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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!

How exciting to wear something for a second time and have it still fit after 15 years - the dress doesn't even look out-of-fashion or dated either.  I bought this beautiful cerise pink dream in Monsoon for my joint 40th birthday party.  We had a stunning marquee in the back garden, a large buffet, free bar, a disco and  Roy G Hemmings, who's an ex lead singer of The Drifters.  His appearance included lots of past hits like 'Under the Boardwalk' 'Save the last dance for me' & 'Saturday night at the movies'. With everyone singing along and dancing the night away, he was so good we paid for him to do his whole set again after a short break!
Fast forward to 2019 after dieting and losing two stone I wore the very same dress for the second time and loved how it felt on even more!

This certainly ticked all the boxes back in 2004, with bias cut dresses being the height of fashion, I wouldn't normally have chosen this style as they don't sit right on my hips and bottom section, this proved different.  It has an insert giving much more volume than the norm, so it balanced out my pear shape giving a very flattering finish.  The shoe string straps were also fabulous along with the soft flimsy chiffon material that has an eye catching pattern slanting diagonally across it.  How could I go wrong with the perfect dress in my most favoured colour?

I wore my gold sparkly 'dancing ' shoes, and that's just what we look like we're doing in the next photo, but we were walking away... in sync - honest!

Onto the meal.  One enchanting venue that also caters for weddings and small private occasions.
Let's talk you though our evening at Read's.

Upon arrival we were shown into the lounge to have predinner drinks and canapes, to our surprise our daughter and SIL had ordered a bottle of champagne as thanks for the wedding.  This was a wonderful treat and very much unexpected.

Photo opportunity in the court yard - just the perfect setting for lunch time treats.

Orders taken and wine picked we sat sat chatting about .... the children (or course) & also how could two people so young have been married 33 years and have five children!!
Then we were invited into the dining room......

It's always fills me with joy whenever I eat here, there's so much to enjoy and great pictures to relish.  This elegant manor house lives up to every expectation.  They also have rooms to stay overnight, so maybe that's one for the future - eh hubby???

Just one of the stunning pictures, the queens head replicating a stamp - all made with sequins and mother-of-pearl buttons!  Unique don't you think?

Just look at the tasty meals we had.
Appetizer - a fiery hot but eaten cold Gazpatcho soup, served in a delicate little cup and saucer - complete with a spoon of tiny croutons. Mwaahh. X

Both started with the cheese souffle, which simply melted in the mouth and also had smoked haddock  pieces in the cheese sauce - amazing.  With a choice of three homemade breads, I just had to step off the keto wagon for the night. 😉

Can I temp you with a main course ... certainly I'll have the Lamb, whilst hubby chose the beef, all served with a choice of home grown vegetables!

Finally I made room for a dessert - well someone has to!  I opted for one I'd always have if it was on the menu - lemon tart with rhubarb sorbet.  Hubby had his usual cheese and biscuits (only 1 because he's on keto too).

Feeling stuffed we returned to the lounge for coffee, tea, brandy and homemade sweets - I know what a piggy!!!  Our taxi was arrange (daughter and SIL)  to our utter amazement they had paid the bill too!  How wonderful to be repaid for the wedding in such a heartfelt way. ♡

Sorry this has been such a long post, I do hope you've enjoyed spending the time with me. Do join the #Chicandstylish #LINKUP my friends. X


Before we party who's favourite from last week?  How amazing does Darlene -  Aquamarina Style look in her mix and match swimwear?  I love the whole look and have really changed my opinion on everything having to 'match' perfectly since blogging.  Getting great inspriation from this look today - thanks Hun. x  Do stop over and see the rest of Darlene's swimsuit cover-ups.

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Bye for now. X


  1. What a stunning dress on you! Happy anniversary! So nice you had a lovely night out together and what a sweet gift! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

  2. You look fabulous in your flowing pink! The meal looks amazing as well. Happy Anniversary!

  3. Happy anniversary! And that dress is beautiful! Glad you keept it! Looks like you had a wonderful evening!

  4. Your dress looks fabulous [ pink really suits you ] as does that pork! I’m dribbling it’s made me so hungry
    Tracey xx

  5. Happy Anniversary Jacqui!! What an amazing meal and you looked incredible. How wonderful to see your hubby as part of the post too!!

  6. Loved your post, what a wonderful dinner. How exciting to wear a dress you wore at 40! It looks great, the vibrant colour is perfect on you.

  7. Gosh, Jacqui!!!!! You look stunning in this dress! Happy Anniversary! Many, many more years of happiness and lobe to both of you!


  8. Gorgeous! That dress is stunning and that dinner so elegant!

  9. You look beautiful in the dress Jacqui.I have some items still from the year 2000! It's good to buy good classics that will stand the test of time. Happy anniversary too xx

  10. Happy Anniversary Jacqui!! The meal and ambiance looked so perfect!! Love your dress too!!


  11. Happy Anniversary! You look amazing in that colour, I love it when a dress goes on and on and still looks fabulous! x

  12. And you two always look so much in love! Happy anniversary! What a fantastic way to celebrate.

  13. what a lovely dress. I think I had one very similar (material and cut). Mine was white with large pink flowers and I adored it. Now I regret getting rid of it instead of dieting. Happy anniversary.

  14. Jacqui you look fabulous and what a stunning wedding anniversary meal. Can you believe that Göga and I had 33 wedding anniversary last friday too!!! :))
    Happy anniversary;)
    XOXO tina

  15. Beautiful dress on you! I love the color!

  16. Where to start? Such a fabulous dress, and you're right, it's timeless! Also, you and your husband are adorable together, and that looked like a truly special meal. Happy anniversary!
    Cheryl Shops |

  17. It was so lovely reading about your life and 33 years. Fantastic seeing the pics of you both. Well worth the wait for the meal but so disappointing that you had to wait.

  18. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! You're right to question how such a young couple can be married for 33 years lol!!! You both looked fabulous – and do love the photos of you both. And yes it does look like you're dancing and singing. It's wonderful! You should frame it! The dress is beautiful on you, the colour really is your colour, isn't it?!
    And what a fabulous place for dinner. The food lookes divine.
    Suzy xxx

  19. Everything looks so beautiful - from you to the food! And I love pics with your hubby. So fun to see him on here. :)

  20. I love your style, look forward to reading more!

  21. Oh my stars! What a lovely post! It looks like you had so much fun! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  22. fab do you look.. and hubby. That meal looks amazing. Imagine fitting back into a dress you had 15 years

  23. Very descriptive article, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

  24. Happy Anniversary! That dress is beautiful on you and the food looks delicious!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  25. You looked as if you had a fabulous evening, Jacqui. You can't beat a special favourite place. Love your photos especially the one where you both looking as if you're getting your groove on!! Sharon xo

  26. Happy anniversary, Jacqui. It seems that you have had an amazing time. You look gorgeous. Have a great week.



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