I also wore a 1960s gilt chain belt and a pair of enamel and brass earrings bought from FabIndia in Mumbai back in 2020.
With another bastard cold start to the day, today (Thursday) I dug out this early 1960s embossed silk cheong-san bought from a house clearance stall at a car boot sale over a decade ago. It's quilted, lined with feathers and astonishingly warm plus that additional padding gives me an arse like Kim Kardashian's! Before you say it, no I've never watched the show either but I've seen photos of her online.
After this morning's swim and 'Spoons breakfast Jon did a tip run whilst I tackled more of the leaves. I've put the eBay shop on holiday for a week so with the time I usually spend photographing and listing stock I've been curled up in the lounge reading.
I've dropped into wartime Belgium to accompany English Intelligence officer, Kay Connelly whilst she locates Nazi Germany's rockets, launched from occupied Holland and wreaking havoc in London in Robert Harris's V2; I've followed the incredibly brave real life Secret Operations Executive, Noor Inayat Khan as she transmitted hundreds of radio messages to the London from occupied France before being captured and murdered by the Nazis at Dachau (Code Name Madeleine by Arthur J Magida is on loan from my friend, Nikki) and I'm now in 17th century Madrid with celebrated artist Diego Velazquez sampling life in the court of King Philip IV of Spain with Amy Sackville's Painter to the King.
I once read a blog post accusing fiction lovers of having empty lives and reading to escape their reality. I don't know about you but I read to enhance my life not to escape from it.
Until a few months ago, never in my wildest dreams would I have considered setting foot in a branch of Sports Direct but with my reignited passion for swimming I've popped in for goggles and left impressed with their range of women's sportswear. These Slazenger performance swimsuits (unlike fashion ones, these won't get ruined by chlorine) have been reduced to clear - the geo print is down from £29.99 to £6 and the retro floral down from £33.99 to £10.99.
Don't worry I haven't completely sold my soul to the devil, the circular economy is where my heart belongs. Here's this week's secondhand finds....
Clockwise from top left: Contemporary Nicole Farhi tweed & velvet jacket; Cape Cornwall recycled sari silk kimono; 1970s Maurice Henri velvet waistcoat & midi skirt suit; 1980s Mushroom by Perlei boned cocktail dress; River Island denim chores jacket (now in Jon's wardrobe); 1980s mohair hand knit; Monsoon fake fur gilet; vintage 1960s gents Afghan; 1970s Dereta printed velvet jacket; 1970s old skool sports top; Reversible felted wool hooded poncho ( made in Nepal).