The world outside the office window was dressed in a deep blue sky, the kind of blue it only wears on the clearest of winter days.
The days ended as such days usually do, with sunsets displaying gorgeous layers of orange as the sun disappears behind the horizon.
Imagine my disappointment when Saturday dawned murky and with a sky of such a solid grey that the weak winter sun didn't stand a chance.
The quality of light was so poor that even outside photography didn't do justice to my latest € 2 buys from Think Twice.
First up is this pale green dress with dark green dots, which has a matching belt. Made in France, from a polyester/acrylic blend, with the tiniest bit of wool, it'll be warm enough to wear on the coldest of winter days.
I'm just a little bit disappointed with the label, which says "Duchesse Anne". Don't these people know that I'm a princess? They spelled my name wrong as well!
Even in the best of my photos, the green in the dress was hardly noticeable, so I had to perform quite a bit of magic on them ...
I guess it will need a dash of bright colour to combine it with. Any suggestions are welcome!
The green in this dress was more photogenic, especially combined with the royal blue: one of my favourite colour combinations. And look at those pretty pearly buttons! There is a belt to this dress too, but I forgot to photograph it.
The final dress is made from a blue crepe-like material, with a dusky pink lining.
I love its wide lapelled collar, the chevron darts and the fabric covered buttons closing with loops instead of button holes.
I also grabbed this black V-necked blouse with colourful flower print from the rails.
It is close fitting, with a long zip at the back and a slight peplum. The somewhat puffy sleeves have fabric covered buttons at the wrist.
I simply couldn't get enough of its cheery print, so here's a close-up for you to enjoy.
We had a family commitment on Saturday, to do with my dad's estate, so we only had time for a quick charity shop visit.
Unfortunately, it was a bit of a waste of time as we only found a Lourdes candlestick and snow globe for our collection. The upside is that we only paid a sum total of € 0,50.
But of course, I cannot leave you without showing you Saturday's outfit.
I was thoroughly fed up with this coat after wearing it to death last winter.
Combined with the royal blue beret and scarf combo, I have to admit it doesn't look too bad ...
It is quite comfy too.
The texture of this dark red dress prevents it from being too boring, and I added a turquoise cardigan and accessories to lighten it up. The birds brooch, bought new for a change, came from Mundos in Cardigan. I have another one in green and Kezzie even has it in bright pink.
The enamel brooch with the flower design was bought from the "brooch lady" back in March.
Oh, and now that we're on kind of a blue theme: this gorgeous piece of costume jewellery, which used to belong to my great aunt Josephine, had my name written all over it.
I think it looks really pretty tucked up in its original box on a bed of pink cotton wool.
This massive brooch was also passed down from my stylish great aunt.
The centre "stone" always puts me in mind of Sherlock Holmes's "blue carbuncle", although goose will certainly not be on the menu for Christmas at Dove Cottage!