Happy Monday! I hope your week has got off to a great start! I feel like my feet have barely touched the ground after getting back from Barbados just over a week ago and now I’m off to Madeira! I’m only going for a few days to see my dad but that doesn’t mean I won’t get myself into a packing frenzy! The phrase “travelling light” isn’t in my vocabulary!
Anyway, onto to this month’s Style Not Age theme; it was Gail’s turn to choose and she set us the challenge of “This Old Thing”. Well, for a hoarder like me that gave me plenty of scope. Talking of hoarding, before I went on holiday I ventured up into the loft to look for some red shorts. After looking through every case at least four times I drew a blank. However, I did find these denim shorts that started out as jeans I had when I was 13! When I was in my early 20s I decided to chop them into shorts – I went to Rock City in them with knee boots, a Wonderbra and not much more…in February! Ah, the benefits of a beer blanket!
Although I can fit into them now, I haven’t always been able to. As with most people, my weight has fluctuated with life’s ups and downs, pregnancy, illness etc. Right now, I’m enjoying running again and have just registered for my first event in almost five years. It’s only a 10k race, but I’m doing it for the PKD Charity, which Isobel has chosen to raise money for as part of her role as the town’s Rose Queen.
Polycystic Kidney Disease is the reason my mum is on dialysis and unfortunately both me and my brother have inherited it. There’s a 50/50 chance that Isobel and my nieces have it, but it is generally asymptomatic until later in life. (My mum wasn’t diagnosed until her mid 60s). The best thing I can do is to keep fit, have a healthy diet and drink lots of water, so that’s what I’m focusing on. I guess it’s what I would be doing anyway, but I have extra motivation!
Anyway, back to the outfit briefly. Rather foolishly, I packed several pairs of shorts and trousers but only one top! Luckily, I found this yellow vest in a shop in Holetown (close to where we were staying) so I treated myself. My trusty FitFlops completed the outfit, although it did mean I couldn’t race a go kart (closed toe shoes only). The trip to Bushy Park was meant to be a treat for Isobel but at the last minute she wanted me or Pete to go round with her. I volunteered to be the photographer for a change – it seemed only fair after constantly pestering Pete to take photos for me! (And it meant he took these photos without complaining…haha, I know how to strike a deal!)
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Hilda has chosen a raincoat that belonged to her mother-in-law and is about 40 years old. Her jeans are at least 15 years old and the top at least 10. To complete the outfit the boots Carl Scarpa are around 20 years old. Wow, that’s what I call sustainable! Find out more at Over the Hilda.
Gail is wearing a beautiful old brooch and clip-on earring set that used to belong to her Grandma. Head over to Is This Mutton for all the details.
Anna’s colourful offering was somebody else’s old thing…until her sister spotted it in a charity shop and knew Anna would love it. Her boots are very old and are from Zara and the animal necklace is another charity shop find. You can read more at Anna’s Island Style.
Finally, Jacqui from Mummabstylish is sporting Cream culottes from H&M years ago, a silky frilly blouse that she’s had for a while, topped off with an old and trusty denim jacket.
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