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Wednesday 30 November 2022

Pretty Daytime Make-Up with Look Fabulous Forever

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A Before and After: 62 year old woman's face before and after using make-up by Look Fabulous Forever

Dear friends. Pull up a chair, it might be a long post. I can't wait to talk to you about some of my latest beauty discoveries. 

Today I'm going to create a pretty everyday make-up with Look Fabulous Forever, the brand created specifically for older women. And I'm going to reveal my best beauty secret. But let's start with skincare, because unless our skin is looking good, make-up can't do its job.

Monday 28 November 2022

Stripes and Dots: Style Not Age Challenge

 Look good oer 60 in a soft striped jumper, embellished leggings and ankle boots. Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in stripes and dots for the November Style Not Age Challenge

Dear friends. When Emma set this month's Style Not Age Challenge - Stripes and Dots - I initially  thought it was an easy one. But not so.  I've been so ruthless with clearing out my wardrobe that I've given away everything I had with dots and stripes! 


Wednesday 23 November 2022

Blue Cashmere Jumper 2 Ways

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in Royal Cobalt cashmere jumper from Lands' End

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Dear friends. One thing I find very hard to resist is anything made of cashmere.  I remember buying my first cashmere jumper a few years ago (black, ribbed) and realising anything else would always feel inferior. 

So when Land's End got in touch to offer a coat, I managed to persuade them to make it a cashmere jumper. A great decision - I'm very impressed with this crew neck jumper in Royal Cobalt. 

Friday 18 November 2022

Never Too Young to Start Reading - and #WOYBS

 Baby and grandmother reading a book. Is This Mutton's November book reviews focus on illiteracy in the UK with high numbers still unable to read.

Dear friends.  You're never too young to get started with reading! Our granddaughter Olive, above, has already got her library card and enjoys hearing stories (above, with Jane, one of her grannies).  But an alarming report this week said that in the UK, 1 in 5 adults are still functionally illiterate. That's over 7 million people. 


Wednesday 16 November 2022

Three Winter Outfit Dilemmas Resolved with Cotton Traders

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Gail Hanlon from over-50s style blog Is This Mutton in champagne faux fur coat from Cotton Traders

Dear friends. With costs spiraling for everything, one of the things I'm keen to do is economise when I buy clothes or cosmetics. But I don't want to buy clothes on the cheap, and perpetuate "fast fashion," with all the unethical and unsustainable methods that implies. 

I do rummage in charity shops, but I'm also mindful of the need to sustain the high street and all the jobs in retail and fashion, so you have to balance the two.


Wednesday 9 November 2022

Skirt Styling Fun

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Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in peacock bias skirt and bright apricot top

Dear friends. Today I'm bringing you a Skirt Special with the help of some friends, old and new.  Using the hash tag #7DaySkirtChallenge we showed a different skirt each day, or the same skirt each day but styled differently.

Thursday 3 November 2022

October in Review: What a Great Month!


Dear friends. October was a very busy month. Four Meet Ups, John's birthday celebration, two Kettlewell Colour Club outings, a visit to Battersea Power Station, a sky dive and more.  Let's "dive" in.


Wednesday 2 November 2022

Permacrisis? Let's Have a Laugh Instead

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With the world in a state of "permacrisis," Is This Mutton, the London based blog for the sassy over 50s, finds some humour at Very British Problems. And two colourful outfits like this green poncho with neon orange belt and saffron yellow ankle boots

Dear friends.  We learnt this week that the Collins Dictionary word of the year is "Permacrisis,"  defined as an extended period of instability and insecurity”.

Certainly in the UK we seem to veer from one crisis to another.  This week it's the shameful conditions of a refugee camp and the nation's water companies cheerfully releasing sewage into the sea, as voted for by their coastal MPs. Not to mention the new prime minister planning not to attend the COP environmental talks. And the clocks going back.

Here at Mutton Towers, we're fed up with the permacrisis. This post focuses on a different set of Very British Problems, and lots of colour. 

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