Last weekend, I took a leaf out of a fellow blogger's book and had a serious decluttering session.
It’s that time of the year when, rather than spring cleaning, I’m having a wardrobe clear out, putting away most of my winter clothes and getting my summer clothes out of hibernation.
In other words: time for the Great Wardrobe Switch. Ideally, this is taking place twice a year, in April and October, although in this part of the world it is difficult to pinpoint a date when to actually do this. After all, it can still freeze in May, while October and even November can still bring some Indian summer days.
The Great Wardrobe Switch goes hand in hand with the Great Trying-On Session, which I think needs no explanation.
There’s always a What Was I Thinking of? pile, most of which ends up being bagged up for the charity shop.
Next up are the things which have become too snug or those which still fit perfectly but do not make me feel great.
Again taking advice from a fellow blogger, to only keep and wear clothes you are feeling fabulous in, these are put aside, either for giving away or for selling.
The Great Wardrobe Switch is also a time to get reacquainted with my summer frocks, some of which I’m ashamed to admit I have completely forgotten about.
Here is a little taster ...
On Sunday, I took a little breather to soak up some much-needed sunshine.
We also had our friends Ingrid and Maurice over for coffee and cake, giving us girls a chance to have a look at my latest finds. The handbags especially were greatly admired.
Coffee at Dove Cottage is serious business. No instant or even ground coffee for us. We always buy coffee beans, which we grind ourselves with one of our vintage coffee grinders. Neither is our coffee being made in any kind of machine or in a caffetiere. It's being brewed the old-fashioned way, with a coffee filter, and tastes all the better for it. As you can see, coffee is always on our shopping list too!
I’m finishing this post by showing you last week’s only find on the clothes front. I think you had better sit down first, as you will now see the rare sight of me wearing trousers. I picked up this perfectly fitting crimplene pair for € 6 at Think Twice. Here it is paired with a polyester short-sleeved jacket I bought at the same shop last year. The shoes are also a vintage find, from a shop called My Ohm. They cost a little more than I am usually prepared to pay, which is why I left them behind the first time I saw them. As luck would have it they were still there when I changed my mind a few weeks later. What’s more, I got them at a reduced price!
I wonder what this weekend will bring?
Have you got anything nice planned?