This is clearly not leaving my consciousness! And for a committed shopaholic this is a big deal! And let's be honest any transition to slow fashion for me is going to be well ... slow. I am not going to change overnight. But the mantra 'buy less, choose well' won't leave my head!
Usually in September and October I would be rushing out to refresh my wardrobe with new finds for the autumn. Will I still do that?
I have had a really good wardrobe sort out this summer as you know. It does mean that I have reduced my wardrobe by quite a lot as it was getting out of hand. It would be silly to then refill it again (well a little silly)! I am delighted to have both donated to charity shops and to have sold a few items and made a bit of cash too - which I have put into my savings towards a future investment purchase (not sure what yet but past purchases have included my Louis Vuitton bag, my Gucci belts, my Jaeger camel coat and my Gucci disco bag).
Last week I was invited to meet the owner of new fashion boutique, Jak & Lisa, in Beaconsfield. I had a very relaxing hour exploring the brands, the first drop of their autumn range and chatting to Samantha. The boutique is bright and welcoming with an extensive selection of stylish womenswear and accessories from Anonyme Designers, YAYA, Nu Denmark, Cream and Rosemunde and many others.
The boutique currently has lots items on sale but what I loved about it was that it was still all beautifully presented, I do love a tidy, colour co-ordinated shop, one of the reasons I don't cope with many of the high street names like H&M and Primark is I can't stand the mess! I also loved that Jak & LIza stock a really broad price range. It's not a boutique where you worry about walking through the door in case you can't afford anything. Samantha explained that she chooses a wide range of options so that it can appeal to everyone, younger, older and all budgets. She looks for good quality, wardrobe staples as well as higher end designs for special occasions.
I can't imagine not wearing matching underwear now, and yet when I was a teenager and young adult it didn't really occur to me. Now I insist my daughter does the same, she generally rolls her eyes at me. But I love pretty a pretty lingerie set, I love it to match and preferably match my outfit too.
How is your summer going? My holiday to Turkey feels like ages ago now and I am busy helping my daughter get ready for starting university at the beginning of September. One of our tasks was to get to know Bath a bit better - having only visited for open days - then her interview - we thought it was time to explore a bit more and help her get her bearings.
So earlier this week we took the train from Reading to Bath Spa, we did a city walking tour around the main sites, we tried the buses, we went shopping, we bought some more essential items she needs for her course, we lunched, we laughed and generally had fun! We stayed at a gorgeous Boutique Hotel, Grays and sat in bed and watched the Love Island final (yeah I know, don't judge me, actually I haven't watched the series but I did watch the final)!
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
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