Powder Blue and Green + Style With a Smile Link Up

June 11, 2024
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag

You may remember me previously mentioning my favourite shop in Funchal, Madeira, where I buy several pieces each time I visit. Well, one of the brands they stock is Elsa. M by May. Over the last few years I’ve bought quite a few tops by this label, including the pink frill sleeve top, the black version (yes I do wear black sometimes!), and a similar one in green. I thought it must be a brand that’s only available abroad, but when it started popping up on my Vinted feed I realised I could save myself some money!

The powder blue and green creates a soft, soothing colour palette that has a calming effect…

Every single top I’ve bought by this brand fits me so well and is great quality. They stretch and ping back into shape without wrinkling, making them perfect for travelling. (Oh, did I tell you – we’ve booked flights to Madeira for next month? I can’t wait!) I think I paid around 20-25 euros for my other tops, but I bought this blue one for £3.50…and it was new! I’ve paired it with the trousers from one of my favourite Monki suits, switching my usual trainers for mules with a small heel. I’m making the most of it while my toenails are painted and before the dreaded bunion op in August! The powder blue and green creates a soft, soothing colour palette that has a calming effect (I really do believe in the power of colours to influence mood).

Life lately

I may well be wearing calming hues for the next couple of weeks as the completion date on mum’s house looms closer. Dealing with removals, storage, house clearance, solicitors and estate agents is leaving me frazzled! Well, they do say that selling a house is one of the most stressful things you can do…I can see why!

Despite life being hectic, or rather because of it, I am making a real effort to workout several times a week. Since I haven’t been able to run for a while, I started doing HIIT workouts combined with heavier weight training. I can honestly say that it’s been keeping me sane (just!). Resistance training is so important in midlife to combat muscle loss. I workout at home with weights, kettlebells and by using my body weight. I now rarely have lower backache, whereas when I was running I was plagued by it. I did train to be an exercise instructor some years ago while on a break from journalism. I didn’t do it for long because I was offered a staff job which I really needed, so my career in fitness was short-lived! To be honest, I didn’t fancy being sweaty in tight lycra all day anyway!

Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag

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Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag
Powder Blue and Green, Elsa M, by May powder blue puff sleeve top, Monki green and blue trousers, Zara green quilted bag

Monki trousers | Elsa. M by May top (Vinted) | Zara bag | Big Metal London earrings (TK Maxx) | Yaa Yaa London ring

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15 responses to “Powder Blue and Green + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. I need to check out this brand because I love the fit and style of this top! The color palette is wonderful as well. Thanks for the link up Emma!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  2. Wendy says:

    Emma,

    Your sense of fashion is pure art. You do an amazing job.

    Wendy
    http://www.TheInspiredEater.com

  3. Marsha Banks says:

    I really like this pastel palette on you, Emma! Those pants are pretty fabulous! Good luck with wrapping up everything on your mom’s home. And, also good luck on the bunion surgery. I had mine done six years ago. Thanks so much for the link up!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

  4. Cheryl Shops says:

    Love this soft shade of blue on you! Good luck with the sale of your mum’s home—that definitely sounds like a lot to manage. And thank you so much for the feature!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  5. Nancy says:

    That is a very pretty top. Love those sleeves and the buttons. I heard AC/DC last week on the radio and wondered if you already been to the concert?

  6. Gail says:

    How great that you discovered this brand via Vinted. Love the top and cute sleeves. Good luck with the completion. Always a stressful time. You’ll deserve that holiday in Funchal x

  7. Jennifer says:

    Such a pretty outfit!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

  8. Love the style of this top, especially the sleeve detail, looks great quality too, very flattering. Hope the sale goes smoothly, then a lovely holiday at the finish line.
    Alison x
    https://midlifeandbeyond.co.uk/

  9. Di says:

    Great look Emma! Love this soft color palette on you and the puffed sleeve top is amazing. Equally amazing are your accessories and eyewear! We recently went through the same process with my mother and stepfather’s house-it was a huge job. Your vacation is well deserved! Hope you have a calmer week coming up, and thanks for sharing and the link up.

  10. Jacqui Berry says:

    That’s a fab little top Emma, I’d love that. Thanks for hosting the linkup. Jacqui xx

  11. Laura says:

    I love the pretty watercolor print of those pants! Gorgeous outfit!

  12. Jill says:

    This is such a pretty look! I love your pants! Good luck with the house sale and wrapping everything up!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  13. Thank you for the feature! I really love this soft color palette and the textured sleeves. It is always great to find things at a deal. I have been shopping mostly Ebay and Posh lately. I really love this head to toe, the blue is so calming! Have a wonderful time on your trip. My hubby and I have been looking up airfare and realize London is a straight shot and a hub. We will next year fly to London and then go from there!
    Have a great day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  14. Ashley says:

    The sleeves on this top are just TOO fun! Loving the color palette, too!

    -Ashley
    https://lestylorouge.com/

  15. Jacqui Berry says:

    What a pretty top and it looks brilliant with your trousers Emma. Thanks for hosting Jacqui xx

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