Thursday, 28 June 2012

Olympic Colours for the Olympic Torch

Well hello there!

I’m back from a short break with a post about a torch and a scarf – the Olympic torch and the official Paralympics scarf of team GB to be precise.

The scarf itself is from Next and is part of their official Team GB line and I was lucky enough to be sent the scarf to check out by the Next team.

There are two styles of scarf available - the Olympic version and the Paralympics version. I was rather pleased to receive the Paralympics version as I preferred the colours, and being someone who has struggled occasionally with mobility, I appreciate the spirit of making sports available for all.

I started off simply styling the scarf with a simple neck tie, but I needed to change this after going for a walk outside and getting caught in a downpour. I thought the second style was a little Grany-ish but hey, I’m down with that.

For my second styling attempt I wore it as a head-scarf wrapped around hair rolls.

But more importantly than that I ventured out into the Durham rain to see the Olympic Torch pass through the city of Durham.

I wore the scarf as a cape, because I like capes, but also because it really showed the colours.

The Torch Relay itself was really fun, the sponsorship busses and police escorts really got the crowd excited so when the torch did pass through everyone was really excited. I even caught a few snaps of some people out on the town in fancy dress!

Its probably fair to suggest that there will be a few more red, white and blue outfit posts in the run up to the Olympics.

But until then…

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Vintage Event: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Having somehow managed to end up with the long weekend off work I decided to use the Bank Holiday Monday to get dressed in red, white and blue, and check out the celebrations in my home town of Durham.

Although there were no big lunches in the city centre the shops had decorated in style! With bunting and Union flags as far as the eye could see.

It was really nice to see a few other people dressed for the occasion too, one lady had a fantastic Union flag jacket, and I saw everything else from flag ties, neck scarves, cardigans and dresses. It wasn’t an overwhelming sight, but of those present those that were dressed up for the occasion provided a very pleasant spattering of patriotic colours.

The market place in the centre played host to most of the city’s Jubilee celebrations providing entertainment in the form of swing DJ and crooner Jay-B and his dancers.

While a little bit camp it was fun, and there was lots of room for a spot of dancing – what this girl always wants!

Last but not least, what did I wear on this day of celebration? Well I managed to thrift a navy and white dress from Monsoon, via eBay, for under half price, a red cardigan and belt, both M&S, and a lovely pair of gorgeous brogues from Clarks (my most expensive item).

The sunglasses were found in a bargain bin in the Accessorize sale for around £1.70 and my hair flowers were bought cheerily from Poundland. As for my hair, good old victory rolls. Natch.

I hope you had a lovely Jubilee weekend, even if you’re not pro-royal, and managed to find some time to relax or party.

It’s the Durham regatta next weekend so I’ll have to get my glad-rags on for that.

Until then…

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