Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Being Mary, Meeting Laurie

Dear Fashionista

On Sunday I had a great to do amongst my clothes.  I was meeting a real life  Fashion blogger for lunch (Laurie from Vanity and Me). Not only did I have to attempt in my amateur way to look the part for Chiswick  (a posh part of suburban London where we had agreed to meet. It has witches too) but I had to dress for UK weather. 

I had planned to try pattern mixing. What better time to attempt such a bold fashion manouvre than when meeting a blogger to ask opinions on said manouvre. The morning dawned sunny and warm.  The jacket  set aside for my pattern mix manouvre was not going to work as it would be too warm.

A quick not so quick throwing on of clothes ensued.

Too busy together, lace and pattern

Sleeves of T shirt too long below kimono.

Various combinations of the above later I remembered that my blogger older twin Mary The Pouting Pensioner  wearing a very chic look that I had promised to copy.  Mary's Blonde on Blonde look is here. She talks of a Scandinavian chic but Mr Him reminded me that we saw similar blonde on Blonde looks in Monte Carlo and that I had commented on how chic it looked.

So out came a 'blonde' vest and cardigan with stylish holes.  The cardigan was bought on vacation in Crete several years ago. It was cheap as chips and won't date but I haven't worn it before now.   Yes intentional holes. I added gold backless loafers, my silver story necklace then lipstain. We'll come back to that!  My white Boden raw hem jeans for the on blonde part (and discretion.)

My bag was a Flemish tapestry bag from Belgium.  In Brussels, in the Grand Place, there is a lovely tapestry shop, mostly cushions. It's been there for years and this bag is years old. If you visit Brussels do go and look in there.

(Goodness don't I sound the jet setter today.)

I then stood in bright sunshine by the white radiator and blended. In fact the blending into the radiator couldn't have been better!

shoes  here

jeans Boden 2016

necklace Silver Story here

Here are Laurie and I, 

and my desert.

Laurie was wearing her pink Hawes and Curtis blouse featured here.  I have to say she looked super in it and it really is a very good quality shirt. It looks fabulous in real life.  

Saturday, 19 August 2017

What to Wear for Pizza Night with Guests You Don't Know

Yes, a conundrum indeed.  Why would you have guests you don't know anyway.  Well you might if they have just moved in next door.  We wanted to get to know them.  After all they would soon know us warts and all just from general house and garden noise. Let's be up front.  Show them our best side and get them on 'Team Parent ' before the young adults and dogs totally ruin our reputation before we've started.

We decided not to look like we were trying too hard.  A takeaway would strike that casual ambiance we were hoping to achieve.  As it happened their favourite thing is a 'Dominoes pizza night' at home. We were already on the same wavelength.

Plans were in motion, Dominoes menu laid out, 'Prozzie' in the fridge, a superfood  salad bought from Sainsbury's along with coleslaw and a cheesecake.

What to wear then. Dressy but not dressy.  I had spied the wife earlier in the week in a barbie pink mac.  Ah, not adverse to colour then! So my flame jeans were selected. How to pair them for casual entertaining at home?

I rummaged.  Plain T shirts too plain.  Embroidered T shirts too fussy with flame, blue and white striped frilly blouse too trying too hard for takeaway pizza when combined with flame. I selected my Gap off the shoulder  £4.99  black top. A  compromise between just thrown it on plain T and I've pushed the boat out blouse.

I added a fun necklace, my yellow Kate Spade taxi necklace.  This was to show I was a tasteful and current midlife mother next door.

Lastly my gold metallic Dune backless loafers for the same above reason.

The top and loafers were last worn together here  . Clearly a summer go to combination. 

Now I don't believe I'm an expert entertainer as evidenced by the linked post here where I am hostess of the most lostness but I do believe we displayed ourselves admirably and we had a darn good evening.  It was finished off by standing in the garden watching the Perseid meteor shower. Even the sky cleared of clouds for us. 

Shopping links for our evening are below

Flame trousers  - no longer available from Tu clothing 

Pizza - Dominoes to your taste

Salad Florette superfood salad  link is to Ocado just to show you what it looks like

coleslaw  Taste the Difference luxury coleslaw

nibbles - olives and feta cheese, cheese straws

cheesecake  New York Style from Sainsburys .  We added a raspberry coulis to the table, also Sainsburys

Neighbours - to your taste and locale

meteor shower - in your local sky when it sees fit

Alchohol -  Processco, Aperol Spritz, red wine, beer to taste. Just add to neighbours and mix

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lipstain Files and the Wrong Colour

Dear Fashionista

On Saturday I bored my Insta followers (Mutton_style if you are interested in being a follower who is bored)  by demonstrating a lipstain that I had bought that morning from Sainsburys.  It was Maybelline superstay 24 hour lip colour.   I had bought  510 Red Passion. There wasn't a sample in store so I went by the colour card which looked to me like it was a rusty red and may well suit me.  It also had a label advising that it was one of the most popular selling shades.  That sold me, well it to me.  

At home I swiped this across my mouth with ne'er a care.  At once I looked like something out of the Adamms Family.  Yes I was quite the Morticia.  It was bright, it was vivid, it was there for 24 hours!  Or so I feared.  I added the moisturising end (it comes with a lip moisturiser at one end.)  The lipstain still stayed.  I had coffee, tea, alcohol.  It stayed.  I did housework.  I drenched myself cleaning the showerhead. Then, an hour or two later, I saw natural skin  on the inside of my lips. It was wearing off. I wasn't sure whether to be disappointed that it wasn't going to be on me for 24 hours, or to let out a sigh of relief. 

After lunch the stain had become patchy.  It was wearing off at the sides of my lips and leaving a red round cherry.  I had become Betty Boop.  

Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Morticia, Betty Boop or vivid red long staining lipstick...I just have something against them when they involve my warm pale skinned visage in age mutton, and I have to admit, no other make-up at the time and it was the wrong red for me.  

By mid-afternoon I had showered and washed my hair.  The 24 hour stain was still on the centre of my lips.  Now to be fair at this point I couldn't say whether if I hadn't added the moisturiser on top or eaten mayonnaise for lunch whether it would have stayed on my whole lips and not gone patchy.  So what did I do for an honest review? Being a dedicated blogger I put it on again but this time without the moisturiser and without eating mayonnaise.  This was a particularly brave move as we had guests over in the evening. Guests that I didn't know.   Guests who have moved in next door to us.  

I went to prune roses.  What else do you do when testing lipstain? Whilst admiring the blooms in red, orange, pink and cinammon I pondered the meaning of lipstains in the right colour.  A long lasting stain would be fabulous.  I just needed to find the right shade for me, if this really was going to  stay on me for 24 hours.

Unfortunately even without applying moisturiser , or mayonnaise,  the stain disappeared once again from my lips in a migratory pattern, inside outwards,  leaving a ring on the outside.  

I know that this brand and their lipstains are highly thought of so I decided to try another colour. One that would blend more naturally into my natural lip colour. One that would suit me. I gave the red to Miss 22.  It wouldn't be wasted. 

My second attempt was Dusky Rose.  This had similar results to the first barring the Morticia side effects.  After a few hours it started wearing unevenly off my lips. However as this one was so much closer in colour it was less noticeable. 

It is to be noted that these lipstains by Maybelline are described as lasting up to 24 hours. Also reviews for these lipstains are high so maybe my lips are the issue.

Moving on to a lipstain that I have mentioned before, my Kat Von D in Double Dare.  This is a colour that I comfortably wear in the office and at weekends. Its a cocoa musky sort of  nude.  It does last but again on me not 24 hours.  I find it lasts me one meal and drink then needs reapplying.  Kat Von D is available in most worldwide locations.  In the UK it can be ordered on line from Amazon or Debenhams.  I found Debenhams click and collect the cheapest option.  

My Kat Von D in Double Dare does wear off, it does not last on me 24 hours but it tends not to go patch on me. It appears to fade more evenly on my lips.

Kat Von D from Debenhams online is £19.  The Maybellilne version cost me just shy of £10.  The Kat Von D actual lipstain is bigger than the Maybelline version but I can't find volumes available.  It does not come with a lip conditioner.  Maybelline lipstain has a conditioner. 

size comparison

Some points I will consider next time i buy a lipstain

  • Do make sure to buy a long lasting stain of the the right colour or be prepared to lock oneself in the house for 24 hours.
  • Do not buy without trying a tester first.  Do not just go by the colour card.  Cards and screens come to that can be misleading. 
  • Do not buy because it's advertised as the best selling colour.  That does not mean it will necessarily suit you me. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Casual Fridays

Casual Friday can often cause a dilema on the clothing front when it comes to deciding what is office appropriate for a wannabe style sensation like me. It's even more of a challenge when you are in your fifties.  This wannabe style sensation (me) wants to balance being casually on trend without looking like I'm  dressing like my daughters.   I am able to wear jeans on a Friday and  I do like to take advantage of this to get out of the corporate skirts, but  I do think that the casual Friday thing is perhaps more challenging for mutton years like I.  What style of jeans?  What length of top?  Logo or not logo?  T shirt or button down shirt?  

Below are some formulas that I have adopted over the years in order to feel comfortable that I am doing casual Friday appropriately for my age and the office (with fingers desperately crossed.)

Adding a necklace to a plain T shirt and cardigan smartens up the casual for the office environment.

Equally adding a jacket to T shirt.

A breton is a go-to for me on a Friday.

I fall back on a long caridgan quite a bit on a casual Friday

I have occasionally swapped the denim around by using a denim shirt with black jeans

Swapping out the denim jeans for coloured jeans

or chinos

is another trick that I use now and then.

How about you?  How do you feel comfortable on a casual Friday?  Do you have any tricks for making casual office and age appropriate?

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Kates and Katies in Yellow

I'm not one for imitating a Primula, normally,  but I thought I'd dabble for a change.  In fact I seem to be having a bit of a 'thing' for yellow at the moment.

Primula vulgaris Plants

For instance,  look at this fun  Kate Spade pendant! I just couldn't resist.  

Link to necklace here 

When I saw it in Kate Spade in Sloane Square  (I know, I'm a posh bird) it brought back warm feelings of NYC and my trip in February  here.

Back to the look of the Primula. I'm not talking of a tube of cheese, although it maybe equally fitting.  Actually let's go with that too.

Primula cheese spread #RetroFoods #70s...loved the cheese and ham

On Sunday we went to see War for Planet of the Apes (which is a good film I have to say) and to have a quick bite to eat in a Wetherspoons first.

It was a gorgeous pie by the way, with mushy peas

I decided to try out my new yellow blouse. I paired it on this occasion for its inauguration, with white jeans and added  a pop of colour with my loyal red Birkies. 

This top is the Katie blouse from Boden. It's linen so does crease easily.  

This time I added a mini tassle necklace but another day I think I will  wear it with my new red  'dingle dangle' earrings for a fun daytime outfit. 

I used a neutral tan bag but again another time may add a red bag to add a splash of colour. 

link to blouse

This top and I may have some fun if the weather improves again.  As I write this we are forecasted for heavy rain and it feels like I should put the fire on.  How quickly it changes.