Torrential rains, gale forced winds and while I sit inside in the comfort of The Humble Bungalow looking out the rain splattered panes....I've been pondering.
Thinking about my Spring trip to Paris last year...
it feels like such a long time ago.
I have oodles of pictures to look at and the memories can be called up at will.
There is a teeny tiny feeling of sadness, not unlike that of melancholy...
I am so grateful to have travelled there and would be fooling myself if I said I did not want to go back...but I am a realist and I must acknowledge that this was the trip of a lifetime.
It was a wee bit selfish to steal away so soon after retiring and spend all that money.
I have a modest pension, yet I turned 60 and it was a gift to mark this milestone.
Mr. HB has no desire to go to France so I went on my own...met up with friends and joined an all woman tour and had the most fun ever!!
The Ooh La La Tour is led by author Jamie Cat Callan and Mimi Bleu.
Paris in Springtime is not yet full...spaces await should you be interested...
please email Jamie if you are keen to go and please tell her I sent you!
You will have a wonderful time!
My wee Eiffel Tower is a reminder of my trip and I keep it to remind me of the magic that was Paris.
This wool hat made by The Canadian Hat Company nearly fell off the mannequin...
and into my hands.
I was browsing a local shop on Oak Bay Avenue when I bumped into a mannequin and the hat that was perched on top fell down and I caught it.
I would have never noticed it as it was above my line of sight.
Being height challenged I not always look UP!
I tried it on and it covered my ears and felt so warm and cozy...
and it did not look too bad on.
I am not really a gifted savvy hat shopper, that honour goes to my friend Cheryl.
She is the best hat shopper I know.
She wears her many hats with such flair that I am almost green with envy.
The sales clerk mentioned that with my hair longer than the base of the hat
and the side fringe swept lower in front that this was actually a flattering style for me.
(I did not dislike the look in the mirror.)
The price was reasonable and I have not bought anything for ages.
I wore it to Goward House for bridge and had half a dozen compliments within 15 minutes.
It works so all I need is a bit more confidence when it comes to choosing hats.
I am wearing my hat it with
a white long sleeved tee top ~ Style and Co.
dark denim skinny jeans ~ Banana Republic
Black shawl sweater ~ Zara
vintage bag ~ Valentina
I've been thinking of buying a new handbag...
I love the look and feel of leather bags
but it is hard to justify the expense.
So I polished up this old stalwart vintage bag and it will serve me for the time being.
Decent leather bags are difficult to source at our local second hand and charity shops.
I am not much of an Internet shopper but if I was there are so many choices online.
I am an "old school shopper"
I like to touch and feel, try things on and see if they are exactly what I need.
It goes with all my blacks and greys...
has interesting details
made in Canada
what's not to love?
Hope that you have a lovely weekend!