Shop the John Lewis sale with me

By |2024-06-21T16:55:14+01:00June 21st, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Sale, Style|Tags: , , , |

It's slightly terrifying that we've reached the end of season sales already isn't it? And it's always significant when John Lewis launch theirs because they fire the starting gun for the rest of the retail industry. There's a lot to plough through this year. The bad weather may have made us all grumpy for the last few weeks but it does mean that there are great buys to be had - some are reductions but the real gems are in [...]

Summer at M&S – from casual to dressed up & midlife lately

By |2024-06-15T18:24:49+01:00June 14th, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I think this will be my last post on the main SS24 collections. We're approaching the longest day so we're growing ever closer to sale season but as you'll have seen from the new TV ad, M&S have gloriously defied the traditional retail calendar with a new release that's bursting with colourful style. And it makes sense doesn't it? Summer has barely shown its face yet in the UK so there's no way that any of us want to see [...]

Midlife travel solo – what it taught me

By |2024-06-11T16:52:28+01:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: Project Happier, Relationships, Travel|Tags: , , , |

Midlife travel solo Last month I told you all about my women only trip sailing around Thailand. That post looked at where we went and what we did but there was so much to say that I couldn't finish with what it taught me and that's what I want to talk about today. People set out on midlife travel solo journeys for all kinds of reasons but travelling without Mal wasn't something I'd ever thought of doing before and I'm [...]

How to analyse the shapes and brands that suit you

By |2024-06-07T16:57:29+01:00June 7th, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

I haven't worked with John Lewis for ages - there's a new team in place and so today's post is going be a little bit different. I usually do a summer post earlier than this and I tend to go straight to their own brand ranges because I find they suit all kinds of different body shapes and sizes. The good thing about working with new people though is that they have different approaches and they asked whether this [...]

Me+Em review – Retailer Spotlight

By |2024-06-04T20:35:34+01:00June 4th, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've had lots of people requesting a return to the brand specific spotlight posts that I ran in the autumn. SS24 has been a bit of a juggle in terms of work, travel and blog so I haven't had time to put a consistent series together but today I'm delighted to be bringing you another one, this time it's a Me+Em review - Retailer Spotlight. Me+Em - brand background in a nutshell Disclosure: [...]

Summer in the UK – what to wear & midlife lately

By |2024-05-31T16:43:16+01:00May 31st, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I think for a lot of midlifers the concept of summer changes, especially when you find yourself no longer bound by school term dates or even edging towards retirement. Time stretches and you can take advantage of booking a holiday earlier or later in the season and actually enjoy summer in the UK. But that of course comes with its own challenges, specifically weather because it's rarely quite as good as you imagine it's going to be. And that's where [...]

What to wear to a festival over 50

By |2024-05-24T16:41:03+01:00May 24th, 2024|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Hello, it's just a quick post today because sadly one of Mal's aunties has died so we've been spending a bit of time over in Newcastle with the family for the funeral this week. She had a long and happy life so it's been a bit of a celebration too but obviously it's still difficult for those who were closest to her. I didn't have very long to put a post together before we left but what to wear to [...]

Sailing Around Thailand – women-only

By |2024-05-17T14:57:48+01:00May 17th, 2024|Categories: Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |

At last it's time to tell you about my sudden but very exciting journey sailing around Thailand - women-only trip of a lifetime. There's such a lot to say that I need to split it into two instalments. Today I'll tell you about the trip and what we did, then next month I'll talk about how it felt to travel with people I hadn't met before and the lessons I learned. So let's begin. Sailing Around Thailand - women-only [...]

White Stuff update – and can you help?

By |2024-05-10T16:57:47+01:00May 10th, 2024|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Another new season try-on today with a look at the continuing evolution of White Stuff. A few of you have been saying that you're missing the retail insight posts that I ran back in the autumn so I'm going to go a little deeper into the the brand background on this one. As you know, I've been following their progress for a while now, ever since they undertook what they called their "quiet" rebrand in 2021. As a retailer [...]

Heading towards summer – Boden try-on

By |2024-05-03T17:08:39+01:00May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Style Seminars|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I'm busy playing catch-up and so my Boden edit for April is running a little bit late but at least it's now warmer than when we took these photographs last weekend. We were in Newcastle with a bitter east wind blowing and I've assimilated to Geordie life pretty well but not their capacity for short sleeves and sandals in sub zero temperatures so some of the outfits had to be kept inside! It's a great feeling knowing we've finally made [...]

Cornucopia – beauty, accessories and travel tips

By |2024-06-04T12:43:33+01:00April 26th, 2024|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Product review, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

I'm back from my travels and my head feels a bit like an old fashioned camera film - full of undeveloped moments. I need a bit of time to process them so I will write about my trip and also about the intense (and wonderful) experience of spending a week with strangers who have now become friends - but not yet. I've had a lot to catch up on this week, not helped by the fact that my brain is [...]

My blogger charity sale is now live

By |2024-04-12T16:55:02+01:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Sale|Tags: , |

Hello, as promised the charity sale starts today raising funds for Blood Cancer UK. It's been over two years since I've done one so there's a lot of stuff! I often get a few grumbles when I do this so I'd just like to point out that nobody who writes about clothes can ever wear all of the clothes they're gifted. They're often the compensation you're given in return for featuring a brand on your site and I only ever [...]

New styles for spring from John Lewis

By |2024-04-05T16:49:17+01:00April 5th, 2024|Categories: Style, Style Seminars|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that our minds are focused firmly towards better weather I'm bringing you another new season try-on today, this time focusing on new styles for spring from John Lewis. So let's have a catch-up on what's been going on there since I last covered them in October. As you probably know it's all change at the top with the return of Peter Ruis as executive director. He first joined the store in 2005 and was responsible for the huge fashion [...]

The best capsule pieces – new M&S collection SS24

By |2024-03-29T14:37:42+00:00March 29th, 2024|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

And so it's time for us to think about our spring wardrobes. Despite the weather's grimmest efforts this weekend I'm convinced that we're going to have a good summer this year - it may be wishful thinking because we're remaining solidly in the UK but I'm sending it out there! Today I'm delighted to be looking at the new season drop from M&S. They're a brand I haven't focused on for a while - as you know that's because [...]

A journey through the Valencia region and reflections on this midpoint of life

By |2024-03-22T16:48:28+00:00March 22nd, 2024|Categories: Family, Midlife, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |

There are times when you settle into a flight home and wonder if you've even been away. And there are others where you've done so much that you feel as if you've completed an episode in the story of your life. That's how our journey through the Valencia region of Spain was, even though we were only travelling for ten days it felt like a month (in a good way I should add!). In a short time we experienced so [...]

Spring 24 – first thoughts about the trends

By |2024-03-08T14:45:29+00:00March 8th, 2024|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Meteorologically at least it's time for Spring 24 - first thoughts about the trends. The buds are bursting, the birds are singing and the new collections are starting to drop. This winter feels as though it's been a long one and although we still have a little way to go, I'll be very glad to see the back of it. So today I'm looking at Boden's new collection which has an opening offer of 15% off with code Q2Y6 (until [...]

Finding the best bra for your breast shape

By |2024-02-23T16:42:47+00:00February 23rd, 2024|Categories: Style, Style Seminars|Tags: , , , , , |

With it being Midlifechic's 10th birthday a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd delve into the stats to see what my most popular post has been and ever since I wrote it over five years ago, it's been the one about finding the best bra for your breast shape. Of course it's all a bit out of date now so I thought it was time for a refresh - after all there's no point in moving on to new [...]

Spring wardrobe lifts that work now

By |2024-02-16T16:21:21+00:00February 16th, 2024|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It's a bit of a cornucopia today - I don't know about you but I'm starting to feel the winter blues so I'm looking for spring wardrobe lifts that work now. Starting with clothes, I'm not ready to think about buying anything major yet in terms of outfits. The new collections won't arrive for a while but having seen the trends and some of the retail previews, I have a good idea of what I'm hoping to wear this year. [...]

A midwinter midlife lately

By |2024-02-09T20:46:43+00:00February 9th, 2024|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

It feels as though the year is slowly opening its eyes doesn't it? My grandma was an incurable romantic and she insisted that Valentine's Day was the day when every bird found its mate. Obviously nature isn't quite as well programmed as that but some are pairing off already - the owls in our garden have been busy for ages and now the herons on the canal are catching up. It does feel as if hope is there, even if [...]

Midlife – the time for trying out new things

By |2024-02-02T16:58:26+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Travel|Tags: , , , |

We've made it to February my friends and a huge thank you for your enthusiastic response to the meet-up. Mal confiscated my phone on Friday evening to stop me thinking about it so I was over the moon to see that it had sold out on Saturday. For those who've asked, I've managed to add five more places, they've just gone live - link here. I'll move back to the subject of clothes next week but today is another post [...]

Midlife skincare – the products I buy because they work

By |2024-01-26T16:56:54+00:00January 26th, 2024|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Midlife|Tags: , , , , |

My goodness thank you so much for all of your input after last week's post. If you haven't been back to look at the comments on the tougher aspects of midlife and how to deal with them, do take a few minutes to read through them. They show that we're living through it in a completely different way to the generations before us and so we're having to work things out as we go along - but it's helped me [...]

Midlife – the rough comes with smooth – how to handle it

By |2024-01-19T12:24:51+00:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Midlife, Project Happier, Relationships|Tags: , , |

I'm going to carry on addressing some of the issues you shared with me in last October's survey today. For everyone who's asking, I will talk about style and run the retailer spotlights again but not at the moment when the shops are short on inspiration and we're all wrapped up against the snow. So today is all about the difficult parts of midlife that nobody prepares you for - the rough comes with the smooth - and how to [...]

The quest for midlife mojo

By |2024-01-12T17:10:32+00:00January 12th, 2024|Categories: Hair & Beauty|Tags: , , , , |

I'll be completely honest with you - my mojo is still lounging on a sofa somewhere in December 2023, refusing to join me in the stark grey light of January. I feel like I've had a classic new year's week where everything's been a struggle - the world of retail feels like a moonscape at the moment - barren, cold and definitely low on oxygen. There's nothing fun coming up in my diary, it's cold and dark and everyone I [...]

Happy New 2024 & an investment buy round-up

By |2024-01-05T16:55:50+00:00January 5th, 2024|Categories: Retail Review, Sale|Tags: , , |

Well it's back to it this week with a big happy new 2024 to you. How does it feel? Are you full of fresh starts or is it a bit like having a bucket of cold water tipped over your head? I have to say I'm in the latter camp - the dates didn't fall well this time did they? It was almost as if I hurtled straight from the sparkle of New Year's Eve into the grim reality of [...]

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