Holiday Shoes: Fifty Plus Style

I’m an unashamed shoe lover and have a pair for every occasion.  I wrote earlier this month about my resolution to get my travel mojo back and of course, I’ll need the right shoes for the job!  These are some of my travel choices.

Malaga Winter Break

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We’re off to Malaga next month for a sightseeing break, so I’m packing comfy shoes.  No dressing up in the evening means casual chic with these nude suede Chelsea boots from M&S which go beautifully with jeans and any top.  The gold pumps are from JD Williams* and will be perfect for days out as they’re cushion soft, but sturdy, plus I love a bit of bling in the daytime for holidays!

Girls In New York

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I’m really excited about my girls only trip to NYC in April and I think I’ve chosen the perfect shoes for the trip (although there’s sill time to acquire another pair).  I’m starting with red suede Chelsea boots from M&S which will give my evening outfits a bit of an edge, while ensuring that I can walk in comfort.  I’m just loving my Clarks calfskin walking shoes – I used to have shoes like these with seams on the outside, at sixth form and as soon as I saw them I knew they were coming home with me.  We’re going to be walking miles in NYC, but I still want to be stylish and I’m not a fan of trainers outside the gym.  These will go with my holiday colour scheme of black, grey and red. Finally, the sparkly pumps are an essential for slipping your feet into something comfy at the end of a long day when you just want to pop downstairs to the hotel bar for a quick nightcap.  I aim to always pack a pair of soft pumps in my bag wherever I go.  I’d like to be telling you that these are Pretty Ballerinas, but they are cheapies from New Look.  They do the job though!

Cruising The Eastern Med with Celebrity

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I wrote recently about getting back on the ocean wave, so this is where glamour really comes into its own.   Cruising means dressing up to the nines, so enter my fierce stiletto Carvelas.  These are fabulous and (nearly) comfortable.  The calfskin pumps will be perfect for scooting round the ship during the day.  I bought these in a fantastic shoe shop in Malaga – they are super soft and were reassuringly expensive!

So this is my new year resolution illustrated by shoes!  JD Williams have some great shoes for taking you to where you want to be for 2016.  Take a look at the link here for some ideas.

*this is a collaborative post

Cruising: A Change Of Heart

Not so long ago, after a particularly bad experience with a heavy swell in the Med, I vowed never to cruise again.  Well, it seems I may be having a change of heart.  This happens all the time with me, I get sick, say I’ll never do it again, book another, panic, enjoy it (mostly), hate it (sometimes) and so it goes on.  The thing is, when a cruise is good, it is very very good and no other holiday can hold a candle to it.

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Steve and I have been pretty dedicated cruisers over the years.  Some of these have been truly amazing, such as South East Asia (cruising through the mist into Ha Long Bay Vietnam, pictured), Amazon River, Panama Canal and Alaska.  Others, like Norway have been so beautiful I  wanted to cry.  The Med has always delivered in terms of wonderful culture and history.

So, as I have a significant birthday coming up we’re planning another, this time to the Eastern Med.  I love Greece and although we’ve holidayed there a few times, I fancy a bit of island hopping, so we’re looking at Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes.  I’m praying for the weather gods to be kind to me!

This is our cruise list (for all those sad people like Steve and I that love to know the details).

2014 P&O Ventura Med

2013 Cunard QM2 Christmas Markets Europe

2013 Celebrity Constellation Atlantic Coast Europe

2012 Cunard Queen Elizabeth Norway

2011 P&O Arcadia  Bruges

2011 RCL Navigator of the Seas Adriatic

2011 P&O Azura Northern Europe

2010 P&O Oriana Canaries

2010 Oceana Europe

2009 P&O Oceana Med

2009 Azamara Quest South East Asia

2008 P&O Arcadia Panama Canal

2006 P&O Oceana Canaries

2005 P&O Oceana Caribbean

2005 Arcadia Europe

2004 Grand Princess Baltic

2003 Celebrity Mercury Caribbean

2003 Ocean Village Med

2002 Ocean Princess Caribbean

2002 Ocean Village Med

2001 Golden Princess Med

2001 P&O Arcadia Amazon

2000 Dawn Princess Caribbean

1999 Royal Princess New England & Canada

1996 Sun Princess Alaska & Rockies Road Trip

1992 Sky Princess Caribbean

Christmas Markets on Queen Mary 2

What better place to do a spot of Christmas shopping than on a Christmas Markets cruise on the QM2!  The 150000 tonne liner was our home for four nights for a festive jaunt, giving us a chance to dress up to the nines and shop to our heart’s content in one convenient package!  Hurray!

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We had an obstructed view balcony stateroom, so plenty of room for our luggage, plus shopping bags, and a nice retreat for rocking us gently to sleep.  On this cruise, the weather was kind to us and despite it being December, we were able to get outdoors and enjoy that being at sea feeling.  We even had champagne on our balcony for the sailaway.

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There are some great places to eat and drink on the QM2.  We particularly liked The Chartroom where I indulged in the odd Kir Royale pre-dinner and dirty martini later on!

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This was our first trip on the QM2 and on boarding I was blown away by the Christmas decorations and the effort that had gone into making this a Santa’s grotto for grown ups.  I was so excited, it was ridiculous!

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My favourite shopping outing was to Le Havre where I even bumped into Santa who caught me buying a panettone and some cassis to take home.  There is a fab little market where you can test out all sort of French delicacies before you buy.DSCF0474

On the last night, the passengers were invited to sing Christmas carols and festive music in the atrium.  Right up my street!  It was so magical.  Especially when we sang ‘I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas’ and snow started to fall from the ceiling!  I felt like I was in a remake of Holiday Inn!

This is such a fab way to get you in the mood for Christmas that I wish I could do it every year.