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Hush Christmas Edit – join me for a virtual evening at John Lewis

By |2018-01-08T16:46:57+00:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Product review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hush Christmas Edit. Christmas started for me with a bang this week when I went to do a talk for Hush at the “My John Lewis” shopping evening on Wednesday. My brief was to pull out my favourite Hush pieces and discuss them. So, I took lots of lovely ladies through five specific capsules that I’d created for days that are likely to crop up in our Christmas calendar. At the end so many of them came to tell me that they'd [...]

The return of the trouser suit to your working wardrobe.

By |2017-05-26T09:59:09+00:00May 26th, 2017|Categories: Product review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It isn't often that I dedicate a whole post to a single outfit but then it isn't often that you are approached by a brand like Winser London and invited to choose a special new outfit. It was easy for me to make my choice, I wanted to celebrate the return of the trouser suit. I showed you a glimpse of it in my last post because it is what I wore during the day on my 50th birthday. Single breasted [...]

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 [...]

Dressing for quiet confidence – Winser London

By |2019-08-09T16:35:42+00:00October 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+00:00October 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 [...]

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

By |2016-09-20T11:59:38+00:00September 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+00:00September 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 [...]

Autumn 2016 at The White Company – a review

By |2016-09-07T13:18:52+00:00September 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 [...]

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+00:00April 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 [...]

Best tailored cropped trousers for women over 40

By |2016-04-22T00:40:49+00:00April 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, [...]

Rediscovering Links of London

By |2015-11-18T17:23:31+00:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Accessories, Christmas, Product review, Retail Review|Tags: , , , , , |

A little while ago Links of London got in touch with me to see if I would join them in celebrating their 25th anniversary. I must start by saying that I felt really honoured that they had chosen Midlifechic and I see it as a sign of recognition of you - my intelligent, classy readers. Gradually I think that we are becoming known as a highly engaged group of intelligent women and the traction that we are starting to generate is partly [...]

A Boden review Spring / Summer 2015

By |2015-06-19T18:17:18+00:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: Family, Product review, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You might want to make a cup of tea - I've got lots to talk about this week! First of all it's been very exciting to be approached by Boden. Lots of you have been commenting on their growing relationship with bloggers and how they seem to have been focusing on the younger 20-somethings who, realistically, have never been their core audience. There have been  a few threads discussing it on Mumsnet with women noting that whereas most brands are making [...]

Boghopping with Berghaus

By |2015-03-12T18:26:04+00:00March 10th, 2015|Categories: Family, Product review, Style|Tags: , , , , |

I had a surprise delivery last week. A little while ago Berghaus asked me if I would review one of their new season jackets and then I didn't hear from them for a little while so I forgot all about it. When a parcel in a black bin bag came through the letterbox I assumed that the boys and been buying from Ebay again until I saw it was addressed to me and inside was a bright Berghaus Paclite III [...]