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Thursday 31 August 2023

Barbie Pink meets Midnight Black - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hello there,
How are you doing?

Are you looking forward to the new month and season? I’m in two minds as usual, half of me wants to keep my Summer dresses and sandals out and enjoy some sunshine, as we’ve not had much nice in the UK and as I’ve not been abroad on a Summer holiday since my hen weekend in Majorca, I’ve missed out on soaking up the Sun and getting a tan! It’s a shame I’ve not enjoyed the sun on my skin or worn some of my pretty Summer dresses and I’ve definitely not got a nice tan to show off!
The other half wants cooler Autumnal days to arrive so I can put to god use all my blazers and long sleeve shirts, I’ve got so many patiently waiting and lots of ideas how to wear them. I’ve also had my head turned by loads of clothes in the shops - I recently visited H & M and fell for some of the offerings that were khaki green. It’s going to be a fashionable colour next season and one I think will suit my colouring so I’ll be buying lots in this shade for sure. 

Today’s outfit features a mix of Summery and Autumnal shades. Barbie pink meets midnight black in this classic ensemble. 


Monday 28 August 2023

Style Not Age are Craving Crochet this Month.

Hi there my friends. 
How’s you week been?

A busy one for me with my daughter and her family moving in last Thursday. 
If you read last week’s blog you’ll have seen I had to clear out the bedroom where I keep all my dresses. I’ve put nearly all of them for sale in Vinted and so far I’ve sold about £60’s worth. Lots of the items have been, quite frankly, worn to death, so it’ll be nice to put the money to good use and get some pieces for Autumn. I’ve seen plenty of khaki green bits in H & M so will be checking out the website and adding to my basket. 
After a busy weekend, it’s been nice to chill today, although I’m cooking a roast so I’m not sure how ‘quiet’ it’ll be!  
On Sunday David and I went out to have dinner with some friends, we had a delicious roast beef dinner in the local restaurant RockLodge which is done out just like a ski lodge in the middle of a Winter season. It brought back lots of memories of skiing and will be top of my list come Winter when there’ll be a difference in the weather - it’ll be even more like I’m on a ski break .. lol

It’s the last Monday of the month so time to make way for the ladies of the Style not Age collective and checkout our outfits for latest challenge ….

Craving Crochet.


Thursday 24 August 2023

Showing Off on Repeat - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Good morning my friends.
Hoping you are enjoying the week.

Has it turned Autumnal where you are?
Rain today after a few nice days that were quite hot!
Yesterday after the usual gym sessions I came home to tackle to bedroom. My second eldest daughter her husband and son are moving in whilst their bungalow's extended and made into a house, so her old bedroom (my room for my dresses) had to be sorted and found new homes for everything in it! 😱 Yes that’s been very hard to do. With the help of two of my daughters we went through the rail of dresses, separating them into piles keep, charity. Vinted and ditch. It was actually rather therapeutic and I returned from the charity bin feeling like a weight had been lifted off my chest! I’ve already added the pieces to Vinted and within an hour had sold three items! 
It’s been really good to go through the dresses, remembering when I wore them, how many times and would I ever get into some of them again! Lol. 
So the room is almost empty now, I've got parcels to post and a run to the tip but I’m exciting see it filled mainly with Max ❤️

So you can imagine I’ve not had much time to get blogging, hence this late post and the dress I’m sharing today is a ‘just for fun’ look.  You might have seen this last year when I was debating wearing it for Christmas and since then haven’t had the opportunity to don it. It’s waiting patiently for its outing and I’ll be sure to let you know when I do. But just for now let’s enjoy the colours. 💕💙

Items marked with * were gifted to me, these are my own honest comments. 


Monday 21 August 2023

A visit to the Rare Breeds Center in Ashford.

Hello my friends.
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

Another busy one for me.  Saturday was spent with the kids at the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford, Kent. Since going for my grand-daughter's birthday back in March I'd suggested all the family go as it was such good fun, Saturday was the first opportunity for us to get it sorted and go.  Read below to find out how the day went. X

Saturday night I went out out!  David and I had a fun evening with four friends in Canterbury having a few drinks and a wonderful meal.  We ate the the restaurant that has become our Christmas Eve haunt.  El Sol is a tapas style restaurant with delicious plates of food such as garlic prawns, albondigas, potato bravas and chorizo with tomatoes - all very tasty and very mouth-watering.  We had lots of bread to 'mop up' (who else does this)?  We left in plenty of time to catch last orders in a local pub - the singer who was there before we ate had finished his set, which was a shame as we'd have liked to have a bit of a boogie too!  Taxi's home to bed were very late and suffice to say I had a long lay-in on Sunday morning!

Sunday was fairly quiet, after the busy previous day, David and I went to our eldest daughters for an impromptu BBQ, just a few sausages and burgers whilst enjoying the sun, but we could clearly see it's the end of the season as the sun set earlier and the night got a bit chilly!


Thursday 17 August 2023

A walk in the woods - #Chicandstylish #Linkup

Hi there my friends. 
How’s your world turning?

I’ve been enjoying the last few days of sunny weather, doesn’t it make such a lovely change. Everything is so much rosier. I was walking to the gym yesterday and was delighted to have to warm morning sun on my skin whilst listening to the birds chirp and gazing at the flowers as I passed by. Isn’t it such a special time when there’s not many people about! I love early mornings in the sun. What’s your best thing you like about Summer?

On Tuesday I went with some of the kids & grandkids to a local woodland, Oare Gunpowder Mill is about a half hours drive from me and is an idyllic walk in woodland with lakes surrounding it, it’s about an hours circular walk and let’s the kids explore all the little nooks and crannies, learn about what it was used for & let off some steam.  As you can imagine they loved it all. We saw fish, squirrels, various dragon flies, picked and ate blackberries and fed the ducks (some oats) we even made friends with a three legged dog! I took some sweets, but to be fair they were too interested in their surroundings so didn’t have many … yeah shocked! 😳 


Monday 14 August 2023

What to wear with Tan Sliders

Hello dear friends and thanks for joining me today. 
How’s your weekend been?

A busy one for me and it seems I shut my eyes on Friday evening and opened them again last night and seemed like I blinked! The weekend just flew past and the reason being I was out both Saturday and Sunday so don’t feel like I’ve had a proper weekend!

So on Saturday David and I went with his brother, sister and their partners to a friends Summer party. We had a good old dance to the singer who was there and had bbq’d food and lots of drinks.  We ended up catching the bus, yes the bus into town to meet up with my son and son-in-laws who had been out for a boys day out go-karting and having a few drinks. It wasn’t a late night for me, but I did suffer the next day after broken sleep and a big headache! No more drinking for me …. Until the next time!

On Sunday I went with the family to my sisters for a bite to eat and a few drinks. No I didn’t have anything alcoholic and opted to drive. I felt shattered all day and couldn’t wait to get into bed last night. It was lovely to see the family and extended family at my sister’s house as it’s been a while since we did it. I picked this outfit which was based around some new sandals, so let me know what you think of it!


Thursday 10 August 2023

Strive Sandals with Beige Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there everyone.
How are you all today?

Rather tired to say the least.  I went to the gym yesterday and came home to cut the grass.  Well I wanted to take advantage of the dry warm weather before the grass had a chance to get any longer!  I mean!  It's been the ideal conditions for it to grow, rain and a bit of sunshine makes the perfect conditions, but not only for the grass, for the weeds and the hedges!  Urgh, yes I'm knackered after working all afternoon yesterday!

On a brighter note, Tuesday evening I went, with David, to my daughters for dinner.  Her husband is a really good cook and produced a delicious & tasty dinner featuring scallops, fish cakes and king prawns with mash, pea puree and a delicious sauce that I couldn't even begin to tell you what was in it!  Suffice to say it all went down rather well as did the bottle of Prosecco and the red wine (drunk by hubby and SIL).  I can't wait to be invited again. X

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen I managed to find the pair of black sandals I've been searching for, will share them on the blog soon, but today I want to show off another stunning pair with you, they are from the Strive range and have been a joy to wear as they incorporate podiatrist designed 'Biochemical Footbed Technology' which re-designs the classic flat footbed to the natural contours of the feet.

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


Monday 7 August 2023

July review.

Good morning everyone.
Hope August started well for you!

The weather has been bloody awful here in the UK, so there's been no enjoyment of Summer outfits - I've resorted to wearing jeans recently and even wore a jacket out the other day!  What is the world coming to!

I managed to get dancing on Friday evening, the new dance was the Rumba and I grasped the basic steps okay but just struggled with the technique - it'll take much more than the one hour a week I practice, sadly I don't think that'll be happening anytime soon, I really don't have the time.

I've not much to report about Saturday and Sunday, I looked after Max for a couple of hours and had a tasty curry takeout on Saturday night whilst watching a mediocre film featuring Denzel Washington.  Most of his films are bangers but Fallen didn't really hit the spot for me or David, so it's not one I recommend!  I have bought a book to read though.  I can't remember the last time I bought a book, not that I've even started it yet.  It's the sequel to The boy in the Striped Pyjamas.  All the Broken Pieces is about secrets and atonement after Auschwitz and is narrated by Gretel, Bruno's guilt ridden sister!  I'll let you know what I think of it, but have any of you read it yet?

As it's the first Monday of August, I'd like to share with you my recent posts from July for the ...
July Review.

I started the month with a warmer outfit because the weather was cooler than it should have been, and to be fair it didn't get much warmer as the month went on as my outfits will show.
I wanted to join the waistcoat crusade, but shamefully I still haven't got myself on the trend and am still looking - maybe I'll find one in the sale and keep it for the Indian summer we may probably wont have - Lol! Catch my similar look featuring a knitted vest top and wide leg trousers here.


Thursday 3 August 2023

Not Much to Report - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there,
Thanks for joining me today.

I've had a busy couple of days, so not had a chance to arrange today's blog post!
I did get to see Barbie at the cinema on Tuesday evening.  Loved the film!

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