Hippie Chic In Mallorca: Fifty Plus Style

Once a year, I indulge my love of boho fashion with two weeks in beautiful Mallorca.  It’s time to kick off the shoes, read a few books and wear stuff that doesn’t see the light of day in the UK.


I just love these harem pants which I bought in Lanzarote and they are so comfy and cool for the beach.  DSCF1872

I’m a cover up girl – all factor 50 and fake tan, so you won’t catch me in any bikini shots any time soon!


I have a few favourites from East, including this navy batik sundress which is great over your cossie.


I also love this silk skirt, also from East, which is years old (and don’t tell anyone, has a tear in it) but I can’t bear to part with it.


This year, we travelled with friends, so I’ll be sharing some of my friend Linda’s fashion style on the blog soon!


Ageing: A Love Hate Relationship

I look at my skin these days and think: I hate ageing.  I have wrinkles, age spots and wobbly bits that weren’t there before.  Other times, I think: I love ageing.  It’s a privilege denied to my sister who died this year at 51.  I very nearly carked it myself aged 49, so I’m grateful to be here.  I hate that I can’t run any more, but I love that I can walk for miles.  I hate that I have to take medication, but I love that I feel really healthy. I hate having to watch my weight, but love that I have a healthy appetite and enjoy eating really good food. I hate that I look ridiculous in skinny jeans, but I love that the seventies boho vibe is back.  I hate that I’m the worst dancer in my zumba class, but I love that I can do an hour’s aerobic exercise.

Oh well, grumble over.  Bring on the next twenty years!DSCF1685

Fifty Plus Style: Torremolinos

A few of the outfits and accessories I wore in Torremolinos last week:

Beach Shoes: Primark


These are fab and fun, if a little unstable!  Loved them for walking on the sand, but wouldn’t like to walk any distance in them.  They’ll be trashed by the end of the summer, but for now, they are a bit of flowerpower!

White Shift: Sainsbury’s


I bought this broderie anglais shift last season and it works well for sightseeing.  Cool but not too revealing and can be easily paired with a cardi.  The bag is from a charity shop.

Maxi: Phase Eight & Wrap: East


I love a maxi, but I don’t think they love me back.  I’ve paired it with a pink cotton wrap from East and the effect I think makes me look chubbier than I am.  It looks better without the wrap as the halter top balances my hourglass shape.  The gold platforms are from Marisota.  They are way too high and a pain to pack, but at 5ft 2 I need the height to get away with a maxi.

Amber Accessories


The silver earrings are real amber which I’ve owned for 20 odd years, the rest is junk.  Hairband: Primark; chunky necklace Torremolinos; strand necklace M&S; ring charity shop.

Silver Sandals: Office


These are my best buy this season.  Comfortable and go with everything plus I walked four miles or so in them one day.  When they wear out I’ll be getting another pair.

Maxi: M&S & Denim Jacket: Gap


I think I’m over this look now.  Not going to buy any more maxis.  Have to think of something else to wear with the jacket. As you can see it was a pretty windy evening, so the dress is not falling properly.

Khaki Trousers: Dorothy Perkins


I really like these for walking.  Light and comfortable and quite silky.  I was a bit cautious about the elasticated ankles as I’m so short.  Still thinking I may cut off the elastic and hem them. You could wear these for evening with heels.

Turquoise Jewellery


The short necklace is by Claudia Bradby.  The rest is junk bought in Spain.

I hope you enjoyed my holiday wardrobe.  What do you take on a Spring break?

Late Lunch? The New ‘Going Out’ Fifty Plus Style

Now, I don’t know about you, but now I’m into my fifties, late nights and drinking wine have lost their appeal somewhat.  However, I still like an occasion to dress up and have a good laugh with my friends. So let me introduce …..drumroll…. the late lunch.


I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier really, but for the last couple of years instead of going out early evening then waiting in a taxi queue in the freezing cold to get home late at night, we just go out in the afternoon!  The benefits are obvious.

  • You can wear something nice and not worry about dropping temperature.
  • Sometimes the sun actually shines and you can sit outside and people watch with a glass of rose in hand.
  • Mostly no need to book a restaurant as they are less busy in the day.
  • No VERY LOUD music.  Hearing’s not as good as it was so you don’t miss half of what’s going on
  • Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can combine lunch with a spot of shopping!
  • You can put your PJs on and watch TV when you get home.
  • Lunch menus often have some really good deals.
  • Younger family members will come along (if you want them to) as it doesn’t impact on their social life.
  • No going to bed on a full tummy!

What’s not to love?


Fifty Plus Style: A Spring Walk in Chester

DSCF1685It was a beautiful, cool, sunny day today so we wrapped up warm and walked into Chester, through the park and along the Groves.

I’m wearing a jacket from last year’s M&S spring collection (I think I paid £25 for it in the sale).  I’ve kept the rest of my outfit plain to let the jacket do the talking. The black merino wool sweater is also from M&S (no recollection of how much this cost but I bought it last summer), and the black cotton skinnies were from Tesco and only £8 in the sale.   They are one of my best buys as they wash really well and stay black.  I wish I could find some more!


My shoes are from Next and cost £25 in this year’s January sale.  The bag (picture one) is Jasper Conran, I assume from Debenhams, which I bought in a charity shop for £4 last week.  The scarf was knitted by my own fair hand!



I’ve accessorised with a long silver chain, a gift from my friend Linda, and a black Murano glass ring which I bought in Venice.  The sparkly little starfish earrings came from a boutique on one of the P&O ships.

Oh, the other accessory, the rather lovely meringue, is from Zuger’s café in John Street where we had afternoon tea!