Thursday, April 16, 2015

Retail therapy ~ a date with darling daughter, my favourite fashion advisor.

Life is handing us out some stressful days...
the kind of days where tension manifests itself in painful knots in the upper back and shoulders.

Pepper our elder cat is still not well despite the meds and it looks like surgery is imminent.
More tests, X-rays, blood work, urinalysis the list goes on...
There have been tears shed and sleep has become sporadic and restless.
And somehow a ray of sunshine appears on the horizon...and it's our darling daughter!
She knew I needed her support and so she accompanied me to the vet visit.
Daughters are so lovely...I am so very grateful to have her in my life.


After our appointment we went home and got Pepper settled and went out for a healthy lunch at Pure Vanilla in Oak Bay. The day was sunny and warm so we opted to sit outside on the patio.

I had mentioned to my daughter how I had been toying with the idea of a new pair of jeans so we popped over the the mall and checked out what the Gap had and I tried on a few pair but nothing had that Wow Factor.
As we were cruising the mall we detoured into Banana Republic where I spied a cute pair of petite sized jeans...
I tried them on, and well, the rest is history!


I want to tuck my cream silk blouse into the waist so I bought the 30 inch size in petite.
The jeans can be rolled up slightly or worn straight...depends on my mood and the footwear that I choose.
Thinking the red ballet flats will be a great pairing with these and the Breton striped Tee will be "Oh So French!"


Banana Republic "touch of cashmere" sweater
heavily reduced
 longer in the back
cozy like a warm hug.
I said Yes.

It looks much better on than it does hanging here.


Chester loves bags!



Pepper watched with amusement in her eyes...


Darling daughter shared some of her secret weapons with me...
thank you sweetheart!


The lip balm is AMAZING!
It smells like roses and moisturizes like none other...


The apricot cuticle cream is going to be a mainstay in my arsenal of tricks.
As a gardener I tend to have ragged cuticles despite wearing gloves the hands take a beating.
The pot of cream will be at my bedside and I plan to rub it into my nails every night before bedtime.


I replaced my brown leather watch strap with a new black one and it is like having a new watch.

Well I must get on with my day...I need to keep busy.
so more cleaning is in order
as we await news from the vet as to Pepper's fate.

Hope your week is ticking along nicely.

24 comments:

  1. new follower here. So sorry about your kitty. I have 3 dogs, the eldest turns 12 in July. She seems fine now, but I suppose it's only a matter of time. I hope for the best for your fur baby. Glad you had a wonderful retail therapy day with your daughter. :)

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    1. Hi Gwen...nice to hear from you. Our former cat was 18 when she passed away and our darling Pepper is only a baby by comparison. Daughters are so wonderful!

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  2. Holding a good thought for Pepper. There's nothing like a good fitting pair of jeans to bolster a wardrobe! Glad you found some you're happy with.

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    1. Jeans are so easy to wear...and finding a petite length is the BEST!

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  3. Your daughter sounds like a lovely person. I'm sending you healing vibes for poor sweet Pepper. Hugs to you, Hostess.

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    1. Our daughter is a lovely woman...it is her birthday today and we will be taking her out for dinner with the family to celebrate. Thank you for those positive thoughts...

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  4. I'm sorry to hear Pepper isn't doing well again. I so hope that if surgery is the course that it will be the key to his healing. How nice that your daughter knew to step in and offer a helping hand. Makes a huge difference to not be in those tough situations at the vet alone! Also sorry that this is all coming up right in front of your trip. It's always something, isn't it?

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    1. I know the timing of this episode is not great, not to mention the cost...but hey we are responsible pet owners and do the right thing!

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  5. Pepper's health must be a worry to you! That "touch of cashmere" sweater looks like fun. I like the shape of it. I must try some of that lip balm. My lips are getting dry in Mexico. Hope Pepper's surgery goes well.

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    1. Our furry family are such a big part of our lives that it is hard not to be upset when they are under the weather...you'll love the lip balm!

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  6. New jeans are the best. And I really hope Pepper improves. Lovely that your daughter was there when you needed her.

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    1. Thank you Lisa!
      What is it about jeans? I think it is like the 1960's when women used to go out and buy a new hat...now it's jeans for the instant pick me up.

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  7. Sending comforting thoughts your way... Good to spend time with the daughter, uplifting and fun!

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    1. Thank you Susan...uplifting and fun is exactly right!

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  8. I hope Pepper gets well soon especially before your trip. It looks like you did well on your shopping trip with the help of your Daughter.

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    1. She has a great fashion sense, so much so that I defer to her better judgement...Mother has the same fashon gene...I often think it skipped me because I am so comfortable wearing basic black!

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  9. I hope Pepper gets well soon. It's so difficult when our pet children aren't well. We just lost our 20 year old cat - very hard for the whole family. Prayers and good wishes.

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    1. 20 is a great age for a cat! Our former cat was 18...Pepper is just 5 so I hope she'll be with us for many years to come.

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  10. Daughters are the very best! I love the sound of that lip balm. Mine are always dry, no matter what I try. I'll pick some of this up! Sending prayers for sweet pepper!
    My friend and I are hosting a Lifstyle Linkup next Friday for people to share what inspires their style. You live a very chic life and we'd love to have you join us, if you haven't left for Paris yet. Xo

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    1. Oh thank you for inviting me to join in your link up but I will be very busy with all the last minute details getting ready for my Paris and France trip...

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  11. I hope Pepper makes a rapid recovery, but if she doesn't, maybe it i time to start letting go. I know of what I speak as we had a beloved cat (Rachel) who lived to age 16. And then, the end came. I fed her by hand, we coddled her, we tried every vet remedy to no avail. There was nothing left but to let her go--humanely without pain or prolonged agony. I still remember that day--but more importantly, remember her life and the joy she brought us and the good life she had.

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    1. Oh we would not prolong her agony and the vet would be the one to advice us...she is only 5 so we think she has a few years left in her to keep us amused and entertained!

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  12. I hope Pepper will be alright. She looks so healthy.

    I use some of the Dior products; and have a Dior lip plumper gloss in an tube with a wand. I haven't seen it in the pot. I have tried so many products, that I now know which ones work for me, and I stick to them.

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  13. I tend to stay with Avene for skincare but with lipsticks I try different ones often...
    loyalty to one line is sensible.

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