I switched off a few days back, life has got more serious, I am back in the world of work and suddenly the blog thing was feeling a bit frivolous and out of step with life back at a corporate pace.
But then I received some emails, an especially lovely one from Darla in Tennessee and a request to reconsider from the strangest of places, my husband, who I always thought had considered this blogging malarkey a bit of a joke. He travels a lot with work and perhaps quite likes the inane wittering of my posts and the pertinent and thoughtful comments that I am lucky enough to get from people who come for a chat.
And so I am back, I am working a few days a week on the corporate side of a big fashion company, so the dress code is a nightmare, really fashionable and very smart would be the order of the day, but as anyone who has read about my shopping habits knows, I am an avid Ebayer and practical dresser (wedding dresses aside). I haven't bought 'cool corporate' since 1992. And my wardrobe is evidence of that.
I found a selection that might work as a collection to take to London for the first few days
Uh oh, I look like some strange Muppet human hybrid, this is a big NO....
Skirt Club Monaco (new on Westbourne Grove, has it relaunched? I seem to remember from the 80s, but the new shop and collection is fab, perfect smart/cool kit) Jumper is Vanessa Bruno, it's just a jumper, but why is it that it fits in a way that gives me shape without clinging? Necklace a splurge from J Crew (newly opened on Brompton Cross). Boots are classics from Hermes that I have had for years, they were bought in the sale for about £175, and on a cost per wear basis have to be cheaper than any of my £0.99 bargains from Ebay.
Tan courtesy of St Barts (the bottle not the place) may be next year!
I definitely haven't 'cracked it', but it's a lot better than my earlier attempts.