small voice of reason coughs quietly in the background. *ahem*
Alright, small voice of reason. I'm not REALLY in Hawaii - I wish! I'm a little closer to home, than those beautiful islands. Let's start again, then.
Salut from the South of France!
Or it was when these photos were taken. We popped over to the in-laws in France on Thursday pour le weekend as it was the annual summer gathering of TallBrownFox's towering clan. 18 people in all, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, ages ranging from 3 to 70+. And 18 was a quiet year as we were missing a few people who couldn't make it!
Although I was in France, these cute, Hawaiian print shorts made me FEEL like I was in Hawaii.
Aloha literally means "the presence of breath" or "the breath of life" and these shorts are certainly brimming with life and colour. I don't own many pairs of shorts, simply because the number of days in the UK where you can wear shorts without getting frostbite tends to be few and far between. I saw many gorgeous shorts earlier in the summer but I refuse to pay silly money for a garment which, let's be honest, is hardly yards and yards of material!
I only bought these just over a week ago. I certainly wasn't intending on buying more shorts but the tropical print made me smile, especially as this type of print is very current. I knew they would be perfect to wear during our long weekend away.
It could also have been due to their price. They were very purse friendly; £5 in the sale.
It could also have been due to their deep pockets. I have deep love for deep pockets.
The loose pleats made the shorts comfortable and easy to wear. And comfort was desirable with the mercury rising in August. When it's this hot, you need clothes that hang more away from the body.
The high waist and the tropical print gives them a 40s/50s feel allowing me to channel my inner Rita Hayworth.
Didn't that woman have the most fabulous pair of pins? And as I edge nearer to my half century birthday next year, I don't think my pins are too shabby either!
Just imagine the fountain I'm gracing is a swimming pool.
I kept the accessories simple as the vibrant colours of the shorts take centre stage. A multi-coloured bracelet in tones of hot pink, red and coral, highlighting those colours in the shorts. I added a daisy flower necklace on a silver chain; a delicate necklace to match the delicate pattern of the embroidery anglaise top.
I couldn't believe my luck at how the top's colour matched beautifully with the mint in the shorts.
I'm continuing my love affair with wedges. I dread to think how many pairs of wedge-type shoes/boots/sandals I own! These ones fit well with the vintage vibe of the shorts. Wedges are probably the most iconic women's shoe from the 1940's.
Back then, wedges were thick soled with a heel that was sturdy and just high enough to give the legs a lovely shape. People walked much greater distances in those days, reflected in the lower height of heels compared with today's skyscraper ones. They were also a very feminine shape with either slingback straps, peep toes or adorned with embellishments like bows.
Like the shorts, they were a recent impulse buy in the sales. I was in store collecting an online order and to get to the click and collect point you had to walk through the shoe department. A journey fraught with all sorts of temptations as the shoe sale racks were lined up on either side of the walkway, like venus fly traps ready to snare me.
I was doing so well, eyes front, not looking left or right when bah, the peripheral vision kicked in. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw these on the sale rack that said 'Size 3 & 4' in big red letters and was instantly smitten. I picked them up to try them on and darn it, if they weren't a pair of size 4. Drats and double drats. Oh well, c'est la vie, I thought. If I had a penny for every time that's happened, I'd be rich enough to have my shoes hand made for me. By elves. In the finest silk.
But the shoe goddess hadn't quite finished toying with me. As I carried on walking, there was another sale rack and HURRAH, another pair.
'Don't get too excited.' said the small voice of reason.
'I know.' I said, 'but they look small enough to be a size 3.'
'Please be a size 3.'
'PLURLEEZE be a size 3.'
I tentatively picked them up and... bring out the gospel choir to sing the Hallelujah chorus, they were a size 3.
Whenever I buy an item I always weigh up how much I'll wear it, how many other items in my wardrobe it will go with, and what's the quality like i.e. will they last or fall apart? These were a no-brainer. They've hardly been off my feet (except for when I've been in the shower, or the pool) and the summer colours make them versatile. They were reduced from £50 to £35. Still expensive perhaps for a pair of sandals for some people but they are leather.
I love the detail of the white stitching on the sides and the slightly thicker sole under the ball of the foot makes them über comfortable to wear.
In the cool of the evening, the extended family went en masse to play boules. Boules in France is practically the national sport (ssh, don't say that in front of a French football or rugby fan though) and is definitely a national obsession! Every town, village and hamlet, however minute, will have a boules court. It is fiercely competitive!
Despite numerous visits to France this was my first official game. I'd like to say I'm a natural, that I thrashed my opponents and that I had life time membership of the local boules team bestowed upon my shoulders from the village Maire (Mayor)...
... mais non, non et non.
I lost both games I played. I think I was the best dressed though, certainly the most colourful!
The upside was, I wasn't the worst player on the leader board. I was only the second worst player! As the song goes, 'the only way is up, baby!'.
Peacocks Hawaiian Print shorts - sold out but similar here
Bhs Petite Broderie top
Hot Pink & Coral Bracelet BHS
Daisy Flower Necklace (old)
White wide brimmed sunhat, first seen last month at the Flower Show was bought from a pharmacy in Australia when on honeymoon there.
Clarks Coral 'Rusty Lady' Leather Wedge Sandals
Rita Hayworth Photograph by Peter Stackpole from AllPosters
Do you feel confident wearing shorts? Do you go for the more the vintage look? And have you ever played boules?
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