Styled by……….

Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style? The series is published every first Tuesday of the month.

Do you also have a story to tell, and do you also have beautiful pictures of your style evolution? I, and many of my readers, want to read your story! I would love it if you can join the fun too! You can find all the info in the Styled by… or contact me via email.

Let’s see who tell’s her Style Story this month!

Styled by………Jacqui

Firstly I must thank Nancy for being included in her Styled by feature …. I’m very humbled and appreciative of the opportunity she has given me.

Secondly thanks for taking the time to read about my fashion style, I hope it may give you an insight as to what works best for me – maybe picking up a few tips too!

Having always been a huge fan of getting dressed up, wearing make up and having nice hair.  However one big snag – when I was younger I never had enough money.  Saving up pocket money along with birthday and Christmas monetary gifts so I could then go out and have a big shopping spree with my sister.  Coming home with armfuls of bags, full of bargains was something I simply loved doing & was a real highlight for me. I still get that buzz when I’m on a big shopping splurge.😁


My style in my teens would mainly be wearing skirts, I hardly ever wore jeans.  Mixing and matching outfits like fitted skirts with different tops.  All matched with classic court shoes – normally black patent.


Over the years my love of clothes has grown along with my wardrobe.  I’m more daring then I’ve ever been, but I know what I like and only wear what I think suits me.  Never anything short – I hate my legs!

I suppose I’d say my style is classic with a hint of fashion and on trend items.

I’d love to wear a nice fitted dress and jacket or a dancing dress (as my granddaughter calls flared dresses), but sometimes that’s simply not practical.  Jeans are my go to choice, I probably own about 20 pairs now!  All different lengths, fits and colours – making a very versatile piece of equipment.

My favourites for now are my DIY frayed jeans that looks fab with plenty of my tops.  I have spotted a cute pair of white jeans with gorgeous cute embroidered cut out designs on the leg. Really?  do I need another pair of white jeans though!Styled by..........JacquiStyled by..........Jacqui

Love wearing dresses or jumpsuits to make the choice easier, therefore giving far more thought to what necklace, shoes or bag to use.

Oh and talking of bags, since I’ve been blogging I have embraced the non matching bag and shoes fashion!  That’s been a hard rule to break, but I’m getting there!  Being told on FB that’s it’s a real faux pas in Paris!  But hey fashion is personal, is says who you are and if it works some or all of the time, who’s to say you’re wrong?

Imagine if we told Vivienne Westwood, sorry Dame Vivienne Westwood she was wrong! Enough said!?Styled by..........JacquiI tend to use more fashionable accessories when and where I can, I’ve got such a huge collection of necklaces and scarfs, having nearly always got one to fit the outfit. The two photos below showing my use of scarves in my outfits.Styled by..........JacquiStyled by..........JacquiStyled by..........JacquiClassic dress with a fashionable cold shoulder sleeve, the added choker is a trend that I’m happy to wear, having got a few in my collection.Styled by..........JacquiI’m also a firm believer of not having to spend a fortune on an outfit.  This black and white stripy dress above came from Primark and cost a mere £6!  The sandals, bag and necklace cost considerably more, and work well to give a finished off, expensive look to what I’m wearing.

Having said that I’ll also spend lots on a dress if it’s for a special occasion – having spent nearly £400 on my mother of the bride outfit.  I fell in love with this two piece dress and jacket, but had to be convinced to buy it by my two daughters who said it was very flattering and suited me really well.

Drawn by the colour – this peacock blue dress is fitted and has bones to hold me in.  With the jacket having some stunning additions of pleats and buttons on the sleeves, I felt a million dollars in it. It’s such a shame I won’t get to wear it again.Styled by..........JacquiI’ll continue to grow my fashion sense and wardrobe contents, along with enjoying reading plenty of blogs – it’s a great way to get first hand knowledge of new ideas, gain insight and vision, then in turn influence other people.

Again many thanks Nancy for this opportunity, it has truly been a treat and pleasure to work with you.

The pleasure is all mine dear Jacqui! Thank you so much for your great story and fabulous photo’s!

If you want to see more of Jacqui, check her blog Mummabstylish.


Wearing a vest for the first time

I have never worn a long vest. I actually owned a short vest once! The longer ones make me feel like this. The nice thing about a collaboration is that you can choose something, and sometimes I like to choose something to try. To see if it works for me. Because if you buy it and you find out you actually don’t like to wear it, it ends up in The Bad Buy Book! That is good for Shelbee and me, but it still is a shame! Lol.

*This is a sponsored post, but I don’t write about, and show items I don’t like!

A vest on a pencil skirt

I wear this pencil skirt almost always with brown and sometimes blue. I always thought it was a bit of a difficult color. But lately I saw a lot of black and white with ochre and I was inspired to try it too. I have also seen a lot of very nice sweaters in this color, but when I wear ochre in my face I look very sick. So let’s not do so! But it is a beautiful Fall color. I also got to choose a top and you know I love wraped stuff. Wrap skirt, wrap dress, wrap top, wrap with lots of guacamole! Lol. So I choose a basic black wrap top. I am wearing the grey boots with it because the vest is not black, it’s dark grey. The grey boots are somewhat softer with this outfit. Of course I’ve adapted the colors of the accesories. And check out this lovely necklace! I have it for years now, and it’s still one of my favorites.vestvestvestvestvestvestvestvest

Top: here c/o

Vest: here c/o

Skirt: old, but I like this one here

Boots: old, but these are fabulous

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Leather leggings weather!

Yes, at last I can wear my leather legging again! Faux leather legging is what I actually mean. In the summer it is way to hot to wear these, but now that it is colder I can finally take them out of the closet. This legging is so very nice to wear, the waist is pretty high so you don’t have to pull it up all the time. And it is a very stretchy one, and very stylish….at least I think so. Leather leggings are so versatile. You can wear them with a long cool sweater, with a tunic and you can even wear a dress on it. It has something ,,edgyness,, yet it is also a very feminine item. That is to say, when you wear it with heels. I never actually wear the leather leggings with flat boots. I’m not a biker. Gerben is! ( he does wear his leather,,legging”(read pants of course)with flat boots). But that’s a totally different look!

You have seen this before!

The very very observant reader might think: where did I see that striped thing before? Right! Here! But the tee was a bit to short, and as a 50+ woman walking around with a naked belly is to much Little Britain for me. So I cut the sleeves et voila! I wear blue earrings and my blue sandals, which really were my favorite last season. My dragonfly broche has a little bit blue in it and I showed my blue leather blazer before here.leather leggingsleather leggingsleather leggingsleather leggingsleather leggingsleather leggingsleather leggings

Leather legging: here

White long blouse: simular here

Sandals: here

Blazer: Bazaar Beverwijk

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My favorite of last week is: Sonja of YustSoMeLeather leggings in Fall

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Bow blouse on a pencil skirt

I love bow blouses, I have several see here and here. Today I show you my new pinestriped one. I already tried the print on print outfit here, today I wear lines on lines! Vertical and horizontal! You almost think I am crazy….. These kind of bow blouses are very trendy at the moment. The pinestriped ones with puff sleeves. I know I will proberbly like this one only this season. It’s a real fast fashion item to me. I know I am pushing a lot of fashion bloggers now. Because lot of you are really into thrifting and thinking of the environment. And believe me, I do too. I deal with my waste and environment very consiously. But fast fashion exist and I am part of that. So when I see a very trendy item, that I know I will like for only a few times, one season, I order it on a cheap site. I am not going for an expensive and good quality item then. And when I don’t like it anymore, it goes into the clothing container. This is such an item.

Very cheap bow blouse

Sometimes those cheap items can really surprise you. Like this bow blouse. It’s a very thin cotton, which is great for warmer days( and women in menopause!). And the fit is very good. I wanted to wear the blouse on a tight skirt and thought that it would look good on a striped skirt. I want to wear it also on my boyfriend jeans with heels! To give the outfit a smooth sporty look, I wear sneakers. Stylish but also a bit less serious! I wear simple black earrings and bracelets to remain in the same lines as the skirt. What do you think about my new garden chairs? I bought two of these retro chairs! Just love them.

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Bow blouse:  here

Shoes: simular here

Skirt: older one, but you can find inspiration here

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Welcome to August’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! This month’s theme is: Sandals!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to or Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s take a look at our Bad Buy Sandals!

First my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.

I bought these Steve Madden platform slides recently at DSW and I love the look of them.  They weren’t really even that comfortable in the store, but they were on super deep discount so I snagged them up.  I wore them to walk through the mall one time and I was presented with the harsh reality that these are definitely “sitting sandals”!  They tore the life out of the top of my foot!

And Shelbee is (just like me) very good in Buying Bad sandals!  Another pair!

These block heel slides by Christian Siriano for Payless filled a need in my closet for a plain black open toe slide for summer.  They are not terrible, but they definitely start slicing open the top of my toes after too much walking!  

The Bad Buy Book: sandals

Here is our very loyal contributor Jodie with her mum Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: SandalsHey guys…

Do I have a pair of sandals for you!!

These even went through 2 of us, before they were given away!!

You can see in the first photo, that my mom is wearing these white sandals. She bought them at Target and tried to wear them for a while. But the straps just weren’t comfortable on her feet! So she passed them down to me since we have basically the same size shoe!! Well I tried to wear them too! You can see them in the next photo of me!! They weren’t even that high, but for some reason they just hurt when I tried to wear them all day!The Bad Buy Book: Sandals

Therefore they got the boot–ha ha!! 

Here is Anne from Spy Girl

The Bad Buy Book: sandals

She calls these the torture clogs! Haha.

And finally myselfThe Bad Buy Book: Sandals

These are all sandals that I bought as: for lack of better. The toe sandals are really to painfull, and the others are just so boring! I absolutely have to try harder not to buy for lack of better!

So that’s all for this month!

Next month’s theme will be: Skirts!

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Happy in my swing dress

I actually bought this swing dress for our 25th anniversary party, but when I was at the fashion show I decided to buy that skirt for the party. I think that it’s because my body is changing(read I am right in the middle of menopause) that I wear more wider clothes this season then before. A few years ago you could draw me out in pencilskirts and bodycon dresses. But I don’t feel comfortable in that anymore. First because my belly isn’t flat anymore and second because I think shapewear is awfull. I know I will surrender…..but not yet!

A black floral swing dress

This dress is made of cotton but the body is very stretchy what makes it very comfortable to wear. Because of the cotton, the skirt remains so wide, which is actually the intention of a swing dress. I wanted a brighter pink cardigan on this dress, but as I told you here, I seem to have a lot of problems finding perfect cardigans for dresses! Pffff. But this one looks good too, a brighter one would have taken the attention of the dress a bit more, so this one is proberbly better. The bracelets, or actually necklaces, are from the boulevard in Brighton. One of my favorite places to visit whenever we are in th UK. The espadrilles I really love. It’s wearing a high heel and you don’t feel it! Fantastic. And the green combines with so many dresses and skirts. I’ve been lucky enough to find nice shoes this season. Most of the time I don’t like summer shoes that much. I buy a lot of sandals, to settle for it, and then afterwards I don’t like them at all or they hurt a lot or whatever.(fantastic for our next Bad Buy Book theme! btw, please don’t forget to send us your photo for next month. Theme is sandals!) But this season I bought these, these and the ones I show today. All shoes I am in love with!

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Dress: I think mine is sold out but simular one here

Shoes: here

Cardigan: here

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My favorite of last week is: Emma of Style Splashswing dress

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