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Gift Guide For Her + WIW - Flower Power




Morning ladies & happy Monday.  Seeing as we're fast approaching the end of November I thought it's time we started talking all things Christmas.  So over the course of the next few days I plan on sharing my Christmas gift guides with ideas that will hopefully help & inspire you in getting your Christmas shopping done & dusted & take the headache out of present shopping & trying to think of the perfect gifts to get your loved ones.

Today I'm starting with us ladies, with gifts to cover all budgets & hopefully help you in writing your own wish list to Santa, I shall certainly be forwarding today's post onto hubby ;-)  As always just click on any of the above images for further details.

Onto what I'm wearing & I'm kick starting the week with a splash of flower power & my Marks midi dress.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, marks and spencer long sleeve maxi dress

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, marks and spencer long sleeve maxi dress

Dress - Marks & Spencer
Bag - Iris & Ink
Trainers - Golden Goose

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Coat - Hobbs
Dress - Marks & Spencer
Bag - Tula
Trainers - Marks & Spencer

As a change from my biker jacket I'm styling it with trainers & a classic single breasted coat for a day of doing.

Here's hoping it's a great start to the week for us all.  I know we're certainly hoping this week is a better week than last week as unfortunately yesterday we had to make the extremely painful decision to say goodbye to our beloved dog Huxley.  A totally heartbreaking day that has left us all shocked & drained with a hole in our hearts & the house so painfully quiet.  The only comfort of course being all the joy he brought us over the years & the knowledge that he is no longer suffering, but of course that doesn't stop the heartache or feeling of uselessness at being totally unable to stop everyone's heartbreak.

Still onwards & upwards & of course I great distraction will be Black Friday where there's bound to be lots of offers from all our favourite brands.  I'm definitely on a mission to complete my Christmas shopping & take advantage of all the deals plus the added advantage of keeping my mind occupied.  Although I don't know about you but I find it can be hard keeping up to date with all the discounts & offers, so I'll be sure to keep you up to date as the week progresses & will be featuring a full list on Friday.

Have a good one & I'll see you in the morning.

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Party Wear + WIW

Looks 1, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, biba panther clasp box clutch, linea solange mesh panel bodycon dress, kurt geiger london sooty courts, phase eight ¾ sleeve tessa lace top, ted baker jillat skinny side zip trousers, miss kg ava sandals, issa box clutch bag, issa diasy lace detail midi dress, dune amallfie point toe stiletto court shoes



Dune Amalfie Point Toe Stiletto Court Shoes

Morning ladies, today I thought we'd talk partywear, as like it or not Christmas is fast approaching so it's time to start dusting off our sparkly numbers & get ready to party!  

I don't know if it's because we went away to Dubai in October & so in my head it still feels like the end of summer when we usually get back from some summer sun, but I for one just can't quite get my head around the fact that the big day is a matter of weeks away.  I also have the small matter of my birthday in early December & I always set myself the benchmark of trying to get all my Christmas shopping & cards written by the end of November so I can enjoy the celebrations.  But I must say this year it's looking a lot less likely unless I get my act together.  

So far the only things I've got sorted are our plans for Christmas Eve, the big day itself & New Year's Eve, which this year will involve putting on our gladrags as it's a black tie do.  So I was delighted when House of Fraser recently contacted me to see if I'd be interested in putting together some partywear outfits as that will at least be one box ticked on the ridiculous check list us ladies give ourselves this time of year in the effort to make everything perfect & the best Christmas yet!  Now just in case hubby is reading this I've got a couple of ideas of what I might wear New Year's Eve, but it doesn't hurt to look for inspiration or some different options does it ladies ;-)

looks 2, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, issa dia tassel clutch bag, js collections sleeveless red maxi, nine west rave sandals, issa betty embellished feather cape, phase eight talia jumpsuit, kurt geiger london pia mid heel court shoes, biba rhi circular studded clutch, issa alice wrap maxi, head over heels munro strappy low 2 part sandals

ISSA Dia Tassel Clutch Bag
JS Collections Sleeveless Red Maxi
Nine West Rave Sandals

ISSA Betty Embellished Feather Cape
Phase Eight Talia Jumpsuit
Kurt Geiger London Pia Mid Heel Court Shoes

Bibi Rhi Circular Studded Clutch
ISSA Alice Wrap Maxi
Head Over Heels Munro Strappy Low 2 Part Sandals

Now I appreicate some of you may not have a black tie do this festive season but I'm sure most of us have some sort of occasion where it's nice to make that little bit more effort & dress up a little more than we normally would.  As you'll see from the looks I've put together some ideas are for formal events with full length dresses but others are outfits that you could easily wear on the big day itself, not to mention your works Christmas do or a night out celebrating with the girls.

Looks 4, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, phase eight becca batwing jumper, fenn wright manson caroline skirt, head over heels annabel low kitten heel pointed court shoes, superdry scuba luxe longline blazer jacket, hallhuber satin camisole top, biba pu stretch leggings, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes, marella leccue ruched blouse, biba velvet studded skirt, miss kg jazz shoe boots

Phase Eight Becca Batwing Jumper
Fenn Wright Manson Caroline Skirt
Head Over Heels Annabel Low Kitten Heel Pointed Court Shoes

Superdry Scuba Luxe Longline Blazer Jacket
Hallhuber Satin Camisole Top
Biba Pu Stretch Leggings
Dune Bluebelle Flat Pointed Court Shoes

Marella Leccue Ruched Blouse
Biba Velvet Studded Skirt
Miss KG Jazz Shoe Boots

I mean who doesn't love a little bit so shimmer & sparkle - I for one certainly seem to be unlocking my inner magpie the older I get & the more sparkly the shoe the better.  I particularly love the idea of the sequin skirt I've featured above teamed with a slighly loose fit knit & court shoes.  Plus how stunning does that studded velvet skirt look?!  Hubby I'm sorry but I just 'may' have to investigate that beauty further!

Looks 3, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, ariella fifi faux fur crop bolero, adrianna papell one shoulder dress with lace top, l k bennett agata asymmetric sandals, helen moore tippet faux fur scarf, c/meo pleated maxi dress with split, quid lita stay sandal

Qupid Lita Strappy Sandal

Of course you may be lucky enough to own a couple of faithful little black dresses that you can rely on for always fitting the occasion & making you feel good & if that's the case but you're worried friends will think you only own that one dress then perhaps think about investing in some new shoes or a statement clutch to change the look, there's some stunning heels & clutches around at the moment.

Looks 5, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, lace and beads blouson embellished maxi, roland cartier magma diam cut out shoes, winser london silk and jersey wrap top, jolie moi crepe pleated maxi skirt, dune deeana high heeled brooch court shoes, phase eight angalina frill maxi dress, dune mansionn strappy jewelled high heel sandal



Or if you're looking to treat yourself but don't want to buy something that's only going to spend most of it's days hanging in your wardrobe then think about investing in separates, pieces that you can dress up or down.  Such as leather leggings which look fab as shown above with a longline blazer & lace cami but can so easily be reworked for day with a chunky knit & trainers.  The same with a maxi skirt - dress it up for a special occasion with an off the shoulder or silk crossover top then team with a biker jacket, breton & flats for the day.  Heck if you're brave enough you could even throw on a chunky knit & trainers with a sequin skirt, which let's face it is always going to brighten up your day.

Now I mentioned earlier my love of sparkly shoes & these are so stunning I just couldn't resist picking them as one of my items to style & feature.  I seem to spend most of my time in flats so a dressy pair that have sparkle but mean I'll still be able to walk in them come the end of the night are everything.   Plus I'll also be able to get my wear out of them day to day.  In my head I'm thinking they're ideal for casual occasions where you want to make a little bit of effort but don't want to be too dressed up as it's more of a laid back occasion such as how I've styled them below but equally they'd look stunning with some black cigarette pants, a simple lace trim cami & a tuxedo jacket.  Plus on those dull January days we've got to look forward to, boyfriend jeans & an oversized chunky knit - just because they're sparkly & will make me smile :-)

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes, zara oversized chunky knit polo neck jumper, ralph lauren lauren clutch bag, uniqlo high collar frill detail blouse, massimo dutti leather leggings

Jumper - Zara, similar here
Shirt - Uniqlo, similar here
Leather Leggings - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Bag - Ralph Lauren, similar here
Shoes - Dune

The other item I've picked is this timeless silk shirt.  A real wardrobe staple, that I already own similar to in black & white.  This type of top for me is just perfect for dressing up or down & can so easily be transformed with the addition of a statement necklace.  Something like this really will stand the test of time & be one of those tops you can reach for on most occasions where you don't know what to wear.  I've styled it below to show you how I'm planning on wearing it over the festive season & I'm also wearing it today in a more dressed down capacity.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, jigsaw silk shirt, dune metallic clutch, dune betsey court shoes, j crew cigarette pants, chanel vintage necklace

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, jigsaw silk shirt, dune metallic clutch, dune betsey court shoes, j crew cigarette pants, chanel vintage necklace

Necklace - Chanel, similar here
Shirt - Jigsaw
Clutch - Dune, similar here
Trousers - J Crew, similar here
Shoes - Dune, similar here

And today.

my midlife fashion, jigsaw silk shirt, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, house of fraser, boden boho boots, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, j crew 8" toothpick jeans, village england misterton necklace

my midlife fashion, jigsaw silk shirt, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, house of fraser, boden boho boots, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, j crew 8" toothpick jeans, village england misterton necklace

Coat - Tommy Hilfiger
Shirt - Jigsaw
Belt - Gucci
Bag - Iris & Ink
Jeans - J Crew
Boots - Boden

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Coat - Hobbs
Shirt - Jigsaw
Belt - Jigsaw
Jeans - J Crew
Boots - Boden

So ladies have you started planning your Christmas partywear?  Perhaps you've seen something in today's post that's got you itching to 'click that button' or maybe I've featured an outfit that's given you some inspiration for pieces already hanging in your wardrobe?  As always I'd love to hear your thoughts & if you're needing more inspiration check out House of Fraser's full range of partywear here.

Have a fab day & I'll be back as always in the morning. 

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WIW - Slogan Saturday

my midlife fashion, marks and spencer pleated midi skirt, village england pemberton studded across body bag, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, bella freud je taime jane jumper

Happy Saturday ladies.  I'm going with a simple combo of a slogan knit & my faux leather pleated skirt, which I'm finishing off with my statement Village England cross body bag that has been upgraded with their stunning studded detail strap - love!

my midlife fashion, marks and spencer pleated midi skirt, village england pemberton studded across body bag, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, bella freud je taime jane jumper

Jumper - Bella Freud
Skirt - Marks & Spencer
Trainers - Golden Goose

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Jumper - Selfish Mother
Bag - Kurt Geiger
Skirt - Marks & Spencer
Trainers - Marks & Spencer

So just a normal Saturday here - a few errands, the karate run then a quiet chilled evening on the sofa with Strictly :-)

Enjoy your day ladies & I'll see you tomorrow.

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Natural Organic Skincare + WIW - All The Classics

my midlife fashion, rosehipplus hydrating cream, rosehipplus nourishing night cream, rosehipplus organic cold press, rosehipplus skin boost roll on


Morning ladies before I share what I'm wearing today I wanted to let you know about some new skincare I've been sent.  I get a lot of ladies asking for organic natural skincare so if you're one of those ladies then this new range should be of interest.  Made by an Australian brand these products are 100% pure & natural & made from Rosehip oil, one of nature's richest sources of Vitamin C that also contains lots of other vitamins & anti-oxidants, that offer great benefits for wellbeing & health.    I've tried all the products shown above & they really are lovely & gentle on the skin.  It's the first time I've tried a rollerball application for eye cream & I have to say I really like it & find the process quite soothing.  For more information about the company you can visit their website here, or just click any of the above links for further details on each of the products.

Onto today's look & it's all about the classics & a simple monochrome look.  Who can resist a simple longline silk shirt with oversized cashmere cardi?!



Cardigan - Marks & Spencer
Necklace - J Crew
Leggings - Hotsquash
Ballet Pumps - French Sole

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Cardigan - Marks & Spencer
Necklace - Marks & Spencer
Leggings - Next
Ballet Pumps - French Sole

Just a normal Friday here - pilates, work & the glamour of finishing the housework & ironing ready for the weekend.  Then I think it would be rude not to celebrate the start of the weekend with a cheeky vino or two ;-)

Enjoy your day ladies & I'll be back in the morning.

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WIW + Discount Time

my midlife fashion, petit bateau cotton striped jumper, uterque mock croc cross body bag, j crew cropped kick flare sammie trousers, boden studded flats, baukjen everyday biker jacket

Morning ladies - got to love that Thursday morning feeling :-)  I just love the thought of one more sleep till the weekend ;-)

my midlife fashion, petit bateau cotton striped jumper, uterque mock croc cross body bag, j crew cropped kick flare sammie trousers, boden studded flats, baukjen everyday biker jacket

Jumper - Petit Bateau
Bag - Uterque
Trousers - J Crew
Biker Jacket - Baukjen
Shoes - Boden 

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Jumper - Petit Bateau
Bag - Tula
Trousers - Marks & Spencer
Biker Jacket - Baukjen
Shoes - L K Bennett

In honour of that Thursday feeling I'm breaking out a sales purchase that I've been looking forward to wearing & that's this lovely monochrome stripe jumper that naturally had me at hello with it's brass buttons!  

So I'm determined to have a good 'doing' day today & try & attempt to clear most of my 'to do' list then perhaps I can celebrate with a cheeky vino this evening ;-)  How about you, anything special planned or is it just a normal Thursday?  Plus with 30% off everything over at Jack Wills until Sunday with discount code FRIENDS I may just have to take a peek & get a start on my Christmas shopping.  I've put a few of my favourite pieces together below but you can see their full collection here.



Enjoy you day ladies & I'll see you tomorrow.

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New In + WIW

Looks 4, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer, marks and spencer pu biker jacket, marks and spencer pure cashmere ribbed round neck jumper, marks and spencer lace up trainers, marks and spencer feather flared jacquard a line midi skirt, marks and spencer cotton blend lace long sleeve blouse, marks and spencer stiletto heel fine strap court shoes


Morning ladies for this month's post concentrating on what's new at Marks & Spencer I thought I'd try something different & feature my top picks from their 'new into store' & share how I'd style certain pieces to create day to night looks.  As let's face it with Christmas fast approaching we're all probably starting to think about those festive parties & celebrations & what to wear.  Plus if you're anything like me you'll hate the idea of buying something for a special event that's then going to remain sitting in your wardrobe until the next occasion that calls for something a little bit more dressy/sparkly.

You may remember last year I bought a gorgeous brocade navy midi skirt from Marks & the black skirt I've featured above reminds of it.  A stunning skirt that will work with a biker jacket & trainers as much as it will dressed up for an evening do.  I've worn mine teamed with various pieces from a simple cashmere crew neck, a timeless fitted white shirt & a breton but equally it would look fab with a lace trim camisole or even an off the shoulder blouse.  It's one of those pieces that you'll instantly feel special & glam in I guarantee it.

Looks 2, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer, marks and spencer pure cashmere ribbed round neck jumper, marks and spencer leather leopard print pump shoes, marks and spencer lace tutu a line midi skirt, marks and spencer side bow long sleeve top, marks and spencer stiletto bow satin two part court shoes


If you're a fan of Sex In The City & SJP then you'll love the idea of a tulle skirt.  Again I bought a grey maxi from Marks earlier in the year & have teamed it with both a biker & a blazer.  I also grabbed a navy version in the summer sales, which I can't wait for an occasion to wear with my tuxedo jacket.  I love the black tulle version I've picked above, which I'd team with a simple cashmere crew neck jumper & ballet flats for a more casual daytime look but if wearing for a party then what about this stunning one shoulder bow blouse & fabulous red heels - love, love, love!

Looks 1, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer, marks and spencer pu biker jacket, marks and spencer leather across body bag, marks and spencer lace up trainers, marks and spencer floral print long sleeve maxi dress, marks and spencer grosgrain trim single button jacket, marks and spencer love box clutch bag, marks and spencer stiletto heel side zip ankle boot


Now the next item I've chosen may not look that special but believe me it's stunning.  In fact I'm wearing it today, so I'll share some pictures in a bit.  Strangely as you've probably gathered by now I'm not one to be drawn to bright large patterned clothing but as soon as I spotted this it was love at first sight, which I think is to do with the stunning blue & green shades.  This pussy bow tie neck midi dress falls beautifully & as I've shown above can easily be adapted to be worn for general everyday life as much as it can a meal out.  Personally I prefer the bow to be undone so that the dress doesn't look too solid & shows a little bit of skin & neck but if I was wearing it with a cropped fitted jacket I would think about bowing it to create a bit more of an additional statement.

Looks 3, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer, marks and spencer pleated round neck ¾ sleeve blouse, marks and spencer high waist mom jeans, marks and spencer wide fit leather bow pump shoes, marks and spencer velvet gold button double breasted jacket, marks and spencer tie detail v neck blouse, marks and spencer pleated midi skirt, marks and spencer two part block heel sparkle sandals


We all know how much a love a blazer or two ;-)  & if you're looking for a black version with gold buttons then this double breasted timeless beauty might be right up your street.  I'm having to resist the urge to 'click the button' as even I can honestly say I don't need any more jackets but it's proving hard to resist!  Perfect for a simple jeans & top combo as much as it is for dressing up with a maxi skirt & blouse.  Again with this pussy bow blouse I'd personally leave it undone as I think it looks less formal & a little more sexy.

Looks 5, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer, marks and spencer metallic spotted popover long sleeve blouse, marks and spencer turn up mid rise slim leg jeans, marks and spencer stiletto heel side zip ankle boot, marks and spencer wool rich wrap coat, marks and spencer floral lace long sleeve bodycon midi dress, marks and spencer faux leather elongate clutch bag, marks and spencer stiletto heel trim pointed court shoes


For my final outfit I've picked a timeless wool wrap coat.  I mean who doesn't love a grey winter beauty like this.  Perfect for pairing with denim & this stunning metallic & pleated detail blouse, as much as it is for keeping you warm when worn over your LBD.  This is definitely something you'd find yourself reaching for year after year.

I've been lucky enough to have been asked by Marks to style a few of my favourite pieces.  So what I have I chosen?  Well I'd seen this skirt online & had quickly bypassed it as I hadn't realised that it's made from a faux leather material, which is a fab fabric for this time of year.  Plus because of the heaviness of the fabric the pleats hang beautifully & despite worrying that it might fall at an unflattering length it's perfect for my height & I would say falls between a maxi & midi length so ideal for everyday wear.  For a casual everyday look I've teamed it with a real wardrobe staple and this cashmere oversized cardi, some timeless ballet pumps & a breton.  But equally it would look stunning with a statement blouse & blazer or trainers & a crew neck jumper.  In terms of size I would say it's pretty true to size.  Yes I could probably have sized down due to the elasticated waist but I preferred my normal size which I'm wearing on my hips for that little bit of added length.

my midlife fashion, uterque mock croc cross body bag, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, marks and spencer pleated midi skirt, hm breton, marks and spencer pure cashmere textured longline cardigan

Cardigan - Marks & Spencer
Breton - H&M, similar here
Skirt - Marks & Spencer
Trainers - Golden Goose, similar here

As I mentioned earlier in the post one of my other picks was this dress that I've featured above.  I've gone for a simple look of teaming it with my trusted biker jacket & these velvet ankle boots, which were my other pick this month.  In terms of sizing I would say both are true to size.  I'm wearing an 8 in the dress & the boots a 6½.  The dress is beautifully made & feels really luxurious plus I love that the tie neck has a high collar at the back of the neck making it fall better when wearing the tie undone than if there was no collar at the back.  If you like the fabric but aren't a dress person then check out the blouse in the same fabric here.

my midlife fashion, marks and spencer floral print long sleeve maxi dress

my midlife fashion, marks and spencer floral print long sleeve maxi dress, massimo dutti leather biker jacket, marks and spencer stiletto heel side zip ankle boot

 Biker Jacket - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Dress - Marks & Spencer - or alternatively they also do a blouse version here
Boots - Marks & Spencer

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 Biker Jacket - Marks & Spencer
Dress - Marks & Spencer
Boots - Marks & Spencer

So ladies what are your thoughts?  See anything that takes your fancy?  How about party season are you already thinking ahead to what you'll be wearing, or do you have a tried & tested faithful hanging in your wardrobe that you're planning on wearing this season?  As always I'd love to hear.

Enjoy your ladies & as always I'll be back in the morning.

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