Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Presenting my prize outfit!

Last year I entered a "Complete the Look" competition organised by Catherine of "Not Dressed as Lamb" in partnership with Kaleidoscope.  Catherine had selected three items with the theme "Autumn Shopping Days" and we had to pick a fourth item to complete the outfit. Other readers then voted for their favourite of the four looks that Catherine had chosen and I was delighted when I heard that I was the winner. I didn't receive the prize until my recent visit to London because it had to be sent to a UK address so, as I'd already arranged to visit my daughter Vicky in January, I gave Catherine her address in Greenwich. One of the first things I did when I arrived at Vicky's house was to try on my prize outfit.  Here it is below:

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure about the poncho on me.  What do you think? The colours aren't particularly good for me, though I could wear it with a scarf or necklace in more flattering colours.  Also, as I'm only 5' and a bit (the bit is very important, so don't you dare forget it!) the style makes me look even shorter than I am.  However it was a prize and I'm very grateful to receive it, plus there's nothing like throwing on a poncho before going for a walk in the countryside or into town on a chilly day - so I'm sure that I'll be wearing it a lot.

Did you notice my bag? You're not the only one. I was sitting in a café in Marks & Spencer while I was in London when I heard a voice say: "Isn't that bag lovely!" I turned to see the two women at the next table staring at my new bag. Yes it's a lovely bag, ladies - and I won it in a competition! Aren't I lucky?

How about these boots? I chose them myself as the fourth item in the competition, so I'm very happy with them too. I took them for a test drive this morning and, apart from a wobble or two on an uneven piece of pavement, they were fine for walking to our regular Tuesday morning get-together for coffee.  I have real problems finding shoes and boots that are comfortable and stylish, so it's good to know that I can wear these for short walks into town to go to the theatre or out for a meal with friends, whilst hanging on to John's arm in case of wobbles.

The jeans in the top photo are the ones that I won (the bottom picture shows the pair I'm wearing today). They fit well apart from the length, but I suspected this would be the case. I take UK size 12 but I need short and not regular jeans and these are way too long for me. As Vicky isn't much taller than me she would need them shortening too, however my step-daughter Sarah said she needs a new pair of jeans, and she's a lot taller than I am, so I think Sarah may be getting an early birthday present!


  1. I actually think the poncho is cute on you with jeans! Perhaps an orange or contrasting color necklace or top underneath if you want more color. Love the shoes - they are very chic.

  2. Thanks, Juhli. I was thinking of a top underneath or maybe a necklace in a better colour, as you suggest. I was very excited when I opened my parcel - like having another Christmas!

  3. I have to agree, the poncho is not especially flattering but it looks perfect for a chilly evening when you're out (or a cool day for a picnic). I find most outwear to be more functional than flattering, but I'd say the poncho is functional and still attractive. Yes, a different necklace that has some of "your" colors would do nicely! Something not too delicate.

    The boots are killer.

  4. Robin and Juhli, it sounds like I need to hit the sales and find a statement necklace to wear with this poncho!

  5. I'm so happy you won the contest! Not a poncho person myself, but sometimes you need to try sonething new. Congratulations!

  6. I'm so happy you won the contest! Not a poncho person myself, but sometimes you need to try sonething new. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks, Dawn. To be honest, I can't remember the last time I wore a poncho, but as I said it will be great for walking our dog on a chilly day!

  7. Oh dear--we haven't encouraged you to shop have we? Do you have a fun, casual necklace with any of the colors in the poncho? Wooden beads or recycled-paper beads, acrylic? I'm seeing orange beads in my mind (ha! I'm the woman who has trouble creating an outfit).

  8. Hi Sue, I actually DO like the poncho on you, as you say a little colour around the neck would just finish the look off. And your little boots are lovely, I am so happy for you winning. How exciting.

  9. Robin, I'll be asking you to write a guest post soon about your fashionable outfits!

    Thanks, Jacqui. I was very excited when I won - and I must admit that I have enjoyed showing off my new bag and boots.