The Indian summer has abruptly come to an end this week. The dog and I have returned home from our walks wet through after being caught out by unexpected and heavy downpours. Every single year, it takes me a while to get back into the swing of donning a coat before going out – I never learn!
I’ve been browsing waterproof coats online this week because I’m in need of a new one. My old one, even though it’s only about 5 years old, has seen a lot of rain, sleet and snow action. It’s rarely off my back from October through to around April. It’s got all stained from all the slipping in mud and clambering over mossy stiles.
I really fancy a new khaki green one. It needs to have a hood and lots of pockets for keys, phone and dog walking detritus – poo bags, lead, treats. And most of all, it must be able to withstand the kind of rain the Pennines are famous for!
- Regatta women’s Brodiaea waterproof jacket: £75.00, Millets
- The North Face Women’s Inlux insulated HyVent™ jacket: £140.00, Blacks
- Women’s Sickline insulated jacket: £290.00, The North Face
Vera Neumann was an American graphic designer best known for her bold, bright, beautiful silk scarves stamped with her little ladybug symbol.
After her death in 1993, the rights for her work were sold and leased to various organisations who reproduced her designs on clothing and homewares. The most recent I could find was a line of scarves by Target in 1993.
There’s a lovely looking book all about her work that I wouldn’t mind getting hold of – it’s entitled Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon.
Although there’s a lot of her work still on the market, alas, it’s mostly located in the USA. However, the prices start at such a reasonable level and a scarf is so light that postage costs shouldn’t be exorbitant.
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It’s August, the kids are off school, the Olympics are in full swing (Go Team GB!), the central heating hasn’t been on in months… I’ve realised in the past few weeks that there are gaps in my summer wardrobe. I have lots of summer shorts, T-shirts and walking gear but nothing slightly dressy.
I was thinking that I’m in need of a few maxi summer dresses – white, patterned, floral… but I’d really wanted to find one in orange – one of my favourite (and most summery) colours.
Surprisingly, when I went searching, I couldn’t find that many orange maxi summer dresses online and only a few midi ones. Of the ones I did uncover, one stood out head & shoulders above the others. There was a little hint there! 🙂
Number 1, the strapless example with a frilled bottom, is my favourite. The colour is perfect, a bright tangerine orange that looks great against tanned skin. I love its simplicity and blousy layering. I’d team it with chunky jewellery and a pair of strappy silver sandals.
- Strapless belted maxi dress: £29.00, JD Williams
- Frill maxi came dress: £40, Topshop
- Halterneck maxi dress: £49.99, H&M
After many years of loyal service, my current walking sandals – a pair of Keen Neports – died a death last summer. Despite that, I love them so much that I’ve glued the soles back together, then the laces snapped so I’ve knotted those back together…
Now that the weather’s become warm enough to transition from walking boots back to sandals, I’ve dragged the old faithfuls back out once again. If I’m honest, I’m flogging a dead horse, they’re now really tatty and won’t last until the end of this summer.
The new pair will see daily use, up to 3 dog walks per day… every day, and I’ll need a new pair that can cope with the moorland terrain. I love the look of most Keen sandals, so the orange pair above are my favoured replacements.
- Keen Clearwater CNX walking sandals: £72.28, Amazon
- Teva Kimtah leather sandals: £80.00, Millets
- Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve sandals: £85.00, Cotswold Outdoor
Boxes and drawers full of old paper ephemera come into the antiques centre quite often. It’s well worth spending 10 minutes to have a sift and sort through. Amongst the old newspapers, shopping lists and receipts lie some little hidden gems.
We keep an eye out for vintage advertisements, menus, recipe booklets and so on. In particular, those originating from the mid twentieth century which have eye-catching designs or artwork.
This week, we found three lovely vintage hosiery ads in a pile.
They date from the 1950s and promote Hudson, Sponsor and Burlington brands.
The lady’s legs forming the letter ‘H’ of Hudson is a particular favourite for graphic design – and we also love the sky blue colour and era-defining ‘New Look’ fashion of the Sponsor advertisement. They’ll look lovely framed and displayed near a wardrobe or in a dressing room.
Clothes hangers are another of those mundane, day-to-day objects to which most of us don’t give much thought. When I was young, I was happy to hang my clothes on odd, mis-matched plastic hangers – the ones that came with the item of clothing from the shop.
These days, I’ve become much more discerning; the clothes I wear – like the hangers in my cupboard – are much less throwaway. I’m a very organised person; I like to open my wardrobe doors and see my clothes displayed on identical hangers. Blouses & shirts together, dresses together, trousers together… and of course, all colour coordinated! I have dozens of the sturdy wooden IKEA variety. But they’re very bulky and, as I almost never throw or give my clothes away, there’s virtually no space left in my cupboard.
Much as I love the padded Wiltshire Liberty print hanger, having all my things hanging from these identical clothes hangers would be very expensive option. Some of the clothes in my possession didn’t cost as much as a single hanger!
The Nomess Copenhagen metal clothes hangers look very similar to the ones you get from dry cleaners. But, the fact that they’re copper and their utilitarian, minimalist look gives them a designer edge. All I need to do now is give my wardrobe a utilitarian, minimalist look to match!
- BUMERANG hanger, natural: £3.50 /8 pack, IKEA
- Nomess Copenhagen aluminium hanger, set of 5, copper: £21, John Lewis
- Wiltshire Liberty print hanger: £7.95, Liberty