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.
Monday, 27 February 2017
J Touch of Style. Jodie, a former dentist, showcases outfits for three age groups and features as models herself (50s), her step mother Nancy (60s) and her mother Charlotte (70s). The great thing about her blog is that the trio are constantly shopping their closet: finding new ways to wear clothes and adding unique little touches in the form of brooches and other jewellery, belts and so on.
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Surely, I rationalized, feet are our one true friend in that they stay the same size all our lives?
Well, I've been boning up on feet (sorry!) and it seems my ideas were all wrong.
Friday, 24 February 2017
|Yoga Leggs Love leggings with Puma trainers and Under Armour top|
I'm sporting two brand new designs, limited editions: Love, above and Hibiscus below, with the blue top; plus a pair which are also still available (Mystical Mermaid), And I recently cracked open two new boxes of trainers.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Part 1 of a new series on PerfumeThe Perfume Society is keen to learn how we store our precious scents. On an art deco dressing table, perhaps? Or on a trolley, or in a glass cupboard? My solution is less prosaic: in a large shoe box under the bed.
Unusually for me, I have not been a great keeper of perfumes. It's a fairly recent development that I kept both the scent (even if I had stopped liking it) and the box.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
The "Must Have" tool to sort out those pesky facial hair issuesHands up if you've ever wished there was an easy way of dealing with "peach fuzz", that undesirable aura of fine down that grows over our cheeks and along the jawbone. Most of the time it's just there and not causing a problem, but sometimes in bright sunshine it's very obvious.
Then there's hair above the lip.....and hairs in the sideburns area that look untidy when you want to put your hair up.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Embroidered denim is having a moment, as is double denim. Fearing that I might look like a country and western singer, or at worse, a bit mutton, I thought I'd give it a go. The pretty embroidered jeans are from Marks and Spencer and already sold out, although there's a similar pair here. I wore the jeans first with a statement sleeve jumper from Lost Ink.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
I had my colors analysed in the 1980s as a journalist writing about this new phenomenon and I was proclaimed a Spring who could also wear some winter colors.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
The SIA Challenge is a fun opportunity to match an outfit to a famous painting, open to anyone. This time it's based on US artist Georgia O'Keefe's "Pond in the Woods" and curated by Erin from Loop Looks.
Here's the painting, from 1922:
Here's the painting, from 1922:
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
I don't really do lace. But one of the things I'm trying to do this year is break out of comfort zones and try new things.
I was attracted by the rigid lace edging of this navy Ted Baker top. It also comes in a pretty blush colour. I paired it with New Look white trousers and I'm happily choosing the shorter length lately, above the ankle, without my old qualms.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
This month's SIA Challenge - Style Imitating Art - over at Jen's blog, Librarian for Life and Style, threw down the gauntlet to step out of my comfort zone and wear something a bit different.
We're asked to channel the Italian lace designer and wood carver, Isabella Catanea Parasole (1565-1625). She was the first lace designer to create a lace instruction manual for women, Her designs include some circular lace, so I was looking for an outfit that included lace / circles / monochrome. I'm not really a "lacy person" in that I don't have any lace. But I found this excellent maxi skirt which I think could be loosely described as lacy. Goodness, I haven't worn a maxi skirt since I was 13 and they suddenly became all the rage!
Doing some pattern mixing, I'm wearing polka dots too in the tie waist top (a great buy for women who need to define their waist). I added more polka dots with my Buff scarf. Remember - a Buff is not just for hiking. See my post here. The chain belt and hat added the finishing touches. I felt quite flamboyant in this outfit, as if I was off to a Mardi Gras.
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Skirt: White Cove at Asos; polka dot tie waist shell top, New Look at Asos; hat: old; belt: Madeleine (old); scarf: Buff, past season.
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Sunday, 29 January 2017
|The rainbow was a bonus on a day when the weather was mostly grim|
Well, dear reader, before we started our trips to the Lake District back in 2012, I had no idea I would soon be avidly scouring The North Face website for their latest drops, or scurrying into George Fisher as soon as we arrive in Keswick each time to buy more stuff.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Jumper: Sainsburys; jeans: Boden; shoes: Next (out of stock); necklace: Justine at Etsy.
A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Nancy's Fashion Style and Not Dressed Like Lamb, #SaturdayShareLinkUp.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
There are four reasons why our hands can age faster than the rest of our face - and it's not just failure to apply hand cream:
Monday, 23 January 2017
Friday, 20 January 2017
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Cropped, or shorter length trousers, have been around for a while but I have been stubbornly resisting them. Two reasons. I didn't like the idea of an expanse of ankle being exposed to the elements in winter, and as far back as 2013, I was lamenting the fact that worn with mid calf boots, they give the "beam me up Scottie" look. And they usually seemed to be worn with high heel court shoes, which I don't wear.
Monday, 16 January 2017
The Is This Mutton? Definitive Guide to Pearls
Pearls are highly flattering against the skin, with the more expensive pearls casting a gorgeous light against the face.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
I'm pleased to see it has now been relaunched with a new range of seven delicately scented SPF balms.
For my US readers I'm not sure what relation UK Lypsyl has to US Lypsyl: I see that the US product has entirely different packaging and varieties, claiming to date from 1905 and describing itself as "pure Swedish beeswax."
I recently reviewed several lip balms and Lypsyl (in the old original formula) performed just as well or even better as more expensive brands from Rodial and REN - here.
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