Thursday, October 20, 2022

Walking in the sunshine, and inspiring reading

We had a little stroll around Napier with the doggies on Sunday - may I introduce you to our fluffy white boy Micky, the latest family member. He lives with us now that my brother has moved overseas.

The day started out blue skied but chilly so I wore my coat, and then the sun turned it on 😂😂 I was so warm! So we had to have an ice cream, of course we did.

Micky gets on really well with Daphne and Chloe. He is such a gentle and lovely boy. Chloe is very naughty though, she does a tiny wee chuff at home and sets Micky off barking. She isn't even looking at anything when she does it but she knows Micky will take the bait. She is such a little tart!

And here we have the first of the summer roses, and a little light reading 😊

All the items in this photo are thrifted, I just realized! The lamp was $25, the vase a few dollars, and the cabinet around $65 as I recall.

I love decorating with more dash than cash! (Did anyone else read that Vogue book 'More Dash Than Cash' from the 1980s? It was just about my bible. There was an English and a US version, I had the English version.)

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And while we are on the subject of light reading, there is something magical and dreamy about whiling away time with a pretty magazine such as Victoria magazine pictured here. It doesn't even need to be a long time - fifteen minutes flicking through a few pages is enough to elevate your point of view and 'poof' up your mindset a la Marie Antoinette and her fanciful style.

We might not have her fancy French furniture but we can all add a little colour and fancy into our lives, with fresh flowers, a dainty pastel-hued cake, and some decadent laying around time.

I think the anytime is perfect for that, don't you? Wishing you a beautiful, rose-scented day, whatever you are doing!

xx Fiona


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  1. I love that French baroque style decor. So flamboyant and unapologetically feminine. So sweet that your pack has grown to three. Where would we be without our dogs?

  2. Hi Fiona! Now that we have finally found our home, I'm back into thrifting and it's so much fun! I just recently moved my blog back to Blogger, so I've got you on my blog list. I've missed this community! I just ordered one of your books for my collection. It should be here today!


Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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