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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ten things you didn't know about me! #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my lovely friends.
Hope all is well with you are in blogging land.
I'm feeling a little despondent of late, you know comparing, see what others are doing and wondering why little ol' me should think I can do this blogging lark.  I know I shouldn't compare myself to others, but my juggling skills just don't cut the mustard sometimes.  I'm trying to complete a marathon on all my social media sites and on the blog - visiting, commenting, and sharing seems to be all I do - but it doesn't seem to make a different, my numbers don't seem to be going anywhere!  If you have a secret answer, please pass it on!!!
A little late with posting today, had to rush out and get these photos done last minute, many thanks to my son who I begged to take photos before he went training. Hugs to you darling. x
So my #ootd for getting my fringe trimmed and looking after my grandson is this.  It's an old number put together through haste rather then knowing it would work, but I think I've just about managed it!


Do you all know Nancy - Nancy's Fashion Style she blogs about her fashion and lifestyle with many additions peppered throughout her posts. Recently she shared a fabulous one about herself.  She told us all about ten things we didn't already know about her.  Such an interesting insight into someone so imaginative and likeable.
So today I'm sharing my 'Ten things you don't know about me!'
Before we see what they are I want to take you through what I'm wearing first.
A stretchy pencil skirt is a must for any wardrobe and I have a few to my name.  I've had it for ages and it's always a winning addition to whatever I team it with.  Normally paired with a jumper I'm pleased it looks just as good with this pretty silky blouse and black peplum style jacket - previously seen here with these cute floral trousers.  The neck wasn't a good match so I grabbed this floral scarf which did the trick and covered it up!


My stretchy skirt fits in just the right places and isn't too tight.  I've teamed it with a short sleeved blouse that has been around for a long while, it fits me better these days and is a soft mink colour that matches perfectly the background of my skirt.  I've worn long boots to save wearing tights something that I hate wearing, they're just so uncomfortable either being too snug and tight, or fall down - do you have this problem?  Back in the day I used to slip another pair of pants over the top to keep them in place, anyone else do that??


The obvious choice was my pale pink Lotus shoes bag - I love the intricate cut out design, and the long handle means it can be worn cross-body for a safer, sporty feel.



Read all about these long boot here - they're from Lotus Shoes and are so useful now the weather has changed.





Ten things you don't know about me!

  1. I have a distinctive birth mark on my left thigh.
  2. I've been on telly twice - once on Top of The Pops in 1981, secondly on Ten Years Younger when I was interviewed on Carnaby Street by Nicky Hambleton Jones about adding brighter colours to a beige outfit - hence making yourself look younger.
  3. I love music - all sorts of music.  My genre choices are vast - loving anything from classic, jazz funk, disco, club & cheesy 80's vibes - anything really that I can dance to!
  4. I worked in a Travel Agents before having the children - making lifelong friends along the way. I managed a couple of educational holidays too.
  5. I jumped from a cliff in to the sea - resulting in a rather large bruise and very sore & achy legs after entering the water in a sitting position - ouch!
  6. I used to live down the road from Harry Hill & Janet Street Porter.
  7. As a baby I had curly hair, but after my sister cut my curls off when she found scissors it's now poker straight!
  8. I held the school 100m record for a few years at 13.9 seconds!
  9. I met my husband at college & have been married for 33 years. 
  10. I had a Saturday job once I was 16 and worked in a shoe shop called Freeman, Hardy and Willis.
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Now let's get this party started!  It's #chicandstylish #LINKUP time.


First here's most favourite from last week.  Welcome Iris - La Moumous, her outfit caught my eye for the soft rust hues that look perfectly place for a trendy Autumn.  I've been noticing this colour more & more and have recently bought a lovely rust dress that I'll be sharing with you soon.  Do stop by to see more of her style.


Now let's start linking up.
Here are some guidelines.
Please follow your host on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Link up your fashion and beauty posts - other topics allowed.
We all like to get compliments, so please leave a nice comment when visiting a blog or two.
Also link back to Mummabstylish blog post.
You could also share the love on social media.




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Many thanks for stopping by today - hope you all have a super week.
Bye for now. X


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  1. Hey, Thank you for featuring me on the blog today :-) XoXo...
    And you look great. I like the scarf and the skirt. I also love your hair :-) they look so thick and healthy.
    Iris
    https://www.lamoumous.com

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    1. Oh you're welcome, lovely outfit and I adore the pleated skirt. Awe thanks for the compliment re my hair, I curled it with my straighteners for a bit of change. x

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    1. Many thanks, it's quite an unusual pattern. x

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  3. I remember Freeman Hardy and Willis! What a lovely post today, and don't worry Jacqui you are not alone, I really struggle. The reality is I started my blog as a hobby to enjoy it, then I worry I am not good enough, and forget why I wanted to do it in the first place. It is very time consuming and how others manage to fit it all in I really don't know. I've shared my facts about me too (older post but yours reminded me)! Love Michelle x

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    1. Many thanks, and I'm glad to hear others have these doubts. Will have a look at your post Michelle. x

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  4. Jacqui. Take your time. It will grow trust me. I have a lot of days like this too.Worry about your blog only! And fit in what you can fit in. I used to worry terribly about Instagram but now I don't and it's made a huge difference to me.xx

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Laurie, have got some lovely comments and it really helps build me up. x

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  5. Just carry on with what you are doing and people will find you. I am a amateur blogger and have taken a 2 month break but have now got my head back in order with less going on in my life and am looking forward to posting again soon. Have a lovely day.
    Regards - Jill stylishatsixty
    www.stylishatsixty.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Jill, so appreciate your support and the kind words of other bloggers. You too have a lovely day. x

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  6. I feel so overwhelmed with blogging sometimes too! I guess it happens to all of us - what are we thinking? Ha!! I think we are just having fun!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Glad I'm not alone Kellyann, it's such a big learning curve with so much to keep a check on. Will carry on having fun for sure. x

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  7. Pretty Jacqui! I love the patterned skirt and scarf with this look! I know what you mean, I dont spend much time on IG as it seems to take many hours to improve on there! I do the same, comment, share blog.. which does take time, alas I have no secrets! Love to read about your facts! So cool your were on TV and I think thats interesting about your hair being curly. My hubby has dark curly hair and had stright blonde until her was 6!
    Enjoy the day!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Many thanks Jess, so nice to hear I'm not the only one who feels like this sometimes. Funny how our hair changes over the years isn't it! Thanks for stopping by Hun. x

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  8. When I read the title I thought: oh that's fun! Ha ha, thanks for mentioning me! I loved to read more about you! I always love to see photos of you and your hubby because it shows that the two of you are so happy with each other. Top of the pops? That's fabulous, wished I could see that!

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    1. How funny, I've had this in mind for a while, but have been working on the ten, which proved harder than I imagined! Hubby found the recording on Youtube, but need to find it again, if I do I'll post it. lol. x

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  9. This outfit is so chic. The lace skirt with light underlining looks so cool. Thanks for hosting the party.

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    1. Many thanks for your lovely comments Nicole, much appreciated. x

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  10. Loved your questions, it's great to learn more about you. You were a fast runner! I remember Freeman Hardy Willis! Keep up the good work with the blog!

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    1. Thanks so much Gail, I was thinking about this for ages - lol. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  11. What a cute scarf and I really like your lace pencil skirt too! What a fun idea for a post, was nice to get to know more about you! :)

    It's so easy to compare to others, but try not to worry about the numbers. After all you're a busy mum and grandma, and that family time is more important - you are lucky to have that, some bloggers have more time as they aren't so blessed!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great week :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thank you Mica, nice to share more about myself. Everyone has been so helpful and understanding, what a lovely blogging community we have. x

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  12. We all have those doubts Jacqui, but you obviously love blogging - that comes across in your writing - so don't worry about what anyone else is doing, just keep doing what makes you happy. Blogging is so time consuming and it gets overwhelming at times trying to keep those plates spinning. I constantly feel like I'm not doing enough, but family has to come first, otherwise real life passes you by while you're chained to the laptop. A blogger meet up is always good for motivation - maybe we should organise one :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Yes totally agree with you. I started blogging because it would fit into my life with the family and friends I have around me, and it works really well. It's nice to hear all the positive comments from people like you - Thank you so much. xx

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  13. I wish I could cut off my curls and it would go straight!!
    Love this outfit Jacqui!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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    1. Lol, no don't say that your hair is lovely just the way it is. x

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  14. Oh lady, don't compare yourself to other bloggers—that's a slippery slope. I think we all struggle with blogging; I know I certainly do, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day! Just do your best, and from the heart, and people will find you. Also, I love that you were on Top of the Pops!
    Cheryl Shops | www.cherylshops.net

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    1. Very true, I've picked myself up after all my lovely supportive comments I've received. Thanks for stopping by - I'm trying to find a clip of me on TOTP's x

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  15. I love the textures and colors together in your outfit! This was a fun post to read!

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  16. I loved to read some new things about you. Unfortunately, I don't have any helpful answer. I'm fighting with doubts as well. I just know that when I'm feeling exhausted and stressed out from blogging and social media, I take break. I'm trying to makes short breaks intentionally and regularly. After such breaks I have new ideas, which I like to try and that makes me happy.

    Anna
    www.glamadventure.com

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    1. Thanks for your support Anna, such kind words. It's lovely to have such helpful comments - they really do help. x

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  17. Oh I have these same questions and doubts in my mind. I try to remind myself that this was started as a creative outlet for me, so vastly different from anything else in my life. I've wondered if the time that I put into it though might be more fun spending on different projects. So far I keep coming back to it partially because I've found other women's encouragement and friendships so wonderful along this journey.

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    1. That's the best thing about doing this blogging, is the friends I've made along the way - so helpful and supportive. x

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  18. Jacqui, I love hearing about your and your background. Your travel agent job clearly paid off with all the traveling you do! I have doubts all the time. My number of followers hasn't moved in some time and while I so appreciate these loyal ladies, it's frustrating to work so darn hard on this blogging thing, isn't it? I agree with the other comments, that you just have to take time off from the social media sometimes--I think that's where the comparison rut comes from. Hang in there--you are good at this!

    xx Darlene

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Darlene, it's nice to hear that others have the same thoughts and issues as me! Very helpful indeed. x

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  19. Jacqui, what a great outfit! This skirt is gorgeous. And I hear you on the blogging gig. It can be hard sometimes keeping up with it all. I have been trying to comment on all the wonderful links added to my link parties, and I love doing it, but it takes a lot of time! And numbers don’t seem to move much these days. I’m not sure why. But just keep doing it because you love to do it! And because you do have a loyal following even if it is a smaller one that you’d like! I somehow missed your link up the other day and now inlinkz is being all weird and won’t let me add any. Once I can get it to work properly, I will add some links! Thanks for joining my link up!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. So helpful to have all the lovely comments from other bloggers - it really is good to hear that others feel exactly the same as me. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Shelbee. x

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  20. Oh my dear Jacqui, I think most of us feel the same about blogging (have you noticed the number of bloggers' questionnaires out there lately?!). So let's look at the positives:
    You seem to sell on yours so focus a moment on the money motivator - I don't have that to motivate me so I'm in an even worse place!
    It seems like you're doing all the right things - being active and out there on social media, networking at events, being consistent and regular with posting, getting second clicks from visitors and from subscribers to your site, doing link ups and generating further clicks. This all generates traffic - again I don't do these things so you should see MY numbers!!!
    So I don't think you can do more, it's just that there are a lot of blogs out there and a lot of busy readers with a limited amount of time to spend on the plethora of blogs, be grateful they spend time on your blog because each one is there because they like it.
    But if you're doing it primarily because you enjoy the social interaction and the creative side (the writing, putting together outfits from your wardrobe etc) keep doing it for YOU as a hobby - being true to yourself is satisfaction in itself. And imagine what life would be like without this social and creative outlet. That's the pep talk hubby gives me ... on a very regular basis!I
    Hugs, Mary x.
    thepoutingpensioner.blogspot.com

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    1. That's a really good pep talk Mary - thank you because it's all true. It's reassuring to hear other bloggers have the same worries and doubts, we're all in the same boat at times. I'm feeling in a better place, and have plans for a new camera, and maybe a course! Thanks for taking your time to comment. xx

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  21. Loved reading your post Jacqui. My first job was in a shoe shop too :) I am just trying to picture you now with curly hair. My Daughter had a head full of beautiful curls and when she has her fist haircut the all disappeared and her was straight ever since too.

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