Fabulous at Forty Plus?

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Mostly Mum has been thinking about age lately, or more specifically her age…

Regular readers will know by now that Mostly Mum is already… ahem… cough… splutter… over… um… forty. Forty-one and five months, to be exact!

And does that bother her?

Maybe just a teeny tiny little bit…

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Blooming beyond 40? I should hope so!

But why the sudden preoccupation with age all of a sudden? Shouldn’t that have happened over a year ago, on your milestone 40th birthday?

Well, my 40th birthday came and went without major incident or crisis, as I was very happily and very newly pregnant – that fact alone buffered the (age-related) blow to my ego and allowed me to live in denial somewhat.

Until now, that is!

You see, my precious bundle of joy is turning 1 next week and this milestone in my baby’s life has suddenly awakened me to that which can no longer be denied…

If my baby is getting older, then, by default, I must be too… Yikes!

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Baby C turns 1 next week! Just 40 years younger than me! Ouchie!

Also worthy of note are my music choices of late.

I have always been a bit of a Killers fan… (Brandon Flowers, anyone?! Sooo yum! – Shhh! Don’t tell the Hubby! Luckily, he doesn’t read this blog as he thinks it’s just for ladies… Thank goodness for small mercies! πŸ˜‚)

But a couple of weeks ago, I discovered the song Shot at the Night. It was released back in 2013, but it had somehow escaped my attention and I have no idea how as it is ah-may-zingg! I am just a little bit obsessed and have been asking myself why?

Is it the cinematic love story production of the video? The 80s inspired electro sound? The catchy chorus? Brandon’s gorgeous…. um… leather jacket? 😳

Or maybe it’s the sentiment of having a ‘shot at the night’? Maybe at the grand old age of 41, I’m just not ready to settle into middle/old age… Perhaps, I can still (re)launch a career, be fit and fabulous (slower metabolism post 40? Yeah, says who?!), look forward to a new chapter…

Shot At The Night? Oooh, yes, please! I still have time, don’t I?

In a way, this song by The Killers has become my anthem of the moment!

Unlike, Bressie’s Can’t Stay Young (Forever)

Love the song, Brez! Just can’t accept the message! No way! Not yet!

Bressie, a popular Irish musician for the uninitiated, released this song back in 2011, not long after he turned 30. So, in a way, this song is Bressie’s nod to his own diminishing youth! (So sorry, Brez! It happens to the best of us! 😳)

Nonetheless, just look at him seven years on…

On the cusp of the big 4-0 and still a dreamboat! (Shhh! The Hubby doesn’t need to know I said that either! 😊)

’You might feel your advancing years, Brez! But you don’t look old! Honestly!’ (And as far as I’m concerned, ‘you’re only as old as you look!’ I know that’s not how the saying goes, but why not shake things up a little?!)

And, on that note, here is my rundown of the best looking celebs of 40 and over…

First up, we have the ever lovely TV personality and musician Myleene Klass. She’s just turned the big 4-0. How fab is that leopard print cake!

It’s totally ‘uh may zing’, Myleene! A bit like you!

Technically, Myleene may have hit middle age but there is no spread around the middle for her.

And you’re blooming at 40, Myleene! Truly! πŸ’Ÿ

Oooh! Kylie! Kylie has been my style icon since… forever… or at least the age of 10 (Kylie and Jason, anyone?!). She’s always been fabulous and is still fabulous despite everything that life has thrown at her… heartbreak, breast cancer…

This lady is a survivor and, now on the cusp of 50, is a real inspiration.

OMG! I so need those boots in my life right now! Totally fabulous, Kylie! πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

And then we have the ever lovely actress Eva Longoria! Pregnant and blooming at 43.

This is how glowing should look, people!

Can’t leave Reese out of the lineup! At six months older than me, she still only looks about 20 and, to top it all, her career is flourishing with her Draper James clothing line and award-winningΒ TV series Big Little Lies.

The lovely Reese must have been drinking from the fountain of youth… We’ll have whatever you’re having, Reese!

Next up, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden. At 47, she’s still ‘holdin” onto her youth (yes, pun intended! So sorry, not sorry! 😊).

Amanda, fabulous beyond 40? Definitely!

And finally for #fitspo look no further than US actress Halle Berry…

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If Halle can look this good post 40, why can’t we? (Well, I can think of numerous reasons, but we won’t dwell on those right now! We don’t want to kill my positivity kick, now do we?!)

Oh and then there’s little old me, Β forty-one and five months (but, hey, who’s counting?!):

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Not yet totally fit and fabulous but we’re working on it!

If all else fails, there is always make-up…:

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Too many sleepless nights, dark circles ruining your look? Not anymore, thanks to this little baby (Β£2.50 on special offer in Sainsbury’s right now!) from fun ‘n’ fab beauty brand Dirty Works! ❀️ It!

So there you have it, folks! Mostly Mum might be getting on but she’s not going to let it get her down.

After all, she still needs to have her ‘Shot At The Night‘!

Until next time…

πŸ’‹ Mostly Mum

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