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Friday 28 April 2023

What's Been on My {April} Calendar?


The London Eye and County Hall photographed by Is This Mutton from a Thames river boat

Dear friends. Time for my review of April! It must surely be the coldest April on record. Yet it started off quite well. I managed to find one photo for a walk on April 4 where it was warm and sunny! 


Wednesday 26 April 2023

Find the Trousers that Suit You Best

 & #WowOnWednesday

Gail Hanlon, over 60s blogger from Is This Mutton, in yellow jeans and jacket and orange top

Dear friends. You may have noticed that trousers, or pants in North America, are having A Moment. Wide legged trousers and trouser suits are both trending for spring and summer. But how do you feel about wearing trousers and jeans? Are you wary about them suiting your shape?  

I have a love/hate relationship with trousers, jeans and shorts.  I've always had big thighs proportionately. When I put on weight, it goes to my thighs and waist. 


Monday 24 April 2023

Bring Me Sunshine!


Wearing yellow, orange and dark green Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon

Dear friends. Another month has nearly ended and it's time for the Style Not Age Challenge, where 5 blogger friends over the age of 45 style an outfit based on a different prompt each time.

This month it was Emma's choice, and she came up with a great challenge, Bring Me Sunshine.  We certainly need some sunshine. I believe the weather has been "off" in most countries. It's still quite cold here, which dictated my outfit.

Friday 21 April 2023

Is This Mutton Books Edition, April


Dear friends. Welcome to another Books Edition of Is This Mutton. There's a nice variety of books in today's post: two works of fiction, three memoirs and a nutritional guide. Where I'm reviewing a book that has been supplied free of charge as an advanced reader copy, I give the publisher's description and then my own thoughts. 


Thursday 20 April 2023

Tell Us About....Whimsy

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the definition of a whimsical character according to blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton

Dear friends. The monthly Tell Us About challenge is back, and this time it's set by Mary Katherine of MK's Adventures.  MK, a US based blogger, chose Whimsy.

It was surprisingly difficult. I had imagined there would be a lot out there on Google and possibly even a museum of whimsy I could visit.  Well there are, two - but both in America. 


Wednesday 19 April 2023

Moto Jacket 6 Ways

 & WowOnWednesday

Over 60s blogger Gail Hanlon in cream moto jacket worn over a jade green ruched skirt and top

Dear friends. I'm a great believer in snapping up duplicates if you find a garment that's perfect.  If it's available in different colours, all the better.

I love the Kettlewell Chloe jacket for its versatility - and colours! I now have six. I started with one in lavender, followed by jewel blue. I then found a pre-loved Chloe in soft white. This season, the jacket reappeared after a year long hiatus, and I went a bit mad and bought three in island green, cream and soft yellow. 


Monday 17 April 2023

A Day in My Life: April 16 2023


Young couple with baby in papoose, on walk in Epping Forest

Dear friends. I was intrigued to see Leslie documenting one of her days because I've thought about doing this, and even had a half finished version of a day in February.

In  20 years time I imagine we'll have forgotten the flow of our days, what technology we were using, what we were eating and so on.  Life changes so fast.

So I made notes on Sunday about everything I did. It was a "rest day" for me, I wasn't planning to take any exercise.  I like to have a couple of hours to take photos for the blog, and the weather was promising. J was going out on a long cycle ride so I knew I'd be uninterrupted. Unfortunately I didn't take as many pics as I should have done...but here goes! 


Wednesday 12 April 2023

Avoid frumpiness with the right accessories

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in purple coat with accessories that add interest:  rainbow bag and scarf

& Wow On Wednesday

Accessories have their own seasonal trends, the same as clothes. Buying the right accessories can jazz up outdated outfits and remove any chance of frumpiness. 

I approach accessory buying very carefully. I look at sites such as Asos and Schuh to see what's trending for jewelry, bags, sunglasses, shoes and sandals. I identify the trends I like, and set about buying them in the right colours for my wardrobe. 


Wednesday 5 April 2023

On Trend Summer Jewelry

 & WowOnWednesday

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton with lightweight gold color fashion jewelry from Meideya

Dear friends. Jewelry (jewellery in the UK) is one of my greatest pleasures. It's the fastest way to update a look and needn't cost a fortune.

I was thrilled when Meideya Jewelry approached me. I discovered their fashionable range looks far more expensive than it actually is.

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