Monday, August 16, 2010

Winter Series - Cashmere and Orchid Oil

I have been so caught up with other things that I have neglected to finish off my Winter Series.

In this one, clothes and smooth skin.

When I was packing for our recent winter holiday, I noticed something slightly embarrassing very striking about my clothes.

They are almost all grey.   5 years ago they would have all been black.  Now grey dominates.   How many grey cardigans and scarves can one person reasonably have?

In my case quite a few.  Here is just a small cross section of what I have been wearing during this cold and exceptionally rainy winter:

So, along with my Year of No Rubbish Purchases comes a supplementary resolution - no more grey clothes. 

In case you still want some grey in your life, these are the places in Melbourne for grey cashmere and merino wool knitted things:

8 Inkerman (cashmere and cashmere on sale now)
Sambag (ballet shoes, bags and knits)
Skin and Threads (fantastic basics in plain colours, great quality)
Pink Zebra (US brands like Joie and J Brand and lots of cashmere)

If you are like me, you have skin which, alien like, peels off in sheets the minute the cold weather starts.  I have tried various lip balms over the last 20 years, and I can honestly say that this is the very very best.  

My other great discovery this winter is this facial oil.  My mother gave it to me for my birthday in March.  It sure beats the pink vinyl handbags she otherwise tends to give me.   (Sorry mum).  This stuff is amazing.  I don't know what blue orchids are, but they have stopped my alien skin peel in its tracks.  

I am now addicted to all things oily.  Any other face oil suggestions?  Let me have them. 

This is my last Winter Series post because the daffodils are out, and spring is in the air.  In spite of the drizzly endless rain.


brismod said...

You're not alone, Jane. I was folding a hug pile of clothes last night and my pile was exclusively grey!! Thanks for the lip balm and moisturiser tip too.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

It's quite fun to read of you speaking of winter and rain Jane. It's so the opposite, having I think our 11th day of continuous heat advisories. I so love daffodils and it makes me long for living where there are real seasons again. I am a black person, so I have no room for mocking you with your gray. I do believe the other half of my closet is that too. Hope your new week will be a good one for you all?! xx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

I love your array of grey jumpers [sweater to those US folk].... I think I tend to do too much black and grey myself... but it's versatile especially for the office..

Well I may have to try that blue orchid oil.. I love Clarins products....but over the last few years was too busy too take too much care... must start making an effort..

Hope you had a fabulous weekend,.. feels like spring is just trying to get here [at least up here it does].

have a great week xxx Julie

Emma said...

I miss daffodils, one of the worst things about not having proper seasons. My favourite skin product is jojoba oil. I use it as face cream. It is a natural sunscreen as well! I was initially recommended it to prevent rosacea (which it cleared up immediately) but now use it as an everyday moisturiser!

Millie said...

I love Kosmea's 100% Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil. Although it sounds a bit Grannie-ish, believe me it's anything but. You won't smell like a garden or a Nursing Home resident - I promise!
Millie ^_^

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

I'm thinking I could try some of your shades of grey Jane. I can't find anything in my wardrobe because of the uniform blackness of it all. And my skin is just like yours - ultra sensitive in cold weather. I swear by the Decleor oils, and my regular sunscreen which I wear all year round.

Mise said...

What a speedy winter you guys have - it seems no time at all since you were parading flowers and dresses. I'm just segueing from chalk pink into grey myself, and sometimes I daringly mix them both. I have no grey home furnishings at all: is that terrible?

Kristine said...

We should do a swap, as I'm sure you'd love my sweaters - they're all grey. I try to buy other colours, but grey is always the colour I reach for in my wardrobe. The other colours sit there unworn. So I just embrace the grey and don't mind if its the colour I primarily buy. The best thing about a monochromatic wardrobe is that everything goes with everything.

Anonymous said...

I have a grey clothing problem too. It goes with everything and is so classic though! On the facial oil, I have had good results with jojoba oil as well as evening primrose oil. Good stuff. Love your blog!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Thanks for the Clarins tip, Jane. I do love oils and serums as I feel they penetrate the epidermis so much better than creams which can have so many things added to them which the skin doesn't need. I love good old Rosehip oil which I mix blends up with essential oils such as Frankincense, rose, geranium, ylang ylang etc. I also like Estee Lauder's Night Repair. xx

Jane said...

Clarins oil is a classic - my secret for years! So glad you shared - now others can enjoy it, too! J x

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