Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Cinema, A Few Frocks and a Brooch or Two.

Firstly thank you for your comments about the brown Hell Bunny frock, but it just wasn't me so it went back and instead I bought a lovely brooch from luxulite instead!
I'm a cancerian so it seemed very fitting.

I also bought a lovely green brooch whilst out Chjristmas shopping with Soo.
We went to Aylesbury because neither of us have been there before. I can't say I can see myself ever going back there.....but, you know, it was a day out and Soo and I always have fun wherever we go!
Sorry it's a bit out of focus. £3 = bargain.

 There were a plethora of charity shops so we did them all. The only other thing I bought myself was this piggy creamer for £1.50 because I have a cow, a cat and an elephant so why not a pig?
I also bought some lovely chrysanths on the market which was a good idea at the time but alongside all the rest of my shopping not quite such a good idea going home on the train! They just about got home in one piece, shutting them in Soo's car door wasn't my best move either.

Himself and I were straight to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them when it opened. I loved it, oh and the costumes were fabulous.

We also went to see A United Kingdom. Himself was all set to go without me on his afternoon off but I soon disabused him of that idea!
I had been very much looking forward to seeing this film and to be fair I did enjoy it. Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo were fantastic in the lead roles but the film was just too short to do the story justice, it galloped through and over what you felt were important plot lines. I could see the story really done justice as a 3 part drama on BBC1

So Black Friday seems to be a thing now in the U.K. I browsed a few of my favourite sites as and when I got emails through.

Yes, yes I know I'm a. not meant to be buying full stop and b. not meant to be buying for me at Christmas time but well I may have treated myself to a frock or two

Hell Bunny had 30% off so it was a done deal

I have been stalking this dress since I first saw it in the summer and now it is mine.
I also could not resist this one, but in a delicious royal blue
It will be perfect for events at work.

This frock will not be perfect for events at work but do I give a shit?

The answer would be nope, not a one because it has cute black cats on it. It's from Voodoo Vixen and I've never bought from them before so we will have to see what the fit is like. I suspect I will have to alter the bust because from the size chart it's 4 inches bigger than mine to accommodate my waist size. Sometimes I hate not having a real waist.
I also could not resist this cardigan
Also Voodoo Vixen and also a size too big because the smaller size was out of stock but it doesn't really matter with a cardigan and I've already worn it to work this week.

I'm off to Highgate Cemetery on Friday which I am really looking forward too then a flying visit to Margate this weekend. I really don't want to start thinking about Christmas but the dinners out, drinks and parties are starting to mount up, god help my poor waistline.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Films, Frock Musings and a Bag Bonanza

I forgot to mention last post that we had been to see Doctor Strange
though hardly a surprise to regular readers of my blog, I've never hidden the fact I'm a big Marvel fan. It certainly lived up to expectations, I highly recommend it.
 I was excited to see where the chapel of Exeter College in Oxford appeared as my chance to see inside said chapel was scuppered by them filming Dr Strange when I visited the college. As an ex-art student I was desperate to see inside for the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows, maybe next time. Anyway the chapel was in a brief scene but instantly recognisable so at least they didn't cut it out in the edit!

We also went to see A Street Cat Named Bob
I enjoyed that too even if it did leave me with a terrible ache of longing for my beautiful boy Edward, or indeed a cat in general. Every now and then I miss owning a cat dreadfully. I grew up with cats and would dearly love another but it's just not practical right now. It's hard enough to find rented properties but even harder if you have a pet and leaving them on their own all day when we are at work is just not fair. *sigh*

I was left pondering this week on why I do keep being attracted to,and tempted to buy dresses that just don't suit me. I KNOW deep v-necklines do absolutely nothing for me but over and over again I find myself tempted by a frock and all my good sense flies out of the window.
Casing point this rather lovely frock by Hell Bunny came up on a deal not so long ago on a website I use for many Hell Bunny purchases TigerMilly.

Yup my common sense hitched a ride out of town and I hit purchase button! It arrived  and oh dear....
I even wore it once in the vain hope this might be the dress to break the curse but sadly not, it looked bloody awful. When will I learn??

Let's end on a happy note.  Bags, beautiful, beautiful bags!
I was actually looking for a gift for someone else, which I did find, I just ended up buying myself one or two as well *cough*

Now how could I not buy this little beauty?
especially as the makers name is

 Anyone who knows me knows I'm a fan of man himself
(gratuitous shot) so it seemed meant to be!

The other was a this rather fabulous Italian 1950's raffia bag. I have 4 of these in different colours but I have never seen a red & black one before. Appeals to the rock chick in me too so for a tenner it had to be mine.
I'll end with a pair of shoes from my Ma. She thought I'd like them because they are purple, I'm not sure they are me but I'll give them a go
Can't say no to purple shoes.

Oh and look who has taken to sitting and shouting in the top of the tree at the bottom of our garden, a red kite.
Beautiful birds but lordy they are noisy!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Day Out in London.

Another blogging break for me and this time due to the combination of being busy at work and bothered by a lingering cold. Bloody thing seemed to go and then came back with a vengeance this week.
I did manage to get out for our anniversary. This year we decided to go to London and do a ghost walk, luckily the weather was good but it was very cold, which probably helped towards my relapse the next day!
We started at St Paul's , went on to Barbican ending in Clerkenwell.

I know it's probably my sense of humour but I found this so funny I had to take a picture
Clearly someone was so desperate for their 80 a day they smoked them all in one go!
The downside of doing the walk on a Sunday was nearly everything was shut. Including the Viaduct Tavern which is meant to be bothered by a poltergeist who likes to take people's drinks when they aren't looking and switch the lights off in the ladies toilet.

I was thrilled to see this gorgeous Rowan tree full of berries. It's unusual enough to see trees in busy streets but where there are any they tend to be plane trees.

Taking of trees, I have no idea what these are meant to be
Bird houses? A sculpture?

We decided to head towards the West End in search of food and a wee tipple to warm the cockles.
I had to take a picture of Ed's Diner. Back in the day we quite often used to head here after pubbing, clubbing or a gig at The Marquee. I can still remember how good the tuna melt and fries were, oh and the vanilla milkshake too yum!

We mooched about a bit before heading home and had a browse in Fopp records where I went a little mad in their vintage film section because they had a sale.
 Just the thing for a miserable afternoon.

I've had my first frock disaster in a while too. This handmade dress I bought on Ebay for 99p to be precise
It is actually lovely, a good quality heavyweight fabric and very well made. The issue is down to me and my physique. As mentioned before I have a long torso, and this lovely dress is not made for a long torso

 top finger shows the waist of the dress, bottom finger shows my waist, when there is quite such a difference, over 3 inches here, it means everything else is in the wrong place so the fit is dreadful. The waist sits uncomfortably on my rib cage, the hips bunch at the waist with fabric to spare the fitted skirt strains over the hips. Bah.

The teal houndstooth print one from Bath is also a bit short in the body, but thankfully it's not as bad and the waist is elasticated I can make it work. I haven't tried the lurex one on yet, it was a bit whiffy so it's in the wash.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Bath, Bag Bounty and a Frock or Two.

Late to the party as ever, over a week in fact.
Indeed I'm so out of practice with this blogging lark I even forgot to take my camera when I went to Bath to meet with Mim!!
This being after I nipped into town to collect a parcel from the post office and realised then I'd forgotten it and thought I MUST grab it when I got back to the house, but nope I just dropped off the parcel, scooted upstairs to the loo and rushed out. I was already at the station when I realised I'd forgotten it again *sigh*

The train was packed to the rafters as always so I got to spend a lovely 40 minutes wedged against the luggage rack, I genuinely cannot remember the last time I actually got a seat when travelling to Bath, but hey, Bath was lovely as always and Mim was lovely too.
 It was kind of mad that this was the first time we had met in person, I feel like I have known her for years!

I always feel a bit bad going to these fairs because Vix is working and all I do is distract her from said work. To be honest what I really want to do is kidnap her when it's pub time rather than bid her farewell. One day.......

The fair at Bath is quite small as fairs go but I've never yet left empty handed. This time I snapped up this 80's frock from the £10 bargain rail of 'Whistlestop Vintage - Bristol' which will do nicely for work.

As well as a black and gold lurex number from Shade Retro that I dithered over, put back, dithered over again, put back and then went back for one final look before thinking sod it and buying it!
The siren call of a pie and a pint became too much so we headed off to the pub. Mim then took me to an Antiques centre for a browse. I had genuinely never even noticed it before despite having walked that way on many a visit to Bath!
I did a fair bit of if money were no object wishful thinking purchasing among to jewellery cabinets before we headed out for tea and cake. I'm already looking forward to the next time!

So what else have I been up too? I had to show my face at a drinks reception at one of the big hotels in Oxford for work. I really did not want to go but it was clearly indicated that it was being the cunning magpie that I am instead of sulking in a corner I circled the room and made sure I was seen by the people who needed to see me, Emphasised the fact I had attended by having my photo taken with some of the students when the official photographer came round then discretely buggered off as the room began to really fill up. In and out in just over an hour, job done.

Much more fun was a trip with some work colleagues to the U.K's first ever board game cafe, it is in Oxford and is called  'Hungry Meeples'. You pay £4.50 per head for 3 hours and get to play whichever of their over 2000 games takes your fancy. When asked what sort of thing we were after we chose party games and ended up playing something along the lines of Pictionary and having a whale of time. Indeed we were having such a whale of time we did earn ourselves some very withering/furious glares from the proper gamers. Clearly playing games is a serious business and laughing is NOT the done thing. Oopps.

I shall close with some recent purchases. The parcel I had to collect contained a new with tags Collectif frock that I found for £19 quid on Ebay. I'm not huge fan of Collectif, I find their sizing a bit mental and their prices a bit high for my tightwad pockets, but for £19 I'll give it a go.
 I also got seduced by an elephant t-shirt on Etsy...
Yes, yes I know, it's pink.

 Talking of pink I got sent a gorgeous bunch of flowers by one of the incoming students at work. A colleague said Himself would be worrying about the competition but he said he'd taken one look at the colour and known he was safe as this was clearly someone who didn't know me that well lol.

So saving the best until last just look at this. I still can't quite believe I scored this glorious, glorious bargain for just £20.
Nothing special right?, just a rather battered old box
with original tissue paper inside

but oh, what's this label on the side of the box?
open the tissue paper and be still my beating heart.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Failure in Purple

It's been a few weeks, so much for this getting back into blogging lark!

Having said that I haven't been up to much, work, a bit of gardening before the weather changed, that's about it.
Now we are a bit more settled and I am a bit less stressed I have felt the urge to buy clothes creep upon me, I knew it wouldn't be long. I'm yearning for Autumnal shades, checks and tartans and in particular last week it was a purple dress.  

I thought I'd found two perfect ones. The first in H&M where I had gone to buy a new jumper. It was this delicious deep jewel like shade with long sleeves that ended in a wide cuff with little buttons, it looked perfect. I didn't have time to try it on but who cares it was perfect right? I bought it and tried it on at home the next morning. All I can say is it never ceases to amaze me how things can look so very, very different on a person to the way they do on a hanger. I returned it that same day. *sigh*

Then I found a Hell Bunny one on Ebay, floral print on a dark lilac background and only £20. I'd just sold some stuff so used that money to buy it.
Turns out the colour on the picture was not true and the dress is actually battle ship grey. Bah. Grey is a colour I absolutely cannot wear, it drains every vestige of colour from my face and makes me look sallow. *double sigh*

I did better with this 99p bargain. It is check print though to be fair more summery shades than the autumnal I'm craving. For 99p though what's not to like?
It arrived on Friday and is actually quite a heavyweight fabric so at least I get to wear one new frock!

Soo came over yesterday for a catch up, so we hit the charity shops as you do. We both did pretty well bearing in mind neither of us was actually looking to buy anything!
We both bought a little glass jug for a pound.
Mine very Art Deco with little feet!

We both bought a cord jacket, even though neither of us needs any more jackets (I literally have a cupboard full!)
Brand New Per Una Jacket for  £8 = Bargain.

Himself and I need to take a picture of ourselves in our very Howard and Hilda matchy matchy brown corduroy jackets now heh heh.

My first purchase of the day was a little carpet bag in just the seasonal type of colour I've been craving. I dithered because I really don't need any new bags either but when I asked the price and was told it was a pound well....
The deed was done.

My only other recent purchase was a necklace from Cherryloco's Halloween range
Who could resist Octo-puss??

Certainly not me that is for sure.

Himself and I have taken a couple of trips to the cinema. As I may have mentioned I was super excited to go and see The Magnificent Seven
It did not disappoint. I bloody loved it! I was aware I was grinning like a loon a couple of times, thank goodness cinemas are dark.

We also went to see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
which I also enjoyed though I have to say the rating surprised me. There were some very jumpy bits and I would have been having serious nightmares at some of the monsters if I would have seen it as a little kid!

Right I'm off to feed the birds, I'm currently being eaten out of house and home by a flock of goldfinches
This is the equivalent of a birdy protest.The feeders are empty so they have been forced to land on the ground and forage for scraps, oh the indignity.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

One Brooch or Two?

So I finally got around to spending my birthday money, and maybe just a touch more. I didn’t feel much like shopping at the time and then when I took it with me to the bank holiday craft fair I didn’t see anything I really wanted to get.
Last week though I was prompted by reading someone else's blog(sorry I don’t remember who exactly) to take a look at the new Erstwilder brooch collection because it’s been a while, and they were wearing a lovely example of said collection.

Turns out that one of their approved U.K suppliers lives in the next village to me and actually has a cabinet in the little vintage shop in my home town!
I found this out when I placed my first order with her a while back and she very kindly told me not to pay the postage, she would drop them off there for me to pick up. Since then she suggested I should just email her with my purchase choice and she would leave it for me to collect.

Well when I saw there was a Mr Magpie in the new collection it was a done deal. Actually there were  a few I liked, I would love to have gone mad but as I can’t afford it I restrained myself to just Mr Magpie I swung by on Saturday morning to pick him up and here he is.

I also stepped into the half a dozen chazzas that I passed on my way there because, well, it’s been a while since I’ve done that too, and if nothing else one of them had an ‘Everything a Pound!’ sign in the window!
What more encouragement does a woman need? I bought a book and a dress, which as it goes I’m actually wearing right now as I type, and it’s accessorized with another of my birthday brooches. 

Talking of Charity shops it’s been quite funny because where we had been madly clearing out and donating a million bags to charity we had the unique experience one day recently of walking down to Sainsbury’s to buy some food and spotting something that we had donated in the window of every single charity shop we passed! As a colleague pointed out, we clearly donate a quality item.       

So my other two brooch purchases (one of which I'm wearing today) have come from that amazing Etsy store Luxulite. I have been admiring these brooches on various other blogs and favoriting particular ones in the shop for ages now. 
I finally decided I would buy one, but me being me, I ended up buying two.
I decided to go for the more restrained classic red cherry style but the drag queen in me just had to have a bit of sparkle so I went for the blue glitter instead of wood effect! 

Whilst browsing I spotted the Halloween themed brooches and dithered for a bit but just had to go for one of them so decided on the pumpkins, because I love pumpkins and so does my favourite Snoopy character Linus!

There was a bit of drama before these beauties landed in my grasping mitts, in which I have to say Etsy did not show themselves in the best light, a real disappointment to me if I’m honest. 

I had logged into my account and deactivated my old address, added the new address and ticked the box to make it my main default address. I naively thought that was enough to update my details, but apparently not! I only realised the order had actually gone to my old address when I got the email through to say it had been dispatched.
I contacted Etsy to find out why, and basically, they very unhelpfully said “It’s your own fault for not checking the address before you hit purchase, were you not aware you could see the address before you purchased an item? oh and if you haven’t already maybe you should also delete your old address from your account”

So I replied 

“As it goes no I wasn’t aware of the address at purchase thing, but I am now and will do so going forward but that doesn’t really help in my current situation, can you explain why the deactivation of the old address didn’t work?”

They never even responded to that email, so thanks Etsy, thanks a lot. Luckily I had set up a mail divert on my old address just in case, and after a bit of a delay we were able to pick up the package yesterday.

The final brooch on the block was from the lovely Vix. She had featured it on a blog post a  little while back and as I loved it at first sight I emailed her to say if it didn't sell that weekend could I buy it? 
But Vix being the amazing person she is just said it was mine and posted it to me. In fact it was my first parcel at the new house.
Not only that it had some elephants in it as well. she is the best.  

What else have I been up to? 
Well I went to see Kubo at the cinema, I wasn’t sure at first but once it got going I LOVED it. It’s funny, it’s moving, even my stony heart filled and a tear welled in my eye. 

We had a Well Being Day at work after they did a survey about how happy people were in there jobs and had shocking bad results. 
I signed up and got a 15 minute shoulder massage, attended a taster course on turning negativity into positivity where I got a free stretchy man stress toy and an assessment from a local osteopath with the option of a special offer follow up full assessment for a tenner. I think the whole department signed up for that one! They had a fancy schmacy gadget that you stood on and it took all your measurements and then told you how out of alignment you were. As it goes I was favouring one leg slightly more than the other and my hip and shoulder were askew. 
This did not surprise me because it’s been 3 years since I last did the Alexander Technique regularly and despite the Pilates my back had been complaining on and off again for a while.

I was quite despondent after my £10 session because I had thought 20 odd years of Alexander Technique had cured a serious issue I had had with my hip, but there it was apparently tipped up again on that same side, on top of a couple of other issues.

Thankfully after going again for a painfully expensive full priced session and talking with my Pilates teacher it’s not actually the same hip problem I had before but instead an issue with my right ankle. My ankles have always been a problem to but now the right one has grown so tight and inflexible I’m walking wrong. 
This made one of my toe bones collapse which is why not only have I been having the really bad pain in my foot (that I have been studiously ignoring for a while now!) but has also made my hip move out of alignment. 
Once explained I had visions of being presented with a long and expensive treatment plan, (which I can’t afford) as that has happened in the past, but thankfully again, I proved wrong in that assumption too.
Providing I keep up with the daily exercises I have been given, apparently 6 sessions should sort it. I can’t even afford those if I’m honest, so I am doing the exercises religiously at least 3 times a day and hoping I can spread out the sessions from once a week to more like one a month or at least something more affordable.