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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A Brilliant Work Wear Solution - and Link Up

Style blog Is This Mutton? is always looking for well-cut and stylish black and white cropped trousers. This black pair from Hope is a brilliant work wear solution. Worn here with a polka dot top and matching sling back shoes.
I'm always looking for stylish cropped trousers for the summer, both white and black, and I've hit the jackpot with this stylish pair from Hope. Made in Italy, these wide legged trousers are part of Hope's Power Foundation range, with bonded fabric and an elegant pin-tuck which leaves a razor-sharp fold through the front of the legs.

What's also cool is that Hope offer these trousers in two lengths, and even free alterations if those aren't hitting the spot.

If you're not familiar with the brand, Hope is a British company founded by Nayna McIntosh when she was in her 50s.  The latest range seems to be a lot more fashion-forward: previously I wasn't tempted to buy anything because most of the clothes seemed to be "cover ups" which I think often make us look bigger. But now they have a very tempting selection, and the good quality means that these clothes travel well and don't always need ironing.

I always love polka dots and this top - well over 10 years old - and kitten heels - creates a fuss-free work wear look.  Black and white is always my go-to for work attire when I don't want to think about it. The sunglasses are from River Island.  I only used to wear Ray-Bans but I now buy a couple of fashion pairs each summer.
Mid life blogger in black cropped trousers, black and white polka dot top and matching sling back shoes
Here I'm wearing them with an orangey-red: a top with statement sleeves that was a real steal from Florence and Fred last year, and sandals from Marks and Spencer (also last year's). Pearls have always been one of my trademarks, but instead of layering up chunky pearls I'm now wearing them in longer necklaces, which is more modern - these are from Mango. In a nod to the leopard print fashion, I'm wearing a thin belt - but this is one trend that will soon behind us. Snakeskin has taken over.
Woman wearing red top with statement sleeves and black cropped trousers
The sunglasses from Vow London have red frames which go well with the top. The red bag is out of stock but this one is similar.
Woman wearing red square sunglasses and red top with statement sleeves
Sharing this post with: Wordless Wednesday at Claire Justine, Chic&Stylish at MummabstylishTop of the World Style at High Latitude StyleFancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion StyleFabulous Friday at Pocketful of Polka Dots, Thursday Moda at Elegance and MommyhoodAnna at The Glamadventure, Linkup on The Edge at Shelbee On The Edge#ShareAllLinkUp at Not Dressed as Lamb,#AnythingGoes at My Random Musings and #MuttonStyleMondays at Muttonstyle.

Get Your Wow On!

Now it's time for the  #WowOnWednesday Link Up. Readers' favourite last time was Anna from Looking Fabulous @ Fifty, with her post on "grey is the new black." Anna is a master of monochrome.

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Bowie Rainbow Bolt Jumper

Over 50s style blog Is This Mutton? on the joys of the Bowie stripe cashmere jumper
Who buys a jumper (sweater) in May? you may ask.  Well, I did. When I saw Orwell + Austen advertising pre-orders for their new black Bowie rainbow bolt jumper, I knew I had to be quick because these sell out very quickly.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

My Life in Hairstyles and #WowOnWednesday Link Up

Teenage girl in the 1970s with medium length dark wavy hair
How experimental have you been with your hair over the years?  I didn't think I had been, until I started looking at the archives. Folks, I have had short hair, long hair, a bob, a mullet, permed hair, hair extensions (klaxon) and went from dark to red and then blonde.  Let's look at the evolution.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Meeting a fellow blogger to see the Mary Quant exhibition in London

Two mid life fashion bloggers in the UK meet up for the first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum
One of the best things about blogging is meeting fellow fashion bloggers. On Saturday I met up with Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper, and we spent an enjoyable day at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Beauty Update and #WowOnWednesday Link Up

Beauty products for a cleansing and moisturizing regime for a mature woman including a hyaluronic acid serum, clay mask and micellar cleanser
It's been a while since we had a beauty catch up so I thought we'd start with my current routine before moving onto bubble face masks and a great offer from John Lewis.
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