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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!!)😂


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! 😉


Photos care of Esther Ruby.  Thanks Hun. 💋

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.😂!


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 💞💞.......


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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Monday, 18 September 2017

Mummab - Third Style Stea!

Hi there....
Monday morning and the third Monday in September can only mean one thing - my style steal.

This style steal has a slight twist on it, in as much as the colours are the same, but the outfit is different!
When I saw this mix up I just knew this was going to be a challenge!  It's time to step up to the mark. Let's hope I succeed!

Who doesn't think that black, hot cerise pink and leopard print are a match made in heaven?  Best buddies forever?  Yes I know I'm not alone so had to make this steal work.

Who's style have I chosen for September? Read on to find out who ......




When I saw Emma from The Style Splash wearing this striking outfit I knew it was one for me to try and copy. 
I had seen these classy Culottes c/o M & S when searching through their Sale rail, but they evaded my thoughts, & I passed them buy - silly me, so spotting Emma wearing them and looking so vibrant and bold in one of my favourite colours I felt quite miffed to say the least -  the saying 'you snooze you lose' came to mind!!!


Congratulating myself when I purchased this bright and lively cerise dress, which just so happened to be care of M & S sale rail some weeks later!
The A line shape works well for the Autumn, as does the bell sleeves - a personal favourite of mine.  I also fancied the tie detail on the back of the neck, I've left this to hang, although I could have tied in a bow as I wore my hair in a bun when we took the photos.
These black boots have been in my collection since just before last Christmas when I saw them in
TK Maxx and bought them with haste, boots like these don't stay in that store too long!   I do struggle with shoes and sandals, spending various amounts of money and still some hurt my feet!  But these are fine for me. Check out when I last wore these black boots with tights and knitted dress from Roman Originals.
This cute clutch is the token gesture of leopard print,  not quite as bold as Emma's but I think fits nicely into my outfit. 






I do have to own up to the fact that this is slightly tight on the arms, I had planned to return the dress because of this, but hadn't realised no refund or exchange is offered on 'final clearance sale' items, so the dress came home with me!  Slightly annoyed that I hadn't checked this - will do so next time!



I hope you managed to catch sight of my previous 'copies' but you can check them out right here July and August.

Many thanks once again to Esther Ruby for taking such super photos - you're a star!

Hope you'll stop by on Thursday, but until then it's been fabulous as usual. X
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tan trousers & Packing for Venice!

Morning, how are you? 
Thanks for stopping by today I'm busy packing for Venice!  Off early, very early tomorrow morning with hubby and four friends for a weekend of partying, drinking, eating and sightseeing - & I can't wait.
I've been channelling my thoughts to gather a 'capsule suitcase' over the past week, and hope to have come up with a suitable amount of clothes for both day and night.
Three one piece outfits for the evenings, by way of two dresses and one maxi dress, plus accessories including one pair of evening sandals.  Three pairs of cropped trousers, one denim, one gingham & one pair of white denim, along with matching tops.  White denim jacket, wrap and cardigan.  One pair of comfortable footwear, plus sandals.

I can't wait to get away, it's been a while since we've had a break and feel in need of one.  I keep day dreaming about gondolas, Bellini cocktails and pasta - I love pasta! All with "O sole mio" in the background. Yes & there'll probably be an ice cream or two.  Won't be long now!!! Yay.

Anyway back to today there's a blog to get posted before I should even think about getting away.
Do you ever buy an item and simply adore wearing it?  That's just how I feel about these tan peg trousers.  The soft feel, the comfortable fit, the perfect length and how they look.  These tick all my boxes making these trousers and exceptional buy at just £15 from Apricot sale.   I just knew I'd be wearing these as often as I could!  Having worn them here with turquoise & a blush cream blouse.  I'll enjoy these throughout Autumn because they'll work with so many other colours.
Today I wore them with my F & F off white fluted sleeve top, here's another way to wear that.
You can see it's becoming the scarf season because I'm wearing a blue and white example.  I quite like the season getting cooler when I can reach for a scarf to match my outfit.  With over fifty in my collection, there's always one that will fit!







I bought this cross-over bag in Matalan, I feel a little boho when I use it, and reckon I can pair it with most colours for a casual look. It's got an inner zip and two pockets with enough room for my purse, phone, keys, and some make-up - a good all round bag.





Trousers from Apricot.
Blouse from F & F.
Shoes from Debenhams.
Scarf from Primark.
Bag from Matalan.

So pleased you could stop by today, Hope to see you on Monday.
It's the third update of the Style Steal, you'll be able to see who I'm copying, so I hope you'll give me a visit!  Here's the two previous steals from July August, let me know what you think, I'll be waiting for your comments. X

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Photos courtesy of Esther Ruby. X



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