What I’m wearing at home and abroad

By |2022-05-27T17:00:12+01:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Family, Style, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As promised it's a catch up today with a bit of an outfit round-up. I know you've seen snippets of our short break in Lanzarote but I'll tell you a little more about that and then talk about what we did for my surprise birthday weekend. So without coming over all Foreign Office, today's post is all about what I'm wearing at home and abroad. There are a lot of pictures and I've tried to keep the writing as short [...]

Midlife lately – catching up after half term

By |2020-11-03T16:50:23+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Christmas, Family, Midlife|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hello again - as you probably realised I ended up taking the whole of last week off. Thank you to everyone who sent a little message checking up on me, it showed me that you notice when I'm not here so perhaps I do bring some value with this blog... which is something I often wonder about. Of course we 'should' have been in Paris but as it happened I had a nasty chest infection anyway (not Covid, I did [...]

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 [...]

Hush Autumn 17 – a Midlifechic road test

By |2017-09-08T16:27:59+01:00September 8th, 2017|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You may remember that back in June, I had a lovely evening at The Ned in London with some other over 40 bloggers where we were shown the forthcoming Hush Autumn 17 collection. I have to say that one of the things I like most about Hush is that they are actively nurturing their over 40 customers. For a brand that feels very youthful, I believe that they genuinely want to see women of our age wearing their clothes. It [...]

Midlifechic FAQ – the questions I am most frequently asked.

By |2017-08-02T19:09:49+01:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Midlife|Tags: , |

Boo! Yes I'm still on holiday but I thought I'd surprise you with a post. You see every week I get lots of emails from readers and I've noticed that they often include the same questions. So, I thought it would be helpful to put a Midlifechic FAQ in my 'About Me' section. This is it and I'm sending it out as a post just in case you're missing me - which you're probably not but I can hope! Midlifechic [...]

A summer garden party – what to wear?

By |2017-06-20T16:34:23+01:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Now, regular readers will know that there is an important annual event in my work diary. It is a summer garden party that is hosted in the shadow of Lancaster's ancient castle by one of the oldest law firms in the North. Why there? Lancaster Castle has a busy Crown Court where famous trials from the Lancashire Witches to the Birmingham Six have taken place. So, as you can imagine, a thriving legal scene surrounds it and people from the [...]

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 [...]

Easter weekend – what I wore (and did)

By |2018-01-08T16:55:33+00:00April 21st, 2017|Categories: Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Just a quick hello from me today because after being preened and pampered, I am now heading down to London for the finals of the UK Blog Awards. I'm going to have a relaxing train journey and catch up with all of your recent comments. In the meantime, here's a quick 'What I Wore' from the Easter weekend. Girls night out outfit This was last Wednesday, my friends had broken up early for the Bank Holiday and were keen to celebrate over a bottle [...]

Spring 17 wardrobe updates for women over 40

By |2017-03-07T14:56:58+00:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Accessories, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I'm bringing you some quick Spring 17 wardrobe updates for women over 40 today. I spent the weekend happily packing away my winter colours (I'm tired of burgundy and dark green) and now I want to add some more vibrant accents to my wardrobe. So, let's start with casual. We've already talked about the new looser jeans shape and I'm sure that everybody is starting to see it come through into the mainstream. The dominant colour for Spring and Summer is going to be [...]

Midlifechic’s 3rd birthday – what next?

By |2018-01-08T17:06:42+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Midlife|Tags: , |

Last Saturday was Midlifechic's 3rd birthday. I'm afraid there are no photos of celebrations this year because I had some emergency dental surgery on Friday afternoon which means I've been feeling sorry for myself, nursing a very sore mouth and a cheek like a chipmunk. Nevertheless 3 years feels like a milestone. Midlifechic began as a short term project when I was going through a period of transition. My youngest son was preparing to leave primary school and the eldest had his eyes fixed [...]

Next Spring 2017 collection – trying it on.

By |2017-03-18T22:31:29+00:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today's post is one of the ones that goes a bit wrong. I had initially intended it to be about the new pre-collection from Hush but when I looked through it, it wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped so the only piece I'm going to feature is the charcoal and brown sugar stella jumper which is back in stock. These jumpers are a lovely cut and they somehow make you look younger. Charcoal and camel star jumper I have one in [...]

Chic Christmas gifts and what I’ve been wearing

By |2022-09-23T22:08:42+01:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , , , |

I don't know about you but the mad scramble of Black Friday and Cyber Monday seems to have changed the face of Christmas shopping for me. So today I'm stepping up to higher ground and looking at chic Christmas gifts, the things that you would choose for a sister, a mother or that you might pop under a loved one's nose when they're asking what you'd like for yourself. They're items that people probably wouldn't generally indulge in and I've tried to [...]

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

By |2016-09-20T11:59:38+01:00September 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 [...]

Inès de la Fressange at Uniqlo – Autumn 2016

By |2016-09-10T07:43:05+01:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I'll come straight out and say it - this is my biggest blogging high to date. Uniqlo has selected our community at Midlifechic to be the first to see their new Inès de La Fressange collection. I feel so proud that we are being recognised by brands as a group of intelligent, vocal women who deserve their attention. They are beginning to realise that just because we are over 40, we have not given up on style and Uniqlo is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A day working with the team at Hope Fashion

By |2016-07-15T15:28:12+01:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style, Work life balance|Tags: , , , |

As you know, I spent Tuesday with the team at Hope Fashion taking part in their Autumn shoot in which they decided to use real, everyday women rather than models. As you can imagine, it was great fun. All of the clothes were hanging on rails and they quite simply let us loose to see what we would do with them and then they shot the outfits we had put together. I'm not going to show you those pictures now because [...]

Boden Shoes Spring 2016 – trying them on

By |2017-03-18T22:21:23+00:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hurray - I'm free! Thank you so much for your very supportive words over the last week, I'll tell you all about it in more detail soon but I'm rushing now because I'm off to spend the weekend with some of my favourite bloggers including Annette from Lady of Style and Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb. In the meantime, two things have kept me smiling during this life changing week - your fabulously considerate comments and the thought that I would celebrate [...]

Next, Boden and Jaeger – great new season & sale buys

By |2018-01-23T16:37:33+00:00January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Sale, Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Everyone I speak to seems to have had 'one of those weeks.' It makes you wonder whether all the media hype about Blue Monday brings it to fruition. I knew it was coming but my work week has been tougher than I anticipated. We have a number of big exhibitions and launches coming up on top of our usual workload and these are the times when I really miss my days of working for big corporations with large teams. As Head [...]

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 [...]

The end of days – when your firstborn leaves for university

By |2017-08-25T15:57:34+01:00September 28th, 2015|Categories: Family|Tags: , |

So that's that then. He's gone. The house feels very empty today. For 18 years I've listened out for him waking, from the early dawn snuffles in his crib to the more recent midday cacophony of multiple media devices. Today I opened the door onto an empty bedroom. The trainers, hoodies and rugby balls were all gone; just the teddy bears, sports certificates and dinosaur books that once meant so much were left behind. On Saturday he went full of excitement, bubbling over [...]

Reviewing my Autograph by Marks and Spencer delivery

By |2015-09-11T20:21:19+01:00September 11th, 2015|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

So, we've looked at Boden and Hush, so today I thought I'd share a Marks and Spencer order with you. I can only apologise for the photos - my photographer arrived home late from school after a week that has been filled with rugby trials and endless homework. He was tired and most definitely not in the mood to play David Bailey but he gamely did his best. So here is a rather dark try on of my M&S delivery [...]

My Hush Autumn Winter 2015 Order

By |2018-01-15T16:56:15+00:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Fragrance, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've given up - although the sun is shining in these photos, the Indian Summer doesn't seem to be showing any signs of arriving so I've been busy placing Autumn orders. My Hush parcel arrived today. I like Hush but it doesn't usually suit me. Even though I love their look, I think I'm too much of a neat freak for their clothes to work on me. However this season I received an email saying they'd been paying more attention [...]

Autumn 2015 style for women over 40 and work life balance

By |2015-09-07T19:02:35+01:00August 28th, 2015|Categories: Family, Health, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I hope you've had a good week, it's going to be a post of two parts today. First of all a style fix for those who prefer this part of my blog and then we'll move on to the next instalment of the work life balance discussion that we've been having over the last few months. At last I'm  starting to get my head around Autumn 2015 style for women over 40. There's no doubt that skinny jeans and tailored crops [...]

A review of Boden Autumn 2015 and a new necklace

By |2015-08-21T21:39:55+01:00August 21st, 2015|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello, here I am as promised with the first of my new season posts. Going forward I'm planning to look at specific categories - jeans will be one of the first because shapes are changing. I'm going to spend a day on my own in Manchester tomorrow doing a serious recce of the shops, but this week I thought I'd do a review of Boden autumn 2015, showing you my try on of the things I ordered from the new collection. For [...]

Midlifechic…off to the land of Eastern Promise

By |2015-07-24T21:31:02+01:00July 24th, 2015|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Oh it feels as though it's been a long week. Here's a quick update on what I've been doing. As you know, last weekend we went down to London to undertake the task of sorting through the belongings of my friend who died a couple of months ago. It was a very strange thing to do. If you've ever had to do this sort of thing, you'll know that you go into a very operational mode. I think it's a [...]

What to wear for a school reunion and a makeover!

By |2015-06-12T18:32:25+01:00June 12th, 2015|Categories: Hair & Beauty, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Sorry for the late post, for the last two weeks I’ve been out and about seeing clients which has involved lots of wining and dining. I’ve been getting home late in the evening, dealing with A-Level stresses, rolling into bed and then waking up early to go out and do it all again. I must face the scales tomorrow, everything is feeling very tight but I’m hopeless when faced with lovely food that has been cooked by someone else. Anyway [...]

Half term in Edinburgh and a special new necklace

By |2015-02-20T15:45:38+00:00February 20th, 2015|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , |

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 But here's a quick round up of our trip to Edinburgh first. We've been really looking forward to our [...]

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 Parisian starter wardrobe for women over 40

By |2015-01-04T21:44:28+00:00January 4th, 2015|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As you know I've been reading lots of style books over the Christmas holiday they were definitely my most useful and absorbing presents. Actually they couldn't have come at a better time, because they reminded me that a truly chic wardrobe isn't filled to bursting with lots of different clothes, in fact it is pared down to a number of essentials that all work seamlessly with each other. So when the sales started I was far more eclectic than usual. [...]

Out with the old…and in with new year chic

By |2014-12-31T19:59:42+00:00December 31st, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A very quick post from me to wrap up the old year and welcome in the new. Our social life has continued to be stymied by the flu bug that must surely now be an epidemic. We haven't had it yet but nearly all of our plans have been disrupted by phone call after phone call from people saying they're down with it, we feel like we're more-or-less the last family standing and we're living in isolation. It's made me [...]

The Christmas Diaries 2

By |2014-12-23T15:03:35+00:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I'm back again with a quick update, it's been a busy weekend. When I left you on Friday we were off to Ambleside for a pizza and to see the long awaited last instalment of The Hobbit movies. If you ask me, it was just a lot of fighting but it was voted as excellent by the youngest who is a Tolkien buff so that's what matters. If you're a regular reader you'll remember Cinderellagate from a couple of weeks [...]

My pick of the Boden Winter Sale 2014

By |2014-12-14T10:04:45+00:00December 13th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After weeks of discounts you need a clear head to navigate the Boden Winter sale this year. So here it is, my Boden Winter sale 2014 edit. I've tried to make sure that there is plenty of stock of everything that I have recommended and I've picked out the best bargains. They fall into one of two categories, either wardrobe workhorses that you'll wear again and again or wardrobe heroes that will lift ordinary outfits when you need them to. [...]

Winter outfits for cold days and nights

By |2014-12-12T19:08:13+00:00December 12th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I'm going to give you not one but two posts this weekend which means today's is going to be a bit shorter on words than usual. A few winter outfits of the day now and in time for the 9am start on Sunday, I will bring you my edit of the Boden sale. I'll be trawling through and and picking out the best buys that fall into two categories, firstly wardrobe workhorses to fill gaps and give new life to [...]

Statement skirts … and more Christmas interiors

By |2014-12-10T13:43:59+00:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I now declare Christmas to be in full swing. As you will remember, on Friday I was going out with Mr MC's university karate team - it certainly wasn't the sort of student night out I remember! I think they were at the very end of their funds because apart from enthusiastically accepting all offers of drinks that were bought for them, they otherwise earnestly sipped tap water throughout the evening. It was interesting though, it's a long time since [...]

Casual Christmas party chic …and interiors

By |2014-12-05T18:11:08+00:00December 5th, 2014|Categories: Family, Interiors, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

And we're off - the first official Christmas 'going out' event. One of the karate clubs that Mr MC trains with is at Lancaster University so tonight we are going out with a group of students on their dojo's night out... now there's a wardrobe conundrum if ever there was one. I am absolutely old enough to be their mum and my one hope for the evening is that this isn't their first thought as I walk through the door. So, casual [...]

The best faux leather jeans for women over 40

By |2014-12-01T09:53:57+00:00December 1st, 2014|Categories: Interiors, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello dear friends I've missed you. I have been laid low. Having not had so much as a cold for years and years I can only assume that I picked up a brutal virus in London and can hear my grandmother muttering about keeping away from filthy cities. Anyway I'm back and will respond to all your comments and emails over the next few days. Now, the post that I did a couple of weeks ago about pleather leggings triggered such a big [...]

Back to my old life of London chic

By |2014-11-26T18:37:33+00:00November 26th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Well I'm back from my fab few days of London chic and I feel as though I've been time travelling. It's so strange to step back into your old life for a little while and see what's been happening there. Let me give you a little bit of context. As you know, the main reason for my trip was to go to a Selfridges reunion. In 1993, I was one of the first recruits into what they called the masterplan [...]

Party outfits for women over 40

By |2014-11-21T18:57:35+00:00November 21st, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Surprise! I know I said there wouldn't be a post today but I was sent a request by somebody who has a jumpsuit but feels she has worn it too often recently so I've put together a couple of alternatives which of course, I now want to buy. In each set I've created an option for a more casual Christmas Day / Boxing Day drinks look along with a full on party look. In the same way that dressing for [...]

What to wear for an ‘at home’ party

By |2014-12-10T13:46:49+00:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As you know, on Friday night we had a little party. An old friend from the playground has recently switched from running Pampered Chef parties to 'Virgin Wines At Mine' parties (which personally I think is a much better idea) and I'd promised her ages ago that I'd hold one at our house. The tricky thing is that you need to keep the numbers to a maximum of 18 so that she can talk about the wines and get everyone's feedback. [...]

Workwear chic for women over 40

By |2014-12-10T13:48:14+00:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Another quick post from me today as I reach the end of a week that has been busier than most. I'm sure we're all in the same boat with Christmas shopping adding to the general workload that we all power on with. Anyway today we're looking at workwear chic for women over 40. As I mentioned in my last post, we had to deliver a pitch for a new account on Wednesday. Because we're going in as a creative branding [...]

Faux leather leggings over 40 – yes or no?

By |2014-11-11T16:19:53+00:00November 11th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A quick post from me today - everything's a bit chaotic, I'm juggling this week's party at home, next week's big Selfridges reunion in London, Christmas shopping and work along with the usual cans of worms that the boys unearth on an almost daily basis. And I know I said I wouldn't be doing any more clothes shopping for myself and I haven't but...the bloggers' favourite faux leather leggings that I ordered from Next back in September finally arrived. So [...]

Winter casual chic – no jeans allowed

By |2014-11-07T20:21:28+00:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lots of people have been in touch to say they found the piece on creating a chic casual wardrobe from scratch really useful but that they'd like to include a skirt or two. So, buoyed by your enthusiasm, I've created another set. I've tried to make sure that the new pieces work with the ones from last time so that if you're in the lucky position of buying them all, the combinations are endless! The sudden cold snap has seen [...]

A casual chic round up for Autumn half term

By |2014-11-04T20:55:03+00:00November 4th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday As you know, the first few days of our half term were packed with our trip to Newcastle and then the Boden party which took up the whole of Monday and Tuesday. Fortunately the smallest boy was keen to help at the Boden event which meant I felt I'd at least spent some time with him. He also managed to win a £50 Boden voucher in the raffle but was most disappointed as he'd had his [...]

Trying on the new Boden Winter 2014 range

By |2014-10-31T13:25:57+00:00October 31st, 2014|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It takes longer than it used to to recover from a late night of merriment and on Monday I was still feeling weary. However there was no getting round the fact that the Boden van was in its way and we had been told that we would be the first people to receive the new Boden Winter 2014 range. You will remember that we were holding our party in the village Church as all proceeds will be going towards the [...]

Midlife date night chic

By |2014-10-28T17:40:31+00:00October 28th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

You may remember that last weekend's post was all about the joys of one of our normal, healthy weekends in the Lake District countryside. Well hold onto your seats because this one was completely different. As I mentioned on Friday events had conspired to enable Mr MC and I to combine a karate competition with taking the boys to see their lovely grandma thus giving us a night out on the 'toon' in Newcastle. And a night in Newcastle is never [...]

Creating a chic casual wardrobe from scratch

By |2014-10-24T10:48:34+01:00October 24th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A task driven post from me today. I love getting emails from readers who have found Midlifechic at the beginning of their journey and are just starting to feel excited about the idea of a period of transformation. The first question they ask is where to start and, in addition to urging them to begin by eating and drinking healthily and finding a form of exercise they love (which is the bit no-one ever wants to hear), I always suggest that [...]

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 [...]

Outfits for a working week

By |2014-10-21T16:51:12+01:00October 17th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Being your own boss is both a blessing and a curse. On days like today I hit Friday morning and wince at how little I've actually achieved because I've been maxing out my 'flexible working'. However I have at least been trying to dress the part. As we're moving fully towards an Autumn wardrobe now, I've been trying out a few items that are on the edge of the culling pile just to see if I still like them. Unless you're [...]

Chic days out with my boys

By |2014-10-15T11:09:57+01:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well hello world - oh I do like saying that. Welcome to my new followers, emailers and commenters this week from Holland, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and yes, finally, the USA. It's been really lovely to hear from you and I'm amazed by how many of you already shop at Clarks - there was me thinking it was a little British brand when it's obviously already global. For those of you who have asked for a facility to subscribe [...]

Perfect knee high boots for women over 40

By |2017-01-02T13:28:50+00:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Retail Review, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Actually I think they're pretty perfect for women of any age but I'm discovering that there are so many ladies out there adding 'women over 40' to their search phrases that this helps them find us. So, before I start, I just wanted to apologise for (and growl at) the gremlins that removed all my carefully worded replies to your comments on the last few posts. I can't understand what happened but I wasn't being lazy I promise - I do appreciate the [...]

Autumn outfits of the day

By |2014-12-10T14:00:19+00:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well that took us all by surprise didn't it - one day we were feeling complacent about the Indian summer and the next day the North wind blew in with Autumn. So as you can see from today's pictures, in the space of a few days I've gone from blazers and slingbacks to coats and boots. Suddenly in our house we're discussing what to do for Hallow'een and bonfire night and the subject of Christmas has been raised more than [...]

New British Brand – RachelWears

By |2014-10-03T15:47:18+01:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

You may remember me saying that last week got off to a lovely start (before it all went rather wrong) when I met up with a Midlifechic reader. Rachel Roberts was one of the very first people to contact me via Twitter - I was sending my blog live for the first time as she was also about to launch her new clothing brand so we were both feeling very nervous. We finally decided to get together and it made [...]

Geordie Chic – a weekend in Newcastle!

By |2014-09-30T19:11:42+01:00September 30th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

First of all thank you for all your lovely comments and emails after Friday's post. Your collective display of empathy and united loathing of the trials that rugby inflicts on the mothers of Britain has cheered me up no end! As did a night in Newcastle. If you've ever been there you'll know it's never dull, although unfortunately we had to avoid the more crowded bars with the eldest and his Captain Caveman cast in case it was knocked. So, [...]

A week of woes at Midlifechic

By |2014-09-26T16:29:03+01:00September 26th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

What a week it's been chez Midlifechic. As if the rugby injury with its ensuing disruption wasn't enough, the dark clouds of doom have remained over us. When I first started this blog, I never thought I'd be sharing my woes like this but here we are. There have been perpetual roadworks on the motorway in Cumbria and twice in the last year Mr MC has been flashed going at 48 in a 40mph zone accruing 3 points on his licence [...]

Autumn outfits for grey days

By |2014-09-23T17:14:45+01:00September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How typical. It started to rain (for the first time in weeks) just as the youngest exited the changing rooms for his first appearance on the rugby pitch...and it stopped just as the match finished and we got back to the car. Haven't we been spoilt this summer with the fabulous sunny days that seem to have lasted pretty much since the end of June? Anyway grey skies, rugby matches, this will be my life on Saturdays until about Easter, [...]

High street cashmere review plus…are you posh?

By |2014-09-19T19:55:52+01:00September 19th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello, hope you're all well. I feel as though I've hit my 'wall' this week to borrow a runners' term. I think the initial new term energy burst has worn off in our house, especially as there seems to have been a school related meeting every night that I've had to go to which makes for long days. The eldest is mid-UCAS statement and application, still not having a clue what his 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th choices will be, [...]

Perfect leopard print courts

By |2014-09-17T12:47:16+01:00September 16th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I'm a latecomer to leopard print. For some reason, until I started blogging, it never occurred to me to wear it. As I've said many times, I'm not keen on any kind of pattern and I think I'd lumped leopard print in that category. However, back in March I dipped my toe into the water with a pair of leopard print shoes from M&S (figuratively speaking of course). They were only about £20 and a fabric print rather than ponyskin [...]

Chic core Autumn basics 2014

By |2014-09-12T13:40:24+01:00September 12th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As you know I've been culling my clothes with the aim of establishing a chic core wardrobe and, in fact, have been shamed by the number of you who have said you do it every 6 months. I vow to try this so that it won't be so painful next time. Anyway, I figured it was time for a reward by doing a bit of online shopping to find some chic core Autumn basics. I know you like a 'new items' [...]

I’ve found the perfect pea coat

By |2014-09-10T14:22:54+01:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's time to talk about Winter coats. Even though the sun is shining and we seem to be having a lovely Indian summer, it seems that if you haven't committed yourself by the end of September the best have gone. I think it's important to look at coats as investment purchases that will last a few years. Cheap fabric shows  and coats with a high proportion of man made fibre tend to look stiff and feel scratchy. Let's face it, [...]

New season…time for a midlife revamp?

By |2017-03-18T15:01:03+00:00September 5th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Well, I'm gradually getting back into the swing of term time routine. I have to say that although I miss the long lazy days, I quite like having uninterrupted batches of time to myself again. Some of you have mentioned that you love September and the feeling of new beginnings it brings and I do agree. I think however old you are you always have that feeling of starting afresh. So, with that in mind, I've decided it's time for [...]

Transitional chic – outfits of the day for Midlifechic

By |2014-08-29T18:35:34+01:00August 29th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

I know I promised you a piece on the New Season colour palette but up North, at least, the weather has been too nice to think about Autumn so although it's nearly ready, I refuse to publish it until September (which is, after all, next week). So it's a quick round up of my week in 'transitional chic' outfits I'm afraid. It's been a 'half woman half biscuit' week - I've been  juggling the boys and work in a big messy muddle. [...]

Holiday chic part 2 … and how it all got better

By |2017-06-09T16:23:31+01:00August 24th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Well I hope you're all having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Mine is rather quiet because Mr MC has gone over to Newcastle for a karate course (we're well and truly back to normal) taking the 2 smalls to see their grandma. The 17 year old is packing in his restaurant shifts before he goes on rugby camp next week so it's just me and the cats - thank goodness for them! I thought I'd cover off the rest of the [...]

The first day of holiday – how it all went wrong!

By |2014-08-20T17:55:29+01:00August 20th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The reason I didn't blog on holiday. I don't know about you but I spend ages imagining the first day of our holiday throughout the winter months, planning it really carefully to make sure it's perfect. This year it wasn't. As you know our plane was delayed and so instead of a good night's sleep in a nice hotel, we had to force ourselves up after just 3 hours. I had barely nodded off because Mr MC, high worshipper of [...]

Holiday chic – what I wore for travelling to Spain

By |2014-08-18T16:00:21+01:00August 18th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Well hello, we're back...shivering...blimey! Holiday chic already feels far far away as I tell myself I can't possibly put the heating on in August! Thank you to those of you who kept in touch via Instagram, it was lovely to hear from you. As you've gathered I didn't blog while we were away - there's a story behind that and it involves a very unfortunate loss of equipment but I'll come to that in a later post. So, a quick one today [...]

Chic holiday packing – so long, farewell…

By |2014-07-30T15:21:54+01:00July 30th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At last it's holiday time in the midlifechic house. As usual my list of things to do is so long that I keep sitting down with a cup of tea and wishing we weren't going but I don't really mean it. Of course it hasn't helped that the younger boys have been floored with a stomach bug which means I'm running on very little sleep. I think it's been a karmic response to last week's wanting to feel needed again. [...]

The end of days – leaving primary school

By |2018-07-30T16:21:09+01:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Family, Style|Tags: , , , , |

So here we are, it's all over. The celebrations, the tearful moments, the milling together with other mums in the same situation...all finished and I'm left feeling surprisingly flat. I worked out that of the 38 families, 25 of us were what the school calls 'farewell families' leaving primary after a sequential run of siblings so it was quite an intense week. There was less of the general joy that was there when my other two left - everything (even [...]

The end of term countdown begins

By |2014-07-22T19:39:36+01:00July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So we're here, the last few days of our primary school years. There are so many leaving events that this is going to be a quick post but fear not, I'll be back with all the detail at the end of the week. Because he goes to a grammar school and they often have to go in on Saturdays, the eldest broke up ridiculously early 2 weeks ago. He has now established a firm routine of sleeping until midday when he [...]

School Disco Chic

By |2014-07-18T17:33:35+01:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , |

Wow this weather is crazy - Mediterranean weather last night (even here), mad wind, rain and thunder this morning. The forecast is so bad for the weekend that we've had to cancel our annual camping weekend with friends. We've braved it through so many years of flash floods, plagues of big black bugs, gales so strong that the tents have been flattened and even tents setting on fire that this year we've decided to do the sensible thing and just [...]

Midlifechic clothes, food, interiors and accessories – all in one post!!

By |2014-07-15T18:52:22+01:00July 15th, 2014|Categories: Interiors, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The plan was that this was going to be the epitome of a hot, sunny post but it's all gone a bit wrong again thanks to our bizarre weather. If you're a regular reader you'll remember the post when I was feeling sad about our friends (J&R) who are moving. These are the friends who, for 10 years, have lived just around the corner and, even though they're moving to a village nearby, it won't be quite the same. R [...]

Black Tie Chic – what I wore for last night’s awards do

By |2014-07-11T19:21:48+01:00July 11th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

Well as you know, last night we went to the HEIST education marketing awards. They are held in a different city each year and, conveniently for us, last night they were in Manchester at the very splendid Palace Hotel. As you can imagine, I started thinking about black tie chic when I knew we'd got through the elimination rounds in April. Like everyone I have various cocktail dresses that I've only worn a handful of times but with the slender [...]

Vintage chic – a dress that means so much to me

By |2014-07-11T19:19:14+01:00July 8th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today I'm going to show you the most beautiful piece of clothing I've ever worn and it's vintage chic. Our village school is a C of E school and each year the children have the choice to be confirmed. Along with lots of his school friends, the small one decided that he would take part and Sunday was his big day. It was a really lovely occasion and a good excuse to invite lots of great aunties and godparents, my [...]

Going out chic – what I wore for a relaxed night out

By |2014-07-04T19:06:57+01:00July 4th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I know there's a heatwave in the South and if you're one of those people that is complaining about the heat I'm sticking my fingers in my ears because for the last few days it's been raining here - and it's cold - I'm wearing socks for goodness sake! As you know I've been feeling a bit shaky about the little one leaving primary school, the big one heading off to university interviews and all the change that is looming. [...]

A Wimbledon tennis party…and other outfits

By |2014-07-01T19:00:24+01:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It's very disconcerting but suddenly everything seems to be changing around us and I hate change. We are now on the final countdown to the smallest son leaving primary school which will be the end of 14 years of school runs, nativity plays, class assemblies, handmade mothers' day cards and things constructed from cereal boxes. I apologise in advance if you hear a lot about this transition over the next few weeks but have faith, there are 17 days and [...]

Breaking out from the jeans rut with another new trouser look

By |2014-06-27T17:18:03+01:00June 27th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ok, so we all agreed that the culottes didn't work and they went back (the post is here in all its glory if you're a new reader). However I am still determined to diversify from jeans a bit more and so today I'm revealing a whole new trouser pleasure: loose cut, light fabric, elasticated waist(!) - what can you not love about these. Apart from the fact (for me anyway) that Mr MC definitely doesn't love them. He doesn't loathe [...]

Sunny weather outfits of the day round up!

By |2014-06-27T17:22:19+01:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Well I think the mini heatwave has taken everyone by surprise over the last few days - we certainly aren't used to it in the North! The weather forecasters must too scared to tell us when it's coming in case it doesn't and they're then lambasted by the Daily Mail. Anyway when it comes from nowhere it certainly gives you a problem with sunny weather outfits. I was doing a bit of people-watching in town the other day whilst the [...]

Chic boyfriend jeans for women over 40…and shorts!

By |2014-06-19T19:54:11+01:00June 19th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chic boyfriend jeans for women over 40 Ok so here it is - the chic boyfriend jeans post. As you'll know if you've been following the blog for a while, I love boyfriend jeans but have taken a stand against 'distressed'. I'm not saying that I don't think women over 40 shouldn't wear them, or indeed that they don't look fab in them - it's just that, as its name suggests, the whole purpose of midlifechic is to encapsulate 'chic' [...]

High School Transition Day Chic!

By |2014-06-17T12:53:18+01:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Quick update today on what I've been doing. I can't believe it but my smallest boy is going to the local grammar school in September. Of course we're really proud of him for doing so well but I just can't believe that he's big enough! (He'll kill me if he reads this). Anyway, yesterday was his transition day. I quite liked the way the school organised it - he and the other members of his new form met up for [...]

After work drinks party chic

By |2014-06-15T00:16:13+01:00June 14th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sorry - I know I said this post would be about the jeans quest but they are as elusive as the holy grail and it hasn't quite finished yet. So today I'm updating you on my 'after work drinks party chic'. A bit of background: Lancaster castle is renowned for its dark history of punishment and executions and it is still a Crown Court. Because of this there are a number of large law firms at its gates and every [...]

Where to find gorgeous Summer silver necklaces

By |2014-06-13T14:18:54+01:00June 10th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I've had a few emails recently from people telling me that I don't show my necklaces well enough in my photos as they just can't see it and I also often focus on the clothes and forget to credit it. Apologies for that, I probably need to go through the pain of having more pictures taken of each outfit so that you can see it better. Anyway I thought I'd do a round up on the pieces that I wear [...]

Styling culottes – a new look for midlife chic

By |2017-03-18T15:04:36+00:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

There seem to have been endless grey skies over most of the UK throughout May and I think everyone is sick of being stuck in a jeans rut. Given that summer dresses just haven't been an option I've been looking for something different to wear. At the festival we went to on Saturday there was a group of urban 30 somethings who stood out from the rest by virtue of their chic attire (they must have been tourists who had [...]

Midlife Family Festival Chic – what I wore

By |2017-03-18T15:03:23+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , |

So, last weekend was a big one for us. As I think I've mentioned, Mr MC has been training 5 days a week for a year (yes really) for a particular karate black belt grading on Sunday. So on Saturday to take his mind off it, we headed up to a family festival in the West Lakes.  Glastonbury it isn't, but it does have some great music, food, a mini Chelsea-type festival and lots of other stuff going on. I [...]

A not so chic caravan holiday outfit round up!

By |2014-05-29T15:33:28+01:00May 29th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well I'm going to fail a bit in my attempt to bring you caravan chic because in all honesty it wasn't very chic. As we drove North on Friday we watched the temperature dropping by 1°C for just about every 10 miles that we travelled and when we finally got to the site it was spookily shrouded in a thick mist. It was late, it was cold, we were all tired and as anticipated there was no wi-fi. I have [...]

The Boden party to end all Boden parties

By |2014-05-23T12:12:38+01:00May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I can imagine that in the South, Boden parties are ten a penny, a bit like Pampered Chef, but up here there only seems to be one a year - but boy is it a good one to go to. Last year my friend and I were unsuspecting, just putting the postcode into the satnav to see where it would take us and were quite alarmed when it took us down a mile-long sweeping drive bordered by trees until we [...]

Birthday chic round up

By |2017-03-18T15:03:14+00:00May 20th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , |

Thank you for all your wishes yesterday, I was successful in my mission to celebrate all weekend and today I feel a bit more than one year older! When I left you on Friday, we were off to our primary school family fun night where we got together with a great group of friends for rounders and a barbecue. We're lucky because one of the playground dads is MD of a well known wine company and so donates fabulous wine [...]

Pre-birthday dinner chic – a new look for me!

By |2017-03-18T15:02:42+00:00May 16th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , |

Well the weekend is here at last and it looks like it's shaping up to be rather a good one for me with a few little pre-birthday celebrations on the agenda. The actual day isn't until Monday and as there's nothing I can do about being another year older I intend to enjoy myself! Last night we met up with my brother, sister and their spouses in a burrito bar. Actually I think my brother had completely forgotten it's my [...]

Workwear chic- the week when jeans were banned!

By |2014-05-09T19:11:17+01:00May 9th, 2014|Categories: Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Whose idea was it to ban jeans for my working week - I'm glad it had a bank holiday in it. It showed me how lazy I've become recently relying on jeans for workwear chic as well as weekends. It's just so much easier now that I've sorted a casual midlife chic wardrobe, especially when you can dress it up with heels. It's also much simpler to wear jeans when the weather's grim, as I think it has been everywhere [...]

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