And sadly, some you lose 😦
I buy a lot of my vintage clothing from the US and I’m lucky in that it mostly works out. This 1950’s dress cost a pretty penny and was described as ‘excellent’ in its (vintage) condition but sadly it’s not. I had already left positive feedback for the seller, one I’ve used many times, but when I came to give it a good iron and decided if it needs a dry clean, I noticed loads of badly mended holes, including some patched that actually rather ruin the dress. Shame. We’ll just have to chalk that one down to experience.
On a happier note, whilst perusing the net for Chie Mihara shoes (I do this often, I’m afraid) I found these beauties on one of those aggregated shopping sites, one last pair left, in my size for a silly low price (for Chie Mihara shoes) and I went for it. They came from Saks NY and were bought using the Borderfree system where all taxes are pre-paid in advance. It was a thoroughly pleasant shopping experience and they arrived in record time.
Another lovely bit of shopping, these cosmetic bags using vintage tapestry bought from the Etsy shop EllaOsix. I saw them on the fabulous blog modflowers and couldn’t resist buying a couple (one is for a gift and has been squirreled away). How did I manage before internet shopping existed – ha ha! I joke, but I pretty much never go clothes shopping for myself in actual shops, I have no patience for it and know what I like and tend to wait for bargains on-line.
What else? Oh World Book Day. This year we had to provide a hat with an Alice in Wonderland theme, I’ll be honest and say we cobbled this together at the weekend, really very quickly using some cheap hats bought on Amazon. Half the kids in school were wearing top hats with card decorations.
The addition of some Linen Cat bits was purely because they were to hand, F wanted some red roses on his and C needed a ‘doormouse’ for his teapot (which is a sneak peek of a design for next winter). Job done. Only ‘Tudor Day’ and school play costumes to go.
Lastly this little lady is giving me a run for my money. She’s been back and forth to the vets due to weight loss and sickness. So far they can’t find what’s wrong with her and as she finds going there traumatic there is a limit to what I’ll expose her to. I can feel her time is coming an end, she’s 16 and I’m slightly dreading her leaving, for now she just follows me around all day sitting as closely as she can.
Since I wrote this (a couple of days ago) Smelly has perked right up! I think it’s the sunshine, perhaps she was just suffering from SAD and needed to roll in dust baths and stalk around the garden in the long grass 🙂