Day 30 of 100 Pleats ……… The ‘Chic Secretary’ Look



Day 30 of the 100 Pleat Challenge and I’m rocking the  ‘Chic Secretary’ look …….. using a pencil to help secure my French pleat.

I think it looks pretty darn stylish …..but I guess I will never be as chic as Phyllis ………..

 Here we have another story about my lovely clients from my dog-grooming days.  I hope you enjoy it. 


Isn’t it funny how friends are made ?

Working for so long, grooming dogs,  has brought me into contact with so many people, from all walks of life. I admit that we do have our fair share of  “strange”  clients but most of them are lovely and many have become personal friends.

One such friend is Phyllis,  a stately lady now in her 90s.  I have been grooming her dog for years now and we have become really close.  She lives with her  “sort of”  stepson and his partner, in a splendid flat at the rear of their home.

Phyllis comes from another world entirely.  Her father was an extremely wealthy American, racehorse owner and her Mother was a titled English lady.

She lived in a world of Swiss Finishing Schools and  “Coming Out”  Balls and luxury and privilege;  but nevertheless she is a marvellous lady with a wicked sense of humour and enormous generosity.

Phyllis visits us every 6 weeks and, unlike most clients, she stays and chats while her dog is groomed.  She always comes armed with a bottle of wine,  which she insists we sample so we have had to make sure that hers is the last appointment of the day or we would never be able to carry on !

On her last visit, a couple of weeks ago, she brought a friend who was visiting from London. This meant that two bottles of wine were brought in and two elderly ladies were very merry by the time they left !

Well this friend,  Jane,  had known Phyllis from way back when they were just young  “gels”  and so she told us lots of stories about their escapades.

Apparently, during the war,  Phyllis’  Mother thought  Phyll  should do some  “useful work” ……….. So Mamma pulled some strings and secured Phyll a clerical job in the War Office.  This was where Jane met her  and the story that tickled me the most was about Phyll being under a  “security”  investigation.

It seems that her office supervisor wondered how Phyll  (on a clerks megre pay)  could manage to look so expensively chic everyday.   ( I guess they were thinking SPY !)    So she was called into the office and asked,

” How do you manage to be so well turned out day after day ?” .

Of course Phyll hadn’t a clue what they were getting at,  she just thought they wanted fashion tips !

So she said ,

” Well I have 4 or 5  little Chanel suits in black,  navy and a rather elegant grey.   Of course they would be boring just worn  on their own everyday …………. but, I find if one accessorises with a different diamond brooch and sometimes a Hermes scarf in various colours.  Or maybe strings of pearls or diamond earrings………..,  one can appear to be wearing something different every day ”

I would have loved to have seen their faces !


This was originally published on 22 August 2011 in

I am now retired and no longer groom dogs other than my own.  But I do miss the clients and their funny stories and, of course, the lovely dogs.  


About rosiewrites2

Growing old, disgracefully and enjoying every minute.
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