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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Jumping Ship


Hello dear reader, hope you are enjoying a blissful Saturday.
I am too, a friend visiting the island has popped round for coffee and we've had a great catch-up.
And I am calm.



Yesterday I coffee'd with some golf friends.


I wore a simple stone linen skirt, black M&S modal top.


If these Clarks flatties hadn't been produced, I would have had to invent them.  Such a go-to.


I am calm today but yesterday I was fretting, just a little.  You see, I'm soon going off on my first cruise. Ever!  The cruise is very short.  And I have no idea what to pack.  As a result, I've done what I always do when faced with a packing challenge ... I've procrastinated.  But the cruise is rapidly creeping up on me so I gave some thought to the task.  Simple works.  So I'm taking my first step to put together a very simple capsule.


Starting with colourful - stone and black, it's worked for me on previous short trips, albeit not at sea, so that is my starting point.
Colour sorted.  But a girl cannot cruise with skirt and top alone.    So what else do I pack?

I got going on some serious research.  I checked the destination's weather and then headed to the company's brochure.  Ouch! The blurb has a big section on dress codes, which seems a bit overkill for the few days we will be onboard.  But it is the first section of several pages of small print, so the company must view dressing appropriately as Rule No. 1 on board.  It talks about smart dining, black tie, cocktail dresses.  And it seems that rules is rules when it comes to dressing onboard.


Have you been on any short cruises?  Were they evening-formal?  Is the dress code controlled?



My mind drifted, thinking of something to dress up or down. 
I thought black.  I thought "jumpsuit".  Black jumpsuit!
Good idea, Pout! Err, except that you don't have one.  Your one and only was an 80s dark blue boiler suit affair and it came with its inbuilt lavatorial challenges.  You do remember having to take off all your layers, which you hung on the cubicle hook before slipping off the jumpsuit (carefully, so that it did not touch the venue's toilet floor, heaven forbid). then doing the whole thing in reverse after your penny was spent?  Yes, it's all coming back to you, eh Pout?!

 But my response to my inner kill-joy is that things must have changed, surely, otherwise they wouldn't be sported by so many fashionistas currently.  Surely significant changes have been made to accommodate pit-stops in the past three decades and, as with Teflon, the jumpsuit's crotch has benefited from space travel's innovations.

So I ask you, dear reader, why do we wear them? There are so many around, perhaps ladies have become more adept at stripping off.  Or do they flatter so much that no one cares?

Before too long my mind was totally fixated on jumpsuits and I had to have one.
I had to see whether arrangements have changed "down there".  Or whether the jumpsuit is so body-flattering that one can live with the inconveniences in the conveniences!

Do you have a jumpsuit?  Are they as challenging today as they were back in the day?

Trim Detail Jumpsuit

Roman Originals

And then I snapped out of my jumpsuit reverie and found in my inbox confirmation of this having been purchased.  Well, there's a surprise!


Yes, ladies, I'm fretting just a little about packing for the unknown and maybe the jumpsuit is giving me one fret too many.  But the button has been pressed, so I'm moving on.  
Today I'm going to stop my ostriching.   I'm going on my first cruise and I have to turn up at the dock with a cruise-appropriate capsule.  And I'll be having lots of fun onboard with my travel companions, so it's time to get in the driving seat and get building my cruise capsule.


Have you cruised?  How do you pack for mini cruises?  Is it as formal as it sounds in the blurb?
I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!


But in the meantime, when faced with a major fret ...


... eat pasta and stay calm!




A la perchoine.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Have You Missed Me?


Probably not!  But I have been AWOL from your screen, sorry.

I told you previously that I had a mild dose of what The Photographer had.  How naive I was.  It developed into full-blown Man Flu.  Yes,  Man Flu is capable of crossing gender, so be very afraid, ladies!

I think I'm getting over my wretchedness now, what a silly fluey cold it was, oops, what a debilitating Man Flu it was.  So this post is a quick catch up with the few pics I have.  Because when I've not been feeling sorry for myself, life has been full on.  But life hasn't been OOTD-worthy and I have to say it's been mostly vests and harem trousers ... and that definitely means no photos!


This is as good as it got.  My little floral skirt.  Nothing too adventurous, just adding an Artigiano vest into the mix.  I have some plans for this skirt ... and so does Kellyann, who has set me a real humdinger of a challenge - more on that in another post!



Here's a taste of what else has been occurring in Pout World.


Slime

A couple of weeks into the school holidays and I've already ditched the slime making experimentation. There is a plethora of tutorials on YouTube; none seem to work but the project does fully engage.   Our best attempt was a mix of baking powder, cornflour,  hand sanitiser and toothpaste, but it still wasn't what I would call Slime - not that I'm an expert!
So I bought some, hoping to find a clue from the packet's ingredients.  The packet was silent on the matter of ingredients.  I have now turned my back on the whole business of slime!


Instead, by popular demand, we've been making lemonade.  I found a simple recipe and it's very refreshing and like so many things, improves overnight to create an intense and full flavour.
And we've been making fruit smoothies with whatever fruit is in the kitchen, usually blueberries or strawberries, with a banana base ... oh and huge dollops of vanilla ice cream! 


They wanted a cocktail vibe and immediately spotted that the squeezed out lemon shells make great parasols.  I think they give the drinks quite the Caribbean beach bar feel ... nothing Del Boy about these classy cocktails!

Have any of you lovely ladies tried slime making?
And if you have, did you find a formula that actually worked?



The Great Magazine Purge of 2017

Apart from all the kiddie fun, I've been doing a bit of blitzing around the house.  And moving on with my life.
Yes, I am so proud that I have finally decided to rid myself of my magazine collection, that being housey and foreign language magazines collected over too many years.  Why did I hold on to them for so long, I ask myself.  And the answer is, for absolutely no reason whatsoever, for I no longer read them or use them for research.  They had their time and I've moved on.  These days  I find all I need online and my local library makes a huge range of mags available online anyway.  They have become dust collectors.


So out they are going!  This laundry basket load is triumphantly making its way out the door, next stop the recycling container.  And I have another pile ready to go, at least as big as this.
This is so cathartic, so liberating.  Magazines and I have depth.  History.  This purge is a biggie in Pout World.  Closure.

Have you been a magazine hoarder?  Are you still?



This post is a bit short on pics and direction.  But I'm back in the driving seat and raring to go.
I've noted a fair few ideas for blogs whilst I've been AWOL. The medication I'm now on seems to be doing the trick, so I'd better get cracking, turning those scribbled notes into something Pout-worthy.

So with apologies for my AWOL-ness and a less than punchily pictorial return to your screen, I'm off to take some more of that magic potion.  See you very soon!


A la perchoine.




And here are my quick and simple recipes for the wee ones.

Fruit Smoothie

Blitz 1 banana with some milk. Add fruit selection and blitz. Taste and add a little sugar to taste. Blitz in a huge dollop of ice cream for about 3 seconds   Serve immediately.


Easy Peasy Lemonade

Squeeze the juice from four lemons.  Pour into large lidded jug.  Mix with roughly 3.5oz caster sugar, to taste.  Add 1 l sparkling water and loads of ice cubes when serving.

This is a sugary drink so reserve for occasional consumption only.


And something for bigger people

Cut the squeezed lemon shells in quarters.  Freeze.  Add to your G&T, direct from the freezer.  Cheers!  Sante! Salud! Skaal!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Portelet

I am with cold, ladies.  In summer, can you believe?!
My cold was kindly gifted to me by The Photographer a few days ago.  To be fair I have a much weaker version of it, but that's our little secret - please don't let on to TP as he's waiting on me today with hot soups and coffees ... and I'm milking it for all I can get!
So please take this is an apologetic sick note as I was not in attendance on your screens yesterday but please let me make it up to you today with some fine beach shots.


Portelet
I'm looking back to better days, last Sunday to be precise, when I went for a beach walk around a cute little fishing port called Portelet which is just down the coast from where I live.   I came here with you back in January, it's much nicer in August.


The day wasn't quite warm enough for swimming and beach frolicking.  But it was the next day so I took the GKs down there for a fun day of splashing and swimming and sandcastle building whilst TP huddled up in bed with his bad cold. 


And yes, an ice cream from this well-stocked beach kiosk just may have passed my lips :-).



It's definitely a proper working port.  Saltwater-rusted tractors lay idle, on call to tug the fishing boats to and from the water.  Fishy smells linger - where's smellivision when you need it?!


I found a less pungent place to sit and reflect 



These were the homes of the lighthouse men, BITD; the lighthouse is all hands-off digital now.





Because it's a working port, it's a quiet beach at the weekends.  Peaceful.




And for this little stroll I wore a open-shoulder top from Peacocks.


The white crops are also from Peacocks.  They're getting rather baggy now.  The elastane has been and gone.
 

Of course I had to carry the flatties like a handbag during my beach stroll. 
Life's lesson learned, I wore Birkies or my beach trip the next day which are totally saltwater-friendly.


 And to round off the day, I paused to sit on a local granite memorial bench.


Behind me is a propeller remaining from a Flying Fortress, brought down in the bay with its crew in 1944.


On a brighter note, this is the beach house the GKs decided I should buy.



And here's the old fishermen's hut I could just about afford!


So, feeling poorly as I wrote this post put me in mind of the scene in You've Got Mail, where Meg Ryan with dreadful sniffles is on a tissue-strewn bed, tapping away real-time to Tom Hanks on her laptop.  I couldn't find a snippet of that, so here's the next best thing ... 






A la perchoine.



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

When All You Need Is A Nude Shoe


It was a day that started well.


A savoury croissant and coffee under the pergola.
PJs.  Warm sunny weather.  No rush.  So peaceful.


Plenty time to check out how the wisteria is winding itself around the dead grape vine.


No sign of grape clusters inside this corner of the pergola.  Don't know why.

Plenty time to take a sneaky shot of the teddy I've had since I was 18.


Allow me to introduce you to Mr Tipper Truck.


Then with nothing more pressing on the agenda than to meet up with a girl friend later, I had time to put together a steal - they are such fun, I love the challenge.

I had a plan and I showed The Photographer a pic of something I'd found on Pinterest which I thought would be just perfect for my date.


 A smile appeared on TPs face when he saw the pic.  I think he liked the outfit.  A lot!

The outfit was basically a summer LBD.  I do like an LBD.  I like to have LBDs for all seasons.


I like wearing this dress with a chunky two tone metal necklace.


I used to pair this Next linen LBD with black shoes.  Always.


But for me the twist was nude shoes with the LBD so I paired the dress with nudes, just like my Pinterest lady.
It made me realise that there are times when all an outfit needs is a nude shoe, allowing the dress to remain the main event.


I have to say the Jones nudes do lengthen my legs - and I need lots of that!  But sadly mine weren't lengthened as long as the model's. I think TP was a tad disappointed.

So let's move on - the Tula bag was as close as I could get to the model's clutch.  And I thought I looked just fine.  

But I really must stop showing TP these Pinterest steal pics.  I feel his disappointment when he realises that the IRL body doesn't quite match up to the model's ... so perhaps the day didn't quite end according to plan!



So ladies, do you like pairing a black outfit with nudes?

A la perchoine.




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Sunday, 6 August 2017

What To Wear For A Special Birthday


What do you do in preparation for a special occasion?
I was invited to a special birthday lunch for a very special friend.  My friend of 50 years.  You met her here, remember?
Before I could even think about what to wear, I needed to get a bit of grooming sorted out.  Fringe was trimmed and nails were gelled a couple of days before the big event.
Then I was busy thinking about the old proverbial, the what-to-wear dilemma.



Here's what I came up with.


The starting point just has to be a flowery dress when invited to a special birthday lunch in August.
Here my East silk number, which has become a default special meal dress in recent years.


Add a glass bead necklace.


Bracelet (Wink) and earrings (Claudia Bradby).


Grey Adesso shoes and pink Tula bag - see not matchy matchy today!
And then The Pout was good-to-go.



But she needed a cardi for British Summer 2017.
I usually pick out the pink flowers when choosing a cardi for this dress, so I've been wearing a little sludgy pink number for years.  This time I tried it with my recently purchased cropped cardi.  I liked its shape with the dress but, truth be told, as I look at these pics I think I over-egged the grey a bit.  
Agreed?  Do you sometimes tilt too far in the direction of colour safety?
 However, as I'd worn the very same dress for my friend's hubby's special birthday four years ago but with the sludgy pink, I think I may just have got away with a repeat wearing with my cunning cardi switch ... 😏!



Now let's take this little outfit La Fregate Restaurant







And I have to apologise as from hereonin the sun sort of takes over in these pics.


I love a good encaustic-tiled hallway.


And a comfy chair.


And I love my dear friend who was celebrating a special birthday.  In a very sunny conservatory restaurant but you can still see her looking as gorgeous as she has always has done since the very first day I met her.

And you may have spotted her shoes in the pic.


Well, I did too.  I just loved them.  A bargain in a recent posh shoe shop sale.  Aren't they gorgeous?!
My friend had paid great attention to nail colour, choosing a light grey/silver to go perfectly with those beautiful shoes.  I love that attention to detail.


The Birthday Girl.


And a birthday girl just has to have a lacy birthday cake.  mmnnn.

This lovely lady was the reason I recently posted some retro pics here, which I found when I was hunting down a photo to make up her special Moonpig card.  I used this photo of my friend who was looking gorgeous all those years ago too.



Cheers, special friend!


A la perchoine.




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