It wasn’t the most exciting of all birthdays, considering that I was still feeling poorly, but I still had a lovely time and got some really really lovely presents – I can never believe how well people know me and what to buy me, despite apparently being “difficult” to buy for because I like everything! I’ll maybe do a proper round up sometime, but the first present I opened was from Charley – this gorgeous pair of gloves from our favourite vintage shop, Bowler Vintage, in York. My sister created this spectacular cake for me, complete with Belle and Charlie plus a little sign that says “Happy Birthday” in Ancient Greek, of course!! From the parents I got a cardigan from Voodoo Vixen (which I’m wearing today), a Pepperberry dress, tickets to the opera, chocolate…and the list goes on, and from Ben, a corset making kit (oh my goodness!!), lots of chocolate, some Duck Tape (I will explain this in a future post…maybe! Hint: it’s to do with sewing!) and a Great British Sewing Bee book complete with 25 patterns! Lots of sewing stuff from everyone 😀 There are plenty more, but as I said, I’ll do a proper round up soon 🙂
Onto the outfit, finally! I’ve had this dress since last year, and it seems to work well in every season, but I like to wear it best in autumn because of the colour, which, as you can probably tell, I’m usually obsessed with at this time of year. I’m having problems with shoes at the moment, because I mostly want to wear flats or lowish heels before the weather really kicks in and I have to wear boots all the time, but I’ve almost destroyed all my flats from too much wear (one pair I’ve left at a friend’s house too, oops), and they look really scruffy. So I’ve been trying to find another pair to wear, but don’t really want to go for another pair of cheap Primark ones which I ruin in a matter of weeks or other high street brands which are usually flatter than flat and make your feet sore. I’ve been searching online for a pair which are reasonably comfy and not excessively expensive, and also the Designer Outlet at York, but still haven’t managed to find the right pair yet, any suggestions? Really I think I’m looking for some white quilted, black toe cap style, like ones I always go for every year, but I’m struggling to find ones I like this time!