I’m sitting here on my lounge with my laptop. My tea has long gone cold.
It’s 30 minutes since that surgeon came out and matter-of-factly told Nina and Kate that Patrick had not made it through.
I haven’t bawled so much since Molly died on A Country Practice in 1985. And then on Facebook I was reminded of other small screen deaths: Mark Green (ER); Matthew (Downton Abbey); Frankie’s daughter (Love My Way); Claire (McLeod’s Daughters).
And I thought, if it were Days of Our Lives, we wouldn’t need to be sad because Patrick would come back to life. Maybe played by a different actor and as Stefano’s long-lost grandson. But back all the same.
I know these characters are not real but we let them into our lounge rooms every week and we invest our emotions into the plots around them.
And boy did those emotions came tumbling out of me as the trailer screened for next week’s episode.
It was at this point that Mr SY phoned (he was away last night for work) to find a blubbering mess of a wife on the end of the phone. He made all the right soothing kind of noises even if he really didn’t “get” what I was going through. A bit like when Queensland loses a State of Origin Football match and I know better than to say, “it’s just a game”.
I promptly took to Twitter and Facebook for group counselling. Thank-you all who joined me. I expect to now fully go through the stages of grief with all of you. Many of us are already on to the angry stage. Others are declaring that they will only wear black between now and next week’s finale. Others again are refusing to watch ever again.
Anger about the plot aside, Asher Keddie pulled off another award-winning performance. I just wish it didn’t have to have been performed around THAT theme with THAT outcome.
Ok, so after all that I think we need a little lie down and a Nina Proudman fashion diversion, don’t we?
Neens got around in the same outfit for most of the penultimate season four Offspring episode – not one I think any of us will want to copy verbatim given its link to such sadness. The blue boots, belted jeans, stretch cami, layered necklaces and drop earrings are all familiar to us from this season but it was the draped – or waterfall – jacket she wore in last week’s episode and this one that I had quite a few questions about it.
I thought we’d focus on the jacket if that’s ok with you?
The reason for my focus is two-fold.
1. This is a style of jacket that is flattering on everyone.
2. It’s the style of jacket that you’re more likely to pick up in store over the next month because of the change in fashion seasons.
It’s a trans-seasonal jacket that suits for autumn and spring if you live where I do (south-east Queensland) and all-year-round jacket if you live where Nina does (Melbourne) for a wardrobe layering piece.
You may be lucky to pick one of the exact jackets up at The Dressing Room, Melbourne.
A SY reader did ponder recently as to what Nina might wear in winter in Melbourne. I think she wouldn’t deviate too much from her style. There’s just be a few more essential layers to block out the cold.
Melbourne-ites, tell me what you think? What add-ons would Nina need for a winter wardrobe?
Anyhoo, back to the draped jacket.
The key with this look is that it needs to fit and sit well across the shoulders for it not to overwhelm and become boxy. The fall line of the drape is supremely flattering because when it’s worn with a block colour underneath, it creates the illusion of a more narrow torso. The way the lapels of the jacket fall pointing inwards also helps to give an illusion of a waist, making it kind of a miracle jacket really.
A kimono-style jacket can achieve the same thing but its sleeves are wider and the whole garment is more floaty.
And much like carf works to add interest to an outfit, this style of jacket does too. I prefer to wear this style with necklaces rather than add extra drape with a scarf but try for yourself and see what works for you.
I don’t have an exact match on the jacket Nina is wearing but I’ve put together a bit of a shopping prompt for designs in this style currently available to buy. If you see something you like, my hot tip is to get on board as this style gets snapped up quickly and won’t be around again until next spring.
1. Crossroads jacket $19.95 (on sale) | 2. Witchery jacket $149.95 | 3. Mimosa jacket $179 | 4. Sussan jacket $99.95 | 5. Sara cardigan $49 (on sale) | 6. Katies jacket $79.95 | 7. Talulah jacket $180 | 8. Howard Showers cardigan $119 | 9. Trenery jacket $199
Ok, let the de-brief begin … how are you coping after last night’s episode?
Offspring photo: Channel TEN