Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Vicissitudes of Travel

I write quite a lot on my blog about Hubby's and my travel adventures. We love to travel. But appearances on Instagram to the contrary, travel isn't all beautiful sunsets and stunning vistas. Sometimes it's exhausting, stressful, disappointing, and even painful. 

Sometimes you get to that beautiful beach, but the water is too cold to even paddle in the shallows.

woman wading in the sea
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France 2015

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Curating My Fall Closet

Let's talk fall fashion, shall we? It's almost the end of August and high time I did my fall closet inventory. Time to look at what I own, decide what I plan to do with what I own, and figure out what I need.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Happy Birthday, Mum!

My mum's celebrating her birthday this week. And, for the first time in years and years, I won't be there for the festivities. As long as Hubby and I have been together we've made the trek down east in August. With the exception of this year, and two other years when we went home in July for different celebrations. 

This is a shot taken at Mum's 65th birthday party. That's my stepdad, my sister Connie, Mum, me, and my brother Terry. We're all laughing at the dancing flower in the cake my sister made for Mum. Every time someone laughed the flower danced and sang. The cake was made in a big plant pot, with Oreo cookies for the "dirt," and even a handy spade to "dish the dirt," so to speak. It was delicious, as well as hilarious, as I recall. 

Birthday shenanigans circa 1992.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Of Sweat Shirts, White Jeans, and Cross-Body Belly Packs.

I'm a great believer in stocking my closet with good quality basics. That sounds kind of self-satisfied, doesn't it? A bit preachy. Nevertheless, there are certain items which I always have in my closet. A pair, or three, of good white jeans for summer. Black flats, in this case my trusty black patent loafers from Stuart Weitzman which have been doing yeoman service since 2014. And, for most of my adult life, a good quality black sweatshirt. 

woman wearing white jeans, black sweatshirt and black loafers sitting in a red deck chair
Loving my new black sweatshirt from Aritzia. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Lost in Mitford Land... Again

Is it a bad thing, do you think, that I can name all the members of the Mitford family, from left to right, without checking to see who is who? Does that mean that I'm "obsessed"... to use an on-line cliché which I abhor? 

Unity, Tom, Debo, Diana, Decca, Nancy, and Pamela Mitford. 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Outfit Dreams

I'm dreaming of outfits these days. When I'm lying in bed at night. Or drifting off to sleep for an afternoon nap. Or lazing in a deck chair. I'll put my book down, watch a boat go by on the river, and imagine what I'll wear when I can stand to wear normal clothes again

woman in white tee, white sneakers, and denim skirt leaning against a red car.
What I wore on my last day of freedom.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Funny Women

I read an article in The Atlantic a day or so ago called: Plight of the Funny Female. It's all about why men don't like funny women. And, you know, something clicked. Really? Could this be the reason for all my dating disasters in my twenties? If I'd just stopped trying to be funny would I have been more desirable to men?

woman in black turtleneck and suit jacket wearing a hard hat and a Groucho Marx disguise.
Staff party 1985. That's not my real nose, by the way. ha.