Fashion,beauty and jewellery for the non-invisible woman over 45

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Transforming a plain dress with accessories

How to use accessories to transform a dull outfit, in this case a plain navy shift dress, Over 40s blog Is This Mutton? adds fuchsia pink and blue and a cute sequinned bag.
This dress was featured in Nancy and Shelbee's Bad Buy Book. I had bought it for a particular presentation when I wanted to have gravitas and I wore it with hardly any accessories.  I used to be fairly minimal on the accessories front. But suggestions of adding a scarf and funky bag piqued my interest so I decided to try to brighten up a dull dress.

Monday, 23 April 2018

What I Wore in the Bluebell Wood

Is This Mutton blogger and husband in a secret bluebell wood outside London, spring 2018
We're lucky to have a secret bluebell wood not too far away, in Epping Forest. At this time of year the wonderful delicate English bluebells are out and their sweet scent drenches the forest glade.

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.

Sharing this post with:  Fake It Until You Make It at Fake Fabulous, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style; Creative Mondays at Claire Justine, Style with a Smile at Stylesplash;  Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Chic&Stylish at Mummabstylish,  Top of the World Style at High Latitude Style, Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style and Fabulous Friday at A Pocketful of Polka Dots.


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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Banish stress with Darphin Relax and Glow Set

Image showing Darphin's Relax and Glow set: a vetiver facial mask, candle and oil to help reduce toxins and relieve stress.
I love French brand Darphin. For me they are the epitome of luxury and self indulgence. If I ever want to cheer myself up, I visit their website and find a couple of things leaping into the basket, usually because they have such tempting offers.

Today I'm banishing stress and improving the health of my skin with the Darphin Relax and Glow Set.
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