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8th February 2016  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash and Monday Musings

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This week it is my privilege to be hosting Fashion Flash. Fashion Flash is a weekly gathering of blog posts about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, fitness, make-up, travel and more for women over 40.

 

 

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Join me for this weeks posts written to help us look and feel great at any age.

 

Ink of Glamourgrannytravels loves Spanish food and Barcelona. Next week she will happily return to a splendid restaurant there.

 

In recognition of Black History Month, Deb of No-Nonsense Blog profiles the beauty innovations of the first African American women millionaire, Mme C.J. Walker.

 

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Host, thinks we should look and feel chic, cool and confident every time we step out the door . . . especially if we’re traveling for business! Here are a few fab tips to look amazing, no matter where your travels take you. Cheers!

 

Beauty Info Zone wants to look our best on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. Give yourself a 10 minute break with Repechage Eye Rescue Pads and you’ll be smiling brighter.

 

How does a woman from a small poor farming village in Japan, who married and led a traditional life there ultimately find herself on a stage at UC Berkeley presenting her craft of kimono weaving and design? Perseverance, that’s how Fukuko Katsuura leapt to her second life.

 

Chasing winter with the help of suede accessories. Style at a Certain Age.

 

Society Wellness shares a unique soup recipe: Smoked Garlic Soup.

 

Getting your regular dose of cardio exercise can help improve your mood. Mirabai Holland Certified Exercise Physiologist & Health Coach from www.mirabaiholland.com gives you some pointers.

 

PS. AN ADDED BONUS THIS WEEK. You can sign up to Sylvia of 40plusstyle’s webinar on how to use accessories with confidence. It is a free introduction to her course Accessorize me confident and beautiful. Even if you don’t sign up for the course this webinar is packed full of useful tips.

 

 

 

 

 

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6th February 2016  |  Jackets, leather, Shop your closet

Re-styling my black biker jacket

Close up of black leather jacket

 

 

My favourite black leather biker jacket with its gorgeous red lining is definitely the oldest garment in my wardrobe. It is by AgnesB and dates back to 1985. If you have been a regular follower of my blog for some time you will no doubt have seen it before.

Back in 1985 I had too small children and a virtually non existent clothes budget.  I remember saving up for a whole year to buy this jacket. I had seen in the Agnes B shop in Les Halles, where I used to stay with my daughter who was having medical treatment in Paris. I finally saved up enough money to buy it and have loved it ever since.

I had it altered about 10 years ago as the shoulders were 80s Dallas style. It is not easy to get leather altered I was lucky to find a seamstress who did an excellent job.

 

 

Black jacket by garage door

 

I have styled it here with my Winserlondon midi skirt (now unfortunately sold out), similar by Coast,  a plain black polo neck and black boots. The pink leather gloves add a touch of colour.

 

 

Black biker jacket plus grey stripe sweater

 

 

 

 

biker jacket with white T shirt

White T shirt from the Whitecompany.

 

 

Black biker jacket back view

I feel that the red beret gives the look a french flair.

 

 

Black leather biker jacket with red scarf

Jacket worn last year with chunky cream sweater.

 

Black leather biker jacket with cream sweater

 

 

 

Black biker jacket in Brecon Beacons

Wearing my leather jacket in the Brecon Beacons last summer.

 

 

If you are thinking of buying a leather jacket The Outnet have a good selection by Muubaa. Whistles also offer some very good quality biker jackets (my daughter has one).

 

 

 

 

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3rd February 2016  |  Accessories, Coats, Shop your closet

Shop your closet – red shawl collar wrap coat

Red shawl coat close-up

 

 

 

I bought this rich red Nicole Farhi shawl collar coat about six years ago. It was at the time when Nicole was leaving the company she had founded to start a new career as a sculptor. You can read her story in The Telegraph.   Much of the stock was being sold off at very reduced prices and I discovered this amazing coat in TKMaxx. I was walking past the shop and I could tell even from outside on the pavement that this was a stunning coat.

 

The brand Nicole Farhi still produces beautiful coats.  I tracked a selection available on their website here (quite a few reduced in the sale).

 

 

 

Red shawl collar wrap coat

 

 

 

I am wearing it with a black polo neck sweater, a pair of slim black trousers and knee length boots.

The black brooch adds a decorative touch and also serves to keep the coat closed. I often use this trick with wrap coats. I sometimes pin the brooch higher up and let the coat hang open.

 

 

 

Red shawl collar coat plus brooch

 

 

 

Accessories for red shawl coat

On the left is a soft gold cuff that I found in the market in St. Tropez.

 

 

Accessories are incredibly important items in our wardrobes. They are the heroes that transform the ordinary into the spectacular. They help to lift a classic piece we may have had for many years. Strategically placed they can help to draw attention to areas of our body that we choose to emphasis.

On that note Sylvie of 40plusstyle will shortly be offering a course Accessorize me confident & beautiful! where she will be teaching you how to artfully accessories an outfit according to silhouette and proportion.  The course is due to start in two weeks time, in the meantime there are free videos and webinars to watch just click here.

 

 

SIMILAR CUFFS

 

 

Brooches are underestimated pieces of jewelery in my opinion. They can add originality and flair to an otherwise simple outfit. You may have some unloved brooches tucked away in your drawers and cupboards or you might like to take a look at a good selection at Nordstrom and John Lewis.

 

 

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1st February 2016  |  Fashion Flash Monday, make-up

Monday Musings and Fashion Flash

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This is my latest favourite mascara. I found it at SpaceNK in St. Tropez when I was last out there. I picked up a small sample which was useful for travelling and our overnight stay on the way back.

It turned out to be a little gem and I shall be buying another tube when my current one is finished. An added bonus is that it is not that expensive.

Eyeko black magic mascara available at SpaceNK (UK) and Nordstrom.

 

 

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Now for more invaluable information on all matters connected with beauty as this weeks Fashion Flash host is Cindy of PrimeBeauty, a beauty resource for women 40+ and in their prime. Join her and the other Fashionflashers for this weeks round up of the latest tips on how to continue to look and feel fantastic after 40.

 

 

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