Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes, Paper London striped skirt

It’s already the last Monday of the month, which means it’s time for the latest Style Not Age challenge! When Hilda chose the theme of March Madness I wasn’t sure whether having such a free reign on how to interpret it was a good thing or not. After a bit of brainstorming we all came up with different ideas of what we could base our outfits on, as you’ll see further down. My March Madness consists of muppets, stripes and faux fur to create a suitably crazy outfit!

I loved the Muppets as a child so when I discovered Irregular Choice had released a range of shoes with my favourite characters on I had to get a pair.

If ever there was the perfect opportunity to wear my Irregular Choice Muppets shoes this was it. Shoes don’t get much crazier than these! I loved the Muppets as a child so when I discovered Irregular Choice had released a range of shoes with my favourite characters on I had to get a pair. I was tempted by the Miss Piggy shoes, but red always wins for me, especially when they have faux fur AND glitter on them 🙂

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes, Paper London striped skirt

Shoes this ostentatious need to be shown in all their glory, so I chose this striped pencil skirt. It still had the tags on it!I bought it from Cocosa years ago but it got a bit tight (or rather I got too big for it) but happily I can now fit in it. It has a red waistband which unfortunately is hidden by the top.

It was a tough choice between this wrap top and my red ruffle blouse, but I wanted to wear the charm necklace. Plus, I think the wrap top compliments the pencil skirt more. Piling on more red I added a faux fur clutch, enamel ring and Moschino sunglasses.

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes, Paper London striped skirt

In an ideal world I would have had a hat with a massive brim for a really OTT look…

Even though in the true spirit of “March Madness” I could have worn big earrings as well as the necklace, I decided against it. I seem to have lots of statement earrings but not many of the more subtle variety. To remedy that I removed the tassels from a pair and just wore the plastic discs. In an ideal world I would have had a hat with a massive brim for a really OTT look, but I had to settle for a fedora instead. Note to self: buy a big crazy hat. And more earrings 😉

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur

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Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes, Paper London striped skirt

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes

Even the soles are decorated…it almost seems a shame to walk on them!

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur

Style Not Age March Madness - Muppets, Stripes and Faux Fur, Muppets Irregular Choice Animal shoes, Paper London striped skirt

Paper London skirt (old, similar) | & Other Stories wrap top (similar) | Irregular Choice shoes (Miss Piggy option still available) | River Island clutch (similar) | Moschino sunglasses (similar)

 

Now it’s time to see how my blogger friends have channelled their March Madness!

Hilda has really gone for it in this amazing fancy dress get-up she wore for a murder mystery evening! I absolutely LOVE the pink wig! Do pop across to Over the Hilda to see more fantastic photos…you might even find out “whodunnit”!

Jacqui has stepped out of her comfort zone by teaming a neon snakeprint skirt with a graphic tee and biker jacket. I love the combination of edgy and ladylike in one outfit. You can see all the details at Mummabstylish!

Anna has turned this challenge on its head with the motto “Let’s bin the beige and have fun with colour”….and dressed head to toe in beige. As I’m sure you know, Anna loves mixing bright colours and clashing prints, so this look is way out of her comfort zone. Beige is one of Spring’s big trends, but not everyone can carry it off. Yet Anna has done a magnificent job of wearing beige by mixing textures and adding shine to her outfit. Sue Kreitzman famously said “Don’t wear beige – it might kill you”…maybe she should take style advice from Anna! Check out Anna’s Island Style to read more!

 

So that’s all for this month! we’ll be back with another fun challenge on the last Monday of April! I hope you can stop by for tomorrow’s link up post 🙂

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Check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket

This outfit was meant to be for Sunday’s post, but my site was down (again) for most of the evening. Technology frustrates me to the nth degree when it doesn’t bend to my will, but I had to admit defeat. Sometimes you just have to walk away and do something else for the sake of your sanity. (I’m now in the process of moving to another web host). Trying to function while in a fog of antihistamine lethargy wasn’t helping either.

About two weeks ago I broke out in a rash on my torso, which started to spread down my arms and legs. My doctor thinks it’s an allergy, but to what I do not know. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked if I’ve changed my washing powder! Both over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines were making me feel like a zombie, so I’ve stopped taking them. I’ll just have to tolerate the prickly itching until it goes of its own accord. Otherwise I’ll get absolutely nothing done!

Mango and Zara sizing can be haphazard, especially with jackets, and this one definitely comes up small.

Still, fashion is always a welcome distraction from any troubles and I’ve been looking through my wardrobe and rediscovering forgotten items. Take this jacket for example; I bought it from Mango months ago but I hung it underneath another jacket and totally forgot I had it! I’m so bad for that! I purchased the blue turtleneck I’m wearing with it at the same time, but I keep my sweaters on display in a shelving unit so I can always see them.

The jacket is a little on the snug side, so it will only accomodate a blouse or thin sweater under it. Mango and Zara sizing can be haphazard, especially with jackets, and this one definitely comes up small. The fabric is stretchy so it feels like a cross between a cardigan and a jacket. It would be great to slip over a camisole with a pair of peg leg or cigarette trousers and some heels.

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket

Teaming the check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket with the chain handle cat bag makes for a feminine and fun look.

The skirt was actually the starting point for the outfit. I bought it on eBay for about £8 after narrowly missing out on the red/black/white version. It’s no longer available in store but you can still find them on eBay. I have a black one with gold thread running through it in the same style that I found in a charity shop. It’s not the most practical style because without a significant amount of stretch in the fabric you can’t run for a bus. Indulging in a big meal is also out of the question 😉

Teaming the check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket with the chain handle cat bag makes for a feminine and fun look. It even got the thumbs up from Pete, which doesn’t happen too often! I chose the patent boots for a modern twist, which had the added benefit of keeping my feet dry on a very waterlogged lawn!

I’m hoping there won’t be too much disruption during the move to a new web host…they’re on the case right now so fingers crossed!

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket

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Mango black tweed jacket

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacketMarks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer skirt (from eBay, similar) | Mango jacket (similar) | Mango jumper (similar) | Zara boots (similar) | Asos cat bag (similar)

 

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Last week’s favourites were…

Laura of I Do deClaireKathrine Eldridge and Gail of Is This Mutton?

 

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Brown and navy: a classic workwear outfit, Oasis brown coat, Finery navy trousers, Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

A classic workwear outfit for me is a simple trousers and fitted jumper combination. I’m so happy that I bagged these Finery trousers at less than half price 🙂 They’re still available at Asos for only £32 and they are worth every penny! Adding a pair of good quality navy or black trousers to your wardrobe will serve you well; they pair with just about any colour for a no fuss smart work outfit. I first wore these trousers on the blog a few weeks ago with a red coat and boots, but I opted for a more muted palette on this occasion. I particularly like the mix of navy and the warm brown coat, which looks vibrant in the bright sunshine.

Turtlenecks are my favourite style of sweater because they’re both practical and versatile.

Eager to add more brown tones to my outfits, I picked up this lovely jumper in River Island a couple of weeks ago. Turtlenecks are my favourite style of sweater because they’re both practical and versatile. Choosing one in a soft, fine knit ensures maximum comfort. The sleeves on this one really caught my eye; the gathering on the shoulders and ribbed cuffs with the frills create an interesting shape. It’s also available in cream, blue and black (the blue and black are now reduced from £26 to £12, although sizes are limited).

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My trusty Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag holds my laptop and other essentials. Although I also have it in orange and teal, I tend to use this aubergine bag the most. I kept my jewellery simple with one of my favourite rings from Pia and a bracelet that my Dad bought for me on a recent trip to Madeira.

The sun may have been shining but there was a very cold wind yesterday when we shot these photos. Winter isn’t quite done with us yet!

Oasis coat (similar) | River Island jumper | Finery trousers | Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (alternative) | M&S boots (similar) |New Look earrings (similar) | Asos sunglasses (old, similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Tatiana of My Fabulous Forties, Jacqui of Mummabstylish and Jennifer of Effortlessly Sophisticated!

 

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Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

Welcome to the monthly edition of Match Made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a color, a movie –  and then we style an outfit based on that theme. This month it was my turn to choose, and I decided to push us all way out of our comfort zones with neon!

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

You’ve probably seen neon appearing in the shops again recently, and also in street style photos. Love it or loathe it, it’s back. Only this time it’s not so “in your face” as the 80s. I remember wearing mismatched neon towelling socks as a child. The 80s was not a good decade for fashion!

You don’t have to dress head to toe in retina-scorching fluorescent shades. Just a few neon accessories teamed with a neutral outfit can make an impact.

But if you shudder at the thought of wearing neon, fear not. You don’t have to dress head to toe in retina-scorching fluorescent shades. Just a few neon accessories teamed with a neutral outfit can make an impact. Me, I’m more a “go hard or go home” kinda gal. Well, strictly speaking I was at home when we took these photos, but you get my drift 😉

I searched high and low for the perfect neon roll neck jumper and found exactly what I wanted at New Look. I ordered a size 10 and it was a bit snug, so I sized up to a 12 which fits more comfortably. Sometimes ribbed knits can size small. Partly because I’m indecisive (and also because they were on sale) I also ordered it in pink, which I’ll feature very soon in another post.

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

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Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes, Skinny Dip faux fur flamingo round bag

The inspiration for this outfit actually came from Pinterest (I have a board dedicated to neon). My M&S culottes are a couple of years old now, but I’ve linked to some alternatives in the widget. I was going to add a blue bag (just like the Pinterest outfit) but on second thoughts it was a bit too much. Instead I opted for this fun flamingo bag from Skinny Dip. It’s not very practical on account of the shape, and it’s virtually impossible to get into it. But the novelty factor more than makes up for all that.

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

The neon print of the shoes bring the pink and yellow together nicely. I used to wear these shoes a lot for work, but I find them a bit too hard on my feet now to wear all day.

I added some bright pink earrings and hot pink lipstick to complete the look!

Match Made in Seven: Neon, New Look neon yellow rollneck jumper, M&S pink culottes

New Look jumper | M&S culottes (old, similar) | Carvela shoes (old) | Skinny Dip bag (similar) | Moschino sunglasses | Asos earrings

SO THAT’S THE SECOND INSTALLMENT FROM THE MATCH MADE IN SEVEN COLLECTIVE. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT HOW THE OTHER LADIES ARE WEARING NEON!

Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.com/

Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/

Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/

Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/

Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/

Nancy of https://www.nancysfashionstyle.com

 

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Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit

Be honest: would you be brave enough to let your partner choose your outfit? Men and women often have very different ideas about what looks good don’t they? And of course it’s not just about looking good (which is subjective), you have to feel good in an outfit too, right? My outfits are sometimes met with an arched eyebrow and a muttered “blimey!” when it’s time to take blog photos. But I usually just brush it off and wear it anyway, I dress for me after all.

It’s not easy getting a man to scroll through hundreds of items; their approach to shopping is generally to get it over and done with as quickly as possible.

With that in mind, when Quiz Clothing invited me to take part in a “My Partner Styled Me” challenge I was genuinely curious as to what Pete would choose (and slightly apprehensive if I’m honest!). It’s not easy getting a man to scroll through hundreds of items; their approach to shopping is generally to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. So sitting down to look at all the options and maintaining focus was a bit like getting Isobel to do her maths homework!

I had to lay down a few guidelines (which apparently defeated the whole object of the challenge, but never mind!), such as nothing too short, no ridiculously high heels, and please bear in mind that it’s still February! As this is an outfit for a Valentine’s Day night out/date night, Pete initially picked out a few party dresses that he liked. But then he decided it’d make more sense to choose an outfit I’d get more wear from, so he opted for a jumpsuit instead.

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit

He first selected a belted batwing jumpsuit, but stock was running low, so he chose this black high neck one as an alternative. I honestly couldn’t be happier with it; it’s comfortable thanks to the stretch fabric, and the length is just right. I ordered a size 10, and it is quite snug. It doesn’t have a zip so the only way on is over the hips, which is a bit of a squeeze, but once it’s on it’s all good. Just something to bear in mind for bathroom visits!

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit

I was so pleased he chose these closed toe shoes – and not only because it meant I didn’t have to paint my toe nails!

So having settled on the main item, Pete then had to select accessories. Again, I had to issue a couple of guidlines: no thin strappy sandals that will cut into my bunions, and please don’t mix rose gold with silver. I know, I’m a harsh taskmaster. He loves it really 😉 By this time the cricket on TV was proving to be far more interesting so we had to move quickly. I was so pleased he chose these closed toe shoes – and not only because it meant I didn’t have to paint my toe nails!

Quiz Black Satin Ankle Strap Court Shoes

The soft mesh is kind to my knobbly toes, while the diamante toecaps really stand out against the black. The heels are not too high, and the ankle straps keep them securely on my feet. I love that the ankle straps are also covered in diamante as plain black ones can have the effect of making legs look shorter. It means I can wear these shoes with a skirt or a dress without looking stumpy!

There were plenty of black and silver bag options, but I think this one matches the shoes the best. You can tuck the chain handle inside and use it as a clutch or wear it on the shoulder as I have. A classic pair of silver diamante earrings finished off the look. I reckon the boy did good! What do you think?

Do you like what Pete chose? Would you trust your partner to pick an outfit for you?

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit, Quiz black shimmer diamante bag

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Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit, Quiz black shimmer diamante bag

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit, Quiz black shimmer diamante bag

Styled by my husband: Quiz Palazzo Jumpsuit, Quiz black shimmer diamante bag

Jumpsuit, shoes, bag and earrings all c/o Quiz Clothing.

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Edwige of Hypnoz Glam, Grace of Color and Grace and Lizzie in Lace!

 

 

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