How has your weekend been?
Good, I hope.
I spent Saturday working hard at our annual school Summer Fair.
I think it went OK; I spent all my time on food and washing up duty, so I didn't really get much of a look around. A few glasses of sparkling rose with fellow volunteers afterwards were in order and much appreciated!
This week, the lovely Tamera has been wearing black and white, and invited her followers and friends to a Black and White party, in support and recognition of those who live with chronic, long-term health conditions, and their loved ones and carers.
I had a couple of attempts at monochrome outfits, and predictably couldn't choose between them, so I am including them both here.
This isn't a vintage dress but I like its 1970s-referencing-the-30s vibe.
Dress, bangles, sandals and shorter pearl necklace - charity shopped
Sunglasses - gift from heavenly Helga
Longer pearl necklace - gift from party girl Tamera
Look - trousers!
We all know about me and my trouser issues, but I do like these silk palazzo pants a lot.
I look as though I am sneaking off for an illicit assignation, hoping no one will recognise me!
(I didn't, honest.)
1970s peasant blouse and 1960s Chinese silk waistcoat - Ebay
Silk palazzo pants and hat - flea market
Bangles - charity shopped and gift from dearest Tania
Black beads - gift from darling Helga
Bastard massive Cancerian pendant - gift from beautiful Vix
Sunglasses and shoes - retail (old)
1960s vanity case - charity shopped
Tamera's call resonated with me.
My youngest daughter has a rare and severe skin condition, Bullous Ichthyosiform Erythroderma (BIE) or Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (EHK); the name depends on where in the world you live.
But whatever you call it, it's a bugger of a condition to live with - uncomfortable, visible, difficult to manage, and incurable.
Live with it she does - we all do - and despite it being technically a disability, Littlest doesn't see herself as disabled, and neither do I.
She's Nina. She's so much more than a mere medical diagnosis.
She's a budding actress, or Drama Queen, take your pick!
(Previous rants on the subject of Littlest, disability and difference are here and here, if you care to read them.)
Whatever you or your loved ones may struggle with, know that there are people out there who understand.
Thanks for the party, Tamera!
I'll be linking up with another Hostess with the Mostest, Patti, at Visible Monday, though I'm sending Clementine in my place this week. I do hope she behaves herself.