(* Blue text removed thanks to Sheila& Megan Mae!)
After a long week, I took Friday afternoon off ... to receive my Christmas present from Mr Secret Squirrel! This year we have given each other a Book Spa* from a bookshop* in Bath, UK. This involves being assigned a personal bibliophile (!) to recommend new authors to try out. Tea and cake was included (highly appropriate for a Regency spa town), and then after muchmuchmuch book discussion with my bibliophile, I got to pick out the ones to be taken home. This week was the only time I could travel there before Christmas, so I can get stuck in to those lovely books over the Christmas holiday, whereas Mr SS wants to do his Spa in January. Each to their own :-)
*Linking only because I love the shop. I am a happy customer, 'tis all.
I cannot tell you how much fun I had. Work stress and general gloom lifted after some serious bookchat. The team are Seriously In The Know With Books and I had a massive pile of books 'prescribed' to me to look through, each given a little intro/overview by my bibliophile. I've been introduced to so many new authors. Lovely books now handed over to
Mr SS Santa - not to be looked at until 25 December!
Aside from the Pile, there were about 10 more that I will return for next year... and another 3 I bought separately, to read next week.
Now, I will be away after today for a work-thang (technical term) for a week. As pictures would likely be rubbish mirror-pictures I will hold off blogging and will post next on Saturday instead. Should hopefully be able to keep up with my blogging friends though, phew. It's be a grey week if I couldn't do that.
So, a capsule for next week -
I will be needing to have something to travel in, then look smart* each day plus have something to wear to dinner in the evening (not so formal though), plus to lounge around in my room (and I have heard whispers of a pool, so a swimming costume is coming too).
* This is never a suit, in my world
1 knee high boots
2 ankle chelsea boots / spats
3 gladiators (bit more summery but I'll be mainly conference hall / hotel-based)
4 black cigarette pants (ok black trousers - I just like that name)
5 green snakey-print jeans
6 turquoise jersey loop scarf
7 multi patterned scarf
8 silk vest, to wear as a warmer layer
9 blue drapey cardi
10 navy blue rollneck
11 navy stripe fitted cardi
12 navy stripe long sleeved top
13 navy tshirt
14 emerald green tshirt
15 turquoise tshirt
16 grey/navy stripe long sleeved tee
17 ice blue waterfall cardi
18 patterned silk top
19 teal vest top
20 navy tulip skirt
21 navy/grey check scarf (can also be worn as shrug & shawl)
22 tweed stripe skirt
What do you think? Not pictured are woolly tights, pj's and a big cotton fishermans jumper for lounging in. Have tried to go for multiple tops but also one more pair of trousers / skirt than I'd normally pack.
Hope you are all keeping well, my lovelies and I will be seeing you in a week xx