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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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