Rockin’ A Poncho: Fifty Plus Style

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Never one to let a seventies throwback trend pass me by, I invested in this poncho by Tommy Hilfiger (from TKMaxx I might add).  It’s really warm and cosy, but hasn’t had as much wear as I’d hoped as we’ve had such an unusually warm winter.  Worn with dark M&S denims and my Dune cowboy boots I feel very happy in it.

Now, where did I leave that donkey?

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Totnes and Buckfastleigh

These two pretty Devon towns are linked by the South Devon railway which runs along the River Dart.

Totnes is a hippytastic heaven for a flowerpower child of the sixties and seventies like me, with its abundance of offbeat boutiques, charity shops and of course the wonderful Neals Yard.  I spent ages in here just looking at the essential oils and jars containing herbal remedies.  Please open a shop in Chester soon!  This time, I bought some juniper essential oil which I will be burning in September for that ‘new term’ vibe that autumn brings.

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Totnes also has lots of teashops and it would be rude not to have a cream tea. I loved this mismatched china.

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We went onto the little town of Buckfastleigh to visit relatives who own and run the Baker’s Oven – a lovely bistro on the main street.

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The town was bedecked with bunting while we were there.  Not sure if this is all summer long, but it does give the place a summer holiday feel.

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These two towns turned up my best charity shop buys of our road trip: a set of retro seventies jars and a jam making pan – just what I’d been looking for.  I can’t pass a charity shop without a mooch!

A Seventies Vibe: Fifty Plus Style

I was a teenager in the seventies, so that whole hippie chic vibe is still alive and kicking in me!  I’m delighted that the boho look is back in the shops, but I have to be careful not to wear the same stuff as I did back then.  So no denim pin-tucked waistcoat, no cheesecloth see through shirts, no off the shoulder peasant tops and no crazy flares.  However, that leaves plenty of scope for platforms, shaggy cardis, long skirts and fringed bags! Hurray!

This weekend I was at a wedding at Rowton Hall, Chester and wore this outfit to breakfast the following day. So, this explains the mad hairdo and tired looking face in case you’re wondering.  It’s a mainly M&S combo: jeans and tee from there, plus this lovely shaggy waistcoat which is comfy and gives a nod to the seventies.  My platform mules are from Mode a Pele last season: I’m having a bit of a mustard thing at the moment.   The bag is Jasper Conran at Debenhams which I bought in a charity shop.  My necklace is also last season M&S and a bit boho inspired.

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Next on my wishlist is a fringed suede bag.  I’m looking!