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Fashion,beauty and jewellery for the non-invisible woman over 45

Monday, 16 April 2018

White and lilac blouse three ways

Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
My blogger friend Jacqui from Mummabstylish and I both have the same blouse - a complete coincidence, but when we realised, we thought it would be a great idea to style it a few different ways.

The blouse itself is from Marks and Spencer and has a pale lilac stripe. I've been wearing it in winter under a purple cashmere jumper but I've tried three different looks here.

The first is a playful look ideal for going out with friends, or shopping  (see the flat shoes?). The lilac cropped trousers with a delightful fringe are from River Island.  Team this with a circle bag - very "in" - and this one, in lilac, is from Acccessorize - and finally a purple beret. I bought mine on eBay for less than a tenner. The shoes are rose gold delights, old, from Boden.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
Next up: we have Melania Trump to thank for this look.  Pencil skirts are de rigeur this spring, and they can be worn with voluminous belted tops. My silver pleather skirt from Next is a bit too big and so it was a better look than tucking the blouse in. This is a more dressy outfit, ideal for a date night dinner.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. This look is ideal for date night. The blouse is worn with a silver skirt, silver shoes and belt, and a cute purple evening bag.
I added silver shoes, a silver belt, silver lurex tights, a purple evening bag and hexagonal lilac sunglasses from River Island.
A dressy look ideal for date night:  white and lilac blouse worn with silver skirt, belt and shoes, and a purple evening bag
Finally, a look for the office. Metallic is the key here.  I'm wearing straight legged navy trousers, several years old, from Marks and Spencer, and a peplum jacket from Phase Eight (now reduced in price).  To add some interest, I have metallic brogue shoes and lurex socks from Sainsbury's, and an embellished circle bag from Accessorize.
A look suitable for the office with the blouse paired with navy trousers, a navy peplum jacket and metallic brogues.

The office look. Navy jacket and trousers and an eye catching embellished circle bag are perfect for office wear.
Up-to-the-minute bags and sunglasses can instantly update an outfit, and you can buy these relatively inexpensively from retailers like Acccessorize, River Island, Asos. Don't assume that these stores won't have anything for older women. I find they have lots of desirable items, and if you order online, you don't even have the trauma of rubbing shoulders with teenagers.

Now let's see how Jacqui got on.
Over 50s blogger Jacqui Berry from Mummabstylish styles a white and lilac blouse three ways, along with blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton?
Jacqui is wearing her M&S blouse with M&S cropped jeans that she DIY'd frayed herself;  M&S navy court shoes,  grey jumper from F & F, and silver Zara bag. Don't forget to visit her blog, Mummabstylish, to see the other outfits Jacqui has created with the blouse.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Banish stress with Darphin Relax and Glow Set

Image showing Darphin's Relax and Glow set: a vetiver facial mask, candle and oil to help reduce toxins and relieve stress.
I love French brand Darphin. For me they are the epitome of luxury and self indulgence. If I ever want to cheer myself up, I visit their website and find a couple of things leaping into the basket, usually because they have such tempting offers.

Today I'm banishing stress and improving the health of my skin with the Darphin Relax and Glow Set.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Trying it on: Jumpsuits

Over 40s blogger Is This Mutton? in black v-neck crepe jumpsuit from Whistles, SS18
I've never had a jumpsuit. They've always struck me as vaguely problematic, requiring strapless bras, fake tan and an endless search to find one where the waist is in the right place and the trousers aren't making my legs look short.

I thought it would be good to break out of my comfort zone and see if I could find a good one. I have two weddings this summer and I've started to look for outfits. But, I asked myself, are jumpsuits even still a thing?

Friday, 6 April 2018

The Blended Blog asks: Spring

It's officially spring and finally the weather is co-operating. My favourite time of year! So much promise: beautiful flowers, long languid summer days, a glass of wine in the garden in the evenings, not having to wear coats, jumpers or tights.

The Blended Blog has set us some questions about April:

Monday, 2 April 2018

A mouse in the house and more: Sentence a Day

March 1

So when we last parted, dear reader, I was in Nuremberg at a huge trade show for developers and engineers called Embedded World. Today was the last day. We had a team dinner in a charming Bavarian hostelry, and walked there and back through the pretty medieval streets. The pudding for all was apple fritters with ice cream.  I don't always like desserts but this was divine!

March 2

Left the hotel at 4.15am (yes, you read that right) to get to the airport. Would London Stansted be open? A lot of snow in the UK.  Fortunately no problems when we landed. A kind man helped me scrape the snow off my car. Home by 9am and had a couple of hot cross buns.

March 3

Been buying Easter decorations. Has become a Thing this year  (the retailers finally see a money making opportunity). Snow is melting fast.  We stayed in for "Game of Thrones Night." We're currently re-watching all of the series for the third time.

March 4

No snow left. Walked over to my Power Plate gym  (2.4 miles each way). I'm trying to walk as much as possible for the Walk 1000 Miles in 2018 challenge. Came back, did roast beef for me and J. No guests this week.  Somehow managed 17k steps today. Shows how many steps we take at home doing housework!

March 5

Mild and sunny, amazing after last week's snow and chills. Was at work, did the "Tesco Circular" at lunchtime, 2.5 miles.

March 6

Horribly busy at work. Head down, no time for a walk.

March 7

Was due to go to a marketing conference but too busy so stayed home to concentrate on writing my 2018 plan. Went to Power Plate, did 2 classes.

March 8

Worked at home. A bit stressed. Too much to do. I've got two days off coming up, so that's adding to the pressure. Did a short walk, 2.1 miles.

March 9

Left just after 10am for the long drive to Plymouth, where my mum lives. It's about 250 miles from London but can take a long time. It did today: got there at 5.15! Mum did my favourite, quiche salad, with a cheeky schooner of sherry.

March 10

It's quite cold and drizzly, and I haven't brought the right clothes. Darn it. Went for a 3.5 mile local walk and popped into the Co-Op, coming out with a green fur trimmed parka!  Wore it when mum and I went out for lunch. We drove over to Hooe where there's a marina and had a lovely lunch at The Bridge. It specialises in fish; I had fish and chips.

Then we went to a garden centre.  For once I didn't succumb, but mum bought some dahlia tubers and compost.

March 11

Mother's Day. We have it on a different day than the US.  Raining. We followed our usual routine: first Marks and Spencer at The Willows, Torquay, a quick look at the clothes and then a flat white in the cafe, followed by Mother's Day lunch at the Corbyn Head Hotel, overlooking the sea in Torquay.  We've been coming here for 10 years.
The sea was rough today! I had roast beef with a Yorkshire pudding, and mum had pork medallions. Sadly the hotel is under new management and the lunch experience was nowhere as nice as it usually is.
Image showing a rough sea breaking onto the beach at Torquay in Devon, March 2018

March 12

Drove home. Left at 9.30am and got back at 3.15. Molly the cat rushed down the stairs to greet me.  Spent a while perusing all the info which has arrived for our May holiday, when we're walking 200 miles in 15 days on the Coast to Coast walk.

March 13

Back to work, and a lot of catching up to do. No chance for a walk!

March 14

Did a walk at lunchtime, 2.4 miles. At 4pm boarded a coach which took a group of us to Cambridge town centre where we checked into the Hilton. There are about 70 of us altogether for an induction course today and tomorrow.  The first exercises were all about networking and meeting each other - I only know one person, many have travelled from other countries. Dinner was quite late so I slipped off to bed afterwards at 10.30. Not one for drinking at the bar.

March 15

A full-on day including a business simulation where we competed against each other teams. To be honest, it was all more interesting and fun that I'd expected. The food was great. At lunch the buffet included a "healthy options" section including my favourites, salad, falafels, houmous. During the breaks we were tempted with brownies, macarons - but also fruit and healthy drinks and smoothies. The ruhubarb drink was delicious!

16 March

Worked from home. Bright sunny start. Worked all day. Finally got round to opening an Asos parcel that arrived days ago, but could tell right away two items were no good. Had dinner at the local pub.

17 March

Forecast is for snow! J and I went for an 8.3 mile walk in Epping Forest, which is on our doorstep. It was sleeting and the forest looked pretty in the frost. Saw several deer. After lunch I did the shopping. Tonight was Curry Night with Game of Thrones.
Image showing a man and woman in a frosty forest wearing hiking clothes

18 March

Was plumping cushions (as you do) and a mouse ran out! Pandemonium. The cat had brought it in but not finished the job. It ran behind the huge TV cabinet. A comedy scene ensued with J demanding the cat come down, and me opening little cupboards and seeing the mouse inside. I thought I'd caught it, wrapped in a towel, but when J shook the towel out in the garden, he didn't see it.

19 March

The cat is staring under the freezer so we think the mouse is there. J has ordered humane mouse traps. Short walk at work today. Did the Tesco Circular so I could nip in for feta cheese.

20 March

All quiet on the mouse front. J set the two traps. They're long transparent tunnels. The mouse goes in after the cheese and can't get out.  You can then release it to the wild.

21 March

Beautiful sunny day. Worked from home. We did a quick forest walk at 8am. I walked round the garden to look for signs of spring. Plenty! Buds on the clematis and forsythia hedge, and the phlox is growing again after its dormant winter.

22 March

The mouse is in the humane trap! Poor thing, it's too traumatised to even eat the cheese. J took it to Epping Forest and released it. I tried to take a picture - it's terrible, but gives you a rough impression:

23 March

Worked from home. Sunny intervals. Nipped out to the garden at lunchtime to do a "fashion shoot" (white bouclé jacket). The tripod is a bit precarious. Must order a new one.

24 March

Spent a lot of time cleaning today. Threw away some of J's many water bottles and lined the cupboard shelves. Downloaded a template and created a media kit for my blog. Very chuffed. Less chuffed when I find that Adobe doesn't now allow you to resize a PDF unless you pay a monthly fee for an upgraded product. Shysters!

25 March

Quiet Sunday, just the two of us. Sandwiched a 5 mile walk around my usual trip to the gym.  Had roast chicken. The hyacinths are drenching the front garden with their sweet fragrance.

26 March

In the office. Beautiful spring day but had forgotten my training shoes (sneakers) so couldn't go for a walk. Finished the book "The King's Curse" and started "The Queen's Fool," which covers the reign of Mary Tudor  ("Bloody Mary").

27 March

Raining. Did a walk in between showers. Couple of interesting parcels for me: a beautiful hand-made table runner for Easter, and a v-shaped pillow. Couldn't sleep in the night so made a cup of tea and read my book for a while. Sometimes I send myself to sleep musing over the Tudor family tree and who were the parents of.....?

28 March

Working from home. Pouring with rain. Poor J was up early hoping I would go out for a walk with him (makes him sound like a dog!) but I'm a bit too busy. Did two gym classes in the evening.

29 March

Day off. Sunny start. We left at 8 to do a seven mile forest walk. New tripod arrived. Put the Easter tree "up." First time I've splashed out on Easter decorations. Finally bored with the Tudors and started "The Marriage Pact" which looks very promising.

30 March

Good Friday. Public holiday (or "bank holiday" as we call them in the UK). Went with John's daughter Rachel and fiance to a new Turkish restaurant in their village. It was a little disappointing if I'm honest, but has only been open a week. Plenty of room for improvement.

31 March

Dreary day. Did a 5 mile street walk on my own (John has a schedule of walk/running so he does that on his own), Last "Game of Thrones" night for us as we have now reached the end of the latest series.

That's all for March - looking forward to April where the weather has to improve, I'm going to Miami for a work trip, and I'll be busy in the garden. Have fun folks.  I'd love it if you could link up your posts below.

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

White bouclé jacket and polka dots

Image showing a woman in a white boucle jacket with a polka dot above the knee skirt and pearl necklaces
I was idly browsing new arrivals to embellish my "latest fashion picks" Pinterest board, when this delightful white bouclé jacket from River Island stopped me in my tracks. I love a bouclé jacket because they look so elegant and Chanel-like when worn with pearls and a skirt, but they also go brilliantly with jeans.

Friday, 23 March 2018

A Brief History of the Brassiere

Image showing a young woman wearing lace underwear on a sumptuous bed.
Our relationship with the brassiere is one of love / hate. Many women say it's the first thing they take off when they get home.

But like them or loathe them, our figures would be considerably worse without the support, particularly as we get older.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sequins for daytime

Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins as daytime attire

Image showing over 45s blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins for the daytime.  A green sequin top is worn with a green and black skirt, wide black belt and black boots.
I spotted this pretty dark green sequinned top in the sale when I was staying with my Mum in Plymouth. I'd nipped into the Co-Op for a paper, and came out with the top and a parka (as you do). It crossed my mind that the top would be great for work attire. Yes! Not just for evenings.  
Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing green sequin top with work attire
I've styled it with a skirt from TU at Sainsbury's (another bargain) and over-the-knee boots. The jacket is one of my favourites and I've had it for years, It's from Max Mara and I firmly believe you should invest in the occasional jacket, coat or bag that will stand the test of time.
 I'm also wearing my "Gok Wan" belt, which is great for acting as punctuation in an outfit, particularly when you have a skirt with no defined waist band, and a top that looks strange if it's not tucked in. The hoop earrings are from Sainsbury's and the pearl pin (on the jacket) was from Marks and Spencer, but sold out now.
Image showing Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon demonstrating that a dark sequinned top looks great with black as office wear

What do you think of sequins for daytime? A big yay or nay?

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Up close with the Bloodstone or Heliotrope

Image showing a bloodstone, a gemstone which is green jasper with inclusions of red hermatite, said to be the tears of Christ. The stone is also known as heliotrope.
When I started researching this post on the alternative birthstone for March, I wasn't very excited. The bloodstone (also known as heliotrope) seemed initially to be more about healing than jewellery. The few examples of bloodstone jewellery I saw were, frankly, hideous. But then I widened my search to "heliotrope" and found a pretty stone that sadly seems to have been forgotten.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Sentence a Day, 02.18

Very pleased to be taking part for the first time in Sentence a Day, a monthly series where a number of bloggers share a review of our month written in one sentence a day. I made a few rookie errors, among them not taking enough photos! I promise to make it a bit more visual next month. Oh, and you'll have to humour me with the British obsession about the weather.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

You're never too young to have a heart attack

Image showing a woman over 45 in a bedroom holding her hands in a heart shape. The picture illustrates an article on blog Is This Mutton? about how to stay healthy and active to avoid heart disease in early middle age.
The tragic deaths of Indian film star Sridevi at just 54, and British comedy actress Emma Chambers, aged 53, have shone a light on heart attacks and how they are claiming more women at younger ages.

Monday, 19 February 2018

SIA: Inspired by Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture

Image showing a woman in midi length metallic pleated skirt, black sequinned bomber jacket and silver Edie shoes by Vionic
The Style Imitating Art challenge is something I haven't done for ages, but I was inspired by the choice of Chicago's "Bean" sculpture. We saw this iconic sculpture in Millennium Park back in 2008 when John was taking part in the Chicago Marathon.  Like most visitors, we attempted a "selfie" in front of the sculpture's reflective surface.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Five ways not to be invisible as an older woman

Image showing four famous women over the age of 50: Robin Wright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Elle McPherson
Four ladies over the age of 50 who I greatly admire - not just for their talent and intelligence, but their determination to look wonderful for their age.

Yet even the likes of Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have had "off" moments when they've been pictured them on their way to the gym or shops without any make-up on and, shock horror, looking their age.

Unfortunately once we're over 50, it takes a lot of effort to look good. Unless your face or body provides your living, few of us have enough time and money to look fantastic all the time.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Amazing Amethysts

Image showing a spectacular ring featuring a centre cut amethyst surrounded by 172 pieces of amethyst in a pave cut
If you're familiar with the Is This Mutton? monthly guide to the birthstones, you'll know they all have ancient legends and meanings behind them.  Perhaps the best known for this is the amethyst, the birthstone for February.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Lilac Coat and Purple Blouse

Image showing  a woman with blonde hair over 45 wearing a long wool coat in lilac
I wrote recently about the "colour of the year," ultra violet, and it has inspired me to look for two of my favourite shades, lilac and purple. Ultra violet itself is close to cobalt blue, a colour which does little for me. But it's easy enough to find shades that suit you, for any colour. And ice-cream colours of all hues are big news for spring.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Getting Through January

Image showing a woman at her desk wearing a black and white striped jumper decorated with cherries
Well dear reader, I had a stellar new outfit to show you this week but the weather had other ideas. It was so GREY and while we had a brief snow flurry in London, it didn't settle and so I couldn't get any "winter wonderland" photos. So instead, I've put together a post about what I've been doing in this hideous month so far, and my work outfits.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

What's in my make-up bag?

Image showing a woman's make-up brushes
I don't know about you but I've always loved looking in other women's make-up bags. I remember rummaging through my Gran's many years ago (Yardley lipstick which she also used as "rouge" and Max Factor Creme Puff powder). So I'm going to give you a peak into mine.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Quirky Shoes

Image showing three different Poetic Licence shoes and the box they come in
A post I did recently on Instagram showing my latest pair of Poetic Licence shoes received lots of likes, so here's a longer post about my love for quirky footwear.

Friday, 12 January 2018

It's pricey - but this serum really works

Image showing a close up of Lancer Skincare products Pure Youth Serum and The Method: Nourish. Copyright Is This Mutton?
TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostrup (age 55) was recently quoted saying that people had asked asking if she had "some work done" because her skin was looking so good. She said no, it was all down to a wonder serum.

She didn't say what the serum was but it may well have been Lancer Skincare Pure Youth Serum. Normally I would never spend £230 on a serum: I have tried many different serums and never been very impressed with any of them. But sneaky Feel Unique put a sample tube of Pure Youth Serum into one of my gift bags recently, and I started using it without looking it up.

The next day I was pleasantly surprised to see my skin really did look smoother and more plumped up. Usually in the morning I have eye bags, a bleary, sallow look and all manner of age related woes.

I used the tube until it ran out and I was so thrilled by the results, reader, I splashed out on the full size  (30ml) version.

I use the serum every other night.  It has dramatically improved the appearance of my pigmentation marks, and reduces redness around the nose. The surface wrinkles are also reduced. Even better, it doesn't cause dryness or irritation in the way that many serums enhanced with retinol or AHAs often do.

I'm so impressed that I've just started using Lancer Skincare's The Method: Nourish  (less spendy at £105). It's too soon to give a verdict.

So what's the skinny on Dr Lancer and his miraculous products?

Who's Dr Lancer?

Harold Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist, the son of Austrian immigrants who grew up in a farmhouse located in a rural town in Connecticut. At the age of seven, he suffered severe burns over 10% of his body after falling into a vat of near boiling water. While the recovery process was painful and tedious, this experience greatly influenced his clear belief in restoration instead of alteration as the most effective way to obtain beautiful skin.

His "Method" is renowned for giving what's described as "the Lancer Glow."

The Pure Youth Serum uses retinol-like compounds - a proprietary mix called Mimixyl™- to signal the skin to produce new skin cells and collagen. Most dermatologists recommend the use of a retinol based product to help diminish the signs of ageing. By apparently harnessing the skin's own ability to create new, younger looking skin, the serum can dramatically reduce the appearance of sun damage, and lessen fine lines and other age signs.

And it really does.

If you're tempted, Lancer Skincare products are currently reduced in price at several outlets including Feel Unique and Harrods.com.  It's currently £117 at Look Fantastic and £138 at Feel Unique.  Click here for ingredients.

Next week (Thursday) I'll be giving you a root round in my make-up bag. This is something I loved doing as a child.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Cardigans are all the rage: well I never!

Image showing a middle aged fashionista wearing a belted long line cardigan in  grey worn over black trousers and metallic brogues. A cream fleecy scarf adds interest.
The cardigan, the Times told us last week, is no longer for grannies. The likes of Alexa Chung and Selena Gomez have rediscovered this classic and the cardigan is cool again.

Well, for some of us it never went away. I have always been very partial to a cropped cardigan: here in a green one, and here in a pink one.

But looking at some of the different types of cardigan online, I was excited to try some different styles. There are "statement cardigans" such as Gucci's statement, over sized cardigans knitted with colourful yarns; bobble cardigans, where the sleeves continue the trend for elaborate decoration, and long, coat like cardigans, some like kimonos. One of my favourite retailers, The-bias.cut.com, has some great new designs by Hayley Menzie, including a long cardigan in 100% soft cotton with a print inspired by a vintage 1950s fairground.
Image showing a fashion conscious middle aged woman wearing a long line knitted grey cardigan worn over black trousers and metallic brogues, with a pink top and cream fleecy neck wear.
I haven't worn a long, duster-coat like cardigan for probably over a decade. I like the dramatic effect they can have, sweeping around you, and also the extra warmth on these cold winter days.

The cardigan I'm wearing is by JDY and just £26 from Asos. Grey always looks great with pink so I paired it with a fuchsia pink top from Warehouse (last season), plain black trousers and pewter metallic shoes (Next). What lifts the outfit, and gives it even more cosiness, is my cream fleecy Rew neck wear. I added a belt because long, drapey cardigans and any oversized knitwear can make you look a lot bigger. If you're very slim, you can do a Victoria Beckham and look waif like in large clothes. I need a belt!

Image showing a middle aged fashionista in long line grey knit cardigan black trousers pink top and elaborate cream neck wear.
Next week I'll show a different cardigan look which revolves around these new Poetic Licence beauties, a Christmas present. Hope you can join me next Sunday!
Image showing black and red womens shoes decorated with patterns and sparkles and clear perspex heels. By Poetic Licence.
Were you aware that cardigans are "in" again and if so, have you been rocking a new look? Let me know in the comments below.

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Garnet, birthstone for January

You may have thought that we were finished with birthstones after Is This Mutton?'s exhaustive series last year. I featured mostly the traditional birthstones in 2017 but there are several alternatives, including modern birthstones. In January we're focusing on the garnet, both the traditional, and modern, choice for January. Garnet is the stone that symbolises the second year of marriage.
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