Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

The Style Not Age collective is back for the penultimate style challenge of the year, and this month we’re “Keen as Mustard” for this season’s hottest colour! It’s amazing how many items of clothing in mustard, ochre and saffron have made it into my wardrobe lately. These warmer shades are much more flattering than pastel and acid yellows.  My mustard skirt co-ord is one of my favourite outfits from the Summer, and I’ve combined my peg leg trousers with tops in several colours (cobalt is probably my favourite).

I’d been wanting a pair of camo print skinny jeans for ages and finally bought not one, but two pairs.

When Hilda suggested “Keen as Mustard” for this month’s challenge I had plenty of options. But I didn’t want to wear exactly the same outfits I’ve previously featured. I’ve worn the ribbed mustard jumper and ochre shoes before with cobalt trousers (one of my favourite colour combinations). This time I teamed them with my new camo print skinny jeans from Gap. I’d been wanting a pair of camo print skinny jeans for ages and finally bought not one, but two pairs. The other pair is a darker, more muted colour palette. This brighter camo print works better with the mustard jumper.

I completed the look with my khaki faux suede biker jacket and tan crossbody bag that I bought in France over the Summer. Although it wasn’t deliberate, I’m wearing the colours of my garden…well and truly camoflaged!

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

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Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard, Centime custom name ring

I kept my jewellery relatively understated (for me!) with a pair of pom pom earrings and a gorgeous personalised ring. Centime Gifts have a large range of stackable name rings, as well as personalised bracelets and necklaces. With Christmas not too far away now’s the time to buy those gifts for loved ones. International shipping is free, but you do need to allow 2-3 weeks as the items are handcrafted and made to order. The size guide was easy to understand (the US and UK use different sizing systems) and my ring fits perfectly.

A personalised piece of jewellery makes a lovely gift for Christmas or a birthday; you can even have a soundwave, signature, fingerprint, hand or foot print on your jewellery.

For such good quality – and considering the jewellery is made to order – the prices are amazing. I chose the Script Custom Name Ring which is usually $29, but currently on offer for $26.95. It’s available in sterling silver with 18K yellow and rose gold plate options. Mine is rose gold plated, which I think is more flattering on my skin tone than yellow gold. A personalised piece of jewellery makes a lovely gift for Christmas or a birthday;  you can even have a soundwave, signature, fingerprint, hand or foot print on your jewellery.

As a little treat for Style Splash readers I have an exclusive code – just use 20EMMA at the checkout for 20% discount  on your order 🙂

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

Style Not Age Collective - Keen as Mustard

River Island jacket | M&S jumper | Gap jeans | M&S shoes | Scottage bag (bought in France) | ring c/o Centime Gifts

Let’s see how Hilda, Jacqui and Anna are styling this month’s challenge…

Hilda is keeping warm with a gorgeous mustard scarf. It looks so cosy and perfect for cold winter days. Visit Over the Hilda for all the details.

Jacqui has paired her mustard culottes with a fabulous animal print blouse. Head over to Mummabstylish to see more!

Anna really knocked it out of the park with this combination of floral print and tartan…plus a bit of animal print to boot (pun intended!). Pattern clashing at its finest, don’t you think? Head over to Anna’s Island Style for all the details.

That’s it for another month…only one more left of the year! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the different ways we’ve chosen to wear mustard. Until next time… 🙂

 

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Wild About Animal Print

It’s the last Monday in August which means it’s a Bank Holiday (in the UK)…and it’s time for the Style Not Age collective to take on another sartorial challenge! This week also brings the Summer to a close, which I can’t help feel a little sad about. But there’s always lots of lovely new season clothes to ease the pain. This month it was my turn to choose the theme, and I wanted to look towards the A/W trends. Luckily one of my favourite prints looks set to be big this coming season, hence the theme “WIld About Animal Print”. It’s never really out of fashion though is it?

When I think of animal print it’s leopard that immediately springs to mind because it’s my favourite. However, I’m quite partial to a bit of snake, tiger and zebra too.

When I think of animal print it’s leopard that immediately springs to mind because it’s my favourite. However, I’m quite partial to a bit of snake, tiger and zebra too.  My wardrobe is awash with various animal prints, but I chose this outfit mainly due to the weather. It has turned quite cool here, and the day we took these photos it was sunny one minute, throwing it down the next. The ground was wet, so I needed chunky heels to avoid sinking into the grass. Going through some old skirts I found this one from River Island that I bought on eBay a few years ago. It’s a stretch jersey material, so it’s comfortable, but it does cling to tights and bunch up. Are there such a things as cling-free tights or did I imagine it? At least they smooth over any lumps and bumps, which is what I need with a figure-hugging skirt!

I love statement sleeves, but they do make wearing anything on top of them difficult.

Black is the obvious pairing for leopard print, so I chose this jumper with big chiffon flared sleeves. I bought it from Very in the January sales but didn’t get around to wearing it before the Summer. I also ordered it in blush pink but they got the order wrong and sent the wrong top, which was a shame. Now, I do love statement sleeves, but they make wearing anything on top of them awkward. A sleeveless trench or faux fur gilet would both be good options if you want to add another layer while the weather is still mild. For colder weather I’d opt for a thick cape-style jacket.

I extended the feline theme with a panther ring, cat eye sunglasses and velvet kitty bag, which I use so much.

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Henry gave it his approval by falling at my feet…that cat will do anything for a belly rub and a chin tickle!

Let’s see how Anna, Jacqui and Hilda went “Wild About Animal Print”…

Anna is looking radiant amongst the flowers in her leopard print trousers and graphic t-shirt. Head over to Anna’s Island Style to see all the details.

Jacqui has chosen an elegant dress and neutral accessories for a very chic look. You can see the full post on her blog Mummabstylish.

Hilda is a woman after my own heart in that gorgeous leopard print coat and fabulous hat…but there’s a third animal print in there! See the full post at Over the Hilda!

 

Well, that wraps it up for this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these very different looks. Are you “Wild About Animal Print” too? What’s your favourite…is it leopard, cheetah, tiger, snake…or maybe giraffe or zebra? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m just back from spending a few days at my mum’s in the East of England. I was definitely feeling the Siberian blast there, especially with no central heating! Given the weather conditions it seems fitting to feature Fun With Fur from the new Style Not Age group for today’s post.

We’re kicking it off with Hilda’s choice of “fun with fur” – rather appropriate given the weather!

I’m delighted to be a member of this group of midlife bloggers, along with Jacqui, Hilda and Anna. The group, which was previously known as the 5Over50 Collective, has been rebranded after the departure of Gail and Laurie, and is now being led by Jacqui. Every month one of us will pick a theme for us to style in our own individual way. We’re kicking it off with Hilda’s choice of “fun with fur” – rather appropriate given the weather!

The name of the group conveys our collective attitude perfectly: style matters, age does not! We have all hit our sartorial stride in midlife and are enjoying fashion more than ever.

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

This collar is the perfect replacement for a necklace; the burgundy compliments the grey dress, and it keeps my neck warm.

I had no shortage of choice for this “fun with fur” theme as I have several faux fur coats and scarves. When I raided my stash of winter accessories I found three faux fur collars that I’d bought from River Island in sale a couple of years ago. They were all unworn, with the tags still attached. This burgundy one was just what I needed with this grey knit dress. I’d tried various necklaces but couldn’t find quite the right look. This collar is the perfect replacement for a necklace; the burgundy compliments the grey dress, and it keeps my neck warm. Plus, it has jewel embellishments that look like brooches 🙂

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

I’m a big fan of jumper dresses, and while I usually prefer big chunky knits, it’s nice to have a more fitted style.

I bought the grey knit dress form Laura Ashley a few weeks ago at half price. I’m a big fan of jumper dresses, and while I usually prefer big chunky knits, it’s nice to have a more fitted style. It contains cashmere so it’s beautifully soft. My boots are really old – I bought them for £10 at least a decade ago. They certainly don’t owe me anything! I almost opted for my burgundy crossbody bag but thought it was too matchy-matchy. When stuck for inspiration, try leopard print. It never lets me down.

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

fun with fur from the new style not age group, Laura Ashley grey knit dress, River Island faux fur collar

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fun with fur from the new style not age group

fun with fur from the new style not age group

Here’s what my three blogger pals chose for their “fun with fur” outfit:

Jacqui is wearing a beautiful cobalt blue dress and faux fur gilet. I love those leopard print shoes…looking very chic against the graffiti wall!

Jacqui Mumma B Stylish

Hilda is keeping warm in a gorgeous faux fur hat…ideal for keeping that Siberian blast at bay.

Over the Hilda

Anna has layered a faux fur-lined coat over a stunning floral print maxi dress. Those funky boots finish off the look perfectly!

Anna's Island Style

I hope you enjoyed this first instalment of Fun With Fur from the Style Not Age group! The weather’s set to become even colder over the next few days so I think I’ll be wrapping up warm in one of my faux fur coats!

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