Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sheffield Sunday

  A lazy day is in order today, I think.

Apart from ironing the kids' school uniform and the customary drill of swimming lessons, that is.

And I suppose I'll have to cook some dinner later...

That's OK.
It's been a good weekend.

We took the kids out for a curry for tea on Friday. It took some perseverance but they finally all like something at our local Indian restaurant. This is useful, because it is situated at the end of our road, and OH and I do love our curries!

Littlest likes to run ahead and ask for a table, she is quite a favourite with one of the waiters who always shakes her hand and calls her "my friend".

On Saturday, I had my hair cut and coloured, always a joy.

I popped into a vintage fair at the Town Hall and might have made a small purchase or two...

And the man and I went out for the evening too!

Velvet jacket, cardigan, necklace, bangles and sequin beret - charity shopped
T-shirt and gloves - retail
Vintage carpet bag - flea market
Royal Worcester bone china brooch - car boot
1970s velvet maxi skirt and faux fur collar - awesome gifts from my awesome friend Sarah
Boots - Ebay

We went to see guitar maestro, folk-rock hero and all-round uncategorisable musical genius, Richard Thompson.

It's the fourth time I have seen him play live, the first being when I was a student in 1984.

How can that possibly be nearly 30 years ago?

If I were to draw a Venn diagram representing people at the Girls Aloud gig on Monday and those seeing Richard Thompson last night, I suggest the overlap would be very small.

Singular, in fact.


As we sat in our seats prior to the start, OH said he had seen someone he knew from work.
"Which one is he?" I asked.
"He's over there, " said OH, pointing, "he's balding with grey hair."
This was a description which fitted the majority of the men in the audience, so it didn't narrow things down much...

Hey, we're all getting older. 

If my darling hairdresser didn't work her magic on me, I'd be grey too, though not balding, thankfully.

Anyway, the gig was great. I loved it, along with all the other ageing audience members.

 I go through phases of posting Youtube clips, have you noticed?

I do tend to watch the videos other bloggers post, though they may not always be to my taste, and it does take time. But I like to hear new music and it's interesting to find out what my blog friends are into.

If you fancy watching, here is RT on cynical, angry, rocking form with Dad's Gonna Kill Me (2007) and showing his softer, wistful and more lyrical acoustic side on Salford Sunday (2013).

With a career spanning 45 years and 40 albums, there is a lot of music from which to select examples!

Hope you have had good weekends where you are! 

I'll be linking up over at Patti's Visible Monday as usual.




Wean said...

Very sophisticated outfit - love that bag.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I've spent a lot of my Sunday shivering thanks to my stupid hormones. Very cool going to see Richard Thompson, I bet he was really good. Looking gorgeous, I really love that little brooch. The sweeping velvet skirt is really sexy. You're so lucky have a nice restaurant at the end of the road and that the kids all enjoy it too. The red gloves and purple blazer are brilliant too. I just love berets on you. Keep looking gorgeous madame! xxx

lucy joy said...

What a great weekend, sounds like a bit of everything went down!
I plan on doing the same with Indian food - keep exposing the boys to it until they love it. I'll have to make you a curry one day, I was taught by an expert.
Your hair is looking fantastic - shiny and sophisticated. Who cares if there's grey underneath?

I like the way your outfit flows, the gloves add a bit of interest and the textures tell us you welcome being stroked!

I reckon any gig could be fun with you, I did enjoy the first you tube clip, but Girl's Aloud wins for me.

Enjoy the ironing, I know you love it!

Lucy x

thorne garnet said...

think I'm in love with the carpet bag. Red and purple together again, yes!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Mmm carpet bag love! I share that with you! You look beautiful in that outfit! xxx

Patti said...

Yummy bag + gloves + hat, and more. You have terrific hair, so thick and shiny. And I am feeling the "old" Richard Thompson song, lots of soul.

Liz said...

Love the outfit and the bag - fabulous!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Lucy Nation said...

That velvet maxi is beautiful. I love the way you styled it with the beret and red gloves. Sounds like a great weekend. Time spent as a couple is always precious and should be enjoyed, and I can't think of a better way to spend it than seeing an artist you both love xxx

Connie said...

Dinner shminner. Who wants to cook when there's so much going on? I have a friend who has raised a perfectly healthy child without having EVER cooked dinner. She says, "I don't cook. I heat up." You look like Mary Poppins with your bag. Way cute! Keep posting those videos. I love seeing what everyone else likes. Fun stuff I've never ever heard of!

Young at Heart said...

love the sequin iron the school stuff? impressive.....!!

Pam in Texas said...

Hi from Dallas TX,
Loved your post today as everyday.
Super cool clothes and your weekend sounds wonderful.
Please keep on sharing, so much appreciated by us all.
Love from Pam in Texas.x

Anonymous said...

You've been busy having fun it sounds like. I love going out for some live tunes and curry.
You're looking especially elegant in these photos my dear Curtise.

Vix said...

You gorgeous creature, how do you manage to look so fabulous after such an action packed weekend? The velvet maxi is sublime and the sequinned beret looks wonderful.
Shamefully I've never heard of Richard Thompson but I shall click on the links tomorrow, promise!
Love that the kids enjoy their curry. I doubt I'd have been that adventurous as a child, I'm surprised I wasn't left on someone's doorstep, I was that vile & picky!
Can't wait to see what treats you found at the fair!

Diane said...

You went to see Girls aloud? You slipped in my estimation for a while there lady!! However, you swiftly redeemed yourself. You can actually stay at Florence's home as it turns out :

Melanie said...

Velvety madness! Gorgeous!! I love the faux fur collar as well. And your hair is divine - glad you got to go out with your man with your fresh do.
I like Richard Thompson, in both moods.
If I saw you walking down my sidewalk, I'd grab you and haul you into a coffee shop to find out who you are. You really know how to wear those maxis.
I've missed your writing.

Helga! said...

Now, I am IN LOVE with that amazing's just swoonalicious, and goes perfectly with the velvety blazer and gorgeous skirt!
YAY for getting the kids into Indian food! Means you can go more often!
G just slapped some henna on my head last week, thank goodness. the greys are getting rampant! The shaping on your hair is splendid, your hairdresser is clearly quite good!
I hadn't heard of Richard Thompson before, not surprisingly! I'm always the last to know! Quite the action packed weekend! I feel a bit knackered after reading about it! You must have more energy than me, sweetheart!
Ooo, that red and white cardi always makes me perky, though. Love it. Love YOU! XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Sheila said...

Love your blood red gloves - so leather and luscious! You look magnificent in this outfit - the long skirt, the fitted jacket. Just lovely.

Never heard of Richard Thompson! I will check him out.

freckleface said...

Alright Sheffield? Nottingham calling!

Number 2 photo with your lovely elegant silhouette and your hands on your hips, ding dong! You very pretty lady!

I like the sound of your Friday night tea and how lovely that the waiter shakes her hand and calls her 'my friend'. That is so sweet. We have an Indian just up the road. I always know exactly what to have: vegetable korma, pilau rice and peshwari naan, all washed down with a glass of white wine. Yummy.

I'm another philistine. Richard Thompson is news to me. I bet the man has heard of him, I'm going to ask now. xxxx

freckleface said...

Yep. He knows. He's just given me his own version of a wiki entry on him. :D xxxx

Emalina said...

That bag is so gorgeous! You look highly sophisticated in that glam coat, I do love a faux fur collar, and that sequinned beret suits you with your sparkly newly coloured hair! P.s. all this talk of indian takeaway is making my tummy rumble - good thing we're having steaks tonight...

Lucys Lounge said...

I love the bag with this outfit. thanks for the introduction to Richard Thompson. love lucyx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

On new year's day this year I happened to notice a HUGE crowd of grey hairs having a party on my head. Shit - I'm going blond sometime this year!! lol
You are looking very dignified with your red gloves and velvet..
Yes my kids like indian restaurants too - hoorah!

señora Allnut said...

really fabulous velvet maxi and jacket (love velvet!!), and lovely poppies cardi!, such a pretty piece!
and you look elegant and gorgeous, your accessories are perfect!!
glad you've enjoyed some music and curry!, I also like to discover/remember any music that bloggers suggest!

Val Sparkle said...

Oh, dear, it looks like Blogger stomped on my comment. Well, the basics are that you look lovely, as usual! Fabulous jacket and handbag, and I just love the china brooch. There's a seller on Etsy that makes jewelry from broken china, and I really should just go ahead and buy something. Shouldn't I?

Jean at said...

I'd give anything to join you for a curry!! You look amazing in your maxi with the perfect red gloves. Glad you had a date with your sweetheart, too. We may be getting older, but love is timeless. :-)

Gracie O'Tripp said...

So sleek, your black skirt and velvet jacket. Nice

The Style Crone said...

I'm loving the combination of red gloves with your burgundy velvet jacket. I'm going to keep that color comb in mind for future reference. And what's not to love about a sequin beret.

You've also inspired me with your beautiful vintage carpet bag. I found one in a closet this past week, and it's begging to get out of the house.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Great cut and color!! Your whole weekend sounds fun! Some live music, kids & curry, a little shopping... Great red gloves, purple blazer, and carpet bag!!!
Becky :)

silvergirl said...

Oh my gosh, I am loving this outfit in it's full glory
What a great look!!
Always look forward to see what looks you have created!

Trees said...

What a lovely jacket, such a great colour on you! Sounds like you had a perfect weekend, mine was rather quiet, but we all need those sometimes right xoxo

Camelia Crinoline said...

You always look fabulous in a maxi. Very statuesque. I love the cardigan with the purple jacket and bright gloves. I have never heard of Richard Thompson but I'll be watching the videos after I've commented.

Indigo Violet said...

I love Richard Thompson, and his ex-wife Linda Thompson. Shoot out the lights is an amazing album. I like their son Teddy too. The only member of their family I've seen perform is Kamila, who sang backing vocals with Bonnie Prince Billy when he came to NZ in 2006.

bonsaimum said...

Its such a joy to have some couple time every now and then. Keeps us all sane. :)

Anonymous said...

You look amazing in the velvet maxi and fur collar, I probabily can write this all the times (but I really mean it)this is one of my favourite outfits!It sounds like a lovely weekend, mine wasn't so special because these days I'm not feeling very well, but we managed to take the girls to the Japanese restaurant, so our children had an exotic evening experience!Now I want to listen to Richard Thompson, I usually enjoy 'uncategorisable' folk music!!!
Love xxxxxx

Kylie said...

Always a great day when you 'get your greys done' Curtise.

Sacramento Amate said...

That tree is such a perfect backdrop for your wonderful velvet skirt.
I want your bag, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I love curry so very much, no curry places in Spain, well not very good ones.

Krista Gassib said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend, filled with music and yummy curry! I'm impressed if your kids eat that I hate it when kids hate everything, even though that was me. I love that tapestry bag too. Hair cuts and fresh dye jobs always make me feel beautiful and you look amazing! Enjoy the week love!

Fiona said...

I'm afraid I hadn't heard of Richard Thompson either but my foot was tapping away there. You're looking good girl with no grey and gorge red gloves, not to mention your fab carpet bag and lovely cheerful cardi. I was introduced to curry at 18 months and have loved it ever since, the hotter the better (altho I've yet to try Phall) so good to hear the kids like a 'ruby'.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Oh I do so enjoy hearing about your weekend... this one sounds particularly lovely. We visited my middle son at college yesterday... he and his girlfriend led us to our first Indian restaurant experience as a family... So fun to be led to new experiences by ones own children!

You are looking your dramatic, creative and beautiful self! Thank you for sharing your corner of the world my dear Curtise!

Kathleen Lisson said...

I love curries as well!

Anonymous said...

How i wish we hqad a decent curry resto within 50 miles-much less at then end of the road!!
You look fabulous in your maxi's!!
Love the spotty cardigan!
Ah Richard Thompson--AWESOME!!

Secret Squirrel said...

Ah, sounds like a grand weekend. Glad you have won your children over to curry, I cannot be without it! Neighbourhood restaurants are the best.

I love the china brooch, I have never seen a china one, although I suppose cameos are ceramic-y too?? Who knows.. Xxx

Bella Q said...

There's been a sharpening on your fashion ensembles, Curtisse. I dare say you look everybit of a stylist. I like the simple elegance, and the real life wearability of your togs. In short: everything I like about fashion, you're been rocking it.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

You are so elegant and glamorous, my friend! I adore that first photo especially, and your wonderful collar and those cheeky red gloves are the perfect touches.

Congrats on the success of your gastronomic perseverance, hooray! Love it when everyone's happy. xoxo

BellaBean Vintage said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend. Loving red on you! The cardi and gloves are divine. I've never heard of Richard Thompson but I've a convert - he's awesome! Thanks!!

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh you are amazing in the beautiful velvet skirt, my darling! And HELLO RED GLOVES! You are so statuesque and stunning - I do love this silhouette on you. And the bag is obvs horrid.. awful... hideous.

I have seen RT a couple of times - when he's been supporting my One True Love, Loudon Wainwright III, and he is wonderfully talented.

I'll go grey when I turn 100 and not a day before!

Love your bones, Sarah xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

I love this outfit Curtise, so many nice things, the sequinned beret, that gorgeous velvet jacket and skirt, the red gloves and that lovely bag. You always seem to be doing so much stuff too, a night out with your man sounds fun, and it helps keep the old flame alive! Our daughter loves Indian food, she's always liked anything tangy or spicy, but my two oldest boys just don't like it at all, Pat doesn't like Italian, I'll eat anything, as long as someone else is cooking it I'm not fussy.Your hair is looking good and reminding me I need to do something about my terrible roots. xx

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi there Curtise

i listen to your video, i like it, i love to hear new music as well - i should do the same and post some quebec singers nobody heard about
I love your outfit, love all the elements, the red gloves, the cardi, the jacket, le beret - so confortable casual vintage elegance.
We love our curries in Montreal too, i was introduced to Indian by a former british BF - We have a lot of Indian restaurant in MTl and they also say My friend...I can imagine your sweet daughter , so cute

Have a great one

Ariane xx

Miss Magpie said...

Love the cardie and LOVE the velvet jacket, what a gorgeous colour it is!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Ironing kids school uniform? Eh?? I mostly just fold the jumpers, and assume the husband will do the rest. He's well trained.

You look lovely in a beret and that jacket. I hope you wore your Girls Aloud t-shirt to the Richard Thompson gig though?

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Velvet, sequins, fur, leather and tapestry. You would look good in a plastic trash bag, and even if you didn't, you'd know what to put with it to make it work! And it would be charming.
Never dull or plain for a minute, you. So fun!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I discovered Richard Thompson when I worked in a record store in the 80's and I'm sorry I've never seen him perform live. We are all grateful to our hair stylists for keeping our greys out of sight until we choose to display them!
The velvet maxi and faux fur collar look so chic, and I do love a sequinned beret. Sounds like quite a fun weekend, and good on you for getting the kids into Indian food. There's no way I would have eaten that when I was a kid ;)

Vintage Coconut said...

My Heavens that bag is GORGEOUS & YOU ARE TOO! That blazer looks wonderful on you Curtise.

Melanie said...

Love this outfit Curtise! I have never heard of this Richard Thompson; is he the folky Richard Thompson?