Looking around I noticed the grey gloom, the cold and heavy mist hanging like curtains almost hiding the trees.
On a day like this we could use some sunshine and light,
a bright punch of colour would be a great mood lifter...
Autumn Trees on a sunny day so much lovelier and distinctly more beautiful.
Colour is Mother Nature's best accessory...
which got me thinking
about some of my choices
which at the time seemed sensible and prudent
but now feel "boring and plain."
A prime example here is "the clutch."
I own several clutches and most are black except
for this vintage gun metal grey bag...
This one is hands down the most useful due to it's size but it could be in a brighter shade...
Looks like there's a bit of a copy cat thing happening here with the ridges in bedding and the bag.
Paired with the Lisa Campione skirt
Chanel inspired tweed jacket Jeremy Spenser
I'd opt for one of the black bags with this jacket.
It works with the black Velvet Jones of NY fancy pants.
not so much with the wrap top by Laura Petites...
I'd use one of the black bags with this top.
Aurora Borealis Sherman brooch
I like to think of it as my St.Tropez brooch
Gumball Freshwater Pearls...
anniversary gift from my husband several years ago
Vintage coin necklace
Salt Spring Island silversmith artisan designed silver bangle
Venus flytrap necklace J Crew
I'm going to keep my eyes open for a classic clutch in a brighter shade.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile you'll know how much I love drinking tea.
I find teatime a wonderful opportunity to sit in peace and quiet.
I count my blessings
and reflect on all that is good in my life.
If I am having a gloomy day I always reach for a cheerful bone china cup and saucer.
Sipping tea out of a pretty cup is so soothing to the soul.
I try lots of different teas...
I have developed a fondness for Lapsang Souchong Tea.
It is a smokey tea and quite different from others that I have tried and I highly recommend it.
Abraham Darby Rose
You might also know that I am a passionate rose grower and I love David Austin roses.
Climbing Iceberg with Lady's Mantle on the table and in the background atop the cabinet Abraham Darby.
It's been quite a journey...
since I started blogging back in November of 2009.
I've learned a lot about myself in these 5 years.
I lost 30 pounds through Weight Watchers
took up walking for fitness
discovered my personal style
honed my wardrobe
I decided to follow my dream and plan a trip to Paris
I've started taking French lessons
and am trying to figure out how to pack for 3 weeks in France in a carry on!
I hope you come back frequently and read my humble blog
In celebration of the blog's 5 year anniversary I have decided to give a gift to one of my readers.
Please leave a comment telling me what you like best about my blog.
A Bone China mug with roses, of course, and a tea towel.
All the entries will go into a bowl and I'll draw one name.
The giveaway closes on November 29th, 2014 at midnight PST.
If you are the winner you'll need to email me at email@example.com with your mailing address.