LIFE | dear john …

I shouldn’t have but … oh oh I only bloody did… I’ve just lost an hour scrolling through a Tattle forum . It’s like Mumsnet but waaayyyyy more bitchy. My curiosity got the better of me and into the rabbit hole I fell.

OMG!!

Just a little background so you can see where I’m coming from if you are new around here . Let’s call it ‘a bloggers perspective ‘

I don’t usually feel the need to justify myself … but the forums niggled me, got me feeling like I should… which in itself is niggling me that I feel that way? Confusing yes but bare with me

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STYLE | Most Wanted with JD Williams

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I am happy to announce that this month I am working with JDWilliams on their ‘Most Wanted Campaign’.

I am sure you are already familiar with this fabulous brand [ and their very catchy, colourful TV advert ] However if you haven’t already been acquainted – JD Williams offer a fabulous selection of clothes , at great prices. Their collections are specifically aimed at ladies over 45 years of age ; ladies of every shape and size.

It’s great that a brand have acknowledged that WE do matter , that aging is fun, style is timeless and we don’t all want to get to a certain age and fall into the twin set and pearl brigade… not that there’s anything wrong with that if you do. It’s all about having a choice.

So back to the campaign. I have been asked to choose an outfit from their Most Wanted Collection and style it my way .

Can you just imagine… I was like a kid in a candy shop. There is just so much choice; a one stop fashion fix.

I eventually decided on the following outfit; as well as being stylish it is also practical for a lady who spends a lot of time outside, in all weathers, with her beloved dog, Mollie.

Single Breasted Belted Red Trench [£45.00]

I am very partial to a trench coat especially after watching the film ‘Atomic Blonde’. Charlize Theron looked absolutely stunning in everything she wore and I decided there and then that I needed more [trench coats] in my life. I guess it’s the secret agent , Bond girl vibe [ I always fancied myself as a Pussy Galore kinda girl ]… As I mentioned above it is single breasted, lightweight and looks equally as good worn fastened or open. It’s ideal to slip over dresses or as I have worn today with jeans , a plain over-sized tee and scarf.

I don’t currently have a red trench coat in my collection. Thinking about it I don’t carry much red in my wardrobe at all . So it has filled a little gap and taken me into a new territory.

Boyfriend Tee– pack of 2 black and white [£15.00 ]

I don’t think you can ever have too many white tee’s. I love the over-size and light-weight feel of this one. Perfect for layering, worn half-tucked to show off your waist / belt or left loose for a more relaxed look and feel.

One black and one white. Perfect; and at just £7.50 each, very affordable.

Shape & Sculpt Control Jean’s – [£40.00 ]

I love wearing jeans . I absolutely hate shopping for them. The few pairs I have received from JD Williams however have always fitted me beautifully.

The pair I have on in these photographs are from the Shape & Sculpt Control Denim collection. As I have entered peri-menopause I’ve found I’m subconsciously curvier without particularly eating anymore than usual. The middle age spread appears to be an actual thing!

These jeans are high waisted so your stomach is concealed; thanks to the hidden magisculpt panel your tummy is also flattened without you feeling as though you are wearing a corset and can’t breath. It also has intelligent seaming to define your bottom. I’m all for anything that makes my bum look perkier.

These are a good pair of jeans; I feel as though everything is held in place without any discomfort

Navy & White Polka Dot Kitten Heel Shoes – [£22.00]

How gorgeous and fun are these ; I do love a statement shoe and I’ve never worn dotty ones before.

I tend to shy away from high-high heels, my dodgey left foot put pay to those days. I prefer a flat , or kitten heel nowadays. The heels on these are just 2 inches.

They are perfect and I can’t tell you how comfortable they are. They come in a regular, wide and extra wide fit . I choose wide because dodgey foot requires me too … and I hate my toes to feel squashed up. Anything that feels like a slipper [ and these do ] is a goer in my books.

For a more casual look and an alternative to shoes I also choose these ankle boots. I love the look of a skinny jean and chunky boot combo.

Suede Pull On Boots [ £50.00 ]

Like I mentioned above I’m all about comfort these days. When I go anywhere I don’t want to be the one sat in the corner complaining about her feet hurting.

Or for exceptionally muddy dog walks these wellies are ideal

Hunter Original Tall Gloss Wellington Boots [£100.00 ]

Scarf [£16.00]

I love my scarves . I have a fairly big collection already ; one for every occasion.

I find adding a scarf to an outfit is one of the quickest and easiest ways to jazz it up or change it around. I choose this particular one because it combines and pulls in all the colours of the outfit. It also feels beautiful and silky.

I’ve worn it tied in a bow and also left it tied loosely around my neck… again there are so many variations you could try.

So there you have it.

I’ve really enjoyed styling this outfit using pieces from the Most Wanted Collection and I would love to know what you think as always in the comments below ?

Until next time, Tracey x

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LIFE | Menopause made easy with Health & Her

menopause /ˈmɛnəpɔːz/

– the ceasing of menstruation.

– the period in a woman’s life [typically between the ages of 45 and 50] when menstruation ceases.

Menopause … the subject we don’t speak about apparently? I disagree slightly as my friends and I have never had any problems broaching the subject. Let’s face it best friends talk about EVERYTHING … especially after a few Sherbets.

A couple of my friends have already been through the menopause [and survived ] one is mid-hot flushes. The rest of us are seemingly peri-menopausal, joking that this year on holiday we will be up all night … not due to partying … just because non of us can bloody sleep anymore!

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SHEFFIELD SCENE | Phlegm – Mausoleum of the Giants

I thought I would start April with a picture perfect, picture heavy post and a spot of culture.

Last week along with my friends Sue and Jo I attended the Mausoleum of the Giants an exhibition by Sheffield’s adopted son – street artist Phlegm. His murals of fantasy creatures are scattered throughout the city often found amongst industrail landscapes and derelict buildings … if you are from Sheffield you will no doubt have spotted a few of them.

The exhibition which is hailed as the final resting place for his characters is on for a few more days until Saturday 6th April; I urge you to go and have a ganzy if you can.

Set in Eye Witness Works an abandoned factory complex it only adds to the atmosphere. The floors are uneven, there is no heating and it’s quite dark in places.

Entrance is free and all staff are volunteers. The only down fall is you may have to queue for an hour or two.

We fell lucky and only had to wait an hour, it was glorious sunshine so we made the most of it and had ourselves a big dose of good old vitamin D and a natter. It’s always good to talk!

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LIFESTYLE | March Highlights …

March has whizzed past me like Zola Budd. With diarrhoea. On her way to the toilet.

That’s pretty bloody fast .

Please slow down 2019 we will be counting down to Christmas before we all know it !

Despite it flying by it has been a really good month for me and here’s why …

EVENTS:

Josh Wood Colour

I was invited to Josh Wood Colour in Holland Park, London at the beginning of the month to have my hair styled and coloured . You can see loads more photos and read all about it // HERE .

As well as being an amazing experience it also marked a big turning point in my personal development.

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