Going back after 14 years, things have changed a little!

Yes, I know, its actually the second time I’ve been to Newbury in 6 weeks, but last time around, I didnt really get to see anything of the town. This time around, I have, and unsurprisingly, the place has changed somewhat in 14 years.

Though ironically, 14 years ago, there was a really nice Italian restaurant down by the river, and last night, in pretty much the same spot, I found another. No, not the same one, but close enough.

But what I did notice last night, and even more so, in daylight today, is how much the main street has changed. There were 1 or 2 shops in the same place I knew them, but only a handful, at most. Where I used to work, as a betting shop manageress, is now a Tattoo parlour!

Dont get me wrong, I’m glad I stayed the extra day, and had a look around, and managed to complete the circle, as I left here rather hastily in 2001, when my mother fell seriously ill, and didnt get to say goodbye properly. Well now, 14 years later, I have. But equally, now I know that I must never go back to Yeovil, where I lived for 16 years, until ’99, or to the Medway towns, where most of my formative years were lived (last seen 2003), as it just wouldnt work.

I sort of guessed this might be the case, though of course the gap from the previous visit to Jersey was 30 years, but no, still a place changes far too much in half that time. Next time, if I have to come back, and I might for the make up top up sessions, on a yearly basis, I will come in, get it done, and move on, I now know.

But thanks, Newbury, for letting me complete the circle of my life here, all the same.

One last funny thing, I went in a few charity shops today, not looking for anything in particular, just to see if anyone took my eye, or anything vintage, or vintage style. Near the end of my round trip, I found a charity shop with 2 gorgeous dresses, both priced up at £12.

One was a size 14 (my size), but had a zip down the back, and with my joints, zips behind my back are a total no-no! I tried it on, all the same, because it was a most gorgeous 20’s style dress, but no, I couldnt get it on without zip work, so I left it there.

But, there was a 30’s style dress, with a zip, but it was a size 18! I was right, enough wriggle room that I could get it on, without the need to lower the zip! And given the way it hugged the figure, it worked for me. So yes, it came back to the hotel with me. Thing is, it still had the original price tag in it, for £200! Now, whether someone bought it as a size 18, couldnt get into it, and just took it to a charity shop, I have no idea. Equally, I guess it may just have not sold, and got given to the charity shop in a period of time. Either way, I’m a happy lady!

The video, the tale of me, and Newbury, I guess?

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What goes colour wise for job interviews?

Just a quick thought, as I get ready for another job interview tomorrow (yes, the internal one I’d like to get), is something more trivial than actually getting the job.

What colours are permitted as ‘proper’ for a dress, during a job interview? So far, my record in all my recent ones have been my one black dress. Which is fine, I like the dress, but…is it really the only colour a woman can be expected to wear on occasions like this?

I’m not suggesting a flouncy, Jean Harlow ‘special’ in white, or anything over the top like that, just wondering if its done to wear anything other than black? High heels, fine, even if you are 5ft 11, or the like, I can understand, though I wont be wearing them long on either side of my interview, but thats as much a joints, and balance thing, as anything else.

I know one thing, the taxi driver (I’m on a late tomorrow night) is going to get a surprise when I turn up in a dress, instead of top and trousers!

So what colour, if anything other than black, goes for a job interview? Answers would be appreciated, before 11.30 GMT tomorrow would be even better.

OK, the video tonight is very old, a touch of Cole Porter, in fact. The very original version of ‘Anything Goes’, which seems to not be the thing for ladies to wear to job interviews.

Oh, and lurkers, wishes of good luck are permitted.

A few pictures from today

Well, I’ll warn you now, if you’re looking for 500 words of wisdom, wait for the next blog. A bit like a Trans Pennine Express train, it will arrive, err, sometime soon! I could jokingly say that today, and tomorrow are the only days in the year that their trains aren’t late, and thats because there arent any! On the other hand, if you want a picture of ‘the dress’ and a couple of other shots from today, you’re in the right place!

So getting started, at long last, here is a picture of that delicious pink, flapper style dress, complete with bared knees.

flapper dress 2

Next, a picture of a wonderful present, a necklace that is absolutely gorgeous, and fits in with the look

necklace close up

Yes, as you might quickly spot, this was taken before I changed, and I’m wearing a ‘most expensive’ grey/silver dress, which is lovely to look at, and equally nice to wear. I’m kidding about the cost, its one of my charity shop specials, and did not cost a fortune! A full length shot of it next

full length grey dress

My thanks to Nicole Woodhouse for taking the photos for me.

So thats it, I hope it was worth the wait?

I’ve had a lovely day, but yes, thats it for me, back to work tomorrow!

The video, probably the one Christmas song I havent heard this year, and I have no idea why?

A day at the races

No, no Marx Brothers here, so if thats what you’re looking for, go elsewhere lol! But given my love of vintage stuff, it just seemed an apt title.

For the next 4 days, its the big August race meeting at York. Thankfully, if things work out right, I should miss most of the fuss and finery involved, as 3 of the days I’m starting at 9, and the other day I’m off. Thankfully thats early enough to avoid the race going crowds, as the trains will be busy enough without them. Tomorrow night, I’ll be through Leeds before they get back there, as I finish work about 5 minutes after the start of the last race, and they are 25 minutes or so earlier down the line than us. Friday and Saturday, should I miss the stopper train, I will see some staggering back mid evening. Probably delay the train (and TPE dont need much excuse for that anyway), and I could do without that in all honesty, especially Friday, as I will have to be up early again for Saturday.

So alright, its fun to see some of the dresses and stuff (and the silly hats) that they wear, and probably would be fun to wear myself, but post racing, many are very drunk, and a sight I’d prefer not to see!

I know going to the races can be expensive over here, but even so, I was amazed to hear the cost of a days racing in the main stand at York each day, £54! ($80 ish?) Wow! And thats not the most expensive option, that was £123 ($180 ish?), and was sold out! Sorry, I thought there was a recession on, or something, or maybe thats just for ordinary folk? The last meeting I went to, a few years back, Philadelphia Park, they welcomed you in for free! Much lower grade racing, but even so…

So, no I wont be going to York races this week, unless someone offers to take me Thursday, and I dont expect that to happen! Me, Thursday, plan is off to Wakefield, afternoon out, collect my dollars for next month, and maybe some shopping? Much cheaper, and for me at least, more fun!

The video, a lovely song, and maybe a moral for those throwing £123 a person at York races this week. If people stayed away due to the ridiculous prices, they might learn sometime, but…

And so, Happy Christmas

Yes, another year is nearly over, but unfortunately, unlike the song lyrics, war is far from over. Afghanistan is the current long running one (it was Vietnam of course at the time of this song), and of course we also have the civil war going on in Syria. These arent the only 2 of course, just the ones making the main headlines at the moment.

But enough of the depressing stuff…

I did promise much earlier this month that if I got hold of a solo picture of me in my dress at the Christmas Dinner, I would post it on here. No, it never happened, it was supposedly sent to work, but I’ve never found it posted anywhere, so… But dont despair, there are ways and means with these things, as you shall see. Christmas Day morning, I normally put on a nice dress for the morning at home, then change into something decent, but more my style for when we go out for our dinner from here. This year, something different happened, I never got changed! So yes, I stayed in the gold dress for dinner today, and alright, it was quite nice being dressed up, even if I was the most dressed up one in the restaurant probably!

And guess what, just for you, I got some pictures taken when we got back, solo ones, so I can use them in places like here, arent I good to you? So, for your delight, or otherwise, here is me dressed up like a real lady

Stevie Lou 1

I think that shows enough to satisfy, even if it is without the cloche hat, which stayed upstairs today. If not, thats all you’re getting lol!

Yes, its back to work tomorrow, I know war isnt over, but my holiday break is!

The video, more than enough hints as to what it is surely, even if WordPress didnt display them nowadays anyway!

Me in a cocktail dress, you in a suit.

Some of you will recognise the song that line is from, if not, you can always click the link at the end and find out! And yes, due to gender issues, I’ve swopped the 2 titles around of course!

No, I wasnt in a cocktail dress on Thursday night, it was definitely a maxi length dress, as you will know from the picture posted of the dress earlier in the blog. And yes, I did get one look of disbelief when I actually wore a dress to the dinner, and that was from the person who told me I had to wear one this year. I think despite that, she wasnt expecting me to, but I fooled her lol. And yes, it was actually fun doing so, but I was soon back in trousers for work all the same!

Sorry, I cant post a picture of me wearing it, I havent yet tracked down a picture of just me, only with another person, and its not fair to her to post that here, lets face it! My “ordinary” blog, yes, but this is slightly different to that. If I do get my hands on one, I promise to post it, but no promises on getting one.

It was a lovely evening, the food was good, so was the hotel, and given the music was from the 80’s, well, its a good era for me lol! Of course thats the era this video is from too, though I didnt hear this played on Thursday. As for the in house Christmas Dinner out, bank on trousers, or a skirt lol!

The video has David Ball doing his best Ron Mael impersonation, and on top of that, its a brilliant song.

First they give thanks, then they go shopping…

Yes, in an ideal world, I wanted to post this yesterday, but various things caught up with me, so… Lets settle for belated Thansgiving greetings to all my American readers, and leave it at that. The poor turkeys over there get a raw deal, not only Christmas, they have to survive Thanksgiving first lol!

But thats not just it. Though this isnt an official holiday over there, for many, its akin to one, yes, its called Black Friday. Especially black for all shop staff, from what I’ve seen. It seems to be the day that everybody starts buying stuff for Christmas, lets just leave it at that. The amount of emails I’ve had today from over there, offering reduced price specials for Black Friday is nobody’s business! No, I havent bought anything there, delivery costs are too much for that, even if I’m sure there were some great bargains there. But I’ve seen you tube film, looks like its gone crazy over there!

To be fair, I’ve done some shopping this week myself, mainly because its been my main chance to do any Christmas shopping, so I’ve taken it. OK, I’ve got a few things for myself too, including the famous dress of course. For those who want to see it, and wont see it at the dinner, the link is

http://www.riverisland.com/women/dresses/maxi-dresses/gold-metallic-knit-maxi-dress-626065

Thanks to some shops in Dewsbury, I now have a clutch bag, and a few pieces of jewellery to match. Thanks to a store in Huddersfield, I now have a coat too. I must be crazy, given its all pretty much a one night thing, but its done now lol! The only thing I havent got in gold, shoes! And yes, I did find a pair of pumps in the right colour yesterday, but given I have wide feet, I couldnt squeeze into them. I’d prefer a wedge heel, or a very tiny heel anyway, but unless I see something relatively cheap, the shoes will be black lol! So if anyone has, or knows someone with such a pair locally, in size 8, I wouldnt mind…

And now is when I find out if anyone in this house still reads my blog! Someone has always teased me that I tend to go out in trousers, not a skirt, and definitely not a dress! The reaction when they heard I was wearing a dress for the dinner was quite good lol. So anyway, tomorrow is someone’s birthday here, and we are going out for a meal, and then to the theatre in Leeds. Funny thing is, not only do I not own a little black dress, I didnt own a black skirt either. Well I do, but its one of those short ones, which I wouldnt wear because of either the state of my knees, or because of the weather. No, I dont know why I got it, but I did get some daft stuff in the early days, I must admit. So, while in Huddersfield, I looked in a few charity shops for a suitable black skirt, and managed to find a couple that appealed, and were long. One was lined, one wasnt, so no contest given the time of year. And yes, I’m wearing the heels tomorrow, so…and they at least go with black, and silver, so should be fun! Yes, I have a great silver top to wear! I think its meant to be a short dress, but for me, its a top lol! 😛

So unless this gets read here, someone might be in for a surprise tomorrow afternoon.

So, in tribute to Black Friday, and what I’ve been doing this week, I present

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgWu37xXFkg