Charity / Fashion / Lent / Vintage

Bonjour Paris

It’s that time of year again. The time where you’re so excited about the possibility that it might get warm again that you fail to choose your outfits wisely. You seem blind to the fact that the world is adorned with a silvery sparkle, and instead only see the bright sunshine. Ignoring the blatant trespassing of Mr Jack Frost, you pick out a nice dress, a pair of thin sheer tights, perhaps a cropped jacket. The lucky ones have a dog that they let out into the garden for a wee, a cat that refuses to use the cat flap, instead preferring to use the front door as honoured guests should, or some other reason the means that they need to expose themselves to the chill that is outdoors. This opportunity should be used to full effect and if your arm hair immediately stands on end then it may be time to rethink your outfit.

The unlucky ones however, like me, live in flats, with no cats, no front door to the outside to speak of, surrounded by other buildings radiating heat. We get taken in, hook, line and sinker by the glowing sunshine. We prance outside, full of the joys of spring, wearing something floaty and sheer. We will have travelled around 50% of the distance to our car before the chill has our nipples in a vice-like grip and won’t let go. It’s too late to turn back and change our outfit, what do you do?!

Well, this is where a scarf comes in. Scarves have been big business over the past few months with them making a real impact on the highstreet, in fact I believe you would be mad to venture outside without one regardless of temperature. They have become a style statement. Plain outfits can be jazzed up with the inclusion of a bright scarf.

So, you now know that you want /need/can’t live without a scarf. But what should it have on it? Well, you can wear whatever you please, but recently I was very taken with the latest Carven collection which includes a number of items featuring a beautifully quirky map of Paris:

Carven Paris map dress

Carven Paris map dress

Carven Paris map shirt and jacket

Carven Paris map shirt and jacket

On a side note, these reminded me very strongly of the Max Mara jacket that I stumbled across in Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Aberdeen some months ago:

Max Mara Weekend jacket, size 12, £25, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen

Max Mara Weekend jacket, size 12, £25, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen

Anyway, back to the task in hand… scarves.

Morven found this beautiful Bonjour Paris scarf in Auldearn Antiques for only £1!

Scarf, £1, Auldearn Antiques

Scarf, £1, Auldearn Antiques

I love this scarf! Such quirky drawings, and with so many colours it will go with pretty much anything! I can’t wait to wear it after 30th March.

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