Happy Twixmas – 6 Christmas outfits

By |2017-03-18T22:44:02+00:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Family, Sale, Style|

Hello - I hope you're all having a wonderful time. I'm just popping in with a few outfits of the week as promised because by next week, sequins are going to look a bit out of place. I thought it was going to be a quiet one this year because most of our friends and family are away but actually, when I look back at Christmas 2016, I will remember it as the funny one. The boys have been on [...]

Just to wish you a wonderful Christmas

By |2017-03-18T22:46:04+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , |

I intended to post today but I've run out of time. However the ham's in the oven, the cake tins are full and I'm feeling very Mary Berry. I'm not looking remotely chic though - here's the proof! I need to rush and get ready for my oldest schoolfriend's engagement party.  Finally at the age of 49 she has found her Mr Right so it will be a big celebration. But before I sign off for a few days, I [...]

Best Winter Sales 2016 – Part One

By |2018-01-08T17:09:42+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Sale|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

So, the discounts are starting to rain down. I'll be bringing you details of the Best Winter Sales 2016 in my next few posts. I'm starting with the ones that I know have limited stock and the opportunity for pre-Christmas delivery so that Midlifechic readers can get in there first! Best Winter Sales 2016 - Hope First of all I bring you Hope whose sale site has just gone live. As you know, there is a feel good factor about buying from [...]

Chic buys of the year 2016 – the Midlifechic Awards!

By |2017-03-18T22:54:46+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The end of year sales are starting so it's time for my annual Awards, defining my chic buys of the year 2016. Being an analytical person I like to reflect on where I've spent my budget and whether it was worth it. The surprise difference for me since I started blogging has been my changing history with Boden. I've transitioned from spending most of my budget there in 2014 to spending a lot in 2015 and returning about 50% of it, to barely [...]

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40 and a Christmas tree farm

By |2018-01-08T17:10:29+00:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Family, Interiors, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's getting closer....Our weekend was a rush of decorating and entertaining. Here's how it went. Festive Friday I was working at home for the day but then had to go to a client's drinks party. Although they were all wearing suits because they'd gone straight from the office, I felt fine wearing a jumpsuit. It's such a saviour for things like this...not too smart, not too casual, not too dressy... Jumpsuit - this year's version; Jigsaw ponyskin heels (past season); Necklace; Earrings [...]

How to have a fun Christmas with teenagers

By |2017-03-18T23:03:27+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Family, Project Happier|Tags: , , , |

Christmas is easy when they're little isn't it. They believe everything is magical and, although it's physically exhausting, you really don't have to think very hard. But then they grow, their wishes are for bigger things and yet they still dream of the magic so I've been thinking hard about how to have a fun Christmas with teenagers. My boys are utterly resistant to anything changing. For them, Christmas is steeped in tradition and last week we had to break it [...]

Christmas outfits of the day & The UK Blog Awards

By |2018-01-08T17:11:04+00:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hello, I hope you had a great weekend. I don't know about you but I'm getting a bit tired of reading Christmas gift articles so I thought I'd do another post on one of my real life weekends and share some of my Christmas outfits of the day. Christmas outfits of the day - Friday night So, on Friday night we had to go to a business event: the mayor's Christmas party. It was one of those occasions when I should really [...]

Chic Christmas Gifts For Men – a stylish edit

By |2017-03-18T23:07:15+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , |

Happy Friday everyone. I think this will be the last of my gift posts so today, I'm focusing on the trickiest of topics: Chic Christmas Gifts For Men. I firmly believe that the men in our lives tend to be the hardest to buy for so I hope some of these ideas help. Actually I'm not being sexist and saying these things are specifically for men because there are quite a few I'd like too (just saying that before someone complains). [...]

Chic Christmas gifts and what I’ve been wearing

By |2019-08-09T16:54:45+01:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , , , |

I don't know about you but the mad scramble of Black Friday and Cyber Monday seems to have changed the face of Christmas shopping for me. So today I'm stepping up to higher ground and looking at chic Christmas gifts, the things that you would choose for a sister, a mother or that you might pop under a loved one's nose when they're asking what you'd like for yourself. They're items that people probably wouldn't generally indulge in and I've tried to [...]

Ultimate Guide – best cyber weekend offers 2016

By |2017-03-19T16:47:04+00:00November 25th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Christmas, Hair & Beauty, Sale, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , |

It's the busiest shopping weekend of the year so I'm just going to get straight to the point and give you my 'ultimate Guide - best cyber weekend offers 2016' post, an easy to use listing of all the best offers in one place. I've listed the best deals first. The links should take you straight through to the landing sites. Cyber weekend - Fashion offers Finery 30% off everything (ends midnight Sunday 27/11) Hush 25% off 25 items (ends Monday [...]

Great offers from Finery and Hush – it’s not even Black Friday!

By |2017-03-19T17:21:37+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Sale, Style|Tags: , , |

Hello, I don't usually post on Thursdays but I wanted to alert you to some great offers from Finery and Hush. This is not a sponsored post by the way, I just don't want you to miss out. I've also listed the brands that have gone live early with their Black Friday offers at the bottom of this post with the links and codes that you need to redeem the offer, I'll continue to update it throughout the day. But [...]

Christmas Gifts for Teenagers – what to buy

By |2017-03-19T17:26:50+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , |

And we're off ... with probably the most important of my gift buying posts: Christmas Gifts for Teenagers. I've been surprised by the number of readers that have been in touch asking when this is coming but I completely understand. It's difficult bridging this gap between adult and child when Christmas still really matters and yet so much things are deemed uncool. So, I've worked hard on this one. Santa still comes to our house. My parents' rule was that if we [...]

Chic Christmas Jumpers 2016

By |2017-03-19T17:34:58+00:00November 18th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Style|

Save The Children's Christmas Jumper Day has become a real institution in the UK and this year it's on Friday 16th December. It's good to have a festive jumper or two in your wardrobe to throw on if you're Christmas shopping or cooking or just popping out for drinks. Even if you're frazzled inside, you will at least look as though you're in the mood. I've scoured the high street for chic Christmas Jumpers - there are a lot of horrors about. "Sleigh [...]

Elegant dresses that are not just for Christmas

By |2017-03-19T17:38:06+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Style|Tags: , , , , |

It's all well and good having a Cinderella moment and turning up to a party in a sparkling gown wearing glass slippers but the reality is that most of us prefer to invest in a dress that will give us cost per wear. It's a wonderful thing to have a dress or two in your wardrobe that can cover all occasions. Women will always wear these dresses better than girls because they require a certain earned elegance to pull them [...]

Relaxed Christmas Party Outfits For Women Over 40

By |2018-01-08T17:11:55+00:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's been lovely to have had so many people asking when this relaxed Christmas Party Outfits post is coming. I thought I'd make it the first of the outfit posts that I'll be doing before we move into the excitement of gift ideas. Don't worry, they'll be ready in plenty of time for Black Friday. Before we start though, I want to recap on the trends for this Christmas. It can't have escaped you that velvet has taken over from [...]

What to wear for a formal party – women over 40

By |2019-08-09T16:59:13+01:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Well hello everybody and happy November. There's no avoiding it any longer, we're on the Christmas countdown. I'm diving in head first with another party dressing feature (there will be a few). This time we're looking at what to wear for a formal party. So let me give you a bit of background. We've had a 'save the date' in our diary for a long time. A client who has become a friend is having a special celebration in a [...]

Jewellery by TheOver40Collective – what did we choose?

By |2019-08-09T17:02:20+01:00November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Accessories|Tags: , |

It's always a joy to join up with my friends from the Over40Collective. As you know, we sometimes work together to show how differently women over 40 can interpret the looks on offer from a single brand. This time we're working with The Eternal Collection who kindly got in touch to ask which piece of jewellery we would choose if we were picking a Christmas present for ourselves. I've already been busy, pulling lists together for other people so it [...]

Casual outfits of the week for women over 40

By |2019-08-09T17:00:51+01:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hello and Happy Friday! It's ages since I've done a casual outfits of the week post but we're now in the hiatus between new season and everything sparkly so here's a dose of real life! It's been a much calmer week. For once I haven't been travelling, so I've been able to opt for a low key wardrobe as I've either been home or office based. Half term finally begins here tonight and I've been trying to get things wrapped up so [...]

Chic layering using Uniqlo technical clothing

By |2019-08-09T16:57:20+01:00October 26th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

You may remember that when I went to Paris in May, one of the things I commented on was that lots of Parisians were demonstrating the art of chic layering by wearing a Uniqlo quilt underneath their coat. I have since discovered that Uniqlo is a big thing in France. When they opened a new store in Bordeaux recently, the police had to be called in to control the excited crowd. Of course I'd just like to add that living in the frozen North, [...]

Hush Flash Sale – Be Quick

By |2019-08-09T16:50:16+01:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Just a quick extra post today on the Hush Flash Sale. It starts today and finishes on Sunday 30th. It includes a number of items from both this season and last Winter, here are the things that I think are the best buys. Hush Flash Sale - last year's stock These pieces have the biggest discounts Cashmere crew neck jumper in cloud 44% off Annabelle dress/tunic in atlantic blue 45% off 2015 jumpsuit in black or burgundy 33% off - these [...]

The process of learning which colours suit you

By |2019-08-09T16:51:38+01:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There comes a point each year in my blogging calendar when I notice that all of my Summer brights have given way to a dull palette of grey, camel and black. As I was looking through my Instagram feed and pondering this, it occurred to me that it is easy to wear colour in Summer when you only need to co-ordinate one or two items of clothing at a time. As Winter approaches and you pile on layers of tops, bottoms, tights, coats, [...]

Black Tie for Women over 40 – moving it on

By |2019-08-09T16:48:03+01:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It's the time of year when invitations start coming in. I'll be covering party dressing and black tie for women over 40 in more detail in a few weeks' time but I thought I'd show you what I chose to wear to a Black Tie event last Friday. I'd been thinking about what I was going to wear for a while. I kept looking through the barely worn cocktail dresses that hang in my dressing room, not wanting to wear [...]

Chic Autumn outfit updates – and a special competition

By |2019-08-09T16:53:58+01:00October 14th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I thought we'd take a break from clothes today and look at chic Autumn outfit updates to add to the clothes you already have in your wardrobe. We talked about the difference that a pair of statement shoes or boots can make a few weeks ago. Now we're going to look at affordable bags and jewellery because they make such a difference. I have lovely memories of helping my dad buy a khaki handbag for my mum, not knowing that it [...]

Dressing for quiet confidence – Winser London

By |2019-08-09T16:35:42+01:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: Product review, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I don't know about you, but every so often an occasion crops up when I use what I'm wearing to boost my confidence. It's almost like putting on a suit of armour to help face something bigger than an ordinary day. Usually for me, it's a meeting with a tricky client but last week, as you know, I went to my middle son's school for the preview of the BBC documentary that he has been taking part in. We were only given a [...]

Cashmere review – the best on the high street

By |2019-08-09T16:46:42+01:00October 7th, 2016|Categories: Product review, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

As the nights grow darker, my usual Autumn treat to myself is a cashmere jumper. Every year however, prices seem to climb higher so I decided to set myself the task of looking into my little indulgence as carefully as possible. When I was in London last week, I had a couple of hours to spare between meetings which gave me the perfect opportunity to compare as many stores as possible so that I could write a cashmere review. Anyone who knows [...]

Finery Review – standout chic for Autumn

By |2016-09-30T15:49:57+01:00September 30th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know about you, but when I get to this point in the season, I'm over the excitement of Autumn clothes because I've become accustomed to the new trends. It feels as though each retailer is simply offering a slightly adjusted version of the same thing and I yearn for something that stands apart. There are a handful places that I turn to for visual refreshment: Cos, Me+Em, Kin at John Lewis (not Modern Rarity - I feel like I'm the [...]

New boots and old friends – a great week!

By |2016-09-28T16:37:57+01:00September 27th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today I am pleased to be introducing you to Lotus, a small UK based shoe brand. Until they got in touch with me, I wasn't aware of them. As you know, at the moment I tend to rely on Boden, Marks and Spencer and occasionally Clarks for my everyday shoes and Jigsaw for the special ones. It's always good to add a new brand to your arsenal, especially when it's an affordable one. A little while ago we talked about [...]

Boden’s latest collection – and new slippers!

By |2016-09-26T09:53:07+01:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I can't bring you any insight at all on Boden. It isn't just me, they don't communicate with anyone I know in the over 40 blogger world. They do seem to feature 20 and 30 something bloggers quite regularly on their site but that's as far as it goes. This means that I don't cover them as often as you might like me to however, I do have a few favourites amongst Boden's latest collection. Boden's latest collection - working wardrobe The hero [...]

The new Autumn collection from Hope Fashion

By |2016-09-20T16:38:19+01:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hopefully you remember that back in July, just before the schools broke up, I went down to see the new Autumn collection from Hope Fashion and spend a day with the team shooting their 'real women' campaign. There was no point in me telling you about the clothes then because they weren't available online. You can now see photos of the day on their website and they have just released the Autumn collection so it's time for me to show you how [...]

Marks and Spencer fashion for women over 40 – a style challenge

By |2016-09-20T11:59:38+01:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: Product review, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Today we're looking at Marks and Spencer fashion for women over 40. As you know, ever since I went down to the press day I've been excited about their new looks for this season. My favourite pieces still haven't been released but I think they're off to a good start. To launch the new season they are running a blogger challenge. A couple of weeks ago they gave a number of us a look book which contained about 40 different items [...]

48 hours of Hush – from work to weekend

By |2016-09-19T14:37:19+01:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: Product review, Relationships, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today I'm talking about Hush, another of our favourite Midlifechic brands. I've been trying to meet the team there for a while and it has become almost a running joke between us that whenever one of us suggests a date in London, the other can't make it. In the end serendipity played a part when I went down to London for the John Lewis 'Christmas in July' event. I'll tell you more about that soon but the important thing for today [...]

Inès de la Fressange at Uniqlo – Autumn 2016

By |2016-09-10T07:43:05+01:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I'll come straight out and say it - this is my biggest blogging high to date. Uniqlo has selected our community at Midlifechic to be the first to see their new Inès de La Fressange collection. I feel so proud that we are being recognised by brands as a group of intelligent, vocal women who deserve their attention. They are beginning to realise that just because we are over 40, we have not given up on style and Uniqlo is [...]

Autumn 2016 at The White Company – a review

By |2016-09-07T13:18:52+01:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Fragrance, Product review, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

A mystery package arrived this week and it was lovely to open it and find that The White Company had sent me their new Autumn candle to review. As you know, Home Fragrance is really important to me and you could say that it was a brave move to send it to someone who spent last year working as a certified 'nose' for the UK's biggest home fragrance manufacturer! Industry knowledge means that I know quite a lot about The White [...]

What to consider when your son or daughter leaves for university

By |2017-08-25T16:07:22+01:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , |

I know a lot of you are facing this as I was last year, the countdown to the day when your son or daughter leaves for university. They will be brimming over with anticipation as you brim with tears of dread. I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what to expect, not from an expert point of view, just from a fellow mum who has been through it. It is going to be hard for you, however [...]

Shoes and boots to buy now for Autumn 2016

By |2016-08-31T12:36:59+01:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So here we go, we're ready for Autumn. I am finding that my approach towards shopping for clothes has evolved now that I spend so much more time thinking about it. As you know I bought very little over the Summer which turned out to be absolutely the right decision. I'm not going to moan about the weather but we have only had a handful of hot sunny days in the Lakes this year. This means that Autumn buying makes much [...]

Kefalonia with teenagers – Part Two

By |2017-06-09T16:11:43+01:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

So let's get on with the second instalment of "Kefalonia with teenagers." The first week of our holiday flew by. For a change of scene, we hopped onto the ferry that trundled into the harbour every morning and headed over towards the mainland for an afternoon. Prices were about 30% lower than in Fiscardo so we had an especially nice lunch and did a bit of kaftan shopping. The distinctive thrum of a Greek ferry engine transported me right back to [...]

A holiday in Kefalonia with teenagers – Part One

By |2017-06-09T16:10:53+01:00August 25th, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello - I'm back, it feels like a long time since I've posted. So - as a lot of you guessed, our mystery destination was Kefalonia in the Ionian Islands. I managed to keep it a secret until a few days before we left when I had to give the boys a small clue in case they read my last post. As it was with you, the one I chose was too easy - Hellas. In an instant they knew [...]

Great beauty products for women over 40

By |2016-08-06T14:14:25+01:00August 6th, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Project Happier, Travel|

Hurray, it's nearly holiday time for us but before I go, I just want to leave you with one more post to cover off some great beauty products for women over 40. Just to recap, my policy is only to cover beauty products if I can honestly see a difference. If a beauty PR gets in touch with me I make this clear which means there are quite a few things I don't write about. However, here are a few [...]

Final reductions at Boden and Hush – my edit

By |2016-08-04T14:43:13+01:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Sale|Tags: , , , , |

Hello - I wasn't going to post today but then the final reductions at Boden and Hush popped into my inbox. I've looked through them with a will of cast iron and these pieces are either new to the sale or further reduced. I think they are worth a second look. Boden - newly added to clearance My absolute number one is these Sienna sandals. Metallics are so easy to wear with anything that they're especially good for holiday packing. You [...]

My capsule holiday wardrobe – what I’ve packed

By |2016-07-30T13:24:27+01:00July 30th, 2016|Categories: Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |

There is tumbleweed blowing through the streets of our village. Everyone we know seems to have packed up and gone away for the Summer... except us. When I booked our holiday, it was such a relief that for the first time in ages our dates weren't dictated by the dreaded exam results day that I planned it for later than usual. We're doing our best to have fun in the Lakes which, after all, is a holiday destination for lots of [...]

48 hours in Birmingham – British Shopping Cities

By |2016-07-22T15:35:05+01:00July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Despite the fact that it is the UK's second city, until now my view of Birmingham has always been rather negative. The boys know it as the obstacle we have to pass before Mr MC will agree to stop on our journeys to London. I relate it to hellish exhibitions at the NEC - and to the time I got lost in my old banger on the way back to uni and ended up stuck in an endless loop of Spaghetti Junction (I was [...]

Over 40 style blogger challenge – white shirt & denim

By |2017-03-18T22:16:43+00:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I was chatting to my blogger friends in the Over 40 Collective recently about how difficult it is to know what to blog about during this fallow period when the sales are on, especially when the weather is as mixed as it has been. We talked about paring things back to simplicity and from there an over 40 style blogger challenge arose - styling a white shirt with denim. Of course the sale period was a problem until somebody suggested Marks and [...]

A day working with the team at Hope Fashion

By |2016-07-15T15:28:12+01:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style, Work life balance|Tags: , , , |

As you know, I spent Tuesday with the team at Hope Fashion taking part in their Autumn shoot in which they decided to use real, everyday women rather than models. As you can imagine, it was great fun. All of the clothes were hanging on rails and they quite simply let us loose to see what we would do with them and then they shot the outfits we had put together. I'm not going to show you those pictures now because [...]

Boden early Autumn 16 – dressing for the weather (again)

By |2016-07-12T12:44:33+01:00July 11th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today saw the release of the Boden early Autumn 16 collection with some great trans-seasonal pieces to see you through this 'not Summer' weather. With every day bringing a new sartorial challenge, these pieces will help you to layer now and all the way through to next Spring.     Soft blouses like this have been my failsafe this season, they have enough arm coverage to stop you shivering but are loose enough for you to still feel cool when the sun suddenly emerges from [...]

How to have a happy family holiday with teenagers

By |2016-07-08T21:36:32+01:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Sale, Travel|Tags: , , |

I had an email last week from a reader, Sue, asking about how to have a happy family holiday with teenagers. She said “you seem to manage to really enjoy your holidays with your boys. When my two were little I used to look forward to them being bigger, I imagined that holidays would be more relaxing but actually I find them really stressful. Now that they're both teenagers they just seem to be bored and we end up having [...]

Rainy summer days – what to wear

By |2016-07-05T12:54:55+01:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: Style|

When I asked you what you'd like us to talk about during this mid-season period whilst the sales are on, these are the two things you wanted most. Firstly, ideas of what to wear when the sun doesn't shine and secondly to see what I wear day in, day out. I haven't covered daily outfits for a while because it goes against all the advice given to bloggers. You are supposed to keep on showcasing outfits but when I think about [...]

Playing chicken with the Hush sale

By |2016-06-30T12:13:22+01:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Sale|Tags: , , , , , |

As you probably know, there is 20% off at Hush until midnight (Thursday 30th June) with code SMILE, so my hunch was that the Hush sale would start on Friday, however I have now heard that it will be Tuesday 5th July. Looking through the site, many of the items are already sold out or in a low stock position. I've been through what I think are the best buys, assessed the stock levels and I'm having a little wager [...]

The merits of the Boden sale

By |2017-03-18T22:21:24+00:00June 24th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Sale|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Last week I shared the restrictions I impose on myself before I click on a 'sale started' link. I still stand by the suggestion that you should limit your high summer pieces to about 10% of your total wardrobe. However there is one sale that I shop a little differently and that is the Boden sale. I've found that every time I've had a conversation about Boden this season people have been suggesting that it's a brand that has lost its way. In fact it's [...]

The high street sales & Father’s Day thoughts

By |2016-06-29T16:30:49+01:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Family, Relationships, Sale|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

So the sales have started early. Because the weather has been bad there is a glut of clothing that retailers need to offload and temptation is everywhere. I've been through a number of stores and picked out what I think are the best bargains but before we start, let's make sure we set off on the right track. 12 things to remember when you hit the summer sales Don't forget that high summer clothing only needs to be a very small percentage of [...]

Skincare that works for women over 40

By |2016-06-14T17:45:30+01:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty|Tags: , |

I first got into an expensive skincare habit when I was editing Selfridges' magazine. Every day another bag of something fabulous would land on my desk in the hope that I would review it so I tried just about every luxury brand. Of course in those days I didn't really need it - my skin was youthful and I've never had any problems with my complexion other than slight dryness but I was happy to anoint myself with it anyway. Since then [...]

Summer in the city – what to wear

By |2017-04-28T09:37:57+01:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Sale, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I think summer in the city is one of the hardest things to get right sartorially. I'm casting my mind back to my commuting days, heading into the urban heat island of London and seeing the yellow haze of smog hanging over the city as the train approached Waterloo. A hot city is a harsh environment but wearing the right clothes, whether you're a tourist or a native, can make all the difference to how you cope with the day so, summer [...]

Women over 40 – what to pack for a hot beach holiday

By |2016-06-15T09:49:15+01:00June 7th, 2016|Categories: Style, Travel|Tags: , , , |

I don't know whether it's because of the sudden burst of hot weather in the UK or simply because it's holiday season but Summer clothes are now disappearing from the shops so I'm writing this 'what to pack for a hot beach holiday' with some urgency. In Friday's post we took a fantasy trip to the Brittany coastline for a breezy holiday with unpredictable weather. Today we're jetting off a little further so we need to pack for a hot beach holiday. [...]

Women over 40 – what to wear for a holiday by the sea

By |2017-03-18T22:21:24+00:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Style, Travel|Tags: , |

It's time. By the end of June, the sales will be starting and all the good clothes will have gone. We need to think about holidays and what to pack so today we're focusing on what to wear for a holiday by the sea. I can't tell you where we're going this year. You see last year I booked a very luxurious villa in Turkey thinking that it might be the last holiday we would have as a family of [...]

An elegant dress for an evening in Paris

By |2017-03-18T22:21:24+00:00May 30th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style, Travel|

In a post last week, I explained that my midlife return to Paris centred on a special dinner, the culmination of a promise I'd made to myself 29 years ago. It was special because I was with the right person, in the right place at exactly the right point in my life when new beginnings are opening up all around me. It was extra special because I had a second elegant dress to wear. The look I was aiming for on [...]

A sassy look for an evening in Paris

By |2016-05-30T09:17:09+01:00May 28th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Retail Review, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I looked around the plane on the way to Paris, I could see lots of excited little girls dressed as princesses on their way to EuroDisney. I don't think we ever grow out of that fairytale dress dream - although perhaps our tastes become a little more sophisticated and I had the same flame of excitement burning inside me knowing that I had two special dresses in my suitcase. I am now quite often approached with offers of clothing (and [...]

Two days in Paris, the city of love

By |2016-10-26T10:21:32+01:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |

Paris is always a good idea - you'll be pleased to know that our trip was good. So good in fact that I've had to break it up into 3 consecutive posts, Paris by day followed by 2 Parisian nights. So, how do you spend two days in Paris when you already know the city well? You revisit a few of your favourite places and make the rest up as you go along. This was our weekend... When we woke up on [...]

Paris is still a good idea…

By |2016-05-19T15:14:45+01:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , |

  Hello. It's my birthday today. I've had a fabulous morning; my usual breakfast was replaced with a bowl of floral gum sweets (courtesy of the youngest) and I've received a bounty of good wishes from so many people that I feel utterly happy and truly blessed. I have lots of style ideas to talk to you about (and I will end with a list of style posts) but today I'm writing one of my wordy pieces because tomorrow we're going to Paris. I thought [...]

Guess where these new season looks come from

By |2016-05-13T18:29:33+01:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I had a very busy day down in London yesterday meeting up with some of my favourite brands and gently putting our midlife views across to them. We're beginning to gain traction ladies - they're noticing the number of discussions that take place on this blog and slowly, we're starting to be taken more seriously. I'll share some of the things I learned with you over the next few weeks but first I just want to show you some pictures of [...]

Simple t-shirts with the luxe factor

By |2017-03-18T22:21:23+00:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

You may remember that we were going to the Hacienda Classical concert on Sunday. Before I tell you a little bit about it I'll explain why I wanted to do this post. The event was going to be outside. I had planned what I was going to wear in advance and it consisted of lots of layers that I could take on and off. Then, as you'll know, the sun came out unexpectedly in the UK last weekend and it [...]

Simple summer broderie collection from Uniqlo

By |2017-01-02T13:26:30+00:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Now that the sun has finally appeared, I imagine everyone will be shopping frantically so I just wanted to show you this simple summer broderie collection from Uniqlo. Why? Because the pieces are less than half the price of broderie from some of our favourite retailers. I really resent paying £60 for a little white cotton top. Maybe it's just my laundry skills but I find that they only last one summer before they go chewing gum coloured and need replacing. These [...]

12 things to do before you’re 50

By |2016-05-06T14:54:11+01:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier|Tags: , |

"12 things to do before you're 50 - where did that come from?" you're thinking. Well you see after a disappointing start, we had a surprisingly lovely Bank Holiday weekend. As the weather turned bad, all plans were cancelled but instead we had a series of spontaneous get togethers with close friends and family. They're always the best ones. Of course with it being the first weekend in May, conversations soon turned to my approaching birthday - the last one of [...]

Hope Fashion London – a career opportunity for you?

By |2016-05-04T16:13:17+01:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

As you know, I'm really keen for my blog to help other midlife women to succeed in the second half of their lives. As such, there are certain brands that capture my imagination because they are run by women like us who have put everything on the line to follow their dreams. They include Finery, Winser, RachelWears, Baukjen, M+EM and Hope. Today I want to talk to you about the baby of the group, Hope Fashion. I introduced you to [...]

The best of the Bank Holiday sales and discounts

By |2016-04-29T20:34:53+01:00April 28th, 2016|Categories: Sale, Style|Tags: |

I'm really glad that you seemed to like last week's post which featured a mixture of things. Here comes another one. I've sifted through the best of the Bank Holiday sales and discounts for you and I'm going to do an unusual thing of sending this post live before I've finished it because lots of the items are selling fast. It might be worth you coming back later (refresh your browser) to see if I've found any new offers. Firstly Hush have started their [...]

A Coolsculpting progress update

By |2018-01-08T16:58:43+00:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Health, Product review|Tags: |

Quite a few of you have been in touch to ask for a Coolsculpting progress update. If you're a new reader, Coolsculpting is a non-invasive way of getting rid of the stubborn patches of fat that build up particularly on women's bodies, although men can be treated too. This is my original review of the Coolsculpting procedure. A warning that today's post contains pictures of my bare tummy - you may want to come back to it later (or just avoid it completely) [...]

Great summer buys for women over 40

By |2016-04-22T07:04:20+01:00April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Hair & Beauty, Product review, Shoes, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My last two posts have been practical ones, focusing on summer essentials - tailored cropped trousers and summer sandals so today I thought I'd do something a bit more frivolous. I'm writing especially with Nicky B in mind. For those who read the comments section, you'll know that she is my longest standing and most regular commenter. She has been with me since the very beginning (shortly followed by Nicola R who is also very special to me) and I [...]

Chic but comfortable Summer sandals 2016

By |2016-04-21T23:45:20+01:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

I think that you have to be more careful buying summer sandals than almost any other kind of footwear. After all, you are wearing them with bare feet so they are in direct contact with your skin. Any friction is not only going to hurt your feet but it is also going to create inflamed patches and hard skin which isn't a good look. Without you really noticing, the arch of your foot starts to suffer during your 40s. This is why [...]

Best tailored cropped trousers for women over 40

By |2016-04-22T00:40:49+01:00April 15th, 2016|Categories: Product review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I've been searching for the best tailored cropped trousers for women over 40 and this is what Marie Kondo has done to me - made me super fussy. As you may know, she has developed a fascinating process known as the Konmari method and some of you have been in touch to tell me just how truly life-changing it has been for you. The interesting thing about the process is handling each item to see whether it sparks joy and if not, [...]

Fashion for women over 40, looking at Mango and The White Company

By |2016-04-22T00:44:19+01:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last weekend I finally achieved my Marie Kondo session and decluttered my dressing room. I had felt a bit cynical  about the book's title "The life-changing magic of tidying" but in fact it is gradually feeling a bit life changing. Our bedroom is now very minimalist and I'm finding I'm sleeping better as a result. I sent ten bin bags of clothes to the hospice that cared so well for my mum and dad in the last weeks of their lives. [...]

Over 40 style – the British preppy look

By |2016-04-22T00:43:16+01:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With Easter having fallen so early this year it feels as though we should be in full throes of Spring outfits but it's just a bit too chilly. This is usually the time when I fall back on a jersey breton and a pea coat but for some reason I'm just not feeling much love for them this year. I was struggling for inspiration until I received a Jack Wills email. Jack Wills are well known for the the British preppy [...]

What I wore this week and Easter sales

By |2016-04-22T00:42:44+01:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , |

We've been celebrating Christmas chez Midlifechic this week and it's all been a bit hectic. I'm not sure if you remember that I was disappointed in December because the impact of Storm Desmond meant that my brother and his family changed their plans to come up from London so we didn't see them. Anyway they arrived this week and we've had a lovely time. My nephews are 24 and 26 so it was a real treat to spend some time with [...]

It’s your turn to tell me what you think about Midlifechic

By |2016-04-22T00:41:47+01:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Surveys|Tags: , |

Hello everyone. This time last year some of you very kindly answered a few questions for me. Your answers have helped me to stay on track with Midlifechic because they gave me a really clear picture of who I'm talking to when I write. Since then our community of intelligent midlife women has more than doubled so I'm hoping even more people might share their thoughts with me in the Midlifechic reader survey 2016. Now that I'm settling into my [...]

New Spring fashion for women over 40 from John Lewis

By |2016-03-18T22:27:36+00:00March 18th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We've had bright sunshine all week in the Lake District. The daffodils are out, the lambs are gambolling and it feels as though a new season is finally rolling in. This always makes me feel as though I have nothing to wear. Suddenly the core wardrobe of camel and grey that I've loved all winter feels dark and dull so I'm very much in the mood for some new season shopping. Last Autumn I focused on specific retailers which you seemed [...]

How to wear pearls after 40 (and a research group request)

By |2016-03-18T12:17:23+00:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: Accessories|Tags: , , , , |

As the weather is starting to warm up, I'm finding that I'm gradually removing my scarves and polo neck jumpers which puts the focus back onto jewellery. The bold statement necklaces that have been so popular for the last few years suddenly don't feel right. Jewellery has shifted to being more delicate and gold is back along with fine chains and pendants. I'm also really pleased to be seeing the re-emergence of pearls. By the time you reach 40, you [...]

Why I Walked Away From My Midlife Career

By |2017-01-10T16:42:39+00:00March 11th, 2016|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Work life balance|Tags: , , , , |

Given that this is primarily a style blog, I was amazed by the interest and debate that my work life balance posts provoked. There are obviously so many of us in one of two positions - struggling to maintain a career and the needs of a family or struggling to find our sense of purpose as an educated stay at home mum. I've been really touched by the many stories that you've shared with me either privately or publicly over [...]

Mother of the Groom Outfit Ideas and Special Occasions

By |2016-03-08T14:19:07+00:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , |

I was very excited to be approached with my first 'style challenge' last week. Gina Bacconi asked me to look at their luxury occasionwear selection and style 3 outfits my way with Mother of the Bride /Groom in mind. Now this was good timing because I've had lots of requests from you for help with outfits for weddings, race days and even a garden party at Buckingham Palace. However, the thing that made me really want to accept the challenge [...]

Chic Basics For Women Over 40 and new friends

By |2018-03-02T09:48:13+00:00March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One of the interesting things that my new site has shown me is which have been my most popular posts over the last 2 years. Top of the leaderboard is 'chic basics for women over 40'. Unfortunately because it is now so old, most of the products are no longer stocked so today I'm giving it an update. Here are my capsule pieces for a simple Spring wardrobe, the no brainer items that enable you to look perpetually well put [...]

Coolsculpting Review – Attune Clinic London

By |2016-03-04T17:14:49+00:00March 1st, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Health|Tags: , , , |

You’ll remember me mentioning that a couple of weeks ago I went down to London to meet Midlifechic reader Sarah Baldwin. Sarah got in touch before Christmas because she’d been reading my blog for a while and she wanted to tell me about her job as a Lead Therapist at Attune Clinic in London. As we were chatting, she started to tell me about Coolsculpting which is one of the treatments she offers. She very kindly offered me the opportunity to [...]

Boden Shoes Spring 2016 – trying them on

By |2017-03-18T22:21:23+00:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hurray - I'm free! Thank you so much for your very supportive words over the last week, I'll tell you all about it in more detail soon but I'm rushing now because I'm off to spend the weekend with some of my favourite bloggers including Annette from Lady of Style and Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb. In the meantime, two things have kept me smiling during this life changing week - your fabulously considerate comments and the thought that I would celebrate [...]

A tough midlife career decision – and a stealthy M&S discount

By |2017-03-18T15:07:33+00:00February 21st, 2016|Categories: Family, Midlife, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |

I'm very late blogging this week (again) but I have news on my work life balance and a tough midlife career decision that I can finally share with you. One Sunday night a few weeks ago, I was sitting at the dinner table with my head in my hands dreading the madness of the week to come, feeling that I was living in a very small but very fast hamster wheel. Mr MC looked across at me and asked me what [...]

Midlife love, celebrations and Project Happier #5

By |2017-03-18T15:08:52+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ta dah! Welcome to the new look Midlifechic. Mr MC has laboured hard so that it would be ready in time for its second birthday but we know there will be glitches. It  will take until Saturday 13th to flush through fully in the meantime, if you're reading on Bloglovin please could you view this post directly on my blog here just this once and let me know what you think and also if there are any viewing or technical [...]

Chilling out with my boys – Project Happier

By |2016-02-06T20:29:29+00:00February 6th, 2016|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , |

Just a very quick hello from me to say that after another hectic week I'm unplugging this weekend and spending some time with my boys including the prodigal son who has returned for the weekend.   (wearing Boden cashmere v neck, Jigsaw dark denim shirt, Claudia Bradbury necklace and for the eagle eyed, the only reason I don't have my wedding ring on is because I've been to the gym and it's still in my bag, fear not)! No fatted [...]

Uniqlo Spring 2016 review and Project Happier #4

By |2016-01-30T17:38:22+00:00January 30th, 2016|Categories: Project Happier, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

We've nearly made it to the end of January which has to be the toughest month. Actually it would have been tougher for me if I hadn't been doing Project Happier - although I've stumbled at times, it's kept me focused. Today is my first day of not working for 12 days and I apologise if you were looking out for my adventure with my reader Sarah on Instagram on Thursday but all my plans had to be changed at the last [...]

Next, Boden and Jaeger – great new season & sale buys

By |2018-01-23T16:37:33+00:00January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Everyone I speak to seems to have had 'one of those weeks.' It makes you wonder whether all the media hype about Blue Monday brings it to fruition. I knew it was coming but my work week has been tougher than I anticipated. We have a number of big exhibitions and launches coming up on top of our usual workload and these are the times when I really miss my days of working for big corporations with large teams. As Head [...]

Sparking Joy – Project Happier #3 and new season buys

By |2017-03-18T15:08:45+00:00January 16th, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Reading your comments I realise you're way ahead of me on this one, Mari Kondo's 'Life Changing Magic of Tidying' arrived last week along with 'Spark Joy' but they're still sitting in their unopened packaging. I had intended to start reading them on the way back from London but I'm still ploughing through Gretchen Rubin's 'Better Than Before'. However, even though I know spark joy is a tool to use in a decluttering sense, the words have been floating around my [...]

Creating good habits – Project Happier #2

By |2017-03-18T15:08:51+00:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Health, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Well I'm delighted that so many of you are embracing Project Happier - everyone I talk to seems to like the idea of making small improvements rather than huge changes. The trouble is that it's hard to keep change going. We're only in the second week of January and I can already feel myself being pulled into the Slough of Despond - not the literal Pilgrim's Progress sense of guilt for my sins (I don't have much time to sin) but [...]

6 great pieces in the Hush January 2016 sale

By |2017-03-18T15:08:58+00:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

A quick post from me because it's a school night and I'm helping the boys with their homework which requires more and more concentration these days. However, with one eye I'm perusing the Hush January 2016 sale which started this morning and I thought I'd tip you off with what I think are the best buys. This wrap shirt is my favourite and I've ordered it to replace the Mango one that I wore over Christmas because the cleavage on [...]

“Project Happier” for a Midlife new year

By |2016-01-03T18:30:17+00:00January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Family, Project Happier|Tags: , |

So, here we are, in a bright shiny new year, how are you feeling? I usually hate January but I'm feeling really quite excited about the year ahead. I'm full of new ideas for Midlifechic, in the background a stylish makeover is being prepared for the site and I've decided to give my old editorial skills a brush up and start including some new areas for discussion alongside our perennial quest for chic. Lots of you have written to me over [...]