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WIWT - Happy New Years Eve

Morning ladies I can't believe it's New Year's Eve already, it hardly seems like 5 minutes ago when we were getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2015!

I don't know about you but after a week of everyone being home the house is needing a good clean & for some mad reason I like everything to be clean & tidy to see in the new year.  So it's a day of cleaning, tidying & popping to the shops for a few essentials ready for tonight.  So a nice & simples oufit today with an all black look & layers.

My Midlife Fashion, Costigan, Zara Oversized Cardigan, Jones Liverpool Ankle Boots

Hat - Zara
Necklace - bought in Majorca
Shirt - Zara
Cardigan - Zara
Bracelets - handmade
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Jones

All Black

Cardigan - Mango Now £24.99
Jeans - Mango £35.99
Boots - Jones £70

Before I love you & leave you I'd like to wish each & everyone one of you & all your families & loved ones a healthy, happy & peaceful New Year.  May 2016 bring you all much love, laughter & see all your dreams come true.  Thank you as always for all your continual support & here's to an even more fabulous 2016 for us all!

So what's everyone up to tonight?  We're off out celebrating the New Year with friends so I'll post tonight's outfit on Instagram later.

Enjoy the celebrations & I'll see you in the morning.....well it may be the afternoon depending on what time we finish celebrating ;-)

Oops & I nearly forget Boden are now offering an additional 10% off all their sale items click here & use code 1SAL at checkout!

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What I've Been Buying In November & My OOTD

One month you're going to click on this post & discover that it's amazingly shock horror empty & as much as I'd like to say this is the month, sadly once again it's not this month!

So what have I been buying?!!

Well firstly these jumpers, I just love the shape, so much so I bought both colours as they're perfect for teaming with pencil skirts, my leather leggings not to mention skinny jeans. However, fear not I have no plans on wearing it as a dress as shown below!

Zara Oversize Asymmetric Sweater

Zara Asymmetric Jumper

I've also ventured further into culotte territory with these straight leg culottes.

Zara Culottes

Also I just couldn't resist this very simplistic & stylish top - I just love every thing about this.

Zara Epaulette Top

More knitwear with this thick knitted slightly cropped jacket perfect for dressing down a pair of jeans & teaming with trainers.

Zara Visible Seam Jacket

Plus of course my bargain faux fur gilets, see here & here & this lovely knitted dress.

Marks and Spencer Drape Sweater Dress

Back to today & here's what I'm wearing.  We're off out to my nephew's first birthday party so lots of cuddles & kisses hopefully coming my way!

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Tweed Cross Body Bag, Wallis W Navy Military Coat, Massimo Dutti White Shirt, Zara skinny distressed denim, Mango white leather trainers

Coat - Wallis
Shirt - Massimo Dutti
Bracelets - Bella Jane Jewellery
Bag - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Trainers - Mango

Styling A Military Coat

Bag - Zara £29.99
Trainers - Boden £69

So ladies what have you been buying this month?  Has it just been Christmas presents or did the odd little treat for Santa's helper slip in?!  As always I'd love to hear.

Enjoy your day & I'll see you tomorrow.

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WIWT - Styling A Knitted Wrap

Morning ladies, I'm going for a bit of a Christmas feel today with my new knitted wrap that's been sent to me by Damart & is perfect for throwing over my Hush knitted dress.

My Midlife Fashion, Damart Woven Wrap, Schuh Dash Boots, Hush Willow Knit Dress, Bella Jane Jewellery, Yosa Jane Clutch Bag

Wrap - Damart
Dress - Hush
Bracelets - Bella Jane Jewellery
Bag - Yosa
Boots - Schuh

Styling a Wrap

Wrap - Damart £32
Dress - Hush Now £72
Boots - Schuh £65

So how's everyone getting on with demolishing all the food you bought for Christmas?!  I have to admit our fridge is still groaning under the weight & we haven't even started to make a hole in the amount of chocolates we have in the house, I think it's safe to say we won't need to be buying anymore for several months at least!

Hope everyone has a fab day.....I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to an early evening crashed on the sofa with nibbles, bubbles, oh & some chocolates.....well it is Christmas ;-)

Have a lovely day & I'll see you in the morning.

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The Fab 40s Style Faux Fur

Morning ladies, I hope everyone's enjoying the Christmas festivities.

For this month's Fab40s post it was my turn to pick both a theme & our guest blogger so after some thought I decided to pick something that I'm really enjoying wearing this season & that's faux fur.  Plus it also gives me a great excuse to break out a cheeky new purchase - another new gilet, which I just couldn't resist in this stunning navy blue as it's seriously lovely & warm & perfect for teaming with my Clarks over the knee boots.

My Midlife Fashion, Boden Polo Neck, Zara faux leather a line skirt, faux fur gilet, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots

Gilet - eBay
Polo Neck - Boden
Bracelets - Bella Jane Jewellery
Skirt - Zara
Boots - Clarks

And here's how the rest of the Fab40s ladies have styled the theme.

Fab 40s

Sunglasses - Ray Ban
Top - J Crew
Faux Fur Stole - Zara
Trousers - Zara
Boots - Dolce & Gabbana

Fab 40s

 Cropped Faux Fur Vest - Romwe
Earrings - Ralph Lauren
Jumper - Old Navy
Faux Fur Tote - Thrifted
Jeans - Old Navy
Boots - Banana Republic

Fab 40s

Faux Fur Coat - Target
Earrings - Forever 21
Knitted Dress - Forever 21
Clutch - Vintage
Boots - Target

Fab 40s

Faux Fur Trim Poncho - Postmark
Dress - Urbanog
Clutch  - 10 Crosby Derek Lam
Cuff - Unearthed
Boots - Bought in Malaysia

Finally our guest blogger the ever stylish Beth from Style At A Certain Age.  Beth has the natural ability of always looking super stylish & elegant whilst incorporating a nod to the latest trends & I always look forward to seeing her daily outfit posts.

Fab 40s

T-Shirt - Banana Republic
Shirt - Ralph Lauren
Scarf - J Crew
Faux Fur Vest - H&M
Trousers - Loft
Boots - J Crew
Bag - Zara

Layering Up With Faux Fur

Polo Neck - Whistle Now £32.50
Boots - Clarks £140

Have a lovey day & I'll see you in the morning.

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Sales Heaven With The Dressing Room & WIWT

So how's the sales shopping going ladies?!  Have you got been 'clicking that button' at alarming rate & at the same speed that a teenage boy hits the fire button on the latest PS4 war game?!!  Well time to grab a cuppa & settle down as I've got some great picks from The Dressing Room's sale. 

Regular readers will remember that I'm a huge fan of the brands stocked by The Dressing Room, you can see my previous post on a fantastic brand of t-shirts that they stock here.

So when they recently got in touch to see if I'd like to style three of their items that are currently in the sale I didn't hesitate in saying yes as I just love creating different looks & what better way to get a feel about some new brands.

Before I show you which three items I decided to style I thought I'd share with you my edit from their sale but be warned there's lots of temptation about to come your way & to help further I've got a fab discount code to share with you, which will give you an additional 10% off all sale prices & is valid both online & in store for today only.

I think you'll agree all the items below would make great wardrobe additions - classic, stylish pieces that when teamed with basics in your wardrobe would look amazing.

Sales Picks, Paul and Joe Sister Faustian Blouse, The Dressing Room, My Midlife Fashion, Lily and Lionel Nova Tunic, Cocoa Cashmere Curved Hem Jumper, Day Birger et Middelsen Opaque Blouse, Becksondergaard T Norwood Silk Mix Scarf, Great Plains Banging Boucle Roll Neck, Great Plains Easy Turn Top, Ba&sh Nico Dress, American Vintage Cody Shirt, Muubaa Lance Leather Biker Jacket, Ash Volt Buckle Trainers

So which three things did I pick to style?  Well first off we all know how useful a scarf is & for someone like me that doesn't wear that many patterns they're perfect for adding an element of interest & transforming the simplest of outfits.  Becksondergaard are just a stunning brand so it would be rude not to have a little play, wouldn't it?!

My Midlife Fashion, Becksondergaard Silk Mix Scarf, Schuh Dash Over the knee boots, Zara biker jeans, Somerset Alice Temperley Ruffle Blouse, Massimo Dutti Boucle jacket

Blouse - Alice Temperley
Bracelet - J Crew
Jacket - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Jeans - Zara
Boots -Schuh

Such a beautiful scarf & fantastic quality that due to its colours can be worn with greys, blues, black & khaki so if you're in the market for a scarf I can highly recommend this one & with 40% off pre discount code a great bargain too.

For my second item I picked the American Vintage shirt as shirts like this that have a smooth, silk like feel are perfect for sexing up a pair of simple jeans both in the day when dressed down with trainers & a loose fitting blazer or of an evening with heels & a statement clutch.  I can't even begin to tell you how lovely this is to wear & it falls perfectly.

My Midlife Fashion, American Vintage Shirt, J Crew Classic Pave Link Bracelet, Massimo Dutti Skinny Jeans, Zara oversized blanket scarf, Zara cowboy heeled boots

Hat - Zara, similar here
Scarf - Zara, similar here
Belt - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Bracelet - J Crew
Jeans - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Boots - Zara

And finally I chose the Great Plains Boucle roll neck which is gorgeously soft & lovely & warm.  Not to mention is the most stunning shade of navy & has statement button detailing on the roll neck.  In fact I love it so much I'm wearing it today.

My Midlife Fashion, faux fur gilet, zara felt hat, great plains boucle roll neck, zara skinny jeans, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots

Hat - Zara
Faux Fur Gilet - eBay
Bracelet - J Crew
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Clarks

All Blue, shop my style, my midlife fashion, great plains boucle roll neck, zara felt hat, marks and spencer skinny jeans, faux fur gilet, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots

Hat - Hat £25.99
Boots - Clarks £140

So ladies do you see anything to tempt you?  As I mentioned earlier I've got an exclusive discount code to share with you - simply use code XMAS10 at checkout & you'll get an additional 10% off all sale prices for today only (ends midnight 27th December).  They've got some lovely pieces & I've only included just a small selection, click here to get shopping & don't forget to use code XMAS10.

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WIWT - Styling A Chunky Knit

Happy Boxing Day ladies.

After all the excesses of Christmas Day we're having a quiet one & thinking about a long walk to try & burn off some of those extra calories.  So a simple outfit of layers with a chunky polo neck worn over a boyfriend shirt with pleather leggings & trainers.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Pleather Leggings, Chunky Knit Polo Neck, Boyfriend oversized shirt, mango leather white trainers

Jumper - Zara
Shirt - H&M
Leggings - Zara
Trainers - Mango

Styling A Chunky Knit

Jumper - Boden £79
Shirt - Boden £59
Leggings - John Lewis £69
Trainers - Boden £69

I don't know about you but I'm really looking forward to bubble & squeak later - it's as much a tradition here as Christmas lunch & you can't beat it teamed with pickles, cold turkey & a chunk of cheese - just yummy!

Hope everyone has a fab day & in case you've not clicked the button yet there's further reductions  over at Boden as their sale has now gone up to 60% off see here & Hush have just launched 20% off all their winter collection click here!

See you tomorrow.

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Happy Christmas & WIWT

So bit of a late one last night for us with lovely friends celebrating Christmas Eve & eating turkey & cranberry sandwiches well turned midnight.  Then of course me being me I've hardly slept as I just LOVE Christmas - I think I'll still be the same in old age but there's just something so magical & special about it all even though our son is no longer a little one.

Anyway this morning has all been about opening presents in our PJ's whilst sipping bubbles & scoffing chocolates (wouldn't this be a fab way to start every day?!) & now we're dressed & ready to get on with the cooking & celebration of the day ahead.

I've gone for comfort as well as glamour & teamed my bargain faux leather maxi skirt (which I managed to snag for £22.50) with an off the shoulder cashmere jumper.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Cashmere Sweater, Marks and Spencer A LIne Midi Skirt, Xara Printed leather leopard flats

Jumper - Zara
Skirt - Marks & Spencer
Bracelet - J Crew
Shoes - Zara

Faux Leather & Cashmere

Jumper - Zara £99.99
Shoes - Zara £59.99

Right I'm off to get cooking, luckily having cooked our turkey & some of the veg last night there's not much to do so hopefully we won't be slaving over a hot stove for to long.

Wishing you all a truly magical & special day with your family & loved ones.  I hope Santa bought you all you deserved & more & once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your continued support & for following me.

Right whose counting down the time till they slip on their elasticated waist joggers & snooze in front of the fire with a Christmas film?!  Well it's tradition yes?!  And for me I certainly intend to take full advantge of a cheeky 40 winks ;-)

See you all tomorrow.

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Happy Christmas Eve - All Blue

Happy Christmas Eve ladies - I don't know about you but I'm very excited (think big kid!) about the big day tomorrow!!!

No doubt like you all, it's a busy day ahead - from wrestling with the sheer amount of food in the fridge & trying to cram in a few more pieces, cleaning, prepping veg & cooking the turkey.  Then we're off to the village club this evening to start the celebrations with friends, with carols with the local wind band before everyone comes back to ours to see in Christmas Day with turkey & cranberries sandwiches - I can't wait!

So a simples outfit & an all blue look before glaming up a bit more this evening.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Cashmere scarf, marks and spencer faux leather quilted biker jacket, zara skinny distressed denim jeans, boden relaxed fit cashmere jumper, boden hi tops

Scarf - Zara
Jumper - Boden
Biker Jacket - Marks & Spencer
Jeans - Zara
Hi Tops - Boden

All Blue

Scarf - John Lewis £50
Biker Jacket - Boden Currently £59.40

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve & last minute preparations aren't seeming too unachievable - keep smiling & if all else fails crack open a bottle of bubbles & have a chocolate or two ;-)

See you tomorrow.

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Saying It With Flowers & Styling A Wool Coat

Morning ladies, it's not long now until all the hard work of shopping, wrapping & cooking will have hopefully paid off & we'll all be groaning over the sheer amount of food that we've consumed on Christmas Day!

Now along with all the Christmas decorations I always think it's nice to have some fresh flowers around the house, as next to candle light they look stunning & you can't beat fresh flowers for a centre piece come Christmas lunch.

You may recall that a couple of months ago I was sent a stunning bouquet of fresh flowers from Blossoming Gifts (see here) & I have to say I was really impressed with not only the speed, presentation & quality of the flowers but also the price too as buying fresh flowers isn't necessarily cheap, especially at this time of year.

Luckily for me Blossoming Gifts recently got back in touch to see if I'd like to receive one of their specially designed bouquets for Christmas (you can see the full Christmas range here) & of course I said yes - I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't love fresh flowers, have you?!

Whilst all their Christmas designs are stunning, there were a couple of bouquets that I had trouble choosing from but in the end I decided to pick this one as I just love the mix of flowers & I can't resist hypericum berries having had them in my wedding bouquet & flowers.

Blossoming Gifts Festive Rose & Tulips

As you can see from the pictures below they're the most stunning bouquet that is made even more special as they're delivered through the post straight to your door & you can even choose next day delivery, including if you order today for deliveries tomorrow, Christmas Eve.  How nice would that be to have fresh flowers delivered tomorrow ready for the festivities to commence?  Or perhaps to send to a loved one who you're unable to spend Christmas day with, as a reminder that you will be in their thoughts.  Plus if you use code BGIFTS33 you can get 33% off any of the bouquets on their site (excluding the 'flowers by post' range).  

My Midlife Fashion Blossoming Gifts Fstive Rose and Tulips

My Midlife Fashion Blossoming Gifts Fstive Rose and Tulips

Back to today & it's a busy one & includes popping to Marks & Spencers for all our treats, which is made all the nicer by the fact over the year we save any Marks vouchers we've earnt through a loyalty scheme to pay for our Christmas goodies.  So a nice simple outfit of layers to cope with the never ending 'to do' list before a leisurely late lunch with my mum to kick start the festivities before a catch up this evening with cousins over mince pies & drinks (will post tonight's outfit later on Instagram).

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Draped Wool Coat, Louis Vuitton Monogram Shawl, Massimo Dutti Knitted Jumper, Zara skinny jeans, Boden Boho Boots

Coat - Zara
Scarf - Louis Vuitton
Jumper - Massimo Dutti
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Boden

Styling A Wool Coat

Coat - Zara £69.99
Scarf - John Lewis £50
Jumper - Hush £80

Hope everyone is coping well with all the last minute things that crop up at this time of year & don't forget if you want to tell a loved one you're thinking of them or fancy treating yourself to some lovely fresh flowers for Christmas order today here quoting code BGIFTS33 & you'll not only get 33% off but they'll be delivered tomorrow.

Happy Pre-Christmas Eve!

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Sales Picks & A New OOTD - Layering Up

Morning ladies so how's everyone doing with the Christmas present *sales* shopping?!  There's so much temptation around at the moment isn't there & just to tempt you further I thought I'd list some of my top picks below.

Sales Picks, My Midlife Fashion, Leopard print stephen collins belt, boden leopard print heeled shoes, mango, marks and spencer, cross body bag, tassel ruffle blouse, boyfriend shirt, tassel ankle boots, leopard print duffle bag

Tweed Jacket Now £59.99 - this beauty is hanging in my wardrobe & might come out to play tonight!

I'm layering up again today.  I just love this oversized blanket scarf from Joules, the colours are perfect for all the navy & grey I have hanging in my wardrobe.

Hat - Zara
Scarf - Joules
Jumper - Boden
Coat - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zapita

Layering Up

Hat - Zara £25.99
Scarf - Joules £29.95
Coat - Zara £89.99
Boots - Zara £69.99

So has everyone broken up for Christmas yet?!  If you have & you're looking for something that's a bit of fun, that all the family can play then take a look at this Christmas family TV quiz from UKTV.  It looks perfect for a bit of friendly competitive fun - you could even play it Christmas Day with the loosing team having the forfeit of washing up!

Another day of endless cleaning, ironing & working through my Christmas 'to do' list for me.  Then we're off with friends for a local tapas meal tonight, which we're really looking forward to trying, I'll post my outfit on Instagram later.

Have a great day.

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Dressing Down Over The Knee Boots

Morning ladies you've got to love a Monday when you're not in the office & have time to potter & faff!

I'm keeping things nice & simple today as I've got a few errands I need to run, some work to complete & then I'm starting the mammoth 'to do' list for the big pre-Christmas cleaning of the house - am I the only one that feels that the whole house should be sparkling & clean, all bed linen changed, washing & ironing up to date etc, etc ready for the celebrations?!

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Chunky Knit Polo Neck, Skinny Jeans, Clarks Caddy Belle Over The Knee Boots

Jumper - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Clarks

Dressing Down Over The Knee Boots

Jumper - Boden £79
Boots - Clarks £140

Happy Monday ladies, I hope everyone's starting to get excited about the big day itself - only 4 more sleeps till Santa :-)

See you in the morning.

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