Celebrating a 50th birthday in Edinburgh between lockdowns

By |2020-10-26T11:55:14+00:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|

I know some of you, the Scots in particular, have been wondering whether I was ever going to publish this. It's two weeks since we went away for Mr MC's birthday and already it feels like a lifetime ago - not just in terms of time but also in lifestyle because now our freedoms are far fewer again. We were so lucky to snatch a weekend of fun when we did and looking through the photos it reminds me that [...]

New autumn outfit updates – and midlife thoughts

By |2020-10-26T12:03:25+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Style|

Well I hope you're getting used to the increasing levels of lockdown if you're in the UK. Given our proximity to a two university city with rapidly increasing rates of infection, we were quite surprised to find ourselves in tier two but I suspect that will change very soon. So as today is my sister's birthday, I made the most of being able to spend this morning drinking coffee with her in her garden which means today's post is a [...]

How it feels when your child leaves for university – and new outfits

By |2020-10-26T12:38:22+00:00September 25th, 2020|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|

Well what a week it's been here, I have lots to tell you. In this post I'm wearing quite a few new season pieces for people who just come for the clothes and I'll finish with a surprising development on the life front for those who follow my ups and downs. But first, a huge thank you to everyone who joined me for a workout in the park with Sally at an ungodly hour this morning - I'll embed the [...]

Special places in and around Kalkan – Turkey

By |2020-09-14T10:47:55+01:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|

Today I'm wrapping summer up  with one last blast of sunshine from Turkey before I move into everything autumnal. I have lots of questions coming in about Kalkan - I think a few other bloggers have been out there this year so it's on the rise as a destination. People are asking me for more detail about what it's like and whether I'd recommend going there now. Of course I can't tell you what is and isn't safe - you [...]

Slowly moving out of lockdown, summer 2020

By |2020-07-10T19:41:21+01:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hello everyone. Well another week has gone by, the first one of relative freedom and it was interesting to read how some of you were slowly moving out of lockdown in the comments after my last post. As so many people said, it's clear that everybody has a different attitude to risk and the good thing is that so far, most people seem to be able to live alongside each other without judging. Mr MC and I are finding that [...]

What I’ve been wearing and learning the lessons of lockdown

By |2020-06-23T16:29:38+01:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well (and I say this cautiously) it's starting to feel as though we're coming through to the other side of the great coronavirus lockdown. I hope you've had a good weekend and that you've managed to start meeting some of the people you've missed so much. We've caught up with a few friends and clients now (although the weather hasn't been great here so some conversations have suddenly been cut short by torrential downpours) even so, it's felt good to [...]

How to celebrate under lockdown – happy birthday to me

By |2020-05-19T15:37:56+01:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Interiors, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , , , |

Well hello... on this day that has always been a beacon in my calendar... because it's my birthday. A friend who graduated to the same age as me last week said she was dreading it this time because all it meant was another year on her age with none of the associated fun. And I admit that I'm less bouncy about it than usual but that's because I haven't been buoyed by our usual festival weekend. I miss having  a [...]

Quarantine – as the days roll on – Coronavirus 2020

By |2020-05-12T16:45:42+01:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Quarantine - as the days roll on - Coronavirus 2020 How are you getting on? I have to admit that today is the first day when I've felt a bit fed up of all of this so I'm glad it's a blogging day. With the possibility that somebody has happened upon this post few years on from now, let me just apply some context. We're now in the eighth week of quarantine and in Boris Johnson's broadcast on Sunday evening [...]

Lockdown week 5 & a prize for kindness

By |2020-05-01T15:52:55+01:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lockdown week 5 Well, here we are at the start of a shiny new month, probably not as far along as we thought we would be when when we turned from March to April but it feels like progress nevertheless. May is my favourite month of the year and of course that could just be because it's my birthday month and so it always feels as though it's brimming with promise but even so, I still believe it's the most [...]

Midlife lately – quarantine days and nights

By |2020-04-21T15:11:30+01:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hello everyone, I'm back from my 'week off.' I hope you've all been settling into this new way of living, I thought we'd have a quick Midlife lately quarantine catch up today and then perhaps go on to look at some clothes on Friday. As this spell of good weather continues (she says, touching wood), I'm starting to think about a wardrobe for a summer that is largely, if not completely, going to be spent at home. Before that though [...]

Midlife in the time of coronavirus – more diaries

By |2020-04-10T12:54:44+01:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We're coming to the end of the third week of lockdown and so I thought I'd do another simple diary. As readers you will of course know what it's like to go shopping at the moment but I'm recording it here for legacy purposes. I hope that soon we'll be looking back with disbelief and I don't want to forget how extraordinary this time was. So today do please add in the comments anything that's struck you as you've tried [...]

Lockdown continues – how are you feeling?

By |2020-04-03T17:17:10+01:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , |

Lockdown continues - how are you feeling? Hello everyone, I shot myself in the foot a bit on Tuesday with a recap on what we'd been doing so today I thought I'd focus more on how this is feeling instead. Obviously these are just my personal reflections so I'm hoping that in the spirit of social diary, you'll add some of your thoughts in the comments at the end. What I'm keen to log is: as the lockdown continues - [...]

Coronavirus diaries – lockdown week 1

By |2020-03-28T12:27:35+00:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Health, Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , , |

Hello everybody, I hope hope you're all ok out there. We'd never have imagined a week like the one we've just had would we and who knows where we go from here? For now, I'm going to try to keep up with a weekly coronavirus update even if it's just as a kind of social diary to log how this bolt from the blue affected an ordinary family. So here we go - Coronavirus diaries - lockdown week 1. Coronavirus [...]

Midlife lately – strange coronavirus days

By |2020-03-20T16:55:41+00:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , , , |

Well hello... hasn't this been the strangest of weeks? I awoke on Monday morning to our usual routine and by Wednesday it had all gone awry. As one of my reasons for writing this blog is to connect with future generations of my family, I'm going to be logging how it feels to live through these strange coronavirus days but it won't all be doom and gloom. I'll be looking for the upsides wherever I can, hoping that Midlifechic can [...]

Thinking ahead to the end of our lives – let’s discuss

By |2020-01-14T16:48:39+00:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier|Tags: , |

(Please note that this post focuses on thinking ahead to the end of our lives. If you are ill or recently bereaved, you may find it difficult to read... but I hope not) As you can see, I have a completely different topic for us to discuss today and at first it may not seem easy but actually it's not so bad. I'm supporting the brilliant people behind the charity Marie Curie who are trying to get us thinking ahead [...]

Hello 2020 – reflections on a midlife decade

By |2020-01-10T15:34:05+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Family, Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

Well hello and a Happy New Year to you. I'm back to blogging a little later than planned because we had guests until 30th December and then went over to Newcastle for a family funeral so it turned out to be busier than we expected. However everything went well and mum-in-law declared it to be 'the best Christmas for years' - phew! Reflections on a midlife decade Even though it's ten days old now, I feel as though I need [...]

When life plays cat and mouse

By |2019-08-09T14:23:22+01:00July 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 [...]

Cornucopia post: beauty, menopause and midlife musings

By |2019-07-14T16:40:59+01:00June 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+01:00April 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 [...]

Happy 5th birthday Midlifechic & reader survey 2019

By |2019-02-05T09:46:35+00:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Project Happier, Surveys|Tags: , |

Hello! Yesterday (Monday 4th February) was Midlifechic's 5th birthday.  It's been quite a journey from this rather petrified looking first ever outfit shot... ... to moments like this... I'm writing this in a bit of a hurry because we have, quite literally, got a plane to catch. But I do just want to express my gratitude for the amazing personal journey that this blog has taken me on over the last five years. I'm not talking about the glitzy things [...]

How to build a capsule wardrobe – women over 40 #1

By |2019-01-15T15:46:13+00:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Project Happier, Style, Style Seminars|Tags: , , , , , , , |

...and let me start by apologising for the 'women over 40' extension on the title there. I know that a sizeable chunk of you aren't over 40 and this process has nothing to do with age, it just helps it to stand out amidst the millions of 'how to build a capsule wardrobe' posts on the internet. So, let's get started with the first part of the series that I put together over the Christmas holidays when I was working [...]

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 and amazing women over 50

By |2018-10-23T17:18:21+01:00October 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 [...]

Embracing autumn and bringing it in

By |2018-10-30T22:02:12+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Interiors, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , |

It's just a short post from me today because it's been a funny old week. I've been slogging my way through a heavy cold and feeling a bit contemplative after the evening with my friend T. I've been thinking about life and reflecting on the pros and cons of the knowledge that I suppose most of us gain by midlife simply as a result of the experiences that we've lived through. The upsides are many - the 'what the hell?' [...]

A Kalkan summer holiday snapshot – part one

By |2018-08-24T17:05:22+01:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , |

Hello, I'm back and I've already been down to London but I'm itching to blog again so I thought I'd divide our Kalkan summer holiday into two parts. You see we didn't really do much in the first week which means I have enough time to give you part one today. So, seeing as the forecast is bad for the Bank Holiday weekend, I'll bring you a taste of sunshine. Before I get to that though, let me tell you [...]

Midlifechic – questions I’m often asked by readers and in interviews

By |2018-08-17T07:20:20+01:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , |

I've been interviewed for a few magazines and websites recently. So, given that quite a few of you said you'd enjoyed the FAQ post I did last year, I thought I'd pull some of the questions together just to fill the gap while we're away. I've added some of the questions that I'm asked regularly by readers too so it's a bit random... but welcome to the inside of my head (my family would tell you that it can be [...]

6 great summer reads and a competition winner

By |2018-07-24T15:09:37+01:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Accessories, Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , , , |

We don't often talk about reading on here and yet as so many of you know, it is one of my biggest pleasures in life. Some people say I read a lot. I just counted for this post and I've read 27 books so far this year which is almost a book a week. Given that I used to have to get through four books a week in different languages when I was doing my degree, it doesn't seem a [...]

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

By |2018-06-26T18:39:50+01:00June 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+01:00June 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+01:00May 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+01:00May 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 [...]

Reasons to be cheerful and more outfits of the week

By |2018-03-16T17:01:25+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I confess that as we head into another weekend with a forecast of bitter weather, I'm beginning to feel at a bit of a loss as to what to write about. It seems that we're living in Narnia's perpetual winter. Spring has completely stalled up here, the birds are quiet, buds are barely showing on the trees and the skies are many shades of grey. Even I don't feel like shopping when every day is just another jumper day. So [...]

What I’ve been wearing… and how I carved out a whole extra day in my week

By |2018-03-09T17:48:19+00:00March 9th, 2018|Categories: Project Happier, Style, Work life balance|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I've had a great week and it's all thanks to you and the very first post that I wrote this year when I was looking for a better way to manage 2018. If you remember, I was feeling as though I was being pulled in too many different directions and not doing anything well. Since then I've been spring cleaning my life whilst incorporating some of the tips you shared and at last I'm starting to see the difference. Lots [...]

Thoughts on Mother’s Day as your children grow older

By |2018-03-08T13:39:43+00:00March 6th, 2018|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Note to confused overseas readers - Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday is on 11th March in the UK) I've always maintained that Mother's Day is my favourite day of the year. It's better than a birthday because you don't get any older and it's a celebration of the incredible task that we undertake as we help our children grow into decent human beings. For the last 20 years I've been lucky. On Mother's Day my nest has been full and [...]

Midlife adventures – The Ice Hotel Transylvania review

By |2018-02-13T17:31:19+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Project Happier, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I've finally managed to plough through the hundreds (yes honestly) of photos we took on our midlife adventure in Transylvania. There's just so much to show you that even after some serious culling there are a lot of them. So I'm going to try to make sure this Ice Hotel Transylvania review isn't too wordy. Join us virtually through the pictures... and even the occasional video. Before I start though, I just want to say that I have two pieces of fashion [...]

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 [...]

The best place for a family holiday with teens

By |2020-01-17T13:56:32+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , , |

The best place for a family holiday with teens. I spent a few hours over the weekend wrapping up the final details of our main summer holiday as the sleet hammered down outside. I think I've already mentioned that we've decided to go back to Kalkan, our favourite spot in Turkey. We're aware that our days of school summer holidays are numbered. In fact we only have two more years after this one when we will be tied to the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Winter sale edit and a Christmassy Midlife lately

By |2018-01-08T16:38:15+00:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Project Happier, Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

T'was the week before Christmas... and I looked at my diary only to realise that I have blithely arranged for an awful lot of festive gatherings to take place... all through our house. I'm not quite sure how that happened but I have some serious food prepping to do. So, as I will shortly be mutating from Midlifechic to Midlifechef, my last post will have to be a quick one. I'm starting with a quick winter sale edit because if [...]

Marrakech in 3 days with teenagers

By |2017-11-22T12:15:16+00:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Marrakech in 3 days with teenagers. Before we dive fully into Christmas madness, I thought you might like to join me for a few days of sunshine. As you know, we had a little trip to Marrakech last week. It was a plan that we came up with back in the spring when we realised that my 50th birthday was going to be somewhat subdued because it fell, as it has done all of my life, in exam season. Why [...]

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

By |2017-10-06T17:26:24+01:00October 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+01:00September 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 [...]

On children growing away – how a stair carpet floored me

By |2018-01-08T16:54:33+00:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

As always, it's the small things that get under your skin isn't it? For the last couple of years, as I've descended the stairs I've been aware of a patch of carpet on our landing that has been getting thinner and thinner. Last week, it finally wore through. Of course the £1,000 plus that will be required to replace it is one of the reasons that I've been ignoring it- but it's more than that. The hole in the carpet [...]

A family holiday in Kalkan and what mattered most

By |2017-08-18T17:23:36+01:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello, I'm back! It's always a bit strange starting the first post after a holiday. It reminds me of the first day of term when you used to feel a bit nervous about going back to school even though you were going to be reunited with all of your friends. I hope you've had a good few weeks. I'm just going to write one post about our family holiday in Kalkan this time because I'm going away again next week [...]

Simple 50th birthday celebrations

By |2018-01-08T17:02:44+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Hello everyone. I'm just dropping in to share my simple 50th birthday celebrations with you but, before I do, I want to say a huge thank you for every single one of your kind wishes. I felt buffeted by love from every angle on Friday. Whenever I checked my phone there were new messages from different sources and I read every single one. It was absolutely wonderful and I'm so grateful to everyone who took the time to share a moment of the day [...]

How it feels to reach your 50th birthday

By |2018-05-18T15:13:22+01:00May 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 [...]

What it’s like to be a finalist at the UK Blog Awards

By |2018-03-02T09:51:23+00:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Accessories, Hair & Beauty, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I'm sure you remember the mad week before Christmas. You were desperately trying to finish your Christmas shopping and I was pestering you to vote for me in the UK Blog Awards "readers' round." Well, as you know, your kindness won me a place in the finals and the big event was last weekend. Like most people, I have been to lots of Awards ceremonies. A lot of them were during my years at Selfridges when we were in the process [...]

Twelve things for Tuesday – and Mother’s Day weekend

By |2017-03-28T16:46:27+01:00March 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+01:00March 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+01:00March 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 [...]

Something for the weekend – beauty and books

By |2017-02-28T09:38:10+00:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Accessories, Hair & Beauty, Project Happier|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had such a horrendous time trying to get down to London through Storm Doris yesterday that I can't quite think straight today. So I'm bringing you one of those posts that pulls together all of the things I've been meaning to tell you about for a while. Actually I think beauty and books are a lovely combination for a thinking woman's weekend! Tried and Tested Beauty Products Now, I'm planning to write a full post on skincare for women over 40 next [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Losing the extra pounds gained over Christmas and other things

By |2018-01-08T17:09:09+00:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Family, Health, Project Happier, Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello and Happy New Year! I know I'm supposed to be full of perky new year's resolutions but I tend to see September as more of a time to start afresh than January. For me the decorations are down, the middle son has already gone back to school and this morning, I faced the scales which led me to a moment of self loathing because I've put on half a stone. However, when I look back at the fantastic Christmas we've had, I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

A mindful Midlifechic weekend

By |2017-01-02T13:28:09+00:00October 21st, 2014|Categories: Family, Project Happier, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

So after the electricity meltdown that was Friday, we had digital meltdown on Saturday and Sunday with absolutely no broadband. This is extremely rare in our house. Because I often like to work from home we have 2 lines, just in case, so if one goes down there's always a spare. But no, this weekend we had digital silence. So given that it was my first at home for 7 weeks, I decided to make it a mindful Midlifechic weekend [...]

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