We're heading back in time just briefly - to last Sunday, when Gill and Mike took me to Chatsworth House. It is a spectacular stately home owned, lived in and preserved by the Duke of Devonshire. It has belonged to the family since 1549 and has been added to and altered with the most magnificent art and opulent ornament since then.
Here is Mike using one of the nifty little mirrors they provide for viewing the ceiling, so you don't have to strain your neck to see it. I can just imagine gaggles of gorgeous ladies subtly angling their compacts to have this effect back in the day. (When did mirror compacts first go into production anyway? Late 19thC?)
coat - vintage
skirt - charity shop and altered by me
blouse - London designer sample sale
cardigan - Lonon vintage fair
shoes - Dansko (new! And oh-so-comfy!)