BETWEEN THE LINES -VANITY AND ME

Looking back over the last couple of years, I can actually say I’m quite proud of myself…

Being included in Katherines Corner Between The Lines Series this week means a lot. Katherine has set up a series of post’s each week to feature us female bloggers over 50. This week it’s my turn and I thought if your a new reader, I would tell how this blogging malarkey came about.

These are the first photo’s taken for the blog, taken on a well out of date mobile phone. I thought it was going to be so easy !

After reading a magazine article about a mature lady who had started a fashion blog, it got me thinking. I could do that !
I had never even sent an email before ! I just thought I had some spare time on my hands, and it would be good to learn. After all, I have always loved fashion, and being a hairdresser/ beauty therapist I could share my thoughts and share some tips.

 It’s time for us over fifty ladies stand out! Mature fashion is starting to make it’s mark, realising that we don’t  want to be dowdy at this age and brands seem to be thinking of us more. Take a look at the fashion show I attended last year, all the models were fifty or above Over Fifty Fashion Show

Little did I know how hard blogging was going to be, and how time consuming it actually is. But this is my baby, one that I feel I have shed sweat and tears over and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have worked hard, and rewards have been good. I have made some great friends, worked alongside brands, got my first blogger award and been to and seen some amazing things that I wouldn’t have if not for writing this blog.

So after learning much ( I know there is still so much more to learn ! ) and being given a couple of decent cameras, my photography got a little better and I have just invested in a new blog template. I don’t get as stressed as I used to putting post’s together…
I was also lucky enough to be featured in Marie Claire, Discussing fashion over fifty…

I like to write mainly about bargain finds, I don’t spend huge amounts of money on clothing, I get far more joy out of finding that gem of a bargain and writing about it. Also I like to write about beauty, and places that I visit in London.
I think Katherine’s Idea of putting all of us ladies in our 50’s  under one roof to explore is such a fabulous Idea..

So please pop over and read the answers to the questions Katherine has asked me. Also I love hearing from you too.
XO Laurie

59 Comments

  1. June 18, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Stopping over from BTL week 8 to say hello. I love your fashion sense! You make it seem so easy to pull together a stylish outfit. Taking notes!

    • June 19, 2016 / 6:50 am

      Thank you so much Lisa. Thank you for stopping by. Please make my day and subscribe, so you don't miss a post xx

  2. June 6, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Hello from a fellow Between the Lines blogger! I had to smile when you said you decided to start a blog even though you had never sent an email. I decided to start blogging even though I had never read a blog! 🙂 I love your tagline: "…FOR THE MORE MATURE WOMAN NOT READY TO HANG UP THE HIGH HEELS…" — it's perfect! Looking forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you!

    • June 7, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy. I had only read a magazine featuring a woman who had started blogging! What are we like ? Gluttons for punishment! But boy have I enjoyed a new challenge. Still so much more to learn though. Thank you for stopping over. I will be visiting yours x

  3. June 2, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Love this post. Yes, we over fifty women need to be seen in fashion too!

    • June 2, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Yes Amy ! And your doing a great job of showing them hoe too x

  4. May 31, 2016 / 6:20 am

    It's good to read your story today Laurie. Well done with the progress you've made and the accolades you're received too. Your new blog format is sleek and reflects your sleek, elegant style too.
    Best wishes, Anna x
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you Anna! That's so lovely to hear from someone I admire so much xx

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much Megan that's a lovely compliment x

  5. May 27, 2016 / 5:04 am

    Such a great idea for a series! I'm almost 50 myself, so I'm enjoying getting to meet all of you. Thanks so much for linking up with Style Perspectives this week!

  6. May 27, 2016 / 1:29 am

    It's nice meeting you, Laurie! I'll be featured in week 10 of this wonderful series and I really enjoy meeting all the wonderful bloggers of that "certain age". I've always loved to keep up with fashion, to a degree; but around the house I'm usually in my grubs because I'm painting or rearranging something or another.

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Carol. I look forward to reading your post x

  7. May 27, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Hi Laurie! I'm a fellow Between the Lines blogger but I also follow you through my co-hosting of Over the Moon link up. Aren't women of our age fabulous and I love your black with gold outfit. Have a great week! #upsydaisylinkup

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Yes! I think I can say for all of us " were on the up " ! Thanks for stopping by x

  8. May 26, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Great post, I really enjoyed reading it. I thought your hair always looks amazing! And that explains why if you are a hairdresser! It sounds like you have achieved so much in the time that you have been blogging and to be featured in Marie Claire is a huge achievement! Have a great evening. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Thank you so much Gemma, I'm not going to say it's been! I still find I struggle with so much! The hair thing though ? I have been cutting my own hair for the past, well I think it's been around six years ! xx

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Suzy,Thank you so much. That means a lot xx

  9. May 26, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Nice to read a little about you and how you got started with blogging ) It is really fun and there certainly is a lot to learn with it. It's great to share and be inspired by people around the world 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  10. May 25, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Love this post Laurie and your style. Ha, blogging is hard work and so much fun.. Keep up the great work :):)

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you Claire, a long way from your standards yet. I don't know how you do it all ! xx

  11. May 25, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    What a lovely post, thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed having you participate and I look forward to many more visits to your blog xo

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thank YOU Katherine ! I'm so pleased to take part. You must work so hard to do all this for us xx

  12. May 25, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Great Between the Lines series. You deserve the feature. So many put-together, stylish and elegant outfits here. Every single one is great but I love that whole black look. So chic!

    I am a huge fan of black too as my current outfit also testifies. Take a peek below. I think you would like it. Black for the win!!

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2016/05/spring-bohemian-bell-sleeved-laced-and.html

    I will see you at my linkup tomorrow, pretty lady! Have a great Wednesday! Ada. =))

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you Ada !Such kind words, And of course I will be linking ! xx

  13. May 25, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I agree Laurie, it is a steep learning curve and there are so many aspects to it. I'm quite a slow learner when it comes to technology but it's good to know that there are plenty of fellow bloggers out there willing to help and give support 🙂

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Emma, there's so much more to learn ! We will support each other. You are doing a fantastic job and you have the bonus of being younger! But count on me, I will always help you if I can my friend xx

  14. May 25, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Hello from a fellow week 6 Between The Lines over 50 blogger. I, too, thought that blogging would not be very difficult but it has been a huge learning experience. I love the connections I've made with other bloggers such as yourself. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Hi Rena, Glad I'm not the only one ! I will be popping over to view your post xx

  15. May 25, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Hi Laurie,
    Nice to meet another 'over 50' blogger crazy about fashion! I was once in the fashion industry for many, many years. It's still a big part of who I am and I cannot even total up the amount of money I spend on fashion every month! I look forward to reading your blog and your fashion advice.
    Roz from La Bella Vita Cucina
    Cheers!

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Hi Roz,Thank you, I will be popping over to your post's too xx

  16. May 25, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Laurie – hello from Between the Lines week 6. I love fashion blogs featuring women in our age group. Yours is beautiful and so are you! Congratulations on your hard work and success!

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you so much Cathy, and thank you for stopping by to comment xx

  17. May 24, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Laurie,
    I love your fashion sense! I too could use so much help! I'm Nancy from Nancy On The Home Front one of the fellow bloggers in the series! Certainly look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • May 26, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you Nancy, I am always willing to help! Just hola ! Thank you for your kind words xx

  18. May 24, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Very inspired by your blog Laurie! I will be popping over to read the "Between The Lines' – so interesting to read how other bloggers got started.

    Your photographs always look very professional and I really can identify with your style. x

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Aw Astrid thank you xx I look forward to reading your new blog too. If I can ever help with anything hola ! I found it so hard when I started out. Read a couple of first post's they are horrendous!! xx

  19. May 24, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Keep shining…you look marvelous. Smiles, Evelyn

  20. May 24, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Hello from Between the LInes week 5. I have read your blog a couple of times in the past and enjoyed it. I look forward to getting to know you better through this adventure. I really like know that we all have something in common.
    🙂 gwingal

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you Nikki, that's so good to hear ! Thank you for stopping by x

  21. May 24, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Larie your blog is great and your photography skills have really improved. That has to be a cannon, if you can't imporve your photo skills as a blogger you are in trouble. It was so nice to read about your journey and to be featured in Marie Claire is a highlight for sure!

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much Mary. I still have a lot to learn ! The camera is a Nikon. I have been given two. The 300 and the 500 I am enjoying getting used to them, but it can still be very frustrating! Thank you for stopping by x

  22. May 24, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Laurie, at 54 I have found fashion to be a bit difficult at this stage of life. In fact, I believe I have even pinned some of your fashion ideas. You do a fantastic job making us ladies of a certain age look amazing!

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Oh Carla ! you have just made my day ! I ant tell you how good that is to read. Makes it all worth while x

  23. May 24, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I'll be visiting family in England later this year – hoping for a brief visit to London, and some trips to bargain stores with my mum.

    • May 24, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Oh Lovely ! If you need some pointers on bargain stores I will be happy to help. Thanks for stopping by x

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