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Red and Turquoise!

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Saturday was grey, damp. miserable and very cold. So, I decided to wear bright colours to dispel the wintry gloom. Red and turquoise are a lovely combination and the colours make me feel happy. Here I am wearing my red and turquoise Missoni type cardigan I got last week for £2.00 in a local Christian charity shop. My skinny jeans are from Primarni; the red camisole is from a charity shop, the red cross over top is from La Redoute in their sale earlier this year, red boots on line retailer, watch,  turquoise necklace and bangle (which you can't see in this picture) all from charity shops. These are the earrings I treated my self to when we went to Bath for my 50th birthday. I can't believe that was almost 12 years ago. I love this necklace - I think I paid 99p for it last year. Don't look too closely - I've got lipstick on my teeth! You can see the bangle in this one. We went for a rummage around the charity shops in Wellingborough today and had a

Afterthoughts

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Here I am trying to work out how to take a full length photo of myself. I know you need to focus the camera on the mirror but how do you hide yourself holding the camera? I know a lot of the professional bloggers use a tripod and a timer and some have people to photograph them. I have my other half and occasionally my older grandson or even my daughter in law but mostly it's down to me.....maybe I need a selfie stick? Who knows? I don't mind technology - it just takes me a while to catch up with it! I took this photo yesterday evening having been to the hairdressers and got my eyebrows done. Everything I'm wearing is charity shopped (or as the Americans say 'thrifted'). The dress, the waistcoat, the earrings and my Zara leather boots, £12.00 in the Red Cross shop. I can't remember which charity shops I bought the dress and waistcoat in which is worrying as it was only about 6 weeks ago.....The heart pendant I bought from the summer Dorothy Perkins sale for 9

Wednesday walking

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I belong to the Ramblers UK. It's a national walking organisation and I walk with 2 of our local groups - Ivel Valley Walkers and sometimes I walk with the North Beds Ramblers who walk on Saturdays. If you're not familiar with the Ramblers you can find out more about them here  Ramblers UK  and find your local group. Once you join you can walk with any group. For example,  if I went to stay with my best friend in Devon and wanted to go walking I could link up with a local Ramblers group and walk with them. It's proper walking; waterproof gear, walking boots, maps and rucksacks. Everyone is very friendly and there's nothing nicer than getting out in the fresh air and seeing some of our lovely countryside. I highly recommend it. I try to walk twice a week, usually on Wednesdays when the walks tend to be between 6 - 8 miles; sometimes on Thursdays when its called an 'amble' and is about 4.5 to 6 miles; or sometimes on Fridays which are bus walks and can be betw

Thursday's finds

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I went to a small town called Ampthill on Thursday to check out the charity shops. There used to be only 3 but I was delighted to see another one has opened since I last visited. I often get in the car and visit a nearby town to trawl the charity shops and usually visit places  within a radius of 20 miles. If we ever visit any other places farther away we always try and trawl the charity shops - luckily my OH loves charity shops too! What did I get? A brand new cashmere jumper from Tesco originally priced at 35.00 but priced at 6.99 in Age Concern (I rarely pay this much for charity shop finds but it is cashmere). Three items for a £1.00, a multicoloured bracelet, silver brooch and another useful plastic container in the RSPCA shop. I haven;t bothered to take a photo of it because frankly it's boring! A ball of wool for 50p from Mercy in Action - I always look for wool in charity shops. It's often quite cheap and have you seen the price of wool lately? When I to

Earrings!

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Earrings - don't you just love them? I think they can make an outfit. I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 16 - my mum wouldn't let me! Once I did, I began a love affair with earrings that continues to this day. I have hundreds of earrings ( about 400 and counting) and some of them are more than 25 years old. I display most of them on this metal grid and I sort them into colours so I can find what I'm looking for. I like dangly earrings best and source them from charity shops. car boot sales, chain stores, market stalls, e bay and some are gifts. Whenever I visit somewhere new I try to buy a pair of earrings as a memento. I bought myself this in the sale at Debenham's in January (£5.00) and I display my most dressiest earrings here. I love the little blue birds on the tree. I have a few dressy earrings that have post backs and they live in this silver box I found at a car boot sale. I also have dangly earrings that have post backs and are dif

Going grey

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Going grey seems to be a big decision for older women. My mum died at 76 and was still dyeing her hair up to a couple of months before. In a society where youth is worshipped, the spoken and unspoken advice to try and look as young as you can for as long as you can, places a lot of pressure on women. Judith of Style Crone  here   has decided to let her hair go grey; she's in her 70s and found it a difficult decision to take. I never really thought about grey hair much, until recently. I started dyeing my hair myself in my 40s, mainly to enhance my natural medium brown hair, then to cover some of the grey. I began to get it professionally coloured once a month in my 50s. I remember asking my hairdresser about letting it go grey and she said it was a horrible (her words!) grey at the back and that it takes about 10 years for hair to go white. That put me off, I can tell you.  A couple of years later I decided to bite the bullet and go grey because I was sick of worrying about g

Changing weather!

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Its been foggy and grey for the past couple of days. The dampness you get with fog makes it feel colder than it really is. Apparently our temperatures are higher than average for this time of the year. To this end I find I'm still wearing lighter weight jackets when I go out or gilets. In the photo above I'm wearing a gilet found in a charity shop, a tunic found in a charity shop, scarf from charity shop, leggings from Sainsbury's TU range and red boots from an on line retailer. My red earrings are also a 50% off Sainsbury's find! My bag was found in a charity shop. I think it's very 50s but it's from St. Lucia and I have no idea how old it is. Talking of red boots - when I went to the food bank this morning, where I volunteer in the warehouse, 3 out of 5 women volunteers were wearing red boots! Coincidence or what? Or do women of a certain age have a penchant for red boots? I know if I could afford to I'd buy the same red boots in a range of c

Vronni's Style Meanderings: This is me!

Vronni's Style Meanderings: This is me! : Hello and welcome to my blog! I've been inspired by reading other blogs particularly those to do with fashion and style and though...

Some recent crochet projects

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I've started crocheting again since I retired almost 2 years ago. So far, I've made 12 blanket/throws, a bag and I'm currently working on  some crochet heart bunting for my daughter. Then I want to make a couple of cat caves for grandson's 2 cats and then I'll start another throw - an African flower one is what I have in mind. I'll keep you posted!

This is me!

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Hello and welcome to my blog! I've been inspired by reading other blogs particularly those to do with fashion and style and thought I'd have a go myself. I'm a retired 60+ women with a joy for life. I love reading, art, stylish clothes, food, music, walking and crochet and of course my family! I have shopped at charity shops more and more as I have got older. It's been about 20 years since I started shopping this way and if I want anything at all (except food!) I now head straight for the charity shops. Where I live in Bedford we have about 15 charity shops in a relatively small area, but I do so enjoy visiting other places and checking out their charity shops too. Charity shopping is exciting - you never know what you're going to find. I also love car boot sales and jumble sales, although I've noticed the jumble sales are dwindling and are pretty infrequent now. In the photo above, taken at Magheragh Caves in Co. Donegal this summer; my tunic, necklac