Just bear with me while I get the black theme out of my system, OK?
I'm obsessed with this jacket too - thanks, Vix!
I wore my new-to-me 1970s dress out for lunch with friends yesterday.
Look at The Boy posing...
Owen's a bit cocky at the moment, since his 11th birthday was marked by the arrival of his first phone, and his own front door key.
The Boy is now a Man, apparently...
and naturally this is now a common sight.
But thankfully he's still enough of a kid to do this too.
Look, it's a Boy on a Stick.
Sunday lunch at our friends Sally and Terry's house was lovely.
Three couples, six offspring ranging from 8 to 17 years old, plenty of delicious food, booze and chat, what could be better?
Claudia appears to have appropriated one of my denim jackets.
Hmm, what will she borrow next, I wonder?
I was very successful at avoiding any cooking all weekend; I love it when someone else cooks for me, and Saturday night saw me frocked up for dinner with the girls round at Sue's.
It was a first outing for the 1970s Frederick Howard maxi dress I bought at Second to None on my last trip to Walsall.
Claud snapped one quick photo before I left the house, and I promptly forgot to take any others all evening. Oh well.
The devil's in the detail; I love the gold braid on the dress, and how my tapestry bag is camouflaged amongst the pebbles and fallen leaves in my garden, but am ridiculously irritated by that inverted droplet on the close-up of the necklace.
Never mind, no one comes here for professional blogger photos, do they?
See what I mean?
On the way back from the post office this morning, I popped in to the local Barnardo's charity shop (the one where everything is £1.49), and found this little beauty nestling among the Dorothy Perkins, F&F and Atmosphere...
a late 1950s/early 1960s silver and gold brocade Global dress.
If you can see it, the label says the dress is a size 20; I've tried it on and it's a little snug on my UK size 12-14 body. Bugger. I'm quite accustomed to vintage sizing being much smaller than the modern version, but I'm surprised a 20 isn't big enough. I'll try it again with the right underwear on and see how it looks.
(Incidentally, Tania has two gorgeous Global dresses, and she shared her research about the manufacture of clothing in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong in the 1950-60s; you can read about it here.)
1970s pleated dress, beret, ankle boots, bangles and tights - charity shopped
1970s faux fur jacket - Kinky Melon
1950s tapestry bag - vintage shop in Birmingham
Striped bangle - gift from Fiona
Necklace - gift from Gisela
And that was my weekend, boozy and sociable and tiring and great fun.
I'm linking up with Patti for Visible Monday, and Sacramento's Black and White theme for Share-in-Style (I hope she'll allow Black and Leopard Print instead!)