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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Surprise Birthday Lunch in Dublin - and Link Up

Posing by beautiful hydrangeas Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton fashion blog
We spent the weekend in Dublin, a short hop from the UK and so similar yet so different. It's always a fantastic place to visit.  The reason for our trip was a surprise birthday lunch for John's sister Sue, celebrating a milestone birthday.  She knew she was going to Ireland for a few days but she didn't know that her nearest and dearest from the UK, Ireland and Nice were also going to be there.

Monday, 9 September 2019

High Octane Glamour at the Vionic AW Runway Show in London

Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in Vionic Kaitlyn espadrilles, silver skirt and pink jacket
Innovative shoe brand Vionic first ran a runway show to show off the new season's styles a year ago, and since then the event has got bigger and bigger. This year it moved to BAFTA in London and the champagne was flowing. It was great to see blogger friends Jacqui from Mummabstylish and Michelle from Fifty and Fab and to meet up with some new faces.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Five for Fri-Yay: September 6

A contemporary pale pink armchair from Marks and Spencer
My occasional round-up of five things I'm loving right now. First, let me introduce you to Mimi my new bedroom chair! I've always wanted a pretty chair for the bedroom but have never found one in the right colour. Then I saw this Mimi chair in Marks and Spencer - the perfect pink. It will add a little variety to my indoor blogging shoots. It's so comfortable I may even sit on it and read a book.

Fabulous Cleanser 

Special 10th anniversary packaging for Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with exfoliating seeds
I absolutely love Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm, and this is the special packaging for the product's 10th anniversary, which includes some exfoliating seeds.  It's a large jar and although it seems pricey, I'm still using the same size jar I bought before Christmas. It's the most luxurious of cleansers: it feels so indulgent yet it's highly effective and leaves your skin smooth and glowing. If you hurry you can still buy the special version.

The Beauty Podcast with Sali Hughes

This has shot into my top 10 podcasts  (and indeed, the national podcast chart). The first episode featured beauty blogger Caroline Hirons and cosmetic scientist Sam Farmer discussing the notion of "Clean Beauty."  It was jaw dropping! Apparently there is not one 100% natural beauty product - they all contain chemicals of some sort. In a no-nonsense way the team dispelled myths about parabens and sulphates, and laughed at how some products claim to be "not treated on animals"  (which is actually the law!) and "gluten free," as if beauty products actually contain gluten. Well, maybe one or two do, but you get the idea.

The second episode was on bridal beauty - but don't let that put you off, it was fascinating. They even discussed something which has always intrigued me: why do brides suddenly decide to have ringlets or put their hair up, when they never do it normally?

Latest Reading

I'm going through a phase of reading crime thrillers. It's unchallenging and all I need for 30 minutes before I fall asleep.

I've just read an intriguing book called Sleep by C.L. Taylor. A woman is stricken by guilt after being the driver of a car in an accident which killed two of her colleagues and paralyzed a third. She flees to a hotel job on a remote island in Scotland. She seems have a stalker who's obsessed about sleep. In a sinister way. Which hotel guest is it?

Latest TV Viewing

I'm kind of enjoying Interior Design Masters (BBC2), mainly for Fearne Cotton's outfits, but it's not as gentle and informative as the programme it replaced, The Great Interior Design Challenge. In this new incarnation, the team of hopefuls is quite spiteful about each other's efforts, and it's rare that they turn in a decent design in my opinion - too little time or budget. They don't even seem to see the rooms they're designing until they turn up on the day with the brief already prepared.

I'm looking forward to the inaugural episode of Strictly Come Dancing although we'll be watching it on catch-up later as we're out on the big night.

Arrival of a New Season

It feels decidedly autumnal today and the trees are rapidly changing colour.  I used to dread the arrival of autumn but this year I'm welcoming it. I don't do gingerbread lattes or Halloween but these are my top 10 reasons for liking autumn this year:
1. Put away the fake tan! I use it mostly on my legs but in autumn you don't have to.
2. Get the tights out. I love tights in crazy colours and patterns.
3. No need for pedicures.  I still look after my feet in autumn and winter but I don't have to keep applying new polish to my nails because they're going to be seen every day.
4. Crunchy leaves to walk through.
5. The garden can have a well deserved rest, and so can I  (apart from sorting out myriad containers and planting bulbs for spring).
6. The winter clothes.  I welcome them down from the loft as old friends. The soft caress of cashmere. The satisfying ping of leather in an ankle boot. The hats, the gloves. The fleeces. A far more pleasing selection, to me, than summer's flimsy offerings.
7. Snuggling. No fear of missing out (FOMO), it's best to stay in on dark cold evenings and watch TV or read.
8. The promise of Christmas. Our ancestors were very wise in creating this festival in the middle of winter. This year I've already booked a Christmas carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall and ordered a wooden Nativity Set - something I've always wanted.
9. The occasional perfect winter's day:  blue sky, crisp coldness, and winter sun.
10. No need for sun cream.  Not in the UK in winter.  Yay!

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Style blogger Gail Hanlon dressed for a winter's walk in Epping Forest
 winter's walk, February 2018

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Creating Your Signature Style - and Link Up

Blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton on the personal touches that make our style our own:  featuring her favourite, the Peter Pan collar
What's your signature style?  You may be perplexed by the question, because according to the Is This Mutton? fashion and beauty survey, many of you are confident enough to flirt with different  styles depending on your mood.  You can switch easily from boho to classic with a twist or trendy. But even if you like to stick to one style, you're no doubt making it your own with a few of your signature special touches.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Midi skirt with white trainers or black sandals? And Link Up

Over-50s blogger Gail Hanlon from is This Mutton? shows how white trainers can make a midi skrit or dress look more contemporary on an older woman than wearign high heels or sandals
I've become a big fan of white trainers with skirts this summer, after a slow start where I didn't think this trend was for me. Now I wear them all the time, and I firmly believe they give a far more contemporary spin to a midi skirt.

To show you the difference, and how staid high heels or sandals look with a longer skirt, I first styled this skirt with black sandals, a similar top, but tucked in, and a couple of poppy brooches to reflect the red anemones in the skirt  (they look a bit like poppies).
Is This Mutton style blog shows how older women can look more fashionable in white trainers when wearing midi skirts or dresses
It looks smart but a bit fussy (and ageing) to me: I much prefer the more casual version with white Stan Smith's, top not tucked in, and no brooches.  I don't normally wear earrings because my hair hides them, but I tucked my hair behind my ears and wore statement purple earrings. And of course it's quite liberating to be able to run around in trainers all day.
Showing how white trainers look more modern on older woman than heels or sandals
The skirt is from Studio by Preen at Debenhams and was 50% off in the sale. I love Preen's quirky prints.
I used to worry that white trainers would make my calves look too chunky, and I might look like "Mutton." But do you know what, I don't care now. They're comfortable and everyone seems to do it. Wearing sandals suddenly looks a bit ageing!
Where are you on white trainers with skirts or dresses? Yay or nay? Give your thoughts in the comments.

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Now it's that time ----
Last week's most clicked post was by petite over-40s blogger Grace with her post How Women Over 40 Can Rock Vans This Fall.  I've taken to the trend of wearing trainers big time  (see above!) but never thought about buying Vans. Now Grace has inspired me.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Wear Your Summer Skirt All Year Round- and Link Up

Gail Hanlon frtom over-50s style blog Is This Mutton in a wrap blue print midi skirt and white top with white ankle boots
As the weather starts to turn autumnal, I'm starting to transition my wardrobe and thinking about prolonging the life of some of my summer skirts and trousers. I picked up this Oasis wrap print skirt for just £20 from Debenhams in the sale, and, forced indoors by wet weather, I styled it with white boots rather than white trainers.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Five for Fri-Yay! Podcasts, Books, Brooches And More

Close up of a bee bug brooch from Marks and Spencer, AW19
It's Fri-Yay! Aren't you glad? Mr Mutton is off on another extreme cycling holiday tomorrow, to Scotland and the Hebrides. The weather is promising hail, rain and winds of 30 miles per hour on Sunday and Monday, so good luck with that one, darling :-)

Here are my Five for Fri-Yay, a quick update on what I've been using, reading, listening to and watching - plus a cute brooch!

Podcasts for Mid Lifers

Putting aside my liking for true crime podcasts  (and a rich seam with "Canadian True Crime"), I have been listening to a few of the podcasts for mid life women which have started popping up.

The Hot and Moody Podcast, as its name might suggest, is aimed at peri and menopausal women.  It's now in its second series.  I listened to episode 1 of the new series where the two presenters spoke to Lisa Dunnington from Hempworx who was talking about the latest wonder product, CBD Oil. She started using CBD Oil to improve her sleep;  relieving menopause symptoms came later.

The Older and Wider Podcast has a great pedigree. It's presented by well known comedian Jenny Eclair and producer/writer Judith Holden. They chat about general topics and the menopause, and have guests. A good listen, professionally produced.

In similar vein, middle aged women being very funny, is Fortunately With Fi and Jane. This one can be quite hit and miss. I love the banter between Jane Garvey (Woman's Hour) and Fi Glover for the first few minutes of the show, where they expatiate on all manner of crazy topics (as we do). They then have a guest, and sometimes if the guest is not entirely to their liking (Will Self), it fizzles out. But when guests are great value, like Emily Maitlis, Gyles Brandreth and Matthew Banister, it's a joy. Please ladies, let's have fewer of the woke millennials that we've never heard of.

Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester celebrates the older woman. Topics and interviewees have included Professor Joyce Harper on rethinking menopause and HRT,  and becoming a professional bodybuilder at 48.

The Experience 50 Podcast is a long running US production. Again the formula is speaking to women who have had amazing mid life transformations, plus topics such as fitness, health, finding love over 50.

You can find all these podcasts at your normal podcast provider. I'd love to know your recommendations.

Busy Bee Brooch

I like to wear a few brooches on my jackets in winter, and the little bee brooch at the top is so cute! Just £12.50.  It would make a great tree present for those of you, like me, who start collecting presents early on.

Favourite self tanner

You may think I'm a bit late with this one but summer may yet make a reappearance.  I had a trial tube of St Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion in a holiday beauty box, and I really liked it.  It's described as an everyday body lotion, and you can apply it straight after the shower without needing to moisturise first. Plus it doesn't sting if you've just shaved your legs. It gives a slightly darker colour than the Dove product I had been using, so you don't always need a second application.  The scent is pretty and the fake tan odour is very slight, a few hours later.
The pink and green bottle of St Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion

What I've Been Watching

This time of the year is a bit of a desert. We're quite fussy and we've tried a lot of the dramas doing the rounds but not liked them.  So we're currently re-watching Line of Duty.  

I enjoyed the first of Kathy Burke's three-part documentary series, All Woman, although it was lacking in journalistic rigour.  Actor and producer Kathy is a national treasure, outspoken, funny and straight talking. She told us she's perfectly happy with her own fat self, and then went on to explore why so many young women seek to improve their looks, taking a warts and all look at the beauty industry.
Kathy Burke star of Channel 4 documentary All Woman. Image: The Guardian

The chat with "Fat Sue," a friend of Burke's and the muse painted by Lucien Freud, wasn't very illuminating:  Sue didn't get much of a word in. And I felt Burke should have been directed to be tougher on some of the people she interviewed, such as the plastic surgeon who had given his wife a few little "refreshes."

What I've Been Reading

Candace Bushnell is 60 now, and single again after a divorce a few years ago.  She still looks fabulous as you can see, and has probably been to the plastic surgeon in Kathy Burke's programme. 

Her new book  Is There Still Sex in the City? reflects on life after things have gone wrong for some of her peer group.  It starts off with Bushnell's experiences with Tinder, and how women of a certain age invariably get pursued by "cubs" who are looking for places to live. Then there's a diversion about plastic surgery to rejuvenate the lady bits. And then we're back to "Take Tia" "Take Melissa" and more depressing stories of ladies conned by men, left high and dry by men - you get the picture.
Candace Bushnell, writer of Is There Still Sex in the City?

I found it all a bit depressing. Men are variously dismissed as losers and low lifes, and there's a deep vein of cynicism.  The vaguely cheerful note at the end, as she reflected on good friendships with women, came too late for me. 

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

What I've Been Wearing This Summer - and Link Up

A popular outfit this summer for over 50s blogger Is This Mutton:  lilac check top, white shorts and lilac bag and brogue shoes
This summer's most popular outfits for me have been mostly "oldies but goodies." A couple of the new items I bought have gone virtually unworn. I wear the outfit above nearly every weekend, or when working from home.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

A Perfect No-Iron Work Wear Outfit

Mid life blogger Gail Hanlon in black and green for the office. Print blouse from Zara with cropped black trousers from Hope and green accessories.
I've been meaning to show you this green patterned blouse for a while because it's become a favourite, particularly worn with my black cropped trousers. It was an "emergency purchase," and bought on a rare excursion into a store.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

My Autumn Winter Wish List and Link Up

Mid life blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in striped knit top and green midi skirt from Boden
Imagine the scene. It's quarter to seven in the morning on Sunday and I'm in the garden ready to do a "shoot" with the camera and tripod, Mr Mutton having cycled off into the distance at 5.30 to take part in Ride London.

One shot taken - and then disaster! The camera, which has been faltering for a while, has died. Forced to improvise, I took a few shots with my mobile propped up on a bottle of Tomorite. So, not many pics of this new Becky skirt and Rachel knitted top from Boden, my first Autumn purchases, but I have great plans for this skirt and will wear it in several different ways.

Autumn Winter 2019 Trends

We're seeing the first of the AW drops and a lot of trends which started in spring are continuing, like midi skirts and "modesty dressing," the voluminous dresses with coverage from head to foot and sleeves.

There are distinct changes in colour palettes. Quite a lot of olive / camel / brown / caramel shades (and black too) but not very much living coral, which is surprising given that it was the 2019 colour of the year.

On the catwalks, there was bright neon for the very brave at a few places. Another big trend from the catwalks was power suiting, like this example from Givenchy  (credit: Getty Images).
Example of power suiting from Givenchy AW2019 image Getty Images via Harpers Bazaar
Harper's Bazaar says another trend will be "Bougie Girl," a 70s revival (again) featuring a bow blouse with a pleated skirt and jacket. That's not a trend for me - I steer away from fussy bows and ruffles and prefer a more streamlined look.

Lovers of florals will find plenty still around in the form of "dark florals".  It looks as if leopard and zebra print has gone away, but I expect there will still be plenty around as we all bought so much of it last winter.

I'm always excited to see the trends for outerwear and footwear, because this is the fastest way to update your look. An outfit that's several years old can look instantly contemporary with the latest style of coat and the right heels or flats.

Last winter the traditional styles of woollen coat made way for puffer and quilt coats.  Even I succumbed, and couldn't believe how much warmer it was. 

Some of the designers featured tweed in capes and belted coats. Here's an example from Victoria Beckham.
English Tweed is a trend for AW19 as shown by Victoria Beckham featured in Harper's Bazaar. Image: Getty Images
As for shoes and boots, there's something for everyone if you look at the Harpers Bazaar Gallery: glamorously embellished shoes, "yeti" type boots, over-the-thigh-boots, pull-on boots like the pair above, and heels ranging from kitten to block.

I take the trends lists with a bit of a pinch of salt, because some of the trends shown on the runways will die a death while others will suddenly become huge. This summer it was all about that dress from Zara, the voluminous polka dot number, with midi skirts and dressses being worn with white trainers.

My Wish List

I like to make a list ahead of the new season based on what I believe I need. This is useful for being disciplined when shopping, and helping to extend the life of existing clothes in the wardrobe.

I'm looking for:

  • A pair of long cream or winter white boots, after being blown away by how versatile the white ankle boots were last winter; 
  • Gold ankle boots:  I didn't have a pair last season and didn't get as much wear from the silver pair. Metallics are great neutrals and gold in particular adds a bit of glamour. I don't know how successful I will be in securing a pair - haven't seen many in the shops yet;
  • A new coat: I will still wear the warm and comfy parka from last year but it's been a while since I bought a tailored winter coat;
  • Ribbed cashmere jumper - this seems to be a new direction for 2019/20;
  • Tops and tights in interesting colours which will extend the life of some of my summer skirts and dresses.
Boden were ahead of the pack with their 2019/20 drop a few weeks ago and it was a very strong collection. I love the fact they always have a lot of green and I snapped up this green skirt and striped jumper.
A striped knitted tee and green midi skirt from Boden accessorized with pink and worn by mid life blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton dot com
Here are some of the new high-end new arrivals to inspire you  (expect to see cheaper versions in your favourite stores):


Pussy Bow Blouses


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The most clicked post last time was by Michelle at Fifty And Fab, on age positivity and why every woman can wear a bikini.  
Mid life blogger Michelle Green on body confidence and how every woman can wear a bikini

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Is This Mutton Meets: Isobel Kell

Isobel Kell, 60, from Largs in Scotland, winner of the Look Fabulous Forever Face of 2019
Welcome to a new series at Is This Mutton? where I meet inspiring, extraordinary women aged 50 plus. Isobel Kell is the winner of the Look Fabulous Forever Face of 2019. In the last few years she has had a tumultuous time: finding love in mid life, moving house, having a cancer diagnosis and turning an acting hobby into a profession.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Does This £145 Cream Eradicate A Saggy Neck? And link up

This new neck cream is said to have miraculous results for tighening loose saggy skin
It was a review in The Times of the Perricone MD Restorative Neck and Chest Therapy that piqued my interest. The writer said a friend of hers believed the change was quite noticeable since using this cream.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

White and Silver Glamour: And Link Up

Wearing sequins and embellishments can be a very flattering look for the over 50s as metallics, like pearls, reflect back to the face and add a youthful glow. Is This Mutton, the fashion and beauty blog for the over 50s, shows how to create a show stopper summer outfit in white and silver.
I love white and silver together - they are the epitome of summer glamour. What started as an idle browse on Asos for kimonos led me to discover this embellished beauty from River Island, and I had to have it, even though I may not wear it very often.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Luxurious New Pink Lipsticks from Lisa Eldridge

Skscraper Rose and Love of My Life, two of the new pink lipsticks from celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, reviewed by Is This Mutton blog
A few days ago celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge launched her new collection of four new lipsticks in pink shades and they were sold out almost immediately. But not before I got my hands on Love Of My Life and Skyscraper Rose, which came in a limited edition free pouch.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Green Statement Necklace and Link Up

Over 50s woman in garden on phone with cat at her feet
First an announcement. Nothing new here ladies! But I am showing how a statement (pre-loved!) necklace can breathe new life into an old outfit.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Yellow Midi with Statement Patterned Shirt

Over 50s woman in golden yellow midi skirt and white shirt with yellow flower print
Pairing a smart shirt with a plain midi skirt has become one of my favourite looks. It's crisp and easy, ideal for work, and with a print shirt, there's no need to add clutter with jewellery.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Five for Fri-Yay

I've been missing in blogger action for a few days so here's a quick catch up, featuring five things I've liked recently. Leslie at Once Upon A Time And Happily Ever After uses this format and it's a good way to discover new books, music, brands and so on.

1. Beauty Bag Treat  (above)

I loved "Lucky Bags" when I was a kid and now I adore the grown up version of "free" beauty bags and boxes.  I wasn't very tempted by the Marks and Spencer summer box this year - my friend Anna writes about it on Muttonstyle -  but I did like the look of the Feelunique exclusive June beauty bag.  This was a free gift if you spent over £100. At the time I was browsing for a few replacements and staples - shampoo, conditioner, brow pencil, body lotion and so on - and I did manage to get to the threshold (!).

The swag includes a transparent plastic bag with orange and pink handles  (not very eco-friendly) and a combination of products I've used before plus a few I haven't.

The St Tropez Watermelon Influsion gradual tanner has impressed:  you simply apply it immediately after a shower, to towel dried skin.  You don't need to apply body lotion first.  It dries quickly and is non-streaky with the first application giving a pleasing colour, not too pale.

I'm also keen to try "Glow Reveal" moisturizer from cult Finnish brand Lumene, Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream and Karine Jackson The Protector, a multi purpose hair primer, which is a perfect size for travelling, and Living Proof Blowout styling and finishing spray.

It doesn't look as if the bag is available now but I'll keep my eyes peeled for you.

2. I actually bought something in the sale!!

I'm not one for sale shopping - I find it dispiriting, all the endless rows of crumpled clothes. Online sale shopping isn't much better - there's just too much to choose from. But I did buy this claret coloured velvet skirt from Hope, reduced to £19 from £95. I have a few other piece of claret and burgundy, for winter here and here, and I'm already thinking ahead.

I realised this week that I much prefer winter clothes to summer ones, which has perked me up a little because I always used to dread winter.

There's more variety in textures, with fabrics like velvet and cashmere;  more footwear to choose from  (long and short boots) and the opportunity to vary your look in many more ways by adding jackets, or capes, or cardigans, and scarves, mufflers and hats.  Summer clothes are mostly just light, flimsy numbers.

3. Podcasts

I've mentioned before that I love podcasts and listen to several each week on my drives to and from Cambridge.

I like true crime and crime thrillers in particular.  Some of the US providers, like Wondery and Gimlet, excel at the crime thrillers.  I would highly recommend "Dirty John," which became a TV series after the podcast, "Dr Death" and "Over my Dead Body." If you like true crime, you may enjoy "Mens Rea," which means "guilty mind." The honeyed Irish tones of narrator Siobhan seduce you into a false sense of relaxation because some of the crimes featured are truly appalling. Many famous recent crimes are included, such as the murder of Sarah Payne and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.  I find the Irish, Australian and US murders featured are fascinating because they're often new to me.

Another podcast I rate highly is "Fortunately with Fi and Jane," where two well-known women presenters over the age of 50 debate all manner of things with their weekly guest.  It's like a gossipy catch up with two friends. This week's guest was Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce and the conversation included "how do you sex a tortoise."  How indeed?

4. Book Binge Reading

When I enjoy a book by a new author, I'm thrilled if I find they have a back catalogue.  I absolutely devoured "The Perfect Child" by Lucinda Berry because it was difficult to predict how it was going to end. The story concerns an abandoned and severely traumatised child who's adopted by one of the doctors and his wife. But as her behaviour becomes more and more challenging, the story takes some spine chilling twists.

I found out that Lucinda Berry is a trauma psychologist and leading researcher in childhood traumas. Her other books also use her clinical experience to create psychological thrillers. I'm now on my fourth one, "The Missing Limb."

5. My guilty pleasure

I don't watch too much on TV lately. The second series of Killing Eve was a big disappointment I thought, as was the most recent series of Line of Duty.  Two programmes which make me smile (and sometimes weep) each week are "Say Yes to the Dress UK" and "Curvy Brides Boutique." They're both about wedding dress shopping but very different. In the former, David Emanuel, who, with his ex wife, designed Princess Diana's wedding dress, helps a couple of brides choose their gown each week  in an Essex bridal salon. Expect bored or appalled looks from the entourage, brides who can't decide between a fishtail or ballgown silhouette, and brides who want to show (or hide) tattoos.

Curvy Brides Boutique also features a bridal showroom in Essex but this one is deep in the countryside. The brides, as the name suggests, are curvy and the gowns are immensely flattering. Some of the women have hardly any self confidence and haven't worn a dress for years. Their joy, when they see how good they look in a proper wedding dress, is a delight to behold. Also on Youtube,

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Assorted Work Outfits and Link Up

Ready for punting in Cambridge. Team of work colleagues about to set off.
It's been a very busy couple of weeks. No sooner had we got back from Parga then I had a big week at work with our biennial planning meeting and a team face-to-face.  I stayed in Cambridge for a few days and it all got off to a fun start with punting on the River Cam.  Here's the team, including our US colleagues.

With a few jugs of Pimm's and a lovely evening, it was a great way to spend an hour.

This is what I wore for the punting: a casual outfit of white jeans and jacket with a big splash of lilac, one of my favourite colours, in the top, brogue shoes and bag. (Notice how I obviously didn't check in the mirror before I took the photo, as the jacket loops are visible! Duh!).
White and lilac create a casual summer outfit fit for punting in Cambridge!
I've been looking for a denim jacket for ages, and in particular, a more fitted version, because short boxy jackets don't suit me. I found this one on Amazon. I'm not sure it's very fitted but it's a good colour. Some of you recommended I wear a denim jacket with the Anthropologie dress I wore last year, and I think it looks much better worn this way and with white trainers.
A denim jacket and white trainers give a more casual look to an asymmetric colour blocked dress

Fair haired woman in colour block dress denim jacket and white trainers
One of my best buys this summer has been the cropped black culottes from Hope, which hold their shape very well and don't need ironing.Zingy summer number - lime green top, patterned jacket and black cropped trousers
Here they're worn with a jacket that was thrifted  (last seen here), a square necked top from Kettlewell and sandals from Marks and Spencer (SS17).  My versatile midi length beige skirt, from M&S last year, works well with a camouflage t-shirt and gold mules (M&S, SS16).A casual work look: camo tshirt and midi skirt with gold mule sandals
One thing I've noticed since I got back from holiday is that the pigmentation on my face is looking  a lot worse.  If anyone has any recommendations for products that reduce it, I'd love to know.

Finally I've got some new leggings for the gym. These are from a firm fairly local to me, Yoga Leggs, and I have many pairs. They come up high to cover muffin tops, are soft and stretchy, and in a multitude of colours and patterns. This design is Lipstick Leopard, worn with a much loved (old) Adidas top.  Everything is delivered globally.
A gym, yoga or running outfit:  Lipstick Leopard leggings from Yoga Leggs with pink top and black trainers
Disclosure: no items were gifted for this post. 

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