Thursday, 30 March 2017
Normally it takes me ages to find a decent pair. They need to have a heavyweight fabric, not too thin, and of course look flattering. I was thrilled to find that the first pair I tried, from Boden, were keepers. White jeans look nautical and summery with blue and stripes - and fab for evenings with a sheer tunic top and statement sandals.
Monday, 27 March 2017
Mr Mutton didn't come as he is Marathon training in earnest for London in April, and had a big race to photograph for his club.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
There are sleep clinics, various herbal remedies (none of them work, by the way) and no end of lore on the internet on how to sleep.
I'm lucky in that I sleep well, generally from 10 until 6am, which is a good eight hours. I don't change my routine at the weekend - I rarely "lie in" any later than seven. You can't "bank" sleep and continually getting more than nine hours is said to be a marker for dementia in later life.
I'm a firm believer in good sleeping habits or "sleep hygiene" as it's often called. Here are my five rules for sleeping well:
Monday, 13 March 2017
We all have a couple of outfits that are our "go to" outfits when we need to feel confident. When I'm going to an event such as a conference or interview where I need to impress, I can always depend on my black jacket (above) worn with trousers which are "of the moment" - as in cropped trousers today - and either metallic boots in winter or sandals or edgy flats in summer.
The jacket is a MaxMara but was an amazing bargain. I was rummaging in the House of Fraser department store in Swindon a few years ago when, on the sale rail, I found this divine jacket. And it was reduced to £10!
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Which is great, except that they're ignoring the older mums, the mothers of Baby Boomers.
So my gift guide is aimed at mums aged 75 and over, and is unashamedly based on what my Mum, 84, would like. I've featured her in the blog previously.
She's very keen on buying clothes and make-up and dealing with challenges like ultra-sensitive skin and wrinkles (she says she would try Botox if she could afford it). She occasionally buys costume jewellery but doesn't care much for scent and would be quite offended if confronted with a coffret of old-fashioned, or "old lady", bath products.
Monday, 6 March 2017
burgundy velvet jacket. I was keen to get my hands on this top with a bow from Ted Baker.
Mr Mutton's immediate question was "does the bow come off?" (yes), but it would be a very plain top without it!
Saturday, 4 March 2017
February's best products
- Decléor Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 hydra-radiance, smoothing and cleansing mousse. I wasn't expecting to find something to rival Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I love, but I liked a sample of the Decléor product and was persuaded to buy the full size product. You simply add a little water to a pearl of the white cream and it immediately turns into a thick foam, and is very easy to rinse or wipe off. It leaves the skin nicely moisturized and healthy looking.
- I'd never been tempted to try the Rosie for Autograph beauty range at M&S until I read a positive review in the Sunday Times which encouraged me to try the Cream Blusher and Lip Shine. How would the cream blusher fare against Hourglass Ambient blusher, which has been my go-to blusher for months? Quite well, although the Hourglass blusher stays true longer. I chose the cream blusher in romantic flush. I thought it would probably be very sheer but it's highly pigmented so I had to remove some. A nice flush but it doesn't last as long as the Hourglass.
Thursday, 2 March 2017
I first tried it on with sheer black tights, thinking this would look lighter for spring, but I think the dress needs solids otherwise it looks fuddy duddy, so I added leggings, ankle boots and a cropped cashmere cardi plus a chunky necklace from Topshop. The picture at the bottom shows me wearing it "straight" with a belt, the sheer tights and Mary Janes, and I think it looks just awful. I have been mugged by flowers!
Vanity and Me; Top of the World Style at High Latitude Style, Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style and Fabulous Friday at A Handful of Polka Dots.
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Next week on Is This Mutton?A few different ways with Belts (Mon 6 March)
Beauty hits and misses (Saturday 4th March)
Mother's Day gifts for the older Mum (Weds8 March)
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
This is a blue to green-blue variety of precious beryl, the group of minerals that includes emeralds.
But while aquamarine and emerald have essentially the same specific gravity and refractive index, emerald tends to be hazy and full of inclusions, whilst aquamarine has excellent transparency and clarity.
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