Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger for the over Fifties - What real women wear!

Monday, 22 July 2019

Lotus Sandals and H & M Sun Dress.

Hi all.
Thanks for stopping by my little blog today.
My blog is aimed at ladies over 50, however I love to have all age groups stop by and join me.
Come on over - you're all welcome. *waves welcoming hand*
With the summer weather more or less playing nicely lately, I thought it would be a good idea to share a sunny beach dress with you.  You all know I love wearing dresses as they are so easy to wear.  There's no matching separates to contend with, the hardest thing is matching accessories.  Here's where my recent acquisition from Lotus Shoes came up trumps!

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


Thursday, 18 July 2019

A dress that works in my 40's and 50's! #chicandstylish #linkup

Happy Thursday my friends.
How are you all - is Over 50's blogging land good for you this week?
I've been having a really good one so far, with one evening out for our anniversary meal (see more below) and another with some of the children round for dinner.  With a quiet weekend to look forward to I hope the weather stays nice and warm so I can enjoy the garden.

Last Friday hubby and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary.  We left booking a table until the last minute so were unable to get booked at our favourite restaurant.  We toyed with the idea of going somewhere else but both had our hearts set on Read's so decided to book for last Tuesday.  We had a lovely evening anyway with him going to the pub with the boys and me going ballroom dancing with my bestie!  We did meet for drinks after so it was all in all it was a great evening.

When you see our meals you'll understand why we waited to go there and not 'make do' with somewhere less exciting for a special occasion!


Monday, 15 July 2019

Citrus summer outfit - Style Steal

Morning my lovely friends.
Hope you've had a super weekend and are looking forward to the forthcoming week.
Another busy weekend for Mumma B.  Starting with Friday my wedding anniversary.  Thirty three years married to my soul mate.  We normally celebrate with a meal in our favourite restaurant, but sadly we weren't able to get a reservation, so not wanting to go anywhere different we decided to book for next week and do what we normally do - hubby went to the pub and I went ballroom dancing. Romantic eh?  We did meet for a drink afterwards which was still lovely.
Saturday the usual cutting grass, food shop and housework followed by an evening with my girls as the fellas we out for a drink in town.
Sunday was wonderful, a lazy morning making way for birthday celebrations for a good friends birthday.  BBQ weather, so relaxing in the eclectic garden with old and new friends was good.  The Greek meat was cooked on a spit with various Greek salads adding variety to the tasty meal.  There was pavlova and cupcakes for desert along with a few glasses of Prosecco to wash it down.  There was even time for a little boogie before cabs were called!

This month's Style Steal is due today.  I fancied copying this one for a while.  I knew I had the same clothes already - so it wasn't a hard one at all.  Can you guess who my copy is from?


Thursday, 11 July 2019

Cropped Jeans & my Holiday Top #chicandstylish #linkup

Hiya my lovelies.
All good in your life I hope!
Everything fabulous for Mummabstylish, I'm an excited girl today as I'll be having photos taken with Esther Ruby later and I love the fact I will have something to work with.  I've got loads of outfits that are fighting to be seen, so will be working hard to get posts ready to share with you.

Today's outfit came about because I'm reminiscing about my recent holiday.  Are you like me & have certain clothes just for holidays?  Well this little top is said piece!  I've decided to get it back into circulation throughout summer and thought I'd start now!
This is the top that gets packed every trip and never seems to make first base, always succeeding as my "coming home" edit.  I think the reason is that I like to wear something white to show off any tan I might have got - do you do this?


Monday, 8 July 2019

Yay - I've got this in a smaller size!

Morning my friends.
How are you all today?
Been hunting through the wardrobe recently and found one of my most favourite pieces hiding at the back, well it got pushed there basically because it was too big!  So guess what I did, I searched and searched to find a smaller size on the web and hey presto found one!  What joy to find the item I'd been longing for in the right size.  So happy with it I've worn it twice over the past week!
You can catch when I featured it on the blog for the first Five over 50 "Something old, something new....... challenge.

We headed into town on Saturday to have a few drinks with my brother-in-law for his birthday.  We actually caught the bus over which made a real change - what a bumpy, fast journey that was, and isn't it funny sitting on public transport without wearing a seat-belt???  I found myself reaching for the non-existent belt and trying not to touch the sticky side panels! Needless to say we got a taxi home! 🤣
So on to Sunday, we attended a christening for our great-nephew!  We had brilliant weather and lots of catching up with family and friends.  The kids loved the freedom of the enclosed garden, enjoying the bouncy castles and running around chasing each other.  We also enjoyed the free flowing drinks and the funky music - lol. x

This is the New Look jumpsuit I wore into town.  The white background is covered with pink, blue, orange and black palm leafs.  It has a deep v neckline that needed a tiny pin at the bust line - I may just put a little stitch on it instead - just to keep my decency.  It also has a zip at the back with a tie belt in matching material. The wide leg culottes are so flattering and give a breezy laid back feel.


Thursday, 4 July 2019

Pale Blue & Off White - #chicandstylish #linkup

Hi there my friends.
Happy 4th July to my blogging friends in the USA. X
How is over fifty blogging going?
Finally enjoying some warm weather here in the UK, which means I can also enjoy being in the garden - both working and relaxing.  Having cut both front and back lawns today, the garden is looking really nice now, although there's still lots of things I'd like to add to it, but it's a work in progress!

We have a christening on Sunday, so I tried on the dress I wanted to wear, but annoyingly found that it's too big and doesn't really look any good on.  So earlier this week I went shopping to buy another (whilst picking up a gorgeous pair of mules I'd bought after seeing Laurie - Vanity and Me Style wearing her's) I perused the rails in Debenhams picking out four dresses to try.  I ended up buying two - both from Principles and both utterly stunning.  I'll get photos for a post hopefully in the next week or so.

I'm still having big problems with photos taking, bribing family to take shots for me whenever then can.  I'm starting to think about doing an online course, so if any of you have already tried this, please do spill the beans and share your information - pretty please. 🙏 *flutters eylashes*

Anyhow, back to today's look.  How about an off white blouse paired with an embossed pencil skirt?
Yes thought you'd like it .... me too!


Monday, 1 July 2019

Lime Green & a Floral Skirt

Welcome by on this glorious Monday. 
Well fingers crossed it's a glorious day, as we've had wonderful weather over the weekend which has put everyone in a good mood I'm sure.
My weekend has been super, this over fifty blogger has been spending time with the family enjoying a morning at the local open air pool, followed by two BBQ's on Saturday and Sunday.
We had roughly a half hour wait to be admitted to the pool, waiting for people to leave was a by product of wanting to swim and play in the open-air pool.  Kids loved the rapids and small slides but it wasn't big enough for the revellers on the hottest day of the year, because space for towels was cramped and queues were long.  We should have gone to the beach but not sure the kids would have liked the pebbles, sand and seaweedy water. We all had a really lovely time it almost felt like I was on holiday, just couldn't find the bar serving cocktails and the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant - ha ha ha!

In-between playing with the kids, enjoying the sunshine and getting BBQ food ready I managed to sneak a few photos for my #ootd.


Thursday, 27 June 2019

Chanel Style Skirt with Textured top & Ted Baker Jacket - #chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my fellow over fifty bloggers.
How are you all?

My holiday's starting to become a distant memory and having the internet fixed I'm back to blogging with vigour and determination.  I'm determined to go up a level in the blogging world, which means learning more, finding out more & studying more of your interesting blogs.
Yesterdays weather just wasn't what I had expected at all.  With France suffering a wicked heatwave, I really thought we'd be experiencing warmer weather here!  It was really cold with a wind blowing making it feel like a totally different season.  I decided to wear a skirt when I popped into town, but had to take a jacket with me, just to keep me warm! 


Monday, 24 June 2019

Style Not Age - Flaming June!

Morning - how are you?
Today it's my turn to set the challenge for the Style Not Age ladies.  I had my mind set on the title for June but hadn't anticipated the weather.
Flaming June .... more like April showers downpours!
Dodging the rain trying to take photos this month has been a challenge to say the least.  I missed plenty of opportunities to take photos, and found myself staring out the window to find a break in the weather just long enough to take some shots!
I wasn't too worries because I was taking my new lens on holiday to practise taking shots of the stunning scenery on the island of Majorca.  If you've been following my IG stories you might have seen my huge mistake ... yes forgetting the memory card!!!!! OMG I was so annoyed with myself, I'd remembered everything else.  So we searched for said memory card in the local shops, but because my camera is quite old the CF card is difficult to find.  Having to make do with phone camera to take some rather good photos as you will see further on.


Thursday, 20 June 2019

Re-visiting Spain - #chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there, how's over fifty bloggers doing today?
I'm still away on my holiday, enjoying the sun, sand & .... oh Prosecco doesn't rhyme does it! How about sparkling Prosecco?  Although in Spain it'll be Cava won't it - just as well I like that too.
Let's hope I can bring some good weather back with me on Saturday, I need to keep the tan topped up & get the BBQ going.

With both the weather being bloomin' awful last week so photos were a bit of a non-starter and my internet down, I'm just hosting the #chicandstylish #linkup with you this week.
I'm looking forward to getting home to see what you're all wearing, doing and sharing though - just need to enjoy getting a tan, eating too much and drinking just a little more - ha ha ha. X

Whatever you are doing, hopefully it's in the sunshine and having fun.  I'm sure that's what I will be doing with my grand-kids too.


Monday, 17 June 2019

White Jeans & Yellow Blouse - Style Steal

Hi there.  Hope you're all doing well.
In case you didn't know I'm on holiday with hubby, eldest daughter and her family.  Last minute glitches with my net meant I was sent into panic mode having no internet to finish off my scheduled posts.  I managed to gain a 'hotspot' from my phone - yes I was impressed to do this too - so with fingers crossed you should be reading this on Monday!

The third Monday of June means it's Style Steal time.  Each month I try to emulate another persons style.  Sometimes I copy an actual outfit, other times I wear the same colours and have also been know to copy a style or even a title!
Today's steal was linked on the #chicandstylish party.  I liked it the moment I set eyes on it, and knew I would just HAVE to use it.  Having got all the pieces already in my wardrobe it wasn't a hard one at all!


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Everyday Wear - #chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
The count down is on, my weeks holiday is just around the corner.  Unusually for me I have everything sorted that I want to take!  I only need to pack and sort my toiletries then I'm ready to go!
With the weather in June definitely not playing fair, my holiday has come at the right time.  Down-pours have been creating havoc with my photo taking, and lots of my summery clothes have been put on hold, making way for warm jeans and even boots on a couple of occasions!  Come on mother nature give us a break and some warm sunshine.  I do hope the weather in the Mediterranean is up to scratch I want to wear my new purchases.  I'll be taking my camera with me, and want to try and get some great shots - stay tuned my friends.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Lotus Shoes Espadrilles & Gypsy Style Dress.

Morning all!
What you been up to?
Starting to get back to normal in the MummB household, just waiting for the honeymooner's to get home and share some of their memories, then as of Saturday I'll be out of office and on a weeks holiday to relax and re-cov ....... hang on ... no I'm with the grandkids so I don't think there'll be much R & R going on! Lol.  We're off for a week to Majorca, in the Med.  Praying for nice weather as we'll be around the pool for most of the days.  Princess has learnt to swim and will be getting plenty of practise, while my little prince will be enjoying the pool, slides and spray machines xxx.  We know he'll love it as his mummy and daddy took him to an open air swimming pool recently and he was in his element.  So maybe I will be able to catch a few rays and enjoy a few drinks after all. 😉

With my holiday I mind, I've started to collect my outfits together - most are too big so I've been eyeing up the shops to find replacements.  Popping into F & F the other day, I just had to peruse, well - the whole section.  I found this cute gypsy styled dress in the sale no less, and thought I'd try it.  I think it makes me look a bit dumpy - what do you think? .... a keeper or not?

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


Thursday, 6 June 2019

It's a Wrap! #chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
Over fifty blogging land all good I hope!
I'm feeling like I'm getting back to normality now, my house is looking less cluttered, the grass is growing back and I'm finding time for blogging, gym classes, shopping and my dancing classes.

With a holiday on the horizon, I'm starting to think of my holiday wardrobe.  I have a draw full of beach wear, & a wardrobe of summer dresses that normally only come out for my hols, with many of them being relegated to the charity pile, I'll be checking through to find out what fits or not and what's going to make the cut.  I might be needing a new jumpsuit so will be shopping for one today.

Today's dress won't be making the cut as the material is way too hot for me to take anywhere warm.  It's more of a Spring/Autumn dress, but I tend to wear something anytime if it feels right!  I've also layered it with jumpers, tee shirts and boots & sandals make an appearance occasionally too.


Monday, 3 June 2019

Hen Weekend.

Hi there, how are you my friends?
You may remember my daughters wedding fell last weekend, & the build-up has been non-stop leaving me tired, drained and exhausted.  My mojo had definitely vanished making way for symptoms of the empty nest syndrome - tears and upset!  Although I still have my youngest daughter and son at home, it's been an ongoing struggle, but then that's part of life's rich pattern isn't it?  So I'm keeping busy and looking forward to quality time I know I'll have with her and my new son-in-law.

I'll be sharing the wedding soon, but until then - here's what we got up to on the 'hen' weekend.
Emily wanted a quiet, relaxing and laid back weekend break, this both my other daughters arranged for her and some 13 hens beautifully.  We travelled to Torremolinos, Spain early on the Saturday morning.  After a little shopping in duty free, we had drinks in the airport and boarded the flight, subsequently being met by our own personal driver who transported us to our hotel near the beach in about half an hour.  Our hotel, Las Palomas suited all our needs and the light airy rooms we plenty big enough for our three nights stay having everything we needed beautifully arranged.  The hotel had a fabulous buffet restaurant, with just about any sort of food you could imagine, I certainly ate much more than I needed to, along with drinking more than I should on a couple of occasions!!!  The bars were well stocked, with prosecco, spirits and some very 'morish' slush drinks that we mixed with either vodka or malibu - heaven in a drink - sort of an alcoholic ice lolly. 😁

Black and white night, I wore this slip dress and I've found this very similar version from M & S.


Thursday, 30 May 2019

Neutral crops & OTS Blouse - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends, how are you doing?
I'm just about starting to come back down to earth after the weekend of wedding celebrations.
It ended up a two day event with friends and family returning on Sunday to finish off the last of the drinks along with a hog roast.  It's been a hectic, emotional and draining weekend, but am so pleased with how it all went.  I'll be posting a blog about it very soon, just need to see the photos and get into the right frame of mind start it!

Until then how about taking a look at another outfit I've recently come across.  I found the cropped trousers lurking in the wardrobe.  I bought these from M & Co, these are nearly the same, a few years ago as i'd lost some weight then and needed some new pieces.  With me gaining weight they gained a back seat in the cupboard and have only just been re-introduced after my weight loss - I can see why I wanted to buy them as they are nice and casual for everyday wear, but with the addition of a smart blouse can be transformed to a somewhat dressier affair - maybe lunch with the family, or drinks with friends.


Monday, 27 May 2019

Style Not Age - Recycled Fashion!

Hi there my friends.
Hope you are all well.
I'm probably still on cloud nine after my daughters wedding aka THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR!
Now I'll be clearing up the mess from two days of partying - wish me luck.
Last Monday of the month can only mean one thing - Style not Age Challenge.
Set by my lovely blogging friend Anna  - Anna's Island Style  & I have to admit to not giving 100% to this challenge.  To be totally honest with all the wedding stuff going on I completely forgot!
So without further ado, here's my burnt offerings for .....

Recycled Fashion.
I had a multitude of ideas for this month's challenge, none came to fruition due to wedding preparations, so I will have to save them for another post.
My rushed response settled on the outfit I wore on my recent trip to Spain with the 'hens'.
I took three outfits for the evenings out and one had been recycled from the charity pile, so is sort of recycled if you like!


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Bonmarche Biker Jacket - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning all.
How's everyone today.  I'm running around like a mad person - finishing the last minute bits and pieces BEFORE THE WEDDING!! Yikkes!!
I had planned to get all my blog posts ready to go, but as usual I've left them to the last minute and am keeping busy busy until everything is sorted.  I toyed with the idea of not blogging for a month, but with FOMO in my head I've carried on - do you have FOMO???
Fear of missing out - I haven't got it bad at all I just like to stay involved and keep up-to-date with you my fellow bloggers.  I like to know what people are doing and wearing, just so I can get ideas and keep abreast of the latest 'real' fashions.  I'm not an avid follower of magazines as such, just like to peruse and see what's on the horizon, then I put my spin on it.  So I'm here to stay for this month at least. 🤣

So today let's talk about this cute little jacket....
I'm delighted to be collaborating with Bonmarche again.  Having worked with them in the past they are proving to be up there with the leaders.  You can check out my previous choices here.
Last week in stripy trousers, last year in a very cute jacket, skirt and blouse & in Spain being spoilt in the sun!

You won't be surprised to know this jacket isn't any different with fabulous quality, on trend style and in-your-face colour.  My pick is not only serviceable, but stylish as well.

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


Monday, 20 May 2019

Floaty Dresses for Summer - Style Steal.

Hi there.
So excited that you've joined me today - it's not only my May edition of the Style Steal, but also my brand new series of COPY CAT!!! YAY!
I'm so pleased to tell you that I have a wonderful blogger friend join the series today - do read on to see who it is. X
Anyway back to my Style Steal.  I could have chosen a number of bloggers to copy this month, but one lady in particular caught my eye, she was wearing the classic floaty dress that will be on repeat by everyone I reckon.  So my "twin" is based around her summery dress.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Bonmarche - Stripy Trousers #Chicandstylish #linkup

Morning my friends
How are you all?
I'm still in a pre-wedding frenzy, running about here, there and everywhere getting the last few pieces of the wedding puzzle sorted.  I know the day will be here before I know it, and all too soon it will become a distant memory, so I want to try and enjoy what I'm doing but that's easier said than done!
We've had the 'Hen' weekend, which I will be sharing in the next couple of weeks, my outfit is ready and waiting, the hair and makeup has been booked - along with my nail and spray tan appointment. Caterers are sorted I just need to finalize the drinks and a few other finishing touches then I'll be wedding ready.  Wish me luck to get it all done my friends.

I was recently in contact with Bonmarche & it couldn't have come at a better time.  Having lost weight in the past few months, many of my clothes are now too big.  I've been adding bits and pieces to my otherwise sparse wardrobe, so these stripy trousers are a welcome addition for me.
As you may well know I love wide leg palazzo trousers, finding them flattering and comfortable.  These are no exception, and will give tons of options for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

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


Monday, 13 May 2019

Suits Me!

Hiya my friends.
How are you all?
Currently I'll be sipping cocktails by the pool laying in the sunshine topping up my tan!  I just need one good reason not to go home - lol  Please don't make me!
I've bought a couple of new pieces to take away with me, and seeing that my god-daughter is with me I'm hoping she be able to take a few shots in the idyllic surroundings so I can share them with you on the blog.

But today let's talk about reviving an extremely old outfit that's been patiently waiting at the back of my wardrobe.  Having not seen the light of day for some years now I felt it was the right time to attempt to get back into my suit.  Only trouble is it's gone the other way now and the trousers are too big for me!  I bought this trousers suit back in 2012, although after having a conversation with Esther I thought I bought it in the 90's - the memory isn't all that good then eh!


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Well deserved Time Out with the Girls #Chicandstylish #Linkup

Hi there my friends.
How are you all doing?
I'm frantically getting ready for a weekend away with the girls, so today's post will be short and sweet.
I've not packed yet, but know exactly what I'm taking so it's just a case of fitting it all in.
Various bikinis and swimsuits with cover-ups, a pair of comfy pool sliders, three dresses/jumpsuits, a pair of shiny sandals, shorts, tees and a beach dress should have me just about sorted - what this space to find out if I resisted the urge to pack more!


Monday, 6 May 2019

Black, Mustard and an Eye Catching Jacket.

Hello and welcome to the blog today.
What have you over fifty bloggers been up to?
Another long weekend to enjoy - here's what I've been up to.
I've had a really girly weekend with my daughters, you see my hubby and the boys have been on the 'stag' weekend, and by the time you read this i'm hoping they get back safe and sound!

Saturday I managed to get loads done, trimming the hedge took little over an hour so I'm happy with that, left me more time to catch up on some YouTube videos, spent a bit of time playing around with my hair, and putting makeup on.  Been nice to have a bit of me time!

Saturday evening was spent with my daughters and grand-kids eating takeaway and talking wedding.
Sunday we went for another dress fitting, it's all starting to feel REAL now, and I have to admit I'm a tad apprehensive at the thought of my middle daughter leaving home - albeit three roads away, but that's for me to deal with and work through.  Sunday evening was a real treat as my gran-daughter came for a sleepover, luckily with Bank Holiday Monday and hubby still away, there was no school and enough room in the bed for the pair of us, this is obviously the plus side of having empty nest syndrome - grand-kids come along and fill the gap!! Whoopie!


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Chanel Style Skirt - #Chicandstylish #linkup

Morning my friends.
How are you all doing my over fifty blogging friends?
Enjoying the warmer weather I hope.  There's nothing better than sitting in the garden with the birds singing and sun shining, when the days become longer and more attractive to work outside.  Our garden is starting to come together, after spreading seeds and tidying the pots.  I'd love to have a fully laid out oasis, but they just take so much time to look beautiful.  I'm going to start small and work my way up to that!

A few weeks ago, Esther and I took advantage of the beautifully bright day and headed to the surrounding fields.  I wanted to share what i'd picked up in the M & S sale, so with no rain and a sunny climes I ditched my jeans, unveiled my legs (very white legs) and wore this skirt!


Monday, 29 April 2019

Style not Age - Pastel Picking.

Morning my friends.
How's life treating you?
Just getting over the first batch of birthdays which has been fun.  Saturday was hubby's so we had a small celebration with family and friends.  Obviously there was a cake, and hubby was so impressed with the decadent cake my bestie and daughter made.  I've included a photo to let you see how good it looked - and yes he's a big fan of Smarties!

Welcome to April's addition of Style Not Age collective - we have an interesting post for you all today.  Imagine diluted Smarties, that's just what the collective are styling this month - PASTELS


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Style Steal - Emerald Green Dress. #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there - how are you my friends.
I'm featuring a 'sort of' Style Steal today - Having left arranging this to the last minute I've improvised!
I'll share all with you in a bit.

How was your Easter?  Mine was busy as usual, spent quality time with the family, and in our small house it was rather packed.  Fortunately the weather was playing nicely so we spend lots of time in the garden - enjoying rather than working - lol.  We were out on Saturday night, having a drink with my sister & brother-in-law.  Sunday with my daughter and her family we decided on a BBQ, the first one of the year so we had to buy a new bbq as our other was literally on it's last legs.
On Monday we had 11 plus 4 grand-kids to dinner, we all just about managed to fit around the table - phew.  Roast Turkey plus trimmings on the menu, topped off with homemade Banoffe pie, yes the diet went out the window for the weekend - well someone had to eat the Easter eggs didn't they! 🤣

There's now a stint of birthdays to celebrate which started with my daughter's on Tuesday, followed closely by daughter-in-law's, hubby's and then SIL.  Then I have a bit of a break until the next batch.

So back to my Style Steal.  What do you think to wearing a green dress to a wedding?  My mum keeps telling me it's unlucky to wear green to a wedding, but I couldn't resist this beauty I picked up in M & S a few months ago.  Emerald green isn't a colour I wear very much of, but always think it suits my colouring - dark hair & hazel eyes - what are your thoughts?


Monday, 22 April 2019

Style Steal Postponed - Sharing my Bargain Dress.

Morning all and happy Ester Monday.
Hope your all suitable full for over-eating Easter Eggs. 😍
Today I have all the family round for roast Turkey and all the trimmings, so a table of 11 with 4 children will be tucking in possibly as we speak!  Two new additions will be spending this special day with us and I'm one happy and lucky Mummabstylish!

As today is the third Monday of the month it happens to be Style Steal day!  For a variety of reasons today's STEAL has been pushed back to Thursday so I hope you will join me then.
I had hoped some of you would send me a photo for the Copy Cat series I'm starting, but until today I've had no participents!! 😞  Please do all join in for next month - I'm sure it will be a fun opportunity to share your 'copied styles'.

Now today I wanted to show you an outfit I bought last week in the Matalan sale!  You know the scene the dress was just hanging there, in my size and being so ME I just bought it - well for £9 I'd be a fool not to!  What to you reckon on my 'bargain' cute eh?  So comfortable to wear, with a multitude of footwear to style with it - so with my animal print addiction it was a no-brainer in my eyes.


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Red Jeans with Leopard Blouse #Chicandstylish #LINKUP - Playtex GIVEAWAY!!!

Morning all - Happy Easter!
Looking forward to a relaxing weekend with friends and family, with the odd glass of prosecco and a few nanny cuddles. 😉
All good in Mummabstylish over fifty blogging land.


I'm so pleased to be giving away a fabulous bra and briefs set very similar to the one I shared not long ago - read on for the GIVEAWAY.

With nice sunny weather over the past couple of days, my wardrobe has definitely taken on a Spring vibe with me wearing brighter, lighter clothes - much to my delight the appearance of a jacket once or twice too.  So I decided to style my red jeans again yesterday along with my grey leopard print blouse.  I like how they look together - one plays up to the other and compliment each other beautifully.

I took a trip to my local shopping center in order to look for a few pieces I wanted, unfortunately I couldn't find what I needed.  The shops seem to be lacking in all departments so I came home empty handed except for some work jumpers for hubby.  Is it just me or does anyone else feel disappointed with high street stores now-a-days?  I don't really care for online shopping but feel it's starting to become a necessity.  I wish shopping was like the old days.  Coming home with a bag full of goodies from the various shops and boutiques that crowded the town center.  All selling unique and unusual clothing - or does 'rose coloured glasses come to mind'. Lol.
Anyway moan over for today - here's what I wore.


Monday, 15 April 2019

Check out my checks!

Hi there my friends.
Is over fifty land being kind to you?
I've had another gruelling weekend in the garden, but it's finally starting to look good!  I need a mixture of weather over the next few days - rain and sunshine to germinate the grass seeds - then the garden will be much easier to tackle.
Hubby and I recently installed a large shed which we put together - yes that was quite a feat if you'd have seen how big it is and probably funny to watch too.  He's fitted lights, plugs, and shelving so last night we lit a fire to get rid of the off cuts, turned the rather old radio on and opened a couple of beers - we know how to 'rock and roll' on a Saturday night! 🤣
Both paying the price on Sunday morning with his knee hurting and my hands aching!!!
So onto Monday, the beginning of a shorter week in the UK with Good Friday being a Bank holiday, let's hope there wont be any more garden work to do so we can really enjoy the day off!!

Do you remember I've been clearing out my larger sized trousers, I needed them replaced, so that's what I've tried to do in recent weeks.  I shopped the Zara sale a while ago and came home with these.  I've wanted check trousers for ages, well since seeing lots of other bloggers wearing them really.  Check (excuse the pun) out Nancy - Nancy's Fashion Style, Anna - Anna's Island Style & Suzanne - Crazy Blonde Life.  I spotted these on the sale rail for £12 and took a chance that they'd fit.  With crossed fingers at home I tried them on, yes they fitted really well - result, so I set about styling them.


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Co-Ord or Two-Piece? #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good morning lovelies.
Hope you are well.  What's been occurring in over fifty blogging land?

I've spent the last few days gardening and enjoying the grandkids.  There's nothing better than staring at a newborn, playing with a two year old, cuddling a 3 month old and helping a four year old.  Beauty of being a grandparent is that we can step away & return to normality, thus leaveing it to the kids - kind of been-there-done-that rule!
My blogging has taken a bit of a back seat over the past few days, which is actually what draws me to blogging life.  I love the fact I can blog when and where I want so it really fits into my lifestyle.  The drawback to that ... my stats seem to be down!  I understand that these go hand in hand so I need to pull myself away from the cuddles and get back to serious blogging!

Serious blogging and seriously loving this outfit!  Whether you call it a Co-Ord or Two-Piece this is one of the most flattering pieces I've owned.  It just screams femininity to me & so pleasing to wear.


Monday, 8 April 2019

When I'm Blue a cuddle will do!

Morning my friends, how are you doing?
An exciting weekend for me.
My Friday was filled with anticipation and the subsequent arrival of my grandson.  After waiting a few days for him to make an entrance he finally put in an appearance mid evening.  I rushed over to meet him after already falling in love with him!  Strange how we can love our children and grand-kids before we've even met them!
More hugs and cuddles on Saturday after another stint in the garden I joined the family to celebrate my grandson's second birthday.  How sweet to see him singing 'Happy Birthday' whilst opening presents and eating crisps & sweets!  My daughter had made an amazing birthday cake which totally went against my Keto diet but I just had to have a small large slither, mind you so did the two glasses of Prosecco I quaffed - 🤣
Is there anything you struggle with when you're blogging?  There doesn't seen to be a day goes by without having to work out how to do something!  Recently I've been trying to delete something from my HTML, but felt like I was going round and round in circles - there didn't seem to be anywhere to 'go' to for proper information - thank god for YouTube sometimes.  But when even that doesn't have the answers who do you turn to?  I eventually got things sorted with the help of my son-in-law to be,  with a great big sigh of relief when my 'problem' was resolved. X
Another 'problem' I've been having huge issues with is photo taking.  I end up using so many of the different settings, never really knowing exactly what I'm doing.  So with the help of YouTube again I took myself off into the garden and had a play about,  I had a sort of 'light-bulb' moment and have produced some relatively acceptable photos even though the setting was naff!

So my #ootd is more about the photos and less about the outfit.  But I certainly wasn't blue with the outcome!


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Hang in there!

Hi there fellow over fifty bloggers.
Did you notice my April Fools Day joke?  Well it wasn't really a joke but I missed posting on Monday!  Due mainly to a really busy weekend of fun and enjoyment.
Friday I was out all day and dancing in the evening, Saturday I was busy getting food ready for the evening get-together along with having brunch with the family.  We celebrated Mother's Day a day early at a local restaurant.  I got some lovely sentimental and meaningful cards, beautiful flowers and a classic knitted Co-Ord set that I'd been dreaming about - will be posting that in the next couple of weeks, it's ticking all my boxes so I can't wait to share it with you. Finally on Sunday I attended a wedding,  it was truly an emotional, memorable and beautiful day - I was totally worn out and gave into the fact I couldn't blog and shouldn't beat myself up that I wouldn't be posting on Monday - please forgive me being AWOL - It won't happen again!

Do you remember my leopard outfit last week, it was just hanging together and looked great, well another mixture caught my eye too, very similar but after the liberating feeling I had when producing my latest Style not Age creation my self confidence oozed so another mixed pattern has taken shape!


Thursday, 28 March 2019

Leopard Pencil & Rusty Frills - #chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hello there, welcome to my over fifty fashion blog.  Here I share my styles, parts of my days & a little about my family life.
I spent last weekend working in the garden grass cutting, shed building and generally clearing out winter residue to make way for summer excitement.  We got a lot done which is just as well because this one will be a busy fun one!  Saturday morning I will be having brunch with the kids for Mother's Day as we're not all free on Sunday.  Saturday evening we are having a family & friends get together in rememberance of my mother-in-law - it will be an evening of celebration with lots of stories and photos being shared.
Sunday we are going to a wedding with friends, I know it will be a rush as the clocks go forward here in the UK.  Thankfully I know my phone will do it automatically which is just as well because I'm sure to forget to actually change my watches & clock!  I've got a super emerald green lace dress that I can't wait to wear and share with you all.  Look out for that post in the next few weeks as the dress is fabulous.

Laying in bed a few weeks ago, my wardrobe doors were open, basically too much stuff hanging inside and out so the doors wouldn't shut - am I the only one this happens too? *thinking emoji* and this outfit was staring at me - not altogether, but the pieces were pulled out near each other - I liked how they looked so planned the outfit for my next shoot.   Another caught my eye in the same way, but will be sharing that in the next month or so.


Monday, 25 March 2019

Style not Age - March Madness!

Hi there my over fifty blogging friends.
It's the last Monday of the month which means the latest installment from the ladies of
Style not Age - this month we turned to Hilda for the prompt - March Madness, and it certainly turned some of us mad!  Scratching my head trying to think of an idea.  After a couple of messages with the other ladies & the help of my daughter things came together, scroll down to see my choice.

How can we nearly be at the end of March?
Already May is high on the horizon, that's when my second eldest gets married and moves out!  Actually I'm dreading it. Fortunately I've been a 'stay at home mum' and have always been around the children (sorry they're adults in their 20's & 30's) loving the fact I could/can always be there for them.  When my eldest got married and moved out I had two years to get used to the idea.  My son moved out (with no prior planning - yes that's boys for you) two years ago, and I have to admit I'm still coming to terms with that! But the fact he's giving me a grandson makes it somewhat easier - another darling to spoil. 💙 Consoling myself that I still have three children at home to 'care for' (stay with me - I know they don't NEED me).  Well that's changed since my daughter's engagement last year when we went skiing.  I told myself I had just over a year to get used to the idea.  It still scares the hell out of me!  But I've given myself a good talking to & here's my advice.

  1. I've been lucky enough to have her around for more years than her sister.
  2. I want her to have that special time, the times when you can do what you want in your own home - have parties, leave your stuff all over the place, clean and clear and have it staying that way. Not having your clothes 'borrowed' and not put back!
  3. She's literally moving 5 minutes away, so I'll hopefully see her everyday having quality time not quantity.  
The silver lining in this means I will have more time for myself.  More time for gym classes, dance classes and more time for blogging!
So back to blogging and the latest Style not Age challenge - here's my choice, let me know what you think.

I've gone down the route of stepping out of my comfort zone and worn pieces that I'd happily wear but wouldn't necessarily put together.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Mother's Day Ideas + #chicandstylish #linkup

Good morning.
How are all you over fifty bloggers & everyone else for that matter.
After a week with Storm Gareth clearing out the cobwebs, it also bought a faulty phone line with it.  I spent half the week without any phone or internet - the phone line wasn't really a problem because I had my mobile, but no internet for nearly four days was pure hell!  Blogging, on-line shopping, searching and generally everything I wanted to do depended on the internet working, I wanted to pull my hair out!  I was a bit like when I was younger & lived out in the sticks - when we had a power cut I'd think of doing things like the ironing!! Come on own up, you used to do that too???

I'd wanted to check out some gift ideas for Mother's Day, both for my mum and for me ( you know I like to drop hints).  To be honest the best present you can give someone is your time.  I love having all the children around me on Mother's Day - heaven!  Although this year i'm going to a friend's wedding, so will spend time with the family on Saturday, hoping to take my mum out for lunch the following week - shushh don't tell her it's a surprise!

For Mother's Day last year the kids surprised me with some boots, not just any boots though, they happened to find just the boots I'd seen in Next and bought them for me!  Yes, you guessed they all have a sixth sense - not really I'd let slip numerous times the ones I wanted - lol.
Since getting my ivory ankle boots they've been the finishing touch to so many of outfits making them a valuable addition and worthwhile present. White boots have been in the limelight over the past year, and seem to be going from strength to strength.  Have you got yourself a pair?

To be honest the best present you can give someone is your time.


Monday, 18 March 2019

Style Steal - White and Gold Re-Re-Created!

Morning lovelies.
How's over fifties blogging land today?
How can we be half way through March already?  Time seems to fly by so quickly doesn't it!
It's the 3rd Monday in the month so that means it's time for a Style Steal - a monthly post where I copy a bloggers outfit and try to re-create it either copying the outfit, the colours, the style or the idea ( I have been know to copy someone's blog title too!)
You'll remember this lady from last month, well she's done it again.
I fell for this one back at the beginning of February.  Just when I was sorting my copy for February, Andrea - Living on Cloud Nine went and threw this into the mix, I then had two fetching numbers to emulate - result. 😃


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Cheeky Ski Weekend to Valmorel + #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning, how are you all?
I'm on a bit of a downer after having a smashing whirl-wind weekend away skiing.
Since our earlier ski trip to Tignes hubby and I had missed the slopes so much - sad that we'd have to wait another year until we'd be enjoying skiing again, so much to the kids disgust (they wanted to come too) we booked a cheeky weekend break to Valmorel in the French Alps.

Last Friday we drove down through France after an early (5.00am) Channel Tunnel crossing, arriving at the foot of the alp around 4pm.  We started our descent up the mountain, wary of the brown, bland scenery that definitely lacked any snow.  As we climbed the narrow road, we were eventually greeted by patchy snow that made way to full on snowy peaks, paths and roof tops.  We found the Hotel and parked the car, enchanted by the sight of the quaint little town.  It's central walk-way was covered in snow, and sparkly festive lights hung through the middle, I anticipated how pretty everything would look in the dark - it did, alas I didn't get any photos!  At the far end of the town were trampolines and a fun merry-go-round - all for families with kids to be entertained.  There were also plenty of ski hire outlets with everything you'd need for fun and safety on the slopes.  We hired skis for a reasonable price prior to leaving & also purchased our ski passes in advance - which came in the post some weeks ago!
Enticing shops and restaurants lined the side walks, I looked forward to musing the menus to find the best places to eat and peruse the little shops selling cheese, wine and saucisson to take home.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Ted Baker in the Rain!

Morning my friends.
I'll be travelling home from my skiing weekend now, let's hope technology works and this post is published!
What have you all been up to?  I've been on the slopes and will fill you in on my little adventure in the next week or so.
Shooting photos in the rain, is there anything more disheartening?   Apologies in advance for the wet hair - (note to self take an umbrella next time I take shots in the rain). Lol


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Third year of blogging! Zara Long Line Blouse + #chicandstylish #linkup

Hello my lovelies - how are you all?

Well there's no one more surprised than me that I've reached my third year of blogging, I popped back to view my first ever blog post - crikey how bad can one blog be???  It's awful, it's short, all over the show and very vague!  I'm proud to see I've come on leaps and bounds.  Please don't go visit, it really is s**t! Lol.
I made a point of planning this post way in advance because I managed to miss my 2nd blog-aversary so wanted to make darn sure I didn't miss this one!  I got so involved with blogging last year that I didn't notice what date it was (not that I knew when it was) so the anniversary came and went.  That's not happening this year - I've got flowers, the fizz and lots of fun ideas! 😂

Happy blog-aversary to me! Mummabstylish has been alive for THREE WHOLE YEARS!!!


Monday, 4 March 2019

Negative Comments!

Morning, how are you all my lovelies?
After telling you all I've had some relaxing weeks my weekend has turned out to be rather busy.  Friday evening I went ballroom dancing - I have been learning the waltz.  It's very odd dancing alone (hubby's adamant he won't join me) so I either dance solo, with the teacher or his wife - it really makes a difference having a partner to dance with so will have to keep badgering hubby to come too! 
Saturday night, after a day working in the garden, we had dinner with friends, a fabulous evening made easier because we all took a course of food.  My choice of pate with a selection of anti pasti for starters went down well, but I kept picking which is a big downfall for my diet!   Sunday arrived way to early after a late night, getting up to bake cakes for the baby shower I attended.  This was for my daughter-in-law and went very well.  We answered questions about mummy-to-be, guessed her waist measurement with string, tried to work out who the baby pictures were and ate lots of party food.  Home to chill after the busy weekend!  What did you all get up to?

Red has a habit of cheering me up.  It's an emotionally charged colour as it's the colour of blood and life.  It's associated with power, passion, love and confidence.  Red will lift your emotions & is a good choice for instilling confidence - something that will give you the edge when you're lacking it.
I picked this red outfit after recently receiving a negative comment - it really was a pick-me-up shade and helped big-up my ego.


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Lounging around in a Lounge suit - #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning all.
Everything going well in the land of Mummb blogging.  I've been having a lazy few days, which were much needed I must say.  The past few weeks have gradually slowed down and I've been able to concentrate a little more on blogging without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else.
I've been taking advantage of wearing this lounge suit to sit back and unwind in.

Now I have to hold my hands up to say I'm off skiing again for the weekend so this will come in handy for my Apres ski antics.  I'm off with hubby for a cheeky little jaunt to the ski resort of Valmorel to enjoy the slopes one more time this year - that's if the kids let us out the country! ha ha ha!


Monday, 25 February 2019

Style not Age - Spring Green's from Next!

Welcome everyone - new & old I'm pleased you are all here.
Today being the last Monday of the month means it's the turn of the Style not Age ladies to take center stage.  This month's choice worked out to be mine.  I wanted a title that portrayed the new season so decided on this ....
Spring Green's
Now the title was set I started looking in the shops for something that I could use for the challenge as well as wear throughout Spring and Summer too!  Could I find anything in the shops? In a word NO - feeling fed up I trotted into Next and there it was staring at me - this pretty green dress with a flower pattern over it.  I picked up a 12 and a 14 and made a beeline for the changing room.  The 12 fitted superbly and I loved it the minute I slipped it over my head.  I didn't hesitate on putting the 14 back whilst heading for the till.  I knew I'd got plenty of boots & shoes that would complete my look, so after buying some cheap earrings in Primark my job was done!


Thursday, 21 February 2019

Playtex Lingerie - Did I Didn't I? #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning, how are we all doing?
A little nervous to share this post with you today.
You see for the very first time I'm styling lingerie, yes an over fifty year old styling lingerie!
I jumped in feet first without thinking of the consequences!  I'd been approached by Playtex Lingerie asking if I'd like to feature some underwear on the blog.  As I said I sent my affirmation without too much thought, once the pieces arrived and I started wondering just how I would style them, I know it's not hard - just put them on and take photos - right? wrong!  How shall I pose? How much do I show? What will people think of my body? Where shall we take the shots?  I have to say I had a few days worrying about it all!

Let's see did I or didn't I??

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


Monday, 18 February 2019

Style Steal - 400th post!

Welcome to the 400th Mummabstylish blog post!  Quite a feat in my book. With many highs and lows, I'm actually rather proud of my little baby, my fashion from an over fifty point of view & even though there's been times I wondered why I'm bothering - I actually love what I'm doing, it's given me my identity back so for the foreseeable future I'm staying put!

I'm off shopping today, going to check out what's new and hot.  Will be posting on my IG stories so do take a look.  I need to find accessories for the green dress I've purchased for the wedding I'm attending next month.  I think I might go for nude, but will see what grabs my attention.
Another busy weekend working in the garden on Saturday, we're hosting our daughters wedding in May so the garden needs to be in tip top condition which means cutting and shaping the boundary hedges to a more manageable height, along with flattening more of the garden ready for grass seed.  We're having a marquee with all the trimmings, & since the new year it's becoming very real.  We will be celebrating a wedding and seeing our daughter move on - yikes!  I've got to fit in mother of the bride dress shopping, and I've not got an iota of what styles or colours I want so will be starting with a blank sheet!  You'll all be the first to know when I eventually do find 'the outfit'.

Today is also the Mummabstylish Style Steal.  With so much inspiration from your blogs it was hard to chose a candidate.  Who do you think I've copied this month?


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Skiing, Ballet and Ballroom + #chicandstylish #linkup

Hi there - hope you over fifty fashion bloggers are well.
Happy Valentines day to you all too!
Not something I participate in as I feel I don't need a special day to celebrate my 'beau' but love hearing stories from people who do - so good luck and 'carry on valentine-ing' my friends. Mwahh 💋
What I do join in with is #linkup's and it just so happens my #Chicandstylish is live right now so do add a post of two.

This is what you might call a 'catch up post'.  With the busy times I've had since Christmas all these occasions have been on my blogging 'to do' list since then!


Monday, 11 February 2019

Leopard and Leather, what better combination?

Hi there lovelies, how's it going in over fifties land?
Another busy weekend starting on Friday evening.  Did I tell you I've started Ballroom dancing?  So far I've been to three classes and absolutely love it.  Every year watching Strictly Come Dancing I really want to tread the boards and learn to ballroom, so when my best friend asked if I'd like to join her I though what the heck and just went for it!  Forty five minutes of learning basic steps, ending in dancing to music for about 5 mins at the end of the class, the teacher and his wife take turns in partnering the singletons which makes me feel like I'm actually dancing properly.  Watch out I might make SCD one day - well if a vlogger can compete there might be a chance for an enthusiastic blogger eh?

Saturday I had my third adult ballet exam!  It's only taken us about a year to learn an arm sequence, foot enchainement and a short dance - you'd have thought we'd had to learn a full on ballet!  Finally it all came together and the numerous "have you practised" "I've forgotten it" and "what do we do next" calls from the past weeks evaporated!  We all remember the steps and flew through the routines.  I'll keep you posted as to how I got on as soon as I find out. 🤞

With animal print still very much in the limelight, I bought this sassy little leopard print tee shirt from H & M before my recent skiing holiday.  Keeping it plain with black easy to wear pieces, and there's no better companion to leopard print than leather look accessories namely my new faux jacket.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Paisley Blouse with Grey Trousers + #Chicandstylish #linkup

Morning, hope your weather is playing fair.  It seems we have one awful day with wind and rain beating down on us and then another day that's sunny but chilly.  I always seem to pick the first one to take photos on!
I had a super day on Monday taking photos with Esther Ruby, alas the weather was a pain so we shot them indoors!  Looking forward to seeing them as I ventured into the lingerie world eekk!  Sharing a set that was gifted to me from Playtex.  I'll be bravely sharing this post in the next week or so once they've been studied, checked and certified in detail! Lol.
Today I was left to my own devices as all the children were out at work so I've been shopping for a few new bits - shush don't tell the family as I've just had a wardrobe cull!!  Mind you I haven't actually parted with anything yet, it's still all in a pile.  I might just be pulling some bits back again as I've seen some similar tops in the shops today - well they might just come in handy again one day!

Here's part of the outfit I wore - well just the blouse really.  I picked it up in H & M just before departing for my skiing break, I think It will go well with jeans which is just what I wore it with all day.  Anyway that's an outfit for sharing another day.  Here's what I will be wearing when the weather gets a tad a lot hotter.


Monday, 4 February 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award.

Hi there lovelies - thanks for stopping by my over fifties blog today.
Not much to report since last week really.  Saturday I popped to my local T K Maxx for a browse, but couldn't find ANYTHING I liked - yes hard to believe.  I searched all the departments and came up with zilch - not even a bag caught my eye!  Maybe it's because I had money to spend - does that ever happen to you.  Money in your pocket = can't find a thing, no money = plenty I see, plenty I want and more!  Sunday afternoon I was invited to a Baby Shower.  Have you ever been to one?
I might feature it in more detail in a future post, but here's what I wore to an event I'm proud to say two of my daughters planned, bought for, made for & organised.  It was a brilliant success with mum-to-be and guests thoroughly enjoying themselves.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

Vionic Josie Courts + Lace Bonmarche Dress #chicandstylish #linkup

Hi there - thanks for stopping by my over fifties fashion blog today.
The weeks seem to have flown by since Christmas with the safe arrival of my grandson, school run duties and a skiing trip to France I seem to have been on the go for weeks.  It's nice to now sit back and collect my thoughts.
I'm still having doubts about my blog though.  Am I the only one to question myself?  Am I doing the right thing, is my blog working, is it interesting enough?  Then there's the comparing, comparing my content, my style & my photography (when I take photos myself).  Shall I give up?  Shall I carry on? Should I change things? If so what should I change?  Gosh it makes me dizzy thinking about it all.  In truth I have to brush it off and give myself a good talking to.  I'm writing this blog for me, and if anyone joins me along the way then that's a bonus - right?  So that being said I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to all who do follow along and support Mummabstylish - I really do appreciate it. 💗
How do you tackle your uncertainty?

One thing I am 100% sure on are these Vionic court shoes.  I'd been ogling them on the website for months, and finally got my own pair a few weeks ago!

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

Let me tell you a few details about Vionic footwear.
Vionic merge fashion with their trusted biomechanics resulting in not only elegant and stylish footwear but shoes giving maximum comfort too (a very soft, but supportive insole). The secret being a footbed which is injected with a breathable man-made & microfibre sock - do pop over and check out all the detailed information providing help for heel pain such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
See my first pair of Vionic espadrilles that I wore nearly all the summer.

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