What have you been up to? With the sunshine making a very welcomed appearance everything seems to look better and the positivity just flows. Isn't it funny how sunny climates make everyone feel happier and act in a more friendlier way. People smile, want to chat and generally seem to be in much better moods.
Last weekend we were away again overnight - I know cheeky aren't we? Some of the positives of having older children are that we can catch up with friends and family without having to worry about getting home for the children, cooking for them and ferrying them around - lol. Although I do worry about my little doggie Roxy, she misses me when I go away, so I leave strict instructions what to do with her, when to feed her & to make sure she has a walk and plenty of water!
We went to Brighton to a Jukebox fair, both our friends have Jukeboxes that take vinyls, so they enjoyed looking through the boxes of records at the fair. We have one that's on a computer chip, so we were just as happy checking out the various stands and watching the couples jive to the live band. Every time we go (we've been three times now) we say we're going to learn how to jive, but as yet no one has committed!
Having a Jukebox is good fun on a night in with friends or family, we throw some stunning dance moves I can tell you - especially after a few glasses of vino!
We stayed in a little B & B in Eastbourne, spending the afternoon and evening sampling the local pubs and restaurants produce!
Returning home on Sunday we met up with some of the kids in our local, sitting in the sunshine gave our weekend the perfect finish - I have to say we don't stop laughing from when we met till we say goodbye! Catch our visit to Venice last year, full of fun and laughter. So lucky to have such wonderful friends and family around us.
So with family in mind - today I thought I tell you a little about my wonderful family - specifically my nan.
She was born over 100 years ago, in 1900, I always knew how old my nan was because being born then each year she was that year age. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2000, but unfortunately she died in July of that year. I often think what would she have made of life today! She hardly ever travelled in a car, had never travelled abroad and didn't know what a mobile phone was! She had all her faculties about her, but sadly went blind due to an eye condition.
When the children were young I would go and 'nan sit' for my mum, we didn't like to leave her on her own, so I would stay with her, making her lunch and cups of tea - I remember she had a hearty appetite for someone that 'young'! She would reminisce about her younger days, telling me about her work in an office where she was fabulous with figures - this she never lost and was always on the ball when talking maths, money and measurements.
Here she is aged 6 with her two brothers. Both boys in dresses as was the norm in those days!
I wished I had known her in her younger days - what would she have been like, how would she sound, what were her views? I'm sure we would have got on, because people don't change that much do they! Such a shame we really only know our grand-parents in their twilight years, so try and make the most of it!
I adore this outfit, having only recently seen the photograph in full size. Her pleated skirt, and long jumper with pea coat, beads and court shoes wouldn't be out of place being worn now! Probably not with the hat though! Shame the photo isn't in colour, I would love to have know what colour this stylish outfit was. Here she is in the typical 'flapper' style dress - she was 26.
Again with a hat! How lovely. The drop waist style dress was popular in the twenties. With my granddad here when she was 28.
He died when I was only four - but I still remember the love he showered over me, my two cousins & my sister. We would all climb over him when he got home, only for him to tell us "he had a bone in his leg" so we all got off - it was years before I realised he was pretending and that we all had bones in our legs!
Here's my mum and aunt, little girls always wore dresses with long white socks and cute little leather shoes. Unlike my granddaughter who often wears leggings or trousers, seldom a frilly dress with socks.
My mum aged 18 wearing an outfit that again I'd happily wear, owning similar pleated skirts, and pretty tops with peter pan collars myself. Again it's a shame this is in black and white as I'd love to see the colours she would have chosen.
Seeing these photographs confirm to me that fashions come and go, but they definitely come back in fashion again and again. Styles my nan and mum have worn look equally as flattering on me too.
You can see me wearing a pleated skirt with a pretty blouse last year.
It's been wonderful looking through old photos for this blog post - checking out the past fashion styles of my nan & mum over the past 100 years has been interesting. It is a shame that cameras weren't around like they are now, photos are precious and show a captured image from the past that can't be changed, any flaws stay put forever. Quite the opposite of images taken today - we all take endless photos of anything and everything on our phones and cameras - altering as we go to our hearts delight. I'm not quite sure what my nan would have made of this!
Check out how Sun Life Insurance has noted some changes over the past 100 years too!
Thanks for stopping by today - I've had fun with my memories of my adorable nan. X
This is a sponsored post - these are 100% my own honest views.
Time for the #chicandstylish #linkup
But first here's my favourite from last week.
Meet Jodie from Jodies Touch of Style. I adore reading her blog which also features both her mums too. Styling anything and everything in her own unique way.
Now let's start linking.
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See you on Monday - can you believe it will be May next week! Where did April disappear to?
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Bye for now. X