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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.
Whilst shopping the other day I saw this graphic Tee in Zara - I've been promising myself a second top since buying my 'out of office' from Next over a year ago.  I picked this T because of the face - for some reason it reminded me of an 80's picture and the logo Fashion Calling, I heard this fashionable top calling me!


Next what to wear with it?  I would usually pair basic jeans with something like this - but then that's not out of my CZ is it?  What would a 'mad' look call for - neon snakeskin of course!  I picked the skirt out from a selection in Primark - drawn by the side split, just to push the boundaries (way too high for my liking) lol.  So worth the £10 price tag, I'll probably opt for matching with a black top and black sandals if I'm honest - but this is all for the cause isn't it!



Matching neon snakeskin shopper also from Primark caught my eye, and I just had to add shoes that complimented something in my mix - so the red shoes came to play their part in the March Madness party!


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Now it's my blogging friends turn.
Shall we see what they've got to share with us this month?

Let's take a look at Hilda - Over the Hilda first, as it was her idea.  Don't you think she's captured the theme?  I know this is not the usual look for Hilda, she's playing the part of a 70's 'go-go' dancer!  Catch all the details on her blog now. x


Next we'll hop over to see how March Madness has affected Anna - Anna's Island Style - her outfits are always on the edge of edgy and that's what we love about her.  She's normally donning clothes that show her distinct style - pattern mixing to the extreme.  See this month her madness is rather tame, she's showing HER mad side with a boring beige outfit - but Ann this is far from boring.


Finally shall we take a look at Emma's (Style Splash) choice.  She's based her 'mad' outfit around her striking shoes -  Animal was a wild and frenzied puppet from The Muppets who used to play the drums with madness and vigour!  The rest of her pieces compliment her red, white and black peep toe shoes perfectly,  madness or what - we love it!


Thanks so much for joining the four of us this month - do stop by and check out the other blogs - you'll have some nice surprises for sure.  Here's links to some of our previous topics: Styling our Shirts - A Wardrobe StapleWearing Jumpsuits with Joy, Keen as Mustard & Wild about Animal Print!

Catch you again on Monday.
Do hope you'll be stopping by.
Bye for now. X


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26 comments

  1. Well this is certainly different. I love Anna's boring beige outfit. It's elegant and looks amazing on her. But then I am a boring beige fan as you know! xx

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    1. Can you tell I'm right out of my comfort zone Laurie? I love Anna's outfit too, there's something to be said about neutrals and beige. Thanks for stopping by Hun. X

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  2. This is such a fun outfit! Your skirt is fabulous and love your styling!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Awe thanks so much Jill, completely out of my comfort zone, so not sure I'll wear all these pieces together again. Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  3. I really like this combination Jacqui! I love the contrast of the graphic tee with the pleated skirt, and the red really pops against the neon green!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thanks so much Emma, I'm not sure I'll wear this in this fashion again, but will definitely wear it in a more subtle fashion. xx

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  4. Well done Jacqui, you embraced the challenge with gusto. Sorry.... next one will be easy. Great bargains by the way and I love the mad styling.

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    1. It worked out well in the end, just was a bit stumped at first! Glad you like it - i will probably style these bits in a more tame way next time. lol x

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  5. Jacqui, considering you're pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you look freaking gorgeous! That skirt and handbag combo look fabulous with the Zara Tee!!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

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    1. Oh you're too kind, thanks for stopping by Suzy. x

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  6. That tee is fabulous! Actually, I love the hole look!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, right out of my comfort zone, but rather like it. Glad you could stop by. x

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  7. Stepping out of your CZ is not an easy thing to do but you did it so well, Jacqui. Love the combo or street style graphic t-shirt with soft skirt and slingbacks. Love your outfit
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com

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    1. Awe thanks so much Anna, it still doesn't feel like me in that outfit, but it's growing on me. So much so i wore the tee shirt today ... with jeans. Thanks for your comments. x

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  8. Love your fun tee! Anna's trousers are amazing. I love hearing your feelings on your daughter moving out. They reflected my own. My daughter is only 10 minutes away and visits/stays all the time. Enjoy this new time - visits are fun! xx Maria

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    1. Yes we are in the same boat with our children. I recently saw a FB quote saying 'we spend our life teaching our children to stand on their own, and find it hard to accept our success'!! You enjoy your visits too Maria. x

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  9. That's a tough challenge! I love the colourful t-shirt - you all rose to the challenge magnificently. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday Jacqui.

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    1. Yes I agree, glad with my outcome though. Glad you could stop by and thanks for your linkup Gail.x

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  10. My daughter is about to move out (again) and will be only two minutes away, but it's still the end of an era, isn't it? I have to say, that I totally loved your mad outfit and think it would be an everyday staple for me - well maybe not with that shopper... It was so good to push us all out of our comfort zones - great job Hilda eh?!

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    1. Hard one to come to terms with eh Anna, but it does mean we can go to London and meet up with our friends once in a while. xxxxx Good challenge, looking forward to the next one. x

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  11. I love that outfit with the green skirt! I would probably put leggings with it as I generally feel uncomfortable wearing skirts and the leggings would give me the feel of wearing pants. Millions of years ago when I was a young thing, the stupid boys would always try to pull up the girls' skirts, so I took to wearing shorts under my skirts. To this day I don't feel comfortable not doing so.
    Fashion blogs usually intimidate me a bit because I am the furthest thing from young and pretty. But yours is friendly and welcoming.
    I became disabled during the past couple of years and when my son suggested that I move in with him, it was a godsend. I nearly broke down and cried.

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    1. Hi there Cara, thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Such a shame some people can be so insensitive and silly! I did think about wearing leggings underneath this skirt as it was a fashion I once wore years ago! I'm so chuffed you stopped by and took the time to leave such a lovely comment. Please do pop by again and let me know how you are doing. So pleased to hear your son stepped up and suggested that you move in with him, hoping you have lots of quality time together.
      See you here again my friend. x

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  12. That neon skirt is so fun! What a great way to meet the prompt, and that skirt was such a bargain! :)

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :) A new linkup is live on my blog now!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thanks Mica, glad you like the latest challenge. Much appreciate you stopping by. x

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