Tuesday 28 February 2023

Back to Blighty

 We are back home after our holiday in the gorgeous Gran Canaria.

I had never been to the island before and couldn't believe it when days before we were due to fly off Vix wrote about her trip there too which you can see here.

While Vix stayed in the nothern part of the island, we opted for the sunny south as I was desperate for some sun.

This was the first time my husband and I had been abroad on holiday together since 2019 and after a busy 12-15 months with two grandchildren arriving and a wedding we desperately  needed some 

R & R.

While sadly, our hotel didn't deliver on the promised peace and quiet, the island made up for it.

Today's outfit post is my final holiday outfit - the layering I needed to return from 23 C to 5C.

It started with my Commando faux leather leggings and a River Island Tshirt that I bought on Vinted for £3 and it came with tags still attached.

The New Balance trainers were a birthday present and the hat I bought from a local supermarket the night we arrived for 9 Euros.

The virgin wool dress is by Isabel Marant and I bought it second hand from a fellow blogger. The bag is old from Zara.
And the poncho is from Monsoon which was reduced from £50 to £15 in the sale and was perfect for those chilly evenings.

I will return to the beginning tomorrow but for now Adios.

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Desperately Seeking A Sailor (Top)

Ah the Breton Top or to give it the correct name, The Mariniere.
I can't tell you when my love affair with the hunble striped top began but as you can see from the photograph below, the closest I came to finding the perefect one for me was back in the late 1980s.
You can barely see the stripes on the top below in my photo with Ollie the dog but this was the closest I came to finding the One.
It was a a heavy knit and I bought it from the back pages of a Sunday newspaper.
I wore it with everything including these green short dungarees!
But  I have no idea what happened to it.
I only know I have never come close to my Mariniere until this week when I fell in love all over again.
But why is this simple striped top such a fashion icon?
I could give you  my regurgitated account but there is a better history here.

As you can see here, my love of stripes was not limited to navy blue, this was a lovely green and I looked like an advert for a striped mint that was peopular in the 1980s when this photo was taken.

I have searched high and low for a replacement Breton and came close

I came close here

And here 

But I never found the weight and style I loved until last week when I found this Uniqlo one and ordered it straight away.
It is not often I buy new clothes now but I will cherish this one for as long as it lasts.

Now I prefer to wear it with faux leather leggings but who knows where this love affair will lead.
I am off to Gran Canaria for a little while.
See you on the other side.

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