Happy Tuesday! I hope your week got off to a good start 🙂 Welcome to the 100th Style With a Smile link up! As this is a milestone link up it seems quite fitting that it’s a special one. The last seven days have been pretty hectic, but in a good way. As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I’ve been to London twice. On Wednesday I travelled down to the Bias Cut’s pop up shop, where owner Jacynth launched her own collection of cashmere sweaters.

I can never come away from one of Jacynth’s pop up shops empty-handed…show me fabulous clothes and I simply can’t resist!

I’ve been a big fan of the Bias Cut’s ethos and Jacynth’s mission to end ageism in the fashion industry for several years. I was even lucky enough to model the A/W collection for the website a couple of months ago. Jacynth carefully curates the pieces and only selects the most flattering designs made to high ethical standards. I can never come away from one of Jacynth’s pop up shops empty-handed…show me fabulous clothes and I simply can’t resist!

On this occasion I treated myself to something I’d had my eye on since I first saw it online. This gorgeous Pom bugs jacket wasn’t in stock when I modelled some of the A/W collection, but when I saw it on Shirley I was all heart eye emojis! Luckily for me there was one in my size so it was meant to be! I adore the bug embellishments and little tassels. What you can’t see (because I forgot to get a photo of it) is the beautiful lining. I just love everything about this jacket! Sadly it’s now sold out but there are other equally fabulous jackets still available (like this one that I adore!).

My bargain blouse

I teamed my lovely new Pom bugs jacket with skinny glitter jeans and a gorgeous Hawes & Curtis blouse that I found in a charity shop. It must have been my lucky day because I found three of the same design in different prints in my size. The blouses fit perfectly, and best of all…they only cost £3.75 each! What a find! They are fitted at the waist and have a little stretch in the fabric so they’re really comfortable. I’m obsessed with pussy bows at the moment too!

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Pom Amsterdam jacket from the Bias Cut (sold out) | Hawes & Curtis blouse (from a charity shop, similar design) | Mango skinny glitter jeans (similar) | Jennifer Hamley Mini KT bag (now sold out but new collection coming soon!) | Zara hat (similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring (old)

A surprise blogger meet up!

And look who I bumped into at the pop up…Jacqui, Anna and Valerie! It was such a lovely surprise to finally meet up with them after being friends online for so long 🙂 Meeting up with other bloggers is so much fun…I need to do it more often! Jacqui was with her lovely goddaughter Esther who takes her blog photos, and she kindly took some group shots of us…thank you Esther 🙂

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Grace of Color and Grace!

 

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Did you all enjoy the fireworks over the weekend? We went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire and BBQ on Sunday evening. Thankfully the weather didn’t let us down, but boy was it cold! This isn’t my favourite time of year, although it does mean we get to wear gorgeous coats. I’ve actually been waiting to wear this bright yellow coat for about six months – since I bought it back in the Spring when I was invited to meet Jacynth, founder of The Bias Cut.

The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique…

It immediately caught my eye while I was looking through the clothes on the rails. As soon as I tried it on I was smitten. The asymmetric front gives a really modern twist on a classic style. The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique, such as the gold top button and the stunning deep red lining. The fact that it was on sale seemed to be a sign that it was meant to be!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

I originally planned to work the deep red shade of the coat’s lining into my outfit, but on this occasion I played it safe with navy. This was partly due to having had a lot of rain overnight and the ground was sodden. I didn’t want to ruin any heels, so I chose my navy cone heel ankle boots and a pair of Reiss trousers that were hidden away in my wardrobe. As with all Reiss trousers, they are very long, and although I’m not exactly short (5’7″) they almost cover my feet. They’re fine with a high heel but I wear more mid heel shoes and boots now, so I’d better learn to use that sewing machine!

I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

You all know how I like to bring in a third colour to my outfits, so I opted for the gorgeous zip off clutch from my aubergine Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (you can see it in more detail here). It adds just the right amount of accent colour, as well as matching the coat in the style stakes. I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Ellis Coat from The Bias Cut (still in sale but only available in a size 8, so I’ve selected alternatives in the widget) | Reiss pinstipe trousers (old, similar) | navy turtle neck from TKMaxx (similar) | sunglasses from Asos (old) | zip off clutch from the Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag zip off clutch

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr Ellis coat

Rewind to the day I bought the coat…

It was a beautiful warm Spring day and I was actually the first to arrive…Jacynth’s dad was still vacuuming! Its not like me to be early! Jacynth welcomed me into the beautiful family home in Lewisham and I was introduced to her family, along with Joanna Zara who makes the most fabulous hats and headpieces (see her Instagram here).

What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

Before long more people arrived, including a familiar face…Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen blog! We first met at the 3040 Blogger Meet almost a year earlier, and we hit it off straight away. It was so lovely to see Jacqueline again – in fact after we left Jacynth’s we went for a cheeky glass of wine at Waterloo station before I got my train back to Cheshire. 😉 What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards.

Below are a few photos of the clothes and accessories available at The Bias Cut.  Although only in her 20s, Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The Bias Cut’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces. The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. You can read more about The Bias Cut here, and some of you may already be members of Jacynth’s Facebook group Ageism Is Never In Style.

Do you think brands are catering for 40+ women better now, or do you think there’s still a long way to go? I’d love to hear what you think. It’s link up day so please share your fabulous outfits!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and bag display

leopard print fox bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and jewellery display

 

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut clothes rail

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emma, Jacqueline and Jacynth

Photo courtesy of Petite Silver Vixen

Last week’s favourites were…

Jacqui of Mumma B Stylish in a lovely lemon and grey outfit, Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style in a pair of gorgeous checked trousers paired with burgundy, and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots in her fantastic foxy Halloween costume!


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