Fashion and beauty blog for the more mature woman not ready to hang up the high heels yet.


Bonmarche Betty Bootcut - Floral Brights Sporty Style

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing with you one of the new denim styles from Bonmarche.Newly launched, I'm wearing the Betty Boot Cut my favourite style of jeans. The other styles launched are called The Sara The Julie Jegging  And the Susie Slim Cute names!

You must have gathered by now if you're a regular reader that I like all the denim styles that Bonmarche provide. Great value for money and I like the fit, especially the Ultimate Enhancing Jeans And great value they are too!

I've gone for a more sporty look with the jeans today, wearing this bright floral print bomber jacket here And I actually have my toes on show! The sandals are out! Can I just say though how beautiful the weather has been these last few days, yet when I decide to go out and take my shots Those windy gales just love to surprise me!

Teamed with this bright red T-shirt and my aviator shades it makes a change from my girly look!

I love the bright colours in this Bomber jacket. I can wear this with the jeans from this post too.

One of the things that I like about Bonmarche jeans is that there are different leg lengths available. This length that I'm wearing is 29inch Great for my titchy legs! Other lengths available is 27inch and 31inch The 27inch will be great for me in summer if I wear flat sandals.

The size I'm wearing is a size 10 and they are quite roomy, so I would say true to size, plus they are quite stretchy. This pair of Betty bootcut jeans will cost you a mere £16.00 Bargain!

I'd love to hear what you think about the new style Bonmarche jeans, I love to receive comments. Click on the notify me box so we can have a natter! Or why not subscribe to receive each post by clicking on the box on the right hand side.
XO Laurie

Jeans C/O Bonmarche
Bomber Jacket C/O Bonmarche


Celebrating Style Link Up

Hi everyone
I don't have a great deal of a post to share with you today! Just a photo from the weekend when I had a great day out at the finals for Top Model Uk. I will be giving a full report of the day next week. It was amazing!

I had a tough time deciding on what to wear. It started at 1 pm and I wondered if there would be people in evening dress or just smart dress. 
I decided to play it safe and go smart casual. Cream top, Beige trousers and one of my favourite silk scarves. I did also take with me my Navy blazer.

The event was held at the stunning Hilton London Metropole. A huge hotel and very nice too. So keep your eyes peeled for the post next week. 
I also wanted to thank everyone for their wishes last week for the in-laws. The mother is well on the mend and due to come home, however, the father in law is really not good at all. Hence why this is such a short post. I hope I have better news for you all next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing your style!
XO Laurie
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Claudia Bradby - New Savanna Collection - No Need To Dress Up

Hello from windy Essex!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of having lunch with Claudia Bradby at a fantastic location that is called the Wolseley in Mayfair London. A very fine dining restaurant. I could have sat and chatted to Claudia for hours and hours. We hit it off straight away, me sharing my tales of blogging and Claudia telling me her story of how she decided to design fine pearl jewellery. The restaurant was buzzing with people, a very lively place, and I will definitely be going there again. If you would like to take a nose, here is the link to the restaurant here And of course you may have seen some photos of the restaurant on my Instagram.

The reason for the meeting was to take a first look at the new Savanna Collection A collection made up from my favourite precious stones Aquamarines and Pearls There was a lot of ooh and ahrring when the collection was laid out on the table!

I have been kindly gifted the long Savanna Pearl and Aqua necklace. The Pearls and stones sit between a fine silver chain and it's a breathtaking piece. 

I decided that I didn't want to dress up to show this gorgeous necklace off. I just wanted to let it shine all by itself. That's the beauty of Claudia's jewellery. You can literally wear anything with all of the items. I love how the models layer the jewels together on the website.

I'm in sunny Leigh On Sea in Essex today. Although it really is windy! The first thing I thought of when I was deciding how to show this necklace was Blue background.

So just a T-Shirt and jeans is the look of the day, with my necklace, Pearl bracelet from my other Claudia Bradby collection (See that post here) One thing that I really like about the Aquamarines on the necklace is the raw cut of the stone. They really are beautiful,  encased in a bevelled silver frame. Aquamarine is Latin for sea water, which I have just discovered. Weird that I chose to take shots near the sea front!

The large Nucleated pearls balance nicely against the Aquamarine, you can actually double this necklace so you have two Aquamarines at the front or two Nucleated pearls at the front. I know that I will be wearing this Savanna necklace endlessly. I don't think pearls should be waiting in your jewellery box for a special occasion, but worn with casual or dressier outfits at a whim.

The necklace has fitted in well with my other pearls, and this can be layered with other necklaces to make a real statement. I'm sure you will see me wearing it with more dressier outfits too! It's my birthday soon and I have just added the savanna bracelet to my wish list!

Do you have pearls in your jewellery box? Do you wear them often enough? I so much prefer them paired with silver rather than gold. I think the silver gives off a more on trend look.

 The designs that Claudia Bradby provides are so wearable and changeable. From a special event or wedding to simply spicing up your jeans and T-shirt, Claudia has brought pearls back into fashion and made collections that will fit into your everyday wardrobe. Take a look at the Claudia's  Pinterest Board to see how some of our well-known celebrities style their Claudia Bradby pearls

I just had to leave you with a close up of the beauty and cut of these Aquamarines

I'm leaving you with two interesting short videos. The first is about how Claudia was inspired to use the Aquamarines and the second is about how Claudia began her popular brand.
Xo Laurie



Bonmarche - Casual Shopping Style And Comfort & Celebrating Style Link Up

Hi, everyone! A huge thank you to all that linked up last week. I should be in Cornwall right now, but not only the Father in law is still in Hospital, but the Mother in law too! I can tell you it's been one of those weeks! And I'm still behind with everything!

Anyway onwards and upwards as they say, and thank you all so much for your good wishes. They are both on the mend and hopefully will be home soon.

Today I'm on my way to one of my favourite markets at Kempton racing grounds. I popped in for a quick cuppa at one of my local haunts at Brentford Lock and took my photos here.

I'm showing you today this really cosy striped waterfall Cardigan from Bonmarche And the most comfortable jeans from their new collection.

The cardigan I chose for the neutral colours that can be mixed and matched with other items. Grey, Navy and Beige being my main go to daily colours. I have a size S on here and it's really roomy. It's also just gone into sale from £24.00 down to £16.00 here Bargain!

The Jeans that I have chosen are from Bonmarche's new Ultimate Shape Enhancing Jeans. I love the shape of the leg on these Jeans. Not skinny, just perfect straight. They fit like a dream and so comfortable. These have also just gone into sale from £28.00 down to £23.00 here

You can see how soft the ribbed cardigan is here. Iv'e teamed the Jeans and Cardigan with a plain Grey T-shirt and Grey studded belt. The Jeans are not Denim they are a soft cotton/polyester with lots of Elastane, equalling comfort and great for keeping their shape.

I'm leaving you with a couple of photos of the Lock. It's so lovely here in the Summer, a great place to watch the world go by.

                                   Cardigan                                                                     Jeans

I'm looking forward to seeing your style!
XO Laurie
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Shapeez 360' Perfection Underwear

You can have the best clothes that money can buy, but if you don't lay the right foundations first that outfit can be ruined.

That's what mother always told me! And to a degree, I have to agree! I have never scrimped on my underwear, and I do get myself measured every other year too. I think it's so important to invest in the best you can buy.

I have in the last few years suffered from the dreaded back fat. Always sticking my hand up my top to make sure that bra is making me look the best way possible. But no. Still, folds will appear.

So when Shapeez got in touch and asked me to review one of their body enhancing pieces I jumped at the chance. I was so excited by their concept of ridding of back fat, I couldn't wait to try!

This is what the leaflet say's
Shapeez, a pioneer in women's bra and shaping solutions, today launches in the Uk it's unique collection of bra's and upper body shapewear. Support, Sculpt, Slim and Smooth-wearing Shapeez garments and achieve 360-degree perfection.

 Shapeez patented design and plush fabrics allow women to experience the utmost support and provides the ultimate fit and freedom of movement, superior to a traditional bra. The four-way stretch fabric evenly disperses weight across the torso to relieve excessive pressure from the neck, shoulders and back improving posture.

This bra came beautifully gift wrapped in a box to store it in. Prior to receiving the bra, I measured myself in the way that was explained to me. It's a slightly different way of measuring, but it fits perfectly.

The bra cups and front are as smooth as a baby's bottom, perfect to wear anything you wish with it and the straps of the bra are a little wider than normal, but if you have a fuller heavier bust,then happy days. The back is amazing! The body is amazing!

This is like putting on a vest top but with bra cups. It is underwired for support and lift. I ordered mine in a Nude shade (Can't go wrong) and It's as comfortable as wearing a good fitting bra and there's no tightness like you get with some body shapers. Oh and I can breathe!
Let's take a look.

I'm going to show the back of the bra. See how smooth it is.

Not a roll in sight! It's always near my underarm that I get a problem.

One of the things that I like about the Shapeez bra is that the excess that's smoothed away hasn't rolled up and decided to make an appearance elsewhere. Does anyone else have that problem?

I'm going to show you a photo of me wearing my regular bra. You can see what I mean about the underarm roll

Can you see that wrinkle of fat? That's what I'm talking about. Drives me mad! Now, look at the back with the Shapeez.

The whole of my back and front look more trim. This Ultimate Pretty body shaper actually finishes near my bottom. One of the first things that I thought when I tried it on was as soon as I sat down it would roll up. But no. It hasn't moved at all. And I must say it's not just the back fat that's gone. The front tummy looks pretty trim too!

It's all very smooth at the front too. I have tried my T-shirts with it and you can't see any sign of the shape of the Shapeez.
But for me, what I'm over the moon about is the disappearance of back fat and a flatter tummy. I would totally recommend this. It's made a huge difference as you can see. I would like to try one of the Pushup bras that they have available.

 There are many different shapes and styles available. Some with lower backs for when you have a low cut back to your outfit. There are even full slips available.The Ultimate Pretty that I'm wearing is pricey at RRP £76.75 but for the Rolls Royce of bra's I think it's worth every penny.

Do take a look at the Shapeez site here or you can find them on Amazon here they really are worth a look.
XO Laurie



JD Williams Value Collection And Celebrating Style Link Up

Hi everyone! Two days of sun this week so far! Hooray! And it's so good to watch the mornings and evenings get lighter.
A huge thank you to everyone that linked up last week. I've still got a few comments to catch up on, but I'll be there. It's been so busy this last week and today I was in Piccadilly London all day (more about that later) I'm also supposed to be on my way to Cornwall tomorrow, but my father in law has been taken ill, so not sure if that break is going to happen.

Today I'm sharing with you another item from the JD Williams Value Collection. You may have seen the last post with the Red top that I got here

I chose this Green dress after thinking about the prediction from Pantone SS17 I like Green, I thought it would make a change. Apart from a couple of Green T-shirts everything else I own is Khaki, a colour I wear a lot in the summer. Another bargain price, this is a mere £29.00 here £29.00!!

I love the detailing on the body, and it hangs really well. It's not flimsy at all and fully lined. 

The pleating accentuates the waist very nicely and there's no scrimping on size. I got this in a size 10 and there's plenty of room. Sometimes when clothing is from a value collection I've known the sizing to be a bit smaller.

I did choose a silk scarf to pair it with, but I felt it hid the detail of the dress. I've paired the dress with these oh so comfortable shoes from FandF That's No longer available but I did find some gorgeous sandals here

What do you think about this green colour? Have you bought anything green for this SS17? Do take a look at the value collection that JD Williams have to offer

On with the link up!

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Slendertone Face - A Super Face Lifting Gadget

This is one review that I have waited patiently to tell you about. I've had this "super Duper" little machine under wraps for around seven weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the first photo and it caused a bit of a stir.
So I know that a fair few of you are interested in my new little friend. Here's the story.

So what is Slendertone Face?

This lightweight little gadget looks just like a set of headphones, only it wraps around your face from the back of your head. Once turned on, it sends Electrical Muscle Stimulation to the muscles of the face. I used to have one of these machines for the body, much larger in size obviously with pads that you strapped to your body. The machine sends the signal to clench the muscle as if you were lifting a heavy weight. Basically exercising whilst laying down letting the machine do the hard work for you.
This is the same concept on a smaller scale.

Inside the box is everything to get you started. The headset, the controller, and special sticky gel pads that help the conduction. Some of you may have read my Two Of The Best Non Invasive Salon Beauty Treatments Well this is very similar to the first treatment I talk about in that post. It states in the book that 98% of trialed users noticed a significant difference.

 The boxed set came with six packs of gel pads. These are really sticky and have to be handled with care! They are covered with protective covers and I replaced these in between use. It does state in the book that the pads last between 6-10 sessions, but I have only just started on my second pack. I have kept it in the box in between so as to not get any dust or anything on the pads. They are also available to buy after too. 

So, once the pads are in place (if you have long hair it will need to be tied up) You place it in the position that's stated in the instruction manual. Turn the machine on and there's a left and a right-hand side button. Then you turn it up to the desired strength of muscle spasm.

I started at 27 and I'm now comfortable at 37. It does actually go up to a 100. So what does it feel like?

The machine as I say is very lightweight and comfortable. I've been using it in the mornings on a clean face before I put any moisturiser on. I stick the control in my dressing gown pocket and carry on with my blogging or ironing!  

It feels like a buzzing pulse on your face and if you turn it up too high your eye's start twitching!
I move it around a little if this happens in case the pads are not resting on the right muscle. Since I have gone up a notch in the power it delivers to those muscles, I do get a little lip twitching going on, but it's not at all painful. The OH has a good laugh and believe me, I don't look very pretty when the machine is doing it's job! The whole exercise last's 30 minutes and recommended that only 20 minutes are used for the first few sessions. So it doesn't take long at all.

But a good job it is doing! The first couple of weeks I didn't notice that much difference. I was a little wary of turning it up too high. But I am definitely noticing a change in the Jawline of my face.I use the machine five days a week as recommended but I have had a couple of days break in between.
I can definitely see an improvement. I'm aware that this needs to be used continuously to keep achieving results though. And that's not a problem when you weigh up the pro's and con's (the only con being time!)  and the good results I'm getting from this handy little gadget. 
There is a difference in how deep the folds of the wrinkles were near the chin. I hate doing close ups!

My only regret about this machine is that it's not like an octopus. I could get those eye's lifted then too! I haven't noticed a lot of change there. But my jawline is what was concerning me most and it's working!
You can find Slendertone Face Here Go see!
XO Laurie



Heavenly Bags With 20% Off For Readers - Celebrating Style Link Up

Hi Everyone. I'm so pleased that so many of you joined me last week! Thank you All xx

On this week's Celebrating style, I'm sharing with you my first cold shoulder top, not just of the season, but the first ever. I'm a little behind with this fashion trend! It looks like it's very much here to stay, though, because the shops are full of them. 

But for me, the most important item in this weeks Celebrating Style post is my new handbag. This has kindly been gifted for me to share from Jay Robinson. A lovely lady who owns Mandys Heaven This bag is full leather, beautifully made and my favourite shade for summer. 

I always prefer it when a bag has the studs on the bottom. It really makes a difference. There are lots of handbags and accessories to choose on the site, and some lovely items of clothing too, so please do pop over for a look and at the moment you can claim 20% off. I will leave the code at the bottom of the post.

Although it's still a bit chilly today, it's been so lovely and sunny. I time each day as it's getting lighter in the evenings. I straightened my hair today because it was windy again!  at least it wasn't like Doris last Friday. Just a small gust of the wind and I look like I'm going to disappear in that hair! 

I prefer short handled bags, they just look better with me being a shortie, but there is also a shoulder strap provided with this bag. It really is good quality for £48.00

I'm really pleased with this bargain buy Cold Shoulder top too. All my favourite colours here, and when the weather is a bit more warmer, this will go so well with that long baby pink skirt I wore a couple of months ago here

I will just stand here a while! The sun is really warm without the wind!

Bag Co/Mandys Heaven
Cold Shoulder Top -  here
Trousers - On sale - here
Necklace - East UK - here
Shoes - Absolutely Ancient Ted Baker

Please take a look at what Mandys Heaven has to offer. The special discount code for 20% off is VANITY20
Now let's start the link up

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