"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Smart Little Jacket

Brora Jacket in Linton Tweed
 I wore this smart little jacket from Brora on Easter Sunday and I wanted to share it with you as it fits so well, it is on for an amazing price in all sizes, and MrBP thought it was gorgeous.
It is quite fitted and to think I nearly didn't order it because I thought it looked too boxy on the model, when zippered up it holds a nice shape and even left open it fits smartly.
 It has a navy ground but with black trim which really lets it be worn either casually with dark denim or sharply with a black skirt or trousers.
 I wore it with a close black merino sweater and a black skirt, changing my skirt out for denim after church.  I have a long strand of glass pearls that I wore in a triple strand at the neck.
I'm sorry I didn't get a picture, we served Easter lunch and dinner and it was a bit of a hectic day.
 This is one of those Brora items that is beautifully made but also hints at high fashion.
To me it calls up the images from Chanel's Spring 2014 show, the ribboned bits of brilliant colour floating on a neutral ground...
Chanel Spring 2014

Of course the Brora jacket is completely wearable, smart, warm and a bargain, I'd take it over a bit of chiffon any day.
Have you had a look at Brora's Archive Sale lately?  There are quite a few treasures there.
I hope you are well and happy,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt

 Typically the Easter Bunny pays us a visit and leaves eggs all over the garden no matter the weather.

This year The Rascals decided they are too old for this activity and had requested that the Easter Bunny skip the egg hunt at our house.  As you can imagine I was less than pleased and feeling a little sad about that, well luckily we have a young rascal who will probably always enjoy a proper egg hunt...
 ...an Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs that is!

This was a terrific way to start the Easter weekend.  Good Friday is always a sombre day and I often feel a bit at loose ends.  It's impossible to feel anything but joy when surrounded by the park... and dozens of amazingly cute dogs.
Our Scout was a bit shy at the start.

Some new furry friends, the one at left is a Golden Doodle like our Scout.

Tabs I found Your People.  They have a dachshund and a Snoopy basket!

Check out this guy, he meant business.

I love this Labradoodle with his floppy hair and big giant paws.

Scout in play mode.
 The Easter Bunny was there too.
The Easter Bunny
I hope you have the loveliest Easter weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fiddly Buttons

Silk Eyelet Bib Top J.Crew
 I ordered this sweet, casual silk top in my search for an ivory blouse.  It has the most fiddly buttons I've ever come across.  They were in fact so fiddly I couldn't undo them to try on the blouse itself.
Those buttons are not to be undone.
 No matter, I found another blouse as you will recall (here it is below).  The sweetness of the ruffles and the bib-like front on the Fiddly Button Blouse made it a bit old-fashioned when combined with my reserved style.  For example, I could never wear those slouchy pink shorts which are paired with Fiddly Buttons so fetchingly.
Silk Pocket Blouse J.Crew
This was my choice for spring: no fiddly buttons.
 I am enjoying wearing a silk blouse under a cozy cardigan sweater these days.  Which led me to this blouse below:
Brora Liberty Peter Pan Blouse
 Too bad it is sold out already in my size, clearly I'm not the only one who thinks it is so beautiful.  It reads autumn to me, what do you think?

Brora did another really pretty blouse for the season, this one is constructed as a jersey top with a silk front.  I think it's gorgeous:
Brora Liberty Print Blouse
How is everybody?  It snowed here this morning and Scout has gone silly.  Looks like I'll be going for a snowy walk.  I'm still trying to get a good picture of her, she might be a fine dog but she's no model.
Have an excellent day,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kissing Elephant

Tory Burch Wood Kissing Elephant Minaudiere
 How fabulous is this minaudiere from Tory Burch?  In an unusual material: wood, with those darling kissing elephants.
I thought all of you elephant-lovers would enjoy gazing on that perfect accessory, but of course the big news is that we do have a winner for our own elephant bag giveaway.
 You can see that high-tech solutions reign around here.  It was draw-a-name from the old champagne bucket time.
My daughter was home sick from school so she did the name-picking honours...
 ...and the winner is!
Congratulations Laura!
Laura I'll be contacting you by email this morning to gather up your mailing address.  I hope you enjoy shopping for groceries with your new tote!
Thanks to everyone for entering.  That was so fun I think I'll have another giveaway next month.
Enjoy your day Lovelies,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Navy Peacoat Trench

J.Crew Peacoat Trench in Navy
I took the plunge in 2013 and edited out loads of coats that I no longer wore.  I didn't even understand at the time what was actually happening: I was preparing for a change of Daily Uniform.

As our friend GetFresh has wisely pointed out, we go through phases in wardrobe (it naturally follows those life phases of course).  I've definitely become less fussy about my "look" and more demanding of my clothes, not that they be of a great fabric or silk-lined but that they be rough-and-tumble.
Of course I still like good fabrics and I'm trying to buy new things that I might enjoy for a few years.   Witness this coat:
It is a peacoat style but it has a waxed cotton outer fabric, making it very sturdy in the outdoors.  The pockets are huge, big enough for an iphone, money, keys,  doggie poop-bags, sunglasses and lipstick.  Yet the pockets are sewn so flat to the body of the coat that even when full they don't bulge.

It's a perfect layering piece because it is a layered piece itself: it holds a quilted vest to the inside lining, removable in that unimaginable warmer weather and a cozy layer in late winter/early spring.
I am wearing it here, with the vest lining attached, over a Brora long-line jumper, J.Crew perfect fit long sleeve tee shirt, Liberty silk scarf, Brora cashmere stole, J.Crew pixie pants in navy, two pairs of Brora cashmere socks and my Hunter wellies.  (Those Hunter wellies are literally on their last legs, see my friend xoxo's post on fantastic wellies, she has given me some needed inspiration towards some new ones.  Thanks xoxo!)

That's a lot of layering isn't it?  Layering is key to surviving a volatile spring.  I bought this coat in the khaki as well and I see plenty of Peacoat Trench Stomping in my future.

I took a size x-small in this coat for reference.  I don't like it as well when buttoned up so it may only suit those who are "throw on and go" types.  When unbuttoned it has a nice swing to it, all done up I resemble Sponge Bob Square Pants, but not in a good way.
I'm so happy to be wearing a spring coat!  How about you, sporting a spring topper these days?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Elusive Ivory Silk Blouse

 I've been looking for a slouchy silk blouse in the perfect shade of pearl white.  The blouse had to be tailored, no puffiness, of a soft silk (not too thick, not too thin) and be long enough to wear over pants without looking like it should be tucked in.
I bought the Silk Pocket Blouse from J.Crew.
 I have to say it has a great feeling on the body.  The silk feels like a charmeuse but it has a matte finish which lends it the casual feeling I was looking for.  It is indeed the perfect shade of pearl white.
The long sleeves have gorgeous tailored cuffs and the collar is just right: not too floppy or business looking.
 I ordered my regular size 2 and I have to say the sleeves are a bit long.  This blouse also comes in tall sizes which will be a nice option if you are 5'10" or so.  For reference I'm a smidge under 5'7".
 I had a specific outfit in mind.  I own this fabulous oversized J.Crew cardigan in a bonded merino wool that I have been wearing nearly non-stop:
Collection Bonded Merino Sweater Jacket
 I've been wearing it over Brora cashmere jumpers (well it's very cold here still) but for spring I really wanted a sumptuous long sleeve silk blouse to wear underneath, with denim jeans and some loafers without socks.
It's the perfect blouse for the oversized cardigan: the right length and shade of ivory to compliment the merino.
 We have fresh snow here this morning so I won't have the chance to wear this outfit today but it is first up with any nice weather we might see.
I hope you have a beautiful day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Good Monday Morning!  What do you think of this whole "repurposing" concept?  It's old as the hills but as a decor trick it can't be beat, don't you think so?
I repurposed this Emma Bridgewater candle box in my office due to the straight fact that it is so pretty and sturdy.
It now holds my Sharpie markers, well you can see for yourself:
 I like pretty containers for things of all kinds: old tins (repurposing), every type of basket whether wire or wicker, and of course pottery.  Who's with me?
Tom Scheerer is with us, he's a fan of baskets, wooden boxes, and of course blue and white pottery.
I bought his book a few months ago but I still look at it all the time.
Blank notebooks are optimistic: they are ideas waiting to be born.  I like to fix a blank label on the front, once you've had a decision about the notebook you can label it accordingly.
One of these notebooks might end up holding a Wardrobe Inventory.  If it's lucky.

Are you wondering what the next Mop Philosophy Book Club selection will be?

The Razor's Edge.
I'm excited about this selection, it's been years and years since I read it and I know it's going to hit me differently.
I'm planning to re-read the book and then watch the movie from the 1980's.  It stars Bill Murray:
 I hope you join me for book club.  How does Saturday May 31st sound to you?

I'm very late in responding to comments from my last post and I just noticed comments on the last book club post that I have not yet addressed... please forgive me my tardiness.  I'll get all caught up with you this week.

My days of skirts and pearls are in the rear-view mirror.

 This was my favourite outfit last week.  Warm and suitable for Scout walking.  Scout is getting enormous, you'll see soon enough, we'll be having a photo shoot in the next couple of days.
I hope your week starts off bright and full of opportunity.