I've had a real yen for some white summer trousers ever since I stupidly put a pair back in a local charity shop, realised my mistake once I'd got home, went back a couple of days later and - they were gone. He who hesitates and all that!! Then I ordered a pair from Cotton Traders but had idiotically ordered a size too big and they had to go back. I tried to order a size smaller but by then they had sold out. So I've been perusing ebay on a regular basis and stalking the local charity shops - nothing, not even a hint of the white, narrow legged trousers I was after.
Then I saw a plus size blogger - the uber stylish Lilli from Frocks and Frou Frou wearing a gorgeous pair of jeggings. I had no idea exactly what jeggings were but it seemed that good old Marks & Sparks sold rather a lot of them (turns out they're tight-fitting jeans) and they had a pair in white and in my size. Before I knew it, I'd ordered them!! I did strike lucky in that there was a 20% off 'bottoms' promotion - an odd expression by M&S, if you ask me - but there went my incredibly long run of not having bought anything retail. I honestly cannot remember when I last bought something new to wear - certainly not since I've been back in Bristol, so that is at least seven months - and I'm suspecting it is actually well over a year.
I've been very lucky with finds in local charity shops - I'm on a cardigan phase at the moment after having bought a beautiful 100% pure Tasmanian wool one, that still had its original tags on, in a chazza in Keynsham back in March. That cardi has proved so useful that I've realised I needed a few more - especially as the weather is so changeable in the UK this summer (quelle surprise!!) Last week I found a lovely mint green cardi - its by George but you can't have everything in life - and a nice long-length black cardi by M&S in the same charity shop. I think they were approx. £4.00 each and the black one has already had an airing out and about.
I've also found quite a lot of summery tops, in fact the yen for white trousers is because one of the tops I found would look gorgeous with white - and doesn't look so good with my ubiquitous jeans. Luckily, as my jacksy is approx. the size of Avonmouth Docks, the top is question is really long so should cover up my large white-clad behind rather nicely.
Should my jeggings be delivered today - and should my derrier not be too frightening in all white - I may wear them out tomorrow for my birthday meal. Mum, my sister and I are off for a Mexican lunch at Las Iguanas in Clifton, followed by a tour of the charity shops in Cotham Hill and Whiteladies Road - my idea of a good day out. Then we'll meet my nephew from school and go for a cup of tea somewhere. Can't have my birthday pass by without getting a hug from my best boy.