In a Country Garden

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I’ve always been a sucker for the romance of the past where life seemed simpler, relationships inevitably involved love-triangles (well, at least in novels and films), and life for the most part was unfettered by the demands that we’re presented with today.

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Yes, these days our lives are so disparate. We’re often stretched for time as we rush around attempting to cross off items from our ever- expanding¬† lists of ‘things-to-do.’ I like a fairly tidy house but the¬† idea of running a household for instance, has been outside of my realm of comprehension until recently, and I don’t think I’d ever live up to the expectations as set out by Mrs Beeton and her book of Household Management.

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You see, I’ve never seen ‘domesticity’ as part of my duty or role as a woman, nor have I ever aspired to the role of Domestic Goddess and all that it might entail…the thought alone makes me shudder!

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When it comes to household chores I’m a girl whose more than likely to vacuum around furniture, and if I was so inclined to pick up a broom, dust and dirt would promptly be swept under the rug. I’m allergic to dusting (or at least have an aversion to it), but if it’s any consolation I don’t mind doing laundry, albeit, you’ll never catch me ironing tea towels, socks, sheets or underwear–who does that anyway, right?

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Are there any unspoken rules these days about how women should behave and what their roles should be whether inside or outside of the home? It’s rather idealistic, but I like to think that women everywhere should enjoy a freedom that permits them to choose how they want to live their lives, and how they fulfill their goals and aspirations.

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Yep, it’s likely that my husband will never see me with a feather duster in-hand. We did however buy a dust-buster recently as one of those things designed to make life easier. The idea was fantastic, but it’s by far one of the most useless contraptions we’ve ever owned; it blows more air than it sucks surrounding dirt and fluff! Sigh. Another reason to avoid domestic duties…

Mrs Beeton with a view5-00558Back to Black Style File: World Tuxedo Jumpsuit (similar here and here)/ Kobe Husk Sandals from here (similar with heel)/ Black straw hat (similar in black and white)/Silver Jewellery/ Porcelain and Wood Art-Deco Drop Earrings/ Chinaware courtesy of Mrs M. Sly (similar teapot). Photography Credit: Howard Sly.

I love this Tuxedo Jumpsuit as it’s one of those timeless pieces in my wardrobe that feels ultimately modern, elegant and it’s something that I pull out when I’m not in the mood for a dress. I’m fond of the detail–the halter-neck and structured waist give me some shape and I’ve yet to find another jumpsuit as flattering, especially given my height. The flat sandals provide an easy day-time look, whereas I’m more inclined to dress it up with heels for evenings out.

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