Sensational Baby Boomers

Friday, 13 July 2018


A trip is on the horizon to Paris and I have had a little bit of a retail buying frenzy in preparation.  Why? you make well ask, you are going to Paris, surely the best place for shopping.  But this trip is about seeing the city and enjoying the sites not trawling through shops.

I am little obsessed with Massimo Dutti at the moment and this post is almost a homage to them and the Inditex Group as if I'm not wearing Dutti I am wearing Zara.  And while I am mentioning Zara am I alone in finding the in-store experience not pleasant.  I always relied on Zara for wardrobe staples but can't remember the last time I purchased something in the shop, finding the whole experience stressful and rather with an aesthetic like a jumble sale. Thank goodness for the online shop, as at least I have found what I was looking for there.   But enough moaning, on with the outfits.

First up is this lovely geometric print blouse from Massimo Dutti with fabulous pleated sleeve detailing.  A really simple classic shape with this added ingredient of pleating is great and so easy to wear.  Hidden buttons down the front and long puff sleeves, that I have pushed up, with  a button cuff complete the piece which is in 100% viscose.  Soft muted shades add colour but are very much in my comfort zone and I think this piece will be fab with smart trousers and jeans.

The trousers are from Zara and are the white  textured wide leg trousers at £69.99  which are a polyester/elastane mix and really comfortable to wear.

Next up is the lovely linen mix double breasted cream blazer also from Massimo Dutti.  A flattering slim fit with a subtle check pattern, it is great to team with trousers, like these flared ecru trousers from Zara in 100% polyester at £39.99 .  With a lovely flowing shape they are a perfect summer wardrobe addition and easy to dress up or down.

I have worn with a silk round neck top that I have had for years and came from Pure Collection and a statement necklace which was gifted to me from Mandys Heaven and I absolutely love.  We can offer our followers a 15% discount with them,  just use the code ANNE15  and enjoy adding to your summer wardrobe as they have so much to offer. 

The sunglasses are new too and come via my optician as I need prescription lenses.  They are by Cocoa Mint and are the CMS2037 style, available from lots of opticians so worth asking your own if you like them.

And another Massimo Dutti find is this striped blouse with satin details on the neckline, cuffs and placket.  A similar simple straight shape that works tucked in or out, it adds a touch of sophistication to an outfit.  In 100% viscose it cost £59.95 and I is something I am sure to wear time and time again.

The trousers are the same flared Zara ones and the pendant is one I have had for so long I can't remember where it came from!  This is the sort of outfit I would wear for going out to dinner and on chillier days teamed with jeans for sightseeing trips.

Last but not least, a splash of colour - you see I am learning to embrace colour thanks to the other Anne's positive influence.

This lovely striped top includes pleating detail and yes, it is from Massimo Dutti again.  It's a linen/silk/modal mix and the side vents are deep enough for it to be worn loose or tied at the front. Great for walking hot city streets when teamed with some white straight leg jeans like these 7 for All Mankind which have been a wardrobe staple of mine for years.

The sandals are from Mint Velvet and so comfortable they will not be off my feet!.  They are the India Stone Cross flats featuring a low espadrille and a metallic toe strap with chic cross straps and zip at the heel.  Perfect summer shoes and a colour that goes with anything. They also come in black with a snake effect strap.


Friday, 6 July 2018


I am not normally a fan of Zara - I am not the correct shape for their clothes and as Anne has previously said, it's getting to look a bit like a jumble sale in their shops!  However, I spotted this lovely Chanel-like jacket in the doorway as I was passing by, and instantly fell in love with it.

I love the shade of deep baby blue and the signature ragged braid reminiscent of Chanel, and at £79.95, it wasn't expensive, and will go from Spring to Summer to Autumn, so hopefully I will get my money's worth.

I have an obsession for wearing the same colour trousers and top as a base and then adding a pop of colour with the jacket or top, and this time I have teamed the jacket with white skinny jeans from M&S and a plain white tee, but I have also worn it with cream trousers and top, and beige trousers and top.  It would work equally well with black or navy as a base.

The cat's eye sunglasses were from TK Maxx - I tend to go for the same shape of sunglasses but with different trim, so this shape is quite a departure for me, but I like them because they're quite funky.  The jewellery is understated, so just a paid of diamante drop earrings from Simply Devine completes the outfit.  I love brooches on jacket lapels and this naughty Chanel-style diamante one  is something I have had for a long time. Shoes are a few years old and came from Nine West.

Staying with Zara - once I was in there, I also spotted this ivory bardot-style summer top in pleated chiffon, which is so pretty, and will be perfect for my holidays in Greece this year.

The white linen trousers are from Marks & Spencer, shoes as before from Nine West.


Friday, 29 June 2018


The worst thing about going on holiday for me is the sorting out which clothes to take and then packing them!

Short city breaks are relatively easy because I have a system - in that all my separates should mix and match, so usually I have a colour scheme - often black, white and pink, or black, coffee and cream - and then I know that everything in the suitcase will match or co-ordinate with everything else.

Summer holidays however, are something else!  Since I love colour, my summer wardrobe is like a rainbow - with every colour under the sun - and I want to take them all with me!

Being an inveterate planner, this year I have decided to do some pre-sorting and planning, and have come up with a new idea for my two weeks in the sun!

Instead of taking all my favourite holiday clothes - which in the past has meant that I have overfilled my suitcase and paid the "fine" for that privilege, I have taken a long, hard look at what I'm taking away.

My holiday wardrobe consists of quite a lot of chiffon-style cover-ups which will be great worn over swimsuits, but will also double up as an evening kaftan - and the beauty is that they are incredibly light and easy to pack - with the added bonus of not creasing quite as badly as some of the heavier fabrics - particularly linen which I also have a penchant for.

And while they might be a tad see-through, a matching or co-ordinating cami underneath will keep me decent!

The trick will be to wear them for the evening first and then on the beach or around the pool, since they will then have a tendency to get a little grubby with sun-tan lotion, perspiration, or spilled drinks (hopefully cocktails!)

The first one of my dual-purpose kaftans is this bright orange one bought last year in Matalan, but I also have the same one in shocking pink. I bought another one this year which doubles as a dress, which could be worn with a plain slip underneath. There are also plenty of lace cover-ups around too, which would work just as well. Since they often have lovely shiny sequins on it also means I can keep jewellery to a minimum, since I hate anything tight around my wrists and neck when it is too hot.

The pink paisley cover-up was a gift from the other Anne, and this one has a heavily beaded neckline, and elasticated shaping at the front.

I have styled both of these outfits for evening wear - you won't catch me showing too much wearing a swimming costume because it's not a pretty sight!

The white skinny jeans are from M&S, white wedges from Nine West, watch by Reclaimed vintage from Asos and drop earrings from Simply Devine - all of which I have frequently worn previously.

The green kaftan (below) is one I bought in Santorini a couple of years ago, and has been back and forwards with me on holiday since then. The beauty of them also is that you can rinse them out if you spill something on them and they will easily dry overnight and don't particularly need ironing.

Finally - here I am getting ready to start packing (and looking a bit miserable!) - decisions decisions!  Happy holidays!


Friday, 22 June 2018


Being someone who wears glasses all the time making a choice as to which ones to buy is a really big decision and also quite hard to do when you can't see them properly on your face in the shop.  I am short sighted and have worn glasses since my teens, with a brief foray into contact lenses in my 20s. 

I have now reached the unenviable stage of needing varifocals as well so the frame decision is not the biggest part of the cost equation.  The lenses often cost three times the price of the frames, but at least I adjusted to wearing varifocals really quickly, which I know is something lots of people struggle with.

So, after this preamble, lets start with  journey through my frame history and then finish with a couple of new frames where I am looking to decide which ones to have glazed to prescription.


These Miu Miu frames are the ones I have been wearing for the last 18 months or so and I still really love them.  Although a heavy frame the open edge at the bottom really lightens them on the face. They are a great depth for varifocals and I am always being complimented on them.

They are the VMU04N style and are still available to buy here, also in different colours so that is something I could think about.  Same frame, different colour - not very brave but will look quite different I think.


Next up are some Versace frames that are much lighter on the face as a supra and rimless on three sides -not so much of a statement piece but very easy to wear as the cream detailing make them match any outfit.

The model is the white/gold 1188 frame which is now very hard to find other than on some American optical sites such as this one as it is a discontinued line.

I was obviously having a very strong leaning towards Versace as this next pair, which takes us back at least four years, is also from the brand.  A stronger frame as solid plastic frame with a bold tortoiseshell pattern.  Slightly shallower than the ones I have been wearing recently but still a square/rectangular shape as opposed to round or oval, which I think suits me most.

These are the 3154 model and are available on Smart Buy Glasses in the black.  They are a very classic design so maybe it is no surprise that they can still be purchased and in the black quite a unisex design.


And now for decision time as I have two new frames that I am looking at to have glazed to prescription with varifocal lenses.

First up are these striking Kaleo frames which I purchased from Matches fashion.  They are the Lennox frame and come in full rim tortoiseshell acetate with accent gold metal work.

Their cat eye shaping is quite different for me with their slight point and raised top rim but I am very tempted to go for a stand out piece for a change.  If I don't glaze for optical wear I can go for sunglasses and a single vision distance lens, so all is not lost on the purchase.  It still feels like a brave decision so one that I am not 100% on.

The other much safer bet are these Michael Kors frames that I bought while in Brussels earlier in the year.  They are a grey acetate full rim frame with a softer grey sweeping to the base of the frame to relieve the heaviness.  Definitely go with the hair!

They are the MK8021 frame,  sadly a discontinued line that I purchased in the sale and I can only see on American sites.

I would love to know what you all think and which frames you prefer.  Even if I should just stick with the current frames and have them re-glazed.  The ultimate cop out I know.


Friday, 15 June 2018


You will already have seen the other Anne wearing her beautiful kaftan which we have been gifted by one of our lovely Insta followers, Mandy's Heaven Boutique, so this is our second week of styling our gorgeous new outfits for day and evening.

My outfit is a lovely turquiose silk floaty top with a built-in vest underneath, so if the top blows up, it will keep you decent!

I love the brilliant turquiose shade, which is one of my favourite colours and is also from my colour palette.  I love bright colours and fortunately they do tend to suit me. This top is also available in a variety of other gorgeous colours (grey and pink, white, pink, lemon, navy, deep grey or blush) if you prefer a different shade.

For our shoot (in my back garden - not as beautiful as the other Anne's, but I hate gardening!) I have teamed the top with white M&S jeggings, available in a multitude of sizes. I tend to wear lighter coloured trousers during the day, and less chunky jewellery - particularly if the weather is hot, and then glam it up for the evening.

The wedge peep-toe shoes are from Nine West a few years ago, and the lovely turquiose jewellery was bought from Iris Gold in Thassos, Greece, while on holiday there last summer.

I will be definitely be taking this top with me when we go back to the same resort later this year!

The beauty of this gorgeous top is that it looks just as good in the evening as it does during the day, moving effortlessly to night-time as the sun goes down.

The lovely Mandy also send us each a beautiful piece of jewellery, and mine is three-string grey long necklace with silver beads.  I have added some bling accessories for a more glamorous effect.

The silver tone earrings and black and diamante clutch bag are are from Simply Devine (another one of my favourite shops run by my good friend Liz Devine-Wright).  The diamante watch is one I have had for years, but a similar one is available from Sekonda here.

The black slim trousers are also by M&S here and I am wearing with these gorgeous slip-on mules from Dune, which are a previous season's, so no longer available.  Higher heels would also add to the glamour of the outfit.

The beauty of this top is that you can wear with a number of colours to make the outfit completely different.  The flowers are grey, so it would look just as good with either jeans or trousers - though because the top is quite full I would wear skinny or straight legs.  I also have a pair of turquiose ankle grazer trousers which are almost a perfect match.

This is one top which will definitely be going on holiday with me over the summer months.  And for anyone else who would like to purchase from Mandy's Boutique Heaven - she has a fabulous selection of tops, dresses, sandals and handbags available to our followers with a discount of 15% by quoting ANNE15.  I think I will definitely be using on something else. Happy shopping!

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