Monday, 31 August 2015

The Fab 40s - Styling Menswear

Happy Bank Holiday Monday ladies, doesn't Monday feel that much better when it's a three day weekend?!!

So today it's time for another fab 40s post & after each of us having picked a theme we've decided to add a different element to out monthly posts & each month feature a guest blogger.  This month it was back to Sheela to pick a theme & blogger & she choose menswear & invited Jennie from A Pocketful Of Polka Dots to join us.

Now I have a couple of items in my wardrobe that could be classed as menswear - boyfriend jeans & the oversized shirt.  So for today I've decided to go with the boyfriend shirt, a great wardrobe staple that's never going to date & is perfect for breathing new life into your wardrobe.  Timeless & elegant it can so easily be dressed up with leather leggings as it can be dressed down with trainers & distressed denim.

For today's post I'm teaming it with another wardrobe staple the biker jacket & this one from Marks is  simply stunning.  Now after a fabulous night out last night, which involved cocktails, bubbles & plenty of laughter you'll be pleased to know this picture wasn't taken the morning after the night before......I wouldn't subject you to that!!


My Midlife Fashion, Marks and Spencer Quilted Faux Leather Biker Jacket, Tan Mango Court Shoes, Oversized White Shirt, Distressed denim skinny zara jeans


Biker Jacket - Marks & Spencer
Shirt - H&M
Bag - Zara
Bracelet - Pia Jewellery
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Mango


And here's everyone else's take on the theme.




Inside Outside Beauty and Style


Waistcoat - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Top - Gap
Trousers - American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes - Sam Edelman
Sunglasses - Ray Ban


Dawn Lucy At Fashion Should Be Fun


Fashion Should Be Fun


Waistcoat - H&M
Necklace - Happiness Boutique & Lucky Brand
Sunglasses - Derek Lam
White T-Shirt - Old Navy
Jeans - Gap




Kremb de la kremb


Top - DIY project from charity shop, inspiration from Geneva of a Pair & a Spare
Sunglasses - Daughter's
Necklace - Market in Shanghai
Earrings - Market in Hong Kong
Jeans - Zara
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Mia




Sheela Writes


Shirt - Vintage from Hong Kong
Top - Forever21
Necktie - Vintage
Jewellery - Etsy
Skirt With Leggings - Herban Devi
Boots - Bakers




A Pocketful of Polkadots


Shirt - Worthington
Tie - NY&Co
Shorts - NY&Co
Shoes - Bandolino


Finally here's where you can 'shop my look' if you want to have a go at reproducing it - if you're after a biker jacket I really can't recommend the Marks one highly enough plus it's now available in tan too!


Styling A Boyfriend Shirt, My Midlife Fashion, Quilted Biker Jacket, Skinny Distressed Jeans, Boden Boyfriend Shirt, Mango, ZARA, Marks and Spencer


Biker Jacket - Marks & Spencer £59
Shirt - Boden £59
Jeans - Zara £39.99
Shoes - Mango £59.99


So are you a fan of menswear & the oversized shirt?  I'd love to hear your thoughts not to mention how you style yours.

Right I'm off to crash on the sofa after waking up bright & early & seeing the weather we've ditched our original plans of hunting down some bargains at the antique fair & instead are bunking down for a quiet one indoors.....bliss :-)

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Monday & see you in the morning.

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Capsule Holiday Packing & WIWT

So the holiday is already feeling like a distant memory but before it disappears completely I thought I'd do a round up of what I took with me & my thoughts & rules on packing a capsule wardrobe for your hols.

I've previously written a couple of posts on this subject here & here & if you're anything like me you'll hate packing with a vengeance.  Trying to decide what to take used to take me ages with trying to work out how I could take all my favourite pieces, which tops would go with which bottoms, what shoes, bags & accessories would go with which outfit until I'd not only totally confused myself but worn myself out in the process.  

Then last year I had a bit of a lightbulb moment & decided to take just one pieces - dresses & jumpsuits in mainly neutral colours with a selection of brightly coloured jewellery & bags to help accessorise the outfits to create different looks.  

So with these rules in mind when packing this year I managed to get myself done & dusted in less than 30 minutes, which has to be a world record for me!

This year I not only kept to one pieces I've also stuck to a colour palette of creams & blacks, the only exception being my denim shorts & striped top & navy maxi which I just couldn't resist packing.

So what did I take for a two week holiday, well here's the list:-

Day Wear:-
1 maxi dress, similar here.
1 pair of shorts, similar here.
1 off the shoulder top, similar here.
4 dresses, similar hereherehere & here.

Beach/Pool Wear:-
6 kaftans (which I'll admit I could easily have lost one or two but hey they don't take up that much room do they ;-) ).  See herehere & here & similar herehere & here.
3 Swimsuits, see herehere & here.
2 Biknis, see hereherehere & here.

Evening Wear:-
2 cream knee length dresses, similar here & here.
1 cream maxi dress, similar here.
2 black knee length dresses, similar here & here.
1 black maxi dress, similar here.

Accessories:-
Sun hat, similar here.
Sunglasses, similar here.
5 statement clutches (again this could have been reduced), see here & similar hereherehere & here.
A selection of jewellery, this necklace would be perfect for being a great multi tasker.
2 pairs of flip flops, see here & here (again I could easily reduce this to 1 pair).
4 pairs of sandals, see here & similar herehere & here (whcih could also be reduced probably just to 2 pairs if I was being strict!).

And here's a round up of my outfits from the holiday.


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango




My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Summer, Holiday Outfits, Coco Bay, HM, Mango


Obviously I could of managed without a couple of dresses & a few less pairs of sandals too but on the whole it seemed to work & be about the right balance.  Although next year I shall only take one day pair of flip flops & 2-3 pairs of evening sandals, as hubby was breaking into a small sweat at check-in on the way home that our existing clothes & holiday purchases might have taken us over the allowed allowance!  Luckily we were fine & even had a few kilos to spare :-)  

For those of you who have asked how I've found the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks (see my post here) I absolutely loved them & would highly recommend.  I wore them as I'd planned in my post & found them to be really easy to blend.  They go on really smoothly & you just build colour to suit, the only negative I can think of is they're addictive so you have been warned!!  

Back to today & here's what I'm wearing.  So what had planned to be a very quiet day in loading up on carbs ready for a night on the town with some friends has now turned into a mad dash trying to finish off the painting we started yesterday & tidy the house.  As usual my time management leaves a lot to be desired & I have SERIOUSLY underestimated the time it would all take but hey ho we've got bubble o'clock to look forward to :-)   To say I'm a teeny weeny little bit excited is an understatement, although we're supposed to be up bright & early tomorrow morning to hit an antique fair which could be interesting!!


My Midlife Fashion, Rachel Wears, Oversized Cardigan, Denim Pencil Skirt, Zara, Seven Boot Lane Dakota Shoes, Pia Jewellery Gold Star Pendant


Cardigan - Rachel Wears
T-Shirt - Zara
Necklace - Pia Jewellery
Skirt - Zara
Shoes - Seven Boot Lane


Grey and Denim, My Midlife Fashion, Mint Velvet Button Through Denim Skirt, Zara,  Boden sparkly slip ons, Rachel Wears Oversized Merino Wool Cardigan, Mango Grey Marl T Shirt


Cardigan - Rachel Wears £135
T-Shirt - Mango £17.99
Necklace - Pia Jewellery £70
Shoes - Boden £49


So what do you think, do you think I managed to travel light for our hols or did I over pack?  I always like to dangle the carrot of potential holiday purchases when packing, let alone the thought of having to unpack it all & wash & iron it when I get home so I always try to keep room in the suitcase.  How about you how do you go about packing for your holidays?  Any tips you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

See you tomorrow & if you want to see what I'm wearing tonight I'll be posting a picture on Instagram later (follow me here) there may even be a sneaky holiday purchase or two coming out to play.

Hope everyone has a fab Sunday & don't forget you've got until tomorrow to get 20% off all purchases with Coco Bay use code MIDLIFE20 at checkout.  I seriously can't rate their swimwear & accessories highly enough, it's amazing quality & seriously didn't budge an inch, even with out the straps!

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