The 'old' lady style and beauty thread

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thisenglishlife Mon 29-Jun-20 21:05:40

With 'old lady' not being an offensive term, but rather referring to women with knowledge, refined taste and other positive qualities

Show off your pretty things and link to dresses, slips, twinsets, pearls, stockings, big knickers, cross your heart bras, prestige scents, retro style makeup, soap and everything else in between

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LunaNorth Mon 29-Jun-20 22:21:54

Ooh new thread!

Marking my place with a doily.

Scruffyoak Mon 29-Jun-20 22:22:48

Place marking!

frugalkitty Mon 29-Jun-20 23:08:56

Placemarking by putting my G&T down on a coaster. (Hmm, we're doing 'dry July' I'm not sure I thought that through very well hmm) Maybe I'll switch to a lime cordial for the duration of the July threads.

Canklesforankles Mon 29-Jun-20 23:18:49

Thought I’d offer a concrete big knicker suggestion for those contemplating going for comfort. I buy these from John Lewis/Waitrose. Go up a size. Lovely.

I kid myself they look a bit like gym wear in the black. I particularly like wearing them in winter with tights and a dress as it stops the tights rolling down under my spare tyre grin

JohnnyMcGrathSaysFuckOff Mon 29-Jun-20 23:28:09

Did you know that Marks is doing a sale on all linen at the moment? I have a nice new soft linen mix top and a sensible linen dress now. Perfect for warm weather!

I started using Arm & Hammer toothpaste a little while since, and always use coal tar soap.

Highlights of the last 24h include cleaning my wood floors with proper wood cleaner, dressing the children in soft white cotton pyjamas, reading The Times, and making plans to replant my entire frontage with lavender.

I am basically my children's granny.....

ChicCroissant Mon 29-Jun-20 23:57:28

Just bookmarking my place, I can smell the coal tar soap now!


thisenglishlife Tue 30-Jun-20 10:28:50

I kid myself they look a bit like gym wear in the black. I particularly like wearing them in winter with tights and a dress as it stops the tights rolling down

Good tip @Canklesforankles (and great username!)

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ppeatfruit Tue 30-Jun-20 13:03:51

Hello thank you for the new thread thisenglish . The lavender has been amazing this year, a very deep colour. Plus the honeysuckle, I have an old fashioned garden of course grin I think I have woad growing next to the pond!!

emcla Tue 30-Jun-20 13:08:02


thisenglishlife Tue 30-Jun-20 13:28:48

I watched the entirety of Outlander during the lockdown and love the settings and clothes (1940s, 1960s and 1700s).

I'm a fan of Claire's hair and the monk shoes and brogues. I have a dress like this in red, but the white one is so simple but pretty.

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hippochoc Tue 30-Jun-20 13:29:47

Great a new thread! just spent a lovely morning with dd pottering around a junk/antique centre, got a pretty wedgewood dish for my bar of laundry soap arriving soon. I found a selection of gorgeous lace and embroidered hankercheifs but sadly they were part of a display and not for sale.

WinWinnieTheWay Tue 30-Jun-20 13:35:25

Place marking

alwaysreadyforablether Tue 30-Jun-20 13:36:47

I am finally doing something with my garden after 6 years of being in my house. I am planning borders with honeysuckle and roses and maybe an exotic clematis. I don't like gardens that are all decking and hard surfaces with few actual plants.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 30-Jun-20 13:37:32

These JL knickers are absolutely brilliant.

ppeatfruit Tue 30-Jun-20 13:48:20

I couldn't agree more about deckng always I hate the stuff, it's a terrible way to use valuable trees. Maybe recycled is ok , it still creates living spaces for small unwanted animals. Is slippery in the wet and frozen winters. I like a garden to look like a garden not an "Outside room" hmm

thisenglishlife Tue 30-Jun-20 13:58:12

Sounds good @alwaysreadyforablether
Here's a few of mine

Some classic perfume houses and their most well known vintage scents:
Balmain - Jolie Madame
Carven - Ma Griffe
Caron - N'aimez que Moi, Taboc Blond
Chanel - No. 5 and No. 22
Dior - Miss Dior, Diorissimo
Estee Lauder - Youth Dew
Guerlain - esp. Mitsouko
Jean Patou - Joy
Lanvin - Aperge
Nina Ricci - L'Air du Temps
Santa Maria Novella
Worth - Je Reviens
Yves Saint Laurent - Rive Gauche

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Scruffyoak Tue 30-Jun-20 14:05:11

I love Claires outfits.

Juo Tue 30-Jun-20 14:09:23

Not seen the other threads but I like the look of this!
@thisenglishlife I rarely wear perfume but I have a bottle of Carven Ma Griffe for when I do.
Not so much an old lady thing but more a nostalgia for my youth I love patchouli oil.

Bioprepper Tue 30-Jun-20 16:29:54

is there two of these new threads? marking my place for more old lady inspo lol

Laiste Tue 30-Jun-20 20:05:12

Fenjal! Has this been mentioned? The little body spray and the shower gel smell LOVELY!

3 of my daughters are early 20s and one of them scoffed at me buying a couple of fenjal body sprays in boots last year as we mooched around. Roll on to a couple of months ago and what did i spy peeking out of one of their handbags? grin

Michelleoftheresistance Tue 30-Jun-20 20:28:13

I have a rose candle burning that's spot on for a Yardley rose scent, and am trying to work out how to get lavender and rose into the whole house since it is so relaxing. Drinking tea out of my proper flowery china cup and saucer, and reflecting that it's time to buy a new tea strainer and keep tea bags for the fast tea instead of the relax and enjoy teas of the day.

V nice tweed skirt I'd had my eye on that came up in the sale now on order, with ambition to wear something other than my beloved jeans. What length tweed skirts do experienced skirt wearers like? I'm slightly baffled that with July starting tomorrow, I'm still clinging to my woolly socks and tights.

princessbear80 Tue 30-Jun-20 20:50:32

I haven’t finished the old thread. Would someone mind posting a link please? I’ve searched but can’t find it. Then I’ll catch up and join you all back over here.

princessbear80 Tue 30-Jun-20 21:00:26

Tried another search and managed to find it!
Here’s the link if anyone else wants it:

MotherofPearl Tue 30-Jun-20 22:10:19

This is the thread for me. I love pearls and have a beautiful string of graduated pearls I inherited from my GM. I wear them as often as possible. I love tweed skirts in winter too.

Now I'm off to read the first thread.

<waves to thisenglish from Royal S&B>

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