Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Not quite cats-eye

 Heh, did you think I'd forgotten you? I hadn't, but I've been up to my ears in work and haven't had time to do any blogging – or, indeed, do anything worth blogging about. I did manage to break my specs a fortnight ago. Rather stupidly, I put them down beside the tub while I was in the bath, and trod on them when I got out. Oops. I had to make do with a much older pair (and no distance vision) for a week while Specsavers made me some to a new prescription.

This is the more dramatic of the two new pairs I bought. They're heavier than I'm used to, so I'm still getting used to the weight of them on my nose. Proper catseye glasses look wrong on my face, which is probably too small and round for such dramatic shapes, but these glasses have the upper part of a catseye plus squared, rimless bottoms, and seems to give a bit of a catseye effect.

As usual when I'm overbusy, I ended up buying myself a cheer-me-up pressie. This time it was the 'Mabel' skirt in Fever's sale. (They still have some in stock.) Often when I buy things by mail order I'm slightly underwhelmed by the thing itself, but this time I was happier with it than I'd expected it to be. The turquoise, indigo and khaki colours look much more 1960s than they did on the blog, and the fabric is a sturdy, woven one that's very similar to an authentic vintage dress I own. So you can count me cheered! The cardi is a 1990s pattern by Rowan. I'm not so keen on the ancient, tatty green long-sleeved top beneath it, but it's mostly hidden and I'll find a smarter replacement at some point.

I really like this outfit. As much as anything, it's very me. Lately I've found it hard to find clothes that are my style, very simple in shape and colour, and a good style for an apple figure. I find lots I like, but usually it's because I can picture them looking beautiful on other people. Then when I buy those things they don't feel 'natural'. I was so tempted by a couple of pieces in the Collectif sale, but I knew they wouldn't be right for me. Then I realised this skirt was on sale, and I'm so pleased with it. There's a lesson for me there.

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  1. HI Mim, I love the new glasses. What a fab shape. You look great in them. That skirt is lovely. I had a check out of the website as this is new label for me. They have a lot of very nice things. Your skirt is lovely. The print is gorgeous. Did you knit your cardi? It looks very complicated and is a smashing match with that skirt. Am feeling your pain about work. I am procrastinating as I write. :D Xx

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    1. I didn't knit the cardi. When The Knitter magazine relocated from Bath to Bristol they asked me if I wanted it - it's one of their old samples. It's become a real favourite.

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  2. I love your cardi - did you knit it?

    I bought two pairs of specs at Spec Savers when they had an offer on so were I to lose/break/damage one pair I always have a spare pair. I try to wear both pairs equally as well.

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    1. No, it's an old sample from The Knitter magazine. They gave it to me in a clearout.

      I have two pairs now. The past couple of times I've got regular glasses plus sunglasses, but I decided a spare pair of proper glasses would be a good idea.

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  3. That's weird only the first paragraph showed on your blog so I commented AND then the whole blog post appeared.

    You're right the skirt is fab; I love the colours and the style suits you. It's tricky sometimes being an apple shape!

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    1. Yeah, and so much repro is focussed on the waist, it's all 40s/50s. I'm actually finding it easier to wear authentic 60s. That suits apples better.

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  4. I do like the print on that skirt, good buy! The fireplace's looking nice ;)

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    1. I really need to replaster down the sides of the chimney breast. I have the plaster, just lacking the time and willpower.

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  5. The print on that skirt is so 60s, I love it! Don't take this the wrong way but it actually reminds me of the curtains my aunt had when I was young which would've been made in the 60s. I loved those curtains too! Good choice. xx

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    1. If curtains were good enough for Scarlett O'Hara, they're good enough for me. ;-)

      I can deffo see the resemblance to curtain fabric. I love a good print. So many repro ranges have lovely cuts but the prints aren't right - HoF is the exception. I seem to find more repro-looking prints away from the repro brands.

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  6. The skirt's print is something I would have been tempted by too. The cardi (I take it it was knitted by you) works really well with it too. I also love the new specs. Whenever I'm due to buy a new pair, I'm always tempted by cat eye shapes, but they don't look good on me either, more's the pity. xxx

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    1. The cardi's a handknit, but not by me. I do need to make more cardigans, though. I live in them over the winter. (I am turning into my nan, and I DON'T CARE.)

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  7. Yikes! What a catastrophe. Good old Specsavers. I love your new glasses, they really suit you.
    That skirt was a cracking find. If you hadn't told us that it was repro I'd never have guesses - great shape and gorgeous colours.
    xxx

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  8. Fab specs even if a disaster caused you to get them. That skirt is so you it's fab!

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  9. Love your skirt, the print is so pretty and your new specs are fab! I still hanker after the all but £300 pair of gold coloured cat eye glasses I saw in an optician, they were so beautiful! I do like mine though, best pair I have had I think xxx

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