Camping fashion?

No, seriously, this has nothing to do with camping, tents, or anything like that. In truth, a couple of these are suitable for a robot look for me, the other 2, well a chorus line dancer like Clara Johnson probably wore something just like these, especially given some of the strange outfits (or lack of outfits) that she was expected to wear.

Seems that last night, the Met Gala happened, with a ‘Camp clothing’ theme, though I have no idea where my invite went missing? No, I havent got the capacity, or time to show you all the crazy outfits, and I think 4 is being pretty wild, but anyway, yes, I would love to wear any of these, given the chance, in my size!

Lets not waste time, lets get down to the 2 robot ones. Seriously, the first one looks just like a robot being charged by electricity. The other is a ‘tamer’ silver dress, but still wouldnt shame a robot, all the same.

silver dress2silver dress

In truth, the first of these looks just like something that chorus line girls (almost) wore all too often in the musicals, and the second looks like something out of a crazed Berkeley, or De Mille moment

30's showgirlred dress

Oh darlings, I’d love to wear any of those, and please don’t ask me to choose! First silver one if I really must, but any, or all…swoon!

Oh to be famous, and to get to invited to events like this, and wear outfits like these, but anyway…

OK, video time. Live Bowie, says it all!

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Got a feeling the beagle ain’t fooling!

Also known as the moment when a suspicion of mind control happens in a TV advert?

We all know by now that most TV adverts are bland, boring, and unless you’re forced to watch them, something to avoid. And generally, you’re right! I have to say this advert amuses me though, because though any mind control is purely suggested, the end result of the advert does suggest that maybe that cute little beagle really has got mind control powers.

Notice: I know this works in the UK, where probably most people who know it, have already seen it. Given the copyright on such matters, I have no idea if it will work in the rest of the world

In case it doesnt, the premise is the selling of life assurance, and the end play is the beagle staring at the women in the advert until she actually buys some, saying its a no brainer. Question is, is that a free will choice, or because her brain has come under the influence of the dog, hmm?

I must say, that at the moment, due to the fact I’m working, and the in work death payment would more than cover my funeral, and I quite literally have no family, that beagle wouldnt work, staring at me, unless he really had mind control powers, and lets face it, I’d enjoy that way too much!

If anyone can suggest other ads that have an element of potential mind control to them, please let me know, and ideally post a You Tube link (if there is one) for my amusement. But until then…

OK, video time. A golden oldie, and yes, Miss Johnson is in the chorus line here, see if you can spot her! No, she’s not one of those that the guy jumps over, literally, if that helps. But yes, I’ve got a feeling that beagle isnt fooling, so… Oh, and if anyone wants to provide me with a copy of June Knight’s dress…Yes please!

Respectable clothing at 60?

Recently on Amazon, I saw a silk skirt that was described as long length, 20’s style, in silver. Fine, for me, that ticks all boxes, lets face it. And on receipt, I have to agree with everything but one tiny matter, the length! Maybe knee length (barely) was long for those daring young Flapper Girls in the 1920’s, but for me, at 60, when I see long length, I’m expecting at least calf, if not ankle, but anyway… Yes, as you’ve gathered, this long length skirt just about covers my knees when I’m standing up, and struggles to do so when sat down!

No, I’m not sending it back, as I say, its gorgeous, and a young cheerleader, or even a young Flapper would love it. But me, at 60, where it out, doing the flapper look, absolutely no chance! My legs may well be better than I believe they are (several have told me they are), but my knees arent a pretty sight due to surgical issues, so something this short, in public, no chance!

But what I was wondering, is what length do people regard as respectable for a woman of my age? Is flashing my knees, as a Flapper would, fine, or just the biggest no-no of all time? But what is OK? Just below the knee? Calf length? Ankle length? Is it just me being too modest, or am I wise not to wish like mutton dressed as lamb?

Before you ask, yes, I do wear dresses out that show some leg, from time to time. But I do make sure they’re safely below the knee, but now I’m wondering, is that just because I’m aware of the state of my knees, or is it just because I dont think its suitable for a 60 year old to wear? If anyone wants to advise before I pack for Seattle, feel free! Funnily enough, last year, I bought a dress on line that claimed to be calf length, but again, barely covered my knees, so never worn since. Yes, its pink, yes its gorgeously flapper, but for a woman of my age, wearing it out, my view is no!

But should it be that way?

Mind, thats not the only style of dress I love that i’m not brave enough to wear now. Lets ignore my crazy ‘leather’ skirt purchases, they are too short to wear out, but fine, I picked them up for virtually nothing, and they were fun to wear indoors once, but probably never again. But my leather trousers, should I really be avoiding them, just because of my age…?

And no, much though the idea of wearing latex clothing, especially a catsuit, might appeal to me, in my eyes, there is no way that a 60 year old should ever wear anything like that, so now I guess I never will. But is that the right attitude?

To be fair, there is one dear friend (Yes, Adriana, I mean you), who would happily convince me to dress up showgirl style, a la Clara Johnson without any thought whatsoever. And fine, maybe she’s right? Oh, and agreed, if I was talked into it, and no one else beyond close friends saw, I agree, it would be fun. But I can see her wanting me to go out, in showgirl mode, and have fun for an evening, but…is it the done thing?

So tell me, should I lighten up, and flash my knees (and maybe some body?), come what may, and just enjoy it, or am I wise keeping it at least relatively modest in look? What do you see as apt for a 60 year old? And no, as much as I would love to wear a Burqua just once, for the experience (and Muslim support), I hope you dont want me to go quite that far in cover up lol!

Right, video time. Being honest, these outfits are about as revealing as many that Clara had to wear, but these were seen on TV when children would have been watching! Oh those wild 70’s lol! But me, like Clara Johnson, dressed as a dancing queen, hmm?

Putting On The Ritz? Maybe Not!

On an average day to work, I wear what is probably now the standard wear for most women in an office. A decent/nice blouse, or top, and a pair of trousers, or slacks. And sorry, for those who dream of such things, my shoes have barely got a heel, or are flats. In truth, even if I could walk in high heels (which I cant, because of my knees issue), I wouldnt wear them anyway! I still wear low(ish) heels for formal occasions, or if I’m walking about 20 yards maximum, but thats about it!

No, sorry, Civil Servants do not wear a formal suit to work every day, well, not in our office at least. What strange things they may do down in London, no idea! I think everything is probably more modern, for most, though all pictures of staff there seem to show men wearing ties at least, ah well…

But on rare occasions (and this is why you’re getting this blog tonight), I dress up nicely for work. No, not for work as such, but because I’m going on somewhere after work, without the chance to go home. And yes, this Saturday is going to be one of them, as I’m going out for a meal directly after work, to celebrate someone’s birthday. So yes, apart from looking immaculately dressed for work, for one day, I’m going to look totally out of place on the train to work, and the bus home again afterwards! But yes, you guessed it, no heels on shoes! Am I going to worry about that, not a chance! In fact, I’ve got a short journey by coach as well, as Huddersfield station has no trains running through it this weekend, as they are attempting to upgrade the line, and service. Yes, I’ll believe all that when I see it, assuming I last that long lol!

Ah well, the next birthday dinner from here will be mine, when I will officially be ancient, at 60!

But yes, if you see an immaculately dressed woman walking through Huddersfield, Halifax (where I swap back to train, from coach), or Bradford on Saturday, it might just be me! Or, of course, if you work with me that day…?

The video. I suspect this is going to be a love it, or loathe it job. Its not the original 30’s version, its a more modern version from the 1980’s, and it shows. But yes, for some reason, I quite like it!

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?

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?