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…

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

Jumpsuit – this year’s version; Jigsaw ponyskin heels (past season); Necklace; Earrings

Sociable Saturday

On Saturday morning we went down to the farm early to choose our tree. I didn’t intend for these photos to be on Midlifechic so I’m not in an ‘outfit’ but readers in the US and Australia have been telling me how much they’re enjoying the rural scenes so I thought I’d share some.

It’s been raining a lot recently so there was a lot of mud – not quite the Christmas card scene that we dream of but we had fun anyway. You can see the glee on the teens’ faces as they spot the boggy patch behind me…

Christmas tree farm

Packable compact coat; Boden jumper past season (this year’s version); Jeans; Earrings; Hunter Boots

… it took less than five minutes for them to start to get dirty!

Christmas tree farm

It was good to get the middle son out into the fresh air. He’s in the middle of his mock GCSEs and has been revising (or at least appearing to) so we haven’t seen many smiles on his face recently.

Midlifechic Christmas tree farm

I’ve been trying to help him by interrupting his procrastination on a regular basis. I think this shows how he’s feeling about my ‘help’ at the moment!

Christmas tree farm

Still it’s amazing what a bit of mud and a saw can do to lift the spirits if you’re 15…

Christmas tree farm

…and it’s even better if you’re 13…

Christmas tree farm

…or a dog.

Christmas tree farm

Christmas tree farm

You can get yourself completely soaked…

Christmas tree farm

…and then be told off by your mum!

Christmas tree farm

I was trying to explain the type of tree that we needed to avoid which they all found highly entertaining but you’ll know what I mean – the ones that droop and shiver, then drop all of their needles…

Christmas tree farm

…and at last I was satisfied and we found one to take home.


Ankle boots

By then we were in a hurry to get changed because we had friends coming round for drinks which gave me a chance to wear what is now my favourite party top of all time.

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

Velvet top; Indigo Jeans; Gold Shoes; Long necklace; Short necklace and earrings, Links of London past season

Christmas party outfits for women over 40

The annoying thing about my local friends is that they refuse to let me take photos in case they end up on Midlifechic (as if)! Luckily I have my friends at the Over40Collective for party outfit inspiration. We may live a long way away from each other but we can still have a virtual Christmas party and here are their Christmas Party outfits for women over 40.

Here’s Liz from Whatlizzyloves who looks as though she is coming to top my glass up for me…

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

…Annette from LadyofStyle is being healthy with a dash of fruit in her cocktail…

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

…Lisa from The Sequinist is at the door, waiting to come in…

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

…Michelle from RetroChicMama is just coming down the road.

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

Catherine from notdressedaslamb

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

…and Michelle from Barefacedchic are not far behind!

Christmas Party outfits for women over 40

(read her post here)

Sparkling Sunday

So, on Sunday we finished putting the decorations up and then Mr MC and I went out for some fresh air as the pre-exam atmosphere was getting heavier by the hour. In case you’re wondering, I’m sitting on the old 17th century stocks where people were punished by having their hands and feet tethered so that villagers could throw rotten eggs and fruit at them. As he took my photo, Mr MC entertained himself by listing all of the things that could have led me there!

Uniqlo cashmere jumper (out of stock in this shade but other colours here); Silver roll neck; Jeans; Boots past season

So come on Christmas. Having kicked off the celebrations I’m feeling very much in the mood to finish work and relax (although our clients seem to have other ideas). The house is ready…

…the eldest is due home this weekend…


Nativity Set

…and Father Christmas has already been through the village once to give oranges to the children.

I’m sorry for being behind on the comments section again, I have been reading them and smiling as they come in. I just need to find a little time to myself so that I can get back to you. In the meantime, I really do thank everyone who has voted for me in the UK Blog Awards. If you haven’t had chance yet there isn’t much time left – here’s the link and it honestly is a five second job for which I will be forever grateful. I’ll be back on Friday.

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