It seems this dress is not to everyone's taste, it gets a very mixed reaction.
I don't know what the problem is - a bit of 1980s rara action never hurt anyone!
Cotton, a mad print, ruffles and angel sleeves- what's not to love?
Here's a question - do you ever speak out about something, because you feel strongly that you should, only to wish you'd kept your head down?
I went on a school trip on Monday which I thought was pretty dreadful, for various reasons.
After a bit of pondering, I decided to email the teachers in charge to express my concerns. Politely, reasonably, but clearly. I'm quite forthright.
I have had a formal letter in reply, refuting all my points, in a very defensive and angry tone, and I should obviously consider myself reprimanded. They are extremely disappointed that I contacted them to say what I felt.
I'm a parent, helping out as a volunteer.
I'm giving considered feedback
Shouldn't they be able to listen, without getting cross?
Or is that expecting too much?
What is your experience of telling professionals things they don't want to hear?
1980s dress - Ebay (99p)
Belt, sunglasses and bangles - charity shopped
Sandals - Ebay
Oh, my sense of justice and my big mouth get me into trouble sometimes.
Lalalala, I'll just shake my rara and pretend I'm not mad as hell.
I may be persona non grata in some areas of school, but the staff I work with regularly as a volunteer gave me some lovely flowers to thank me for helping out.
An interesting contrast.
So Eldest has now left primary school, which is something of a milestone.
And to mark the event, I took her to get her ears pierced...
and to a folk music festival.
Guess which event she was most delighted about, and which, well, frankly, she could have done without?
Very low water level in the river Porter, we haven't had any rain for weeks.
Sheffield's music festival Tramlines is great, lots of free stuff, and a wide variety of music on offer in different venues in the city.
After some street food, a quick listen to a band in the city centre, and queueing for ages in Claire's Accessories for the aforementioned ear piercing (held up by a family insisting the staff pierce the ears of their small and very agitated baby; to the staff's credit, they refused), Eldest and I headed to Endcliffe Park, the site of the Folk Forest stage.
We met up with Sally and Carol, who had been organised enough to bring chairs...
...listened to some great music, drank some wine (the grown ups, that is), browsed the stalls, and queued again, for the toilets.
Just like a proper festival!
Look at the joy emanating from her every pore.
Well, I enjoyed it, which is all that matters.
1950s Hawaiian dress - flea market (£1.70)
Cardigan and bangles - charity shopped
Sandals - retail (sale)
I'm happy to put all the school hoo-ha behind me, to relax, and enjoy the next few weeks with no particular routine, lots of lovely lie-ins, and the occasional trip and treat.
Hope your weekend is suitably relaxing!