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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!


This skirt came home with me from Abu Dhabi a few years ago, I bought it in H & M in the Mall there - wow what a shopping experience that was. I vow to one day return.  It's a timeless classic and gets my vote for a perfect all rounder.  I worn it with jumpers, tops, jackets, trainers, shoes and boots.  This flattering skirt conforms in Summer and is equally as helpful in all the other seasons - so much potential!  See when I wore it with ivory boots and a sparkly high neck.
Love the casual look today which I've re-mixed with baseball trainers and long line blazer, my pleated eye catcher is ticking all my boxes. 
Today's relaxed look is worn with burgundy jumper and my charming Ted Baker bag - really what's not to love?



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Time for the weekly #Chicandstylish #LINKUP


Top spot this week goes to ...... Emma - Style Splash.  I adore this look and have just picked up a similar pair of trousers to try copy the look.  Thanks Emma for joining the party. 


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Monday will be my January Review, so in case you missed any posts, drop by to check them out. 
Bye for now. X


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37 comments

  1. Such a cute outfit, Jacqui! The skirt is so pretty, and the round purse is fab!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  2. I walk everyday now and would miss it if I didn't do it. Looking forward to a bit of normality returning!

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    1. I do miss going to the gym, my spin classes have been missed. Hoping we may start returning to normal soon, maybe in time for some summer fun!

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  3. Glad you are trying to bring your life back to normality. Taking small steps is a wise decision. Love your outfit a lot, the skirt is very pretty and this round handbag is adorable
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com/

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    1. So true Anna, can't wait to get back to the gym properly. Thanks for your lovely comments Hun. x

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  4. Oh wow, good for your for getting out and running, Jacqui! I'm well impressed lol. I just do 20 mins of yoga most mornings and then a 20 minute walk with the dog. The other day I pushed a wheelbarrow full of firewood about twenty metres (up a slope) and I think I pulled a muscle in the back of my legs LOL! Clearly, I could do with increasing my exercise levels lol!
    You look fabulous, by the way. Love the bag!
    Hugs
    Suzy, The Grey Brunette
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I'd love to do some Yoga, may start when the weather is better and I have some room outside. Hope your legs are okay - we do think we are still young chickens don't we! I'm the same when I start working in the garden - stay well Suzy. x

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  5. the skirt is better then the dress, I sold mine. But the colors are so beautiful and that blouse looks fantastic on it!

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    1. Oh do you think so! I suppose it has more options. Thanks for stopping by Nancy. x

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  6. Such a fun outfit, Jacqui! And I love how much you are enjoying your new dressing room! I totally relate to the groundhog's day feeling. I have been feeling that way since maybe April! And now it is so cold and snowy here, making it even worse because I don't even go outside. I really hope this all comes to an end soon...for all of us! Right now yoga is working for me. Maybe once the weather warms, some outdoor yoga might be fun! Hang in there, my friend, you are not alone!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Oh snow sounds lovely - if only I were skiing! Yes to outdoor yoga too - might give that a look. x

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  7. Good on you starting running again , I'm impressed. Love the pleated skirt and your Ted Baker round bag. Must check out your reels on IG , I have toyed with getting a ring light . Many thanks for hosting Jacqui.

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    1. Thank you Jill, Go for the light mine works a treat. x

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  8. I know I should do some reels on Instagram but haven't been able to figure them out yet! I would love to hear your tips! Your pleated skirt is gorgeous! Love your styling!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Oh I love the Reels, not very good at them, but it's a fun learning curve. I'd happily share some tips for you. x

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  9. Such a pretty pleated skirt! :) it's nice you are so close to the beach! We are about a 10 minute drive from the beach sadly but there are a lot of nice trails to explore in our neighbourhood that we take advantage of! :)

    Thank you for the link up :)

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Yes, but probably not as nice a beach as yours - lots of pebbles here! Trails are so much fun with the kids I'm sure they love them . x

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  10. Lovely bag and skirt Jacqui. Like Laurie I walk nearly every day, listening to podcasts. I'll never stop now!

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    1. Thanks so much Gail, kind words. I've not really gotten into Podcasts, only listened to one or two but they were really interesting. I do find myself missing things on the radio and wishing I could re-wind it! Lol. x

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  11. I absolutely love your new room and congrats on the 2k on IG! It's a beast trying to grow that thing, isn't it? Thanks for the link up!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks Kellyann, so pleased with it. Yes growing followers is a full time job isn't it! x

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  12. I've had a ring light saved to my Amazon list forever...maybe I should just go ahead & order it! Your photos are beautiful!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Buy it, buy it! I love this one and it's worked out a real treat. x Many thanks for your lovely comments. x

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  13. I am so glad you are enjoying your dressing room. I have started changing out my hangers using the excuse that my son needed some (which is true) and loving the more uniform look. Also changed where I have my scarf: maybe I will wear them more. I didn't realize your house was so close to the water too. What a great location. I am still walking with my 2 friends (one I hadn't seen in a month since she got covid on the 1st and we walked for the first time last night since then) but I want to start hiking soon when the weekends warm up a little.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Makes you feel so much better sorting and changing things doesn't it! Love my new room and enjoy finding new outfits and planning things. x

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  14. I've seen you enjoying your new dressing room, it looks great. And well done on at least trying reels, I am still stuck in the fear of it! Michelle x

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    1. It's been fun Michelle - thanks for saying. Give it a go hun, I've done one on my own and one with my daughter - both not too bad I think. xx

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  15. Love this look, such a great bag!

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    1. Thanks so much Nora, so pleased you stopped by. x

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  16. It does feel a bit like groundhog day! Lol! I agree, I think once we get into the Spring it'll be a breath of fresh air and gardening always makes me happy. I have been getting into running since Covid again (I've always been a runner, but now I'm more dedicated to it again) and it really does help my mind and it is great for getting up and moving when there is so little to do! I love this pleated skirt, it is so cheerful and it looks great with that burgundy top with the tie. So perfect with the sneaks, too!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  17. That is wonderful you started running again! It's always been a stress reliever for me! That pleated skirt is beautiful on you!

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  18. Love your outfit, especially that darling round bag! I bet you are really enjoying your new wardrobe room during the colder months. I usually enjoy walking outdoors, too, but the weather is beastly right now! I still walk for my health, but can't wait until spring makes it much more enjoyable! Thanks for the link up, and have a nice weekend.

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  19. You are such a good sport for doing Reels—I am not a big video person and find it totally intimidating! I think I need a tutorial!
    Cheryl Shops | www.cherylshops.net

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  20. Beautiful outfit! Love the skirt and burgundy looks good on you.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  21. I've also been giving running a thought...it's just that this freezing weather here makes it so hard to stick to that kind of commitment (or every excuse for me is a good one lol!). You look amazing as usual xx

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  22. Hi Jacqui!
    I will have to check out your Reels! I havent been adventurous enough to do that yet! Love the colors in the skirt and the bow blouse. That bag is so pretty too, love the tortoise handle. Good for you for running again, don't overdo! I have the habit of doing that when starting a program again, I use my home treadmill and home gym right now and look forward to swimming when Covid is over.

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