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

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Pleated skirt with tassel boots!

Hiya or should I say ma' a as-salama. 

As we "speak" you'll find this over fifty fashion blogger is on her way to Abu Dhabi to watch the final Grand Prix of the year.  I've been feeling both excited and nervous to visit this mysterious place, eager to find out for myself just what it's really like. I've packed a collection of clothes that hopefully will be suitable for this Arabian city.

So as I'm off on my hols' I'm sharing a purchase I found in the M & S sale some weeks ago....


Saturday, 18 November 2017

MummaB - Style Steal.

Hi there, are you ready for another Style Steal?
I really hope you've been tuning into my monthly over fifty Style Steal, there's some great bloggers out there and I'm only too pleased to share them with you - maybe giving you some inspiration of styles you can duplicate.
You can view the past months offerings here:
October featuring Nancy,
September featuring Emma,
August featuring Rachel
July featuring Catherine.

Then let's wait no longer, here's November's number.

As soon as I saw this outfit I knew it was my sort of thing.  I really wanted to find something similar, so set about finding my 'steal'.   Only having two of the items in my wardrobe I had to search for the main attraction and search I did.  It didn't take me long to find a near copy of this Target jumpsuit.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Throw back Thursday - Sharing my Dresses.

Morning, how are you?

All good here with this over fifty fashion blogger.  Getting prepared for my week away, so trying (not very well) to get on top of the washing and ironing.  Sorting out what to take, what I need and what frivolous additions I can get away with (baggage weight and space permitting)!
I know to add a couple of pashminas or scarfs - they seem to be top of the list for being respectful, plus a couple of swimsuits, shorts and tops, oh and a few dresses & jumpsuits then the rest will have to follow as I start packing.

So I thought I'd take you on a little trip down memory lane to visit some of my favourite outfits from the past few months.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Peep toe booties.

Hi there, how are all the over fifty fashion bloggers (and everyone else) on this Monday morning?

Such fun evening on Saturday night, I had my prince and princess for the night!  All went well and considering they don't stay very often they were both brilliant.  I managed to watch my favourite Strictly Come Dancing, with a take away and one Gin & Tonic - yes only One wasn't I good?  Sorry to say the same can't be said about the curry, it seems new owners taken over our local restaurant without any notice, I hasten to add it was awful!
Number one priority for next week - find a new one!!
Sunday was another busy day with a few of the children, plus my cuties, for a Sunday Roast Beef dinner with all the trimmings - finally settling down to a little nap and the results of #SCD - bliss. X

Do you remember me going on and on about peep toe boots?  Well you might have seen that I did find a pair from JD Williams so since then have been wearing them on and off whenever the weather has been amicable.
I figured they'd look super with any number of outfits, so today I thought I share the jeans and jumper option.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Rosegal - Two super stylish dresses.

Hello lovelies, hope you are all well.

You may remember a few weeks ago I shared my Rosegal wish list with you, & here's two super stylish dresses that I'm pleased to show you in full.

Did you catch my post on Monday?  It was the monthly 5Over50 challenge featuring boots.  You can find out all about how 5 over fifty bloggers took a walk on the wild side with our Boots that were made for Walking.


Monday, 6 November 2017

5Over 50 - These boots were made for walking.

Hi there - so pleased you could stop by.
Today is the November 5Over50 style challenge.

I hope you've been watching the previous months, but if not here's a link to check Last months here.
Today's task was set by Anna - see her blog right here. I had the pleasure of meeting up with
Anna & Gail from the 5Over50 Group, you can see our meeting on the London Eye.

These boots were made for walking!

For me this should have been a walk in the park - sorry just had to do that!
I've got endless ankle boots that would fit the purpose beautifully, but alas not many knee high boots!  The reason being my rather large calves!  I struggle to find boots that will fit my ample legs, so with plenty of searching both on line and in the stores I'm sad to say I came up with big fat zero!
After telling you all on my Lotus blog post that my ankle boot collection was complete - I've bought another pair, opps!   These will look charming in the challenge, so by the time I got to the till, my outfit was chosen in my head!  No more strolling round the shops or ambling up and down the high street - my quest for boots was over.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

My purchase from Venice.

Hello, glad to welcome you to my blog.

Hope you've had a fun filled week.  Was it too scary?  Did you have many 'Trick or Treaters'?
I'm sad to admit we had no scary costumed children trick or treating at our door, despite having plenty of treats to exude, nothing happened. No knocks, no tricks and no scares!  It wasn't until speaking to my daughter yesterday morning, she told me if I didn't have a carved pumpkin or scary Halloween paraphernalia dangling around our house, most children wont knock!  I hotfooted it up to my friend-with-young-children's house and gave them the sweets we'd been saving for them, apologising for the dark, undecorated and uninviting house they'd neglected (for obvious reasons) to visit.  Must try harder next year!

I've just about got over my excitement of meeting my fellow over fifties bloggers and hope you managed to catch my blog post on Monday explaining my day.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Meeting blogging friends in London.

Good Morning, how's your weekend been?
It's the last birthday today after a row of them in the MummaB circle.

Have you remembered what I was doing at the weekend?  Yes my mum's birthday celebrations and a meeting with two ladies from the 5 Over 50 Collection.  I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Gail from Is this mutton , Anna from Anna's Island Style I  also Annemarie from  Mutton Years Style and I came along too.  I can't believe we actually did meet up, but we did & it was wonderful to get together with these inspiring ladies - finding out much more about them that you can't get from just reading a blog!

Here's what I wore to meet the ladies, I was all over the place with my choice of look, should I wear jeans? - too casual, a dress? too cold and dressy, leggings? not my best first meeting look either!  Well I shouldn't have worried at all because we all had a mixture of looks and all the ladies looked fabulous in the style choices.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Lotus court shoes, with Lemon and Grey.

Hello - how's you week going?

Plenty going on this week for me with three birthday celebrations all in a row!  Birthdays are like buses in my household, none for months then an abundance to celebrate.

I'm also really excited for Saturday to arrive, apart from it being my mum's birthday I'm going to meet two blogging friends in REAL LIFE!! I know calm down, calm down, but I feel it will be like meeting celebrities!!  Well in my blogging sphere they are.  I'll fill you in next week just who I'm getting together with, so hope you'll pop back to see.

You, like me may get plenty of ideas of outfits from fellow bloggers - am I right? Yes I thought so, anyhow I've been inspired by a blogger but can't for the life of me remember which lady it is!!! So instead of featuring her on my Style Steal I'll just get right on and show my copy, & in my head I'll give a private nod of thanks to my fellow blogger.


Monday, 23 October 2017

Opal Fruits, Polos and a bottle of Coke.

Hi there.
How're you bloggers doing?

I'm sure you're a little confused by my title "Opal Fruits, Polos & a bottle of Coke"-  let me explain ...

With Halloween fast approaching the witching hour will soon be upon us.  Plenty of you will be scurrying around frantically getting bits and pieces together for the all important Halloween outfit.  I'm actually getting involved after way too many years of abstinence, no not because I haven't wanted to get dressed up, actually never having a party to go to!  Esther Ruby changed that for me when she came up with the plan of having her party with a Halloween theme.  I jumped at the chance of dressing up, eager to have some scary make-up added to an equally scary outfit.  Okay I'm not looking that scary, but you get the gist!

Morticia and Gomez Addams.

Things don't scare me like they used to ...


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lotus Chelsea boots for Autumn.

Hi there, how are you lovelies doing?
Looking for fashion inspiration for the over fifties? (or younger - everyone is welcome.) you've come to the right place.

All good here with MummaB, settling nicely into Autumn, but I still haven't managed to sort and organise my wardrobe - slapped wrist for me!
I have managed to work out exactly what I need to .... dare I say it .... complete my Autumn wardrobe! There I've said it but don't tell hubby! Lol.  There's literally a handful of items I need to make my wardrobe work though-out the coming months, yes until the next change of season - no not Spring I mean Winter, ha ha ha!!
So apart for the knee length boots I'm STILL after I don't actually need ANY boots to complete my collection, well that is until I see another pair that I simply HAVE to have.πŸ˜‰

Here's where the latest have to have boots make an appearance! 
Having worked with Lotus Shoes* in the past, I figured these striking boots would be well merited in my boot collection.  Wearing them today I'm feeling even more chuffed with my choice.   I've always loved a Chelsea boot and these are no exception.  Smitten by the shiny silver Chelsea boots,* bowled over by the block heal, quite simply I love everything about these dreamy but dramatic boots.

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.


Monday, 16 October 2017

MummaB - Style Steal.

Hi there, welcome to my blog.

Today I'm sharing another style steal.

With so much inspiration on the blogs I follow, back in August I decided to copy a look from another fashion blogger who's style I admired immensely, this has led to a monthly posting of copies from other inspiring ladies.

So without further ado here's my steal for October!

Meet Nancy, her blog about women's fashion centres around her style, fashion and lifestyle in the Netherlands. 


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Floral for Autumn - why not!

Hello there, thanks for visiting today.

Last week my daughter decided to clear out her wardrobe.  So she scattered all the clothes over her bed, on the chest of drawers & also on the floor & set about going through them.  Managing to create some three or so bags for the charity shop and one for the bin! 
This is something I need to do, but I keep putting it off!  I will psych myself up and try to address this soon! Pinky promise!!!

Anyway, whilst my daughter was reorganising her wardrobe I spotted a jacket lurking under the charity pile.  Pulling it from it's slumber from under the huge pile I asked about it.  She explained it was a jacket she had bought some months earlier, but hadn't checked the size It must run in the family It was on the wrong hangar, so she bought the wrong size! 
Silver lining... I benefited from her loss and nabbed a freebie for myself!  I must add she's only gone and done it again a few weeks ago and guess what?  I got another give-away jacket - read about that in a future post I'll be sharing. X


Monday, 9 October 2017

Navy crops with pattern matching & gin tasting.

Hi there, hope you're all okay.

Was it a good weekend? 
What did you get up to? 
Hope whatever it was you had fun!

Saturday night we went to friends for a 'Gin Night' which involved tasting gin, and lots of it too!  Lucky me!
Are you a lover of gin?


Thursday, 5 October 2017

RoseGal Wish List.

Hi there, how it's going?

Rosegal my wish list.
Sharing with you today my wish list from Rosegal and their fabulous selection of dresses and blazers.
Read on to find more information about my list.

Well and truly into Autumn now, so the Summer wardrobe is taking a nap, although I am taking a break in November to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (more about that in the future).  Therefore a few items will be getting an airing & seeing the light of day again - albeit only for a week!
I've been buying a few more garments for my Autumnal wardrobe recently, these include something I've been seeking for ages.  Peep toe boots have been on the top of my wish list, but until last week I had no luck with finding the right style and colour.  I happened to be looking for long boots and by chance came across these beauties on the J D Williams site.  The perfect colour - tan, the right style - not a boot, however not totally a shoe.  The heel height just ideal for an everyday run around, I've worn these twice already, feeling rather pleased that I've found them.


Monday, 2 October 2017

5Over5O - A woman wears many hats!

Hello, thanks for stopping by today.
You found me styling the latest edition of the 5 Over 50 challenge. Set by Gail from Is this Mutton? who just so happens to be the lady who bought us all together.
If you haven't seen our previous challenges you can view what five over fifty fashion bloggers styled hereherehereherehere.

A women wears many hats!
How true is that statement?
This task, as with some of the other challenges had me on a stumbling block.
Upon a little brain crashing I realised this subject had a double meaning!
Actually this woman wears many metaphorical hats! Although owning hardly any!!

When the children were much younger I had many hats to wear including wife, mother, nurse, taxi driver, gardener, children's entertainer, cleaner and chef!  (I bet that rings true with plenty of you). Now-a-days I'm still as busy but with some different hats added and some taken away. All of these have enriched my life in so many ways, but there's still so much more to learn and enjoy.
So now the hats I wear are a wife, PA to hubby, cleaner, chef, mother, daughter, gardener, dog walker and occasional taxi driver, however much more importantly blogger, shopper & NannyπŸ’— need to be added to the list and I particularly love these 'hats'. πŸŽ©πŸ‘’

So my style today obviously includes a hat, but not my hat as I don't own any like this - my only offering would be a grey pull on beret, oh or a ski helmet - not sure that would look right with my dress, ha ha!
This gorgeous burgundy floppy felt hat belongs to my trusty photographer Esther Ruby.  I knew she had a couple that would be perfect for the outfit I'd imagined so asked if she could bring them along for the shoot - voila here's the result.

Picking up a pattern fusing habit from Anna - she's the queen of mixing it up, and I hope she's impressed with my offering.  This is a trend that is totally alien to me, I've been taking baby steps to try and get into my groove with blending designs.  I'm still not over confident with the abstract pattern of my dress fusing with the snakeskin bag.
Don't they conflict with each other rather than merge?

Having owned the dress for years, it's something that comes out every once in a while and serves a purpose.  I'm normally very precise about what I like and don't like with clothes, but by contrast I'm very in-different about this casual jersey dress,  I neither love this or hate it! I feel it could be slightly longer, but on this occasion I'm swayed by the colours and front pockets - so for now it's getting a thumbs up from me.πŸ‘

Dress from Debenhams find similar dresses here
Boots from Debenhams find similar ankle boots here.

That's a wrap hat from me - lol!
Let's see how my four other friends got on with this challenge.

Over to Gail the founder of 5Over50.

You can find her here IsThis Mutton?
We've obviously got the same mind set because we're wearing similar colour and style hats.
I love your red accessories Gail, especially those boots reflecting that fabulous backdrop of hanging red ivy.

Laurie can be found at Vanity and Me Style.

What a perfect jumpsuit Laurie is wearing, the two tone trilby compliments her accessories wonderfully well, and you're going shine under the golden glow of the lamplight Laurie - glorious!

Next here's Hilda from Over the Hilda.

She is sharing her stunning made-to-measure Anthony Peto hat. How marvellous is this leopard print boater, Hilda you've made a stunning statement with the hat and your super stylish coat - I feel red coats are the way forward this season, so Hilda you're spot on with yours.

Finally Anna from Anna's Island Style.

Sharing not only her style, but some artwork and stunning surroundings too!
Looking cheeky in this blue outfit, & with that cute bowler hat Anna we're seeing your original off-beat style that you create so well.

The links for these bloggers are listed above, so I hope you'll be visiting for more ideas.

Glad you could catch our fifth instalment and hope you'll get plenty of musings from me and my blogger friends.  Let us know what styles you've been inspired by & maybe leave a link to a photo!!! 😁

Thank you Esther Ruby for producing such stunning photos again. x

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'd love to hear a comment from you.

Bye for now. X


Thursday, 28 September 2017

JJ's Occasion Dress - Pink to make the boys wink!

Hi there lovelies, hope your week is going well.
What have you been up to?

A quiet weekend with a quieter week so far - sometimes it's nice to have some downtime don't you think?  Having had such a busy summer it's nice to relax & unwind a little.
Although no weekend breaks in the foreseeable future, for me there is a spate of birthdays in the next couple of months starting Friday! so I'll soon be a busy bee again!

We all attend weddings throughout the year and that means we always need a new outfit to wear (well I do!!). Catch when I wore my Jacques Vert pale blue lace dress back in August.

I was recently contacted by JJ's House asking if I'd like to pick an outfit from their extensive collection of wedding dresses, formal gowns, party dresses, mother of the bride dresses and prom outfits.
I had a super time musing over their huge collection and settled on this stunning fuchsia pink two piece. 
The website has so many different dresses that would be great for plenty of occasions.  I was spoilt for choice with not only styles, but colour options too!

I settled on this luxurious scoop neck column dress.  It has a knee length finish in a slightly stretchy taffeta material that gives such a flatteringly smooth finish.  The beads across the middle cumberbund give a polished & impressive feel to the dress, & who doesn't love a little bit of sparkle?
With over 15 colours to chose from it can prove to be rather daunting, however you can see the exact possibilities throughout the website - my fuchsia pink was spot on.

I chose a dress with a jacket,* I prefer to have a short bolero style jacket for a special occasion, it makes the look a whole lot more finished. This bolero has three quarter length sleeves with cute little turn ups portraying both elegance & sophistication, also a great cover-up for my upper arms. (until I've had a couple of drinks and then probably won't care!!)πŸ˜‚

The lace matches perfectly with the rest of the dress and has a boned detail within the bodice giving support were it's needed.

JJ's House have a sizing chart & short video, so you can be sure to order the right size.
I have to add I sized up as I was worried about the fit, when I received the dress I found it had, as previously stated, some stretch within it so my normal size would have fitted perfectly.

I'm very happy with the look and feel of the dress & jacket having earmarked it for a wedding next year!  Not mother of the bride I hasten to add!  It will be hanging in the wardrobe waiting to be worn. Love a bit of forward planning!!✔

Having often seen on line shops selling dresses like this I've always hesitated to go through with an order, but to have a dress of this quality for just under £120 - I'd be more than happy to purchase another outfit from JJ's House for a special event in the future.

I didn't see anyone winking at me when having these photos taken, I did however have a man comment how lovely the colour of my dress was! πŸ˜‰

Photos care of Esther Ruby.  Thanks Hun. πŸ’‹

Hope you'll be stopping by on Monday - you won't want to miss the next issue of the 5Over50 challenge.

Have a super weekend people. x

Bye for now.

Items marked with* have been gifted to me, however these are 100% mine and honest comments.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Another way with tan trousers.

Hi there, hope all is well with you.

Well the weather is getting cooler, kids have returned to school (not Mine Obviously), Christmas cards are in the shops (well some of them) and that can only mean one thing .....
No not Autumn arriving!  I mean it's time for Strictly Come Dancing to return to our Saturday night viewing - hurrah. X
I've had a wonderful weekend - and my Saturday nights are seriously back on track - Yay!  Strictly Come Dancing has returned with all the glitz, glamour and spray tans you could want - so along with a take-out curry and bottle of wine it's making my Saturday nights very hard to do anything else other than sit on the sofa and watch telly! Exciting night for an over fifty fashion blogger eh??

Isn't it great when you find a garment that you know will be a wardrobe staple?  Something that's always there to fall back on when you've run out of options.  I've got just that with these peg style tan trousers I bought a few weeks ago.  Already getting my monies worth from this £15 pair of trousers, I've worn them about five times already, value for money I'd say! 
Here's two other colours I've worn them with already - catch them here and here.

Tan and pink are a good match I think, confirming this only too well was the outfit I wore the other day.
Having found this flattering half blouson effect blouse in Primark a few seasons ago.  I had this top in mind when I bought these trousers - I thought they'd go well together, and go well they have!
I paired my tan block healed courts shoes with this outfit, along with my faux suede clutch bag.  A cream bag goes with just about everything.  I'm sure every over fifty lady has at least one in her bag collection!

We took photos in a local boat yard, having only recently found out about this place.  However It makes a fabulous backdrop for photos.  Are there places near where you live that you've never ever been too and suddenly find out about them?

Trousers from Apricot
Blouse from Primark
Shoes from Debenhams.

Glad you could pop over today, I do hope you'll stop by again.

Hugs to Esther Ruby for taking today's photos.

If you'd like to see the next 5Over50 challenge there'll be a new one on Monday.  Hope you can visit my blog to see what we're styling.

Cheerio for now... X

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Venice with friends.

Hi there,
Back from a super weekend in Venice, just about getting back to normal now.

We hit Venice on Friday around lunch time after an early flight departure from Stanstead Airport.
I could say that was when the fun and laughter started, but I'd be lying because as soon as we met up with our four best friends the laughter started!!

Laughing about Snapchat - if you've never looked at this app I suggest you do - it's hilarious as you can see by our faces!  Videos of distorted facial features and high pitched voices - enough said.πŸ˜‚!

We were picked up in our private transfer & whisked away to alight our private water taxi - such an impressive way to meet this beautiful city, passing through narrow water ways, under magnificent bridges, spying waterside cafes and restaurants.  Marvelling at the stunning buildings, the architecture, the domes and the towers that spread across the skyline.

Soon we were speeding across to the Lido & our Hotel Helvetia where we were spending the next three nights.

A quieter destination which at one end has a gorgeous beach.  We stopped there for a bit - deciding to have a little snack & to quench our thirst.  Taking in not only the prosecco, but the ambience and surroundings - this journey had finally come to fruition, it had taken five years of planning (& persuading) now we were actually here!

The sunsets over Venice were simply stunning, the vivacious colours of blue, purple, red, orange and yellow were awesome - leaving memories that will stay etched in my mind forever πŸ’žπŸ’ž.......

Saturday was filled with sightseeing, stopping for food and drinks, all with lots of laughter.  I have to say it was very busy through the streets, with a mixture of people from all nationalities around us.
I also spotted stacks of platform walkways in the alleyways and squares - I'd heard that Venice had flooded but assumed it was a joke - clearly not!
Early evening we made out way back to the hotel to get changed and head out to eat on the Lido.
The food was typical of Italy, pizza, pasta & meat, we were spoilt for choice - but between us we all had a taste of nearly everything on the menu!

My Roman originals jersey dress fitted in well with my trip, non-crease (always a bonus) & warm enough for the slight chill in the air.  My white denim jacket was just right for the whole weekend - it goes with anything.  Love this abstract pattern in these transitional colours, & it was a flattering fit too.  I'm going to be looking out for a similar style for Winter.

Sunday morning and again we visited Venice by Water Bus - which is quite an experience!  Hopping on and off the boat to the jetty with undulating waves was a feat in it's self.  All managing to get aboard in one piece. They were packed to the brim with locals and sightseers, it's such a great way to see Venice from a boat.

Another lovely meal on Sunday night in the Hotel Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, one of the best on the island - so you can imagine how wonderful that meal was.
The hotel was full of ornate furniture, paintings and old pictures, the lights were elegant and big! Everything about the Hotel was stunning.  We dined on Steak with dauphinoise  potatoes ( sorry no photos I ate it too quickly!) Finishing the meal with apple pie and cream. Washed down with the obvious! Prosecco of course.
I wore my Next jersey dress that I took away to L'Escala earlier this year.  It's one of those dresses that fits like a glove making you feel at ease in it.  The colour navy suits most people and the length is great for a classic, sophisticated look.  Paired with white accessories, I felt great in it. X

Monday arrived way too quickly and it was time to return home.  Sad to leave, but happy to see the family.  So Venice will be a memory to look back on, but maybe the first of many trips aboard with our friends.

I bought this pretty bead necklace as a little reminder of my weekend in Venice city, however it wasn't from the shop in the pictured above - that shop window had items displayed that didn't have price tags attached ..... I'll say no more!!!!

I'd like to send a big "Thank You" to my hubby and four friends for making my second trip to Venice a very memorable one.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll be back again on Monday.

Until then it's be great re-living Venice - if you've never been it's one to check out for sure.

Bye ... X

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