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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.


Monday, 28 January 2019

Style Not Age - Our January Jumpers!

Morning - just in time for the new challenge of the year from the ladies of the Style Not Age collective.
Having literally just returned from skiing in The Alpes I have to say I'm finding it hard to get back into blogging mode right now.  Last week on the slopes the temperature reach -14 at times (yes bloody cold) although the skiing conditions of bright blue skies & brilliant sunshine somewhat made up for it.  I thought I was fairly fit, but have really felt my age over the past few days with plenty of aches and pains in all sorts of places!  Back to normality now, so I'm feeling suitably miserable to be back home, back to reality with a mountain of housework and washing to contend with - the only upside is seeing the kids, grandkids, my family oh & my little dog Roxy. 💗

My blogging friend & challenge setter Anna has been a busy bee recently as have Emma & Hilda, but we've all managed to pull it out the bag for this months challenge -
Our January Jumpers.
I just had to style this vibrant knitted piece, my ideal winter jumper.  You see it's cashmere and my first ever at that.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Can a girl ever have enough handbags? #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning lovelies.
How you doing?
I'm still enjoying the slopes as we speak, and have a few days left to relish.
Today being Thursday it's the #chicandstylish #linkup, so do read on through and join in!
Looking through my handbags I realised I didn't have a grey crossover bag, so after dropping a couple of hints (big ones) to the family prior to Christmas, this one landed under my tree.  I've enjoyed using it quite a few times already, so it's been a good addition.  See it last week with floral & frills also with these wide leg trousers.

I got to thinking about all my other bags - some bought myself, others presents - and here they are!


Monday, 21 January 2019

Style Steal - Snakeskin with a side of Mustard!

Good morning, how's it going?
As we speak I'll be elegantly gliding down the blue runs of Tignes in the French Alpes, smoothly sliding into the mountain restaurants for a warming hot chocolate or vin chaud and practising my French for "where's the Apres Ski" ha ha!  I love skiing and can complete a red run without too much resting on my bum!  I hate leaving the slopes early and quite often look for a party member who's up for another jaunt down the slopes before stealing an hour's nap.  The evening meal is always eagerly awaited by everyone, ravenous after using so much energy on the mountain.  The wine goes down really well too! Look out for the post in the next few weeks.

It's the monthly Style Steal today, I missed out December's because it fell right in the middle of Christmas.  It's been hovering on my 'to do' list for a while, but have only just managed to get the photos done - thanks to Esther Ruby. X


Thursday, 17 January 2019

TK Maxx Floral Trousers with Feminine Frills & Ivory boots #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning lovelies, how are you all doing?
I'm starting to pack for the holiday now, I've been getting everything in order since the beginning of this week & buying the last few bits I need.  Going through my clothes I toyed with taking this with me, ending up omitting it.  Well I think it might be that bit too dressy for the apres-ski bars in Tignes, not that I've been there before, but all venues are more or less the same.  So it will be a couple of pairs of jeans along with a few pretty tops being packed.  Surprisingly the hotels, bars and restaurants all tend to be really warm, so I won't be taking loads of jumpers with me & alas this pretty fancy will have to remain at home!
Thought you might like to see it anyway …  what do you think?  It has to be one of my favourite casual, daytime looks.

How feminine is this pretty blue jumper - I adore the fluted sleeves and frilly stand up collar.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Adrianna Papell Dress and Bolero Jacket.

Hi there, hope you over fifty bloggers are doing well.
I'm busy packing and getting the house in order for my week away.  In case you've not seen I'm off to the French Alpes for a weeks skiing, the snow's been falling hard and heavy, so I'm expecting excellent skiing conditions with blue sky's and sunshine!  I can't wait to hear the distant chatter of  people enjoying the snow, or smell the coal smoke that wafts about. The idea of  apres-ski and afternoon tea is floating about in my head too - I cant wait!  Are you a fan of skiing or do you cringe at the thought?

With a new year comes new occasions, new babies (two in my family) two weddings, one in my family & the other my friends daughter.  I have been looking for a dress to wear to her wedding that's in March & have just recently bought a gorgeous green lace version.  I'm keeping that under wraps until nearer the time, so thought I'd share a dress and bolero I wore to my nephews a couple of years ago.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

M & S wide leg trousers - #chicandstylish #linkup

Good morning from a chilly Mummab!  Isn't the weather freezing (in the UK) - well not literally, but cold enough to just want to stay indoors drinking hot chocolate and watch films in front of a flicking fire.  Shame I can't do that as there's work to be done!
With my skiing holiday just over a week away I'm in the throes of sorting my skiing gear - well I say "in the throes of" but really I'm just thinking about getting in the loft and sorting through.  I bought new salopettes last year & need to check they still fit me.  Things may need another wash, but all in all I'm positive everything will glide along nicely. 😉
Blogging has been slightly neglected for the past few days, I've been taking my princess to school as my daughter only recently gave birth to my grandson.  The walk to school has been lovely, trying to catch up with a speedy 4 year old on a scooter was probably a funny sight - had me running after her nearly all the way, at least it will help with my skiing next week!  It's been some years since I had to do this, and was somewhat weird to drop her to the same school her mum went to!  Can I really be that old?

Today's outfit is based around these wide leg trousers.  One of my all time favourite styles to wear and when I spotted these in the M & S outlet last week I just had to buy them, especially when they turned out to be £10!


Monday, 7 January 2019

Loving these Lotus knee length boots.

Hi there 👋 how's January going?
Settling in nicely to the slower pace now, but hating the dark and dreary days!  One o'clock felt like 5 today it was so dull - what's the best thing to do when the weather is horrible?  Book a holiday - more importantly a skiing holiday.  So yours truly is off to Tignes in the French Alps in two weeks times!  The sad thing is there's only 5 going this year quite different from the 25 a few years ago!  Fortunately we did manage to get a great last minute deal so every cloud has a silver lining.

Dressing for cold damp days calls for a nice pair of long boots, so these from Lotus shoes were a welcomed addition a few weeks ago.  They look fabulous with black tights & my short tunic dress, but look even better with the pleated skirt & chunky jumper I wore yesterday.

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

I've wanted some knee high boots for years, so when I saw these Janessa Leather boots* on the website I really wanted to try them.  I have wide calves so struggle to find boots to fit.  I ordered them in a seven, which fitted pretty well with thick ankle socks.  I have to admit they zipped up to a very snug fit, but felt okay.  Having worn them a few times already they're shaping up very well.


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Best nine of 2018! #chicandstylish #linkup

Happy New year!

Welcome to my over fifty fashion blog.
If you follow me on IG you may have seen Mummab is on cloud nine, you see my daughter gave birth to my grandson on New Year's Eve - a beautiful baby boy.  He came three days early and really lifted my spirits after losing my beloved Mother-in-law back in August.
So into 2019 with one new arrival under my belt I'm patiently waiting for another due in April, then onto May when my second eldest daughter gets married, I'm going to be one busy lady for sure.

I hope you caught my recent post sharing what the ladies from Style not Age presented.  Our tag 'Sequin in the New Year' was a winner,  I love all the outfits and would wear any of them in a heartbeat as sequins never really go out of fashion.  Having seen Kellyann from This Blonde's Shopping Bag wearing them with jeans that's just what I intend to do on a future night out! 😊

I'm sure you have all been busy over the past few weeks just like me and my goddaughter, so unfortunately I've not got any suitable outfit shots to share with you, so I was thinking what about re-visiting my most favoured blog posts of the year?
Without further ado here they are:

When I finally found this Michaela Louisa two piece on ebay I was itching to wear it to my nieces' wedding.  I paired it with silver sandals and a sparkly clutch bag, and after loosing a few inches a couple of months into my diet I felt a million dollars - especially having my make-up professionally applied!

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