Sunday, 22 January 2017

Velvet Winter

Winters here aren't often picture-postcard.  There's no quiet blanket of snow, underneath clear icy blue skies.  Instead, we most often get endlessly grey and damp days.  The light can be almost eerie, and a sort of gothic depression fills the air.  In my efforts to follow my own tips and make January cheerful, I bought National Trust membership with some Christmas money.  For those of you not from the UK, the National Trust is a conservation charity that protects historic buildings, monuments and places of natural beauty.  The wonderful 1920s' country house and Agatha Christie's former home that I visited in Devon last year, are both owned by the National Trust.  Members can visit their sites unlimited times, and as we have a few places locally, I thought it made sense to become regular visitors.  These photos were taken at a wonderful local house and gardens, Dyffryn - not too many photos of the place itself this time as the weather was non-compliant, but we'll be visiting many more times this year I'm sure.  The house had the deserted feel of a summer residence, shut up after lots of parties, and waiting for the return of guests in the Spring.  It felt as though all the furniture should be covered with dust sheets.

winter velvet

winter velvet

velvet winter

velvet winter

velvet winter

velvet winter

velvet winter

velvet winter

velvet winter
Velvet jacket: Next, Christmas gift
Black ribbon bow (worn at neck): Thrifted
Red button-through cord skirt: Vintage St Michael, thrifted
Boots: J Shoes

To combat the grey weather, I like to wear a lot of red at this time of year, and to wear cosy textures like faux fur and velvet.  I was so pleased then that velvet was on trend this season, and I fully intended to make some high-street purchases.  I'd bought some velvet trousers - just Tesco sale ones - to tide over my longing for velvet while I looked for other items.  I've ended up buying nothing else from the high street, it's all been gifted or thrifted.  I've acquired a velvet oriental style jacket, long velvet gloves (pictured in my New Year's Eve outfit), and then for Christmas my husband bought me this fitted velvet jacket.  It's probably a little too fitted in this outfit, as I have a jumper and slip underneath - I will wear it to work with just a blouse underneath for a less strained look (too much Christmas food...!).

Have any of you been wearing velvet?  I expect there's a lot of it in the January sales!

Linking up with: #iwillwearwhatilikeVisible MondayPassion for Fashion


21 comments:

  1. I really struggle with the damp, gloominess of this time of year. I have no get up and go! Well done for getting out and making the effort to see some glamorous places. I always mean to see some national trust places, but never get round to it. But this is the year I will see agatha christies home! Great idea of wearing bright colours and luxurious textures, that might just work for me too. Your looking just like the lady of the manor in your chic ensemble!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I struggle too so always try and make an extra effort to get out and about, and the NT membership is helping massively! You will love Greenway, beautiful place. Good for photos, so an excuse to wear something fabulous!

      Delete
  2. Such a beautiful house, I love those columns. We too will return to some of the houses we visited in winter in different seasons, the gardens alone will be worth seeing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes there is something new to see with each season isn't there? Well worth it!

      Delete
  3. Don't you look like the lady of the manor! Finding beautiful places to visit when the weather is poor is a great way to cheer yourself up, and the photos look gorgeous. The velvet blazer is so cozy and chic, the perfect piece for this time of the year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I felt quite at home ;) I wanted to ask a butler to bring me a cocktail and release the hounds on the riff raff.

      Delete
  4. Such a pretty house! And I love your outfit! Velvet is perfect for this time of the year.

    xx
    Sandra <3

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's exactly how our winters are here. We did have some crispy cold but sunny weather last weekend, which we made the most of, but a blanket of snow, that's really unheard of. I've never visited a NT property out of season, but I sort of get the deserted feeling from your photographs, and I must say I like it. That velvet jacket is lovely. I've also bought a couple of velvet items lately, all thrifted. If I'm honest, I didn't know it was back on trend ... xxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love velvet, but the only bit I've been wearing is a black velour tunic - one of the things that got me into charity shopping years ago. I wear it with a pair of slouchy black trousers; it's as close as I can come to pyjamas while being actually dressed. It's nowhere near as smart as your lovely outfit!

    National Trust membership sounds like a great thing to have.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Just got to find your blog due to a friend's recommendation! She was right, that I'd love it - it's really sweet! I loved to see Agatha Christie's former home, and also, the beautiful velvet jacket you are wearing. I really love velvet! You look very beautiful! I will follow your blog now!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Denise, thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind comments x

      Delete
  8. That looks like such an amazing place to visit! I love your velvet jacket with the red skirt and boots, such an awesome outfit!! I have a few velvet dresses and now I want to wear them after seeing your post... Maybe when it cools down x

    ReplyDelete
  9. A lovely outfit to cheer up cold, damp, gloomy weather. I'm at my lowest ebb in January and February, a bit of a SAD sufferer. I love the combination of bright pink and black and was 'visible' in the same colours this week.
    Miss Cellany.

    ReplyDelete
  10. That was a really good idea using your Christmas money for membership! B and I find NT places great blog backdrop fodder, but I've never been brave enough to take pics actually inside any of the properties, so applause for you! And I have to say with funds the way they are I haven't been anywhere exciting for a while... I have worn zero velvet! I think it's because I associate it too much with parties, which may be because my mum incessantly dressed me in it for such purposes as a child growing up in the late 80s/early 90s... xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a beautiful house, and I am loving your velvet jacket as well! Thanks for sharing all the beauty with Vis Monday, xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful house and lovely pictures, despite the dank weather. We went to Dyrham Park, a National Trust house, on New Year's Day and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it absolutely poured with rain. It's such a British thing to do on a Bank Holiday! xx

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a beautiful spot for photos!

    Love the velvet. I'm also obsessed with it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    ReplyDelete
  14. this old houses are sooo beautiful!
    and you look perfect glamorous for the location! the skirt has a magic color!
    while thinking of it - there is no velvet in my wardrobe beside of some trimmings!! how could that happen! i used to love velvet and wore it a lot (to dead) in past days........
    xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  15. So much to say here: That jacket is lovely! Your boots are to die for! The location is gorgeous- what a neat thing to be able to purchase a "membership' into the National Trust. I never heard of that before- but that is so cool!
    Anyways, all these things together result in one seriously lovely post.
    The Artyologist

    ReplyDelete
  16. I really like how the buttons are placed in pairs on the jacket, nice extra detail! I think I would be all over a national trust membership if I lived in the UK, such beautiful buildings and historic homes over there!

    ReplyDelete
  17. It's so wonderful that you get to visit so many great places. I love seeing pictures from all your outings. I love your outfit for the day too. Velvet is so wonderful. I've worn one of my velvet dresses a couple times but this post reminds me I should get some more out <3

    ReplyDelete

Comments from readers make my day!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...