Wednesday, 30 December 2015

More 2015 Charity Shop Finds

As 2015 draws to a close, it is very windy and wet but still mild here in the UK. Walks in the countryside do not seem very inviting so I will take the opportunity to stay indoors and post on a few more charity shop finds which did not make it to a post earlier in the year.

First a purchase which didn't quite work out so well as I would have liked. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours and I am immediately drawn to any turquoise item on a rail. I was so pleased to spot this pencil skirt in my size, priced at £3.00 that I bought it without examining it too closely. When I tried it on at home, I discovered that it was shorter than I would have liked being above the knee and there was a noticeable flaw in the rear! The skirt has been donated back to the shop with a note about the flaw as they can still obtain some money for rags.

It is rare for me to find a pair of trousers that I like in a charity shop which actually fit properly. I must have an unusual waste/hip/inside leg ratio! Also the majority of items on the trouser rail are jeans and you know my feelings on those! However I did spot these back in September and surprisingly they were a perfect fit! They have a bootleg style and are not too tight. If I wear them in public I always wear a tunic or jacket with them for modesty reasons. The trousers cost £4.50 and appear to be almost new. They are also suitable for work. The mild weather has meant that I have not needed to wear trousers extensively this winter so far, although they are also useful in strong winds! 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Withdrawal Symptoms!

Christmas is over for another year. We had a wonderful family time and also helped others less fortunate than ourselves through the Church. I have the week off from work as the office is closed between Christmas and New Year.

I am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms as the local charity shops have been closed for the past week so that the volunteers can enjoy their festivities. I am missing searching for new bargains but I am sure that I will soon get back into the groove once they reopen on 4th January.

I have a few pictures of some purchases dating back to last summer which I did not have time to post so I thought I would now take the opportunity of showing them to you.
I know the weather is extremely mild in the UK at the moment but it is not warm enough to wear this dress which I think cost me £4.50. I liked the colour and fairly plain pattern which enables me to wear a number of different coloured cardigans with it.
It fits quite well and I look forward to wearing it next summer.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Blessings!

We had our office Christmas Lunch yesterday. It was the traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings in an up market restaurant. For once, we didn't have to wear the corporate front office white blouse and black skirt dress code and  Christmas jumpers were the order of the day. Here is a picture of mine!! It was a real treat to see some of our senior members of staff enjoying themselves in an informal setting and it was a great afternoon.

We also enjoyed the school nativity and carol service - Hannah is in the school choir - and we will be going to the Church Carol Service on Sunday and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. I will be helping deliver some Christmas Goodwill boxes to some older members of our community who will be spending Christmas alone. The Church has arranged a special lunch for them on Sunday 27th December and I will also be helping with that along with Lisa and other members of the Church. I always feel that we should remember those lonely people and those less fortunate than ourselves at this special time.

I would like to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Purple Jumper

Actually, it is still very mild in the South of England at the moment with temperatures of 8 to 11C being the norm which is high for mid-December. Stong winds have been a major feature this winter so far but they have brought in rain from the Atlantic rather than snow and the clouds have prevented frosts from forming.

However no doubt it will get colder in the next month or so and therefore I was pleased to find this polo neck jumper in a charity shop last weekend. I liked the shade of purple and it is lovely and snug. It cost me £3.50 and I am sure I will get full value from it.
For my fellow bloggers in the Northern Hemisphere, is it colder in your part of the world?

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Office Charity Ball

Matthew and I attended a Charity Ball organised by my office last night. It is quite rare for us to go to a function as a couple but Lisa kindly offered to look after Hannah and Henry for the evening.
We enjoyed a four course meal, a quiz, a charity auction and dancing plus good company.
My dress had a turquoise/white striped design and not surprisingly came from a charity shop. It originally came from Marks and Spencer. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it but it would have been no more than £7.50. It is slightly shorter than I would have liked but turquoise is one of my favourite colours so I couldn't resist buying it a few months ago.