Sometimes you just need a little extravagance in your life. As regular readers know, I simply don’t have any need for a party dress this season.   My Christmas will be relaxed and my December spent mostly in the Caribbean. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a little bit of room in my wardrobe for a dress that’s a little…

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For years I’ve avoided heavy knits.  By nature they are bulky items, woven from heavy wool to trap warm air inside and insulate your body.   They take up space and add volume. As a woman, especially as a tall and fat woman, I’m conditioned to think that volume is bad.   I’ve been taught to minimise myself; to shrink…

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Autumn days to me mean picking blackberries for a apple and blackberry crumble before a night in front of the fire place, often with a honeyed whiskey and a board game (Carcassonne is our favourite). Autumn is also a time when pubs feature much more heavily in my daily life; I love those with smokey interiors, low beams and a…

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