Outfit of the day 31/01/20 with some sale wins!

I have managed to squeeze quite a lot into the day so far, and I am pleased that I am able to write this last post of the month. By the way, I am really chuffed that this month the blog has received the highest number of hits ever! I wonder if it is something to do with a certain Scarf of the Moment post (Plumes en Fête) that I wrote and uploaded a few weeks ago?

Anyway, first of all I will show you three t-shirts which I bought last week from the Lands’ End sale. Now that I have firmly decided on grey for the second neutral colour in my wardrobe, I have been watching out for staple items of clothing in the sales. I now have jeans, trousers, leggings, a cashmere jumper, a cotton twin-set and other tops in shades of grey which I can put together with suitable jewellery, my new coat (more about that in a later post), handbags and scarves. I may look for some grey or silver footwear later on – grey ankle boots or silver sandals, perhaps?

Grey t-shirts from Lands’ End

Large image: Silk blend t-shirt in harbour grey.
Top right: jersey t-shirt in charcoal heather.
Bottom right: supima cotton long sleeve t-shirt in charcoal heather.

So, this afternoon Lovely Husband and I went out to run some errands and then drove to the nearest garden centre, where I managed quite a long walk (for me) and, of course, a pot of tea! I wore the charcoal heather long sleeved t-shirt under my pale grey cashmere v-neck jumper for extra warmth.

Outfit of the day 31/01/20 with Leonard’s feather scarf

Today’s outfit:

  • Pale grey cashmere v-neck jumper – Marks and Spencer.
  • Charcoal heather cotton long sleeved t-shirt – Lands’ End.
  • Imlay grey mid-rise jeans – Lands’ End.
  • Blue topaz earrings – Blue Nile.
  • Silver and titanium leather Diane handbag – Massaccesi.
  • Silk mousseline scarf, 140cm, in grey, turquoise, yellow, tan, black and white – feather design – Leonard. Tied in a simple criss-cross knot using a mother-of-pearl scarf ring by MaiTai.

As it was raining, I finished the outfit with my navy waterproof coat and navy shoes – well, more grey would have been too much!

Right, I think that I have written enough for now! I am feeling quite pleased with myself as I have managed this three posts per week pattern for the whole of January, which feels like an achievement. So, I will write again on Monday and tell you the very short tale of my new coat.

Until then – happy weekend to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 29/01/20

I have enjoyed and finished two books since I last wrote a Roundup post. Luckily, I am still managing to find enough on our library’s ebook site to keep me going and, therefore, avoid buying my own (more money for scarves!).

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

My first completed book was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, apparently the first book in a series. I appear to have missed all of the publicity about this book and was interested to read the variety of reviews on Goodreads. Anyway, here is the blurb:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

I took my time to read the book, mainly because it was quite complex and there were lots of new-to-me words which I looked up on my e-reader app. I am not sure whether I will bother to make a big effort to track down the sequels, but, if I come across them, I would be happy to read them. This is my review on Goodreads:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read some of the mixed reviews of this book and have realised that I stumbled across it very late. Anyway, I really enjoyed it with only a few reservations. The plot and main characters kept me engaged and the setting in an alternative England was intriguing. Some parts were a little confusing, especially at the beginning and I think that the author could have simplified quite a lot of the over-complicated clairvoyants. I am really glad that I read this as an ebook because I could easily look up some of the words I didn’t know! (In some parts the author was, perhaps, showing off her vocabulary!)

All in all this was an enjoyable read and I will look for the sequels.

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House of War by Scott Mariani

The next book was a complete change. Scott Mariani’s House of War (Ben Hope #20) is a pretty standard thriller, but it was entertaining enough to take my mind away from my troubles. This is the blurb:

Following a chance encounter with a terrified young woman in the streets of Paris, former SAS soldier Ben Hope finds himself hurled into a violent new mission involving murder, international terrorism and stolen historic artifacts. A mission made even more perilous by the reappearance of an old enemy from Ben’s military past. A man he knew and fought years ago. A man he thought was dead.

Teaming up with the enigmatic ex-Delta Force warrior Tyler Roth, Ben travels from the seedy underworld of Paris to the islands of the Caribbean in his quest to piece together the puzzle.

As the death toll quickly mounts, he unmasks a vicious terror plot that could bring about the slaughter of millions of innocent people. Mass destruction seems just a hair’s breadth away … and only Ben Hope can prevent the unthinkable.

And here is my review:

House of War (Ben Hope #20)House of War by Scott Mariani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I occasionally dip into this series when I want an easy read that will take me out of myself. Although this is the 20th book, there is still plenty of action, the odd twist in the plot, and excitement with a satisfying resolution. I am not interested in the details of weaponry and I do get a little irritated by the fact that live female characters are few and far between, but I suppose that Mariani is not really writing for people like me. He does what he does well enough and I can see this series continuing for a long time!

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I haven’t quite decided what I am going to read next, so all will be revealed next week!

Happy Reading to you all!



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Outfit of the day 27/01/20

I am trying something new this week. Nothing amazing or Earth-shattering, but just a little experiment. Before I started purchasing expensive scarves, I developed quite a large collection of very cheap ones. Also, my sons would give me pretty scarves as presents because they knew that I love wearing them so much. I have worn scarves on and off since my teens and have always found them a useful and attractive way of finishing off, or even inspiring, an outfit. Anyway, this week I will be wearing some of my inexpensive scarves – I probably need to remind myself of my collection!

The first on is this dusky pink viscose stole…

Outfit of the day with dusky pink stole

Today’s outfit:

  • Pale grey cashmere v-neck jumper – Marks and Spencer.
  • Mid grey stretch cord trousers – Lands’ End.
  • Grey leather slippers – Lands’ End.
  • Silver Celtic style earrings.
  • Dusky pink viscose stole – market stall. I also have this in navy blue.

I find it quite enjoyable to hunt in my scarf drawers for these old favourites. Don’t worry, I will soon return to my gorgeous Hermès collection!

Love and best wishes,



PS. A friend posted the following on Facebook and I though it amusing: boredpanda – Here’s what Julius Caesar and others would look like today. Have fun!

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Update 24/01/20 with a sale purchase

I was trying to avoid the sales. Really, honestly…

Well, I simply couldn’t resist. In recent years I have put on a lot of weight, for a variety of reasons, and loads of my clothing staples don’t fit me any more. So, whilst I don’t often venture outside, I do need suitable clothing for those times when I must. I bought a navy casual warm jacket last year, so this year I went for a coat that is a bit more formal, but not too much. I will be able to wear this with jeans and a jumper, but also on those rare occasions when I smarten myself up and wear a dress. The coat also goes with a lot of my accessories too.

Here it is – Tanya coat in grey by Masai Clothing Company, Copenhagen:

Tanya coat in grey by Masai Clothing Company

There is one little issue: I bought it in a size too big for me! I have just ordered a smaller size and will choose the best of the two. I really like the style, fabric and colour so will take some photos with possible accessories next week.

I really think that this will fit nicely into my wardrobe and will work well for me.

Before I wish you all a happy weekend, I have just one more thing to say: many thanks to all of you who have commented on my blog, particularly since I had the stroke. I have been very bad mannered and have often not replied to these comments for ages, or even at all. I will try to sort this out over the weekend by going back through the posts. Apologies to you all xxx

Wishing everyone a very good weekend,




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Reading roundup 22/01/20

Well, I must admit that I haven’t finished a book this week! I am enjoying my current ebook, but it is taking me longer than usual. Maybe I am too absorbed with other matters.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Anyway, I will now go back to reading…

The next post should be on Friday and I might have something to show you, if it arrives in time.

Love and best wishes,



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Outfit of the day 20/01/20

It was so crisp and sunny today as we set off for yet another hospital appointment. Just the right weather for my gorgeous Liberty of London cashmere and silk shawl. It has such beautiful colours and is so lovely to wear, with its warm and snuggly feel.

I had to have some tests for my heart, which are linked back to the occasion in August when I was taken into hospital by ambulance after having a scary incident. The tests were rather uncomfortable and messy, but I continue to be so grateful for the NHS and the wonderful practitioners I have been so fortunate to meet. When we have the results of all of the various investigations, I will write it up on here.

This was today’s outfit…

Outfit of the day 20/01/20 with Liberty’s Hera shawl

Today’s outfit:

  • Radiant Navy cotton short sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Radiant Navy cotton crew neck cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Navy stretch cord trousers – Lands’ End.
  • Cobalt blue crystal and silver earrings – Sonrisa Boutique.
  • Blue and cream enamel and crystal Owl bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Cream enamel Byzantine bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Cashmere and silk shawl, 140cm, in blue, purple, lilac and navy – Hera – Liberty of London. Folded into a triangle and draped around the neck.

The outfit was finished off with my navy leather Hotter shoes (as we expected quite a long walk from the hospital car park), my waterproof navy jacket and the wonderful dark blue Africa leather Massaccesi Selene handbag. What a lot of navy!

I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to let the January sales pass by without purchasing something – I don’t have the willpower! Let’s hope it arrives before Friday’s post and that it fits! No more hints from me, though – LOL!

Love and best wishes,



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Update 17/01/20

I did it! We went out together on Tuesday!

It’s funny really. Only a couple of years ago, I was laughing on this blog at the thought that visiting a garden centre was the highlight of my week. At that time, Lovely Husband and I would drive out on an afternoon, several days per week, to walk around one of our many local garden centres, have a cup of tea and a snack, and then drive home again. It was the only exercise that I could manage and LH was trying his best, as a former PE Teacher, to help me not lose any fitness that I had. Now, managing to get to one garden centre in several months feels like an achievement!

Going out is still very difficult for me. Trying to pick a day when I feel fit enough is hard enough, but actually leaving the house causes issues. I find the outside world both frightening and confusing. Although my sight is a lot better, the hustle and bustle of people, traffic, the wind in the trees, the colours and shapes, flashing lights etc., are overwhelming. I must force myself out of the “safe” bedroom and outside the house, but it is hard.

Outfits of the day: 14/01/20 and 17/01/20

I wore the outfit on the left on Tuesday: Lands’ End navy cotton jumper and cord trousers, navy shoes, cobalt blue earrings and my new Hermès scarf Plumes en Fête. Today, I am dressed in the outfit on the right which is an old John Lewis turquoise cashmere v-neck (the colour never photographs accurately) with an even older Indian silk scarf. The two knots shown are the asymmetric wrap (on the left) and the cowboy cowl (on the right). I had better make a proper collage with the Plumes en Fête outfit so that I can add it to the Scarf of the Moment post that I uploaded a few days ago.

I have yet another hospital appointment on Monday with more tests on my heart, so I will try to post when I get home.

I do hope that you all have a great weekend.

Love and best wishes,



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