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Valentine's Day Gift Inspiration & WIWT

With it being the 1st of February tomorrow it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day, so today I thought I'd feature a few gift ideas, as I don't know about you but it doesn't hurt to steer our hubby's/partners in the right direction does it?!  So hubby if you're reading, yes please to any or all of the following ;-)

First off I thought I'd feature some lovely home/food inspired gifts, some of which regardless of whether it's Valentine's Day would be lovely to use any day of the week.  

In fact I can definitely vouch for the heart silicone cake mould as I got one a couple of years ago but made the mistake of just ordering the one & then when I decided I wanted a second one so it made it quicker to do a sandwich cake they were sold out & I couldn't find a heart shaped one the same size or shape.  So yup you've guessed it another one has been ordered this year pronto!

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Then for more personalised gifts you can't go wrong with jewellery, perfume, underwear or a silk nightie.  So here's some ideas for adding to your wish list.

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Back to today & here's what I'm wearing - off on a long dog walk with the dog before a lazy afternoon in front of the fire.

My Midlife Fashion, Hush Parka, Faux Fur pom pom hat, zara chunky knitted polo neck, massimo dutti skinny jeans

Hat - Amelia Jane
Parka - Hush
Jumper - Zara
Jeans - Massimo Dutti
Boots - Sports Direct

Dressed Down, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Hush Homeware Parka, Marks and Spencer Skinny Jeans, Marks and Spencer ankle boots, chunky knit polo neck jumper

So ladies how do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  Do you celebrate in style, mark the occasion with cards, get spoilt with romantic gestures or simply refuse to celebrate as it's too commercialised?!  I'd love to hear.

We always mark the occasion with cards & gifts but generally opt to cook a romantic meal & celebrate at home as opposed to go out for a meal.

Anyway hopefully I've featured some gift inspiration that has got you thinking & will help your partners spoil you this Valentine's Day.  I mean it couldn't be easier, just a link & a note of size/colourway with a heading 'Yes Please For Valentines' means they've got no excuse & can't pull the old 'I forgot' number, after all, all the leg work has been done for them ;-)

Have a lovely day.

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WIWT - Monochrome, Military, Stripes & Leopard Print

Happy Saturday ladies I'm going for a bit of a monochrome, stripe, leopard print & military kind of feel today!

My Midlife Fashion, Monochrome, Stripes, Breton, Military, Reefer Coat, Zara, Distressed skinny jeans, boden joni leopard print ankle boots

Coat - Zara
Breton - H&M
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Boden

Monochrome, Stripes & Leopard Print

Coat - Mango £79.99
Breton - John Lewis £25

Just a normal Saturday here - errands, shopping, karate run & 'to do' list before tapas, board games, fire & a film.

Have a great day, I'll see you tomorrow.

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OOTD - Dressed Down Faux Fur, Pleather & Leopard Print

Happy Friday - you've just got to love that Friday feeling haven't you?!  So in honour of the start of the weekend I dressing down one of my faux fur gilets & teaming it with some pleather & leopard print.

My Midlife Fashion, Faux Fur Gilet, Zara Chunky Knit Rollneck, Pleather leggings, Golden Goose leopard print trainers

Jumper - Zara
Gilet - eBay
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Pleather Leggings - Zara
Trainers - Golden Goose

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Leggings - Mango £19.99
Trainers - Kurt Geiger £69

I don't know about you but I'm counting down till 5 o'clock as I'm looking forward to getting the weekend started.

Last day of Boden's 20% off offer with today being 20% off all tops & tees, click here to shop the offer & use code 3Z8U at checkout.

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

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WIWT - Pleather, Wool, Grey & Khaki

Morning ladies, I'm layering up today with my Zara wool draped coat, chunky knit roll neck & my pleather khaki skirt.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Draped Wool Coat, Fedora hat, trilby hat, chunky knit roll neck jumper, pleather a line skirt, zara cowboy heel boots

Hat - Zara
Jumper - Zara
Coat - Zara
Skirt - Zara
Boots - Zara

My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Wallis Grey Waterfall coat, cowl neck boxy jumper marks and spencer, hush fedora hat, stain away suede block heel ankle boots, mango faux leather skirt

Hat - Hush £40
Coat - Wallis £64
Skirt - Mango £24.99

I'll see you tomorrow & if you're interested Boden have 20% off all trousers, jeans, skirts, shoes & accessories for today only.  You can click here to shop the offer & don't forget use code 3Z8U at checkout.

Happy Thursday :-)

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Boden SS16 Edit & WIWT

So the new season's clothing is now pouring in & seeing as we're careering towards the end of January at an alarming rate I thought today I'd feature my picks from Boden's SS16 collection.

Now instead of featuring individual pieces I'm trying something a little bit different & thought it would be fun to create a few outfit posts instead.

So first off I've gone for two of my favourite loves - denim & various shades of blue.  This kind of outfit would be just perfect for running errands or the school run.  An ideal laid back weekend outfit that I'm just itching to re-create.  Luckily for hubby apart from the sweatshirt I have similar items hanging in my wardrobe.   Unluckily for hubby I think the sweatshirt will definitely need further investigation!

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Thinking ahead to special occasions with this next look & if you're looking for a timeless outfit for a special occasion what about this dress?  Just stunning paired with these statement heels in a bright clashing colour that would be perfect for a summer wedding/day at the races.  Team this with a clutch in the same colour  as the shoes & you really would be good to go. 

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Back to a more casual outfit next.  I just love this linen tunic styled dress.  I reckon it would make a great wardrobe multi tasker.  Worn with a coatigan such as the stunning one below & funked up with trainers, or paired with white linen trousers for a more elegant look.  Not to mention teamed with gold sandals & a panama hat for holidays - simply effortless not to mention the most gorgeous shade of blue.

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Another monochrome look next that's a little dressier & smarter.  All great wardrobe additions that can be inter-mixed & will stand the test of time.  Plus how stunning are the scallop pointed ballerinas, which are available in a whole host of colours.

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Or what about these wide legged cropped trousers teamed with this stunning deep 'V' tee?  I just love this kind of t-shirt for wearing under a jacket & don't even get me started on the gorgeousness of the leopard print shoes - just divine!  Both the shoes & t-shirts are available in lots of gorgeous shades & I'm certain that it won't be long before a few of these are hanging in my wardrobe!

SS16 Edit 2,  My Midlife Fashion, Boden Clothing, Boden Lightweight Deep V Neck, Boden Blazer, Boden Anges Saddle Bag, Boden Richmond Wide Crop Trouser, Boden Florence Flat Point

Or finally how about this maxi dress, which I've teamed with another gorgeous statement flat.  I've been tempted to get this dress in the navy &/or black for several years now & this season could just be the year I 'click that button'.  

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Back to today & I'm going with a classic smart look as unfortunately we have a family funeral to attend.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara Tweed boucle top, midi skirt, kick and flare midi skirt, schuh dash over the knee boots

Faux Fur Stole - Zara
Top - Zara
Skirt - Zara
Boots - Schuh

Dressed Up Monochrome

Stole - Coast Now £39
Skirt - Windsmoor £59
Boots - Schuh £65

So ladies what do you think?  See anything to tempt you & get you clicking that button?!  I have to admit there's lots of lovely goodies currently in my wish list.  Boden are certainly on form with their shoes again this season aren't they?!  The question is which pair to choose?!

Plus don't forget Boden have currently got 20% off certain items each day from now till Friday, with today's offering being knitwear & outerwear.  Shop the offer here  & use code 3Z8U at checkout.

Happy 'hump' day & I'll see you in the morning.

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WIWT - Grey & Blue

Morning ladies I'm going with a grey & blue theme this Tuesday morning & throwing on one of my ever useful faux fur gilet.

My Midlife Fashion, Faux Fur Gilet, felt trilby Hat, great plains chunky knit boucle roll neck, massimo dutti skinny jeans, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots

Hat - Zara
Jumper - Great Plains
Faux Fur Gilet - eBay
Jeans - Massimo Dutti
Boots - Clarks

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Hat - Hush £30
Boots - Clarks £140

Have a great day & a quick heads up on Boden.  From today till Friday they're offering 20% off certain items each day, starting with all dresses with 20% off for today only.  You can click here to shop the offer & use code 3Z8U at checkout.

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OOTD - All Blue

Morning ladies I'm keeping things all blue today with denim, faux fur & a good old trusted breton.

My Midlife Fashion, H and M Breton striped top, faux fur blue coat, zara skinny distressed jeans, clarks caddy belle over the knee boots

Coat - Zara
Breton - H&M
Belt - Massimo Dutti
Jeans - Zara
Boots Clarks

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Hat - Zara £25.99
Coat - Very £92
Jeans - Boden £59.50
Boots - Clarks £140

A quick heads up in case anyone has spotted something in Marks & Spencers they fancy treating themselves to, there's 20% off online today only!  Click here to get the discount.

Happy Monday, have a great day & I'll see you bright & early tomorrow.

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Working Out In style & WIWT

So how are everyone's new year's resolutions going?  If you're anything like me you'll still be trying to shift the last couple of excess pounds from Christmas & maybe even starting to think ahead a few months to sunnier climates & stripping down to your swimwear whilst soaking up the rays.

I don't know about you but being a tiny bit (ok a lot!) OCD even when I'm off out running I still like to be coordinated as for one thing I find clothes really do make a difference to how I feel & if I feel good it also helps my frame of mind.  Plus one thing I certainly need first thing of a morning when it's pitch dark outside as I get up for my run is positive thinking just to get me out the door!  

Of course with the new season ranges starting to come into stock there's also lots of fab new fitness wear to help motivate, hold us in & keep the unwanted sweat patches at bay.

So with the new year, new body mantra in mind that most of us are probably chanting I thought I would create & share with you a few looks that may inspire & encourage.

Starting with a gorgeous colour combo of grey & hot pink.  I just love these two colours together & it would certainly help put a smile on my face when heading out the door in the blustery rain.  Plus of course the hot pink is perfect if like me you run on the road from a point of view of visibility.

Fitness Wear 2, My Midlife Fashion, Marks and Specner Santoni seam free ombre vest, marks and specner santoni seamfree long sleeve top, marks and spencer santoni seamfree textured leggings, mango zipped jacket

Slightly more muted in colour with this next set of exercise wear & quite unusual, I don't think I've ever seen any gym clothing in navy before.

Fitness Wear 3, My midlife fashion, Mango outdoor technic jacket, mango comfort racerback t shirt, mango slimming effect cropped capri leggings

Or if you prefer darker colours but want something stylish then you won't go wrong with this set.  I was lucky enough to have been sent a different design from the brand in the early autumn (see here) & can honestly say it's probably the most stylish & well made gym wear I own.  Something I feel the need to say to my hubby every time I wear it, it's a wonder he doesn't beat me to it now & ask me how comfy my clothing is!!

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Of course we all know a great outfit isn't finished until you've added the right accessories & dressing to exercise is no different.  Here's just some of the things I would recommend.

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Back to today & you'll no doubt be relieved to know that whilst I'm going for a relaxed look I'm not wearing lycra.

My Midlife Fashion, Wallis W Military Coat, Zara oversized blue shirt, skinny jeans, golden goose trainers

Coat - Wallis
Necklace - Bought In Majorca
Shirt - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Trainers - Golden Goose

All Blue, My Midlife Fashion, Marks and Specner Pure Silk Long Sleeve Shirt, Marks and Spencer skinny jeans, Marks and spencer military coat, boden dana trainers

Trainers - Boden £69.50

So ladies what do you think?  See anything to tempt & motivate you further?  I must admit I'm pretty tempted in purchasing a FitBit.  Has anyone got one & if so would you recommend it?  I can see it becoming pretty addictive which can only be a good thing with summer fast approaching!

Have a lovely Sunday & if you missed my post on my exercise routine you can read it here.

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New Outfit Post - Faux Fur & Leopard Print

Morning ladies layering up this morning with one of my faux fur gilets, an old cashmere Boden jumper & my Zara hat to hide my tired eyes behind.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara hat, faux fur gilet, boden cashmere loose fit boyfriend jumper, zara skinny jeans, Joni b leopard print boots

Hat - Zara
Gilet - eBay
Jumper - Boden
Belt - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Boden

Leopard Print & Faux Fur

Hat - Zara £25.99

Normal Saturday errands for us then we're off to the local quiz night with friends.  Seeing as we haven't been to one for a while here's hoping we're not too rusty & come last!  Although that will probably be nothing short of a miracle!  But hey ho we're bound to have a few laughs :-)

Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday & I'll see you in the morning.

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OOTD - Tailoring With Wide Legged Trousers

Happy Friday ladies :-)  I'm breaking out a sales purchase today with this cropped checked jacket & teaming it with my M&S wide legged trousers & trainers.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara checked blazer, zara felt trilby, louis vuitton monogram scarf, boden cashmere relaxed v neck jumper, marks and spencer wool wide legged trousers, mango white leather trainers

Hat - Zara
Scarf - Louis Vuitton
Blazer - Zara
Jumper - Boden
Trousers - Marks and Spencer
Trainers - Mango

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Blazer - Boden £89.50
Jumper - Boden £139
Trousers - Miss Selfridge £45
Trainers - Boden £69.50

So how's every bodies Friday looking?  I'm hoping for a steady day clearing the decks ready for the weekend with a sneaky lunch out with hubby as he's working from home :-)

Have a great day & let the weekend & wine o'clock commence :-)

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WIWT - Tweed, Pleather, Cashmere & Leopard Print

I'm layering up today with a bit of everything in my outfit.  More black & grey tones for me with layers of thermals, over sized boyfriend shirt, cashmere jumper & scarf & tweed jacket.  Finished off with pleather & a splash of 'Bet' to keep my feet happy.  Plus of course pop socks to ensure my ankles are talking to me at the end of the day, although luckily I'm not going to be outside for long!

My Midlife Fashion, zara cashmere scarf, mango tweed longline blazer, h and m oversized boyfriend shirt, marks and spencer cashmere crew neck jumper, pleather leggings, golden goose leopard print trainers

Hat - Zara
Scarf - Zara
Jacket - Mango
Shirt - H&M
Jumper - Marks & Spencer
Pleather Leggings - Zara
Trainers - Golden Goose

Tweed, Pleather, Cashmere and Leopard Print, Mango tweed longline jacket, mango zip pocket leather leggings, john lewis cashmere scarf, marks and spencer cashmere crew neck jumper, oversized boyfriend shirt, kg kurt geiger leopard print and glitter trainers

Hat - Hush £40
Scarf - John Lewis £50
Shirt - Mango £35.99
Pleather Leggings - Mango £19.99
Trainers - Kurt Geiger £69

Happy Thursday - you've just got to love that 'one more sleep till the start of the weekend' feeling :-)

Have a good one.

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Stealing Kylie's Style & WIWT

For this month's style steal I thought I'd have a go at stealing an outfit I recently saw on Kylie Minogue.  But don't panic ladies I can promise you that there's no hot pants or feathers in sight as I don't know about you, but after the recent over indulgences from Christmas (or any time in fact!) I'm not about to declare it hot pant season.....phew!

But this outfit I love & as soon as I saw it knew it would make a great style steal.  Plus whilst I don't own or trust myself with a cream coat (yup I would be the one who would mark it within 5 minutes of it's first wear) it's a look that most of us could probably re-create to a certain degree with pieces already hanging in our wardrobe.

So first off here's the ever ageless Ms Minogue rocking winter whites & a statement tee.

Kylie Minogue

And here's how I'd recreate the look with picks from the high street, starting with this timeless & gorgeous funnel neck off white coat.  Such a classic & stylish style that will never date.  I really think this style is perfect when you're wanting to create an effortlessly chic outfit & can so easily be dressed up as much as it can dressed down worn undone with distressed boyfriend jeans & trainers.

Planet Boucle Coat Ivory

Onto the slogan t-shirt next & this one from Mango is a great price if you like the idea of this style of top but aren't sure how much you're going to wear it.  I find the couple of t-shirts/jumpers I have similar to this perfect for dressing down a smarter look & love teaming under a blazer or tuxedo jacket for a smart glam look as much as I do in the warmer months simply flinging on with boyfriend jeans & trainers.

Mango Message Modal Blend T Shirt

Classic skinny washed denim jeans from Marks & Spencer to finish this look & these look the perfect shade of denim if you're on the look out for a new pair.  Plus they're available in three different lengths.

Marks and Spencer Washed Look Skinny Denim Jeans With Modal

And to finish the look knee high boots.  I've chosen this pair as they have a sensible heel - still tall enough to add some height but sturdy enough to be worn when dashing here there & everywhere.

Dune Tibbi Block Heeled Knee High Boots

As I said earlier I don't have a winter white coat so here's my interpretation of Kylie's look using pieces already in my wardrobe.

My Midlife Fashion, Schuh Dash Over The Knee Boots, Wallis W Collection Military Coat, American Vintage, Zara skinny jeans, slogan t shirt

Coat - Wallis
T-Shirt - American Vintage
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Schuh

Styling A Slogan Tee

T-Shirt - Mango £9.99
Boots - Schuh £65

So ladies what to you think, is this a look you could have a go styling with similar pieces in your wardrobe & what do you think about a slogan/statement tee - are you a lover or a hater?!  As always I'd love to hear your thoughts.

See you in the morning.

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