Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Our By Invitation task this month is to share our thoughts on a piece of clothing that we know will serve us in good 
stead this Autumn.

Here is mine ….. 

It's my All Saints Nia coat.
 Autumn/Winter is my time, fashion wise. I LOVE coats, jackets and boots so, I'm in my element as soon as Autumn sets in and set in it has !! There's not much to say about my coat apart from how much I love it  …… shallow, I know, but there you are. I love the handkerchief hem and all of that pleating. Alexander McQueen had a similar one in his collection but was a great deal more expensive and I like mine more !!!!

….. and, finally, last years picture of me in my pork pie hat that always comes out at this time of year !!

For more Autumn fashion inspiration, please visit Marsha to be transported to all of the By Invitation contributors.


image 1: via barbara hulaniki design, images 2, 6 & 8: via what if winter is not a place outside, images 3, 4 & 5: via google, image 7: via me !


Sunday, 5 October 2014


I'm not a great lover of Charlie Chaplin but, I do love the song ' Smile ' that he wrote. Covered by so many artists such as Nat King Cole, Barbara Streisand, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Judy Garland, Diana Ross .. even Eric Clapton to name but nine versions but, I really like the John Barry instrumental and the John Barry/Robert Downey Jr. versions from the soundtrack of the film 'Chaplin' 

Press play, have a little listen, scroll down whilst it's playing and perhaps have a smile on this sunny Sunday …..

image 1: video from youtube, image 2: via kero.i.am, images 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 11: via tay orchard, image 7: via jack o, image 8: via da hora, image 10: via all shadows and dust, image 12: video from youtube, image 13: via winterberry 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014


By Invitation is back and, I can't believe that we are in our fourth year !

Our subject for the month of September is Sharing.

I don't really have a lot to share. I'm ordinary, have quite a groundhog day life, as most of us have { with a few exciting moments now and again !! }  and don't really have any pearls of wisdom to share with you all. 
I'm sure that everything has been said about sharing much better that I ever could.
 Sharing could be interpreted in so many ways but …..

….. sharing is what it is …..

Nature shares her seeds …..

….. people share information …..

You think that selfie's are a new thing ? Robert Cornelius shared this selfie of himself, that he took outside the store that his family owned, in 1839. It became famous for being the first self portrait or, as is commonly known now, the first  selfie !!!! 

Share a slow dance …..

Share food …..

Share a kiss { especially this one of Benedict's { or should I say Sherlock's } } …..

Share the rain …..

Share mischief !!

Share words and feelings …..

Share a secret …..

….. and, of course, as the child above said, ' Getting married means sharing your toys !!!!!

Everything's better when shared with another.


To see more interpretations of sharing, pop over to Marsha's for all of the links.

image 1: via meetville, image 2: via umla, image 3: via the good old days photograph by George. W. Hales, image 4: via news.distractify, image 5: via we heart it, image 6: via eating like an edwardian, image 7: via pretty sweet, image 8: via forumaski, image 9 & 11: via night tattoo, image 10: via margadirube, image 12: via chinwag, image 13: via polyvore, image 14: via love french bulldogs


Tuesday, 9 September 2014


I have a terrible confession to make ….. 
I don't particularly like shoes or handbags !!!!! There, I've said it and I can hear many a sharp intake of breath going on all over blogland !! BUT …. to redeem myself, I have a very unhealthy love for jackets.

I  bought this one a while ago as, it is so me and I couldn't resist.

I also have the above jacket { and the Tophat } …..

I have this one in the brown and …..

….. the same one in black …..

I have the above, but in grey …..

….. and, I have the two above. These are just the tip of the iceberg, { I wouldn't dare count them all !! } but, they have been accumulated over the space of quite a few years !!!!

Maybe it would be a good idea for me to purchase the above straight jacket, then I wouldn't even be able to buy online, as my arms would be strapped behind my back !! Actually, I wouldn't mind buying it ……. it's rather me …. I wonder who sells it ?!!!!!


What's your guilty pleasure ? { ….. and that's not an invitation to be rude ….. you know who you are !!!! }

images 1 & 2: via free people, image 3: via shine dresses, image 4: via all saints,  images 5, 6, 7 & 8 : via ebay. image 9 : via interest, image 10: via google