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Monday, 16 April 2018

White and lilac blouse three ways

Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
My blogger friend Jacqui from Mummabstylish and I both have the same blouse - a complete coincidence, but when we realised, we thought it would be a great idea to style it a few different ways.

The blouse itself is from Marks and Spencer and has a pale lilac stripe. I've been wearing it in winter under a purple cashmere jumper but I've tried three different looks here.

The first is a playful look ideal for going out with friends, or shopping  (see the flat shoes?). The lilac cropped trousers with a delightful fringe are from River Island.  Team this with a circle bag - very "in" - and this one, in lilac, is from Acccessorize - and finally a purple beret. I bought mine on eBay for less than a tenner. The shoes are rose gold delights, old, from Boden.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. Bring any outfit up to date by adding inexpensive fashion bags and sunglasses.
Next up: we have Melania Trump to thank for this look.  Pencil skirts are de rigeur this spring, and they can be worn with voluminous belted tops. My silver pleather skirt from Next is a bit too big and so it was a better look than tucking the blouse in. This is a more dressy outfit, ideal for a date night dinner.
Styling a white and lilac striped blouse three ways. This look is ideal for date night. The blouse is worn with a silver skirt, silver shoes and belt, and a cute purple evening bag.
I added silver shoes, a silver belt, silver lurex tights, a purple evening bag and hexagonal lilac sunglasses from River Island.
A dressy look ideal for date night:  white and lilac blouse worn with silver skirt, belt and shoes, and a purple evening bag
Finally, a look for the office. Metallic is the key here.  I'm wearing straight legged navy trousers, several years old, from Marks and Spencer, and a peplum jacket from Phase Eight (now reduced in price).  To add some interest, I have metallic brogue shoes and lurex socks from Sainsbury's, and an embellished circle bag from Accessorize.
A look suitable for the office with the blouse paired with navy trousers, a navy peplum jacket and metallic brogues.

The office look. Navy jacket and trousers and an eye catching embellished circle bag are perfect for office wear.
Up-to-the-minute bags and sunglasses can instantly update an outfit, and you can buy these relatively inexpensively from retailers like Acccessorize, River Island, Asos. Don't assume that these stores won't have anything for older women. I find they have lots of desirable items, and if you order online, you don't even have the trauma of rubbing shoulders with teenagers.

Now let's see how Jacqui got on.
Over 50s blogger Jacqui Berry from Mummabstylish styles a white and lilac blouse three ways, along with blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton?
Jacqui is wearing her M&S blouse with M&S cropped jeans that she DIY'd frayed herself;  M&S navy court shoes,  grey jumper from F & F, and silver Zara bag. Don't forget to visit her blog, Mummabstylish, to see the other outfits Jacqui has created with the blouse.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Trying it on: Jumpsuits

Over 40s blogger Is This Mutton? in black v-neck crepe jumpsuit from Whistles, SS18
I've never had a jumpsuit. They've always struck me as vaguely problematic, requiring strapless bras, fake tan and an endless search to find one where the waist is in the right place and the trousers aren't making my legs look short.

I thought it would be good to break out of my comfort zone and see if I could find a good one. I have two weddings this summer and I've started to look for outfits. But, I asked myself, are jumpsuits even still a thing?
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

White bouclé jacket and polka dots

Image showing a woman in a white boucle jacket with a polka dot above the knee skirt and pearl necklaces
I was idly browsing new arrivals to embellish my "latest fashion picks" Pinterest board, when this delightful white bouclé jacket from River Island stopped me in my tracks. I love a bouclé jacket because they look so elegant and Chanel-like when worn with pearls and a skirt, but they also go brilliantly with jeans.
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Friday, 23 March 2018

A Brief History of the Brassiere

Image showing a young woman wearing lace underwear on a sumptuous bed.
Our relationship with the brassiere is one of love / hate. Many women say it's the first thing they take off when they get home.

But like them or loathe them, our figures would be considerably worse without the support, particularly as we get older.
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sequins for daytime

Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins as daytime attire


Image showing over 45s blogger Gail Hanlon wearing sequins for the daytime.  A green sequin top is worn with a green and black skirt, wide black belt and black boots.
I spotted this pretty dark green sequinned top in the sale when I was staying with my Mum in Plymouth. I'd nipped into the Co-Op for a paper, and came out with the top and a parka (as you do). It crossed my mind that the top would be great for work attire. Yes! Not just for evenings.  
Image showing over 45s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon wearing green sequin top with work attire
I've styled it with a skirt from TU at Sainsbury's (another bargain) and over-the-knee boots. The jacket is one of my favourites and I've had it for years, It's from Max Mara and I firmly believe you should invest in the occasional jacket, coat or bag that will stand the test of time.
 I'm also wearing my "Gok Wan" belt, which is great for acting as punctuation in an outfit, particularly when you have a skirt with no defined waist band, and a top that looks strange if it's not tucked in. The hoop earrings are from Sainsbury's and the pearl pin (on the jacket) was from Marks and Spencer, but sold out now.
Image showing Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon demonstrating that a dark sequinned top looks great with black as office wear

What do you think of sequins for daytime? A big yay or nay?

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Monday, 19 February 2018

SIA: Inspired by Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture

Image showing a woman in midi length metallic pleated skirt, black sequinned bomber jacket and silver Edie shoes by Vionic
The Style Imitating Art challenge is something I haven't done for ages, but I was inspired by the choice of Chicago's "Bean" sculpture. We saw this iconic sculpture in Millennium Park back in 2008 when John was taking part in the Chicago Marathon.  Like most visitors, we attempted a "selfie" in front of the sculpture's reflective surface.
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Five ways not to be invisible as an older woman

Image showing four famous women over the age of 50: Robin Wright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Elle McPherson
Four ladies over the age of 50 who I greatly admire - not just for their talent and intelligence, but their determination to look wonderful for their age.

Yet even the likes of Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have had "off" moments when they've been pictured them on their way to the gym or shops without any make-up on and, shock horror, looking their age.

Unfortunately once we're over 50, it takes a lot of effort to look good. Unless your face or body provides your living, few of us have enough time and money to look fantastic all the time.
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Lilac Coat and Purple Blouse

Image showing  a woman with blonde hair over 45 wearing a long wool coat in lilac
I wrote recently about the "colour of the year," ultra violet, and it has inspired me to look for two of my favourite shades, lilac and purple. Ultra violet itself is close to cobalt blue, a colour which does little for me. But it's easy enough to find shades that suit you, for any colour. And ice-cream colours of all hues are big news for spring.
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Getting Through January

Image showing a woman at her desk wearing a black and white striped jumper decorated with cherries
Well dear reader, I had a stellar new outfit to show you this week but the weather had other ideas. It was so GREY and while we had a brief snow flurry in London, it didn't settle and so I couldn't get any "winter wonderland" photos. So instead, I've put together a post about what I've been doing in this hideous month so far, and my work outfits.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Quirky Shoes

Image showing three different Poetic Licence shoes and the box they come in
A post I did recently on Instagram showing my latest pair of Poetic Licence shoes received lots of likes, so here's a longer post about my love for quirky footwear.
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Cardigans are all the rage: well I never!

Image showing a middle aged fashionista wearing a belted long line cardigan in  grey worn over black trousers and metallic brogues. A cream fleecy scarf adds interest.
The cardigan, the Times told us last week, is no longer for grannies. The likes of Alexa Chung and Selena Gomez have rediscovered this classic and the cardigan is cool again.

Well, for some of us it never went away. I have always been very partial to a cropped cardigan: here in a green one, and here in a pink one.

But looking at some of the different types of cardigan online, I was excited to try some different styles. There are "statement cardigans" such as Gucci's statement, over sized cardigans knitted with colourful yarns; bobble cardigans, where the sleeves continue the trend for elaborate decoration, and long, coat like cardigans, some like kimonos. One of my favourite retailers, The-bias.cut.com, has some great new designs by Hayley Menzie, including a long cardigan in 100% soft cotton with a print inspired by a vintage 1950s fairground.
Image showing a fashion conscious middle aged woman wearing a long line knitted grey cardigan worn over black trousers and metallic brogues, with a pink top and cream fleecy neck wear.
I haven't worn a long, duster-coat like cardigan for probably over a decade. I like the dramatic effect they can have, sweeping around you, and also the extra warmth on these cold winter days.

The cardigan I'm wearing is by JDY and just £26 from Asos. Grey always looks great with pink so I paired it with a fuchsia pink top from Warehouse (last season), plain black trousers and pewter metallic shoes (Next). What lifts the outfit, and gives it even more cosiness, is my cream fleecy Rew neck wear. I added a belt because long, drapey cardigans and any oversized knitwear can make you look a lot bigger. If you're very slim, you can do a Victoria Beckham and look waif like in large clothes. I need a belt!

Image showing a middle aged fashionista in long line grey knit cardigan black trousers pink top and elaborate cream neck wear.
Next week I'll show a different cardigan look which revolves around these new Poetic Licence beauties, a Christmas present. Hope you can join me next Sunday!
Image showing black and red womens shoes decorated with patterns and sparkles and clear perspex heels. By Poetic Licence.
Were you aware that cardigans are "in" again and if so, have you been rocking a new look? Let me know in the comments below.

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Image showing a middle aged woman posing against a white garage door wearing silver skirt and shoes and an iris blue velvet top
So here it is, my last post for 2017. I've got a lot to tell you so it may be a long post! First, Christmas. On December 23 we took John's grown-up children and their partners to a Christmas Carol singalong at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by lunch. If you live in or near London, I'd highly recommend the Raymond Gubbay Christmas series. The carol concerts are really magical.
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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Ultra Violet: the 2018 Colour of the Year

Image showing the colour ultra violet, the colour of the year for 2018 recommended by the Pantone Institute
The Pantone Institute has chosen this colour, ultra violet, as its colour of the year.  Expect to see this variation of purple in home decor and fashion.
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Monday, 18 December 2017

5 Over 50 Challenge: Christmas Jumpers


Image showing a middle aged woman indoors wearing a cream Christmas jumper embellished with reindeer antlers and a red tartan skirt
Christmas jumpers tend to be associated with the brazen, colourful Father Christmas embellished affairs with flashing lights, but they come in four different varieties. Laurie's challenge for the 5 0ver 50 for December is styling a Christmas jumper and it's interesting to see that three of the boxes are ticked. Fortunately no-one chose to wear the overtly ugly version of a Christmas jumper!
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

I do love a patterned skirt!

Image showing an over 50s woman in blue cowl neck jumper patterned skirt coloured tights and pink and blue shoes
I've been very consistent over the years in loving a patterned skirt with colourful tights and jumper/sweater. I have several from Boden including my beloved green skirt and I used to have a permanent search on eBay for Boden skirts.
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

A cosy combo for cold days

Image showing an over 50s woman in black and white check coat and red accessories for winter 2017 on a chilly day in the garden.
Now where did I put those gloves?
Winter for the Met Office starts on 1 December. Ahead: chapped lips, travel plans occasionally ruined by the wrong type of snow; the festival of over-consumption that now starts on the US import Black Friday and runs to the New Year; howling winds, darkness when setting off for work (allowing extra time to scrape ice off the car) and darkness when returning.
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Supermarket Chic

Image showing a 50 plus woman in a colour block jumper and skirt posing by barges
My recent post about vintage and thrifted chic was very popular so it got me thinking: how about looking at clothes you can buy in a supermarket?
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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Red Bombshell dress and a night at Heston's

Image showing a 50 plus woman in the garden wearing a red Bombshell dress
I have always wanted a Bombshell dress. They never fail to make the wearer look curvaceous and confident, whether it's Nigella Lawson, who bought 12,  or blogger Nikki Garnett (scroll down to see her in a full-length gold Bombshell dress). So when I heard, three months ago, that I'd succeeded in getting a fab new job at my advanced age, I decided to treat myself to a red Bombshell dress.
Image showing a 50 plus woman in red figure flattering dress and quirky red and black shoes decorated with cherries
It got its first outing at the weekend when Mr Mutton and I went for dinner at the glamorous Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  It was my post birthday treat. 

I find it hard to find the right shoes to go with occasion wear. If I was able to wear high heels, finding a fabulous pair wouldn't be a problem. But I literally can't walk in them so I have to find kitten heels or low block heels. They don't always look very fashionable. The model on the Bombshell website was wearing nude high heels with her red dress but that's a bit too "Middleton" for me. I found a suitably quirky and cute pair of shoes at one of my favourite brands, Poetic Licence. I teamed them with nude fishnets.
Image showing a woman in her 50s in a red dress standing by the bar of a luxurious London hotel
First stop, a glass of Champagne at the bar. 
Dinner by Heston is not to be confused with his eponymous restaurant The Fat Duck at Bray in Berkshire. I went there a few years ago and it's a fabulous experience, working your way through the experimental and stunning tasting menu.

The Dinner restaurant, overlooking Hyde Park, offers modern dishes, inspired by historic British gastronomy. The menu shows the year when each dish was originally to be found. We love this restaurant because it's got such a great vibe. The staff are very friendly and enthusiastic without being pompous or overbearing. I realised I was done with Michelin starred fine dining when, at another famous London restaurant, a waiter said snootily "I'll ask the water waiter" when asked for another bottle of water.
Image showing a man in his early 60s at a restaurant in London
Mr Mutton gets his close-up 
The last time we were here it was in June for our wedding anniversary. We had a table looking out at the park and the light was fantastic. Last night, it was dark outside and more atmospheric inside, but it didn't make for great photography so I won't share all the photos we took of our food (sorry Nancy!).  I was seated with a great view straight into the kitchen. One guy spent the evening grappling with the flames of an oven that was searing pork chops. Another was painstakingly cleaning and trimming mushrooms individually.
Image showing Meat Fruit starter where chicken liver pate is made to look like a mandarin with leaves. At Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mr Mutton had the famous "Meat Fruit" (c.1300) which looks just like a mandarin but is in fact chicken liver pate. I had a starter called Salamagundy (c.1720): chicken oysters, salsify, marrowbone, horseradish cream & pickled walnuts. The combination of different textures, and the powerful flavours, were divine. We didn't choose Savoury Porridge (c. 1660) - snails, girolles, garlic, parsley & fennel - because neither of us like snails.
Image showing a dessert called sambocade at Dinner by Heston Blumental featuring a goats milk cheesecake lderflower & apple, perry poached pear & smoked candied walnuts
For the main course I had Powdered Duck Breast (c.1850), braised & grilled red cabbage, spiced umbles (whatever an umble is....!) and pickled cherries. Mr M had Cod in Cider (c.1940), with chard and flamed mussels. All tip top! I was too stuffed for pudding or cheese but Mr M managed to push down Sambocade (c.1390) which came with a goat alert: goats milk cheese cake, elderflower and apple, perry poached pear and smoked candied walnuts.

The final flourish was a sweetmeat presented to me on a plate with "Happy birthday Gail" in ganache.
Image showing a 50 plus woman in a white conservatory wearing a red Bombshell dress, nude fishnet tights and red and black Poetic Licence shoes

Image showing a close up of a woman wearing a Pandora rose gold bracelet with charms
I kept the jewellery simple with a rose gold circle necklace and rose gold charm bracelet 

Outfit Details

Red Bombshell dress from BombshellHQ;  Shake It shoes by Poetic Licence, Amazon

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Monday, 6 November 2017

5 Over 50 Challenge: Boots!

Image showing over 40s blogger Gail Hanlon in all black with a wide leather waist belt and over the knee sock boots
Anna from Anna's Island Style has set this month's challenge for the intrepid 5 Over 50 fashion bloggers, and it's "These boots are made for walking."
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Fab experience with The-Bias-Cut

Image showing a 40 plus woman in green velvet jacket and navy side stripe trousers with a cream convertible bag
Imagine spending the day with two blogger friends, a professional make-up artist and photographer, and a new and vibrant fashion brand with a rail of divine clothes. Yes, it was heaven, and that's what I did recently courtesy of the Bias Cut.

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