Sunday, 24 September 2017

Short Trip to West Wales (again)

Last weekend we had a jaunt to West Wales again.  On the Saturday we went to Llanelli - my husband's home town - and did a spot of charity shopping in the afternoon with his Mum.  I did make a few purchases, but you'll have to wait for September's purchases post to see.  My mother-in-law did really well, she bought some adorable 1970s Clarks shoes that she got as part of a 'fill a bag for a £1' offer, so they probably only cost about 20p.  In the evening we headed to a party at a friend's house,.  It was a lovely evening catching up and swigging prosecco, apart from the bit where someone dropped a champagne flute on my foot.  Unfortunately my shoes were peep-toes, and so I had a bit of a bruise and some under the skin bleeding.  On the plus side, my toe broke the fall of the champagne flute and it survived!  It wasn't a late night as we had a full-on day planned for the Sunday.  It was my toe hurting in the morning, not my head...

After a big breakfast, we headed to a recording studio in the countryside, where my husband was being filmed as part of a series on Welsh musicians.  I'll share the link when it's published.  The studio is in a couple of outbuildings on a former farm, with pretty views across the fields and a little babbling stream.  It felt rather idyllic.  The sun was blazing hot, and I hadn't packed facial sunscreen so I was a bit worried about burning, whilst at the same time sweltering in a too-thick shirt.  Ah well, it was a fun morning spent with some nice people - relaxing for me as I was mainly just drinking tea - and I got into the spirit of things towards the end, yelling 'Action!' at Chris.

@porcelinasworld

Thursday, 21 September 2017

August Purchases

So what did I buy last month?  As usual, it was a fairly eclectic mix.  First up are a couple of very practical purchases.  A sparkly zip-up top from the pound rail, brand new with tags - it will do as a cover-up after an exercise class. I've increased my classes and now do kettlebells, spinning and yoga each week.  I might as well get my money's worth out of my leisure card.

The blue lace-up shoes are Somerset by Alice Temperley at John Lewis.  An Ebay bargain.  I wear lots of different styles of flat lace-up shoe, they are my 'everyday' shoe for when I have a fairly active day.  On weekdays, I wear lace-ups for the journey to work (which invariably might involve running for a train...) and then change into other shoes in the office.  I know, very '80s, but at least they're not white trainers with socks (like in 'Working Girl', I love those scenes of the NY rush hour).

August purchases

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Two Vintage Dresses I Wore on Holiday

It's become a tradition each year to have a late summer holiday in Spain for my husband and I, and this year was no exception.  A whole week of sunshine, tapas and rather good wine in the lovely town of Nerja.  This isn't my usual 'what I wore on holiday' post.  Full-on relaxation mode was much needed this year (PhD writeup is hard!), and this meant that I didn't do a single outfit 'shoot'.  I was having too much of a good time, sorry!  Instead I'm sharing a few sparse images of two special vintage dresses that I wore for the first time whilst away.

Vintage dress #1 -  a Marion Donaldson floral cotton maxi dress, from the late '80s/early '90s.  
I wore this dress for an evening of bar-hopping, tapas and wine.  Our favourite place to drink wine and eat tapas is the amazing Pata Negra 57 restaurant.  Marion Donaldson was a Scottish designer, credited with bringing London's swinging style to Glasgow in the 1960s.  The brand helpfully changed the colour of the name label each decade: purple in the '60s, brown in the '70s, then gold on purple (late '70s?), and finally silver on black in the '80s until it ceased trading in 1999.  It was a £9.99 bargain from a charity shop in Andover.

This dress was pretty tight around the top of the ribcage for me, so I had to do some unpicking and restitching to get a bit more room in there.  Someone had also turned the hem up so I let it down again.  It took ages, but I'm so glad that I did it and the dress now fits so I can wear it with reasonable comfort.  I wore it with some brown wedges from M&S, a red headscarf, red lips and a charity-shopped bag.

Marion Donaldson @porcelinasworld

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