Woo hoo! I have received my first clothes parcel! Well, perhaps one garment doesn't quite count as a parcel, but I'm delighted with it. I was tipped off in advance by my oldest friend (we met when we were 6) that she'd be visiting and bringing a clothes parcel. Socks, I thought. She's read my blog and she's bought me a pack of sports socks. How kind.
But no! Here's what she gave me:
That is one LOUD coat. Roses that size are normally seen on carpets. But then, I'm a fairly loud sort of personality. Never knowingly understated. It's by Ann Louise Roswald, and I think it's made of raw silk, but I can't see a care label anywhere. Bound to be dry clean only. On this rare occasion I shall take that seriously, as it looks hand dyed. It's also a perfect fit, and that might well be jeopardised by flinging it in the washing machine.
When am I going to wear it? As it turns out, evensong this afternoon might have been a good contender. Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in the cathedral for our celebration of the Queen's Accession. A good deal of fine millinery and Ascottery was on display; as well as the usual parade of uniforms, frills, ruffles and bling that get dusted off for civic occasions. Fortunately I was in a skirt and little tweed jacket not jeans. But the fab new coat would have been even better. Never mind, I shall save it. One of my concerns at the beginning of this year was the unexpected posh do requiring an entire new outfit which I'd be unable to buy. Now I have something in reserve. Hoorah for clothes parcels and old friends!
Here's the designer's website: http://www.annlouiseroswald.com/index.html