As a dedicated charity shopper my wardrobe is constantly evolving. A few days ago I didn't own this alpaca & wool River Island polo neck or the Timberland boots or actively looked for anything resembling them but the charity shop goddess bestowed them on me and they seamlessly fit into my wardrobe.
Combined with my vintage Anokhi pinafore dress, Proper Topper fedora and Kharibu reversible block printed jacket (previously seen worn the other way around) this was my choice of attire for a trip to B&Q, the DIY superstore, on Saturday morning.
With frost forecast for next week we uprooted our geraniums, moved them into the (unheated) utility room to overwinter and replaced them with hot pink cyclamens and calocephalus, a silver rather seaweed-y looking evergreen.
As you can see, the England Crest flag is flying high, originally hoisted for the mighty Lionesses, who went on to lift the Euros trophy and is now there in support of our boys.
On Friday we'd finished watching Godless and, as Jon said that he'd never seen Jeff Daniels (who played evil Frank in the series) in Dumb and Dumber, I made him sit through it - delighted that it was still as funny as it was when I saw it in the cinema in the early 1990s.
As we need to brush up on our Spanish, we started watching the subtitled crime thriller, Bitter Daisies.
On Sunday I wore another outfit enhanced by some recent secondhand finds. Linking to Mica's Weekday Wear link up HERE.
I spotted this vintage suede jacket on eBay, the photo was awful but the applique peacock won me over and, with no other bidder but me, won it for £8. No longer trading, Ursula Sarlette produced one-off, handmade leather & suede jackets from her workshop in Mönchengladbach during the 1980s. The few I've found online sell for around £300.
The Clarks' Victorian-inspired ankle boots were £1 from the clearance charity shop last week.
Lord Jon wore another new-to-him purchase, a Levis Engineered pinstriped denim jacket found for a fiver. His Wallabees have hardly been off his feet. Beth asked about how he kept them clean - easy, a liberal application of Kiwi Rain and Stain Protection Spray (in the UK, Wilko £4.40)
After dropping off a few bits at the clearance chazza on Sunday we had a rummage and came back with a few more. In my head I'm constantly dreaming of Summer holidays, I found this East kantha bag, a Hollister cotton sundress and a River Island shirred broderie anglaise cami (with tags still attached) which I washed and will pack away for next year when they eventually dry - a long, slow process on a wet November day!
As I'm sure you already know, I'm a huge fan of international football tournaments and we've been glued to the TV since Sunday afternoon. Whilst I'm fully aware of Qatar's appalling track record on human rights, I'd be an utter hypocrite to join the several people I know by boycotting the World Cup especially having flown with Qatar Airlines to India on numerous occasions and spent time between flights at Doha airport where a round of beer was the expensive we've ever bought.
Between matches we squeezed in a half-mile swim on Monday along with a speedy 'Spoons breakfast and a lightning fast visit to Lidl to pick up a £1.50 Waste Not box before dashing back to watch England thrash Iran 6-2. Although the win is mostly due to our boys' incredible talent, I'd like to think that my Nike official England leggings (£1, Cancer UK) might have helped - they certainly worked when I wore them throughout the Women's Euro Finals. We watched The Netherlands vs Senegal (disappointing result, I used to live with a girl from Dakar and hung out with some lovely Senegalese folk when she moved to Paris in the late 1980s and I went over to stay with her). This was followed by Wales vs USA. I had to hide behind a cushion when Gareth Bale took that penalty, even a stiff Sailor Jerry's and ginger ale couldn't quell my nerves!
On Tuesday, with no plans other than watching back-to-back football, I wore the same outfit as Monday - a Zara embroidered blouse (reduced to £5 in their end of season sale), a tooled leather belt bought from a charity shop last week and a vintage Ayesha Davar midi skirt. Despite wanting Argentina to win in this morning's match I was dancing for joy when Saudi Arabia won, what an amazing game!
With half an eye on the Denmark vs Tunisia match I'd almost finished my crochet but had to unpick it a couple of times due to being distracted by Tunisia outplaying their opponents. I think I've already mentioned that we were in Tunisia during the World Cup finals of 1998 when England beat the national side 2 - 0, which would have been brilliant if we'd not been watching the match in the hotel staff's quarters alongside twenty disgruntled Tunisians as the posh hotel where we were staying weren't showing the game.
Right, best dash....Poland vs Mexico's just kicked off. Apologies for being way behind with commenting but, as the late Bill Shankly said, "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."