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Monday, 27 August 2018

Style not Age - Wild about Animal Print.


Morning all.  How was your past week?
Nearing the end of August now, and it's definitely starting to feel like Autumn/fall is just around the corner with slightly cooler mornings and mushrooms popping up in the garden!

This month the ladies of the Style not Age collective are going wild - Wild about Animal Print!
Emma has bestowed the never-go-out-of-fashion element for our latest challenge, and rather happy I was with this task.  I think animal print is rather like Marmite - you either love it or hate it!
Having come a long way since the days of Coronation Street barmaid Bet Lynch donning leopard print "anything" - with the arrival of the more subtle prints such as zebra, giraffe & snakeskin.

As you may already know I love wearing dresses, and tend to wear them a lot.  So it's nice to find a dress that can be transformed from casual to dressy just by adding different appendages.  For this challenge I opted for heels, but fancy trying baseball pumps and a jumper for a basic relaxed feel.




My middle daughter took these photos for me and I'm so pleased how they've turned out.  We nipped into the grounds of the local golf course, worried we might have been turfed out.  As you can see we managed to get the shots without being seen - must have been hidden from sight by my animal print dress - ROAR!


I bought the brown and cream leopard print dress in T K Maxx some years ago. I was picking my mum up from hospital but was early so I nipped into the local store to have a browse, I found it in the sale section for £8 - I didn't even try it on - not for that price!  It's made from polyester & has a nice heavy drape that slides over the lumps and bumps for a smooth sleek finish, keeping you cool in the Summer but stays warm in Winter.  With gathers under the bust for a flattering finish along with a simple V neck and gentle cap sleeves, an all round perfect dress to wear for many occasions.  Don't you just love a dress that effectively 'does the job'?



My normal accessory would have been nude or brown, but today I felt like walking on the wild side - choosing these Lotus Shoes nude pink sling backs with matching bag.  Bringing the whole look together with the addition of a leopard print chiffon scarf tied on my bag in a bow - such an easy way of creating a stylish finish.




Emma picked this months theme, thanks Emma what a great choice!  Her leopard skirt and black jumper, boots and tights make for a super Autumnal outfit - you're one step ahead of the game Emma!


Here's what Anna decided to wear for the challenge.  Liking her graphic Tee over the leopard trousers - something different.  She's on the prowl for our applause - well I think she deserves it - don't you?


You can see that Hilda has chosen well, her outfit is full of different animal prints.  She really has taken the bull by the horns to win the trophy for this challenge!


Hope you'll work some animal magic into your outfits for the coming months - it's a fashion statement that's most definitely here to stay!



Have a super Bank Holiday.  Catch you on Thursday for #chicandstylish #link party.
Thanks Emily for the photos. X
Until then cheerio.  X


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  1. What fun we all had with this challenge Jacqui! I love your idea to add pink to the mix - so unusual, but very pretty too! I have to agree with you that Hilda is Queen of the Jungle this month, doesn't she look amazing!

    Anna x

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    1. Wasn't it just Anna - love the whole challenge and we all seem to be on the same wave length- what fun! Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  2. Leopard is going to be huge this year I think! Lovely dress Jacqui xx

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    1. I love it Laurie, and it can be dressed neutrally or with bright colours - I fancy wearing bright blue with it next! x Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  3. Every time a UK blogger mentions leopard print we talk about Bet Lynch - what a deep impression she made on the nation! Your dress doesn't have any "Bet Lynch" connotions - it looks very classy.

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    1. Lol- that's so true Gail. She's etched on my brain. Glad mine is a little more tame. Thanks for stopping by today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  4. It's not only a fabulous print, but the style is so wonderful on you Jacqui!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. What a bargain for such a fantastic dress!I love a animal print! So again this theme on this serie is a great read and look!

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    1. Kind comments - really appreciate them Nancy.x

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  6. You look great in that animal print dress. So is it a battle to convince your daughter to take pictures of you? I pretty much have to beg and negotiate with mine, ha.

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    1. Thank you Hun, no she's quite alright with taking photos - lucky me. I also have my god-daughter to take photos too. x

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  7. Fabulous dress Jacqui, and a cracking bargain too! It looks very elegant with the nude pink bag and shoes. I love your hair like that :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Emma thanks for stopping by, yep such a great bargain wasn't it. I wear my hair up when it needs washing - lol

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  8. Jacqui, what a fun challenge and you all look fabulous. I love that dress. Any dress that looks fitted, stylish and hides our bumps and bulges is a win in my book. I love that you paired it with the blush tones of your bag and shoes. You look amazing. Great pictures too! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thanks Amy, I had fun styling this challenge. This dress is a real fall-back on old favourite for me, I can't get enough of it lol. x

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  9. I can not believe the price of that dress and you certainly could not leave it behind. I love how you styled it with the feminine blush pink accessories. Finding a photographer can be a problem. Graham also needs to be bribed on occasion!!!

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    1. It's true Hilda, great bargain eh? I fancied blue, but didn't have what I needed! She's a good girl and never says no, so I'm very lucky. x

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  10. Fantastic pictures Jacqui - that dress is absolutely fabulous! xx Maria

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  11. What a beautiful dress Jacqui. I love a bit of animal print :) Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop, last week. Have a lovely weekend.

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