There are many stylish ladies that I look to when I am in need of a little inspiration. I often mention the most obvious contenders - Bloggers, 60's models, Edwardian daughters and of course a certain television presenter/muse/model. Only up until now I have failed to mention the ladies who constantly inspire my winter wardrobe - The Scottish Granny. These wee old ladies are always neat as a pin, whether they are shopping in Jenners or walking their Westie in Victoria Park. Always sporting tartan, velvet or tweed expertly pulled together with a lone gilt brooch or a genuine Tam O'Shanter hat.
I admire their stubborn resistance to change, unlike so many generations. Staying true to their style despite constantly moving fashions. Adam is forever pronouncing my outfit Like a Nana's, while some might be offended by this I can only grin and correct him - like a Granny, not a Nana. So, when I was tapped on the shoulder in the baking aisle of Hobbie Craft by none other than A Scottish Granny and asked where she might find a coat like mine I was more than a little pleased with myself. Only I had some trouble explaining that originally it came from Topshop but I bought it on ebay (both were met with a puzzled expression) after missing out in my size the first time and searching for it ever since. When I told her that I finally found it for under £20, she seized my arms and exclaimed "Oh Hen, what a bargain. Good lass!" and bid me a good afternoon. Leaving me feeling like the cat who got the cream.
These pictures were taken weeks after that conversation but this is essentially the same outfit. I had some trouble keeping my hat on and my hair from whipping around my face in wind but it was worth it to take in the view and giggle at where this sleepy cat choose for her bed.