- A few years ago, I felt there weren't a lot of magazines that represented my age group sufficiently. Then while surfing the internet, I stumbled across a few blogs where like-minded people were talking about style, beauty and life in general. Gradually, the idea of starting a blog began to swirl around my head! I didn't know where to begin and there was insufficient time back then. then, a few years ago, I got the chance to retire and, because I've worked since I was sixteen years old, I seized the opportunity. This all coincided with my family growing up and standing on their own two feet, which has given me some free time for myself - at last!! I started my blog, "Midlife and beyond" - posting for the first time in September 2018. My main aim for my blog is to have a "bold and bright" message in midlife instead of fading into the background. I don't think I'm alone there!
Have you any technical or fashion experience?
- I have a very basic knowledge of IT so when I get stuck, I shout for my long-suffering husband to help. He's better than I am, but as he's much better at playing his guitar (he's a musician), he gets as frustrated as me. I want to be self-sufficient when my blog needs updates etc, so I watch many "YouTubers" advising on widgets, plug-ins and other IT terms which made no sense to me! I get very frustrated and sometimes admit to wanting to end my blogging malarkey. But, after a day or two I begin again! I have no training in fashion either but from a young age I was introduced to high-end, well-made garments. When I was aged between the age of 12 and 16 years old, my mum worked in a designer label shop. Occasionally, I was allowed to try the merchandise on which, of course, I loved doing. I've never forgotten the cut and feel of those beautifully made garments. I got to know all the designer names in clothing, footwear and handbags ... it was bliss!
What was your favourite subject at school, college or university?
- My favourite subject at school was English. I used to love using my imagination and losing myself in my story.
Do you have a favourite item at the moment?
- I have never worn sequins, ever! Then, after seeing a few sparkly pants on Instagram, I decided to take the plunge. The result is these black wide-leg sequinned pants from Marks and Spencer. they are so comfortable (elasticated waist) and have the bonus of pockets! I've worn them a lot since buying them and will wear them beyond Christmas with a big warm sweater.
- I have two cameras. A canon 7D SLR and a small pocket Canon G7X. I set up the cameras and the shots, and my husband snaps away, taking my photographs, when he's around. I also have a tripod just in case. It's all about the light in photography terms which I have to learn a lot about.
- Yes they are. Though, my sons probably thought I was going through some midlife crisis when I started. This is because I had never done anything like this before and they weren't used to it! I had never even used any form of social media. They don't trust it. I Agree that Instagram isn't the best, but my stats show that people do pop over to my blog for a browse. And, if that is the case, then I'll keep on doing it. I've also connected with some very stylish women on Instagram - some I have met in real life.
- Around the same time, I started my blog I wanted to learn photography. So, I bought my first camera and did a short course at my local college. I still have so much to learn. I love taking photographs of people, especially. I keep getting into trouble with my sons for snapping away with my camera when I think they're not looking - I've got some lovely shots of them. But my best muse is my cat, Jarvis - who is a born poseur and loves every minute of getting his photograph taken.
- I once had two cardigans in the same style by Ossie Clark (fashion designer of the sixties) in both grey and black. the design was beautiful, hence, I had to buy two in different colours. The cardigans had a knitted lace detail from the neck to shoulders, finished off with a small frill around the edge. I wish I still had them - not only would they be worth quite a lot of money as a collector's item, but for sentimental reasons too. I bought them from a small boutique in Newcastle in the late seventies.
Town or country? What is your favourite area? Or maybe somewhere else?
- Since the pandemic, I have got into the habit of walking. We have a country park near us, and I always feel so lifted when I've been out in the fresh air, looking at nature. I am a beach girl at heart, though, and love snorkelling in a warm sea looking at the underwater world.
- The many bloggers who I follow are all unique in their own way of writing and style. I take great inspiration from that. Not only do I follow fashion and beauty bloggers, I'm also subscribed to photography and the dreaded IT blogs, too. I learn so much from them. They are so generous sharing their knowledge. It helps me so much as a relatively new blogger.
Let's party! It's #Chicandstylish time.