Polka Dots: Fifty Plus Style

I treated myself to this spotty frock from Miss Sugar while I was at the RHS Tatton show a week ago.  They had them in numerous colours, but I think green was a good choice for me.


It’s one size and linen, so is cool and comfortable for holidays, packs easily and can be dressed up or down.  In this first pic I’ve accessorised it with a silver clutch which I bought in Mallorca and cream leather wedges.

The second outing was my birthday dinner so I smartened it up with a linen jacket from M&S.  The pearls are from the Bridport antiques fair and the little jade stick pin came from Hong Kong.

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Monochrome: Fifty Plus Style

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Last night was a themed party: Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.  I decided there really was no point in me dressing as I did in my teens, which was boho hippie late seventies style, simply because that’s pretty much normal everyday clothing for me.  Instead I went for a nod to a fifties look, with this black and white dress from M&S.   I added the oversized pearls and ballerina pumps to complete the outfit.  It was a fun night!

Gingham Shirt Dress: Fifty Plus Style

This is one of my charity shop buys: a gingham Wrangler shirt dress which I picked up for a couple of quid.  I have a really compulsive charity shop habit and can’t pass one – I have to go in! I look for quality items then after a few wears, I re-donate for someone else to have a bit of fun with them.  It gives my wardrobe a bit of a boost without costing me a fortune.



The photo is taken in Ness Gardens on the Wirral which we visited last week.  Isn’t the planting just fabulous!

Getting Wet? No Thanks

At almost 55 and after years of beach holidays I’ve finally stopped beating myself up about not liking getting wet!


Now don’t get me wrong.  Some types of getting wet are just fine: a hot shower to reinvigorate, an oily bath to soothe at the end of a long day, a relaxing swim in a very warm pool at a spa. All good.  But plunging into a freezing swimming pool or wading out to sea with the water getting progressively colder; I just don’t like it anymore.  And I think that’s fine.  I can make the choice and sit happily at the edge of the action, watching my friends laughing and having fun in a way that they can and I just can’t.  I have no fear of missing out.  I know what it feels like (cold and wet) and I know what sitting in the shade under a tree feels like (warm and dry).

Of course, there is another great benefit here.  The ‘bikini body’ can stay nicely covered up in an on trend kaftan.  In fact, my only criteria for a nice bikini these days is that the bits that show (the straps) are pretty and that the fit is good.  Whether you can see my wobbly bits is largely irrelevant as the only person who gets an eyeful is my husband, who doesn’t seem to mind!

I quite like this getting old thing.  Makes holiday wardrobe choices so much easier!

Summer Crafting: Pom Poms!

Remember when I said before my holiday that I was having a bit of a pom pom obsession?  Well this basket is the result.


I really wanted one of those embellished bags that you see everywhere in the Balearics, but they cost upwards of £30 and I didn’t have the cash to spare.  Also, pom poms are everywhere on the high street, but even a simple kaftan was coming in with a hefty pricetag.  Didn’t stop me wanting one though!

Not one to miss out on a trend, and of course inspired by Sewing Bee, I took matters into my own hands and bought these strips of pom pom edging in a haberdashery shop in the UK and stashed them in my luggage along with a needle and thread.


On the first day of our holiday I hopped across to Eroski supermarket and bought a straw basket for under 10 euros.  I spent the first afternoon of the holiday by the pool, glass of Rosado in hand, sewing pom poms onto my bag.  I expect people thought I was mad.

Anyway, a couple of days in, we found ourselves in an artisan shop in Alcudia old town.  It was full of handmade wooden dangly things with sea glass beads attached.  Not sure what you were meant to do with them, but I bought one and it was just the ticket for embellishing my bag.

Total cost about £15 and seems sturdy enough to last me all summer (or until I get bored with pom poms and am lusting after something equally as daft!).

PS I bought the butterfly wrap at the side of the road in Costa Rica a few years back. I just love the colours and take it instead of a towel for sitting on the beach.

Christine x


Why This Outfit Is A Fashion Fail


I thought I’d give a jumpsuit a try on holiday.  It didn’t work and has been immediately consigned to the charity shop.  Firstly it’s a boring look, I probably needed a stack of bracelets to lift it.  Next, it is too high at the neck and does nothing for my boobs.  Instead, it shows my arms which are not my best feature.  Thirdly, it was a pain in the neck to wear as it all has to come off to go to the loo.  This is a Wallis jumpsuit which I only paid £4 in a charity shop, so as experiments go, it wasn’t the greatest disaster, but I’ll know for next time!

The Demise Of White Linen Pants:Fifty Plus Style

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I’m quite sad that white linen pants are no longer ‘of the moment’ because I used to rely on them so heavily for sightseeing holidays.  Cool and comfortable, they went with everything and I think that’s the thing that contributed to their demise.  Everyone wore them and we got sick of them.

I no longer own these pants, instead I wear white or blue jeans, or khaki harems, but none of them quite hit the mark for something like this day in Bilbao.  Jeans: too hot, khaki, too casual. Do you see what I mean?

Now I could rock a frock, but when you go on holiday with my husband, you have to be prepared to walk miles and miles, so a dress doesn’t always work. And before you suggest shorts, go and wash your mouth out with soap! Shorts will never be a part of a short, slightly overweight, freckly, pale skinned girl’s wardrobe.  Got it?

So, if I do perchance see a pair of white linen wide legged pants (no elasticated waist or drawstrings please) then I will be snapping them up for my summer holidays.  I’d like them to be petite length, reasonably thick cotton and good quality (no-one needs to see my knickers).  Anyone out there stocking them?