So it's only 2 sleeps to my birthday on Thursday then my party is on Friday! I appear to have a sore throat/head cold which I am desperately trying to ignore in the hope that it will go away!
I started my blog to connect with others, to document my life and share my thoughts and ideas, I wanted to be fifty and fab and I wanted to share that journey with others and maybe inspire other like-minded women.
Writing my blog is not my job, it is a hobby, I am in awe of all the wonderful, slick blogs out there and I love seeing the instagram photos but I am not quite up to that standard yet although I hope that my blog does reflect real life. If I post an Outfit of the Day on Instagram it is genuinely taken that day of what I am wearing whilst running around doing chores and it is usually snapped on my phone by my daugther, in the garden and hoping for enough light to get a decent photo!
So where am I now in my quest to be fifty and fab?
My fifties are giong to be differnt for me - my children are grown up. My son is still living at home but working full time and my daugther will soon be starting A levels and then onto university if all goes well. I will have more free time, more 'me time' and I want to use it well.
I hope you will stick with me and follow my journey and that my followers can gain some ideas and pick up tips from me that might just inspire them too.
This time last year I felt fat and unfit. I was in size 12 jeans and that was big for me. I went to our company Christmas dinner and I just felt so uncomfortable, I didn't like what I saw in the mirror at all . I was exercising but I wasn't doing enough and I wasn't eating properly.
Fast forward a year and on Friday it is my 50th birthday party. I am back in size 8-10 clothes and I feel small again. I feel fantastic.
I still have some work to do although my weight is about right (I have more than smashed my goal of 'about 1/2 stone off', I have lost nearly 1.5 stone on The Body Coach Plan and since graduating.
So this week I plan to relax my regime a little.
I will exercise tomorrow and Monday then the rest of the week I will be pampered and be socialising. I will be back to exercise a week on Monday.
Food wise I will eat to plan or from Joe's books when I am at home.
I don't feel guilty about that, I feel it is the right thing for me, I do get tired and so I need to be realistic.
But my point is that I won't suddenly regain that stone in one week. I have learnt enough to know how to be sensible and eat and drink in moderation. I know it makes me feel awful if I don't. I know what it does to my body and energy levels.
When I first started The Body Coach I didn't eat out much at all but I have slowly learnt that I can and as long as I make good choices, nothing terrible will happen.
I am really excited about my birthday and my party and I am really excited about feeling fab in my dress!
I started this blog to record my journey up to and into my fifties, it is a personal blog, I do it as a hobby but it has kept me accountable and I love the friends I am making along the way.
Outfit all from Mint Velvet, boots from Jigsaw
This post feels a bit self-indulgent to write! But hey some of the items on my wish list are totally unrealistic but a girl has to dream right? And it's not every year you are 50!
Firstly I am very lucky that my husband was happy to pay for me to have a party. Having all my closest friends and family in one room together is all I really want. I spent a long time deciding whether to have a party but in the end time spent with loved ones is the best gift of all and I can't wait to get dressed up and party with everyone on 16th December.
But of course I wouldn't be normal if I wasn't dreaming of a few special gifts from my family now would I?
Mini 4x4, Jo Malone, LV Bag, Bobbi Brown Make-Up, Olivia Burton Watch, Diamond Necklace, a trip to New York, LV Purse and Diamond Bracelet
And what I don't get for my 50th, I can look forward to for another year maybe!?
So last week my friend and personal stylist Katerhine B wrote about 'wearing something different'. We are all guilty of wearing the same favourite, safe outfits or saving things for best and then hardly ever wearing them. She challenged her followers to 'wear something different' each day that week. Her thoughts resonated with me and I decided to take up the challenge.
So how did I get on? Well I definitely enjoyed the challenge and I upped the effort all week and I felt better for it. Last week I was feeling quite tired after a very late night escorting my daugther and her friends to the O2 to see Justin Bieber. I posted my outfits on my Instagram page so do follow me if you don't already.
Here is a little summary of my outfits:
Monday we were off to the O2 and it was very cold so I wore my Superdry jumperwhich is very warm with my Hush biker boots and my North Face coat. First outing for this jumper as I originally bought it to go under a tweed jacket then never got around to wearing it as an outfit!
Superdry luxe mini cable jumper £44.99
Tuesday after a very late night getting back from the O2 I wanted something comfortable! I wore my teal blue Hobbs tunic style jumper with black leggings from Boden, long black boots and accessorised with a Phase Eight scarf and a braclet that matches the colouring perfectly. All items are past season!
Wednesday I did an early morning workout at the gym then came home to change for a hair appointment. It was still very cold but I wasn't spending much time outside as I was going from car to salon! This outfit was very popular on my instagram page and I think it is one to wear again. The over the knees boots are last winter from Vince Camuto at House of Fraser, the coated jeggings are Next, the long coatigan is again past season from Boden and finally my scarf was from the School Gate Style shop (no longer available).
Next coated leggings £24
Thursday I was supposed to be doing a workout with my PT but I was exhausted after the late night and Wednesday workout! It was also very cold so I wore my French Connection very chunky knit layered over a lace long sleeve top, my tartain scarf from Sweet Bea, black jeans from Gap and my Hush biker boots.
Scarf from Swet-Bea online shop
Silk lace top from Rosemund
Friday I was out and about Christmas shopping and missed getting a photo! But on Saturday I wore my pleather trousers from Mint Velvet with my new Jigsaw boots, a Mint Velvet long line cardigan over another Rosemund silk vest and a scarf from Mint Velvet (past season).
Mint Velvet pleather trousers (similar here) and long line cardigan (similar here)
Rosemund silk vest
Jigsaw Adyson Calf Boot £149
And finally Sunday! Off to Westfield again to choose something from Tiffany for my daughter's 16th birthday. I wore my leather skirt from Oasis with my over the knee suede boots, a red jumper from Oasis, a fur gilet from New Look and a cross body bag from Brand Alley.
Leather skirt from Oasis £70
Red frill knit from Oasis £28
Black faux fur gilet (similar here) £55
So the challenge has encouraged me to be a bit braver and step out of my comfort zone a bit more often. I received some lovely encouraging comments on Instagram. I buy all these lovely clothes and then doni't wear them which is madness!
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
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