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Monday, 27 March 2017

8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Welcome back to The fab 40's.

The fab 40s Dress Like Princesses.


{Yes, That was my initial reaction too.}

When this month's theme was announced I thought.....

My youngest daughter thought it was a great idea.
My 12 year old rolled her eyes and said...
"Oh Mum...please don't embarrass us!"

This month it was Sheela's turn to choose what the Fab40's would be wearing, and she wanted to follow last month's tricky 'Pop Art' with something equally challenging.

{Not half Sheela!!}

However, I am always up for a challenge and with such a diverse group of creatively minded women I knew great things could happen.

So, with some trepidation I took Sheela's Challenge and ran with it.

Over 40?
Can we handle it?
Let's find out....

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

With Princesses as a 'theme' I was expecting one (or more!) of 4 things to happen...
  • Lots of Barbie pink.
  • Layers and layers of frothy tulle.
  • Sparkles, glitter and more sparkles
  • Maybe a tiara or two.
Scary stuff for real life, especially over the age of 5!

Once I had decided that the Disney princess I most admired was Elsa, the rest of my look came together easily.

Elsa is the perfect princess.
She is powerful and feisty.
Yes, she had some serious issues... a troubled childhood and more than her fair share of woes.
Life puts pressure on her and she flips out, going crazy...(we've all done that from time to time haven't we? PMT anyone?)
BUT, at the end of the day she comes good.
All without the need for a "Prince Charming" to save her.
She doesn't need a man to complete her.
She just needs the love of her sister.
Girl power all the way!

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

This outfit was easy to wear, and lots of fun too!
The main focus of this look (for me) was this icy-inspired top and these gorgeous tights.
The tights are so well made and evenly opaque to the waist, so the slit in these jeans (at the top of my thigh) does not flash a reinforced area (yuck).
This sequined top is quite bold and eye-catching so I toned it down (very slightly) by adding a blue blazer.
I would have worn the top on it's own but the material is irritating, and it was pretty chilly, so this cream polo-neck was perfect.
Elsa-ish and cosy!

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

White and silver brogues finished things off nicely.

{My wee bag was just for practical purposes (keys, phone etc) but I forgot to take it off!}

JEANS: GAP... these are cool!
SHOES: Aldo...similar
TOP: Topshop...mine was a pound! This one is similar.
BAG: Vintage...similar.
BLAZER: Monsoon...this one is bold.

Normally I like to talk about each of the outfits worn by my fellow bloggers, but not this month.
I wanted you to have fun trying to guess who inspired their inner Princess!

Pop over to the blogs (links are in the headings) to find out the full story.

Our Guest blogger this month... 

Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge.

This one seems obvious to me... but then I am here in Scotland!

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Sheela from Sheela Writes.

Sheela's princess is a very popular one, can you guess who?
(Think inside the box, or this case!)

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann's Princess is slightly different ...
Pop over to her blog to find out the full story.

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Jennie is the most obvious princess of all... if you don't get this one I will be VERY surprised.
She has been busy DIYing and even her hair is in character!

Diane has gone down a different route.
She is a tomboy at heart so had to make a few tweaks.

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary is channelling her inner princess, and celebrating her heritage! 

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Veronica from CID Style file.

Veronica has gone all girly! 
She is inspired by a not-really-a-princess-type-princess, but who?

The Fab40's | 8 Ways to be a Princess (yes, Really!) Over 40.

Which of our Princess-inspired outfits would you wear?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment.
Or contact me!
I love hearing from you.




  1. Sam, I love the contrast between the glitter and the distressed denim! I feel like it so superbly represents Elsa's struggle with her powers! Those tights are magnificent and the brogues are swoon-worthy. Absolutely darling! And thank you so much for letting me t=be a part of this super fun collaboration. I had a blast!


    1. Shelbee, it was great fun to have you onboard this month.... you really surprised me by choosing who you did BUT I loved your interpretation :o) XXX

  2. And your hair looks amazing Samantha!! I just think your face shape is perfect for a pixie cut!! I may be joining you soon!!
    I've worn tights under my distressed jeans before, but only ones that blended in---what a great idea to make them stand out!

    1. Thank you Jodie.... I don't have the perfect face shape for a pixie but I like having one anyway!
      Your oval face would be great to experiment with!
      Have you spotted a pixie that embraces your natural curls?
      There are loads of photos to get inspiration from.

  3. THERE'S our Samantha!!! Your new haircut is darling! I like the little spike pieces near your face. Looks like you have more layers than your previous short style! YOU LOOK DARLING.
    I'm thinking princess look is quite a challenge but I think you pulled this off with something you'd actually wear out and about on a casual (non-work) day. I LOVE the tights and the brogues. A modern Elsa would most certainly rock this exact look!! =-)

    1. Thank you Judy.
      My hairdresser just did her own thing and I let her get on with it.
      The pointy bits wee my only request.
      It was a REALLY hard challenge..... dressing up but for real life. I'm so glad you like it!

  4. I truly love your interpretation of Elsa. The icy top and wonderful leggings were brilliant choices for your ice queen interpretation. I really like seeing the patterned tights with your distressed jeans and your white and silver brouges are perfection.

    1. Thank you Jennie...I imagined Elsa out of her world and on the streets of a city :o)
      My jeans are SO distressed they are getting obscene! LOL
      These opaques were the perfect modest addition :oP

  5. Out of everyone's interpretation, Sam, yours was my absolute fave. You managed to create an Elsa that could easily translate into something anyone would wear on the streets today. And look fabulously cool too, pun fully intended. Cool and edgy.

  6. Your interpretation is fabulous.

    You rock you pixie cut and bold white glasses like no other.


    1. Thank you Suzanne... these glasses were only a pound and I LOVE wearing them. They hide a multitude of eye-baggy-no-sleep-sins! XXX

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    1. I think this is possibly my weirdest comment ever....thank you anyway! . Sorry, but links that do not direct to personal blogs are deleted from my page. Have a lovely day.

  8. I absolutely love your interpretation of Elsa. The tights under denim look great

  9. Love this look. Elsa is so strong and powerful! I love the leggings/tights underneath your jeans! You look amazing!

    1. Elsa Rocks, doesn't she!? I like the way the disney princesses are getting more kick-ass as time goes by :o) XXX

  10. wowww, those amazing shoes and printed tights!! I love how those beautiful motives poke out through your jeans!, you look so cool and really original!
    Love to see all those ladies looking so Fabulous!

    1. Thank you Monica....I had a feeling these tights would get a "thumbs up" from you! XXX

  11. You are all amazing in your princess interpretations. I love the printed tights you chose, the sequins and the fab shoes. Thanks for linking, xo


    1. Thank you Patti.
      These tights are lots of fun to wear, I'm glad you like them! :o) XXX

  12. I totally lack creativity in this field. (Or perhaps all together 😂. Princess dressing is indeed for me long gowns, high heels and a tiara or such. As I don't know that many princesses I couldn't guess any. Even had to look up Elsa (I have no kids..).
    But princesses aside, you all wear lovely outfits. I betyou get a remark or two wearing yours. But I like it.

    1. I'm glad you looked up Elsa.... she is a pretty decent role-model for young girls. My two youngest were full of love and cuddles for each other when they first watched it. (Although they always go back to bickering eventually).
      No kids explains your beautiful wardrobe full of stain-free, high-quality clothes :oP
      (Most of my wages are spent on childcare and dance classes!!)
      You are right about the remarks, although people are generally nice... to my face anyway! I figure it's much better to cause a mini-stir than be lost in a sea of black :o)

  13. How fun Sam! I get some of my stockings from mystockings and have to look those up! They are cool! Love the individual style of each lady and wow, no powder pink in sight! The silver top and brogues adds just enough sparkle! love it!
    thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  14. I love your sequin top (NO surprise there) and I especially love them with those brogues. The printed tights making their presence known is the icing on a very cool cake. I love your interpretation of this theme! xx


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