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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Beauty: exploring HA masks and rose and violet delights

We need more rose! Is This Mutton? reviews Argan Moroccan Rose day cream
This month I've been trying another hyaluronic acid face mask, a rose scented day cream from the supermarket, the Marks and Spencer Summer Box and two products I'd never thought of trying - mainly because I perceive them as "too cheap"!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

More ways with a gingham skirt

Styling a gingham skirt with a cashmere cardigan for cooler summer nights and with Converse trainers for a casual look
I've been getting good wear out of my gingham skirt this summer. You first saw it here, although I didn't keep that skirt in the end, it had too much fabric. Instead I went for one from Marks and Spencer, which is featured today and also here on holiday. 
A cropped cashmere cardi, in many colours from Boden, is a warm alternative to a top as the weather inevitably gets cooler.
Fuchsia pink is definitely one of my favourite colours, and now that we've passed the Summer Solstice and August is nearly here, we'll soon be needing cardigans and sweaters. So I paired the skirt with a cropped cashmere cardigan from Boden and pink sandals with silver block heels from Topshop. Bag from Asos, sunglasses Ray-Ban, necklace Topshop.
For an evening prom in the park, a cashmere cropped cardi is ideal along with block heeled sandals and your favourite sunglasses

Black and white gingham goes with anything, and fuchsia pink is always a striking colour to choose. Pair it with a white clutch and block heeled pink sandals.
I saw one of the younger bloggers wearing Converse with her gingham skirt, so I thought I'd try it. To be honest this is a look that will never really work on me because my legs are not slender enough. I'm wearing another item which has more than proved its value this summer, my white denim jacket* from Bonmarché, and some long gold chains.
Create a more casual, edgier look to your gingham skirt by adding pristine Converse and a white denim jacket
Sharing this post with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Creative Mondays at Claire Justine, Emma at Style Splash and Nicole at High Latitude Style.

Disclosures: any gifted items are marked *. My editorial is always objective.


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Look younger with better posture

Age is no barrier to having great posture. Just look at actresses Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley and Cherie Lunghi
What do these fantastic ladies - actresses Felicity Kendal, (left) Joanna Lumley and Cherie Lunghi (right) have in common?

Excellent posture.

I think all three ladies have either danced or practiced Pilates most of their lives, and it shows.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Styling a floral skirt

Make sure your floral skirts look contemporary by adding an up-to-date top, maybe with statement sleeves or off-the-shoulder. Is This Mutton? styles a colourful Boden floral skirt
I love Boden's floral cotton skirts and have several. They're great for easy summer dressing. But on the over-45s they can look a little old-fashioned. You'll see any number of elderly ladies wearing floral skirts, albeit probably not from Boden, along with flat sandals and a plain white t-shirt or sleeveless top.

To make sure your floral skirt looks contemporary, choose a top with the latest look, whether it's asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder or featuring statement sleeves. Then have fun with your accessories, particularly shoes.

I highlighted the blue colour in the skirt with my accessories and the red colour with my top. Cinching my waist works for my shape - I'm using a blue belt which was known as "the Gok Wan" when he had that TV show telling women what to wear. When he gave larger ladies makeovers, they were inevitably hiding themselves under loose clothes and he always told them this made them look larger, and recommended these partially elasticated belts.  It's very true. The necklace was another of my great Etsy buys - I love that site!
Statement sleeves, a waist cinching belt and a stunning glass necklace bring drama to a Boden floral skirt. As featured on Is This Mutton?
 This Virginia Creeper will soon be a sight to behold when it goes red in the autumn.
Choose one of the colours to highlight in a floral skirt and use it for  your accessories.

Cinching your waist really works with a skirt that hasn't got a very defined waist. This one is part leather, part elasticated.

Close-up of Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon in an article showing how to style a floral skirt to give it a contemporary edge
 The lippy is by Boots No 7, Soft Paprika.
Molly Hanlon, the cat owned by Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon
The photographer's assistant, Molly, faithfully following me around.

Outfit Details

Skirt, Boden (past season) - check out their lovely Richmond skirts here. Red top, F&F at Tesco. Denim wedges, Marks and Spencer, past season. Cobalt necklace, Sacred Cake at Etsy. Clutch, Accessorize. Belt: Julian Carter, buy here.

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Coming next on Is This Mutton?

Monday: More ways with a gingham skirt
Wednesday: How to fake flawless skin
Friday: Remember these summer fashions from 20, 30 years ago?

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Lose weight with the Diet Plate

The Diet Plate and cereal bowl shown on a dining room table. Copyright: Gail Hanlon
With more than one in four of us trying to lose weight most of the time, it's a growing market for the diet industry to make money out of our misery.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mutton's Choice Cuts: Sean Bean and More

Prepare to be surprised, amused or annoyed by Mutton's Choice Cuts, the random thoughts of Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon
Welcome to another edition of Mutton's Choice Cuts. This month I'm talking about Sean Bean, "forbidden words" that we shouldn't use in job interviews, and a formula for a Kathy Reichs book.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Chic dresses for the office

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? in red skater dress and red Golf car in an article on chic, quirky dresses for the workplace
Office dressing is a hard thing to get right. Depending on the culture and style of the office in question, you might feel like a round peg in a square hole. Or you might wear clothes that don't suit you in order to feel part of the tribe, or give yourself more gravitas.

I recently shared a photo of me for Nancy and Shelbee's Bad Buys Book, where they feature outfits that just didn't work.  For me it was a plain navy blue dress , the type that many of us wear in the office when we need to impress. Everything about that dreary dress makes me despair. I knew I could have added bright pink accessories, but I also knew it would still look like that boring navy blue dress. View that post here.

For me, office wear needs to be a little quirky and "me." In the hi-tech multinational world I'm used to, men are still the majority and they have adopted a uniform of sorts by mostly wearing unfashionable jeans and t-shirts or polo shirts with logos - and not fashionable logos, usually logos of suppliers or their own company.

The women either wear what they like or adopt a similar uniform.

I like to wear knee-length print skirts (usually from Boden) with tops that have some interest - a Peter Pan collar or fancy buttons - and a jacket for customer meetings or a cropped cashmere cardi for normal work days, with some interesting jewellery and wedge or block heeled shoes.

Sometimes, if it's a very early start, I might pull on a plain black outfit - trousers or jeans and a top - and add some accessories: a statement necklace, metallic belt or boots.  And occasionally, a dress is called for: particularly when I am going to an agency meeting in central London,  and most of the women at the ad or PR agency are millennials.

A dress like "the dreary" would not be at all appropriate:  I want a quirky dress, something with little details that made it a bit fun:  buttons, collar, a splash of colour.
Red skater dress with gold buttons from Marks and Spencer, summer 2017: ideal workplace outfit when you want to feel confident. Worn by Gail Hanlon, over 40s blogger from Is This Mutton.com
This contrasting edge button skater dress from Marks and Spencer ticks all the boxes. It looks a little quirky, it's a flattering shape and it's red, a colour that instantly gives you confidence. It goes nicely with my red car for an extra touch of "wham!" I like the gold buttons on the shoulder and the "pocket" detail on the waist. I don't feel I need to add much in the way of accessories.
Image featuring a red skater dress from Is This Mutton's article on finding dresses with a litttle quirkiness for the office.
Meanwhile this dress from Next appeals because of the coloured panels in the skirt. These give the dress a little uniqueness and present several opportunities for different colours of accessories. I opted for a yellow felt flower corsage and yellow and white bag to pick out the yellow stripes, but there are also red , white and blue.

The dress is the wrong shape for me unless I cinch the waist. Shapeless shift shapes do nothing for me and tend to make me look wider unless I add a belt. It's perhaps a little shorter than I like, but lately I've been thinking that slightly above the knee is hardly a felony is it?
Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? in a black panel pleat dress from Next in an article on how over-40s women can look individualistic in the office
Gail Hanlon, blogger from Is This Mutton.com, adds yellow and silver accessories to a black panel pleat dress from Next to add some individuality for a cool workplace outfit.

Over 40s women looking for chic dresses to wear in the office can find a dress like this from Next and add accessories that echo one of the colours in the panel pleats. Article from Is This Mutton? featuring a dress from Next

Details of the Outfits 

Red dress, Marks and Spencer, £39.50. Also in blue and black. Crystal block heeled sandals, Dune, last year; similar here.
Black pleat panel dress, Next, £50 (sold out). Yellow flower felt brooch, Crafty Jo Designs at Etsy. Bag, Marks and Spencer, last year. Silver belt, Madeleine (old).

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Disclosure: no items were gifted.

For more office wear, visit my posts here here and here.

This Week on Is This Mutton?

Wednesday: Mutton's Choice Cuts

Friday: Lose weight with the Diet Plate

Monday (17 July): Styling a floral skirt

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Can you lose your double chin with this face mask?

The ChinUp mask components. It's claimed you will lose at least two centimetres around the chin and jawline.
It takes a bit of effort to get rid of a double chin. Dieting and/or exercising the face or, for faster results, liposuction or Coolsculpting.

But now an intriguing product called ChinUp Mask claims to provide instant, visible results in 30 minutes that last on average 2-3 days.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The fabulous Ruby, birthstone for July

The colours of rubies vary from deep pink to red and they look stunning in groups, as shown in this image from Gemporia
Researching this post I was surprised to find very few generic photos of rubies available. Rubies are one of the most expensive gemstones in the world, and perhaps that's why we don't see them so often. Their rarity, then, makes them all the more special.

Monday, 3 July 2017

#5 Over 50 Challenge: 50 Shades of Monochromatic

A monochromatic outfit - all white - for summer, shown by Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon. Different textures from lace, pearls, leather and denim create interest.The July challenge to our fab collective of over-50s fashion bloggers was 50 Shades of Monochromatic. I chose to style an all-white outfit. When I'm on holiday I always save a white outfit for the last day when I have a light tan, so the photos were taken "on location" by Mr Mutton in Kassandra Bay Resort & Spa, Skiathos, Greek Islands.
White looks great with a tan and against a blue sky, as Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon shows in this shot for the 5 Over 50 Challenge: Monochrome.
I was keen to mix different textures of white - lace, leather, denim, pearls - and paired my Boden white jeans, now £40 in the sale, with a white lace panel blouse from Mango which has lovely floaty sleeves.

It was a bit too see-through for my taste  (I didn't want to go the whole hog of "50 Shades!") so I wore a Pure Collection camisole underneath. Finished off with white sandals with perspex heels  (M&S Autograph, last year), white bow bag from Asos and large pearls. Plus my pearly white nail polish, Happy Anniversary by OPI.
White is a great choice for a summer outfit particularly if you have a tan - mix your textures to create interest. Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? is wearing a lacy blouse from Mango, white jeans from Boden, chunky pearls, leather sandals and white  pearly nail polish

White can come in many shades and textures: lace, pearls, cotton, leather. Combine the textures and shades to create an outfit with impact for summer.
Close-up showing the lace detail of the top.
Now let's see what my four cohorts came up with.
Showing how stylish monochrome can be, Vanity and Me blogger Laurie is elegant in pale pink
Laurie from Vanity and Me is a master at using monochromatic, and is a picture of elegance and sophistication in her blush and white tones. I love the feminine drapiness of the skirt and the accessories she has chosen. 
Showing how you can have fun with black and white and pattern mixing, Anna Parkes from Anna's Island Style in gingham, check trousers and a fun circles umbrella
Anna from Anna's Island Style  was the only one to go for the black and white option with her funky trews and shoes, gingham top and circles umbrella. Superb pattern mixing! I love the black and white frame to her sunglasses.
Monochrome can mean different shades of one colour as blogger Jacqui Berry shows with her zingy yellow outfit and accessories
Jacqui from Mummabstylish is delivering a blast of colour with her gorgeous citrus lemon, all the more stunning for being photographed in a field of rape seed.
Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones shows us several different colours in her interpretation of the 5 Over 50 Challenge: Monochromatic, including this all-white version.
Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones  also chose white as her monochromatic choice, with a lacy top and belted trousers, and beige sandals. She tried other colours too including yellow and black. 

For the outfit details make sure to visit each of the blogs!

Check out the previous #5Over50 Challenges for May and June.

There's also a Pinterest board showing what we wore for the various challenges. 

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What would your interpretation of the challenge be?

This week on Is This Mutton?

Wednesday: The beautiful ruby, birthstone for July 
Friday: Can a non-surgical face mask improve your chin and neck?

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

June Beauty Review

Quite a few products to discuss this month! Had a nice haul from deluxe French brand Darphin - and found a really GREAT blue mascara which you may have overlooked, thinking it's for teenagers.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Skiathos Holiday Highlights

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton? at the Old Port of Skiathos
We're back from the Greek island of Skiathos. It's a lovely relaxing break for those who like good food, boats, pretty scenery, and, if you have kids, safe swimming in calm turquoise waters.

Friday, 23 June 2017

The indispensable denim skirt

A denim skirt goes with so many looks, in this case a brightly coloured patterned top
I've worn denim skirts ever since I was 15 and they were really big news worn with denim waistcoats (unfortunately so). I buy a new one every year - this one is from John Lewis Weekend.

Inevitably there's some criteria attached to my ideal denim skirt. Stretchy denim, but not too tight: I really can't bear it when it's hard to walk in a denim skirt. Knee length. So this one is spot on. I'm wearing it with a brightly coloured top from Next (out of stock) and gold collar from Marks and Spencer. Plus my denim wedges, which are a couple of years old: similar here. Blue clutch bag, £15, Acessorize.
Ready for summer 2017 in a denim skirt from John Lewis and a patterned top from Next
I've also got a darker denim skirt, below, which I've teamed here with a Next t-shirt (old), a silver belt  and my new sequin beach bag from Pure Collection.  

Blogger Gail Hanlon from over-50s fashion blog Is This Mutton?

Denim skirts to die for

Boden Isabelle skirt, reduced to £23.80. Hurry!

Seasalt St Endellion Skirt, £34.95

Roman Originals Denim Denim Pencil Skirt, £22.00

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Adding some sparkle to National Selfie Day

June 21 is normally noted for being the Longest Day (Summer Solstice) but this year it has a new distinction: it's National Selfie Day. The wonderful online jewellery retailer Gemporia is using thisas an opportunity to highlight some of its gems, and I was thrilled to accept an opal ring to create a "Gemfie."
Opals are one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash every colour of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that can surpass the "fire" of diamond.

The best opals can command prices per carat that rival the most expensive diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

My opal comes from the Australian Coober Pedy mine and has 0.8cts of gorgeous milky white opal. It's a stone that goes with so many colours and outfits.

Check out what other bloggers are wearing: https://www.gemporia.com/en-gb/gemology-hub/article/557/national-selfie-day-take-a-gemfie/

* I was gifted with a ring from Gemporia but my opinions and editorial content are my own,


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Every woman needs a Ribkoff dress

What can be more flattering for the over-40s woman than a Joseph Ribkoff dress?
This is one of my favourite dresses: I've had it for a couple of years. It's by Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff. Three things I love about it:  the material is very figure flattering - it skims and doesn't cling. It's lined, but not in a heavy or sticky way. And thirdly, there are no zips. You just pull it on. The dres has a few sequins too, which you can't see in the pictures. Who can resist a few sequins?
Flattering and crease proof summer dress by Joseph Ribkoff
I would happily buy a lot more from this brand: I did have another dress last year but it was shorter than I like so I gave it away (fool!). Check out their current collection here. Very classic but usually with a twist. I love it. It's a little pricey too, so I'm always scouring eBay looking for bargains.
Every over-40 woman needs to check out the fabulous Joseph Ribkoff range
I've teamed the dress with my crystal block heeled sandals. There's some cobalt blue in the dress so I'll probably wear it with my new bag in that shade when we're on holiday soon. Because, dear reader, the dress has another huge benefit:  it doesn't crease!

Sharing this post with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style,  Not Dressed as Lamb, Style with a Smile at Stylesplash, Ageless Style at High Latitude Style, Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish.

Is this a brand you're familiar with?


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

We're all going on a summer holiday

Pure Collection sequinned blue beach bag
We're off to the Greek island of Skiathos very soon, hip hip hooray. It's a paradise on earth. A very small but perfectly formed island in the Sporades group, not far from Skopelos where most of Mamma Mia was filmed.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Anniversary weekend

A table overlooking Hyde Park at Dinner by Heston
Birthdays and anniversaries are big for me. My mum and my grandma before her always celebrated in style, and I usually take a day off work for my birthday and organise something great. Mr Mutton, also known in the blogosphere as the mysterious "J," is somewhat bemused by all this but goes along with it, even when one of his birthdays saw him being whisked off to Edinburgh amid a whirlwind of seeing pandas, eating haggis and going to Tom Kitchin's wonderful restaurant.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Key essentials for blissful summer holidays

Jumping into the sea: girl in a bikini. Image: Pexels
We’re just about to get into the main holiday season and it’s time to update your look for relaxed and stylish days and nights by the sea.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Statement duster coat and summer dress

Perfect for spring or summer weddings, a statement duster coat worn with a floral dress.
If you need some wedding outfit inspiration, and you're nervous about UK summer weather (it's pouring with rain as I write this), you could do no better than this beautiful ivory duster coat, which looks sensational with a patterned summer dress.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Eight hacks for better nails

Eight hacks for better nails: article published on Is This Mutton?
Hands up if you would like better nails! Are your nail weak and flaky, and your cuticles dry and ragged? If so, join the club. Years ago, I had good nails and loved wearing nail polish. But after a five year period of wearing acrylic nails in the late 90s, my nails were never the same.

I made a New Year's resolution I was going to try to improve my nails this year. Tricky question was how. I have always used a cuticle conditioner oil or cream, every day; I eat a diet quite high in protein (said to be good for nails) and I always wear rubber gloves in the kitchen.

But I looked into other ways of improving my nails, and they are definitely looking better. Here's the "Before," three months ago:
The "before" shot in Is This Mutton's? article on how to improve your nails with eight simple hacks
The nails were very flaky and would split into layers as soon as they started to grow. They were forever snagging on things. I've always had a tendency to pull at my cuticles and so they are quite thick around the base of the nail, and dry. The nails had longitudinal ridges.

I took a step back and analysed how I treat my hands and nails. When I'm on holiday, and particularly in the sun, my nails improve hugely. So I guessed that hard work was part of the problem. I was using very hot water, albeit with rubber gloves on, for kitchen chores. I was constantly washing my hands using those cheap £1 anti-bacterial hand washes. And in the garden, I used to abandon my gardening gloves to do "precision work" like weeding.


1. Find a good nail strengthener 

I've tried a number of nail strengthening products in the past. Laurie from Vanity and Me recommended Seche Vite top coat, and I discovered they have a product called Perfect Nail Rebuild. It doesn't seem to be on sale in the UK but I got it on Amazon for £8.73. I use this once a week. It gives a clear glossy finish like a top coat, but actively makes the nails stronger and less likely to break. I've been very pleased with it.

2. Use a good quality hand wash

I ditched the £1 bottles of hand wash and upgraded to Argan Moroccan Rose hand wash from Waitrose. It's still under five pounds, smells divine, and more importantly, doesn't dry out my hands and nails.

3. Leave hand cream everywhere

I was useless with hand cream. I have lots of tubes of it, but despite good intentions, was hardly ever using it. So now I keep it in several places: the bathroom, the kitchen, the office, handbags - and apply whenever I get the chance! I have a couple of favourites including L'Occitane Amande, but really, any hand cream is good provided you keep applying it and like the smell and texture.

4. Buy plastic gloves for gardening and other "precision" tasks

My husband buys in bulk those thin plastic blue gloves, and these are wonderful for weeding in the garden and drive, and protecting your hands when doing precision work that may be dirty. You can get a hundred pairs for just over five pounds on Amazon.

5. Don't use boiling water for kitchen chores

I thought rubber gloves protected me, but I was wrong. Hot water (not boiling hot) is fine.

6. Filing and buffing

When my nails were bad, I was having to file them every day because it seemed the edges were always rough and snagging on things. I use emery boards, which are always better than metal nail files, and tried to file in one direction only, but still had the problem. Since my nails improved, thanks to Rebuild, they are not so rough edged. But I am still careful with how I file them.

Buffing weakens the surface of the nail, so if your nails are already weak, don't do it.

7. Cuticle Care

I still apply cuticle cream every day - it really makes a difference. I like Sally Hansen's Healthy Cuticles Now. I am trying very hard not to pull at loose skin, or snip away with the scissors. Soaking the fingers in warm water with olive oil for a few minutes, and then gently pushing back the cuticles, helps to stop the cuticle "sticking" to the nail bed. 

8. What to eat for good nails

Years ago the advice was always to eat jelly cubes! Do you remember? Nowadays we're told to eat foods rich in vitamins B, found in lean meat, whole grains and dairy produce; iron, found in high quantities in red meat; zinc found in lean meats, shell fish and whole grains, and vitamin A which can be found in oily fish, orange/yellow and deep green vegetables. 

9. Use good quality products for your manicure

Try to avoid those big cheap bottles of nail polish remover and go for those free of acetone. Look for products that contain aloe vera and vitamin E. Always use a base coat, particularly if you're using dark or brightly coloured polishes which may stain your nails  (I use the Rebuild product as a base coat if I'm applying nail polish on top). Finish off with a top coat to help preserve your manicure.

My nails now 

The "after" shot in Is This Mutton's article on how to improve your nails: eight simple hacks
There's still room for improvement but they are not so weak now: they have started growing without splitting, and the cuticles are less ragged. The ridges are sometimes hereditary, so if your mother has them, chances are you will too. But I find they improve whenever I use Rebuild or basecoat.

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