5 over 50 challenge

Monday, May 01, 2017

Welcome to a brand new feature 5 Over 50 Challenge ! Less than a month ago I was contacted by fellow blogger Gail to see if I would take part in this new monthly challenge - and here we are - all of us are over 50 and out to have fun with our clothes. The first challenge has been set by Gail and is "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". My offering goes like this -


Old: skirt. New: mules. Borrowed: bag. Blue: jacket.

And here's Gail of Is This Mutton blog  who has been blogging since 2013. She covers not only fashion on her blog, but post features on beauty products as well as lifestyle. Another passion of Gail's is her garden and is often the location of her photo shoots. Gail likes to keep her styling fresh by trying new trends to avoid the dreaded Mutton label. And true to her word she's showcasing the latest embroidery trend here along with these fab ankle grazers. Follow Gail on instagram here


 Old: denim wedges. New: cotton striped long sleeve top.  Borrowed: topaz necklace.  Blue: print trousers  

Next up is Jacqui of Mummabstylish blog  who has been blogging since 2016. She has a large family and loves nothing better than going shopping with her three daughters. I wonder which of her daughters donated this gorgeous chunky necklace for her shoot? It's the perfect ploy for that new jumpsuit Jacqui! Cream shoes and jacket finish the look without stealing the show from this colourful jumpsuit. Follow Jacqui on instagram here.


Old: jacket.New: jumpsuit. Borrowed: necklace. Blue: bag.

My blogging friend Laurie of Vanity And Me is taking part in this challenge too. Laurie often features the classics and her sleek grooming makes the most simple of outfits shine. Much as she would probably describe her style as conservative, I think I have so much to learn from her. Simple white trousers never looked so chic as here with this fabulous print shirt. Understated elegance is what Laurie does best. Follow her on instagram here.


Old: trousers. New: shirt. Borrowed: bag and bangle. Blue: shirt.

Last, but by no means least, is Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones blog. Ahsley is a lifestyle blogger who seems to cover every kind of wonderful. She is hugely creative and if you want to know how to do something, then it's probably on her blog. This challenge has served as my introduction to Ashley and I'm still trawling through her bright and colourful blog which is inspiring me to try my hand at all sorts of projects. Follow Ashley on instagram here.


Old: Chanel bag. New: shoes. Borrowed: t-shirt. Blue: jeans. 







Gail's challenge ended up being a great excuse to pull lots of colours together as well as my fabulous moto jacket. I've not worn the jacket for a while and decided to try a new combination with this old maxi skirt that was a wonderful charity shop find last year. And why wear just one paisley print when you can wear two? My daughter gave me this blouse knowing how much I love orange and paisley, making it my all-time favourite top. Last of all, I jumped on the embroidery bandwagon last month by way of these adorable mules from TK Maxx. This is the first time I've worn this whole outfit together and I must admit I got lots of lovely feedback. Orange, paisley and embroidery seemed to tick the box for so many!

Outfit details -
Jacket: TOXIK3
Skirt: charity shopped (no label)
Blouse: H&M
Shoes: Red Kiss
Handbag: Country Casuals
Rings: old
Necklace: gift
Sunglasses: River Island

Thanks for joining me for the first 5 Over 50 Challenge and I do hope you've enjoyed meeting my blogging collective. See you on the 1st June for our next installment? I do hope so! 

Linking with -
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb


Anna x

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28 comments

  1. Anna Hello,
    I am in love with this whole outfit! as a fan of colour you have included everything I love (especially orange its my new colour for this year!)
    I want your shows, those mules are fab.Must check out my local TK Maxx.
    Looking forward to your challenge next!
    Enjoy the rest of your BH weekend
    bestest wishes,
    Ashley xx

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    1. Thanks Ashley. Isn't this new challenge grand? Your outfit rocks and I'm suffering a bit of shoe envy too! It's great to discover you and to know that the group will meet up like this every month - very exciting!

      Anna x

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  2. Lovely post Anna and love your interpretation! The mix of paisley and fantastic colours show so much joie de vivre, it lifts the spirits. Thanks for joining the challenge!
    Gail

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    1. Cheers Gail! You know how much I love pattern and colour play and this was a great challenge to start us off. Thanks for including me. I'm looking forward to this regular monthly meet up.

      Anna x

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  3. I knew your look would be so cool! You have portrayed this look perfectly Anna. And the post is so well written too. xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks very much Laurie. It was a good start to have this remit from Gail - it lived up to the word "challenge" that's for sure. All of us are styled so very differently and all having great fun too!

      Anna x

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  4. Hey Anna, love your interpretation, love that everyone is different.
    The paisley print is super, one I love and don't wear enough of. This has been fun hasn't it? I'm looking forward to a group friendship growing and growing. Hope you've got over your lack of sleep and enjoy the evening. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thanks Jacqui. I love it too that we're all so different, and that surely has to be great inspiration for all of our readers as well. I can't seem to get enough of paisley, it's one of my ongoing passions.

      Am off to try to catch up on those zzzzz's now!

      Anna x

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  5. You all look wonderful! And Anna, your paisley skirt is out of this world fab. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I think we all got off to a really good start here didn't we Patti? The skirt was an snip when I found it last year at just under £5, so it's already super value for money!

      Anna x

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  6. I think a little squeal of delight escaped my lips when I saw the orange paisley blouse under the already dazzling cobalt blue biker jacket! WOW!!!! I am as big a fan of paisley as I am of embroidery! These colors and paisleys are just doing a mad dance of perfection! I'm going to have to look through my own collection of paisley to see if I can replicate this look!
    What a fun new collaboration of 50+ creatvity! Each of the other 4 ladies has a piece I'd like to snatch!

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    1. Am delighted that you're loving this outfit Jude! Paisley and embroidery are the best ever combination in my eyes too. I'm so pleased to hear that you're going to emulate this double paisley look - it's great to know I've inspired you.

      Anna x

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  7. What an eclectic outfit and an eclectic group of women!

    Once again I love your combination of too much is never enough with pattern combinations. You would have died over the Gucci stores I visited in Hong Kong.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yep, too much is never enough is pretty much my style. I love the sound of the Gucci stores, but am sure it would be window shopping only in my case!

      Anna x

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  8. What a lovely outfit! The combination of colors and textures are so pretty. This will be a fun new collaboration!

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    1. Thanks so much Lana. And yes, I fancy it's going to be great fun indeed!

      Anna x

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  9. ohhhh, yes, I love everything you wear and love the whole ensemble even more (if posible). All that paisley, orange color, embroidered shoes and total coolness of your jacket! that blue color is amazing! and such a cute Little bag!
    You rock!!!
    besos

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    1. Ah, Monica, what a fabulous response, thank you! I know how much you adore colour play too and could imagine you sporting this whole look too.

      Anna x

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  10. Oooooo...what a fabulous idea!
    Such a stylish group of ladies with wonderfully unique and inspiring outfits.
    Of course, dear Anna, you shine like a jewel with your eclectic and artistic mix of vibrancy.
    My love of that blue biker never fades...it's a cracker!
    XXX

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    1. Ooooooh you're too kind my dear Samantha! This is an exciting new collaboration with these fabulous ladies. Another monthly challenge with its own joys and pitfalls - bring it on!

      Anna x

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  11. Who doesn't love a bit of paisley? Fab outfit Anna, the orange shirt is wonderful and the maxi utterly gorgeous.
    Oh look, there's Ashley with whom I've just re-connected after she disappeared from my reader for several months.
    Great to see such different looks on the same theme. X

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    1. Cheers Fiona! This has to be my fave outfit currently.

      Ashley is a joyful discovery for me and isn't that grand for you to hook up again too?

      Have a fab week!
      Anna x

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  12. What a great idea!

    I love your outfit and the mules are fabulous!

    All the other outfits were great and all quite different. Will it be a regular feature do you think?

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    1. Isn't it grand to see a theme inspire such different looks? It's always good to have a new style challenge, especially with this fab group of over 50's. And yes, we'll be turning up on the 1st of every month with another fresh idea.

      Anna x

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  13. Such a fun challenge!

    Your outfit turned out great! I love all the colors. Cobalt blue and orange are so pretty together...

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Colours are my thing as you know, and this turned out to be a riotous collection of both colour and pattern to boot. So pleased that you like it x

      Anna

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  14. Oh great we are getting from over40 to over50. Maybe I should start an over60 group or challenge? No I'd better not. There is only a limited group of readers and bloggers for that.
    Greetje

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    1. I think that I suggested our own group for next year when I turn 60 - The sizzling 60's! You, me, Patti and... surely there are more of us out there? And don't underestimate our readership as I don't think age is the limitation you imagine.

      Anna x

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