Friday, January 29, 2021

OOTD ~ It's all about pearls...

Cashmere V neck sweater by Black Goat overtop a simple denim shirt and jeans.
My "go to" OOTD for cooler winter days.

It has been given a wee bit more "oomph" 
with the acquisition of a vintage baroque pearl pin.

Darling daughter @thingfinder on Instagram 
had this pin ready to list in her ETSY shop 
when I spied it and saw just how exquisite it is
I knew that I wanted it!

The pearl looks like a juicy pear...

The jeweller must have seen it too 
an opportunity to create leaves and accentuate the pear shape.
A work of art.

Lovely nachre...
just a tip to those of you who may not be familiar with genuine pearls
do not spray them with perfume or scent as it destroys the natural lustre.

black camisole fringed with lacy edges
Lands' End new cashmere cardigan

Gisel B pearl necklace from a previous My Stylish French Box delivery from France.

Layers in my hair thanks to my recent visit to my hairdresser...
my last visit was in September.
It felt wonderful seeing her and I enjoyed the "pampering."

Camellias are in bloom!

January bud on our Gertrude Jekyll rose 
out in the front garden of The Humble Bungalow.

Have you purchased any new clothes to wear during Covid?
Are you wearing athletic wear and casual cozy clothes?

I mix it up.

Some days I will wear my Yoga pants and go for longer walks.
The problem for me is that they are so forgiving...
so I think they have given me a sense of comfort despite gaining a few pounds...
my jeans tell me to stop eating so much, move more and get in shape!

So jeans are my guide to wellness.

Current Goals:

Walking more, counting my WW points and drinking less alcohol.

Have you embraced new healthy habits?
Wishing you good luck on your fitness journey.

As a small "non food reward" for my efforts...
I've ordered a vintage classic handbag and when it arrives I will share it with you all.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Have some fun in your weekend whatever you do.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Saturday, January 23, 2021

OOTD ~ New sweater

New Lands' End cashmere cardigan
I own 6 sweaters; 3 of which are cashmere.
 This is my 4th and what I love about cashmere 
is the warmth without the bulk!

I chose this grey shade with black flecks.
I have a lot of black and a few pieces of grey in my minimal basic wardrobe.
I can see this as an all season sweater...
imagine this paired with white jeans in the summer time.

I put on jeans, a white linen Tee 
my pearls and some Chanel Lipstick with this new cardigan.
A super casual and comfy OOTD...
this is my basic Covid uniform for at home and my walks.

My hair is held back with a grey velvet scrunchie in a simple ponytail.
I am planning to get my hair trimmed an inch or so with longer layers next week.

I have been avoiding the salon but can do so no longer...
it has been months since I had a trim.
I know they have safety protocols in place and we will all be wearing masks.

We ordered in dinner last night from a local Thai restaurant 
I must admit it was a real treat not to cook.

The sun is shining here today and the temperatures are cold. 
There was ice on the roofs and cars when we woke up.
Snow is in the forecast 
 I doubt we will get much here.

My current book by Alice Hoffman 
The Probable Future.

A wonderful story of several generations of women...
Alice weaves a tapestry of magic and witchcraft into her stories.
This one has captured my attention and I am transported to another "world."
Escaping the tedium during the pandemic
through well crafted books
 is a gift that clever writers give to their devoted readers.

Talking about escape...
We are watching Bridgerton on Netflix...
The first episode did not excite me that much but after viewing the second and third I was hooked!

What are you reading?
Are you watching anything on Netflix that you can recommend?

Have you had your vaccination?
Stay safe and wear your mask.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Enjoy your weekend!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, January 18, 2021

Cottage Time...

We have escaped to the cottage...
which is located on a Southern Gulf Island just a short ferry ride away from home.
We stayed inside our car on the ferry and brought all our provisions with us.

The Salish Eagle ferry runs several times each day and services three Gulf Islands.

I bought some cheery yellow tulips at the grocery store before we hopped on the ferry...
Not sure that we would have such sunny weather...
  thought they would bring the sunshine indoors!

Love the flotsam and jetsam on the driveway of this home.

One of our regular walks close to the cottage is about 3 km.
There is a beach at the end of the road...
we like to walk down and gather sea glass,
the tides were so high that there was no beach to be found!

We also gather feathers on our walks...

Some sea glass from the beach after the tide went out...
the vintage Ball Sealer jar is almost full.
We have two jars filled at home.
Time to buy another vintage jar for more sea glass.

Yesterday, we were ambitious and took a longer walk to Hope Bay.
It was almost 7 km return.
( I managed to clock over 10,000 steps)

Saw this festive gate at The Old Manse near the Bible Camp.
We saw very few people and even fewer cars...
so quiet, it was like we were all alone on the island.
Very peaceful and serene.

Life moves slowly here at the cottage...
Eat, walk, read, sleep

Sipping Murchie's Paris Afternoon Tea 
gazing out at the view over The Salish Sea.


Thinking, pausing, feeling fortunate and grateful
while writing this blog post...

Lots to think about in these strange times.

How are you keeping? 
How are the Covid numbers where you live?
Are you managing to keep yourself busy and amused?

Hope that you are staying safe, wearing your mask and taking care.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Levi's Men's Jeans ~ Thrift Shopping

I bought a pair of Men's Levi's Jeans.

I've been looking for a vintage pair of Ladies Levi's for several months.
 The thrift shops have had none in my size...
but there seems to be oodles of men's Levi's.

Customers are not permitted to use the change rooms in most of the thrift shops 
so I used my sister's favourite technique to figure out if they would fit.

You take the waistband and wrap it around your neck...
if the ends meet in front of your neck and not choking you 
they will fit at the waist.

Hips might be a bit trickier 
 I took a chance and had the option of returning the Levi jeans if I kept the receipt which I did.

They fit!

Love the details on the Levi's

Grommets Galore

When I was a teen we wore boys jeans.
Wranglers, GWG and Levi's.

Women's jeans were not available in Victoria during the 1960's 
they were just coming on trend towards the end of the 60's.

Denim has been a wardrobe staple for many decades.

I had hoped to find a pair of iconic 501's 
these are 514's

Love the pocket details
so classic.

So now I need to style them in a more feminine way...

My first thoughts are:

I have a lovely satin black camisole with lace edging which I can wear under a cashmere sweater and 2 or 3 inches of lace peeks out at the bottom.

A classic crisp white shirt with pearls, red lipstick and red ballet flats.

A plain Tee tucked in to the jeans with a cashmere cardigan.

I own two lace tops
one in ecru and one black which could both work.

I can also do the "Canadian Tuxedo."
(AKA double denim)
 choosing from my two denim shirts and/or my denim jacket...
add a sparkly vintage Sherman rhinestone brooch to the jacket.

I think this look would be fun with some leopard or red cowboy booties.
(I do not own either but it will be fun to see if I can find some)
Maybe some Converse trainers?

Have you been shopping for something off your usual radar?
It might be a Covid thing?

Fashion should be fun so perhaps that is why I bought these.

Maybe someone will be calling The Fashion Police!

I love seeing what Linda V. Wright on Instagram wears in Paris.
She owns a very chic shop Crimson Cashmere
she sells luxurious cashmere and tres chic accessories.

Do you follow her feed?

Would you push the fashion envelope and dabble into the world of menswear?
I'd love to know more!

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Tea time, a french chic book and a drug store purchase...

Afternoon Tea in The Humble Bungalow

Canterbury pattern cup and saucer 
one of several patterns of tea cups that I use for my afternoon tea ritual.
I am on the lookout for a spectacular ornately decorated floral cup and saucer.

Reading an inspirational French themed book by Tish Jett
I read and enjoyed her first book Forever Chic.

A lovely tea from our local Tea Merchant Murchies
Paris Afternoon is sweet and tastes like a decadent dessert.

My last mascara was gloppy and had not performed that well.
but on a mission
 off I went to the local pharmacy to buy a new mascara.
Always one to seek advice from the knowledgeable gals in the cosmetics department 
I asked the clerk what she uses and could recommend.

Marcelle was her hands down winning performer.

 She handed me the gift pack that included a Kohl eye pencil.
This pencil is SO soft and easily lines the eye without tugging or pulling.
It is rather like Velvet Gel.

So now I am regularly defining my eyes with Kohl 
and they are the focus when wearing my mask.

New Year Goal

walk a minimum of 4 km each and every day

I've downloaded the Walk Meter App which is free and helps me track my distance.
The IPhone tracking is not that accurate but it does record the individual steps.
So I am using both to keep tabs on my progress.

Do you have any New Year resolutions or goals?

My winter accessories
consist of 
a cashmere scarf and a vintage Coach bag.

Do you switch out your handbag often?
I am a creature of habit and frequently use one for years...

I  have other bags.

A straw bag for summer
a vintage wine coloured quilted bag
a travel bag
a small vintage black Coach bag for evening.

Hope that you are staying safe.

Our provincial doctor has just extended our Covid restrictions until February.
Our numbers of new cases continue to go up...
hundreds are in hospital with many in critical care.

I'm going to have to get creative to help pass the time.
Another month of not seeing my grandchildren and family is going to be difficult.

I walk with a friend each week but we stay a safe distance from each other.

How are you coping?

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~ 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Pop of colour ~ Rouje Lip Compact from Paris


Lip Compact from Paris
01- Signature

New lipsticks for 2021

Beautiful Rouje gold case and a gold lip brush by Jane Iredale.
Some women might like to use their fingers to apply the lipstick. 
I prefer a lip brush.

We are all wearing masks these days for safety
but when I am at home or out for my walks I want to add a pop of colour.
This compact feels luxurious and with the variety of lip colours I can vary the shade depending on what I am wearing that day.

The lipsticks run true to colour.
 Are very emollient and last a long time.

This is the bold red lip.

The plum shade.

I wear very little make up so I focus on my lips.
A couple of readers emailed me asking about my skincare regime...

I use Avene 3 in 1 cleanser
Mad Hippie daily facial oil and at night Mad Hippie Vitamin A serum
I wait 10 minutes then follow up with rosehip night cream by Sukin.

I avoid the sun and use Avene BB cream with an SPF.

I hope that answers some of your questions.
If you have any more queries please leave me a comment.

Winter bloom on Jude the Obscure a David Austin Rose.

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Take time to nurture yourself...we are living in a strange time and it is easy to forget to make time for those rituals which are soothing and relaxing.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~