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Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Grey Day.

Hi there,

Well the weather was grey today, and so was my outfit.

Grey trousers and bag to be precise.

Today was dancing class day, where I attended an adult ballet class, not a full on ballet class for the likes of Darcey Bussell, but a ballet class for a group of 50 old year olds, enjoying movement, music and keeping fit, all tied up with great conversation, support and laughter.
We also partook in a trial class for modern/contemporary dance, that did cause lots of laughter, imagine a group of 50 - 60 + year olds trying their hand  (and feet) at dance moves such as isolated rib movements, finger clicks  and hip thrusts, to be fair I think Bob Fosse would have begged us to dance for him!
We did have some laughs, but we are all happily returning next week for a second go, so it can't have been that bad!  I still maintain you're never too old to start a new venture.

Once I'd returned home and completed my chores, I re-dressed in clothes more suitable to running errands and quick visit to my mum.
I chose this grey outfit to match the grey sky.  Autumn has most definitely arrived today, along with the wind and showers!

These grey straight leg trousers work so well with the pink shirt.  Long sleeves great for this time of the year. 
I love the way this shirt looks like it's tucked in at the front, but hangs down at the back.
A subtle pale pink, that in some lights look very pale peach.  I'm going with pink today - why? just because. Lol.
Grey court shoes from Deichman similar here were just right for this look, not too dressy - just the look for my jobs today.
I paired plain grey beads to pick up the grey trousers.  These have just the right amount of shine to them, and can be rolled around to make a double layer, as you can see in the two different photos.
The only choice for outerwear had to be my pale pink pea coat similar here, although at times today it was rather warm, but I suffered for the cause of finishing off this look correctly.
Anyway isn't it best to keep warm after exercising????

So how do you like the pink and grey?  Are they colours you'd wear?  I'd love to hear what your choice would be with grey or pink.

So long for today, hey it's Friday tomorrow - can't wait for the weekend, it's nearly here!

Linking up with Jaylynn from The red Closet Diary.

                        Jacqui B.

"And though our arms are empty, our hearts know what to do. Every beating of my heart says " I remember you" Anon


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Between you and me - I've found a mustard jumper!

Morning fellow bloggers, and how are we feeling today?

What's your weather like? Is it playing fair?  We've been rather spoilt in the UK over the recent months, but I'm sure there will be some pay back on the scene before long! Ha ha.
I don't know about you, but I'm so looking forward to getting full swing into the likes of boots, jumpers, coats and scarfs. 
Since I've started blogging (only been since March) I've gotten so many ideas and inspiration from fellow bloggers, IG and the other social media that goes hand in hand with writing a blog.  Ideas of clothing I wouldn't normally wear, colours matched  in a way that I wouldn't have dared dream about and outfits I would not have had the courage to wear.  It's still early days, and don't get me wrong many things I've still resisted to try out - basically cose they freak me out and I KNOW they wont suit me!  But, hey - Rome wasn't built in a day!

Without any more rambling here's today's look.  Casual jeans.  I'm going to try very hard no to fall into the trap of jeans every day now the weather is cooler.

Watch out for No jeans challenge  in the next few weeks!

I attempted this back in May See here,  here  and here, which lasted a few days and was interesting to see what ideas came forward.  So I might try this out again, please 'watch this space.'

Back to my jeans today, these dark denim straight legs are from M and Co a couple of years old, but still looking good and bold.  My previously worn H and M tunic in cream, navy and the ever popular mustard looks great over the top of the jeans, mustard cardigan is playing a big part this season, although I could swap this for the mustard jumper that I've just found in my drawer!  Forgot all about that one ;-)
Cream patent loafers had their first airing this season, and I must say how comfortable they still are.  These are from Debenhams a few years ago, but the shops are full of them so they're yours for the picking.
Love these from M and S here black loafer/mule style on line for £29.50, but selling out in large sizes.

Love how these necklines sit so well together, the pattern on plain works well therefore no necklace needed!

What do you think on this repeated outfit?  Hope you like.

Off to check out what's in the sales, hope I can pick up a bargain or three!

Linking up with Shelbee on the edge pop across to check out hers and other great blogs for the Bloggers who have inspired me link up.
Bye bye.....X
                 Jacqui B.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Day out in London - What I wore and what I did.

Hey there, want to know what I did yesterday?
Well if you follow me on IG you'll already know, but for those who don't  (why not?) here's what I got up to.

A wonderful day trip to our glorious city - London Town!

Living so near, about an hour away there was no need to leave at the crack of dawn, so a more acceptable ETD at 10am left me with plenty of time to get the house in order and get myself washed and suitably dressed for a date with the capital!

Parking locally we took no time in taking our place in the queue to alight the Emiratesairline cable car that took us across the Thames.  Seeing London from this vast height was amazing.  As the weather was as fabulous as it's been for the past few days we could see for miles,  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the O2 Dome, Canary Wharf, The Thames Barrier, The Cutty Sark and The Royal Observatory where amon other equally iconic buildings and attractions. The smooth crossing took about 12 - 13 minutes, and also had an information video running throughout the ride.

After a five minute walk we arrived at the Excel London Exhibitions and Convention Centre.
This was buzzing with people everywhere, it's such a huge centre housing many exhibitions at the same time, but we found our entrance to The Homebuilding and Renovating Show without too much searching.
Donning our lanyard, does anyone else feel 'Tres important' with one of these round their neck? 
That was until I realised every other visitor had one on!!
Over the next hour and a half we circulated the whole venue. Gathering information and picking up leaflets.  With plenty of information filling my head and my bag, we decided it was time to leave.
So you know what happens after you've been walking around for a while, yes a drink/food stop was in order.
We returned on the cable car and headed for the pier.
Jumping on the Thames Clipper - it's a commuter service that runs into the centre of London.  Plenty of time for a beverage on board whilst we enjoyed the sights and contemplated where we should eat!

Today was more about comfort, so skinny jeans from Next were the obvious choice.  I've chosen this stripy shirt, casual, soft and suitable for yesterdays weather.  I took a pale blue cardigan, but quite frankly didn't need to take it as I didn't wear it.  Love these Next shimmery baseball trainers See here that I bought earlier in the year, now the weather has changed and they've been 'worn in', they'll be at the front of my shoes collection.

Arriving at the Embankment we headed towards Covent Garden.
Walking through the busy streets of London, such a vast array of eateries to choose from we picked
TGI Fridays.  I'm salivating whilst writing this recalling the delicious meal we both enjoyed,  Jack Daniel's Cajun-battered shrimp,  mouth-watering Jack Daniel's Ribs, fries and onion rings, and two, yes two glasses of prosecco!

Returning to the Thames clippers pier, we only waited roughly 10 minutes for the catamaran to arrive, stepping on board we had a relaxing journey back to the O2, made special because youngest son works for them and it was his vessel we got on.  We managed to catch up with eldest son who also works for clippers on a different service.  I managed to embarrass both our sons as only a mother can do!  I must add that I'm very proud of them both, as only a mother can be.

The typical Landmarks that symbolize you're in the Capital of London.
A City full of history, culture, commerce, Art, fashion and entertainment.  With some stunning sights including the likes of  Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and The London Eye.  Having visited  London many times before, it never ceases to leave me in awe and amazement of a glorious city.

Sometimes It's great to just get up and go, go off and do something that's out-of-the-norm, re-charge your batteries and just basically have fun!
Bye for today - catch up tomorrow. X

                     Jacqui B.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Removal Man - another string to my bow!

Hi there, Hope Saturday has been a great start to your weekend.

Mine, oh mine I've done a spot of removals, Well not totally being honest there, I helped by looking after princess and making sure she was safe with the doors and windows open.  I did. however, carry a few bits through (long story but they are moving next door!)  Consisting of a few clothes, some groceries and kitchen items, oh I forgot to mention they are all toys!  Lol, well they have to be moved too.

Trying not to look like a removal man wearing beige, I thought I'd spice it up with a pop of mustard.
I first showed this mustard cardigan here, but knew it would get plenty of wear for the coming months.
As the weather here in the UK is still around 23 degrees today I've lifted the beige chinos with the mustard cardigan, the floral blouse keeps the look lighter - reflecting the September sunshine.

Popped these moccasins on today, thought it'd be the suitable choice for removals - lifting and carrying, but we all know now that not much of that happened ;-)

Looking forward to a bit of Strictly Come Dancing tonight, that and a takeaway!

Have any of you managed to get bag any bargains in the next sale?  I'd love to hear from you with bargains from Next or anywhere else for that matter.

Have a great Saturday night, see you tomorrow. X
                      Jacqui B.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Lazy will not do!

Oh dear, oh dear, lazy will not do!
Good evening, It's Friday and I've not completed a blog for a few days. 

Do you sometimes have days when there's so much to do, along with brain block so blogging is put at the back of the queue.

Making amends today though.  Blogger back on duty, and feeling very positive after my afternoon out today.
I can't tell yet, but within the next few days I'll be spilling the beans on what I've been up to!

So without further do what do you reckon on my dog walking outfit?

I've worn these wide leg trousers more times than I really care to remember similar here, but they are spot on for comfort.  Just right for the in between weather when it's not too hot and not too cold.  I grabbed this little vest top similar here which I love, mainly for the bling.
It's been in my wardrobe for yonks, but it matches these trousers perfectly - the white spots match the white shiny 'diamonds' (let's think expensive and go with it)!  White ballet pumps see here work well with this outfit firstly the colour and secondly the fact they are flats fit the length of my wide leg trousers.

I've survived the Pilate's class and the ballet lesson this week, but starting to feel achy today,  so sitting blogging is the perfect excuse not to anything else!

Have a great weekend fellow bloggers and whatever you are doing, do it in style!
Don't forget it's the Next sale tomorrow from 7am in store and 8 am on line.  See what delights are on offer.
Oh and look it's prosecco o'clock!  Cheers. X

                           Jacqui B.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Two for Tuesday - How I style a red cardigan.

Morning bloggers.

As we're heading full steam ahead into Autumn,  I'm rubbing my hands together at the thought of jumpers, boots, jackets and scarves - oh scarves how I've missed you.
I've felt there was something missing all through our glorious summer, and now I can't wait to be reunited with my comforting friends!

I'm showing, today, this cute little red crochet effect cardigan styled two ways.  However not a full cardigan, just a keep-me-a-bit-warmer in the transitional period type of cardigan.
This cute little crochet piece has short sleeves and buttons down the front, sitting just on the waist it's a timeless piece that can and will be adapted for all sorts of wear.

So here's two for Tuesday:
Beginning with the obvious cropped jeans.  I've turned these up, but they're just as cute without.  I'm liking the dark denim, less likely to show any rain drops if we are unfortunate to have any - ha ha!  Also more of a slimming effect I think.
Along with the cropped leg wear, I've chosen this half silk, half jersey multicoloured top. 
Great colour scheme for fall and any of the colours can be picked out with accessories.
Keeping with the red theme,  I've picked these red beads, they're a little bit different being on a string rather than a chain.  These were a present from youngest son - he's often bought me some useful and stylish necklaces, some I wear often, others not so regularly, but are just what's needed to complete a look.

Finishing with this:
Grey pleated skirt with a grey cami top underneath the red cardigan.  I've buttoned it up for this look.  It makes a nice little jumper top.  Here I've worn my gorgeous Jaeger pearl ball necklace.  I adore this because it's a real statement piece and also because my hubby picked it.  Do you agree with me - if hubby picks something it makes it even more special?
These Clarks shoes are great to walk in, a very sturdy block heel and some cushioning in the sole - perfect. Grey and black courts work well with this smart/going out for lunch look.
So which do you prefer?  Today I'm going with the 3/4 jeans - only because I'm not going out, but who knows it's only just lunch time - there's still a chance to go out looking smart!

Please let me know which look you prefer, I love to get comments and will reply to all I get.  Also I'd love you to subscribe to my blog for over fifties (or anyone who's interested) it's only one click away!

So long for today. X

             Jacqui B.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Afternoon all.....

Late post today, been so busy - but not much achieved!

Managed to have some sneaky cuddles and kisses with my beautiful princess today.  Such a pick-me-up to have some special time with a grandchild, she melts my heart.

After running a few errands, I took my Roxy on a rather long walk, I think I've exhausted her she's asleep on the sofa!  Went to see if I could spy the Kingfisher, see my previous... errr..... encounters with said Kingfisher here, but sad to report no luck today.

Here's what I wore today - White three quarter length jeans, old favourites that I'm a big fan of.  I picked out this previously worn mink/grey/burgundy blouse, with a burgundy T shirt underneath.  I had to wear this choker tie necklace today as I felt it perfectly matched the colours.  Grey wedge sandals were the top choice for my feet, with the tie front fastening matching my choker!

These items are all hard wearing attributes to my wardrobe and see the light of day on many occasions, but have been mixed in so many different ways they all feel like new purchases.
This is how I like to style my outfits mixing and matching with bits I already possess, coming up with different looks - the choices are endless - I love experimenting too, It's nice when a new combination is fallen upon.  Does anyone else do that?

I managed to nip back to Tu in Sainsbury's and return the previously bought top, I really looked awful on so have changed it for another two items, I do like to BOG OFF when I'm shopping lol.
Will be posting on these two pieces in the week, hope you'll be popping back to see what I did return with.

How are you all getting on the change in weather?  Have you managed to get you AW clothing sorted?  I love the change of season and can't wait to try out some new looks with my old and new clothes.
Until tomorrow. X
               Jacqui B.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Good morning Saturday - welcome to the weekend.

Hello everyone, how are you today?

Cold and wet? or is that just us in the UK?
Wow the weather has certainly turned, Autumn is upon us with a vengeance!

Showing today:  How I've styled my Breton T shirt.

I bought this Breton strip T shirt in TK Maxx whilst on a boating holiday to Windsor See here and here.  I quite like the zip detail on it.  In an unusual place it's like a mismatch, but works.  Here I've styled with cigarette style jeans from Next here, I've opted to roll these over to make them more like a cropped length, great for the transitional period. 
White peep toes were the choice when I left home, however upon returning my toes were rather wet!  Hence the reason I won't be purchasing the cute little peep toe booties I keep seeing adorning the feet of fabulous bloggers. Our UK weather just 'aint up to it', lol.
Do you like  the matching necklace and bracelet?  I love them even more because the only cost £3 in the Matalan sale.  You cannot go wrong with a price like that for something that will be a lot of use over the next few months.  Did I ever tell you I love a bargain?

I am still missing something from my wardrobe - a versatile navy jacket/blazer/coatigan.  It's been on my list for ages but I've still not found the 'right' one. Maddening how this sometimes happens, just can't seem to find the style, shade, length, fit I'd prefer.  I ever hopeful though. ;-)

Hopeful that you approve of my choice today,  and if you'd like to see more please could you be so kind and click the button to subscribe to my blog - you can follow my journey - I'd love you to.

Bye for today, X
            Jacqui B.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Hello Friday, I've been expecting you

Morning.  How are you today? 
Looks rather overcast today, and feeling much cooler, maybe I can get going on the less summery wardrobe.

Yesterday popped back a top, and exchanged for another one, but guess what?  That wasn't suitable for me either,  have to take it back again won't I!  Shame they've not got a fitting room, where I can try before I buy. 

Had a lovely evening with my family last night a lovely meal collaborated by me, my mum and my sister we started with Pate, then Steak, on to Baileys (yes Baileys) cheesecake, washed down with a glass of wine - Designated driver!  No cooking for me last night, and that's one of the good things about having grown up children at home, no need to worry about what they're eating, they can get it themselves!

So today I'm favouring last nights outfit.  Not too dressy, not to casual.  The kind of clothes I feel at ease in.
This gorgeous sleeveless top I bought from Matalan a month or so ago,  has great colours for the Autumn months and when the weather does get a bit colder, a cute back cardigan can be worn!  Love the colour scheme - lime green and light blue - these can be picked out with a similar coloured jacket or necklace. I'm sure this will be worn plenty of times in the coming months.

 Black stretch jersey tube skirt from Debenhams, fitting on the knee and so comfortable with an
elastic waistband - perfect to wear when dining.Similar here or Larger sizes similar here.

 I love the tassel necklace with this top, sitting at the perfect length and can be seen completely with the plain neckline.  From Primark years ago, It makes an appearance every now and again.

Lovely photo of my black suede slingbacks - so funny that my legs are different colours!! How odd!
These are previous season from Clarks. Similar here.
Black shoes of any description are a must in your shoe collection, and a girl can never have enough shoes - just ask my middle daughter!
Friday being baby gym day, so I'm off to play with princess, chat to her mummy and generally enjoy some precious time with some loved ones.

Until tomorrow have fun and enjoy whatever you're doing. X

                     Jacqui B.

Today linking up with this lovely lady at Finewhatever

As you may have seen yesterday, having real issues with my photographs recently (no one at home to take them for me) and wanted to ask a favour of you.

Could you give one word answers in the comments box below:

Do you take your own Photographs? Yes or No??

Thanks in anticipation of you responding. X
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