Keep Calm and Bear With Me!

Despite having limited time due to work over the past ten months, I have still made an effort to keep up blogging; committing to one post per week no matter how stressed or exhausted or busy I may be. However, I must inform you all that you won’t be hearing from me on Keep Calm and Remember for the next month!

This Wednesday is the Christian day of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. It’s customary to give up some sort of luxury or indulgence during the 40-day period of Lent to show one’s penitence and to bring oneself closer to God; and in the past I have given up such things as coffee or nail polish. But this year, I’ve decided to give up blogging. I did consider giving up coffee again, knowing that that choice would require serious commitment– but I work such early hours sometimes and I do so much driving that I thought giving up the thing which keeps me awake on the road might bring me a bit too close to God, if you catch my meaning!

Therefore, blogging it is– and although this may seem a silly thing to give up, I have my reasons. It’s true that I don’t always feel like writing for Keep Calm and Remember after a Saturday at work when the weekend is nearly over and Monday is already looming, but I feel a compulsion to write anyway. I have a great sense of duty when it comes to certain things, and my sense of guilt when I neglect this duty is much harder to bear than the simple deprivation of something frivolous. So I feel that giving up my blog for a month is the best and most difficult choice; and although it will be tough I know that being around technology a little less will make time for more important relationships.

I will be back posting on March 12, and for the remainder of the Lenten period I pledge to give up tea– which is no mean feat bearing in mind I’m British! I hope that you will all look forward to my return to this blog, and accept my Lenten absence. During Lent, although I’ll be away from the keyboard, my mind won’t be idle; and I’m already planning some (hopefully) brilliant posts for once I’m back. Thank you for your understanding, and if you too are observing Lent, I wish you all the best!

And Then There Was Fashion

It’s a fact of fashion that trends come and go– but that they sometimes resurface as well. Recently we’ve seen the revival of ’70s style, 1980s-esque activewear, and even of 1920s style thanks to the cultural influence of The Great Gatsby. But now I’m beginning to see a subtle revival which greatly pleases me– a renaissance of 1930s and 1940s style! This is thanks partly to the influence of TV programs and films; like Agent Carter in North America and Jekyll and Hyde in the UK (which can be watched for the fashion as well as the story), but it’s also impacted by the runway. Victoria Beckham has in the past shown dresses with a modern take on 1940s silhouettes, and brands like Alexander McQueen and Balmain are well-known for utilizing military style and deep colours which all evoke a 1940s look.  And Then There Was Fashion


One of the latest programs to capitalize on the 1930s/1940s theme is the BBC’s adaption of And Then There Were None, which is a thrilling novel by Agatha Christie. My family and I watched this miniseries, which was incredibly suspenseful and fascinating. I absolutely loved it, and I don’t think I’ve ever watched a program so full of tension and suspense. The island setting, too, was brilliant– so dreary and grim, which contrasted with the rich interior design and beautiful 1930s fashions. This latest Polyvore set was inspired by one of the main characters, Miss Claythorne; who, although she has a dark past (you really should watch the miniseries to find out more!) also possesses a wonderful taste in fashion!