Boy is redecorating taking a long time! We are still part way through having the walls and woodwork in the living room repainted and it feels like progress is happening at the speed of an ice flow. Hopefully by the time I next post I can show you presentable skirting boards! Meanwhile I've been pinning lots of decor inspiration on my Dream Home board on Pinterest - soooo addictive! I should probably be doing less pinning and more actual painting! Been discovering some great interior design blogs via Pinterest too. Also enjoying the irreverent tumbler of FYNCT (although posts have dwindled of late) - if you can forgive the profanities the one liner observations expressing moral outrage at design overload are laugh out loud funny. I, clutter bug that I am, whisper it, actually like some of the interiors featured. Mr V and I are thinking for a laugh we might stack magazines and ornamental logs in our fireplace, stock up on miniature terrariums and identikit picture frames, get a pair of mantlers (mantle antlers) and go for a Super Sunday Combo.
We may be already part of the way there. I mentioned we've been furniture shopping which resulted in the addition of a few modern design classics (or cliches depending on your point of view!) to our humble abode. Have always wanted my very own Ghost chair! The furniture and decor is starting to look a bit like my wardrobe - a bit of vintage, some pre-loved hand me downs, some travel finds, the odd upcycled freebie, a healthy dose of fashionable high street copycats with a dash of high end designers thrown into the mix.
I've also had an unusually social past couple of weeks to distract me from the issue of which shade of white we should be using for our walls and how best to restore a Victorian staircase to its former glory. Last Sunday there was yet another afternoon tea with the girls, this time at the decadent Gilbert Scott restaurant at St Pancras. Such a beautiful place to have tea! Photos soon, but in the meantime this is what I wore. No tea dress this time - it was pretty cold and raining heavily so I opted for baggy suede harem trousers for warmth and attitude. Femininity was provided in the form of a romantic billowy sleeved silk blouse with a delicate dragonfly print.
And for extra warmth and because I always like my silhouettes to have a hint of the Dickensian about them, a long charcoal grey angora cardigan I've had for donkeys years. With its pointed down collar, narrow fluted sleeves and row of small covered buttons running down the front, it reminds me more of a frock coat than a piece of cosy knitwear. Because of the rain almost all the tea party attendees arrived in boots and changed their shoes for more dainty ones. I was no different, swapping out of boots into my suede heels which I lugged in a separate bag to avoid ruining them in puddles - needs must!
In the preceding mid-week I also had the rare pleasure of meeting a much admired style crush and blogging friend from across the pond. Mr V and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening out having dinner with the visiting Aesthetic Alterations and her Mysterious Photographer. As Mr V and I emerged from a tube station bustling with people heading home in the rush hour I was saying to Mr V that I wasn't sure if she'd know who I was and then I heard my name being called. She recognised me by my hair!
Having gone straight from work to dinner I realised all too late that I'd forgotten my camera so sadly no photos but have to say that we were so busy talking I'd have forgotten the camera anyway as they are such a delightful and interesting couple. Sometimes it's just nice to enjoy time with people without trying to capture it all on film! The evening made me really glad I started this blog. After three years blogging I have to say that the best perk of blogging is not brands sending you free stuff or paying you to write reviews. It is having "met" so many interesting and inspirational women (and a couple of blokes!) with whom it has been thought provoking as well as a lot of fun to swap style stories. Hopefully I'll eventually meet more of you in person in the future!
Heading over to Visible Monday over at Not Yet Dead Style!
Cardigan: Chine; Suede trousers and nude vest: Cos; Silk blouse and suede shoes: Alexander McQueen