Another less than blindingly hot day, so I've leapt in with another of my Slouchy Casual steals.
Slouchy Casual seems to work for cooler summer days when I have nothing more than a few errands lined up for the day, a.k.a. a date, Photographer style!
I want some cover, an extra layer and an easy casual style.
Here's my attempt and here's what I was stealing. Oh how I long for that chunky plait!
The outfit I was stealing is very simple but I was rather keen to try it. OK, I shouldn't really need a blueprint to put this together, but then that's why I am on this blog. Because I need help.
Do you "steal"? Is this something you would steal or wear? And do you go out in public "slouching" your cardi, i.e. off the shoulder ? Please comment below because I'd love to know!
All in black. Per Una skinnies, Peacocks long cami and necklace, M&S cardi, Jones wedges. And for my blogging trickery, I chose a Next sunhat for it was a no-make-up/lazy hair day.
The Photographer made me laugh. Something about me making slime. Couldn't stop giggling.
Have you come across Slime? Going back to my childhood courtesy of the GKs, I've joined in the search for the ultimate slime recipe. If you have grandchildren, you may have come across it. Apparently, it's a big thing and there are so many YouTube posts about making the perfect slime, which is a gooey mixture that well, sort of slimes off your hand.
My store cupboard was sadly lacking in vital ingredients, so I was given a shopping list.
I went looking for cornflour, apparently the vital ingredient in slime making. I spotted a young boy, about 12 years old, looking bewildered by the flour aisle. I helpfully asked him what he was looking for. "Cornflour", was his replied. I excitedly replied "Me too, are you making slime as well?" "No, I'm making shortbread" was his answer. Talk about role reversal.
But back to the outfits.
Although not heatwave standard, it was around 20c and I felt the winter cardi above would be too warm for the day.
So I tried a loose Next crepe de chine style shirt and let's be brave, a lesser hat. Nah. Didn't like it.
And aw heck, subterfuge be gone - let's get rid of the hat trickery.
This is a comfy go-to. My v. old M&S stripey cardi. And no hat!
The black column is the perfect foundation for a play around with layers.
Still lots of giggling going on. TP does make me laugh.
Just a mention of shopping in heels here. I am so enjoying upping my shopping attire because I am adoring clacking around the aisles in heels. I feel so sassy. One's walk changes in heels.
I will not tell you how I described my style to TP, but I did liken myself to something "high class ..." and the rest was rather naughty!
I experimented with bags, starting with my little pink leather Tula then moving on to a larger Tula ivory leather bag. With room to carry paint tins!
Oh how my life has changed. When I was working, I was rather fond of Tula bags. This big summer bag was often a substitute for my heavier briefcases. I used to schlap around with this ivory bag stuffed with paperwork in files or my black leather portfolio, pens and calculator, postits, notepads and then only in my last few years, a heavy laptop - this was BITD before iPads and iPhones. Can you imagine that now?!! Modern Day Working Girl doesn't know she's born!
Over the years, I amassed quite a collection of Tulas which, of course, I hardly ever use in retirement. I use pockets generally. But now realising that they make great paint carriers, all that could change!
Anyway, back to the outfit, again! Gawd, don't I ramble?!
As The Photographer was taking me out (B&Q and Waitrose, plus ca change eh?!), I told him he could choose which outfit I would wear for our "date". More giggles, as I knew what the answer would be as I was asking the question. It is always the last outfit, the one I am wearing, as we will then leave the house without further faff and delay. And the response? "The one you're wearing".
Do you seek your partner's advice on outfits?
Is the response honest, political or diplomatic?
So out I went, wearing The One I Was Wearing, but no hat. Instead I chose my trusty The Fly sunglasses which manage to hide most of my not-made-up face. The hair I could live with.
Do you use the hat and big sunglasses trick on a dress-down day?
Or perhaps you never leave the house without coiffed hair and full make up?
I used to be that girl.
But so much has changed in retirement, like daring to show my naked face publicly.
Out on our date, shopping in smart attire (and hiding naked face), I bought some pretty coloured garden furniture paint in B&Q. I think you will like it. Pics soon. I'm going off to slap on paint when I finish this post. Which is probably why I'm rambling and this post is turning out to be much longer than intended. Procrastination, blogger-style.
Now, I gave you a pic of me on a B&Q date the other day. So, you need a Waitrose shot to complete the set.
(Don't fret that you can't open these, it's just hair flying in the breeze and not worth the effort of a YouTube load - I'll save that for my Ultimate Slime Recipe!)
After two attempts to take a pic (not a film) outside the shop with the Waitrose name showing as proof of visit, using the phone in strong sunlight which blinded the screen, I was finally successful inside the supermarket, where I show you evidence that I was in Waitrose. Perhaps akin to a hostage shot with the current newspaper, eh? Or in audit/compliance-speke, if it ain't evidenced, it ain't done.
Maybe I just felt the need to prove that The Photographer does really take me "out".
A la perchoine.