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Monday, 1 June 2020

May Review.

Welcome my friends, how can it be the first day of June already!
With lock-down starting to ease slightly I can't help but feel anxious about it all.  With so many questions & everybody's interpretation slightly different. Who knows what's the best thing to do.  I'll carry on the same as I have been doing - trying to use the home delivery service, keeping shop visits to a minimum and seeing my family and friends using the 2m social distance rule.  I'm hearing my daughter might be able to start easing off shielding which will be both exciting and worrying too - it's a bitter-sweet experience for everyone isn't it!
June was supposed to be my son's wedding month - that has now been postponed to October.  I'm keeping everything crossed that this will go ahead, which begs the question what to wear?  I've got an idea in mind, and will be on the look-out!  Bearing in mind the season will have changed so the style and shade might have to change.  I'll be sharing a gorgeous outfit from JJ's House this month which could be a contender. 👍

So along with June arriving it's also time to share what I wore over the past month for my
May Review. 
If you missed any of my posts, here's how you can see them again.


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Busy or not Busy? - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
What's happening in your neck of the woods?
My answer is very busy
It's been another hectic few days in Mummab's household with not much blogging getting done!
Do share whether you've been up to much or not - I love to hear from you. X

So please forgive me as today there'll just be the #Chicandstylish #LINKUP
Please link anything today - it's a free-for-all!


Monday, 25 May 2020

Style not Age - Welcome to the Jungle.

Morning my lovely friends.
How are you all doing ?
I'm really getting fed up with this lock-down situation and want to get back to normal now -  pretty please!
After a busy few weeks I thought I'd check my emails to remind Emma for a challenge title for the Style not Age ladies  - thinking she'd maybe forgotten I opened my emails and found she had already sent the prompt some weeks earlier AND there were two post photos already sent!  Having been so wrapped up in the family and lock-down I completely dismissed it from my mind.  I was surprised to find Emma had already sent (and I'd seen) the email suggesting the title of ...

Welcome to the Jungle.

What am I like! So by Friday having already received everyone's photos I had to set about finding something to wear.  This obviously proved a challenge in it's self with no shops open to peruse therefore no inspiration! What's the best thing to do in this situations?  Ask your daughter!  She came up trumps and found two outfits along with a scarf and boots.


Monday, 18 May 2020

Lock-down Birthday.

Morning my dear friends.
How are you all doing?
Have you had a good weekend?
I've celebrated three family birthdays over the past weekend, the first was on Friday and it was mine!
I was really worried my special day wouldn't quite be the same and obviously it wasn't BUT it was a day I felt truly blessed & extremely loved.
Starting the day with a wake-up call from my grand-children was extra-special.  Cards followed hugs and kisses and happy birthday wishes.  Hubby bought me some gorgeous new sunglasses - I had given him a good idea of what I wanted, but love his choice anyway. 😉 I'll show you on the blog soon, but you can have a sneak peak of them here.
I had visits from my sister, sister-in-law and a couple of friends and I had my usual walk to see my daughter too. I also spoke with me bestie via Facetime - such a brilliant thing and also spoke to my son & my mum.   As I get older I realize having special cards with lovely words mean so much, I usually end up in tears when reading them - no different on Friday!   Lock-down is having an effect of everyone isn't it, I seem to worry all the time about things I can't control.  I'm eating too much and drinking far more than I should, but sometimes there's nothing to feel really good about or look forward to.  I am lucky to have my family around me and they do lift my spirits when I'm feeling down as I do for them. X

The family living with me had all been happy to have our dinner delivered by a local fish restaurant.  I've mention Wheelers Oyster Bar before having had many brilliant meals there in the past - it's a quaint little local restaurant serving fresh fish with Oysters being their speciality.  But the lobster lasagne is mouth-watering I must say!
The dinner was completed with some super sparkling cold glasses of champagne - my favourite and the whole meal was rounded off with fresh fruit and dipping chocolate.  I even had a surprise, not one but two cakes - both baked by my daughter, both yummy!!!  Errrr who mentioned diet? 🤣


Thursday, 14 May 2020

Pink Pick-Me-Up - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good Morning my friends.
Hope you are doing well.
I have a very special few days coming up, but they really won't be the same still stuck in lock-down.  You see it's my birthday tomorrow and I will only be able to celebrate with my loved ones who live with me!  I know it's the same for a lot of you, so do share how you would celebrate your lock-down birthday ideas.
It's also my grand-daughters birthday and my eldest son's & I won't be able to celebrate with him, I'll just stop by to give him his pressie and my love from afar.  We will have a little 'party' for my princess with the others joining on the computer via Facebook or Zoom!
Apologies for no post on Monday, everything just got on top of me!
I had a super long weekend with the Bank Holiday unusually happening on a Friday.  We had a BBQ in the garden with some tasty meat I bought from the local butchers.  As the weather was nice I decided to buy a paddling pool for the children, but by the time it arrived the weather had changed for the worst - freezing cold and the last thing they wanted was a cold and wet dip in the pool!  Saving it for the better weather that's hopefully just around the corner!  Maybe we can have a 'pool party' for my grand-daughters birthday on Saturday!


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Bonmarche Jeans and a T-Shirt. - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there dear friends.
It's all getting a bit much isn't it?  I want this to be over and done with - it's beyond a joke now!!!
I didn't actually think I was high maintenance, but with lock-down still in place I'm 100% used to being well maintained!  I have a list as long as my arm of things that need 'doing'.  My nails are hideous! I always have gel nails done either at the salon or more recently my daughter has recently qualified so she does them.  I'm proud of how my nails look and am seldom seen without beautifully manicured fingers!  I've tried using Rimmel 60 seconds polish - I like the fact it's fast drying, but unfortunately hate the colours and dull flat look they leave.  I bought a gorgeous cerise pink the other day - but it definitely doesn't do "what is says on the tin" it's not remotely the same colour!!!  I've also picked up a Rimmel Top coat, but picked up the wrong one so need to exchange it!

My eyelashes are in need of lots, and I mean lots of attention.  My daughter usually puts extensions on them, but she's not allowed out so hasn't been able to do them - shame.  Waxing? Now waxing is another story, and I literally can't wait for the salon to open - now that will be an experience I can tell you! Enough said about that the better. 🤣

Now let's talk hair.  That IS a more positive story, I've been watching some YouTube videos about fringe trimming, so I've cut my own!!! Yes it worked out alright and I'll be doing more in the future having also purchased some thinning scissors!  What about the colour I hear you ask.  I'm a slave to my roots and have them 'done' every 6 weeks - yes 6 weeks!  It cost's a fortunate - so having to stay indoors with no salons opening any time soon I've resorted to buying a home colour and doing-it-myself, well I say myself my eldest did it for me on Monday night.  I'm really pleased with the outcome.  The shade is a brilliant match, it was fairly easy to apply and washed off easily - with a wonderful smelling conditioner leaving it shiny, smooth and super soft.  Costing £7 from my local chemist, the L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss (darkest brown) application has really impressed me.  So long as it lasts the 28 washes it suggests I may well be converted!!
With comfy clothing all the rage for the time being I'm delighted to feature an outfit gifted by Bonmarche.  They have a vast selection of stylish, comfy, trendy as well as classic pieces which are just perfect for casual styling, but with the added advantage of being able to be dressed up a notch for fancy functions.  Take a look at my choice of jeans and graphic tee which is really soft to touch and feels relaxing to wear too!

Available in sizes 10 - 28 the £18 pair of jeans comes in four leg lengths for the same price!

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


Monday, 4 May 2020

April Review.

Morning my lovely friends.
All good here in the Mummab household, the first stint of birthdays have been and the next are just around the corner - mine included, although I'm sure it will be a very different celebration than normal!

You might have seen my new series last month - my March Review re-visited some of the previous months posts and today I'm sharing the second one - my April Review.
April was a mixed bag really, some of my photos were taken prior to lock-down and the others were taken by my daughters.  I'm so lucky to have my eldest daughter and her family staying with me, but admit to having a VERY busy house so blogging has taken a bit of a back seat if I'm honest.
The latter part of the month I've been sharing more laid-back styles, but at the beginning of the month I was showing off a stunning dress I picked up in our local Debenhams closing down sale.  It's a stylish and fancy black lace dress with rivets and gold rings, but I think I'll let the dress speak for it's self.


Thursday, 30 April 2020

This is a True Story! - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
How's it going?
Seems mother nature wants us all to return to normal with this horrible wet weather she's dished us.  It seemed slightly easier staying home with sunny, warm weather - but with rain and cold wind it's not pleasant at all.  I stopped by my daughter's earlier today and even with the car window slightly open I got soaked - she got cold standing in the doorway so we had to cut short our chat!  Let's hope there's an end in sight, but I'm not holding my breath for it!
Well today I had planned to share a recent gifted outfit from Bonmarche - but as the weather wasn't playing fair at all I've postpone for another day - hopefully next week if the weather improves for photos!!!  So what to share today???
Well this will make you laugh and be amazed at the same time.  Now do let me know if this has happened to you.
Many, many years ago I was involved in fun hair and fashion shows, nothing big just a local salon where my best friend worked along with various fashion shops periodically putting on fashion shows to promote the salon and some local dress shops.  We'd have our hair done by the hairdressers and wear a couple of outfits selected by the shop owner so we could show them off.  It was always good fun, and we'd all dream about being "super-models" strutting our stuff to Five Stars' album. Lol!

My friend had been looking through some old photos and came across one that showed the two of us in bridal style dresses along with a bunch of other ladies.  We were wearing white dresses and had various hair additions added with a bouquet of flowers to boot - we looked an absolute picture, well we thought so at the time!  She sent the photo to me yesterday along with a close up of another lady - that other lady turned out to be one of my other best friends who I didn't actually meet until some years later!!! Yes I was shocked to find out we had been in the same show years before and didn't even know each other.  Life has a funny way of putting people together, and then they seem to find each other again, really knowing they should be friends eventually.  How weird is that???  Here's the photo - not very good quality but remember it is probably about 30 years old!

That's me far right - with my bestie next to me. 


Monday, 27 April 2020

Style not Age - Comfy Casuals.

Hey there - how you doing?
Been having a bit of a down day actually.
With birthday season in the Mummab household, it's really hit me that I can't celebrate with ALL the family.  I'm so lucky to have my eldest daughter with me, but not having my other daughter and eldest son around is really getting to me.  It was my daughter-in-law's birthday on Saturday and we had to greet from afar - being a tactile person I automatically wanted to kiss and hug them and almost forgot that I couldn't.  We have another two birthday's this week and again I know I'll be with them, but the other family members wont and it breaks my heart.  I keep telling myself it won't last forever, but sometimes it just gets to you doesn't it?

On a brighter note the blog has really been helping me concentrate on something other than the lock-down, and today it's the turn of the Style not Age ladies to share their offerings on the latest challenge - and the topic, which was set by me is .....
Comfy Casuals.


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Cream Pleats and Paisley- #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hello my friends.
Thanks for staying with me during these unprecedented times. I really appreciate your support.
My days have been full of quizzes over the past few weeks and some have been driving me mad!  My mum has set some brainteasers of cryptic clues of surrounding towns, and the kids have set general knowledge puzzles to stretch our brains too!
My running is going well and I'm now up to just over 3k - it's a work-in-progress but I'm aiming to increase that to running 5k with ease in the coming months.
Today is my eldest daughters' birthday - it's actually really nice to have her with me on her special day as she's been married a few years.  It's been awkward to get things I need like cards, wrapping paper and gifts, but I managed to buy her something online and have also given her some money to get what she wants.  I normally try and buy the whole months cards in one shop, but as that's obviously closed I've resorted to the supermarket - not much choice and hugely expensive - the big supermarket chains have the upper hand here don't they?  I'm not sure how long before companies will be in uproar.  I was surprised to find all sections of Tesco open and they were happy to sell anything to me - even something from the clothing department (which I must add I often buy from) but it's hugely unfair that other clothing stores are unable to open - even under the "2 metre rule"!
What are your thoughts on this?
So onto today's outfit ..... Another from my closet that you've seen before in a different guise.
The pleated skirt which came from M & S a while ago is a firm favourite for warmer days - it's neutral beige with a gold sheen running over it.  I've worn it a multitude of ways, and as it's a basic colour there's so many options for it.  Today I've picked out the gold/beige in the paisley design of my silky blouse.  Again you've seen this on the blog paired with my palazzo trousers and aztec jacket.


Monday, 20 April 2020

Style Steal

Hi there my lovelies.
Are you all well, staying sane and keeping busy?
It's at times like these when learning something new is the ideal thing to do. You can learn languages, learn how to cook, keep fit, improve your makeup or hair styling skills.  My daughter has started to learn sign language which she's picking up really well.  I prefer to stay in the garden, but it's a shame the garden nurseries aren't open though - my garden would look a picture! That being said I'm currently watching Beauty & The Beast with the grand-kids because it's pouring with rain!!!
Have you tried anything new during lock-down?  Do share we all want to hear about it.

Sunday was more like a normal day, with a lovely roast dinner for some of the family, lamb was the choice and we all tucked into roast potatoes and all the trimmings.  I even managed to bake a fruit cake too.  For a first attempt it wasn't too bad, I'm going to look for another recipe though as it wasn't quite what I wanted - a bit dry and needed more fruit.
The family have also started doing lots of quizzes since lock-down, so Sunday evening was spent getting together via computer to take part in one set by my son and daughter. Hubby and I won by four points, & we were chuffed with that outcome - we may have to set the next one, so i'm getting my thinking cap on!

I've had a bit more time to read your blogs, and have found an excellent copy for my struggling Style Steal series.  Can you guess who I've stolen this outfit from?


Thursday, 16 April 2020

Delivery Girl Outfit - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends and Belated Happy Easter wishes to you all.
Did you have some kind of normal Easter celebration or not bother?
We had a small gathering obviously only with the kids and grand-kids who are living with me, really missed not having my daughter and her husband & my son, his fiance and my grandson along with my mum with us.  We want to have a big family celebration when this is all over - we'll appreciate every single second spent with friends and family then won't we!

When this nightmare is FINALLY over what (if anything) will you keep doing?
I've started running again, and after a break of nearly four years I was pleasantly surprised at how much better I was.  My breathing technique has improved and I've put that down to the spin classes I do twice a week - it really has made a difference.  So I've been out five times just for short 20 minute spurts, but I feel amazing once finished as well as feeling very proud of myself!  So that my friends will continue.
I've been doing more shopping in my local shops since lock-down and have enjoyed buying from local butchers, green grocers and smaller stores. I've hated queueing round the car-parks so have used the less busy shop with shorter queues.  I must say the meat has been exceptional - so have decided to carry on buying from the smaller independent sellers when this is over.  I've paid a little over what I'd usually pay, but I'm sure it's better value and probably better quality too!
Do share what you'll continue to do - I love to hear from you.
Today instead of sharing a stylish dress I thought I'd share something you'd find me wearing most of the time.  I'm either in jeans and tee shirt or something like this,  easy-to-wear comfy trousers and no-crease top!


Thursday, 9 April 2020

What to wear to the Races- #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
Are you doing well and staying sane being stuck indoors?
We all seem to be going a bit stir crazy in mine, fortunately we have a big garden where the kids can play to there hearts content, but they are still wanting needing to be getting back to some sort of normality.  It's hard to explain why they can't go the school, after-school clubs and have friends over for play dates.  I can only imagine how hard it is for families stuck in flats with no garden to enjoy - I feel for them.
One thing I am enjoying at the moment is cooking for a larger family. (My daughter and family are living with us). Normally I've only two kids at home both of whom often do their own thing, I'm relishing the fact I can cook for six again, although I've had to adjust everything and it's almost like learning from scratch.  To keep a routine we've been planning our meals in advance which has made a big difference, I don't want to be shopping all the time like I usually do, so with our proper menus I know just what to buy - it's made it a whole lot easier.
Some of our meals were: Spicy Prawns, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Roast Lamb, Meatballs with Spaghetti & Stir Fry.  I'm not even going to think about their house being finished and them moving out!  I'll be going through the empty nest tears all over again!

Let's do a little daydreaming shall we?  These photos taken over three weeks ago are literally the last photos I have to use.  I'm hoping one of the children will take more for me. 🤞
I bought this dress for a party back in January, but opted for another so this was holed up in the wardrobe ready to be worn at the drop of a hat.  Don't you think it would be perfect for a day at the races?  Well let's imagine that's where I'm off to all dressed up in my glamorous dress.


Monday, 6 April 2020

March Review.

Morning my lovely friends.
Hope you are all okay.
So how's your weekend been?
Me I've had a fabulous and very busy weekend with an evening at the pub having fun with friends, shopping for a new dress on Saturday, followed by a fun and lively evening at a friends party - overloading on the drinks as well as setting the dance floor alight.  Sunday was a mad, day after a very long lie in I had brunch with the family, we all decided to go out for an afternoon pub meal.  The night ended with tea and biscuits watching telly with the grand-kids tucked up in bed.  Imagine my upset when I woke up and realized that it was all a dream with lock-down still well and truly in place and having not ventured outside the door!!! How annoying eh? Ha ha ha!!!
Anyway enough of the dreaming, I'd like to share a new post with you today.  Each month I'll be reviewing the past month and re-visiting some of my previous posts.

This plan seems to have come at the right time. It's coincided with the 'c' virus & I genuinely don't have any new photos (or outfits for that matter)!  Do join me at the beginning of each month when I'll be re-visiting some blog posts.

The beginning of March seems a lifetime away doesn't it?  Life has changed almost beyond recognition hasn't it!  Back then I was eagerly looking forward to my daughter and her family moving in with us, little did I know that by the end of the month they would be with me and we'd all be in lock-down together - how strange things have of working out for the best.  I'm lucky to have three of my grand-kids to kiss and cuddle when I want.  Sending virtual kisses to everyone else in my family. 💗


Thursday, 2 April 2020

A Fun Spring outfit - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good morning my friends.
I've been having some real moments lately, wondering just what's happening!  I feel a bit 'lost' not really knowing what I should be doing.  Should I be blogging, should I be devoting my time to my family, should I be panicking or acting normal.  I've decided to try and work some routine back into my life.  With my daughter and her family living with us it's such a different world for me without the dreaded 'c' word joining in!  So by the beginning of next week I hope to have planned my days to establish some sort of routine - starting with exercise of some sort.

It's been so nice to see some of your blogs over the past couple of days, some of you are sharing your views on the Coronavirus, others have decided to omit any reference to the dreaded word.  I've toyed with the idea of reducing posting to once a week, but really don't want to resort to that just yet! I'll carry on as I normally write, mentioning when I feel it's fitting.
I'm hoping my daughter will be able to take some photos for me as understandably Esther won't be able to.  So please stand by for some possible photo-bombing from the grand-kids at some time! Lol.

Today I thought I'd share a fun outfit that I'd don in an instant for a Spring day out ... well out anywhere would be nice really!!!

The black edging really takes it up a notch and makes this exquisite jacket a timeless classic.


Monday, 30 March 2020

Style not Age - Denim Directions.

Hi there lovelies.
How are you and what have you been up to?
It's hard to get motivated and wear anything that's sort of resembles stylish at the moment isn't it?  These days I'll be found wearing something comfortable and very casual.  My grand-daughter is staying with me at the moment and asked if she could pick something for me to wear.  When I came out of the shower she'd picked three outfits.  The first was a newly acquired green dress from my daughter, the second my mustard coloured Spring dress and finally my yellow trousers with a pretty sparkly jumper.  I have to admit my first choice would have been the elegant green dress but thinking it through sensibly I ended up wearing a boring grey velour suit with a black tee shirt! Crawling on the floor with the kids and preparing dinner just didn't seem the 'right' occasion - ha ha ha.

Today you find me sharing the fashions' of my four blogger friends who, along with me, are sharing their interpretation for the prompt set by our newest member and previous co-founder of the 5 over 50 collective Gail ....
Denim Directions. 


Thursday, 26 March 2020

Double Denim Anyone? - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
Good morning all.
How are you coping with the on-going issues of the Coronavirus?  It really is like a living nightmare.
But I'm not going to add to your worries, instead I'm going to share another of my favoured outfits from my wardrobe.
You've seen this chambray dress before, probably on a couple of occasions.  It's a tad too large for me, but as it has a belt it can be cinched in at the waist for a more fitted look.
Today I've gone double denim by adding my cute jean jacket - it's rarely off my back come the summer months, and I really should be replacing it this year, but with the current situation I'll be keeping this one for the time being.
The shirt dress can be layered for cooler Spring days where a thin tee shirt and/or jumper can be added for warmth. 
These photos were taken pre-lockdown so today I'm elegantly styling a lounge suit (pj's) negligee (dressing gown) and comfy mules (slippers) lol!


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Shades of Grey.

Dear friends.
Let me start by saying I hope you are all staying safe and well.  In these uncertain times we need to draw upon the strength of family, friends and loved ones all the more.  I'm so fortunate to have a wonderful family around me, and we all lean upon each other at different times.  I hope you are lucky enough to have such wonderful people around you. Let's pray this awful situation doesn't last long and we are back to some sort of 'normal' very soon. X
After having a rather unusual start to the week, as not only was I supposed to be away in Valmorel skiing but my daughter and family moved in with me lock, stock and barrel!  With another daughter self isolating due to suffering with Asthma, its be quite an emotional few days.  I felt yesterday's post was an unnecessary worry that I didn't need, so didn't even attempt it.  Today I'm feeling slightly more settled & feel continuing with blogging will take my mind off the situation - anything positive is a great help eh?

Let's try and lighten the mood, you may have seen me styling a pair of culottes recently.  I paired them twice with pale pink and also with lemon.
With so many other options to chose from I've had fun creating more styles. Plenty of you suggested 'all grey' pieces and that's what I went with today - shades of grey.


Thursday, 19 March 2020

How are you dealing with the 'C' Word? #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning all.
How are you?
Me .... I'm not happy, have had to cancel my weekend away skiing!  Like many of you the Coronavirus has taken me by surprise and I've been forced into a living nightmare, yes I know I'm being extreme but that how it feels.  Bare shelves in the supermarket, cessation of clubs, closure of restaurants and bars it feels like we're starring in a film, & an epic that receives an Oscar at that!
With messages being read differently by people I can't help but feel anxious.  I'm anxious about the kids, grand-kids, my mum, friends, work and getting food!  I have good cupboards to be fair, so shouldn't worry about that.  It's the not knowing what will happen, and having too much spare time doesn't help.  Please share what you are all doing. X
I keep telling myself and everyone else that "nothing lasts forever" and this virus wont either!  We just have to ride the storm and try to stay calm and positive throughout.  Along with the awful stories on the news and media sites there are also the heartwarming kind and loving ones.  I've just seen a family holding banners and balloons outside their 85 year old mum's flat - it was her birthday and she was isolating in a care home.  People are offering to buy shopping, walk dogs and collect medicine. Humans have a way of picking themselves up and working through horrible times.
Today I didn't feel it right to share a frivolous outfit post, so I am just hosting the #Chicandstylish #LINKUP and would love you to join me with any post you'd like to share.



Monday, 16 March 2020

Floral Dresses for Spring & Summer.

Hi there.
How are you?
I'm feeling very sad and rather miffed to say the least!  You see I found out yesterday that the ski slopes across France are closed - yes CLOSED so no skiing next weekend for me!!!  I'm so upset I'll be missing out because of this bloody annoying Coronavirus. So no cheeky weekend for me 😠 you can see last years venture here, I'll have to live on those memories for the foreseeable future eh!
This virus has really turned our lives up-side-down from cancelled holidays to empty shelves in the shops the likes of which most of us have ever seen before.  Last week I tried to book my usual online home shopping delivery.  Every week I complete my shopping on a Friday evening to have it delivered sometime to suit on Saturday - none were available for Saturday, Sunday or Monday not even the click and collect were available!!! WTF!!  I actually had to go into store on Sunday to shop which, to add insult to injury, made me spend much more than normal (mainly due to pondering too long in the drinks aisle) lol.  Not only am I not going skiing it looks very dubious whether my trip to Scotland and the Hen weekend to Majorca will take place either - uncertainty makes it ten times worse!  Have you been affected by this dam virus?

One thing I am certain about is my love for Spring wear!  I adore wearing lighter garments in the warmer months and my wardrobe reflects it, so having that to look forward to makes my lack of winter fun a bit more acceptable.  So let's take a look at what makes Spring fashion great.
I picked the dress from a selection in Primark.  They always have super styles available in store which are great copies, but at a snip of the price.


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Black Trousers a Top Ten Must- #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
This over fifty blogger is getting a tad fed up with the weather now - why wont it just go away and let the sun shine? With that said I've woken up to glorious sunshine today, but with ever changeable weather who knows what this afternoon will bring!
It's been a quiet month for Mummab, but I'm on the countdown to a really busy April, May and June.  There's two weekend's away with a string of birthdays in April followed by the Hen & Stag weekends culminating in my son's wedding in June - with a few more birthday scattered about it'll be a hectic few months I'm sure.  My first trip is to Valmorel for a couple of days skiing.  If you follow the blog you'll know I'm a keen skier, and love to go 'play in the snow' at every opportunity - catch my recent visit to Italy (pre-Coronavirus).  As I'm only going for a few days I don't need much, so an overnight case will suffice.  Driving down through France re-creates our previous holidays with the kids years ago, I have fond memories, although at the time I'm sure it was hard work with 5 kids.  My daughter is coming with us, so it will be good to re-live some of the memories with her.  In my case will be a couple of pairs of jeans, ski gear, two nice tops/blouses and a pair of comfy boots - so excited I'm going to pack this weekend - ha ha!

Today's outfit is a very classic style, one that I'd love to wear all the time.  The black wide leg trousers have to be on my top ten 'must haves'.  They are a timeless addition to any wardrobe and I have two pairs that I circulate.  One from Bonmarche - see them styled with this beautiful sunflower blouse,  & these I'm sharing today are from Florence and Fred.  I've had them a while and have to say they are a tad too long, but with a high boot I can still get away with it.


Monday, 9 March 2020

My Grey Culottes with pink again!

Morning my lovely friends.
Hope you're all good.
I'm delighted to share it's my blog's birthday!  Mummabstylish is celebrating my 4th year blogging. 
Happy Blog-birthday to me!
I'm loving it more than ever now and am still learning something new everyday.  Just the other day I learnt how to add a link to a photo!  I know that's nothing major but to me it was impressive!  I find an awful lot of information on both google & YouTube, but there's still so much to learn it kinda keeps my mind alive.
With awful weather battering the UK recently shall we indulge in some nice sunny photos?  These were taken a few weeks ago, when we had a break from the wind and rain so Esther and I took full advantage to step out in the rays!  This beach is about 10 minutes away, but I don't go there very often which is a shame because it's a good backdrop for taking photos with pretty beach huts, an interesting pier, arcades and beautifully laid gardens.  You can see some of my previous posts featuring pier, beach huts & gardens.

Last month I bought a pair of culottes, do you recall me wearing them with pale pink and lemon yellow? There's a multitude of options to mix them with and here's another way I'd  happily wear them.  I know I've chosen pink again, but I just love this combination.  I have more ideas in the pipeline and hope you'll stop back to check them out.
Back to my pink and grey ensemble....


Thursday, 5 March 2020

"Time for a Cuppa" - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
Hope all is well with you.
How's your Spring wardrobe shaping up?  I've purchased a few pieces and will be sorting through my wardrobe soon, just so I can check up on what I need to fill in any gaps and get rid of things I haven't worn for a while.  I'm excited to see what's coming into the stores too, it's nice to see the new season fashions arrive and find out what's 'on-trend' & what I like & more importantly what I might buy!

With Mothers Day just around the corner and me feeling slightly very guilty that I won't be here (I'm going for a cheeky skiing weekend), so I figured it would be neat to spend some time with my mum.  As the years go by I realise more and more how special my mum is.  I appreciate all my time with her but don't spend anywhere near as much as I should.  It's just 'life' gets in the way sometimes.  We are planning another weekend away this year similar to when we went to Rye last year with my sister.  It's something we all enjoy doing and really make it special.
It's all about quality time though isn't it, if you can only spare an hour or so having a cuppa surely that's better than nothing!  I love popping to mum's for a chat, we always talk about old times, the family, what we've been doing and what she's been up to.  She's always busy and has a club night or evening dinner planned three or four times a month!  Her social life is better than mine!!!

Did you know from 1st - 8th March it's 'Time for a cuppa' campaign?

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and comments are my own.


Monday, 2 March 2020

What to Wear With a Neutral Jacket.

Hi there my friends.
Hoping you are all good.

A quiet Saturday for Mummab, with not much happening, this could be the calm before the storm, because in a few weeks time (exact date not known) my daughter and her hubby will be moving in - yes complete with her children, MY GRANDKIDS ARE COMING TO LIVE WITH ME - YAY!!!
I'm so excited to have them for however long they will stay, they are in the process of moving and doing up their new house and I can't wait.  I know it's going to be a bit cramped and probably very noisy at times, but having 5 kids of my own, I am used to having a busy house!
I hasten to add Sunday was a preview of the storm, I had ALL the children and grandkids for a traditional roast dinner and it was manic!  Plenty of noise, food, mess and bedlam ensued for Sunday afternoon and evening, I loved every minute - however I chilled with a brandy when they all went home - Roxy was pleased they left too!!!

Now March has arrived I'm hoping better weather will be round the corner and literally can't wait to wear Spring clothes.  My wardrobe is so much more interesting in warmer weather when I can wear skirts, fewer layers and jackets.
So with the jacket season just around the corner (well I've already sported one a couple of times when popping out in a "pocket" of nice weather) I wanted to share this beauty with you.  I love to complete an outfit with a jacket and have a quite a few to my name, but always on the lookout for more!  I was really chuffed when Oasis asked me to select something from the new Frankie Bridge collection look book.
Yes I know she's so much younger than me, but the duster trench coat is a timeless classic that serves to compliment not only young ladies, but older fashion bloggers like me too! After all age is just a number right?

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


Thursday, 27 February 2020

Grey Culottes with Lemon Yellow - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my lovely friends.
What you been up to?
I've been trying to dodge this awful weather, it's been horrendous!  Have you been touched by the weather recently?  I do hope you're staying safe and warm.

I was taking about my recent purchase from Primark last week.  The soft grey culottes will work wonders in my wardrobe, and I've been scouting around looking for other options.  I've noted a few, so will be checking them out and sharing them over the next few weeks.  Now here's my first variation for my grey trousers that have a faint white check over them - lemon yellow.


Monday, 24 February 2020

Style not Age - Flower Power.

Hi there my friends.
Thanks for popping by today.
You're just in time to check out the latest offerings from the Style not Age collective & guess what?
We have a new member!
A big warm welcome to Gail - Is This Mutton.  If you don't already follow her blog you might remember she was an original member of the 5 Over 50 group.  So she's back with us to share her take on our monthly challenges

Let's waste no time in getting to the challenge.
It fell into the lap of Hilda this month and she's given us a popular choice for the new season ...
Flower Power
Florals play an important part in every season, but I have to say Spring florals are my favourite.  Spreading a happy vibe when worn, they can't help but make us think of warmer weather and bright flowery gardens, bee's and birds floating on a warm breeze & that's where I got my incentive from.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Grey Culottes with Soft Pink - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
How is blogging land going?
With half term this week my ballet class isn't on, so along with the fact that my spin classes have been stopped due to the room being refurbished (that's another story) I've enjoyed being a little more relaxed and have spent more time indoors - which is just as well as the weather has been atrocious!  I've been blown into the middle of next week when venturing out and my hair has looked, how shall I put it .... like I've been pulled through the hedge backwards. 🤣  Now with weather playing 'unfairly' I've been pushed into a corner and had to wear sensible jeans and boots, but literally can't wait to start wearing more 'season appropriate' clothes like my new culottes I recently found.  I have been a huge fan of them, but since losing weight mine are too big so have been looking for replacements.  Over the winter I have tried to stick to a neutral colour palette wearing rust, tan and blue among other shades, so felt a change was needed.  I spotted these grey culottes in Primark so popped them into my bag knowing I had a few options to play with at home.
Here's the first .... grey with pink. 💟


Monday, 17 February 2020

My Wardrobe Staple - Jeans.

Hi there my friends.
Have you survived Storm Dennis?  It's been a a bit of a washout weekend, the highlight being a family birthday party on Saturday evening and Sunday dinner with my daughter at her house.
As usual Saturday night was a brilliant evening with our family and friends. They have a jukebox which always attracts a lot of attention - it's a push button style that uses actual 45's records and is from the 1970's.  We played songs from the 80's from Abba, Barry Manilow & The Jacksons and also older songs from the 60's and 70's.  They also have one that's wall hung that's a much later style and works through a computer, there are hundreds of tunes from all genres which is incredible for someone like me who likes a mixed bag!  Anyone who likes the sound of having music played on a jukebox I've checked out this one on Amazon which is a really modern up-to-date model, it'll complete your bar or function room with retro style & amazing choices of thousands of songs at the click of a button.

Esther and I took full advantage of Friday's weather and popped out to take photos. The weather was glorious with not a hint of rain & only a slight breeze, shame it changed so dramatically the next day!  We have such fun when we get together which is no surprise that her mum is my best friend.  Which has given me a thought, watch this space for a feature about her and my sister-in-law!


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Guess Who Forgot Their Make-up? - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good morning my friends.
How are you all?
With Storm Ciara really taking hold these past few days, the weather has been quite awful really.  Although I haven't been put out at all and have still managed to go about my daily business without any trouble, but it's so blooming cold I just want some nice calm weather to arrive, not sure that will happen because we have Storm Denis on the horizon - oh well my Spring buys will have to wait & I'll just have to put all my jeans, jumpers and boots to good use - which is fortunate as I managed to get the Monsoon boots I'd been after! 😜
If you follow my IG stories you might have seen my huge mistake on my recent holiday skiing in Sestriere.  It wasn't until I was going through security at the airport that I realised I hadn't packed my makeup bag ... not a single thing!  No foundation, no eye-shadow, no concealer or any brushes!  I was so mad, the only thing I had hidden in my bag was an old lipstick that had just about nothing left!  Guess where I spent the next half hour!  Yes looking for replacements!  I managed to get away with the minimum amount along with a lovely set of brushes (hubby said I'd done it on purpose - lol)  Read on to find what I did buy - along with my favourite bottle of perfume Donna by Valentino. 😃

This is a sponsored & gifted post, however these are 100% my own honest comments.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Brighten up with cheery yellow.

Good morning my friends.
How are you all doing?
Can you believe this is my 500th blog post!!!  I'm actually amazed there's been so many, and having looked back at my first few posts I'm impressed at how far I've come!  I've toyed with the idea of deleting these awful early days but when would I actually start from because every day is a learning curve in blogging as in everything we do.  As humans we strive to be better, fitter, nicer and have more.  It's not a selfish thing it's natural.  Some can be happy with 'our lot', but there's plenty of us who want more - not just tangible things but things like experiences, learning and achieving.  For me being over fifty means I have the best of all worlds, I enjoy my family and friends, can spend a little more on clothes and makeup etc, have some wonderful holidays (with more to come) & enjoy learning to dance.  I still go to adult ballet once a week and have been going to ballroom dance lessons for over a year now - not only is it fun it keeps me fit.  Do you have any new hobbies you've just started?

Along with fashion I love learning about makeup & skin care. I love to watch YouTube videos sharing makeup ideas, skin care techniques and specific make routines - I've just found a wonderful lady who specialises in over 50's makeup, she deals with lots of issues from dry lips to hooded eyes and I'm so pleased I've found her.  If you're interested here's her link ... Shake Up Makeup.

With Storm Ciara taking hold this weekend taking photos has been a nightmare, double that because this was the first time I have used my new camera on a remote control setting - let's just say it's a 'learning in progress' situation.  So with the weather being very Wintery I wanted to brighted up my demeanor by wearing something bright - to be fair the sun has been out all morning, but that wind is still so strong!


Thursday, 6 February 2020

I Wish I Was Still Skiing in Sestriere - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there - thanks for joining me today.
Have been into town today and seen plenty that will look better in my house than in the shops!  Bought a couple of bits and am looking forward to seeing how they fit into my collection. I have spotted a cute pair of boots from Monsoon, but wasn't happy with the only pair in my size - so will have to check on-line to see if they have any there.
What have you been buying lately?

I'm actually really pining to be back on the slopes, it seems to get worse every time I go!  It makes me so sad to wash and put everything away until next year (unless I can persuade hubby to go again 🤔).
I've been back just over a week now and even now it seems like a lifetime ago, excuse me whilst I cry into my hot chocolate - WITHOUT BRANDY - I might add!!! Lol.

The holiday started early on Sunday morning, we drove to the airport and caught the early flight to Turin.  It only took an hour and a half to get there, plus another 2 hour coach trip eventually arriving mid-afternoon.  Met by a beautiful hotel, warm bar and pleasant staff we enjoyed some drinks, cakes and cute little couple who sang and played the piano!


Monday, 3 February 2020

A Camel Coat to Finish Any Look.

Morning to you all.
February already!  The weather seems to be improving, with signs of Spring on the way.  Is anyone else in need of some sunshine?  I just need some colour on my skin, so will be reaching for the Dove fake I've just purchased!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what's new in the fashion stakes.  It's always nice to see what colours are popular and more importantly what will be leaders in my wardrobe.
I've been busy writing about my recent ski trip to Italy, so will be sharing that with you on Thursday.
This post is a bit #ootd really - nothing new that you haven't seen before, but just a different way of putting things together.  I'm really trying to add interest to my outfits since starting blogging, I rather like seeing what goes together rather than what totally matches - if you get what I mean.
This outfit is based around the coat - you've seen it styled with tan and blue, well this is similar but with added warm tones of red! Do you think it's interesting enough?


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Evening in London - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
I'm just about getting back to normal after the Christmas period and then my recent skiing trip to Italy.  You may have seen my IG stories about the wonderful skiing conditions and fabulous hotel.  It's a distant memory now, and I'm rapidly wanting to return to the slopes and have another holiday (hint, hint hubby if you're reading). 🤣
I must say my spin class seemed slightly easier on Tuesday, but will have to see how the next one goes to see if skiing has helped my fitness.  I certainly saw a big improvement with my skiing abilities last week and put that down to doing two spin classes a week.  Long may it continue I say!!!

You might also have seen I went to London on Tuesday night, along with my hubby, son and mum we attended a presentation evening at Waterman's Hall near The Tower of London.  Back in September I watched my son compete in the Doggetts Coat and Badge Wager  where he placed second, a wonderful result considering he'd only been sculling for just 10 months! James was presented with his medal at an awards evening with three course meal and drinks.  It really was a splendid evening - albeit a long journey by car, Thames Clipper ride and short walk, but the dinner and complimentary wine were a great incentive!


Monday, 27 January 2020

Style not Age - Jewel Brights.

Hi there my friends.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome to you all.
I'm literally just back from my weeks skiing in Sestriere.  Oh it's been fun, and I'm thrilled at how much I did - WITHOUT struggling with fitness, seems my spin classes have really paid off!
We've had so many laughs, perfect skiing conditions and lots of yummy food.  I've eaten way too many carbs, and drunk my fair share of prosecco.  Back to the diet me thinks, but not before a cheeky curry and a few brandy & cokes!!!

Today is the first Style not Age post of 2020 featuring my wonderful, style soaked friends Emma, Anna & Hilda.  Please do click on the links to visit their sites - if you've not visited them before there's plenty to feast your eyes on!
Anna had the job of setting this challenge - Jewel Brights - it's been erm .... interesting to say the least! 
As with many of our previous posts I had to google the topic and happily found what I'd been imagining in my head - an array of gleaming, lustrous tones that look opulent and regal.


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Grey Wide Legs with Red & Black - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning all.
How are you?  I'm currently enjoying my days on my skiing holiday, throwing myself down a snow covered mountain, stuffing my face with Italian pasta and prosecco along with enjoying some apres ski.  I'll share with you next week if I took my new camera with me and if I got any great shots!

I'm at a turning point with my winter wear, and don't want to buy anymore bits until the new Spring season clothes arrive.  I'm interested to see what will be top colours and styles for 2020 - I feel us bloggers pay a big part in pushing trends forward and have our own take with what's on offer - maybe dictate what's fashionable!
With that said, I'm not actually sharing anything new-in or cutting edge with you today - just an outfit style I'm happy to wear most days when I'm just popping out and about & are fed up with wearing jeans.  Wide leg trousers have always been a favourite of mine and having already shared my black version with you last Thursday I might as well flaunt another pair in front of you! Ha ha!


Monday, 20 January 2020

Style Steal - Now for Something Different!

Good morning my friends.
Today I should be enjoying my first day on the slopes of Sestriere in Italy.  I've planned this weeks posts so hopefully everything runs smoothly and posts go live when they should!
A rather unusual Style Steal today.  You see you wont know the candidate .... she's not a blogger, not a vlogger or on Instagram ... she's my sister and I love her style.  I think she loves my style too!  We often either copy items or an outfit (she's found my pale blue out-of-stock jumper & sweet short sleeved fancy & bought them) or I've bought something she already owns, like my leather look skirt.
We also tend to turn up in similar styles, scroll down to see what we wore to her daughter's wedding in 2018 - catch the full post here. 💟


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Black with White Dogtooth Blouse - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there, how you doing?
I'm getting ready for my skiing holiday and I literally can't wait.  The bag is nearly packed and the beauty of a winter holiday in the snow means comfort over glamour wins hands down.  Now that's not to say I don't like to add some trendy fashionable extras with what I wear, but after a day on the slopes lounging around in jeans and a jumper is my main priority.  I've bought a couple of new tops, to be shared with you soon, so I'll take some nice necklaces, scarfs or earrings to prettify them.

Here's one piece that I'll be taking with me for sure.  I found the black and white dogtooth patterned blouse in H & M last week.  It was in the sale for £9 and I couldn't help but grab it in my size then head off to pay.  It's not showing on the website, but you might be lucky and find one in the store.


Monday, 13 January 2020

Camel Coat from Sosandar.

Morning all.
How are you my lovely friends?
I'm getting my bag ready to go skiing, I've got all my ski gear sorted and the only thing I need is a pair of goggles.  My old ones are well used and last year I knew I needed a new pair because they literally came apart - this doesn't help at all as they steam up making vision nigh impossible.  When I went to Valmorel last year it did prove tricky at times, but I survived the weekend and promised to get some new ones for my next trip.  I've spotted these on Amazon which I might get before I go, otherwise with plenty of local shops selling ski wear I'll buy some out in Italy.

Did you catch my Style Steal last Thursday?  I've been all over the show with my blogging over the Christmas and New year period & I'm really looking forward to getting back to normal and posting a new Style Steal once a month every third Monday - hope you'll stop by to join me, also keep sharing your lovely outfits as I get so much inspiration from you!
Esther and I had a fun afternoon taking photos last Thursday, the weather was very bleak and dreary with grey skies and rain in the air.  I know Esther will bring out the best in the shots, I just hope my outfits keep up their side of the bargain - lol.

Today I thought I'd better show you one of my Christmas presents.  I've wanted to add to my coat collection for ages, and actually have wanted a camel coat for years!  Neutral caramel shades are a 'must' for us all, and I bet lots of you have a camel coat lurking in your wardrobe somewhere!  You might recall I drop a few loads of hints prior to the big day in hope that I get exactly what I want (not that I'm fussy you understand). 🤣 So let's see if it worked!
Err ... shall I get back to the coat?  I have been seeing an awful lot about Sosandar on social media recently and wanted to find out for myself just what all the hype was about.  You can find out what I think about my latest coat further on .....


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Styling a Leopard Print Pleated Skirt - Style Steal

How are you all?
I'm still getting back into the swing of all things blogging, so until I'm back to normal with my post's it'll be a bit up and down.  After missing the last two months' Style Steal series I've being trying to get to grips with finding a copy and putting one together.  Having a little free time it's been nice to create this one with pieces already in my wardrobe, you've not seen the skirt before - it's from Next and a welcomed addition as I've worn it loads already.  The jacket, boots and jumper have all been featured before too.

Firstly I'll tell you a little about my week.  Friday night I went dancing, and have been up-graded to a pre-intermediate class which is brilliant.  Learning similar routines at a faster pace suits me much better, I can really get into it and enjoy my time spinning around the floor.  I still need a partner (hint - hint hubby) but enjoy the class so much I'm going to continue going.
Saturday we went to a 60th birthday party, I had a really fun time at our friend's house chatting to friends I'd not seen for a while.  There was lots of dancing and drinking so it ended up a really late night.
Sunday, as you can imagine was very s - l - o - w indeed - I actually didn't get up until GONE 12!!! Yikkes!!!  I watched TV all afternoon, and ended the day with a takeaway curry - 😋
Monday I went to my abs class - good fun there, half an hour of intensive exercise really woke me up.  Same on Tuesday at the spin class, which I might end up regretting when I my body realises just how I hard worked after no classes over Christmas!!!


Monday, 6 January 2020

Cold Blue Dress with Glitzy Drop Earrings and Icy Accents.

Morning all.
All good with you my friends?
Well my decorations are down, everything is getting back to normal and I'm just about seeing the bottom of the washing pile. 🤣  Now I'm starting to get a bit excited, you see the countdown is now on for my skiing holiday.  This year we are off to Sestriere, Italy.  The skiing will be fine so long as there's some snow, but it will be interesting to explore the town, restaurants and ... bars! Lol.  There's plenty of bags in the loft with all sorts of ski gear in, guess what I'll be doing over the next couple of weeks?? 😏
But here's one outfit I wont be taking with me, my suitcase will be packed with jeans, jumpers, tee shirts and ski gear - I can't wait!

Do you remember me sharing some sparkly earring and a striking bracelet last week?  I also gave you a snippet of these glamorous drop earrings when I teamed them with sequins & my leather look skirt.
I'd like to show my glitzy gems along with my cold blue pleated dress and icy accessories.

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


Thursday, 2 January 2020

Styling Black and White - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good morning and welcome to 2020!
I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you on the blog as I continue my journey.
Well I can honestly say that was a whirlwind few weeks!  It's not until you slow down and have nothing to do that you realise just how busy you have been!  How nice to relax and enjoy some down time without having to rush out and about like a head-less chicken.
We had a fabulous NYE with four friends in a local pub - dancing, singing, drinking and eating was followed by a really slow day.  The kids came round and cooked a delicious meal which was brilliant because I didn't have to lift a finger!!
My blogging year has been filled with plenty: mixed emotions about every aspect of blogging, I've  scrutinized it all!  I've enjoyed some wonderful collaborations, met up with some blogging friends - both new and old, went to my first cat-walk show.  On the other hand I've toyed with the idea of quitting, questioned myself whether I should carry on & been overjoyed with some of my work.  There's still so much to learn, and when I'm busy with the family blogging has to take a back-seat.  But I can confirm I'm still here, still loving it and will stay ... for the foreseeable future anyway!
I have a few ideas in my head, so do stay with me to see how I get on.

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