You might have noticed that it's been somewhat all quiet on the Western front with the blog the last week. It's been a week of hunkering down and conserving energy. Whilst our American cousins across the pond were celebrating Thanksgiving, I was quietly giving thanks for two events that could have turned out to be far more serious than they were.
First, we had it confirmed that Tall Brown Fox wouldn't be made redundant just before Christmas. This had been hanging over his head for the last month. Sadly, several of his friends and colleagues did not escape the brutal cull at the company. Whilst I'm thankful that Tall Brown Fox wasn't made redundant, I feel so sad for those who have lost their jobs just at the year ends, especially as some of them have been at the company for over 20 years.
Second, my Dad was taken to hospital on Thursday suffering chest pains. What could have been a suspected heart attack turned out to be an irregular heart beat. Fortunately, my brother was staying the week with my parents on a visit and was able to go with him in the ambulance. I'm thankful that he was there.
Not only has life been somewhat embattled this week, the weather this weekend decided it had had enough of the 'Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' and went into winter mode with a big, fat W!
Freezing temperatures, howling winds and driving rain aren't conducive to outdoor shoots and despite a valiant effort to take some photos outside, we knew when we were beaten and we scuttled inside. Moving a chair and dusting a sideboard was peanuts compared with trying not to get frostbitten fingers!
Do you like my rubber plant? It's rather magnificent, isn't it?
Despite the un-Autumn like weather, my last Seasonal Skinny of the Autumn, is a celebration of Autumn colours and wildlife – a last hurrah before next's week handover to the Winter Seasonal Skinny. I was hoping for a bright Autumn day to match but Mother Nature doesn't always play ball.
You may remember a few weeks ago that I posted a photo of this tree when it was at it's crowning golden glory. It was the inspiration for this week's style challenge using gold, brown, burgundy and russet.
Before critters start to hibernate for Winter, we've a last glimpse of some woodland wildlife. A roedeer peers out, ears pricked for the sound of any rustling in the leaves. An owl gazes sagely from it's wooden perch. As much as I love graphic tees, I won't buy them unless they have a really eye-catching design or they strike a personal chord with me.
I saw this one way back in August (it's from the Tu range at Sainsbury's) just as some of the Autumn ranges were trickling into the stores. With the colours and the design of the graphics, I thought it was just perfect for the coming season. Tall Brown Fox and I like nothing better than escaping to the country for long woodland hikes so the feel of the tee really resonated with me.
You'll have to excuse the odd look of my glasses. I assure you they aren't dirty. The TV was on in the corner and I didn't realise until afterwards that the screen was reflecting against the lenses! And it seems I'm being photo bombed by the rubber plant!
Arghhh, this would never happen if I was a seasoned blogger!
Moving swiftly one. One of the many things this blogging malarkey has reinforced is how can I be just that little bit more playful/creative/daring with my outfits. Yes, a bracelet (or this case 2) here and an unusual necklace there and oh, why not a vintage tapesty, bamboo handle handbag as well. All lovely touches, I'm sure you'll agree but the addition of the low slung belt gives it more of a punch.
I originally had added it as a necessity rather than in a flash of inspiration. When outside, the boyfriend cardigan kept wrapping itself around me one second and then flying away the next all due to the wind! I put the belt on to keep it in place but the material bunched up too much and I felt lumpy.
Once inside, I whipped it off and put it on under the cardigan and
as one of my favourite TV characters would say!
On it's own, the top potentially could be edging towards twee-dom, especially with the tapestry bag. The belt pulls it back, giving the outfit some edge whilst not detracting from the evocative graphic tee.
The colour of the boyfriend cardigan looks slightly different in real life – oh the joys of indoor lighting. It's more camel than mustard, with a bronze undertone more like the disc of the belt.
I have a secret passion for bamboo handle handbags. They always remind me of my Grandma! Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I remember her carrying handbags that had bamboo handles. I loved the feel of them, thought they looked so elegant and dreamt I'd have some handbags just like that when I was all grown up. Well, sometimes childhood dreams do come true!
My Grandma would've loved this one with it's delicate clasp, big hoop handle and floral tapestry pattern.
Tu at Sainsbury Graphic tee A/W15
New Look Camel Drop Pocket Boyfriend Cardigan
Necklace (old) from a market stall lost in the midst of time
Green Bracelet (old)
Dorothy Perkins Gold Glitter Bracelet – currently reduced
Vintage tapestry bamboo handbag (e-bay)
Bhs Suede Shoe Boots (old) I wore them with my Swirling Leaves Skirt last month.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving? And even if you didn't, what are you giving thanks for as we move from Autumn to Winter?
You can read all about my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.