Tuesday Shoes-day

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Oasis Purple Patent Mary Janes

I’ve had these shoes since 2007. October to be precise. The reason I know that is I bought them for an ex-colleague and now good friends’ Wedding in Jersey. However, as is my fickle nature with shoes I didn’t end up wearing them!

I don’t often buy shoes, or clothes for that matter, in Oasis. I find the sizing odd. However these were bought as I’d seen them in the window and thought they’d go nicely with the dress I had for said wedding. Turns out they were too matchy-matchy (not a bad thing but it was in this case).

Since I’ve got Spring on the brain and am sick to death of this weather I thought I’d break them out, with tights for this week (I loathe tights under trousers but needs must!) The plan back-fired when I spent a lot of the day trotting round London, meaning cold feet and ankles.

I do like their heel height though and the rich purple colour. I’m a big fan of how Patent shoes (leather or otherwise) can smarten an outfit.

I’m wearing them with:

Sequin boxy top – Cos
Floral cropped trousers – M&S

What are your thoughts on Patent shoes? Yay or Nay?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Alphabet Dating B: Buxted Park Afternoon Tea

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It’s been a little while since we’ve done an Alphabet Date and part of the reason was because we wanted to involve our little boy in some of them. Like I’ve said before, #AlphabetDating is about doing things together, and perhaps out of your comfort zone.

Richard picked B and had a few ideas, but this one sat nicely with something we’ve talked about for a while.

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We had our Wedding celebrations at Buxted Park (a Handpicked Hotel) back in March 2011. We really could not have hoped for a better setting. The staff were wonderful, especially Marc and Suzanne, and they certainly made it feel like our “house” for the day.

It was therefore Richard’s choice to take us back there for our B date – with baby!

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“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are exhausted, it will calm you.” William Gladstone, 1809-1898

It was a rainy day yesterday but we had such a lovely afternoon. The welcome by Marc and Suzanne, who were both there, was fantastic, and it was like we were married the week before, not two years previously. Rob the Bar Manager also remembered us and brought us an amazing selection of teas. Rich now has a new favourite in an orange & cinnamon roobios.

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The tea was lovely, and even our newest addition had fun (and ate some Scone).

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I’d whole-heartedly recommend the hotel for a visit (or overnight stay) if you are in East Sussex. It’s a great base for some of Kent and the South Coast. Plus local attractions like The Bluebell Railway are worth a visit. Make sure you sign up for the HandPicked Hotels newsletter for the latest deals. There are some great ones to be had.

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All in all, a fantastic date that ended up being a Family Occasion. You can’t get better than that!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Comic Relief 2013

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It’s Red Nose Day again!

Since I can remember I’ve participated in some form for Comic Relief. For about 8 years my Mum bought me the “nose” from Sainsbury’s and I still have them all in a box at my parents house.

I feel sometimes that we are wallpapered a bit by charity as a Nation, with days now devoted to fundraising. I’m not saying its a bad thing, but too much of a good thing can be bad.

Having said that, Red Nose Day is one I always support in some form. This year I’ve donned the Stella McCartney for TK Maxx Beatles T-shirt. I love The Beatles. Having grown up with a Lennon & McCartney über-fan of a Dad, they are in my psyche. I pretty much know all the words to every song but have no idea what the songs are called!

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It’s a fun T-shirt and I’m glad most of the proceeds are going towards the charity. Good old TK Maxx!

I’ll be baking some cakes too this weekend for a cake sale on Monday.

What are you doing for this years’s Red Nose Day?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Making the most of it…

Making the most of it

Two weeks ago, pretty much on his 60th Birthday, my Dad finally got his wish and retired from BT, where he spent the whole of his working life. 43 years with the same company will be unheard of (probably) in our lifetimes, and certainly that of our Son’s, but for the most part, he did enjoy his time there, working up from an Apprentice to a high position he (mostly) enjoyed.

Dad sent an email out to his colleague’s past and present on leaving, which I am going to share below, as it really got me thinking about “making the most of it”…

Everyone.

You may all have heard my news by now, but just in case you have not, I am finally retiring. I will be leaving the building as they say…

If I departmentalise my life into the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter, and apportion a generous 20 years to each, I am now standing on the threshold of winter . The snow flakes are already falling. I need to get a move on.

Having just celebrated my 60th birthday I feel the time is absolutely right for me to wander off and do something different for a change. I have already been to Reigate to tell my grandson I will now be able to spend more time with him and he was completely bowled over by this exciting news (as much as a seven-month old can be).

I feel lucky to be leaving having had someone batting for me and making a good case for me to be released early. In this business, without that you are going nowhere. On this occasion I got help in spades and to that person I owe a great debt of gratitude.

I don’t want to bang on in this email about my work history because you already know what a precocious talent I was. All I want to say is that you have been sent this email because you have been part of what I valued most about my time with BT, i.e. the people I have met along the way. I cannot think it could possibly be better at any other employer.

Setting aside the fact I’m always being called stuff like “a management spy” or “oh watch out, here comes that little black cloud”, and worse …whatever, I have enjoyed being part of the scene and I will miss it. And to the person I once wrote a reference for to get you into BT, a long overdue sorry perhaps….to BT! I took a chance and simply lied to them about you.

That’s about it . Please stay in touch. For those who remain with the ever constant pressure to perform, I will leave you with this famous piece of oratory, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…” Theodore Roosevelt

Best, Steve

My Dad’s reference to his life being compartmentalised into season’s actaully scared me a little. In a few year’s time it will be my Autumn – where has time gone? Have I achieved what I wanted to? Am I where I want to be?

For the most part, I’m totally over the moon and happy with my lot, and very grateful for my wonderful family and friends. This letter though has had a profound effect on my thinking though – time is precious. Most of us like to think we work to live, but more often than not, the opposite it true. Now that I am back at work, the majority of my time is spent in the office, away from those that I love, althought I’m lucky in that I have a job that I love, and colleagues I consider as good friends. Some are not so. The fact remains though, the balance isn’t quite right.

There are three things I’m going to take from my Dad’s letter, and remember going forward.

  1. Enjoy your time, life is short, so make the most of it
  2. Being IN the arena is key. In this case, it’s the life arena, so make those moments matter
  3. People matter

A bit of a reflective post for me today, but it’s important to sit and take stock sometimes. I’m proud of my Dad’s acheivement in his 43 years service, but I’m also bowled over by his words. Maybe that’s where I get some of my writing ethos from.

Have there been points of your life that have made you sit up and think?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Dune Riff Biker Boots in Black

Just a quick post today whilst my hands are still functioning. I am so over this cold weather. The tiny taste of the sun I had a couple of weeks ago whilst out in the Caribbean working was lovely. I’m desperate for Spring!

You may have noticed that posts have been sparse the last couple of weeks and for that I’m sorry. A week working and then half a week spent on a well-earned mini break meant the blog took a back seat.

Today’s footwear of choice are my Dune Riff Biker boots. It’s snowing. Again. These boots are so comfortable, and when I got them Pre-Christmas, they were not off my feet, and were especially good for Pram pushing.

I live that they aren’t too biker, and they are pretty classic in styling and shape, no studs or detailing other than the lovely gold zips. They look good with trousers and skirts, and are smart enough for the office on a normal day (my office at least).

I’m wearing them with:

Black Jewel Cuff Jumper – H&M
Blue & White Stripe Top (just seen) – Cos
Grey Leopard Jogging Trousers – ASOS
Baby (dressed in TKMaxx romper) – My own!

The trousers turned out to be a bit of a disaster today. I’m not sure what’s happened. Either they have stretched or I have shrunk inwards a lot (unlikely!) but they are waaaaaaay too big. Thats why they fall a little weirdly in this photo. My Mum needs to do a little alteration I think!

Normal service resuming on here from now. Apologies again for the hiatus.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Havaianas Slim Bronze Jewel Flip Flops

A very quick, and very late, Tuesday Shoes-day today.

I’m in the Caribbean on one of our ships working this week and so have had to bust out some of the summer wardrobe. Judging by some of the clips I’ve been seeing from friends and family, I’ve been missing some pretty grey weather at home so in feeling pretty lucky, although I’m missing my boys a lot.

These flip flops were bought when Hubby and I were in Australia. I liked the bronze colour and bit of bling with the Swarovski jewel. Plus they were half the price they are in the UK.

The only problem I have with Hav’s are that I seem to be in between sizes. The 39/0 just about fit (that’s what these are) and the 41/42 are too big.

I’m wearing them with:

Lilac Chino Shorts – J.Crew
Magenta Ribbed Tank – Polo Ralph Lauren

Normal service to resume next week.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X