March Madness, our Style Not Age challenge.



Hi there and welcome to this month's Style Not Age challenge, titled March Madness. I hope that you've been following the lovely group of ladies so that you may understand what madness means to each of us. Jacqui of Mummabstylish is quite conservative in her fashion tastes and therefore this mish mash of colours and patterns is indeed madness for her.


Style Splash editor Emma has gone all out in her approach to outfit madness from those crazy shoes to the cute fluffy clutch and everything in between. Personally it's something you'd see me wearing any day of the week!


Hilda's offering came from a murder mystery dinner she attended recently. The choice of this month's challenge was hers and maybe that's because she had this natty little number tucked up her sleeve. Do whizz across to her blog, Over The Hilda to read more about it.


Did I get the memo? Well yes, of course I did. Let me explain. The motto for my blog is "Let's bin the beige and have fun with colour" and therefore it's a form of madness for me to be seen dressed head to toe in beige. Beige = boring in my book. For some, such as my elegant friend Laurie of Vanity and Me Style, well beige is the height of sophistication. She looks classy in beige, I on the other hand, feel dull when I don beige. 


I know I look completely out of step with the other ladies, all jazzed up in their mad ensembles, but honestly, I couldn't find anything in my wardrobe, be it a bright pattern clash to some mad mix of colours that didn't constitute an everyday outfit for me. I do hope the collective don't feel I've let them down with this challenge.



Let's get down to details shall we? The boots are by Michael Kors, handbag is by Radley, trousers are hand-me-downs from my daughter, the brand is River Island, the sweater is pre-loved and is by Carolyn Taylor.


As for my accessories, I found the beautiful leather Radley bag in a charity shop last year and the fact that it was in pristine condition helped me get over the colour. I bought the patterned ring at an airport concession in January, the other one is a charity shop find. And I was gifted the Nordgreen watch a few months ago. 


I dug out my old favourite chunky pearls for the shoot too - these were from Debenhams many moons ago. And the mirror sunglasses are by Quay Australia.


I feel I would be letting down my style credentials if I failed to mention the fact that yes, beige is actually the height of fashion currently. Beige Is Back was the headline in January with People magazine amongst others and in the world of interiors beige is the new grey. What can say? Following the latest trend isn't high on my list of priorities, but if something I love happens to be on trend then that's a bonus for me.  Those who slavish follow the tidal wave of trends from one season to another will be easy to spot out and about being seen in all the right places as they sport the various shades of creams, tan, flax and cream. Hurrah for me then, that I've hit the mark this month, but it's all very tongue in cheek and you won't be seeing me in this washed out shade again soon.

I do hope you'll take a moment to visit the other ladies from the challenge to read their back stories too. Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you again soon!

Have a lovely week!

Anna x

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  1. I know it's not your usual style but I really like it! Turning the challenge on its head was a fun thing to do, and quite unexpected. Adding the satin trousers and pearls lifts the outfit and the mirrored sunnies reflecting the sun look fab!

    Emma xxx
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    1. Thanks Emma. I really was in a quandary as to how to meet the challenge this month. The more I thought about it, the more this seemed to make sense. Am so glad you like it!

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  2. I agree with Emma, and love this whole outfit on you! Something I too would wear anytime. You always look fabulous though Anna, great challenge this month, albeit maddening! Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. I'm so pleased that you ladies were okay with my curved ball! It was the most difficult challenge for me so far - thank goodness it's over.

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  3. I don't think you even can look dull even when you try your best! I think it's such a great theme and your trousers are fab!

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    1. Beige really does make me feel dull, dull, dull. The other ladies had such fun, but for me it was a real trial. Hurrah for the ladies!

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  4. This is your madness! I love the trousers and the pearls are gorgeous. I think the necklace really lifts the outfit. Those heels are killers...

    Love the other's outfits but as you say they'd be everyday wear for you!

    Have a great week.
    xxx

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    1. I know it may seem comical to view this as my madness - welcome to my topsy-turvy world! The trousers and necklace did make a difference to the whole look, I agree. Beige a la Anna's Island Style you might say!

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  5. It is always fun to try something new. If beige is not the colour you usually wear, then this is your madness moment, why not? You do look lovely in this all beige outfit and I love the pearls.

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  6. Thanks so much Ivana. This was indeed my moment of madness, but I'm glad it's over. Cheers x

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  7. Well the colours may be beige and bland to you, Anna, but you've brought your edgy style to each element, like the satin trousers and ginormous heels. So even in your beige madness you've hit bland out of the park! Well done and I LOVE the outfit!
    Hugs, Mary.
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    1. Thanks so much Mary. Polly was worried that my beige offering might be a bit, well, beige, so I tried my hardest to lift it out of the ordinary. I'm so glad that it's a success x

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  8. I spent some time online watching Spring fashion shows from top designers today and Burberry seemed to have gone particularly mad for camel and white BUT with nice touches of red/orange! Perhaps you could dip your toe in that?:-):-):-)
    You look VERY pretty in this dressy ensemble Anna!

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    1. Oh, thank you Judy. I must admit that with my wilder outfits I feel I can rely on the colours to shine, but this look gave me nowhere to hide. I do like the sound of a splash of colour to offset this colourway.

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  9. I hate beige with a passion lol!! But that's on me. On you, it looks freaking gorgeous with those fabulous accessories! I love that you decided to go mad by choosing the opposite of what you normally wear <3
    Suzy xx

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    1. Cheers for that Suzy. It's so good to have this kind of feedback as I clearly am very prejudiced against the blandness of beige. It's difficult to have a true perspective about oneself, isn't it?

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  10. Good for you , showing your own opposite twist on March Madness. Beige is good on those with olive skin and dark hair but not so good if you are fairer. To each her own is always my motto.

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    1. I have to agree with you Jill. I think dark hair and olive skin, the whole Victoria Beckham types all look terribly chic in beige - me, I'm not so sure...

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  11. I still am not particularly fond of beige but you make it look classy here!1

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  12. You know what? I would have done the exact same thing, Anna, but I doubt I would have looked this fabulous! I do love the mix of neutral warm light colours - your mastery of texture really elevates this.

    I cannot wear beige. It physically looks hideous on me, and I find the psychic vibe of it so depressing. I can do taupe, cream, warm grey, but not beige.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I too find beige quite depressing and feel it ages me by about 30 years!

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing and to keep your point in post. Really cool!

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  14. Haha! It's funny isn't it? How your colours and style just wouldn't suit me (even though I love both) And yet you don't feel comfortable? In mine? Yet we have similar colouring's ie, skin and hair. I think you look amazing here in the outfit Anna. Please feel free to post straight to me!!! And there's those bloody boots again. I have searched endlessly for those! You styled right out of your comfort zone here and I admire you for that xx

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    1. I thought you might enjoy this one Laurie. It is all about the comfort zone isn't it? I know you'd look fabulous in this outfit, but it would completely swamp you as you're so petite - them old boots are still a couple of sizes too big for you too! x

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  15. mwhaha, all dressed in beige!! madness!!
    Love all the outfits, even yours!. I think you look elegant and cool, because of the textures, the accessorizing and the fab sunnies! You can't be dull!
    I totally agree on beige, it makes me feel depressing!
    besos

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    1. You and I are all about bright colours aren't we Monica? I tried to find an interesting mixture of beige, but I have to agree with you that beige is very depressing!

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