It’s been a busy week at Midlifechic. I forgot to tell you that I was heading off for a few days on a ‘Mums and Sons’ trip to Edinburgh with one of my best friends so forgive me for being slower than ever to answer your comments. I really want to tell you about this lovely new Spring necklace that I’m wearing today

The Eternal Collection

But here’s a quick round up of our trip to Edinburgh first. We’ve been really looking forward to our little break, we often go away together ‘en famille’ but we haven’t been without the dads before so I think we all felt a bit giddy. I’ve failed abysmally on the photo front but it was cold so we spent most of our time wrapped up in jackets and scarves so there isn’t much to excite you with sartorially anyway. Here’s a snapshot:

We travelled by train and it really is the most spectacular journey going North to Edinburgh through the Cumbrian mountains. High jinks on the station – if you have teenage boys you’ll know it’s impossible to get a sensible photo of them. :


These two have been best friends since their first day in reception when they were sweet little 4 year olds:


A lovely shot of my dear friend who hates having her photo taken. I must just tell you about her jumper. She bought it from the Next sale. The clearance is a nightmare to navigate but it’s the Boxy Compact Textured Sweater and it’s still available in all sizes, they have it in pink and cream too and it’s a total bargain. My friend is a size 10 but has bought it in an 18 so that it swings, she wears it with a Breton underneath and it looks great.


We went to lots of places but here we are in the Scottish Parliament building – as you can see the boys weren’t very interested. I’m wearing Boden cashmere crew neck, Gap denim shirt, New Look snood (currently in the sale for £2.50)!:


Here’s the spectacular interior


And a poor, patient Scot


The one photo I asked them to take of me was outside Edinburgh castle – where’s the castle??? They were too busy photobombing Japanese tourists to concentrate (fortunately the Japanese found it very entertaining and started videoing their antics).

Wearing Helene Berman peacoat from Grey & Osbourn (A/W 14); TK Maxx bag S/S 14; Next relaxed skinny jeans; M&S Autograph oxblood Chelsea boots A/W 14


And finally the dungeons!!! There’s a small clue in the bag that my friend is holding that tells you we parked the boys in the cinema for a couple of hours whilst we went shopping, pure bliss.


We had such a great time even though I was one boy down – he was at home, supposedly revising. The boys have reached an age where they’re very entertaining and they had us in stitches. We ate out in the evenings and then returned to the hotel; my friend and I curled up in my room and chatted over a glass of wine whilst the boys watched TV and made a racket next door.

Since we came home, my boys have been whipped up into a frenzy by the eldest who, instead of revising, has been procrastinating by making plans to create a home gym (much to the horror of Mr MC and our poor 300 year old house which isn’t coping too well with all the thumping and leaping about).

I, however, have been overjoyed to receive a little gift. The Eternal Collection contacted me on my Midlifechic birthday to ask me if I would like to choose a piece of jewellery from their collection. Now I don’t often do this sort of thing but it was such a lovely offer that I spent a few happy evenings looking through their site. As you know, one of my intentions this year has been to add to my rather limited jewellery collection and to move away from wearing so much high street jewellery.

The Eternal Collection is based in Scotland (I’m having a bit of a Celtic week) and is run by a husband and wife team. They make two thirds of their jewellery in the UK and source other pieces from around the world. They have a lot to choose from but I kept on returning to this Salome Venetian Glass necklace which is part of their Murano collection made in Venice. A long time ago Mr MC proposed to me in Venice, I remember looking at the jewellery then but thinking I would be pushing it to buy a piece when I’d just been presented with a sparkly ring. So here we have it, a long term ambition realised.

The parcel was waiting for me when I got home, I do love beautiful packaging, it really adds to the expectation:


and here’s the necklace with a sweet little handwritten note:


This is what it looks like on, I can imagine that I’m going to wear it a lot in the Summer with a blazer and white shirt or tee.

Eternal Collection

(worn with Boden cashmere cardigan S/S14 and Next Parisian cuffed shirt S/S14)

So a big thank you to The Eternal Collection for my blog birthday present. Looking through their site I did also spot this Sencilla pendant which I then went on to buy, it’s currently in the sale. I wear my White Company necklace such a lot and this will give me an alternative. Do go and have a look at their collection, they’re another small British brand making beautiful things with a wide range of prices, they deserve our support.

Eternal Collection

(worn with Zara breton A/W14)

I’ll be back early next week with some big (in fact life-changing) news which is going to require me to rethink my wardrobe rather urgently. There will be lots of new clothes pieces coming up in quick succession after that I suspect. I hope you’re all having a lovely time if you’re off on half term. Keep in touch.