Friday, July 13, 2012

OOTD...what I wore running errands for Mother.

The sun is shining and Mother is feeling much better
my stress is starting to ebb.
Mother gave me a list of things to do for her as she is not quite ready to step out of her condo and pop herself into her BMW convertible just yet.

I finally got to wear my newest grape drape bamboo dress by Gilmour.

I paired it with my newest Hermes silk scarf.

donned some artsy earrings
these are as old as the hills
made by a creative girlfriend 
I have never tired of them and they have survived every jewelry purge.

I took myself out for a bite of lunch before returning to Mother's condo.
Beet, orange, feta and kale salad
I sat outside among the plants on a French iron chair and a matching table
in the nursery/cafe that is known as The Demitasse.

I took deep breaths and savoured the tastes of the delicious ingredients and sipped a tall cool glass of water.
Kale is so delicious and nutritious
it was just what I needed.

I had my hair cut and tinted today
I feel refreshed.

I bought this in Seattle on my hour at Nordstrom's.
baby soft linen
unconstructed with a relaxed summer

off white on the outside pure white inside
this will be going out with Hermes peinture fraiche at some point

Did you see what clever ideas Janice from the Vivienne files came up with for my scarf?

I bought two new tanks for layering
women in mid life know all about the advantages of layering
it's not a secret that
we can keep our cool with grace.

can you see the theme going on here?
Peinture fraiche
is inspiring me no end
~ ~ ~
since having discovered bamboo clothing 
I think I could live in yoga pants and tanks all day long
and be very happy inside my wee Bungalow.

The kind of happy that says a freshly brewed cup of tea, 
take one magazine
a sunny spot
 a comfy chair
in view of some gorgeous roses...

Mother's on the mend and I am feeling so relieved
immense gratitude is filling me up.

I've booked myself into the spa for a manicure/pedicure next week
so I am taking care of myself
and thank you all for your kind comments. 

If anyone knows where I can find another bread tin like this vintage one please let me know.
Peg from Comox covets mine and I'd like to help her find one.

give yourself permission to be lovely and beautiful.


  1. What a wonderful post. I can sense the relief in you writing. I am so glad things are looking up for you and your mother is feeling better. The kale salad looks marvelous. Kale is a favorite of mine. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Thrilled to hear your mother is better, and that salad looks wonderful! I've had success at Great Stuff by Paul for bread boxes like yours (I have a few, and an old flour one, too). While they have a shop in Frederick, Maryland, they have a website, too.

  3. That is such good news about your mother! Whew! Yes, like Bonnie said, we can feel your relief, and your stress melting away. Looks like we are going to get some sunshine after all today, following that crazy thunder/lightning storm early this morning!

    You look marvellous in your grape and Hermes (love the earrings). Enjoy your weekend, m'dear!

  4. I'm so glad to hear that your mother is on the mend and that you've had a chance to get out for a breather.
    I have a fond memory of our meeting at Demitasse!

  5. Such good news about your mother! I love everything you did today. It's really about taking care of yourself, and I think all of your activities were restorative. You have inspired me!

  6. I am glad that your mother is better. There is no better feeling in the world than being able to return to normalcy after a great worry. Those clothes are so nice -- very spa-like and healing.


  7. So happy that your mother is on the mend, and how cool is it that she drives a BMW convertible! We've been eating a lot of kale around here too.

  8. Glad to hear that your Mom is feeling better. I know how terribly scary that can be and know how relieved you are as she continues to feel better. Love your outfit and the salad looked delicious!


  9. I'm very glad that your mother is feeling better. A weight is lifting from your shoulders. Great news!

  10. So nice to hear that your mother is feeling sound so happy and relieved and I completely understand why. Love you new purhase, you always manage to find the nicest things.

  11. Hi Hostess, very happy news about your mum.
    I have a similar bread tin, in blue, which I found a few years ago at Winners. It's obviously not vintage but looks nice all the same. Things like this often pop up in stores like Winners and Homesense.

  12. That's wonderful newS about your Mother.
    You're treating yourself perfectly!! Good for you...and those earrings are great

  13. I share your relief on your mother´s recovering.
    And I am so glad, that you are focusing on your own well-being again : ).

  14. So glad your mother is doing better! The grape dress is so beautiful!

  15. What a relief for your hat your mum is doing lot better, I love the idea of her jumping into there BMW, my mum has never driven and never worn trousers!

  16. So happy your Mother is feeling better and will be cruising around in her BMW soon. Your post today sings of your relief after days of stressful worry.

    Look on for the bread box. Regards from Virginia, USA...

  17. Think I saw a bread bin at Charmaine's, glad your Mum is feeling better. - from the Gonzales Cottage

    1. Thank you Gonzales did you like our lightning show last evening?
      I'll go check Charmaine's,
      thank you.

  18. I'm so glad to hear your Mother is feeling better. I'm sure she'll be zipping about in her convertible in no time at all! And the wonderful thing about a neutral scarf like yours is that you can wear it with just about *anything.* It looks smashing with your dress!

  19. So glad your dear mother is on the mend.

  20. I'm glad your mother is feeling better. That kale salad looks delicious. Do you have the recipe. I never know what to do with kale so I don't buy it much - but I know I'm missing out as it is so healthy.

  21. That salad just looks so yummy! And your new dress is beautiful with the scarf. I am impressed that your mother drives a BMW convertible!

  22. I am so happy that your mother is feeling better. I love the Majestic line of shirts - so comfy and well constructed. And I really like your scarf, too!