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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Style Chat and #WoW

 Showing the difference that a bright lipstick and accessories can make, Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton

Dear friends. I've been taking part in a challenge where you show a basic outfit and then add accessories.  It shows what a huge difference a few choice pieces can make, in either giving your outfit a bit more style, or taking something from day to night time.

In my first pic, I'm ready for a canal path walk - hence the trainers - and have not added lipstick or accessories. After the walk, I was going to an art gallery, so I added a cute bag, bright pink lipstick, a Georgian paste necklace, a belt, sunglasses and a peridot ring. 

Serving up my dish of accessories: 

In my second outfit, I've again added lipstick (see what a difference it makes?), an unusual ring watch, and a matching necklace and bracelet in my seasonal (winter) colours, plus a bowling bag.

Another take from Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon on how a few low-key accessories can transform a look.
I'm always on the look out for the right accessories:  quirky bags in colours that match my outfits, not black or navy; striking rings, such as the watch ring below, and distinctive footwear, particularly brogue shoes or ankle boots in a rainbow of colours, worn with contrasting or patterned socks or tights.

Gail Hanlon from over-50s blog Is This Mutton

I Can Get it Wrong Too

I feel I have mostly nailed my own personal gamine style.  Neat and fitted clothes, not much pattern.  However - I can still get it very wrong, particularly when I try to experiment.  

I was recently tempted by a new patterned blouse from Kettlewell in a new colourway for those coded as winter, ice champagne. I don't usually wear tunics or blouses untucked, and you can see exactly why.  The fabric overwhelms me and makes me look bigger than I am.

However the tucked version is not great either - and the chunky pearls, which I always thought of as my signature style, are too big and look distracting.  

The colour isn't good: I need brighter colours. 

Needless to say I didn't keep the blouse, and the pearls I will reserve for a less busy, and probably black, background.  More on finding your own style

Outfit details:  green outfit - lime green short tie wrap, neon lime Breton top and acid yellow belt, all Kettlewell Colours.  Lime bag by Cambridge Satchel Company.  White trainers Stan Smith Originals from Adidas.  Necklace from Etsy. Sunglasses Ray Bans. Lipstick: Rose Indien by Guerlain. Red outfit:  cherry red short tie wrap, white essential V neck: Kettlewell Colours. Ring watch: Patricia Stanley. Necklace/bacelet: My Season Jewellery;  sandals Sosandar; lipstick Cherry by Look Fabulous Forever  (gifted);  red bag Cambridge Satchel Co; black culottes Hope (old).

Do you have a good idea of your own personal style or are you happy to try many different types of look?  Do let me know in the comments. 

Sharing this post with: On Mondays We Link Up at Glass of Glam, Top of the World Style at High Latitude Style, Chic & Stylish at Mummabstylish, #SpreadTheKindness  and #Linkup on the Edge at Shelbee on the Edge, #AnythingGoes at My Random Musings, Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  Style with a Smile  at StylesplashTFF at Doused in Pink, Lizzie in Lace, Confident Twosday at IDoDeclaireRena at Fine WhateverFabulous Fridays at Lucy Bertoldi, #Neverendingstyle at The Grey BrunetteFancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style,  Weekday Wear Link-Up at Away from the Blue Sunday Showcase with Chez Mireille and Elegance and Mommyhood  (first Sunday of the month), Stylish Monday (first Monday of the month) with Ask Suzanne Bell, Talent Sharing Tuesdays at Scribbling Boomer, Link Up Pot Pourri and Traffic Jam Weekend at My Bijou Life

Now it's time for the #WowOnWednesday link-up. Bloggers/Instagrammers can find new readers, plus readers can find new blogs to read. I promote my favorite five posts on Facebook and Twitter every week, and feature the most clicked posts in Instagram Stories. 

Last Week's Favourites (Most Clicked)

It was Mother's Day in many countries (not the UK) at the weekend, and Mireille from Chez Mireille joined forces with Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood with pictures and a cute IG Reel of their dresses and children. 

Have you heard of the new TikTok trend of "Coastal Grandmothers?" I hadn't. Rosemary from Distinctly Southern Style has this vibe well and truly nailed.

Is This Mutton Favourite

I love seeing pictures from glam celebrity occasions, like the Met Gala - and Lucy from Lucy Bertoldi thrilled me by adding her interpretation of the different styles and who she thought delivered the theme the best   (Sarah Jessica Parker, of course!):  Fashion Unstitched: Met Gala's Gilded Glamour Interpretations. Below, Kim Kardashian in the iconic dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday to the President.  Who wore it best?

Kim Kardashian in the iconic dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday to the President.

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  1. What a different a few accessories make right. I think that blouse isn't that bad, tucked in, but colour looks far more better on you, I agree.

  2. Oh Gail that first outfit, lime and white with stripes. I adore it!

    1. I’m Anonymous BTW!

      Love from Mary xxx


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