Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger for the over Fifties - sharing part of my life with you.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lotus Sandals - for a special occasion.

Hello, and how are you all feeling on this Thursday morning?

If you're living in the UK you'll know we're experiencing 'Flaming June' at the moment. Phew!!!
I'm not going to start with the ... "It's too hot"... "we need cooler/wetter weather" I love the hot weather, and all too soon this could be over and we'll be reaching for our woolly jumpers and the heating button!!  I can hear you shushing me now - sorry.
Let's not start thinking of that just yet!

So what are we all thinking of? 
I expect like me, you're thinking of special occasions that normally happen when the weather is warmer; weddings, christenings, days out and the like, a special event that we can dress up in our finery, feeling delighted and resplendent in our 'special' dresses.

That being said who nearly has a melt-down because they can't get shoes to match an outfit or comfortable fitting sandals to pleasure your feet on these long and eventful days out - see, I'm not the only one lol.
Well ladies look no further here's where Lotus shoes can help in your hour of need!
With a sensational choice of footwear, colours, styles and matching bags your quest will be over long before any pushing, shoving and pulling in the stores has begun! AND there's free UK delivery on orders over £40!  Here's where you can see my first encounter with the established brand of Lotus Shoes.
With a wide range of unique styles influenced by current trends & traditional designs making long lasting collections you'll adore through-out each season.

When I spotted these Cute peep toe sling-backs* in pastel pink I fell for them straight away.  I've got endless garments that will match these stunners, but wanted to show them off with both these two dresses that have been long acquaintances with me and my wardrobe.
One very formal from Jacques Vert the other more casual from my favourite store TK Maxx.

Sling-backs are always a stylish & comfortable option so along with the peep toe and heart cut-out motif detail they are just that little bit different to make you stand out from the crowd.  The clutch bag compliments these sandals & gives a really elegant finish to both my outfits.

With a spongy sole plus the mid-height heel both will have my feet purring all day, looking dainty and trendy at the same time.  My heart is all over these hearts - ha ha ha!

The Matching bag* will be a great addition to my bag collection and I can see me using this time and time again throughout Summer and into Autumn too.

Visions of tan or navy blue outfits married with blush pink come to mind - pure pink - perfection!
Featuring an internal pocket and chain strap, the lazer-cut detailing this clutch will bring to life so many styles.

Here's the second dress from TK Maxx, it's a heavy jersey that drapes rather well over the inner petticoat - hopefully skimming any lumps and bumps!
The hanging neckline works well with a necklace & cap sleeves cover the top of my arm, which again I feel is a flattering look and quite the opposite to the first dress, but which one do you prefer?

Having been to Ascot a few years ago & remembering the fashions and outfits - both dresses would have been suitable for the Royal Enclosure on Ladies Day at Ascot, these sandals and bag will be right at home stepping out among royalty and celebrities the like, only thing missing is a hat, so maybe it's just as well I didn't attend this year. Lol.

Switch over to Lotus Shoes and have a gander on their site,  where you're sure to find plenty of shoes, sandals and bags, that will be perfect for YOUR special occasion whatever it may be!

Please leave a comment and let me know what and where your special outfit is for - I'd love to hear from you. X

A big 'Thank you' to Esther Ruby for taking my photos again - they're super. X

Bye, bye for today see you Monday...

Disclosure: Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however my opinions are 100% honest and my own.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Two Summer must haves from Bonmarche!

Are you all well, and more's the point are you keeping cool in this heatwave were're having?
It's been blistering hot here over the weekend, so we've made the most of this extreme weather by celebrating Father's Day with a BBQ, nearly all the family joining in, buying, preparing and cooking a scrummy meal, all I had to supply - a garden and a cheesecake!  Off the back of Dads special day, mum had a sneaky day of leisure too!

Am I the only over fifty year old who has wardrobes and drawers overflowing with clothes and shoes, but when it comes to a specific outing I have nothing to wear!
Here's where Bonmarche came to my rescue when I was planning my cheeky break to Spain.
I mean who doesn't love a bright colourful kaftan, not to mention a fabulous maxi dress flowing in the breeze.  I was lucky enough to receive both of these and showcase them on this stunning beach.

If like me you're not happy flashing the flesh, a kaftan is the perfect cover up to spare your modesty, without being too bulky.  Bonmarche have some wonderful examples of kaftans and dresses making the choice so difficult, and when I say mine looked amazing, fitted well, were low-priced and didn't crease  - well that'll have me clicking the 'buy' button for sure.

I packed both pieces in my case, and voila when I opened up, they came out happy with no creases, wish I could say the same about me, I was very happy but my face has a few creases - lol.
The following photos contain exposed legs!  You have been warned - lol.

How super is this bright Paisley print Kimono*? I love the purple and blue pattern mixed with the fantastic orange lace element, which runs across the shoulders and down the rear central seam.
At only £20, there's a bargain that will get plenty of wear both on and off the beach.
I've paired this with a blue vest tee shirt and denim shorts, however I spotted a cute purple swimsuit which would look striking worn under my kimono & only £18!

How beautiful is this location?  So lucky to spend some time here a few days ago.  Oh this place holds my heart and plenty of memories in my head. x

I ordered my normal size 14, however I feel I could have got away with a smaller size 12,  therefore I would suggest sizing down, but we all love fitting into a smaller size don't we?

Sliders, always essential on a sunny holiday - with a bit of padding is even better!

You can see the paisley pattern along with the lace crocheting detail that runs down the back.
A really neat design that's just a little bit different.

You can see screwed up in my bag my Kimono, which hasn't done it any harm and it's a good as new.

Introducing this Sunny Lemon Yellow Dress* which will put anyone, especially me, in a summery mood.
Everyone knows the feeling when you bite into a fresh lemon and grimace.  Lemons are a very sour fruit but gives us a lot of vitamin C, which is good for our health.  Usually mixing with drinks or squeezing into foods, however this lemon is best served with a twist ... on the front of this stunning dress!
This fashionable maxi dress is without sleeves,  and has a helpful tie detail at the back, making a stylish dress also comfortable.
As soon as I spotted this beautiful maxi dress I knew it had a place in my wardrobe,  the colours, the style along with the material this marvel was here to stay. 
I have to reiterate how this does not crease - at all.  Making it the perfect long dress to accompany any vacation or short break ...  and anyway who wants to iron on holiday?

I'm not really sure what was so funny when the photos were taken, something along the lines of peeling off my clothes to change into another outfit, only to be spotted by an stunned passer-by looking in the wrong direction!
I'm going to let the photos tell the story of just how stunning this dress is ... only £30 which will be value for money for sure.  Wearing it Twice over the past two weeks  the cost-per-wear is getting cheaper! Lol.

I opted for my normal size 14, and I'm pleased to say this fitted beautifully.  The perfect length for me as I'm about 5" 4 & I prefer to wear maxi dresses with flats. 
Drawn by the yellow/lime colour, the white and black flowers, I was sure on this dress being sensational in my collection, a dress fitting me well, feeling wonderful and looking simply divine. 

Can you see yourself in this dress standing on a white sandy beach with the wind blowing softly on your skin, feeling a million dollars, that's just how I felt!

Available in sizes 10 to 24, I'm betting this dress will look fabulous on everyone, so with free collection in-store, now is the time to click the button and snatch a great deal.

Esther Ruby kindly took my photos, and now wants to surpass the destination for our next shots!!!

Disclosure: Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however my opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, I hope you can stop by I've got a very exciting blog post to share with you. X

Bye for now peeps!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Versatility is ... a Denim Jacket.

Morning, and how's Thursday going?

Mixed bag this week - two parties over the weekend one very tame children's party, the other quite the opposite - dancing, drinking and generally enjoying a good night with friends and family.
I knocked up a quick Pavlova (if you can make a meringue quickly) and I was rather pleased with my effort, but I know I was rather, let's say tipsy because I kept telling everyone how easy they are to make - if they're so bloomin' easy why don't I make them more often?
In contrast to dressing up and socialising -  I've been keeping busy with gardening, yes the dreaded hedge needed trimming - no cheeky comments about bushes and trimming please! Lol.
I'd started this mountainous task on Monday, however this came to an abrupt halt when looking upwards in the direction of branches falling down, yes you've guessed it, branch landed smack bang in my eye!  Stupid, stupid woman, why didn't I buy the protective goggles? Why didn't I pay the £5 for a pair of protective goggles?  Oh well you live and learn and I've learnt the hard, painful way - make the effort and buy the goggles!  Yes, I've done so now, and actually got two pairs!!
Happy to add the hedge is looking finely trimmed and beautifully shaped, & after eye examination pleased to report no problems there!

Today I'd like to draw attention to the versatility of a denim jacket.  I've had mine for absolutely years, and quite honestly I wear it on so many occasions it's like a family member!  
You can see previously just how true this is paired with black jumpsuit & White Jeans Day.

So whilst reaching for this orange toned stretchy dress I spotted this super scarf from my huge collection.  Pulling together the likes of blue, cream, orange and black this scarf compliments my dress, jacket, sandals along with my colouring.
The M & Co dress I've owned for a while now and It's one of those dresses you can dress up with heels and a bold necklace like I'm wearing here, or you can delve further into my post to catch my jacket on the flip side of fancy.

My orange shift works well dressed up & paired with white M & S sandals, pashmina, which was a birthday present and my cute black/tan clutch, another bargain from my all-time favourite store TK Maxx.
Along with the gold bead necklace and pearl bracelet this elegant and stylish look was good to go. 
Ideal for my holiday last year to Rhodes when the 'all dresses' rule worked so well.

By complete contrast I paired the sleeveless dress with my denim jacket.  This dress is such a good length for me, fitting on the knee, whilst the slight cap sleeve is flattering on my arms & cooler too.
The patterned scarf  has given the outfit a casual vibe, exaggerated by the blue wedge espadrilles, which, I must add upon reflection I don't really care for!  What do you think?

Adding my dazzling Zara bag for a bit of pzzaz!  You can also see when I featured this bag on my
5 Over 50 challenge.

Another busy weekend to look forward to, a family BBQ on Saturday and then don't forget it's Fathers Day on Sunday, there's still time to buy a card and gift for your Dad.  Fingers crossed I might not have to cook on Sunday - that's down to the children - yay!

Thanks to Esther Ruby for my wonderful photographs. X

Bye for today my friends. x

"There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world" XXX
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