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Thursday 29 December 2022

My Winter 'White' Tale - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hiya there!
Wow that was a whirlwind few days, how did it go for you?
Sharing a short post with you today on what is the last one of 2022!  

Seems only a blink of my eye I was getting ready to go out on Christmas Eve.
I got up early to wrap the remaining presents, made my traditional red cabbage and started to get ready.
I really, really enjoy Christmas Eve, we always go out, except for the last couple of years when Covid was rife.  I wore my recent purchase from Germany.  It's an off white cable knit dress, that was a bit out of the norm for me, but I think the look was very nice, especially with my white boots and coat! 

Do you remember I'd booked a table at El Sol in Canterbury?  It was a replacement from the one I always used to frequent on Christmas Eve.  Well it turned out to be fabulous, such tasty dishes I can't wait to go again in the New Year.  

Christmas Day, albeit a quiet and small affair with only four, was still very busy.  I made pate and David made his usual amazing turkey gravy.  It really is the best bit of the meal for me and I don't know what I'd do if he didn't make it.  We sat down with my two kids who still live at home and we devoured our meal in no time, my middle daughter had popped round in the morning before spending the day with her husbands family.  We opened presents together and looked forward to the following day when there would be 18 of us!!! Once the dinner was finished I spent the evening with a box of chocolates, a bottle of fizz and my favourite film ... The Holiday.  Well Christmas wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't watch it!

Boxing Day, well what can I say.  It went brilliantly!  Everyone mucked in and I managed to seat all 18 around two tables in our small dining room!  Pleased as punch as it all looked amazing too.  I'd divided all the dishes into two, one for each end of the table so there was no passing, well except for the turkey plates.  Dessert was served after a game I'm going to tell you about and some present exchanges.  I'd made profiteroles and a big vanilla cheesecake, and these along with the Christmas pudding and trifle also went down very well!  Like most of you we were still eating some a couple of days after!


Monday 26 December 2022

See the ladies from Style Not Age Sparkle and Shine.

Hi there and a very Happy Boxing Day to you all.
I hope you had an amazing day yesterday and are enjoying today.  If you've stopped by I want to say a big Thank You as it means a lot. 🙏

Today I'm going to keep it short and sweet, there's plenty of blog post ideas in the pipe line for next year, & I hope you stay around to enjoy them.
Have fun and enjoy the last installment from the ladies from Style Not Age and me.

This month we looked to Anna for the prompt and her topical title of ...

Sparkle and Shine went down well with us all.
So let's look no further and she just how well we shine. ✴

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


Thursday 22 December 2022

My Personal Fitting with Rigby & Peller - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there,
Hope all is well.
I'm getting really excited for the festivities ... are you?

Presents are all bought and wrapped and my shopping list has only a couple of items on that I need to get. Great feeling eh! 
I love the build up to Christmas, especially when I've got everything, it makes me feel smug and quite relaxed ... lol.  I've got a couple of Carol concerts to go to and have been out to eat at the kids, so not much cooking for me and quite a chilled week ... hooray.
On Saturday I'll be popping into town to grab a couple of bargains, have a little drink and go for dinner with whoever is around from the family.  We've always visited a particular restaurant which has, unfortunately closed since Covid.  We've been looking for a replacement and have got somewhere in mind that might be suitable, we like to have tapas so El Sol might be great substitution, I'll let you know how it goes and if it meets the criteria.

Do you recall I dropped a little teaser last week?  Well today I can spill the beans on where I went.
I was kindly invited to have a personal bra fitting with Rigby & Peller in my local boutique store.
I've been really impressed with how it went and what I found out.  Have a quick read about my experience and you can book your own via the link below,  I'd thoroughly recommend it!

This is a sponsored post and the items were gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.


Monday 19 December 2022

What to wear with a Boucle Coat.

Hi there everyone.
Hope all is good for you, are you ready for next weekend?

I'm finally there, just have to collect a couple of pieces I ordered online and get them wrapped then I'm done!
It'll be nice to enjoy the run up to the special day this year, as I think it's one of the first I'm not running around like a headless chicken at this stage of the game .. lol!
David had a couple of bits to do on the new build over the weekend.  Two big steels had to be fixed to the footings and he managed to get it done albeit in the cold and damp weather.  The bricks have now been delivered too, we had to get them passed by the council because we live in a conservation area.  They are ready and waiting to be laid which will most probably be in January ... I hope! 

So the jeans are a dark wash, which I prefer to wear in the Winter.

So today's outfit is one I've been wearing before we had snow.  The boots are suede so I didn't want to ruin them and the coat is a tad short and quite thin to wear in the extreme temps we've had recently, so I've been wearing my padded maxi at every opportunity, which has kept me dry and toasty warm.

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


Thursday 15 December 2022

What to wear with a Jacquard blazer - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there my friends.
Hope you are well.
Big apologies for being a whole day late, I have no excuses!

I'm still feeling tired, probably just the fact I'm doing something everyday trying to get everything ready for next week!

How are you all?  Have you been affected by the weather?  It's so cold here in the UK with freezing temperatures and some snow, as you can imagine here in the UK everything comes to a standstill . Main roads were closed and people were stranded, my son stayed in a hotel instead of coming home, he didn't want to spend the night in the car and I don't blame him! But we're just not used to it are we!  I need to be skiing when it snows, not trying to get to the shops and running errands .. lol!

I did a stupid thing when I went shopping though, I cleared the snow off of all the car windows except the rear glass so when I went on my way. I wanted to put bits in the boot so I opened it and all the snow, which was melting, slipped into it! I was furious and had to scrape it out with my hands which were freezing.  I came home and took the carpet out to bring in doors and dry off in front of the radiator.  No problem it dried by the next day so I replaced it on my next journey out.  I placed everything back in which included a plastic bottle of screen wash - next time I opened it I found the bottle had tipped over and it had a hole in it meaning half the contents were in my boot!  It's now drying, again, by the radiator!  Fuming wasn't the word. Grrrr!!

Last week I went to Bluewater which is about 3/4 of an hour away, I had an appointment for a fitting and will be sharing my afternoon with you soon. I did a bit of shopping and got a couple of gifts, it's a good way to spread the tiring job of present buying - little and often it my motto!

Anyway I wanted to keep warm but still look chic and elegant when I went so wore this classic outfit.  What do you think, did I succeed?

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


Monday 12 December 2022

Drinks at The Old Neptune.

Hi there, how are you?

I've been feeling really tired over the past few days.  With my busy weekend away being the foundation the rest of my week and weekend have compounded it - I've had nights out, late nights and hectic days trying to get all my Christmas shopping done (I've still not finished 😧).  It's the same every year, but this one feels particularly harder!
Anyway let's brush over that and move onto more interesting matters.  I had a lovely afternoon out yesterday celebrating a friends birthday.  Drinks in a local pub on the beach was the order of the day, and as always, I had brilliant fun with them.
As it's so chilly I decided to go with trousers and boots and what better time to wear my stunning new blouse from Izabel London. 

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


Thursday 8 December 2022

A Weekend in Baden Baden - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hello and welcome to Mummabstylish, so good to have you here.
Did you remember I've been away for the weekend?

I went to Germany and visited Baden Baden which is in the Black Forest region and absolutely stunning it was too.
I flew out on Friday with David and our sister & brother-in-law, our other friends drove out to meet us too. It was a quick flight and we arrived to meet our private taxi in no time.  The transfer was short too so it was nice to get there and settle in.  Our friends bought our suitcases with them and as they were arriving later we didn't have anything to unpack, so made use of the hotel's bar until they arrived!
It was a beautiful hotel, which was near the center so, close to everything we needed.  The Hotel Beek turned out to be a fabulous choice and I would thoroughly recommend it. The rooms were stylish, friendly, had the obvious en suite facilities and offered a mini bar with tea/coffee making facilities in the room as well.  The hotel also had an adjoining cafe patisserie which offered very tempting cakes and pastries along with drinks which included prosecco and beer - we had a fun few hours in there on Friday afternoon before we went out!


Monday 5 December 2022

November Review.

Morning my friends.
How the heck are you?

Have you got into the festive mood yet?  I'm definitely getting full of Christmas spirit and most probably plenty of Prosecco and Jager's too!  I've had a weekend in Germany and will be travelling home today, let's hope the power of a scheduled post works and this is published!

It's the first Monday of the month, so as usual I'm sharing my posts from the past month in the ....
November Review.

At the beginning of November I was just getting over a really horrible chest infection, it was so bad I needed antibiotics which is almost unheard of for me.  I'm very lucky and seem to get over colds and coughs really easily, but what started with a sore throat, cough and cold ended up in a full blown chest infection.  Anyway I digress.  
I went out for lunch with my sister and our mum for her birthday treat.  We dined at a local venue having two courses and a couple of glasses of fizz.  We had a super few hours and as usual put the world to rights as we ate and drank.  I wore this snazzy Geo print dress that's covered in bright, bold shades of blue, black and cream.  Do pop back and find out all about it.


Thursday 1 December 2022

A Navy Padded Coat for Winter - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hello and welcome to the blog.
Huge apologies for being so late today!

Wow 1st December has finally arrived and all I ask is "Have you finished you Christmas Shopping"?
I'm feeling smug as I'm getting it done slowly and surely.  This is the best I've done over the past few years, so I'm on target to get everything done in time to really enjoy the run up properly.  
I want to be enjoying the Christmas films in a relaxed state with a glass in my hand and wrapped presents under the tree.  The only thing I want to be worrying about is where to spend Christmas Eve lol!

I've been a busy bee this week as I'm away tomorrow.  I'm off to the Black Forest in Germany. It will be my first visit to this European country and I'm looking forward to enjoying the scenery of Baden Baden, visiting the Christmas markets and the savouring the Bratwurst and dare I say the Jagermeister (I love a Jager-bomb so will be sure to have one or three when I'm there 😏!!!)  What else should I be looking out for, do let me know so I don't miss out! 

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

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