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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

I Prefer Navy Blue

Because I'm so pale, and getting paler by the year now that my hair is starting to go quite grey, black makes me look very washed out.  I've always preferred navy blue and these days even more so.  Last year I was looking for a navy blue cardigan and couldn't find one in the usual shops I use (for 'usual shops' read budget priced).  This year there does seem to be more navy blue about and I have seen a nice cardigan I want to buy later this month when my pocket money has accumulated enough.

Here's a top and skirt I've had for a while that I want the navy blue cardigan to go with...
I don't like wearing sleeveless tops but couldn't resist this one, love the style of it.  A nice cardigan will make it more wearable for me.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Fashionable Or Not, Who Cares!!! It's My Style.

I seem to be a bit obsessed with clothes lately.  Not been doing much crafting, can't do any gardening yet so I might as well enjoy my time doing something!

When I do a search for fashion for the older woman I get a bit disappointed that I can't find much on the web.  Then again, we all interpret fashion in different ways.  My style is neat, tidy and suitable for my age.  These ladies dress in a style I would never contemplate and I certainly wouldn't dress like this .

Here are a couple of things I've had for a few years that I like to wear in the summer...

Same tee shirt, different skirt...

Neat and tidy, just ordinary clothes for an ordinary woman.  I couldn't cope with the exhibitionist style.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Are Bed Jackets Just For Old Ladies?

I've never taken to wearing a dressing gown, they are just too uncomfortable and bulky for me.  Bed jackets always seemed to be made of some sort of knitted lace and looked very old fashioned.  This winter I realised I needed something to put on first thing in the morning.  I get up at about 6am and like to come straight downstairs for a cup of tea.  So, I decided a bed jacket would be the perfect answer, not bulky like a dressing gown, made from a fine fleece and looks neat...

Just the thing for wearing before my heating comes on in the morning.

Remember I was starting a facial routine a while ago and I mentioned that now I needed to learn how to apply some makeup that would be more suitable than the old way I'd always done it.  Well, I wanted to know how to use eyeliner that didn't look harsh.  This youtube video has helped me a lot.  I tried it and after a bit of trial and error realised that if I used eye shadow on a brush instead of using a pencil to outline my eyes I got a much softer look.  Also, my eyebrows are almost non existent these days and learnt from another video that if I used eyeshadow on a brush and used that to define my eyebrows it gave a very natural look rather than using an eyebrow pencil.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

More Clothes For Spring

I was looking for something a bit brighter than those last two outfits I showed, the grey and the brown.  I had seen some blue canvas trousers that I wanted, it just needed a top to go with them.  The top I bought is very nice but still rather dark I think...

Something a bit more pastel will be next thing I look out for.  The fluffy cardigan I showed a while ago will go nicely with this outfit...

Why am I finding it so difficult to buy paler clothes!!!  It's a habit I must get out of!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Today I'm Wearing...

This outfit looks a bit dull doesn't it...

At least it all matches, it's only recently that I've started coordinating my clothes properly.  There are a few reasons for this, mainly I didn't really think about it much, I didn't have a lot of money to spend and snapped up bargains whether they matched what I'd already got or not, and finally I do have a bit of money now to spend how I please.  That's one advantage of being older, mortgage is paid off, no big items to buy for the house and affordable clothes available in the shops at last.

The cardigan here is one I bought ages ago from M&S, it hasn't kept it's shape very well, it went out of shape very quickly.  I doubt I'll be buying much from M&S anymore, they have gone too expensive and I don't like the quality or styles like I used to.

The top and jeans are from my favourite shop.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Another Spring Outfit

I recently saw a lovely outfit that had a blue flowered jacket, white tee shirt and blue trousers.  If I had bought that outfit it would have cost me as much just for the jacket as I ended up paying for the whole outfit from my favourite clothes shop (you know who I mean!).  Bonmarche did have some blue flowered cardigans in a few weeks ago but when I went the other day they no longer had any in the shop.  They did have a grey flowered cardigan so I decided to get that and a pair of grey trousers to go with it.  I already had a white tee shirt that would be suitable.
I would have preferred the blue version but the grey looks nice too.  I'll keep my eye open for a blue patterned cardigan, if I find one I will buy a pair of the blue jean type trousers Bonmarche are currently selling.  Maybe I'll get the blue trousers anyway.

Thursday, 20 February 2014


I decided to treat myself to some shapewear now that I have an annoying layer of fat on my body.  Since I've been in my sixties I've been very self conscious of these rolls of fat that I never had previously.  It's probably not as bad as I think it is but I'm not used to having much fat, especially not the sort of fat that is noticeable when I wear anything that clings.  So I decided to try some Shapewear .  I bought the vest the other day and tried it out for the first time today.  It was a bit of a struggle to get into compared to a normal vest but once on it is very comfortable.  I'm not sure how much difference it makes to my shape, I didn't wear it with anything that I usually feel a bit self conscious in.

The shorts I bought really are a struggle to get into!  Once on they are comfortable and they do make a noticeable difference to my stomach area, they really hold it in.  They would be even better if they had come up a bit higher than my waist.  In the picture it looks as though they come up higher but not on me.

When I find the two tops I have that tend to cling I will have a better idea of how well these two undergarments work.  So far I'm pleased with these purchases.