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What I Was Up To In January & WIWT - Checks, Ruffles & All Blue

Morning ladies you may recall that back during the first half of January I had a day off work & headed to London for an exciting project.  Which for those of you who follow me on Instagram (here) I had hoped to share a few pictures with but in the end was sworn to secrecy & you just got images of my snacks for the day - Minstrals then the most gorgeous mega chocolate brownie ever!  

Fast forward a few weeks & I can now tell you that I went to London to take part in a photo shoot for Woman Magazine!  To even be typing those words is totally surreal let alone to say them out loud.  Even though I have been writing my blog for just short of 3 years I'm still totally amazed that it has grown & developed into what it is.  As I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined or hoped for what it has become & that is only down to each & every one of you who reads, follows, comments & supports me so THANK YOU!

The feature in which I took part has now been published in this week's magazine - hence I'm allowed to share it with you & features myself with two other lovely ladies who have each taken a milestone birthday - 30th, 40th & 50th to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones.

As most of you will know mine was to push myself into putting myself out there by writing my blog. To say it was totally outside of my comfort zone is something of a HUGE understatement as I'm naturally a very shy person who before my blog didn't put herself 'out there' or wish to draw attention to myself.  I'm certainly not one of these 'hey look at me' people.  I just have & always will love clothes & creating new looks & after a couple of years of saying to hubby that I would love to have a blog, with his & our son's encouragement I finally took the plunge.    

I know I say this a lot but I seriously didn't expect the blog to take me to where it has or give me the opportunities that have presented themselves, let alone work with some amazing brands.  But more importantly it has given me the confidence boost to be me & happy in my own skin.  I actually started My Midlife Fashion with only my hubby & son knowing & only after several months did I pluck up the courage to tell my Mum & Sister - in fact there are still a lot of family & friends that don't know anything about it.  I think most of the time I forget that people all over the world read & look at my posts - which is something I don't think I'll ever get my head around.  

You can read the full feature in this week's issue of Woman Magazine (see here) but in the meantime I thought you might like to seem some pictures taken from behind the scenes on the day of the shoot - a real knees wobbling in a nervous way kind of day but a lot of fun & everyone from Woman Magazine was just lovely.  Just don't get me started on my hair & make up - how lovely would that be on a daily basis?!!


My Midlife Fashion, Studio Shoot, Woman Magazine


My Midlife Fashion, Studio Shoot, Woman Magazine


My Midlife Fashion, Studio Shoot, Woman Magazine


Dress - Next £45
Shoes - Next £56


My Midlife Fashion, Studio Shoot, Woman Magazine


My Midlife Fashion, Studio Shoot, Woman Magazine


Back to what I'm wearing today & sadly no professional hair/make up or photographer just my son & my iPhone!  So I'm going with an all blue theme teamed with ruffles, checks & denim.


my Midlife fashion, alice temperley ruffle blouse, zara checked blazer, skinny denim jeans, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots


Blazer - Zara
Blouse - Alice Temperley
Studded Belt - Massimo Dutti
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Clarks


Blue, Ruffles, Denim & Over The Knee


Blazer - Mango £79.99
Jeans - Boden £49.50


Happy 'hump' day & once again thank you so much for all your support.

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31 comments

  1. Massive congratulations Jane ! What an amazing experience for you and totally earnt by you. I love your blog and you certainly have inspired me to start my own #ootd posts. Like you I hit a big birthday and am in my 50's wondering how I got here ! I need to take the plunge and start something new. Well done and keep doing what you're doing xxxx

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    1. Gosh thank you Pia for such a lovely comment. I'm just totally blown away by all the support from everyone & still can't believe what has happened to me. Well done for starting your own OOTD posts - it's a big thing hitting publish isn't it?!
      Jane xx

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  2. Well done Jane! So very pleased for you. You have definitely inspired me; 1) to re-find my love of clothes, 2) to keep going at the gym to get into my smaller clothes!!!!! And hopefully with the help of my daughter to learn a bit more tech and upload a photo - watch this space! Loving my latest 'Bet' boots from Zara - £19.99 in the sale (from £69.99)... And you were right, the M&S navy pleather skirt went back - the weirdest shaped pencil skirt - couldn't walk in it! Enjoy your day and congratulations!

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    1. Jane if I can do it you can. I'm still amazed anyone ever found me but it's lovely to 'meet' other lovely ladies like yourself.
      The Zara boots sound like a real steal & I bet you wonder how you ever managed without them. I'd been thinking about that M&S skirt - such a shame it didn't work but that means there's even more fun to be had continuing with the search ;-)
      Thank you for such a lovely comment & your support.
      Jane xx

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  3. I'm a late comer to your blog (some other blogger recommended you if I remember correctly) and I just love it. Your style is fantastic and I love the way you write. Congratulations on pushing yourself out there and on the article in the magazine. An inspiration to go live ones' life as it's the only one we have !

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    1. Wow thanks Ann. You're right in just going for things in life.....if only I'd have taken this attitude sooner but hey it's never too late :-)
      Jane xx

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  4. What a lovely way to spend the day Jane and such a lovely article too! I bet you are so glad you took the plunge and it has opened up some amazing opportunities for you! So well deserved.....keep your stylish inspiration coming! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle I've been very lucky. I'm still pinching myself to check this is actually happening to me!
      Jane xx

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  5. Congratulations Jane X
    I stumbled across you (Nov 2015) on Instagram looking for inspiration as I turned 40 and felt I really want to be a bit more stylish, comfortable and keeping it simple, which you really tick all those boxes. So a big thank you from me Triona living in Ireland. Wouldn't it be interesting to know where your followers are from?? Why not do a post on Instagram asking everyone to state where they are from?

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    1. Ooh what a great idea Triona & thank you for following me :-)
      Jane xx

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  6. Congratulations to you, Jane! Your blog is such a pleasure to read, filled with inspiration! Glad to see that you are receiving the kudos for it! Wish we had Woman Magazine here in the States...don't believe that we do.

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    1. Aww Deborah that's such a lovely thing to say thank you :-)
      Jane xx

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  7. Congratulations and well deserved too. I love your blog and try and have a read every day. I also loved the tips on exercise and skin care too, as a mum whose trying to find her way back into exercising, it was nice to read your tips from working out at home. It looks like you had a fabulous day, and I wish you many more of them. Xx

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    1. Julie thank you & it's lovely to hear that you also enjoy my posts on exercise & skincare too. I'm blown away by all this lovely support.
      Jane xx

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  8. Jane! This is so terrific. Congratulations, it's so well deserved. Keep up the good work you have a few fans, including me!
    xoxo beth

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    1. Wow thank you Beth from such a stylish lady as yourself that's a huge compliment.
      Jane xx

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  9. How fabulous for you and very well deserved. After having two children and stuck in a job I hated I lost my confidence to style my clothes and didn't feel worthy of being fashionable but after stumbling across your blog it's given me such as boost. I fell in love with clothes again and got my mojo back. I even had a career change and have joined a gym. I know it sounds a bit heavy but after discovering your blog it's inspired me so you deserve a day of pampering. Well done you

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    1. Wow I'm absolutely blown away by this. Thank you so much so taking the time to tell me & I'm so pleased that you've re-gained your confidence & mojo. Clothes really are a confidence booster aren't they?! I think that's one of the reasons I love jackets so much.
      Jane xx

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  10. What an amazing opportunity! Well done, Jane. So well deserved! Lynne xx

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    1. Thanks Lynne, I've been very lucky.
      Jane xx

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  11. Hi Jane, I have read your blog from the start and have enjoyed following your journey, seeing your great outfits everyday and little snippets into your life. Huge congratulations on your fab opportunity, very well deserved I say. Kareema xx

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    1. Thank you Kareema for your support from the very beginning & following me on my journey. It's so lovely to have got to 'meet' ladies like yourself through the blog & as ever your support means the world.
      Jane xx

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  12. Hi Jane, I have read your blog from the start and have enjoyed following your journey, seeing your great outfits everyday and little snippets into your life. Huge congratulations on your fab opportunity, very well deserved I say. Kareema xx

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  13. Congratulations Jane, you deserve it, I love your down to earth, no nonsense blog, and I've bought a few of the items you wear, you are a great inspiration. I am quite a bit older than you, more old age fashion, than mid life, but I still love clothes and make up and try to keep up to date without looking "mutton'. Keep up the good work. Georgina x

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    1. Thank you Georgina, what a lovely comment! I think alot of the clothes I love are perfect for styling for various age groups with just a little twist where appropriate. Like you say just because we hit a certain age doesn't mean we have to stop loving clothes & fashion. Most trends with a few exceptions can be tweeked to suit all age groups.
      Jane xx

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  14. I went out and bought a copy of the magazine today & it was lovely to read the article. A massive well done Jane. You hugely deserve it. I love your blog & am an avid reader. Thank you for the inspiration you've given me & so many others Juanita xx

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    1. Juanita thank you for all your support too & I glad you liked the feature. I've been blown away by all the lovely messages & support - there really are some very lovely ladies out there.
      Jane xx

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  15. Massive congratulations Jane! Great blog and very much deserved, I'll continue reading and continue being inspired, funny what a big birthday can do to you xxx

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    1. Thanks Sue & yes turning 40 has got a lot to answer for but so far only in a good way!!
      Jane xx

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  16. Wow -Congratulations on your feature, it is so well deserved! You always look so fabulous, I bet your day of the photoshoot was amazing!
    Luisa
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    1. It was a totally sureal moment Luisa but I could certainly get used to having my hair & make up done on a daily basis ;-)
      Jane xx

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