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Thursday, 4 March 2021

How to 'Winterise' a Summer Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
How are you all doing?
With schools returning on Monday I'm hoping the road-map out of lock-down is going to work, I'm sure like me your just about fed up with the whole thing!
Not much to report this week really, I had a zoom meeting with my Neal's Yard consultant.  It was a fun hour going over the facial routines I learnt from her last year.  She also sent a sample of a new product for me to try. I have to say I'm smitten with the Frankincense Hydrating Essence & having been using the sample daily have seen a noticeable difference.  That will have to be added to my list.  Do let me know if you are interested in learning about Neal's Yard, it's made such a difference to my beauty routine. X

Other than that I've just been having fun getting more outfits sorted in my new room.  It's so nice to have things close to hand - I've been adding to it bit by bit and it's really coming on a treat.
Did you catch my last two posts featuring the Spencer vest?  I'm so pleased I managed to find the exact one I wanted - I've got a few outfits planned to show it off again, so please stay tuned.


Monday, 1 March 2021

Vest, Tank or Spencer Top - What Do You Call It?

Hi there, good morning to you all.
Well haven't we had some lovely weather in the UK recently?
It's actually been warm enough to sit OUTSIDE in the sun over the weekend.  I'm sure the vitamin D worked wonders for me because on Sunday I woke up in a really happy and positive mood.  I actually wanted to get on with my jobs and enjoyed preparing the vegetables for our roast dinner.  
I also feel I'm starting to get to grips of my camera and managing to get some super shots {see below} taken by my son.  Well to be honest my daughter too some great photos too but when I checked them out I realised I'd already taken & shared some piccy's of the same outfit.  Quick change of clothes and makeup so my son could take more! {the memory really isn't what it used to be}. Lol
If you saw Thursday's post you'll have seen I've been talking about the #Spencer top - other names for this item are a vest top or tank top.  You may also be like me wearing them for the second time around!  They were the height of fashion in the 70's and I vaguely remember having a navy knitted v neck that stretched in all the wrong places!  I didn't think I'd be going there again, but spotted this gorgeous lady wearing hers over a dress and immediately wanted in on the act.  I found I had one that I really didn't want to admit to, but having seen how popular they've become enjoyed styling it with a pleated skirt and plain white blouse last week. X  
Here's how I styled the one I found on Ebay from Zara.


Thursday, 25 February 2021

Pleats and Vest! - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning everyone.
Sorry for being a bit late today, I seem to have lost a day and though it was Wednesday!  How the hell did I miss a day?
Been in the dressing room having another look at my clothes combinations recently. Came up with some beautiful combinations and can't wait to share them with you.  I also finally found and purchased some tan wide leg trousers!  So I bought two pairs!  Well one in short the other in regular.  I might keep both to wear with different heel heights, thought that seemed a great idea & they were a good price so will have to see.
Whilst sorting through my clothes I came upon this combination - a blouse with a vest over my pleated skirt.  Isn't it nice when you put something on and see how fine it is when you look at the photos!  That's just what happened to me.  Having seen so many wearing these knitted vest's I realised I had one in my collection already, I can't tell you how many times it's yo-yo'd from wardrobe to charity pile, but for the time being it's going to stay.  I also managed to track down this one from Zara on Ebay - so excited to wear it and as always layers are going to be your friend in the transition period and cooler days in Summer.
Before we head to the #Linkup let me share this super stylish outfit with you. x

What are your thoughts on the #Spencer vest?


Monday, 22 February 2021

Faux Leather for the Style not Age ladies.

Hi there my lovelies.
Hope you're all safe and well.
Well I had a productive weekend with the lovely weather we had.  Managed to get out into the garden and do a bit of clearing whilst hubby and helpers shredded the branches we had chopped off the hedge.  
I also cleared the tubs and pruned some bushes making it look a whole lot better and gave me a very positive feeling.  I'm hoping Boris will have some promising news tomorrow evening, but am not holding my breath for any major changes to our situation yet!
As it's the last Monday of February it means the ladies from Style not Age have been hard at work creating their outfits for my prompt ...
Faux Leather.

There's been a lot of faux leather outfits around recently and I've been eyeing them all up and wanting to copy them.  So I managed to find a gorgeous pair of black trousers in said faux leather and also some flattering culottes in a sumptuous shade of chocolate brown.  I don't have very many pieces in this colour and like the softer alternative to black.  Now the problem with not having much in this tone means also not having much to pair it with!  I flicked through my wardrobe and came up with a few ideas including a soft pale blue top and a high neck blouse - both I'll be sharing soon.  My eyes fell upon this combination and I slipped it on and immediately felt very classy.  But do let me know what you think about my faux leather combination. X


Thursday, 18 February 2021

Cornflower Blue Midi Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends.
Apologies for no post on Monday - photos are still my issue!

So starting to think there might be light at the end of the Lock-down tunnel lately.  Although it can't come quick enough can it.  With over 65's being called for their vaccine my age is still on target to have jab's by mid April hopefully, possibly sooner would be great eh! Have you had yours yet?
I've still been enjoying wearing my lounge wear with jeans thrown into the mix every so often - but I'm more and more thinking about my Spring 21 wardrobe and having a look at what to buy.  I've already bought some faux leather jeans and culottes & I can't wait to style and share them with you.
I'm always on the look-out for a flattering dress though!


Thursday, 11 February 2021

Moncler Sunglasses - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning my friends,
Hope you are okay and having fun in the snow (UK & certain areas).

Sorry there was no post on Monday, you know how it goes - life gets in the way sometimes!
Anyhow did you get snow?  We did and I was a little underwhelmed to say the least!  With the forecasts threatening heavy snow in my area I imagined a deep layer and the possibility of sledging in the local field.  By Tuesday and Wednesday my wish had come true and there was enough to sledge and even get the blades out of the loft for the kids to practice skiing.  I may have a go it if stays long enough. Oh but hasn't it been cold! 
Read about my skiing trips here in Sestriere & here my cheeky weekend in Valmorel.
On Saturday, before the snow hubby and I managed to trim the hedge back - it's grown so much over the years and we hacked and cleared nearly 4ft off the width.  It looks quite harsh, but wont be long until it's covered with leaves and looking healthy.  Now we have to hire a chipper to shred it all then spread the bark over the garden - hoping for suitable weather next weekend to get it done. 🙏

They're like a modern day 'Jackie O' style which just so happens who I'm named after - interesting little fact about me! 😏

Still struggling with photos because of lock-down and the weather so today I'm sharing my new sunglasses I got for Christmas.


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Stripes & Patterns - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
How are you all doing?
Not much to report this week, the highlight has been shopping (in the supermarket) and stripping the wallpaper off my hall walls!  It needs brightening up as it's dark wood!  I'll be glossing the woodwork, painting the walls and popping some sort of new flooring down - I'll share a few piccys when it's done.
With dreary weather and not being able to see Esther I asked my daughter to take some photos for me.  
It really hasn't been great weather recently, so wet and very damp I just want Spring and better weather to arrive - along with Covid eradicated so we can get back to normal duties.  Who else is pining for fun in the sun with family and friends?
Anyway back to my look today.

Quite an affordable look with my bargains and freebies - lol!

I've been looking for more jeans for a while, but with most shops closed I resorted to looking in my local supermarket. I couldn't resist the mom jeans for £8, yes that's right £8.  How nice to grab a bargain pair of jeans whilst shopping for dinner!  A nice casual style just perfect for staying at home and a nice alternative to lounge wear like this one from Bonmarche.
Pulling them on they fit like a glove, not too fitted so I have room to move and feel comfortable.  Today I paired them with a Parisian style stripy top, this was from my daughter.  She had a clear-out recently and I took full advantage of a couple of pieces she was chucking - lucky me!

Causing a stir mixing stripes with a patterned scarf - well it's worked for many of you and felt I should try it too.  What do you think?  Would you believe the scarf belong to my other daughter?  Seems I'm all about wearing hand-me-downs recently - nothing wrong with that eh?

The Breton strip is an old favourite for nearly everyone.  An easy to wear piece that looks just as nice paired with flared trousers.  My jeans (similar here) and top make for a sensible outfit that looks clean and unfussy.  Finishing touch my white scarf that's covered with birds. (Very similar here).
Quite an affordable look with my bargains and freebies - lol!

#Chicandstylish #LINKUP time - you ready to join in the fun?

Last weeks favourite blogger is ....... Tatiana - My Fab Forties.  Who's looking elegant and oh so chic in her winter white outfit, that has accents of icy blue.  I love it. x

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So glad you joined me today, many thanks I'll catch you again on Monday.
Bye for today. X


Monday, 1 February 2021

January Review.

Morning all.
How you doing?
February already!
With vaccines being steadily rolled out, I can't help but begin to feel slightly more positive for an end to this horrible drama.  I know quite a few people who've already had their first jab and the calculator has given me an earlier date for when mine's due.  Let's keep praying for Summer holidays to be back on the agenda this year as I've a whole host of new outfits to wear.
Since completing my dressing room, I've got the bug to decorate more of the house.  I've borrowed a wallpaper stripper so will be removing the ugly paper from the hall, repainting the horrible dark woodwork and painting the walls so they're nice and bright.  It will need some kind of flooring, which I've not picked yet.  I won't be spending a fortune but just need something to tidy it up!
As it's the first week of a new month, I'm happy to share my January Review with you all.  If you've missed any from last month you can catch them all here.


Thursday, 28 January 2021

Pleats, Reels and Running - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
How have you been?
I've been thoroughly enjoying my dressing room recently.  It's proved invaluable, I'm so pleased I did it!  Along with the Roman Originals jacket and jumper my kids got me for Christmas they also bought me a ring light on a tripod.  It's been a marvellous addition - I've even managed a couple of Reels on Instagram - did you see them?  They are quite hard to master & a learning curve, but I've had fun doing them.  I'm trying to post more often too - which has been helpful to my figures, I'm happy to have reached over 2k followers!!!  You can catch some different daily styles on there, so do pop over to join me if you have a spare couple of minutes. X
It's all becoming a bit "groundhog day" isn't it.  How are you filling your days?  I can't wait for the better weather to come so I can get in the garden and start the annual hedge cutting and general tidy up.
Plenty of walks happening, I'm lucky enough to have woodland walks 10 mins away as well as the beach the same in the other direction, so my wellies have been working hard, & I still haven't got any new ones.  Mine must be nearly 30 years old and a bit tight!!

I've also started running again.  Having not done any exercise since last Summer I'm taking it easy and using a 'Couch to 5 K' app on my phone - I've done two sessions so far, surprisingly seems it okay.  I'm usually quite an active person, but the Covid lock-down has knocked my positivity making it so much harder to get started - with so much choice I just don't know where to start!  I know I can run, but just need to get my fitness back up and let the rest fall in place.  I very much need motivation as I like being in a class with other people, there lies the problem.  Small steps will be the help I need, once running is going well, I might do online classes and maybe the gym will open in the not-too-distant-future. ✌
Another thing I've been enjoying recently .... pleated skirts!


Monday, 25 January 2021

Style not Age are Lounging at Home

Morning all.
How are you?
Welcome to the first Style not Age collective of 2021 - the first on many and we're off to a comfy start with the prompt from Gail .....

Lounging at Home.
Seeing as we are all stuck at home in lock-down we might as well be comfortable doing it eh & we all love wearing lounge wear don't we!  I've acquired several cute sets over the past few months and hubby has bought me a couple too.  Now the only down side to wearing nice baggy elasticated waisted trousers is when reverting to wearing jeans, skirts or trousers they all feel tight on!  Best advice is to wear something fitted a couple of times a week - which I've been doing!

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


Thursday, 21 January 2021

Black with Mauve and Lilac - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning lovelies.
How is our world treating you?
At the beginning of the week I was having a bit of a negative time - feeling down-in-the-dumps with everything.  I'm sure it's a knock-on effect of Covid, & Blue Monday certainly lived up to it's name!
I was cheered up in the middle of the week by receiving a lovely package c/o Bonmarche.  I'm looking forward to styling some Spring outfits with the pieces and hope you'll join me and let me know what you think.
I've also been spending Christmas money, I've bought a few pieces from H & M - including a fantastic pair of faux leather jeans (be still my beating heart) ... you know the flattering mom style that's popular now.  They look just amazing on, so I took full advantage of my new dressing room & had a play about with different tops, boots and shoes I'm simply loving them.  I also picked up a fabulous flirty pleated skirt, it will be just spot on for Spring, I found a cute pair of check trousers in Tu, but how annoying when the size on the hanger was wrong.  I was trying to squeeze into a pair that was completely the wrong size - guess I'm going back to change them soon!!  I'll be keeping the pleated skirt that's navy blue and white - watch out for that beauty. x
If you saw my IG post yesterday you'll have noticed I've been wearing my wide leg trousers.  Paired with trainers it's a look I'm really going for at the moment ... plus flat shoes are so much more comfortable especially when dodging the rain puddles on the way to the supermarket!  Here's where my Vionic trainers in pale lilac came up trumps.  It's not a shade I usually wear, but rather like it paired with black and this floral blouse that has mauve, lilac and pink in it. 💗


Monday, 18 January 2021

Fashion with a Fedora & Fur Gilet.

Hi my friends, how are you?
I'm feeling fine now after my dealings with Coronavirus, but it's lingered a little longer for hubby who now has a chest infection off the back of it, it's called long Covid apparently.  He's got antibiotics for it and I am keeping an eye on him - it's such a worry though.  
I was due a hair appointment this week, but that's not allowed, so I've resorted to buying some thinning scissors to sort out my fringe.  It's not perfect, but doesn't look too bad - anyone else seem to get a headache with a long fringe?
I've been busy sorting my new wardrobes out, now there's room for my jackets, it's nice to be able to see them not bunched up and in good light.  Hoping the weather improves so I can really get them working to full potential.  
For Christmas I got a lovely casual cream padded jacket from the kids along with a stunning colour-block jumper that is trending atm - will share them with you soon. 

It's so hard to stay motivated with a long stretch of lock-down ahead of me, but I've got more outfits to sort out for future photo shoots so that'll keep me busy for a few days.  I'm going to be making full use of my new vintage clothes stand as I can hang the outfits on it complete with shoes or boots.
What have you got planned for the week - do tell!
Here's what I had hanging on the stand the other day - you may have seen this fashionable look on IG.
Block with a blast of fur topped off with a hat.👌


Thursday, 14 January 2021

Pattern Clashing Again - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there, how you doing?
What have you been up to?
Not much to report here, a few walks and a couple of trips to the supermarket, living the high life eh?
Hubby and I have little conversations asking where we might be going - our replies are usually of the fashion getting dressed up to go out, have a couple of drinks before hitting a fancy restaurant for a delicious meal with friends or on our own, followed by drinks and cocktails in a quiet & relaxing little bar before heading home - oh we can dream can't we!

I hope you saw my post sharing my recent experience with Coronavirus, but if you missed it you can catch up here my friends. 

Anyway back to my blog post, do you remember seeing my first proper attempt at pattern mixing?  I shared this black and white co-ordinated outfit last year and go so many lovely comments and feedback I vowed my aim for 2021 is to do more pattern blends.  It's a hard one to get right and some people can just 'do it' but I find it stressful, but do let me know your thoughts.


Monday, 11 January 2021

My Experience with Coronavirus.

Hi there.
How's it going?
The Dressing room is coming on nicely now, and I've been able to free up some space in my bedroom that's been crying out for a clear up!  It's looking a bit bigger and it's been nice to re-arrange things there too. I've got a big bag of shoes and am working my way through my wardrobes getting rid of pieces that are too small, out-of-date or I don't want - it's quite therapeutic isn't it!  It's keeping me entertained until there's a chance of actually going out!  Until then I urge you to heed the advice of the higher powers and stay safe indoors, I from my own personal experience can say Coronavirus isn't very nice and we need to eradicate it ... soon! 
My post might be a bit daunting, but I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much better now, and most definitely am over it!

It started with a cough! .....


Thursday, 7 January 2021

My new Dressing Room - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
How are you all?
Been a strange couple of weeks since Christmas, it's always an odd time of the year without having a lock-down on ours hands!  I hate this time of the year and usually have a skiing holiday to look forward to, alas this year our plans are in the hands of Covid.  So I've something up my sleeve to pass the time and get excited about - my new dressing room.
Since blogging I've seen many a stunning room full of clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery and have a big one planned for our new build.  I don't know when that will happen so decided once my daughter and her family moved out to turn the spare room into my own little space and fill it with my outfits.


Monday, 4 January 2021

December Review.

Well good morning!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year - and welcome to 2021!
Is it a good morning for you?
I'm over the worst of Covid and couldn't be happier.
What an awful virus to have, I plan to share my experience in a future post.
But first let's have a look back over the past month for my ...
December Review.

It's been a month of new boots for me, which unfortunately I've not been able to wear any since not being able to go out.  Once my isolating is over I plan on trying them all out again with different outfits!

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