July 2015 archive

We absolutely love stripes!

 I am not sure what it is about stripes, but I can’t get enough of them!

shirt from Zara and jeans Top ShopStripey tee Zara

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me they are the simplest way to instantly look chic, is it the navy and white combo, not sure. But whatever it is, I guarantee if you give these stripy babes a try you will love!

Try wearing a stripy-tee or knit with navy or white jeans for casual glam or wear under a black or navy suit for office cool!

I recently read an article in The Daily Mail, that said ” a Dr Peter Thompson, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of York, announced last year that horizontal stripes actually make you look thinner”. Well blown me down with a feather, for years we have been told not to wear horizontal stripes as they do the female figure no favours and that vertical stripes are the way to go. So now chicks, we can wear our stripes however the fancy takes us!!

How do you wear your stripes? We would love to hear from you.

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

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Run, run, run

It’s finally happened! I’ve achieved something that I’ve always struggled with…I’ve started to enjoy exercise!hot pink trainers and bright blue leggings

Exercise and me have always been fair-weather friends – I give her my all for the briefest of moments and then give her up with barely a backwards glance.

That was until the luggage of my perimenopausal journey reared it’s ugly face – and by that, I mean the roll of something extra around my middle. I no likey!

I decided my only option was exercise. I started running about 6 weeks ago and to be very honest (please don’t hate me) I’m absolutely LOVE it! Blow me down with a feather, I really do enjoy it.

Tina and me may be very alike in some respects, but in relation to exercise, we’ve always been worlds apart. Tina loves it with a passion while until now I’ve never found a form of exercise that I really enjoy.

I only run twice a week – both days of the weekend as, with a full-time job, this is the only time I can really squeeze it in. I started off covering short distances and have gradually built up how long and how far I run for. It’s great – my body feels stronger, less wobbly, and my mummy tummy is decreasing, yay!

I didn’t realise that as we get older, our metabolism changes. It slows down, and starts to store more fat. Marilyn Glebville explains it beautifully:

“Your ovaries produce less oestrogen as you go through the menopause, so your body tries to compensate by making you fatter. Fat around the middle of your body manufactures oestrogen, which can offset the lower levels of oestrogen produced by the ovaries”.

So getting your wiggle on will really help to get rid of any extra fat you might find yourself with,

It’s important to find something you love, or at least like, that really gets your heart rate up.

Now, this is soooo me, but I just can’t run in any old thing, I want to look nice too. So I took myself off to H&M and got some really fabulous gym clothes that didn’t break the bank but look good and feel good too. My husband even bought me some hot-pink trainers, woo hoo!

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. Fingers crossed that this newfound friendship will last forever!

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

 

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Fashion in your 40s and beyond……….

We want to start by saying how tricky we found the heading of this blog. Everything we came up with had negative connotations attached (e.g. fashion and the over 40s – we’re not over it!), which is exactly what we’re battling against.

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Anyway, let’s forget headings on concentrate on one of our most favourite topics…FASHION!!!We love, love, LOVE…… fashion, and even the word is fab!!! Unfortunately, we’re bombarded with tales by “the experts” who confuse us about what we should and shouldn’t wear when we reach a certain age! Here we go again, “a certain age”.Here at HC-HQ, we’re not fashion experts but ladies just like you who love to look good. And in our book, look good = feel good and feel good = looking good. Win, win! We’re certainly not going to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be wearing, but instead talk about what we like to wear, how we dress, and the tips that we find work for us. And if you have any tips about what you wear that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them.

We use the following rule, if we feel good in something then our “inside sunshine”, (as we like to call it), will shine for all to see. That’s it, the only rule…If you like a tight fitted dress and feel fabulous in it, then rock it, if you love a short skirt, ditto, just make sure you are feeeeeeeeeling 100% good in whatever you wear.

For us, we love clothes that fit us well. This is really important, because something that doesn’t fit well will always make us look bigger than we are, and that’s not what any of us really want or need. As discussed in previous blogs, we’re big fans of accessorising, and find this a really good way to keep up with trends – if the ‘it’ colour of the season is jade green (top tip, hot chicks – it’s going to be huge), then pick shoes, a bag, a necklace or a ring and, BOOM, you’re on trend.

Accessorising is what we usually do to update our existing clothes, giving an old outfit a fresh feel. It’s not about splurging every season on a whole new wardrobe, just adding a few bits and pieces to what you already have.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to update your outfit, look at what other women you admire are doing and copy! We have huge style-crushes on the following gorgeous ladies:

o    Julianne Moore

o    Cameron Diaz

o    Naomi Watts

o    Gwyneth Paltrow.

We love the way they look, and it doesn’t matter that we don’t have their celebrity budgets (although a girl can dream!). We can all wear a fab pair of jeans and white tee with a pair of brightly coloured wedges and bingo – Cameron Diaz! There’s nothing wrong with looking to see how other women dress and picking what you love to try for yourself. Copying’s the highest form of flattery, right!

The high street is now full of fabulous shops that are copying styles not just from the runway, but also from celebrities. Our favourite high street shops are: Zara, (always on trend) Marks and Spencer, (the Limited range is fab), Next (great for classic bits), and H&M, (an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, but you do need to look).

Sales are another great way of picking up a classic item at a reduced price, so do keep an eye on Whistles – they have an amazing sale and you can get brilliant bargains: we I got a lovely cashmere jumper for £35. Cashmere is a great investment item because it’ll last you for years.

On the subject of saving a bit of cash here and there, here are our top 10 style tips so you look great without spending a fortune every season:

o     Add an item of costume jewellery. This’ll bring any outfit to life without trying too hard, and you can pick the colour/theme of the ‘season’ to make your look right up to date. Easy peasy.

o    New season shoes or boots update any item in your wardrobe. Pick one of the season’s styles, be it a wedge or sexy heel, to give your wardrobe a modern feel without trying too hard.

o    Always spend some extra cash on a well-fitted pair of jeans. It really makes all the difference. Jeans are a failsafe item for us: they go with EVERYTHING…Sling on a good pair of jeans, a fitted shirt, a necklace, boots or heels and a bag and off you go…….

o    Buy a suit jacket… dresses up any outfit: jeans, (yes, we love jeans) a dress, a skirt – anything works with a nice suit jacket. If you feel daring, go for a bold colour!

o    Block colours are not only very slimming on those days when you might not be feeling it; they also look very chic indeed

o    Don’t neglect your hair. A good haircut and colour is essential to looking good. No one wants to see our roots.

o    Tee shirts, we love, love, love, them, they are so versatile… dress them up or down, perfect. Add jewellery – instant glamour

o    Why not try a bright coloured handbag… I know we shouldn’t but, hey a chick just has to have another bag. You don’t need to spend a fortune, the high street is full of this season’s bag, be bright and bold!

o    Don’t forget about your nails, please. If you’re colour-shy with clothes, try painting your nails a bright colour. We promise it’ll make a difference to any outfit without much cost at all. No excuse not to give it a whirl.

o    Most importantly, wear what makes you feel good, happy and confident… that will radiate on the outside and, if you feel good, you will look good. Work it chicks!

We hope you enjoy!

Carol and Tina

Watercolour photo of a pinky red heart

 

 

 

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