I’ve been growing my cashmere collection for years. It’s a great way to buy knitwear because your early investment pays off many fold if you look after it well. I’ve lost count of the cheap sweaters that have lasted one season and ended up in the bin, so now, it’s cashmere whenever possible (with the exception of the occasional sparkly Xmas jumper).
I’m always on the lookout for great cashmere basics and until recently, didn’t know that Damart has a great range of purse friendly cashmere. They sent me this fabulous edge to edge long length cardigan to review and I have to say it is a (Christmas) cracker! Warm and cosy, yet light and very wearable, I just know it’s going to be a wardrobe staple, not just this year, but for a few years to come. What I like best of all is that it has pockets! Who doesn’t love a cardi with pockets.
My oldest cashmere piece is seven years old and I’ve kept it soft and bobble free by hand washing and using a cashmere comb. I aim to increase my stock by one piece a year and usually buy in the sales as it can be pricey. Good cashmere tends to keep its shape so no baggy sleeves or shapeless garments.
I chose grey because it literally goes with everything in my wardrobe. As we have just moved house and most of my stuff is in suitcases, I’m working on a capsule wadrobe (for the first time in my life!) of black and grey with the odd splash of red and gold.
PS: I know some of you have been asking for photos of our new home. Well BT only got our internet started yesterday (a three week wait in this day and age!) so I’ve not been blogging. However, I will soon be posting pictures of our stuck in the seventies home for your amusement!
We are going on a cruise with Celebrity next month and I have to pack two outfits that meet the criteria for ‘Evening Chic’. In previous years I would have chosen a full length gown or something blingy, but as I’ve matured, although I still like a bit of sparkle, I favour a more toned down look.
For my first outfit I’m packing this Phase Eight sleeveless dress. I am wearing Wingz underneath to give the appearance that it has sleeves. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, at 55, my arms are not as firm as they used to be. Secondly, cruise ships are a bit chilly in the evenings and as pashminas seem a bit passé now, I need a cover up. The Wingz were sent to me for the purpose of review and I think they look pretty good with this dress, so I’ll definitely be packing them.
Onto the shoes. These are the Charlotte Olympias that I won last year and try as I might, I just can’t do anything but totter in them. I look ridiculous. If anyone wants to make me an offer they are size four and have never been worn (apart from trying on!). They won’t be making the edit that’s for sure, but I have some black spiky Carvelas that will work.
Next up is to figure out outfit number two!
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We’ve just spent a blissful few days in Bardolino on Lake Garda, Italy. No sightseeing, just getting away from it all. On Tuesday night we went to the opera so I chose a pretty frock from Debenhams Collection and my trusty white linen jacket from M&S. The weather was scorching, so the jacket was surplus to requirements really.
The dress is one of my charity shop buys – it cost me a fiver and no doubt after a couple of wears it will go back for someone else to stumble across it. That’s the beauty of charity shops. You can shop guilt free, have lots of different outfits, then give them all back at the end of it to make room for more! I never tire of it and happily spend hours browsing. I also don’t give a monkey’s about who owned it before, or any potential stigma attached to second hand. To me, a charity shop is like a dressing up box: just full of sartorial opportunity! This dress actually came with matching green strappy shoes, but no way I was walking more than a mile in them, so they stayed at home for a more suitable occasion.
Phase Eight is one of my favourite shops for when I need a frock. As we were staying in a posh hotel I figured I could get away with dressing up a bit, so I chose this nautical stripe from this summer’s online sale. The dress is jersey, but lined, so it gives you a bit of structure. It’s also flattering for big boobs and the folds at the waist draw attention from a big tummy.
The jacket is an old favourite from M&S which pulls together pretty much any outfit for when you want to smarten up.
The silver leather clutch is from a boutique in Mallorca and is great for travelling as it packs flat and goes with anything.
The photo is taken at the Old Swan & Minster Mill in Minster Lovell.
I treated myself to this spotty frock from Miss Sugar while I was at the RHS Tatton show a week ago. They had them in numerous colours, but I think green was a good choice for me.
It’s one size and linen, so is cool and comfortable for holidays, packs easily and can be dressed up or down. In this first pic I’ve accessorised it with a silver clutch which I bought in Mallorca and cream leather wedges.
The second outing was my birthday dinner so I smartened it up with a linen jacket from M&S. The pearls are from the Bridport antiques fair and the little jade stick pin came from Hong Kong.
I’m quite sad that white linen pants are no longer ‘of the moment’ because I used to rely on them so heavily for sightseeing holidays. Cool and comfortable, they went with everything and I think that’s the thing that contributed to their demise. Everyone wore them and we got sick of them.
I no longer own these pants, instead I wear white or blue jeans, or khaki harems, but none of them quite hit the mark for something like this day in Bilbao. Jeans: too hot, khaki, too casual. Do you see what I mean?
Now I could rock a frock, but when you go on holiday with my husband, you have to be prepared to walk miles and miles, so a dress doesn’t always work. And before you suggest shorts, go and wash your mouth out with soap! Shorts will never be a part of a short, slightly overweight, freckly, pale skinned girl’s wardrobe. Got it?
So, if I do perchance see a pair of white linen wide legged pants (no elasticated waist or drawstrings please) then I will be snapping them up for my summer holidays. I’d like them to be petite length, reasonably thick cotton and good quality (no-one needs to see my knickers). Anyone out there stocking them?
What do you wear on a winter sun holiday? When you are only hopping over to the Costa Del Sol, it pays to be prepared for all weathers. Last week, we had one cold day amongst all the sunshine, but luckily I’d packed a cuddly sweater and gilet which kept me warm and cosy. I try to stick to a colour scheme when packing, so blue with my thing for February. The sweater is M&S, gilet Uniqlo (these are light as a feather and pack so easily), jeans M&S, trainers Hi Tech, bag Debenhams.