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Monday 31 October 2022

Orange, You Excited for Halloween?

 #StyleNotAge Challenge

Taking a comedy spin on this month's Style Not Age Challenge, Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon, who has hardly any orange, wears black and orange striped tights and brandishes a child's orange broomstick

Dear friends. It was Jacqui's turn to choose this month's challenge, and with Halloween falling on the last Monday of the month, she cannily chose "Orange you excited for Halloween?"

I have my bucket of sweets ready for this evening's procession of trick n treaters, but I won't be dressed like this as I might frighten them.  I look like I'm scaring the opposition in the prelim to a rugby match!

A fun Halloween look from Gail Hanlon of Is This Mutton with orange and black striped tights, white jumper and black skirt and boots

I don't have much orange, although since my season analysis changed to spring, it should suit me. I found the fun tights on Tights Tights Tights, and the broomstick was £2.65 at Tesco, although it's obviously child-sized and looks more like a tickling stick! 

My jumper, skirt and boots are all old.

Orange can be stylish or scary depending on how you style it. For the October Style Not Age challenge, Is This Mutton's spin is more scary, with orange and black tights and broomstick

Let's see how the fab four got on with the challenge. 

Emma from Stylesplash, above, bought her dress in TKMaxx for £10 to add to the pink one she already has.  She wore it on her break in Funchal, Maderia, last week, along with an orange hat and green Fenella Smith vegan leather bag.

Hilda from Over the Hilda was glad of an opportunity to wear an orange OUI coat she's had for 25 years, above.

She says she was reluctant to send it to a charity shop as she still loves it. Hilda also wore it to the playground with one of my grandsons yesterday. She says the boots are at least 6 years old and the hat, (Anthony Peto), about 5 years. 

Jacqui from Mummabstylish, who came up with the October challenge, is wearing a gifted dress from Izabel, below, in a retro 70's design and gifted shoes from Lotus. 

Anna from Anna's Island Style, below,  has rummaged in her wardrobe to find this fabulous orange trench from TK Maxx and  boots (old) from Topshop. The sweater was charity shopped and the trousers are new from Primark. on sale for £6. 

I hope you found our outfits scary (in my case) and stylish (the rest!).  Love to hear in  the comments if you mark Halloween in any way, and if so, what you're wearing. 

I'm back on Wednesday with another #WowOnWednesday link-up. 

Sharing this post with: On Mondays We Link Up at Glass of Glam, Trend Spin at The Fashion CanvasTop 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, Confident Twosday at IDoDeclaire, Rena at Fine Whatever,, #Neverendingstyle at The Grey BrunetteFancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style, Talent Sharing Tuesdays at Scribbling Boomer, Traffic Jam Weekend at Marsha in the Middle Fabulous Fridays at Lucy Bertoldi, Friendship Friday at Create with Joy, Wonderful Wednesday at Oh My Heartsie Girl, The Happy Now Link-Up at JENerallyInformed


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Friday 28 October 2022

Latest Books, TV and Podcasts: October

 Picture of a book with hands on either side.  By Enzo Munoz for Pexels
Dear friends. Another month has whizzed by and it's time for my round-up of TV watched, books read, and podcasts listened to.

This is the last post in the current format.  There will soon be a standalone book reviews post, with the first one on November 18 to join the What's On Your Bookshelf link-up.  Fear not, TV and podcasts will still be covered but in my review of the month, on the last Friday of the month.

All clear?  Great - let's launch into Books.


Wednesday 26 October 2022

Feet Killing You? There's a Stylish Solution

& WowOnWednesday

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton putting Strive orthotic footwear to the test
 Dear friends. One of the mysteries of ageing is: why do our feet always hurt? 

But hurt they do, because I, and most of my friends, have stopped wearing high heels with regret, and now embrace the trend for trainers and flat shoes.  But even they can make our feet ache. 

One of the reasons for sore feet is that our muscles and tendons lose elasticity, which can contribute to foot pain.  Plus high heels constrict the foot and place a lot of stress and weight on one part of the foot–usually our toes. 


Wednesday 19 October 2022

Finding My Inner Gamine with Collar and Brogues

& WowOnWednesday

Over 60s style blogger Gail Hanlon in medium green cashmere jumper from M&S and Rainbow Spill lipstick from Lisa Eldridge as she channels her inner gamine.

Dear friends. I had a very brief style analysis back in the 80s at a corporate women's event, and was told I am a "gamine." No further insights.  Over the years I didn't stick to this style: firstly, it's often hard to find gamine clothing, and secondly, it's associated with petite, very slim women, and during the 90s and early 2000s,  I was not slim, as you can see here.

But now I've started to reclaim the gamine look.  


Wednesday 12 October 2022

Get Yourself Coated

 & #WowOnWednesday

Dear friends. Winter is coming! And with it the need to evaluate the coat situation. Coats take up a lot of room in the wardrobe so I don't have TOO many  (Mr Mutton would disagree). I generally buy one a year, if I think I need it.

The key thing with coats and jackets, unless you have a walk-in closet, is to be very choosy about what you buy, and make sure you will wear it a lot. 


Wednesday 5 October 2022

Cord Pinafore 3 Ways

 A cord pinafore styled three ways by over 60 style blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton. Shown here is the pinafore worn with purple

Dear friends. Strange but true: I have never worn dungarees, and the only pinafore dress I had was when I was seven. So I deliberately chose a cute corduroy pinafore dress when Cotton Traders kindly asked me to select two items to style.

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