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I'm really sorry about being such a bad bad blogger at the moment. It has been an unusual year work-wise. I mean when do you remember me traveling as much as I have recently. Now on top of that, it is our annual vacation so this coming week or so wifi enabled Anna will be missing once more. Sorry about not visiting many of your blogs and answering comments. It's just been crazy. I am surprised I have managed to get these linkups up all the time.
Anyway, this week I have been wifi enabled and I did take a few outfit pics. Before we get to that what do you think of the Holly Willoughby M&S edit? I found it very black and white, literally. I ordered the aff link shirt dress and it arrived today, white and black. I had thought it was ivory and green from the pictures. Anyway, that will now be returned. It's also quite thin so I feel will be see-through. I think my favourite item from the edit was these aff link boots but I have so many boots I could not justify to myself these gems.
Then there is the Nordy anniversay sale. Again I thought it was disappointing. There was a lot of Caslon and BP and not much of other brands I thought and what there was was not remarkable. Did you look at the sale? What did you think? I did order the one thing I felt worthwhile, the aff link cacoon cozylite cardigan from Barefoot Dreams as we can't get this in the UK and the discount made it worthwhile. This is all so ironic when I was in Nordstrom a few weeks ago and saw the majority of the floor given over to the sale.
Wearing A maxi dress that I bought this year from QVC. This is Kim&Co and comes in 2 lengths. Brazil knit low hi hem maxi not aff link. I do like Kim's clothes. I think she makes clothes for her body shape which is similar to mine. I have this dress also in the Black multi . I had ordered these 2 prints with the intention of returning one but the shape, fit and colour of both plus the price led me to keep them both. I know I will wear them a lot in the UK. I find this jersey too heavy for packing though.
For work I have work last year M&S wide leg trousers and a giraffe print top.
My single faithful pleated skirt, with a white Tee and denim over shirt. I added a suede belt as the middle needed another element. White trainers too.
A dainty necklace finished it off.
Have a good week and time to link if you have a blog.
My second Stitch Fix has arrived at great excitement in this Mutton household.
I purposefully do not look at the card that is enclosed as I do not want to have a heads up on the contents. Instead I one by one pull out the items from the trademark wrapping, you know, the Stitch Fix tortilla.
This time I received 3 items that I kept and 2 returned.
Firstly a pair of white capri trousers from Oasis. On me these aff link jeans are ankle grazers, and that suits me fine. Ankle grazers are hard to find for my 5ft 1-inch height. I can only find black and navy available online from stores so there seems to be some benefit to having these delivered by Stitch Fix.
The second item that I kept was a leopard print wrap dress by Soaked in Luxury. I am so impressed that the algorithm is able to find me dresses that fit perfectly.
I adored this striped Breton as it was my colour and fit and I find a top this style is one that I tend to get a lot of use out of. I kept it.
I returned this aff link Iris top below as it was too tight around the tummy area. I have a midlife tummy afterall and I felt that this top was just a bit too young. However I adored the colour and pattern. In fact between you and me I may get it if i see it in store in one size bigger and in a sale.
Also returned was a dress from Closet that again fitted me but required help to do up as the zip came to just that awkward spot between my shoulders. I think clothes that require assistance are not at all practical. It was a bodycon shape which my husband was all for me keeping and darn the assistance (he would provide) with the zip. I have to say it did look good on me but being ponte I also found it very hot and even in the winter it would be a problem in a heated environment.
For a petite and someone who doesn't like shopping (yes, believe it or not I don't like shopping) Stitch Fix is perfect. To be honest I could easily have kept all items as I was being perhaps overly fussy about the yellow top and this bodycon dress. I suppose you just have to say no to some things otherwise shopping 5 items in one hit is a shock to the my purse.
What do you think? Did my stylist, Heather, do well? I think so. She stuck to warm colours for me on top as I had requested and the sizings were almost perfect. She can't help that I may have a menopausal heatwave in the bodycon dress even in the winter!
If you wish to try it in the UK do use my link as it will give you £15 off your first box. Not to be sneezed at. I also get £15 and also not to be sneezed at:)
Well, lots of pictures today. Yes, normal service resumes. I have just returned from Washington DC so I have plenty of photographic stock.
I flew out with a friend from another company, actually one that I went to Germany with a few weeks ago. Just as I was wandering around Heathrow thinking how lonely I was alone and that last time I travelled I had the band of fellas with me I bumped into one of them! Yes, just like that, and on the same flight. Suddenly I was not so lonely.
Monday saw me heading to the conference centre. As I was walking my mobile phone took on a life of its own and turned into a siren. There was a flood warning alert. I looked at the rainless sky and thought well that is a bit over cautious and continued my trot to the conference. During the morning my phone continued to siren, and so did every other in the room. I kind of thought this must be normal for Washington but then a chap at my table, from Washington, said he'd never heard this before. OK, so something was going on. We were in a windowless room. He looked up local news feeds. This is what we found.
In a windowless room we were oblivious to the havoc outside. By the evening when we went out to dinner our area in Dupont Circle was totally dry.
..so too was it when I walked back to my hotel.
On the day I flew out I hopped over to the memorials for a quick photo opp.
Now, let's talk about clothes. I was unsure what to pack and wear and in chatting to other attendees whether from Britain or elsewhere in America, I discovered we all had the same dilemma. Consequently, one lady from LA was in trousers, jacket and shoes whilst those of us from the UK were in summer dresses, skirts and jackets, and sandals.
One lady from Washington wore a combination that I have never seen before. A totally monochromatic green outfit. Her jacket, trousers, blouse and beads were an identical colour. Her shoes were mixed up with yellow and blue and as one colleague said, her outfit made you notice her shoes, for having other colours in. Anyway, we all agreed that we had never seen an outfit like that before, whichever country we came from. And, yes, we were discussing it in the evening as it was so remarkable.
I was presenting whilst at the conference. With my bad back, I chose to wear flat sandals. Well, apparently I looked 'cute' or 'sweet', as they could only see my eyes above the podium. How to be taken seriously, huh!!
I also found that some tees were reduced by half price and bought one that I cannot find online.
In duty free I talked to a lady at the Clarins counter. One of my fav lippies is aff link Guava but I find that it disappears quickly on me. The assistant told me that that is because I am a 'lipstick eater'!! Apparently constantly clamping my lips and eating and drinking. She also said she was the same. So I asked whether there was a similar colour but not so sheer so it would last longer. aff link Soft Berry in the velvet range or aff link Guava in the velvet range rather than my existing in the Brilliant range of Guava. Now I know. Look for the Velvet rather than Brilliant range.
In Sephora I found many products the same as in our stores but I did buy myself Stoned Rose lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury. I had seen her use this on her mum in a video, and yes I know that I can get it in the UK, but I was having trouble finding a store in the UK or a counter so as I was there I bought it. It was hardly going to add KGs to my luggage, afterall.
On the plane I discovered a TV show called Better Things and yes, I found it at home on Sky. I think BBC.
My work outfits were skirts and easy pack tops and jackets.
One evening I had a reception at the Smithsonian national gallery and chose to wear a dress. Still in flats as my heels made my back hurt.
On my last day I wore a dress that I got in my Lookeiro box. Very easy and cool. It was great for travelling in with leggings and a cardi added too.
Good morning, I'm currently suffering a bad back. Last Wednesday I had one of those twang moments. You know the sort, the back ceases up and you wish you could go back 5 minutes and not do what you just did. In my case pick up an eyeliner. Yes, those eyeliners can be pesky dangerous things! Actually, mine was a new one in a box of my standby products and it turned out the box was too heavy to lift with one hand. What was I thinking! Clearly, I wasn't. The irony is that I was at home rather than at the office only because I had a physio appointment for my chronic bad back. Urgh!
Anyway, the result is little in the way of outfit pics and much to say about TV, as I spent many minutes sitting on an upright chair in the lounge, again. However, I did go out on Saturday to join Jacynth at the Bias Cut talk on ageism in fashion. It was lovely catching up with Emma again, who was on the panel along with Sophie and
Enjoying Storm Front, about a Private investigator wizard in current day America.
I have discovered London Kills. If you liked No Offence or Line of Duty then I would imagine this is for you. It's for me.
The Marks and Spencer summer beauty box. A bit disappointing in my opinion this year and I was surprised there was no LD nail varnish this time. I had lunch with my lovely friend Is this Mutton on Saturday. She had seen my video, below and noted my disappointment, so surprised me with a gift of an LD varnie. I'm sorted now, thanks to Gail:)
To spend £40 in the store was easy for me. I always buy Ultrasun and yes it is pricey but does soon amount to £40 (because its pricey, but I trust Ultrasun) so job done. I've bought what I would anyway buy and in that manner could get the box for £15.
My thoughts, I think the box is worth £15 but would not spend the £110 value M&S suggests it is. I feel that the box was scrabbled together at the last minute as it was later than last year too.
Watch my 1-minute video and tell me what you think. If you press subscribe whilst you are watching you will keep up to date with my relevant videos as they come out.
Marks and Spencer Beauty Box 2019 | Muttonstyle - YouTube
I have just one outfit to show you, so I will keep showing you:) This was taken once I started to feel mobile again. I am wearing a Tshirt that I bought at the Cavern Club in Liverpool,big gold loop earrings, the Miatui Zoe bag and my Merrys sunglasses.
Plus my pleated navy skirt. Pleats are still big you know. Its been a few years now hasn't it.
Welcome to the monthly edition of Match made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a color, a movie. And then we style an outfit based on that theme. The theme of this month is chosen by Bettye and the topic is Mid Summer's Eve.
What does midsummer mean to you? We used to have a party a few years in a row whereby we asked guests to bring a decorated house brick and we made a mini Stonehenge in the garden as part of the party. This was when the children were young. It was a fun thing to do. There was a miscommunication issue between hubs and I the last time we ran this party. I asked people to decorate a brick suitable for Stonehenge, hubs asked people to just decorate their bricks. Hence we even had one dressed in tartan!
Well, this midsummer weekend we went to a party instead. We didn't take a brick. They'd have thought we were weird.
It was warm and the rain had cleared up so it was an opportunity to wear a summer blouse with white jeans. Sorry, no floaty dresses and daisies around the head here. Not the way the weather has been in the UK.
I did have sunnies decorated in flowers though. A more wearable way of adorning the head for summer solstice.
I've had this blouse for a few years and never worn it. I even had to tear off the label. Do you have unworn clothes in your wardrobe?
I thought the light pallet of white jeans and this top was an appropriate wearable outfit for a midsummer get together. I wanted to take the pic against greenery. There's something solsticy about greenery isn't there.
Now lets see what my fellow bloggers have decided to wear for mid summer celebrations.
Just a quick reminder that there are discount links and codes under the wearing section to brands that I enjoy.
I am freshly, almost, returned from a work trip to Germany. I was speaking at a conference but after that was over there was time to relax in the evenings. Luckily I traveled with a group of people from other companies that I know very well. I first wrote about them here. Well, you can imagine after reading that that we had fun on our downtime.
One advantage of traveling with others is the ability to have airport loo breaks and be able to leave luggage.
I am on luggage watch here. Spot my case :)
The fellas headed for the bar immediately once we were through security. I headed for duty-free. We each have our priorities:). I found a Kate Spade purse reduced to £30. Flush with success I joined the bar group for a glass of wine.
In the evenings we found a couple of beer gardens. There isn't a theme here, honestly. A beer garden is a must do in Germany. I had sausage and potato salad to eat on the first evening.
I had an inkling to see the River Rhine so we got a map and headed out to find it. As we passed ponds and lakes my associates pointed out 'there's the Rhine, Anna.' It became a running joke. Even the pond in the hotel grounds was declared the 'Rhine', after we gave up the walk.
The next evening we ordered 3 taxis and 12 of us went to a beer garden on the Rhine. I found it finally. And it was worth it. The Rhine is wide, fast and busy. The long boats were, well, long. Very long. We decided that it was because the river is wide enough for the turning space required. Cargo is still regularly transported along the river and with the speed of the flow I can see why.
The M&S beauty box is out, here is the aff link. I bought 2 bottles of suncream to make up my forty pounds required. This is the only suncream that I trust when I am on vacation abroad. It has never failed me at factor 50. As I buy this anyway then it makes sense to make it my contribution to the £40 spend requirement for the box at £15.
The river Rhine. Apart from that, on TV I am gripped by Killing Eve series 2.
Photos will be posted this evening as I am keen to get the link up up.
For a change, and lucky for you, there are no work outfits on my blog this time. In fact no outfits at all. I suppose I have just had fun and not really concentrated on the 'oh, I must take a pic before I go out the door,' thing. I give you instead what I have done this week.
Firstly, met my new grand puppy. She is an Alaskan Malamute Alsatian cross. Believe me, training is starting immediately, so my daughter tells me. Good. Gorgeous now but could be a handful later.
Yes, real life stupid face, from me. Karma the puppy is currently adorable.
My search for the perfect Cosmopolitan continues in the UK. I had a lot of comments on this jacket. It is actually thrifted from a few years ago.
This still isn't it. This was taken at the 5th Floor, a bar at the top of a bookshop off Picadilly.
We were there to go out with my Youtube friends, the awesome ones, Heather and Bill from Awesome over 50 from Toronto. On instagram many have said we look like sisters, and I can see it now. We got along like a house on fire, English expression.
Bill and John had a great time too. Such a shame that they live across the Atlantic from us.
Yesterday John and I headed over to Hastings. We had a trip to see my mother who was admitted to hospital for a minor infection. At least this time she is not too bad and very with it as we caught the infection early. Do you know, I talked of relevance in a blog and my mother is a good example. Last time she was in hospital her infection was affecting her mentally and nurses insisted on a dementia test. She passed with 10 our of 10 and since being out of hospital is out shopping at the supermarket and sorting through my dad's old papers, from when he was alive and being a demon with the shredder. Yesterday we saw her talking logically to the nursing staff and no one so far has suggested a dementia test. Did they last time just because she was 84. It does make you wonder.
We stopped off on the way home for a lunch at the White Hart just outside Battle. I just adore the views across to Eastbourne from here.
Buying I found this vest at a country fair and grinned as I loved it. It was not available in my size. I quickly lost my grin. However I did find it on line and it now sits in my wardrobe in my size.
Well Sky Q is installed and I am digging into series 2 of Killing Eve. I've downloaded series 2 of Big Little Lies. We watched a film called First Light which was quite good. Oh, and hubs has reminded me, and how could I have forgotten as it has Rob Lowe in, Wild Bill. Rob Lowe plays a cop over here, in Yorkshire, incongruous I know but it's meant to be.
Is Q worth it. Well as you know we had to replace our box but yes it is. We have a TV in the bedroom that now has the same planner as the main one in the lounge. The space taken up by the secondary boxes is much smaller and our deal was cheaper per month by £10.
Now it is time for you to watch as I unveil my first Stitchfix box. I didn't take photos so hopefully you can enjoy the video instead. Do remember that if you are in the UK you can get £15 off your first box with this link Stitchfix UK.
Stitchfix UK | Stitchfix UK Review | Try on | Muttonstyle - YouTube
Well, yesterday was a landmark for me. I was recognised! Yes, me! A lady and her husband were looking at me at a country fair then the husband nudged the wife. She said to me 'its you isn't it!' Ok, so how do you answer that. She went on to say 'you're the youtuber aren't you?' I nodded. She then said that she was at the country fair, or festival in the USA, due to my videos!!! Goodness. I was so pleased my family were there to witness such celebrity I can tell you :)
I have also previously been told that a US follower to my Youtube is actually coming to the UK for a holiday due to my channel. I am so pleased I am doing my bit for British tourism.
The video that encouraged the family talking to me to go the fair is below. Yes, something rather different from style but I think it is a fun video.
Vlog | South of England Spring Live | Muttonstyle - YouTube
Do subscribe to me over on Youtube. I can tell you that coming up is my Tretinoin experience, my UK Stitchfix box, some lookbooks, my husband's slimming world stories and more, so much more.
Now that I have my stardom out of the way let's get on with today's blog.
This week I had another amazing one-off experience. I was at the opening of the London Stock Market one day this week. It was phenomenal. I hope you caught the countdown to London market open that I posted on IG. It was a truly once in a lifetime experience, followed by a champagne breakfast. Of course:)
Now, on to the mundane.
We are watching our Sky planner as it stopped recording this week. We are now getting Sky Q installed this coming week. The monthly charge will be less than the current subscription and the cost of installation is £10 less than repair of the existing Sky plus box. So, that was a no brainer wasn't it. This means that we wll lose what we have recorded when the box is swapped over so we are binge watching Sky to ensure that we do not lose the programmes that we want to see the most.
I have started reading the Andy Carpenter series of books.
Wearing For my stock market adventure I wore a shirt covered in artichokes, of course.
On a work day that I had the wherewithall to take a picture I wore short sleeved grey and black.
On Saturday we were guests of a show and needed to dress in, not jeans. I wore a navy, red and white jacket with navy trousers and top.
Meanwhile my oldest daughter dressed looking like royalty with her friend. I so thought this fluke picture that I took of them looked like young royals, right down to her wave:)
Which brings us to today in which I was in jeans accessorised with umbrella as rain was promised threatened.