The freeze is finally over (for now anyway) and the temperature hit double digits yesterday. It was wet and windy though – a big gust of wind took my hat off outside Birmingham New Street station and I had to chase after it down the road! It reminded me of an incident in Adelaide when Isobel was little. We were at an Ashes test match when a storm was approaching, so I decided to take her back to our friend’s house. But while crossing a busy intersection, a gust of wind blew the sun parasol off the buggy and it landed in the middle of the road. After a mad panic about what to do (which seemed like ten minutes but was probably only 30 seconds) a lady came sprinting across the road and handed me the parasol!
Anyway, it wasn’t quite as windy today, so no risk of losing this hat! I’ve combined different shades of red with denim for a festive but casual look. (There’s still plenty of time for sparkly outfits!) I’m wearing my new jeans from Land’s End, which are so comfortable. Jeans are probably the trickiest item of clothing to get right when it comes to fit so I was delighted when I put these on and they fit so well. The 360° denim stretches 4 ways so they retain their shape while providing maximum comfort.
I don’t usually go for slim leg jeans so styling them was new territory for me. At first I tried them with trainers but I thought they made my legs look a bit stumpy. I needed a bit of height but the leg width meant I couldn’t wear them over ankle boots or tuck them in. Then I remembered the several pairs of stretchy sock boots I have, and these worked perfectly. The added bonus is they match my hat and jacket. The gold accents with the bag’s chain handle, trim on the jacket cuffs and skinny belt add interest to the outfit.
I’ve worked my last shift until the new year and just have a few more things to buy and wrap. I wasn’t organised enough to send my Christmas cards though – the postal strike meant I missed the deadline a week ago…whoops! It now looks like my mum will be in hospital over Christmas as they still can’t get her blood pressure up, and now she has MRSA so has to be in isolation for five days. They didn’t even have the treatment for it until today, which makes it very unlikely she will be discharged this week.
To make matters worse, nurses have been on strike today and ambulance drivers are striking tomorrow. The NHS is under such pressure and that has real and unfortunate consequences for patients. I do not want to grow old in the UK, that’s for sure. It truly is a winter of discontent here with so much industrial action. However, I do support those fighting for a fair pay rise in line with inflation. We can’t afford not to pay nurses a decent wage, we all depend on them. And there ends my party political broadcast! I don’t often talk politics on the blog but some things are too important not to mention.
SHOP THE LOOK
Lands End jeans (PR product) | And Other Stories blouse (old) | Pom Amsterdam jacket | Zara boots (eBay) | Labante bag (from eBay)
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