique design surrounding by 4 important symbols in ancient Greece. Back then, people had the need to believe in something greater than themselves. So they started to hold and share all the values that could be found in a human –good or bad– and finally relayed them into different Gods. The basic Olympian Gods were 12, and each one of them symbolized a different idea and personality. Despite of their god spirit, they also had habits and passions like humans, that allowed to mortal people to create an extra bond of sympathy with them.”

”Four of the most historic symbols in ancient Greece are spread on the 4 corners of this design. Firstly, on the top left corner, Conrucopia or “The Horn of Plenty” was a symbol of abundance and nourishment -also known for containing Ambrosia and Nectar. On the top right the ancient Helmet, representing the strength and power of a man. Usually, Greeks wore plumes on helmets as a way to identify themselves and the same time to cause a distraction to enemy soldiers. On the bottom left, the ancient Chalice used from the Greeks to make their toasts to the Gods. They were organizing “symposiums” and large festivals for honoring Gods and they always had to drink and thank them for giving to mortal humans, such a richness to enjoy life. Last but not least the Lyre at the bottom right, representing all the good values reflected from music, harmony, joy and culture. Music was a necessity and the term covered not only “music” but also dance, lyrics, the performance of poetry and Greek drama.”

https://fetolia.com/product/olympian-gods/

Anyway, I went on to do something unprecedented for me – I bought the other colourway! Here are the photos from the Wolf and Badger website:

Doesn’t this look great in a frame?

Here are my photos of the actual scarf in the slideshow format:

I think the colours in this version are really beautiful: greys, gold, yellow and cream. Definitely, the inspiration to purchase the scarf was this image on The Vivienne Files website (where I first saw the scarf). I realised that I already own most of the elements in the image and so could recreate the whole look, if I wished to do this.

And here is my version of the outfit:

My version of the above – I have a grey t-shirt too!

Anyway, although I believe that both versions of the scarf are more suitable for the Autumn than the Spring, I may actually put this grey toned outfit together this coming week to show you how it looks.

I have worn each scarf once so far and these photos show you how they tie in a cowboy cowl knot:

Olympian Gods by Fetolia – both colourways

If you would like to see the scarves modelled professionally here they are (photos are from the Fetolia website):


So, I hope you have enjoyed this walk through my two newest scarf purchases. I just have one thing to add. After I uploaded the first post about the teal colourway on 08/03/21, Fetolia commented on the blog. I don’t think they will mind if I post it here:

Dear Mrs Anna, i am very happy to e-meet you here. It is of a great pleasure of me to see your comments and thank you for your very kind words. Please be so very kind to send me also the photos that you will post on your blog and to allow me to post them myself too. Also i am glad to inform you that we are preparing a new scarf, in relation to Greek tradition, and it is expected to be a gorgeous fit especially to the people who love the Greek history. As you may know this year 2021 we are celebrating 200 years free and independent as a nation, and for this reason we are preparing a collective unique scarf!
I would highly appreciate it if you allowed me to keep in contact with you.
Wishing you a great day.

Best Regards
Jenny from Fetolia Silk Scarves team.

I hope they are happy with this post too!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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PS. I have contacted The Vivienne Files for permission to use the image above but have not yet received a reply. If permission is refused, I will, of course, remove the image immediately.

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Outfits of the week 26/03/21

OK, so I said in Monday’s post that today’s would be a little different and definitely not an “Outfits of the Day”! Well, I had to change the plan. I am still having a bit of trouble with writing using this new editor on WordPress and need more time over the weekend to practise. Also, in the end, I have managed to wear two rather nice outfits this week. So I am going to show you those.

Both outfits were based on my light grey cashmere v-neck from John Lewis and nicely demonstrate the difference that scarves and other accessories can make.

First of all, there is this ensemble with Hermès’ A L’Ombre des Pivoines:

Outfit of the day 23/03/21 with Hermès’ A L’Ombre des Pivoines scarf

With this beautiful scarf, which has such gorgeous subtle colours, I wore my gold and grey crystal earrings by Swarovski. The scarf was tied in a criss-cross knot using my MaiTai dual colour scarf ring with the teal side uppermost.

Today has been cooler than of late and I started the day in the same cashmere jumper, wearing this gold and silver feather jewellery set from Younger Son. Later on, I felt a little shivery, so I added my amazing cashmere and silk Hermès’ shawl: Plumes en Fête. I expect that I probably won’t wear the shawl again until the Autumn, although you never know with the infamous British weather!

Outfit of the day 26/03/21 with Hermès’ Plumes en Fête shawl

Please excuse the state of my hair! And I did wear something on the lower half, in case you are wondering: navy pyjama trousers.

Well, I think that is all I have to say for this week. As I said above, I will fiddle around with the blog over the weekend as I really want to make a nice post for Monday.

Until then: Happy Weekend to you all!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Reading roundup 24/03/21

Despite feeling very ill and not managing to read at all for a few days, I have been able to finish two books since the last Reading Roundup post.

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson (Jackson Brodie #03), was the first book. Here is the blurb:

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason’s family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna’s life is changed forever…

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound…

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency…

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways…

This my review on the Goodreads website:

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Atkinson has such an unusual way of writing a crime novel. She builds up each of the main characters, layer upon layer, like an oil painting. Eventually all starts to become clear, into focus and the plot moves on.

I had only read one of her books in this series before choosing this one. As it happens, it was the sequel! So I already knew some of what was going to happen, which was a bit of a shame. Nevertheless, this was an enthralling read, leavened with a dark humour which is engaging.

I have another book in this series in my “To Read” pile and can’t wait to begin!

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A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

My second book was A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #04). First we have the blurb:

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

And this is my response:

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this book. It should have been a great ending to a very good series. The settings, events, characters and plot lines were all nicely set up for a fantastic finale, but it didn’t quite work for me.

It’s as if the author lined up the characters and decided which ones to sacrifice and which ones to save. Which story lines to turn out nicely, with a satisfying and neatly sewn up ending, and which to unravel.

Then the chapters were far too short, with all of the chopping and changing of viewpoints being far too rapid fire.

I will almost certainly read future books as I can see potential for something fabulous. But this series, although it certainly had its moments, was not quite there for me.

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I am not quite sure which book I am going to choose next, so you will have to wait for next Wednesday’s post to find out!

Until then: Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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PS. You may have found some of this post a bit clunky and some of the usual elements are missing. That is because WordPress have decided to “upgrade” their blog editor and I am finding it very complicated and difficult to use. The old version was fine for me as I only want to write a straight forward blog with no “bells and whistles”, but I suppose that they need the paying customers who have monetised (urgh, what a word!) blogs. Anyway, I hope that I am capable of learning this new version!

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Update 22/03/21 – I’m back again!

Well, after more than a week, here I am! I have had a nasty bug on top of my usual long list of conditions and it has really wiped me out.

I couldn’t even read!!!

Anyway, I won’t go into any detail. Let me just say that I was incapable of writing anything and all my plans for this blog had to be postponed. Also, whilst I was away, it seems that the WordPress software has had one of those “upgrades” that has, instead, just messed up the things I found so easy to use. So, before I can write more complex posts, I will have to relearn everything!

Elder Son was disappointed that my extra illness rather messed up his plans for Mother’s Day. In addition to his lovely presents (a gorgeous necklace and earrings), he had bought all of the ingredients to make an amazing afternoon tea. I was simply far too poorly to eat anything! Younger Son also sent me a lovely necklace – it matches the feather earrings that he gave me last year.

Anyway, as I am feeling a little stronger now, although still not able to get out of bed, I am planning the usual Reading Roundup post on Wednesday and something a little different for Friday (not the Outfits of the Week as I am unable to get dressed properly!).

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Taking a break – illness

Apologies. I am very ill indeed at the moment so have decided to take a short break this week. Hope to return soon.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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