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When life plays cat and mouse

By |2019-08-09T14:23:22+00:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , |

For the last couple of weeks I've been writing two potential versions of this post in my head. You see on an ordinary morning just after we got back from France, I discovered a marble-sized lump in my breast. My immediate reaction was denial. I told myself it was just the edge of a rib but then I asked Mr MC to check and I could see by his face that it wasn't. Just like that life began to spin [...]

Going grey gracefully – how to approach it

By |2019-07-14T16:45:28+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Midlife, Style|Tags: , , , , |

As you know, over the last few months I've been starting the journey towards going grey with the team at the Josh Wood Atelier in London. I still have about 50% of my natural blonde and brown in my hair so I won't be completely grey for a few years yet however I'm no longer trying to conceal the transition. Instead I'm allowing the strands of silver to shine though in all of their glory. My first appointment was at [...]

Cornucopia post: beauty, menopause and midlife musings

By |2019-07-14T16:40:59+00:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , , |

It's a cornucopia post today and a bit of a long one so you might want to pour that cup of tea / glass of wine before you start. I've been testing a lot of beauty products over the last few months and a few have made my 'must tell readers about...' shelf. So I'll start with those and then move on to menopause followed by a bit of a midlife melting pot. By the end of it there should [...]

Midlife – making the middle years count

By |2019-07-14T16:18:09+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , |

Today's post is a little bit different, I'm taking part in a writing project that was commissioned by the peer to peer lending company Zopa. To celebrate their Innovative Finance ISA, which they say “sits in the middle between low risk, low yielding cash ISAs and volatile, high return stocks and shares ISAs”, they asked a number of people to think about “the middle” and what it means to them. Of course for me, the middle immediately makes me think [...]

Outfits of the day and more thoughts about mothering

By |2019-03-29T17:28:40+00:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Well here we are on 'Brexit Day' at the end of what must have been one of the craziest weeks in British history. Our business is feeling the impact. We work with a number of Sci-Tech businesses that are being badly hit by the loss of European funding, the stalling of potential global funding and the inability to get innovations passed in the absence of a governing system. As a result, some people we know are facing the loss of [...]

Thinking about Mother’s Day and the gifts that you give

By |2019-03-22T12:01:15+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Family, Gift ideas, Midlife, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |

I've been compiling Mother's Day gift posts for as long as I've worked in retail and as always, this year they're everywhere. So when Marks and Spencer approached me to put one together for them, I pushed back. But then they asked me to go beyond the clichés and do it with a difference and after spending some time looking through their site, I felt that I could. So, today I'm thinking about Mother's Day and the gifts that you [...]

A few thoughts about Christmas 2018

By |2018-12-21T15:30:04+00:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|

Before I start, I have to say thank you to Nicky Keep who sent me a picture of the above jumper when she was shopping in Sainsbury's - I rushed straight out to find one!  It's my last day in the office and I'm hoping to log off for two whole weeks so that means that this is probably the last post of 2018. I haven't really had a chance to look back at the year yet but I feel [...]

Midlife Lately – what I’ve been doing, wearing and thinking

By |2018-12-07T17:52:15+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Family, Midlife, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's been a while hasn't it and some of you have written in to ask why I haven't been doing Midlife Lately. The thing is that for me, this is not a job. As I've always said, I started Midlifechic primarily as a personal journal so that I could leave a record that my future great grandchildren might read. I was inspired to start writing after reading through boxes of family letters that I discovered after my mum died. For [...]

Midlife lately and amazing women over 50

By |2018-10-23T17:18:21+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ok, I promised we'd have a catch up and I have so much to tell you - October has been a blur but let's start where I left you last time, just before the funeral. Newcastle It was, as you can imagine, heartbreaking. When you're inside a family, you never really see the impact that your relative has beyond your immediate enclave until something like this happens. As we arrived at the crematorium, we were overwhelmed by the sheer size [...]

A week of two halves at Midlifechic

By |2018-10-05T17:12:20+00:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Family, Interiors, Midlife, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Hello, its a post of two halves today because this week has taken an unexpected turn. I'll move onto that later but I want to start by telling you about the dinner party that I mentioned we were hosting last weekend. You see a little while ago I was contacted by a company called La Belle Assiette. I hadn't heard of them before but they're an online chef service. Their website covers most of the UK and it enables you [...]

New season drops… and more Midlife lately

By |2018-09-28T19:57:33+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , |

I do find the new retail calendar weird. Mid-season sales in the third week of September would have been unheard of a few years ago but of course retailers do smaller drops throughout the season now to meet the demand for perpetual newness. So, I have two of these new drops to whizz through with you. They're both from retailers that tend to sell through quickly and in my eyes, these are the best pieces from the latest collections. Hush [...]

What I’ve been wearing and a midlife lately catch up

By |2018-09-18T17:00:15+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Family, Midlife, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I thought I'd take a breather from the madness of new season so that we can have a quick catch up. Today I'm bringing you a post of recent outfits, try-ons and a midlife lately catch up which has ended up being more introspective than I intended but that's what happens when I have something on my mind. So, as far as the weather is concerned, we seem to be sliding quickly into Autumn here but every so often, summer [...]

So long… farewell… auf wiedersehen… for now

By |2018-08-03T13:28:49+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Travel|Tags: , |

So finally we've made it - our long awaited holiday is in sight. I can't tell you how excited I am at the thought of having all of my boys to myself for two whole weeks, I'm going to treasure every minute. The housesitters are briefed and Gary is on his way to Northumberland to stay on a cousin's farm. It's been a hectic week. A while ago, thinking that this would be a quiet time at work, I scheduled [...]

Midlife and the turning of the generations – plus what I’ve been wearing

By |2018-06-26T18:39:50+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

And so the world of style blogging is hitting its summer lull. As the sales are in full swing and the storybook sunshine goes on, I can feel my mind turning away from its usual fascination with retail towards the things that matter more. I'm very aware that for our family, this will be our last calm summer for a while. We have no important exam results to anticipate and when autumn comes, our status quo will continue with everyone [...]

City break with teenagers – 4 days in Valencia

By |2018-06-06T17:29:13+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello, I'm back. My schedule is still slightly disrupted but it's good to be blogging again. Let me tell you all about our trip to Valencia which turned out to be very simple and very relaxed - just what we all needed. This is one of those posts that is a bit of a personal journal as well as a midlife style blog. As you know, one of the reasons I write is for any future great, great grandchildren of [...]

The happiest of 51st birthday weekends

By |2018-05-21T16:39:26+00:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

This morning I am feeling every one of my 51 years which could have something to do with the fact that I decided to party like a 15 year-old in celebration of my 51st birthday. I haven't stopped all weekend and my brain is dead so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking and share a bit of my birthday joy with you. It all started on Friday night when my sister and brother-in-law popped over with presents. [...]

How it feels to be 50 in 2018, thoughts on midlife

By |2018-05-18T16:59:58+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

It's my birthday tomorrow which means I've been 50 for a whole year. Like most people I still reel slightly when I have to write my age on a form but other than that, I feel great about it. I've just had one of the best years of my life, not because anything particularly remarkable happened but because everything finally started to make sense. I noticed this new feeling of 'rightness' when I was chatting to my auntie on her [...]

An update on 2018 spectacle trends and the new range from Kylie

By |2018-04-22T16:30:31+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Accessories, Midlife, Style, Work life balance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

As you know, I've had an ongoing relationship with Specsavers since last summer. They're a brand that I particularly like to support because of all of the quiet behind the scenes work that they do, giving back to both their local communities and the anti-bullying charity Kidscape which I discussed in my post about their fundraising awards. This season they have asked me to look at two of their spectacle ranges in more depth. The Twiggy for Aurora collection which [...]

Some thoughts about our midlife Valentines

By |2018-02-09T17:07:28+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

It's the time of year when everyone's thoughts turn to love. Whether you like it or not, you are surrounded by hearts and flowers and meal deals for two. I have been endlessly prodded by retailers to create lists of things we should buy to prove to our loves how treasured they are. And as I've been drafting emails in reply, explaining why I'm not running a "50 things to buy your Valentine" post, it's made me think hard about [...]

How to keep your complexion glowing in midlife

By |2018-02-06T17:30:06+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Health, Midlife, Style|Tags: , , , |

Hello! We're back from our amazing adventure in Transylvania and I have so much to tell you. However today I must crack on and catch up with the work that I've missed so I'm forcing myself to stay away from the photos until I have more time. In the meantime, I have a post about how to keep your complexion glowing in midlife. I've been putting it together since I included this picture a couple of weeks ago and was bombarded [...]

How to find your purpose at midlife

By |2018-01-16T16:44:08+00:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Work life balance|Tags: , |

How to find your purpose at midlife. It's a different kind of post from me today. You see last week I was shaken by the sudden loss of a friend in the village, someone I have known for a long time. She died within days of returning home from a fantastic holiday with her husband and sons. A brain tumour that had given her no warning also gave her no chance. The whole village has been rocked by it and [...]

Midlife lately – winter outfits and events

By |2018-01-09T16:45:58+00:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Family, Midlife, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We have some catching up to do. Forgive me for the fact that this includes Christmas, luckily there aren't many sequins because we did most of our partying earlier in the month. When I left you in 2017, it was the eldest's 21st birthday and he was due to arrive home from London late that night. So, we're picking the story up as we arrived at the railway station to meet him. The 21st birthday Poor boy, I don't think [...]

Happy January – searching for a better way to manage 2018

By |2018-01-09T14:05:09+00:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , |

Hello - and a very Happy January to you all, I hope you've had a wonderful break. We had a lovely couple of weeks off despite being beset by illness and I'll tell you all about it in a 'midlife lately' post next week. In the meantime, I'm just popping up briefly. The boys don't go back to school until Monday and so I'm trying to be around while they're off. You see we were chatting over dinner one night [...]

WeAreThirtyPlus Blogger of the Year Award – what it means to me

By |2017-12-05T17:55:21+00:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Style|

It has been such an exciting week winning the WeAreThirtyPlus Blogger of the Year Award and none of it would have happened without you so I just wanted to share the evening with you... and answer all of the questions that so many of you have had about what I decided to wear. About WeAreThirtyPlus You may remember I was surprised to find that I had been shortlisted a few weeks ago because I hadn't submitted an entry. I have [...]

Side stripe trousers, a great solution… and a midlife wedding

By |2017-10-06T17:26:24+00:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I'm following on from my post about leather leggings with a focus on a different type of trouser. You see when I was down in London last week, I gambled on not having to stand up too much in my consultancy sessions. For once, I travelled light without 'street shoes' in my bag. It misfired. I was working with a larger team than expected and so I had to stand to enable everyone to hear (and see) me. We were [...]

Midlife health and fitness…and those jeans!

By |2017-09-29T16:39:52+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier, Work life balance|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday I mentioned that I've been challenged to get going with a new midlife health and fitness plan. I have committed to do it until January and today I'm going to tell you more about it. Before I do, I'm just going to cover the reasons why I'm doing it with a quick recap. I have hit an absolute exercise trough. Long term readers know about the car accident I had in December 2014. It wasn't a serious one [...]

Midlifechic FAQ – the questions I am most frequently asked.

By |2017-08-02T19:09:49+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Midlife|Tags: , |

Boo! Yes I'm still on holiday but I thought I'd surprise you with a post. You see every week I get lots of emails from readers and I've noticed that they often include the same questions. So, I thought it would be helpful to put a Midlifechic FAQ in my 'About Me' section. This is it and I'm sending it out as a post just in case you're missing me - which you're probably not but I can hope! Midlifechic [...]

What I’ve been wearing and the trials of student internships

By |2018-01-08T16:59:28+00:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: Family, Midlife, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hmm..what shall we talk about today? It's that finger drumming time of year so I thought I'd show you a few of the outfits I've been wearing recently. It will give us a chance to have a little chat about what's been going on too - I have a story that I've been meaning to tell you for a while about the trials of student internships. A school mum outfit Some of you may have seen this on Instagram. I [...]

A science based solution for thinning midlife hair

By |2017-07-18T17:14:10+00:00July 18th, 2017|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Health, Midlife|Tags: , , , |

As we wait for the sales to finish and the new season stock to arrive, I'm covering some new topics. Back in January, we were discussing midlife symptoms - both physical and emotional and since then, I've been keeping an eye open for solutions to some of the problems that were raised. The results of the survey that we did showed that 27% of Midlifechic readers are having problems with thinning midlife hair. It isn't something that I have experienced [...]

Hope sale – and revisiting my past

By |2017-07-07T17:05:33+00:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: Family, Midlife, Relationships, Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have a late addition to the summer sales for you. Hope will be opening their sale tomorrow (Saturday 8th July) and I have a VIP preview which means you can go onto the site and snap up the bargains before everyone else. In preparation for the new stock arriving, they are having a huge clearout from past seasons and a lot of items are 70% off. It's a great opportunity to buy something of high quality at an amazing price. Here [...]

How it feels to reach your 50th birthday

By |2018-05-18T15:13:22+00:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , |

So my friends, today's the day. I have achieved my half century. Everyone I've spoken to over the last couple of weeks has been asking me one question - how are you feeling about it? So I thought I'd try to articulate exactly how it feels to reach your 50th birthday. Prepare for one of those long streams of consciousness - it's been a while. You may need to make a cup of tea before you sit down with this [...]

Twelve things for Tuesday – and Mother’s Day weekend

By |2017-03-28T16:46:27+00:00March 28th, 2017|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy Tuesday everyone. It looks as though I will be spending a disproportionate amount of time driving this week as I have meetings that range from the Scottish Border right down to the Midlands. So I am putting together a quick post with a few of the things that I have spotted recently that I think you'll like and I'm finishing off with a round up of Mother's Day weekend. Easter This is probably the last stretch of time that we [...]

Can you cure a lifelong phobia?

By |2019-08-09T16:31:13+00:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier, Sale|Tags: , , , |

As you can see, I'm talking about something completely different today. A little while ago I mentioned that I have been having some treatment for a phobia and that I would discuss it when it was completed. Well today's the day. So, let me tell you more about it. My phobia is 'ornophobia' or a fear of birds. It not only covers the idea of them flapping around me or even being in my path when I walk through a [...]

Midlife loneliness – a follow up

By |2018-05-17T14:58:47+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wow that was quite a response to the last post on midlife loneliness! As I said at the outset, when I receive a cluster of emails on a particular topic, it suggests that something is going on at a wider level. I knew I could count on you to rally around Anna but what I didn't anticipate was the wonderful outpouring of empathy. I'm not going to write a long post today, partly because a power cut has wiped five hours off my [...]

Loneliness and the midlife woman – making new friends

By |2017-02-27T16:08:04+00:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , |

Since Christmas, I've had a few emails from readers about loneliness. When I get a number of emails on a particular topic I take it seriously because I know that for each woman that speaks out, there will be others in the same situation. There is one reader that I've been talking to who I am especially worried about. I have helped her as much as I can and she has asked me to raise loneliness as a topic on Midlifechic to [...]

Spotlight on Baukjen… and midlife love

By |2018-01-08T17:06:04+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Product review, Project Happier, Retail Review, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am very pleased to bring you the first of the spotlight posts. It's a big thank you to Baukjen for being the first brand to come on board as part of this series and I'm particularly pleased to be working with someone that I haven't featured before. I have only one Baukjen piece in my wardrobe and it is a jumpsuit that I bought in a hurry after seeing it featured in a magazine last year. For some reason [...]

Midlifechic’s 3rd birthday – what next?

By |2018-01-08T17:06:42+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Midlife|Tags: , |

Last Saturday was Midlifechic's 3rd birthday. I'm afraid there are no photos of celebrations this year because I had some emergency dental surgery on Friday afternoon which means I've been feeling sorry for myself, nursing a very sore mouth and a cheek like a chipmunk. Nevertheless 3 years feels like a milestone. Midlifechic began as a short term project when I was going through a period of transition. My youngest son was preparing to leave primary school and the eldest had his eyes fixed [...]

What I’ve been wearing… and thinking about midlife

By |2017-03-18T22:37:47+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Boo! I'm surprising you with a Monday post because after my two days in London everything feels out of sync - plus I have something special to bring you on Thursday. So today I'm going to start with some rather random recent outfit shots and then move on to the thoughts I had when I read your midlife comments as they came in whilst I was on the train. What I've been wearing Now, this was over a week ago on [...]

Physical symptoms of Midlife – survey results

By |2017-03-18T22:33:24+00:00January 25th, 2017|Categories: Health, Midlife, Surveys|Tags: , , , |

So here they are - the results! Over 2000 of you took part in the Physical symptoms of Midlife survey so we have some really interesting and relevant information here. As somebody who hates maths, I am always surprised by how much I love data. I suppose because of my marketing background I have learned how to delve into it and interpret it. Every so often the numbers will tell you that something you had always assumed to be true is [...]

The symptoms of midlife – a survey

By |2017-03-18T22:27:42+00:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: Health, Midlife, Surveys|Tags: , , |

I have been overwhelmed by your enthusiastic and very thought provoking responses to my Midlife in the twenty-tens post. It seems as though I have hit upon something that we all want to discuss in more depth. As you know, the last post focused on the cognitive side of midlife, our changing mindset. As promised, I am now moving on to the chronological aspect or rather the physical symptoms of midlife that most people say they are experiencing. One approach would be [...]

What is midlife in the twenty-tens?

By |2018-01-15T15:39:07+00:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , |

So, here we, are in the retail hiatus of January when there is very little in the shops worth looking at. That means it's time for us to get into some of the deeper issues you've been asking me to cover - such as what is midlife in the twenty-tens (as this decade is now being called) and how can we age well? It's going to be one of those long posts when you may need a whole pot of tea rather than [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A real midlife fairytale #ItsOnUs

By |2017-02-13T12:20:19+00:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It's a happy day in our house today - it's our wedding anniversary. I have more reason to celebrate than most because my life now is my very own happy ending. As with all good fairytales though, I had to go through a struggle to reach it... ...Shall I tell you the story? Are You sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin... Once upon a time there was a girl who left university with her whole life ahead of her. Even though [...]