This is the dress I bought from Aspire on Thursday night – the Fever Delilah pencil dress. And it was a complete hit with Dapper, comfy to wear and made me feel great to boot! A definite win!
I have had a lovely weekend! We had a relaxing night of DVDs on Friday, and a lazy day on Saturday, only leaving the house to nip up to the hall for a spot of lunch and a cup of tea or three… Then we headed over to Birmingham for a frankly delicious Persian meal with Dapper’s friends – an utterly delightful aubergine dip starter, a lamb and chicken mixed platter main with saffron rice and grilled tomatoes, and the tastiest cardamom tea to finish. Afterwards, we went back to Marios and family’s house to share in tea – or whisky – and jabber about books, history, religion… you know, nothing too heavy! 🙂 No, seriously, it was grand – never an hour passes in Dapper’s company that I don’t learn something new, and it seems his friends are equally interesting. As I commented in the car on the way home, the accumulated knowledge in that living room was almost intimidating – in a very positive way. It was rather like being down the Somerville on a Friday night – only more historical, rather than film-focused! I do genuinely enjoy being in the company of people I can learn from.
Today we had a lazy morning, making a point of staying in bed until the alarm told us I would have been starting work at Waterstones on previous Sundays. We then went into Solihull, with the intention of… visiting Waterstones! Because I clearly can’t get enough! (Ironically, we then ended up going to the Leamington branch too – the first week I don’t have to be at Waterstones we end up visiting two different stores in one day!) While we were in Solihull we checked out the blue version of the Laura Ashley coat, and nipped into M&S so that Dapper could check out their popular Wide Brim Top Hat, which was sadly not in stock. We also popped into a charity shop where, alongside a very high quality, excellent condition Aquascutum wool coat for £49.95 (which I didn’t buy), I found a gorgeous black velvet mutton-leg sleeved cropped jacket by Susan Small – which I did buy! And Dapper bought me this book as a surprise:
It’s a pattern cutting guide to 19th century tailoring, with measurements, hints and tips for each individual piece, as well as a guide to measuring the figure! Brilliant!
This evening I cooked and we caught up on last night’s Strictly and Pillars of the Earth. And now it’s somehow gone midnight and I ought to be in bed! So, I’ll love y’all and leave you, with a pic of me in the car on Saturday night – all dressed up in my cloche and fur collared coat: