Sunday, 14 April 2019

The Joy of Crimplene

I see people on social media breaking out the broderie anglaise and proclaiming that it's the weather for straw bags and even sandals.  Well, it may look a little like Spring here with the blossom on the trees and a few days of lovely sunshine, but that wind chill reminds you very quickly that we're in Wales.  Ten days ago we had snow! 

There's always a tension to balance at this time of year between ditching the winter clothes in favour of something a bit lighter, and not freezing when you step outside.  The dress I'm wearing here has turned out to be the perfect dress for Spring.  It's a lovely shade of blue, and even though it's short-sleeved, because it's made of Crimplene it's actually warm.  Washes and dries like a dream.  Before these photos, I ate a clementine and managed to squirt juice down the front of this dress.  I was convinced I'd ruined it, with a really obvious yellow stain right on my lap.  But, a quick scrub with a wet-wipe, and ta-da!  It came out straight away.  I'm actually sold on Crimplene and am on the look out for more dresses in zingy Spring colours.

When it warms up enough, I plan to wear this dress with some beautiful blossom-print tights and a cream jacket.  Until then, a big coat, thick tights and boots are a necessity.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

The Good Life

The PhD is totally done and dusted.  My corrections were so minor, that I completed them and had them signed off within a week of the viva.  I now have something called "free time" and it's marvelous!  One of the things that I'm enjoying is being able to spend time in the garden.  It was very fortuitous then that at a car boot sale in West Wales, my husband found some deadstock (still with tags on) 1950s' chore jackets.  Perfect for wearing whilst gardening.  For these photos, I embraced a look that wouldn't have looked out of place on the character Barbara from the British TV series 'The Good Life'. 

Chore jackets were the kind of thing worn by factory workers.  I've seen vintage photos of workers in factories, where they're wearing smart shirts and ties, with a chore jacket or apron over the top as protection.  Sometimes there were matching trousers.  The style of jacket originated from France in the late 19th century where it was a common workers jacket.  It makes sense, with its large pockets and relaxed fit for ease of movement.  The jacket I'm wearing is by a brand called 'Harpoon', which is apparently still going today, making workwear and uniforms.  I added a new-to-me vintage headscarf (also from the car boot sale that morning).

Sunday, 24 March 2019

The Fresh Air of Freedom

It's been a long journey to the fresh air of freedom, but I am delighted to be able to tell you that I passed my PhD viva this week!  I am now Dr. Sarah!!

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