After last month's anti-fashion stance I am now back into all things frivolous and frou-frou. I am sporting a healthy tan from two weeks in Egypt and am determined not to get back into winter clothes again. However I was shocked to read on my return that lots of girls there are still subjected to the horrific and shocking practice of female circumcision (read mutilation). For all his failings David Cameron is apparently putting his money where his mouth is and trying to eradicate the practice around the world – let's hope with all our hearts he is successful. If he does decide to visit Penzance and pop into the shop to ask my advice on the demise of the high street I will certainly be asking him about it.
I will also offer him my view on how to revive Penzance's prospects, and others like it, by going 'back to the future'. For most of human history town centres have been far more eclectic – and exciting – places where people have lived, worked, sought information and entertainment, learnt skills and exchanged experiences as well as shopped. Hubs could spring up where local produce could be sold and advice given plus some of the gaping, depressing empty spaces could be converted into much needed homes. There could be more space for nature, relaxation, creative pursuits and recreation. With more flexible planning and open minds life could be breathed back into Penzance.
On a lighter note and with spring just around the corner things in Boudoir are freshening up with green and yellow being the colours of the new window display. Think pale pistachio and mellow yellow to ease us into Easter – the season of awakening and rebirth and dare I say it – sunshine!!! Once more, after the long winter's sleep, the warm rays begin to heat the land and the leaves uncurl and bedeck the trees with green.
Bearing your pale skin for the first time after a long winter is alarming to say the least – I will certainly be having a spray tan next time I go away in February.
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Little and often in the sunshine is my motto – to build up the skin's natural defences and colour without burning.
I always love the change of seasons and the chance to start packing away clothes I am fed up with looking at – both in the shop and in my wardrobe. As proprietor of Boudoir I have the excuse again to devour the fashion magazines on a regular basis. I get excited about the challenge of trying to translate my second-hand stock into the trends of the season for the window displays – watch this space and my corner on Chapel Street for what you should be wearing on a budget for spring/summer 2013.