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Monday, 3 September 2018

Looking back on August with love. X


Hello lovely readers.
September already!  How on earth did that happen so quickly - I wish I could rewind to earlier  months for more than one reason.

In August you might recall I went off the radar for a while, my reason - a very big one!  I'm sad to say I lost my much loved mother-in-law.  Although it was somewhat expected it still came as a big shock - we think our parents will be here forever don't we?
I'm so lucky to have had my MIL because she was so much more than that - she was my friend.  Since she lost her husband she spent so much time with my hubby, me and our family - something I will forever be thankful for.  She came on holidays with us, spent most Sunday's with us and came out with us both as a family & when we went out with friends.
I remember one time in particular when we took my daughters' to a gymnastics competition.  We stayed overnight in a hotel with a restaurant next door, we'd had a couple of drinks with our meal and made our way back to the room, getting into the lift for the next floor, once we had stepped out we realised we hadn't actually gone anywhere, we were still on the same floor - fits of laughter ensued and we finally found our room, having another funny story to recall every once in a while. 😊
She was lovely to me, the children and our extended family too.  Her loss will leave a huge hole in our family, and I know it will never be the same again.  I just wanted to share my lovely second mum with you - may she rest in peace. 💗



With September firmly planted on our doorsteps, I wanted to share some of my outfits from sunny August.  It's nice to wander back through the blog sometimes to view what I wore, feeling both proud and bewildered at what I see - we are always our own worst critics aren't we?
I have to say my first offering ended up even better than I imagined it would be.  I bought this lace over-dress in Ibiza and spent ages finding the petticoat I wore under it.  But when I saw the end result I was so pleased.  I accessorised bright rainbow ankle shoes and picked out this pretty bold blue necklace, these really made the outfit pop!  Both belong to my daughters', but the shoes I ended up keeping!


Another favourite from last month will prove a great choice for Autumn and I can't wait to wear them again.  I picked up these striped ankle trousers in H & M & didn't realise how versatile they would be.  I'll be happily wearing them with boots and a warm jumper right through until the Winter months probably!  Here I opted for a vivid yellow silky top that brightens up the whole look.  I chose my white denim jacket, but this would look equally fabulous with a white shirt and my red pea coat.  Ohh I can't wait to try it.


Finally we all know layers are the thing that gets us through Autumn - with changeable weather confusing our body thermostat - not to mention the bloomin' 'M' word - I'm like a windmill taking off and putting garments on!  My cami top and over shirt will work a treat, with room for a jumper or gilet over the top I'm set for any weather or hot flush! 😂  Catch the full post here.




Thanks for joining me today, see you bright and early on Thursday - I'm going to share a pink cardigan with you - probably will match my cheeks with these hot flushes!!!

Bye for now, X



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  1. Sorry to here about this jacqui. I know what you're going through as you know. Here's to a brighter September. Hugs xx

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    1. Thank you Laurie - kind words that are much appreciated. Yes here's to better times. x

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  2. Oh Jacqui, I'm so very sorry to hear about your mother in law. I noticed a week or so ago that you mentioned something had happened and I did wonder if you'd lost someone. It's heartbreaking isn't it? I love the photo you shared of you both. You both look so beautiful and happy <3
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    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Thank you so much Suzy, yep this is the reason I was away. Taking each day as it comes, and it's nice to have such a supportive family. x

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  3. So sorry for your loss, that must have been so hard for you and your family. It's nice you have so many fond and funny memories to look back on and remember her though.

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    1. Yes we've got lots and lots of memories and photos too. Thanks for your comments. x

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  4. Sending your family lots of love and prayers for the loss of your MIL. It's not the funnest part of life but hopefully you will remember the wonderful times you had...those are the best.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. That's so nice of you Jodie, thank you so very much. x

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  5. There are a lot of cliches about mothers-in-law and our relationships with them but I was very fond of both of mine so my deepest sympathy to you. You've found a great spot on the beach at the best time of day I would guess (early evening>) - the lighting is superb! Love your August outfits.

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    1. Thank you so much Gail. Yes it was early evening, just before sunset. x

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  6. Sorry to hear about your loss; your MIL sounds like a wonderful woman. We lost my husband's mother a few months ago, and even if expected, there is loss. Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  7. I'm very sorry for your loss. You have been blessed with a MIL like her. I also love my PIL, they are both 80, and such lovely understanding people. Just feel blessed.

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    1. Nancy, thank you for visiting and leaving your lovely comments. x

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  8. Jacqui you've done a great job here, sharing your loss and joys about your MIL. She clearly was a lovely lady and of course you'll all miss her terribly, but what happy memories you have.
    August was a super month for you with all of those fabulous outfits. And oh, I still hanker after those rainbow shoes of your daughter's!
    Have a super week!
    Anna x

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    1. Many thanks Anna, yes a really lovely lady and I was so lucky to have such a wonderful mother-in-law - really going to miss her. x

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  9. So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law Jacqui. Take comfort in those wonderful memories.

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thank you Emma, lots of lovely memories to remember her. xx

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  10. Sorry to hear of your family's loss. My MIL also passed recently (and not unexpectedly) so I know the gambit of emotions that you're experiencing. You are fortunate to have had a good relationship with her and wonderful memories to reflect on.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Many thanks Rena, such kind comments, much appreciated. x

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  11. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The picture of you and your MIL is so touching - you both look so happy! What a blessing to have a wonderful MIL. I had one too!

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    1. Thank you so very much - kind words indeed.

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  12. I'm so sorry for your loss Jacqui. She must have been a lovely Mother in Law and you were lucky to have each other. You wore so many fabulous outfits this August xx Maria

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  13. Aww Jacqui, I have been really busy this month and just catching up. I am so sorry for your loss :( xx

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    1. No worries, thanks for your comments Claire. x

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  15. So sorry for your loss, Jacqui. You've written lovely piece here in her memory. She looks and sounds a lovely lady and I can see where your hubby gets his good looks from! Sending you and hubs warm hugs, x.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving your lovely comments. x

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  16. My sincerest condolences on my MIL passing. Such a sad time for your family. Hugs. You look lovely in all the outfits you posted but I absolutely adore those stripped trousers.

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words - I appreciate them so much. x

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  17. Aww, I am so sorry for you loss Jacqui. I can not even start to imagine what you have been through :( Yes you are right, we think our parents will be here forever xx My Mother in Law is on her own now and I am always worrying about her.

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  18. I love the photo of your mother-in-law.Her face just looks kind and loving. I can picture the two of you laughing in the elevator. Condolences to you and your family. Glad you are back.

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