It's time for my monthly round-up again! Being fifty and fab is my monthly post where I share what I have been doing to 'be' fabulous - lots of fashion for us over 50 women, style ideas and inspiration. I'd love you to get involved on Instagram too!
What do you do to be fabulous? Have you worn a fabulous outfit? Tag me! Have you been exercising regularly and really pleased with your progress? Tag me! Have you had a super fun day out? Tag me!
All you have to do is use the hashtag #beingfiftyandfab on Instagram and tag me @fifty_andfab so I see your post and then at the end of every month I will do a round-up of the best ones on stories or on my main Instagram grid. You can get involved at any time, there is no specific day, it can be any day when you did something to feel and be fabulous.
And this is what I have been doing to be fifty and fab in October ...
Hi, how are you all? Thank you so much to those of you who voted for me in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards run by BritMums recently, voting has now closed and I will find out the results on 12th October during a twitter party - yep I had never heard of it either but I have now! It is a chat that anyone can join in using a pre-advised hashtag, but 12th October will be my first one so I will let you know if I manage to work it out.
But more exciting news - I then had an email from Asquith (see my review of their ethical activewear here) who run their own blogger awards - Asquith Adores Blogger Awards - and I have been nominated in their Best Over 40s Blogger category. I am pretty stunned and obviously very excited. I am nominated alongside bloggers that I consider to be 'big' and who I really admire and who inspired me to start blogging! I'd love it if you could vote for me - it is really easy to do so on this link - vote here - thank you so much!
I'm breaking with my Sri Lanka blog posts to fit in my regular 'being' fifty and fab post as I have some lovely things to share with you. And as the season changes and we start heading into autumn I wanted to bring you some outfit ideas, goal planning thoughts and inspiration to be fifty and fab.
Do join in with my hashtag on Instagram - I'd love to be able to share on stories what you have been up to #beingfiftyandfab.
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Exercising - well clearly I have not been exercising as I've been on holiday! Okay yes I could still take my trainers and work out at the hotel gym or go for a run but I am firmly in the camp of a holiday is a holiday - a break from routine and although when I was doing the Joe Wick's 90 day plan I did make an exception, on the whole I don't! I do feel that I am totally out of routine and desperate to get back to something but I am also realistic and I know how I work. And for me September is a new year, new goals, back to school, back to routine. I will share my plans with you when I do my new year goal post. I have been trying to get out for walks though - do you like our six westies? It's not easy getting a photo of them all together - two are ours and then two each belong to my two sister-in-laws.
Reading - however, I have been reading a lot! Although not as much as I would if I'd been on a sun-lounger for two weeks. Sri Lanka was a very active, busy holiday but I did still find time to enjoy some good books.
A Man Called Ove by Frederk Blackman - this was also made into a film which I need to research and watch - it is about a grumpy man called Ove and you follow his ups and downs and find out why he is so grumpy and learn that may be he;s not so bad after-all and his heart is in the right place - we all know a man like Ove (I know I do)! A charming holiday read.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shafer - my friend loaned this to me at the last minute and I loved it so much, I watched the film when I got home. It is all about the German occupation of Guernsey and is told through a series of letters. The book goes into far more detail than the film which leaves several parts out, I am glad I read the book first.
A Girl Behind Dark Glasses by Jessica Taylor-Bearman - this young lady is truly inspirational and I had absolutely no idea how bad M.E. can get, she wrote this book whilst laying in a hospital bed unable to move. Using voice technology and a series of coded nods with her family. She was let down by the system and had to fight to get the right care. Beautifully and honestly written, I am so glad I read it. Jess has since left hospital and got married, she continues to write a blog, she is an artist and plans to write more books. She is still ill and still spends a large amount of her time in bed but that doesn't stop her living her life. I have a close family friend with M.E. and it is my intention to revisit this subject on my blog in the coming weeks.
Tsunami Kids by The Gandy Brothers - when I came back from Sri Lanka I wanted to find out more. More about the country and it's history but also about the devastating boxing day tsunami. My search on Amazon led me to this book written by the Gandy brothers who lost both their parents to the tsunami in Sri Lanka, they went on to found the Gandy's flip flop range and through their business raise money to help other orphans in Sri Lanka and to fund projects in India. This is their story. Devastating in parts but motivational and humbling to read how they overcame their grief and made something good come from it.
Doing - well obviously I've been on holiday in Sri Lanka and I'd love you to take a look at my posts about it all - start here. It was the most amazing country and a wonderful experience and I am so pleased we decided to go. It wasn't cheap and it was one of those holidays we won't do every year although I'd love to go back and explore more. There is so much to see and we were there just short of three weeks and we could easily have done a full three weeks or even four weeks to just see the places we visited in more detail. See my post about our Itinerary here.
Since I came back I have been knee deep in washing and sorting through my 3,000 plus holiday photographs. As well as really missing my routine. I only have my daughter off school for the school holidays now and she is 17 and driving so it shouldn't affect my routine but it does! And as much as I love having her at home, I am keen to get back to normal next week.
I did have a fun day out on Tuesday though. I had been feeling really down, serious post holiday blues and that made for a pretty miserable bank holiday weekend and the heavy rain didn't help. I was tired and fed up. But on Tuesday I had been invited to attend the AW/18 new season launch from Vionic Shoes. This was being held at the stunning Haymarket Hotel in London and involved champage, canapes, a fashion show and an opportunity to try on the new range and meet and chat the Vionic team as well as other bloggers (who I only ever see usually on Instagram).
I got an afternoon train and headed to Oxford Street where I had a browse around - Mango, & Other Stories, Gap, Zara, French Connection and Victoria's Secret. It was a mild day and I didn't need a jacket. I wore my super comfortable Vionic trainers (see my review here) with a Sosander shirt dress. My daughter was especially impressed - that looks very on trend mum - my husband less so - he didn't get the dress with trainers thing. I explained to my daugther that when I was 17 if someone had suggested wearing trainers with a dress I'd have thought they were totally mad and that it was an incredibly frumpy, old lady, look! It'd be like me suggesting she wears white stiletto's. How times change!
I will do a full post on the new Vionic range hopefully next week as I loved it and I found out a bit more about the brand that I need to tell you.
Wearing - okay hands up who struggles with the transition from summer to autumn/winter - and especially after our heatwave, I've forgotten what wearing a jumper feels like? I feel like I have forgotten how to dress for normal British weather, I am so used to putting a dress and flip flips on. I've had a look back through my Instagram to remind myself what I was wearing last year. Not that I' complaining! Here are a few outfits that I've worn since I got back from holiday.
First up, navy jeans from 7 for all mankind, blouse (old) from Boden, Vionic trainers (still available here) and my Karen Millen summer handbag.
Red jeans from Mint Velvet, blouse (old) from Hobbs, trainers and handbag as above.
Lots of shopping my wardrobe right now, this Oasis off the shoulder top is from a couple of years ago but I don't wear it much. My daughter said it looked like the outfit Sophie wears in Mamma Mia: Here we go again (I love this film and I've been twice - if you've not been, go), The jeans are rebound denim from French Connection and my bag is from Accessorize, the espadrilles are Vionic. This was taken at Nuffield Place, a National Trust property and was the home of William Morris and his wife, the founder of the Morris Motor Company. It was a super day out and very interesting to find out about his philanthropy, he did so much!
I really can't rate Vionic shoes enough can I!? They are definitely my footwear of choice and I wear them on repeat!!! But they are seriously so comfortable AND stylish. This is an outfit you have seen before, pleated skirt from Mint Velvet, tee from Whistles and the Gigi cross body bag from Aurora London.
And finally what I wore yesterday to go to .... IKEA! These Vionic Reagan mules were gifted to me as a thank you for attending the AW/18 launch event so I had to try them out straight away. And it is another big tick from me. Take a look at them here and find other ways of styling them. I chose them as I think they make a great transition shoe - before I put my sandals away and go into boots. My blouse I picked in in Gap in Oxford Street in the sale for less than £15, it is a style I love (similar to the Hobbs navy one above). The trousers are stretchy and are from Part Two / My Boudoir in Marlow. Handbag is Accesorize as before. It worked well - a new favourite outfit, I threw a black cashmere cardigan around my shoulders in case I needed an extra layer.
So that is me right now! Trying my hardest to be fifty and fab - share your updates using my hashtag #beingfiftyandfab.
Disclaimer: Some of my links are affiliate links which means that the brand knows you have come to their website from here and I may get a small commission if you buy something and keep it. This small income goes towards the running costs of my blog so I am very thankful for every click. This is not a sponsored post, Vionic invited me to their event and I was gifted a pair of shoes, I was under no obligation to feature it on my blog.
Welcome to my regular #beingfiftyandfab post and it's all about what I have been up to in June to be fabulous! There won't be a July post as I will be on holiday in Sri Lanka but there will be lots ot tell you when I get home.
Do join in with my hashtag on Instagram - post something that makes you feel fab and tag me and I will share my favourites on my stories!
Exercising - oh dear oh dear, I'm really not feeling it at the moment, which is very real and proves we can't all be on it all of the time. Life does happen. And I have been so ridiculously busy. But I am not beating myself up about it. I set a June goal to just walk a bit more and although it isn't happening daily, it is encouraging me to more mindful and fit in a head clearing walk when I can. I still see my PT every week so I am getting my strength training in and at least keeping up that routine. As my friend reminds me Progress Not Perfection and I am maintaining and plodding on!
Reading - fiction wise I read a lovely book by Milly Johnson called The Queen of Wishful Thinking, I picked this one up in my local Oxfam bookshop and it was a delightful story and very easy to read. I also read How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life, now this is really interesting as it explains how smartphones are designed to pull us in and keep us there, some really fascinating facts. Then the second part is how to reduce screen time without giving it up completely, for the low down on this I am going to send you over to the brilliant blog Inside Out & Beyond, Suzanne has written an excellent post with some really good suggestions. It's still a work in progress for me but reading the book has certainly made me more aware. And of course this month I am in the final stages of planning Sri Lanka so I needed my travel guide - The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka.
Doing - because it has been such a busy month there is a lot I have been doing and a lot to share with you! I will try not to bore you though!
You may recall I popped down to London recently to attend the book launch of No One But You by Tessa Levy and for a photo shoot with Fabulous magazine for The Sun Online, well the article appeared so do take a look at it here. It was about guessing a woman's age from behind!
I wore a Karen Millen dress (reduced in the John Lewis sale) and my Moda in Pelle black strappy sandals. I had a really fun day out and loved doing the photos!
I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Vicki from Honest Mum, she is a successful blogger, vlogger and author and I met her and she is really friendly, chatty and interesting. She signed my copy of her book Mumboss and I can definitely recommend it if you are looking for a change of career after having children or want to set up your own online business or blog. Lots and lots of common sense advice and real life examples of how she manages. The first part is more aimed at mothers with younger children but still a lot of great advice throughout.
I wore a new dress from Sosandar, more about this brand later on!
I was gifted a really pretty necklace from a brand I met at BlogConLDN my first blogger event! Johnny Loves Rosie is a British brand inspired by true love, individuality and feminine style. I loved their jewellery and pretty clutch bags, do take a look. I chose the 'forever silver necklace' at just £18, it is so simple and looks fabulous with my summer outfits.
My husband spent a few days away visiting his twin brother in Cornwall and as much as I love going too, this time I needed to be at home with my daughter as she is still studying but it did give me a chance to have some quiet time at home catching up! And I got to have a girls day with my daughter, we popped into Marlow and visited my friend who is working in a new shop that has opened in Marlow (they already have a branch in Wendover - Brookes) and then we had lunch sat in a pub garden. All very civilised.
The 'happy' cushion is from another new shop in Marlow, Two for Joy, do pop in if you are in the area. My navy dress is from Hush last summer and is one of my favourites. My drink (orange juice and prosecco) matches the cushion!
Wearing - finally a very quick photo summary of some of my outifts as I have probably gone on too long!
Sosandar shirt dress for lunch out with my girlfriends. I was a bit uncertain about Sosandar and to be honest I still am - I had to size down considerably to get a good fit so they are not true to size and come up very big. My first two deliveries just hung off me and the quality wasn't great. I spoke to them and agreed to try again. They do have some lovely styles and it is good to see something a bit different, they are a sensible price point but the quality isn't high end. Worth trying though. I did feel great in this shirt dress and it did get lots of compliments!
My statement trousers and navy blouse were from Hobbs last year, then a pink top from Zara with white jeans. My favourite white jeans are from French Connection this year (rebound denim) and this top was a quick purchase in Zara. Then my red jeans - read my post here, styled with a Zara blouse, past season, but lots of similar styles available in Zara.
This off the shoulder dress was another successful Hush purchase last summer! I wore it out for dinner at The Ivy Marlow Garden. The Boden sale has started but I picked up these fun sandals and this simple stripe dress at 30% off before the sale started.
I've just got back from an super weekend away in Kent - revisiting the village where I grew up but it deserves a post of it's own so I will try and fit that in before I go away.
Hasn't the weather been amazing! I love summer, I love summer clothes! Long may it continue.
Have a wonderful summer everyone and watch my Instagram for Sri Lanka photos.
Disclaimer: Some of my links are affiliate links which means that the brand knows you have come to their website from here and I may get a small commission if you buy something and keep it. This small income goes towards the running costs of my blog so I am very thankful for every click.
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.
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