Tuesday: (the day of Disasters) I wore all me-made: my grey/green Bella trousers and the dark red 50's twin-set. This is a combination that works really well. The high waist of the trousers suits the proportions of the cropped cardi and when I take that off, there is the cute little short-sleeved sweater underneath.
Wednesday: I wore my rockabilly rose skirt with a black ballet-neck sweater and my granny's "jet" beads. This took me from work to an appointment with my financial adviser (!) and then to the theatre with FL. OMG - hark at me with my high-powered jet-set lifestyle!
Thursday: Pictures at last! I wore Audrey-in-Unst and Aestlight over my new dress. Gasp! I bought a dress!
Forgive my gushing, but I saw this 40's style dress in the Brora catalogue last season and was so full of wist for it, but couldn't imagine spending £135 on a viscose frock. Whizz forward a few months and Brora announced their clearance sale and reduced this dress to £39! So all my "thou shalt eschew shop-bought" principles went straight out of the window and this lovely thing is now mine, all mine! Mwah hah hah hah!
I so rarely wear dresses that it took me a while to sort out how best to stay warm (bare arms,v- neck), but my green Audrey cardi goes surprisingly well with this "cinnamon and plum" colourway.
And at the last moment I realised that Aestlight is an almost perfect match - woo hoo! An amber necklace (a present from FL a few years ago) was the finishing touch, to distract eyes from my "glad neck", as my mother would call it.
I took a close-up to show you my new lipstick... but I had my nose in the air so edited the photo(oh vanity, vanity!) This was an entirely out-of-character buy, as it was really rather expensive (Chanel-style prices). But I needed a fix of everyday vintage glamour.
It is Dusty Rose by Besame.
I admit that I was seduced by the packaging: a red velvet pouch and pretty gold case. And it smells lovely too - like honey and chocolate. As I only own two other lipsticks (and one of those came free with a chocolate bar) I thought it was a good investment.
It goes on smoothly, and stays put for hours, despite my desktop tea-drinking habit. No unfortunate colour-transfer incidents occurred: if my chin looks pink it is because my chin is pink!
Also seen in the background: my 2011 calendar from OhBara. This was my Christmas present to myself. It is so lovely I cannot bring myself to write on it! My office is so drab and grey and I spend so much time there, I really wanted to bring some colour and craftiness to my space.
Plants on my desk next!
There is a definite theme of self-indulgence and retail therapy creeping into this post. I do not apologise for this.