What to Wear for a Spring Wedding: Fifty Plus Style

Last weekend we were at the fabulous Cheshire wedding of my God daughter Gemma and her new husband Craig.  The setting was the sumptuous Rowton Hall and we partied all day and stayed overnight to enjoy the fab hotel.

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So, what to wear for a wedding?  I went for one of my ‘go to’ labels for dressing up, Phase Eight.  I have a few Phase Eight pieces in my wardrobe, but, confession time, this one came from a charity shop for a tenner.  The cream linen jacket is from M&S and the shoes are Gina, also from a charity shop.  I love the grey clutch which I bought in Century 21 when in New York last year.  I’m a bit shy of hats, so instead, had an ‘up do’ with this fab comb from Boots.

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The mother of the bride. Linda, my best friend, is looking amazing here in a John Charles designer outfit, from Imagination, a boutique in Tarvin, Chester.  Linda’s outfit is beautifully matched with daughter Louise in a peachy bridesmaid dress, from Debut at Debenhams.

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Now, I guess you want to see the bride?  Gemma looked radiant and swished her way through the day in this beautiful dress from the Ivory Lounge in Chester.

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This is a sneaky peek at our bedroom in the hotel.  Lovely squashy bed and Aromatherapy Associates products in the bathroom.  Heaven!

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Who doesn’t love a wedding?

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#wearitbeatit for The British Heart Foundation Friday 6 February

Please support the BHF on 6 February with their Wear It Beat It campaign for heart research.

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http://www.bhf.org.uk

In 2011 I experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. This explanation is taken from the US SCAD website:

SCAD is a rare, sometimes fatal, traumatic condition with approximately eighty percent of cases affecting women. The coronary artery can suddenly develop a tear, causing blood to flow between the layers which forces them apart, potentially causing a blockage of blood flow through the artery and a resulting heart attack. The condition may be related to female hormone levels, as it is often seen in post-partum women, or in women during or very near menstruation, but not always. It is not uncommon for SCAD to occur in people in good physical shape and with no known prior history of heart related illness.  It is also not uncommon for SCAD to occur in people in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, as well as older

The BHF is helping to fund some research with the University of Leicester into why SCAD happens and I’m hoping to be part of the study.

You can read more about it here:

http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/current-research/bru/our-research/research-themes/genetics-and-biomarkers/scad

Heart attack in women is not always recognised as we often present with different symptoms to the expected norm e.g. I had almost no pain, but I knew something was seriously wrong.   The more research that is done into SCAD, the more we can understand it and help the medical profession to recognise the symptoms.