Turning 70 and Home Again

Hello everyone , hope this finds everyone well and enjoying life in your part of the world.

We arrived home a week ago after 10 weeks exploring France, Spain and Portugal. We had a wonderful time exploring new spots and re-discovering ones we had seen previously. I will , in time, do a few posts on our trip, that is after I sort out the many hundreds of photos I took.

Since arriving home I have been kept busy with a variety of medical check ups , visiting my hairdresser for a long overdue cut , getting my nails done and catching up with friends and family.  I also have spent some time in the garden as it is in desperate need of some attention, lesson learned don’t go away for an extended period in the growing season .

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our trip and the places we visited but the highlight for me was meeting in person four fabulous women that I had connected with through social media. Now I know this gets a bad rap but truly the online friendships you make far outweigh any negatives in my opinion.

My first meeting was with Erica , from the Netherlands , who happened to be touring France with her partner. Erica , whose IG is @ ericaepach, and I had followed each other for many years found we had so much in common , not just fashion but also a love of travel.

We did have a laugh when we both turned up donning our black and white.

My next meeting was with two wonderful and talented bloggers , Penny who blogs as Frugal Fashionshopper and Gail who blogs at Is This Mutton. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the three of us together, somehow it didn’t happen we may just have been too busy getting to know one another.

This is one that Penny and I snapped in the Ladies when we realised , yes we are the tulle twins.

I met Penny and Gail at the Victoria & Albert  museum which was quite a treat for me as despite being to London several times over the years I had never visited. Penny and I met first and we were joined by Gail a little later.

Penny is a member of the V & A and through her membership is able to have a guest to view the special exhibitions . Special they certainly were, both the Chanel exhibition and the Diva exhibition were outstanding and I am so grateful to Penny. The photos I took on the day weren’t brilliant so if you would like to see more of the exhibition Penny did a brilliant post.

The three of us enjoyed lunch together in one of the restaurants .

Thank you Penny and Gail for taking the time to meet me , it was a day to remember and made my time in London extra special.

I also met up with the uber stylish Lupe Castro in Paris. Lupe, on Instagram @mslupecastro, lives between the Canary Islands, London and Paris and is involved in many fashion related fields with sustainable fashion as her passion.

Here we are experiencing the delights at Paris Fashion Vintage ,a favourite of Lupes  me in an exquisite YSL jacket and Lupe in Missoni. As much as I was tempted it was out of my price range but the store had the most incredible designer vintage pieces.

This time we donned matching (albeit different sizes) YSL smoking jackets, a memory that I will have forever.

Lupe also introduced me to the Puces de Saintouen ( something that had been on my list for years) , it was massive and somewhat daunting for a first timer but just fascinating with its diversity.

We also enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant and talked for ages , swapping life stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting my fellow bloggers and Instagrammers as we all had so very much in common . I am often asked by bewildered friends and family as to why I do this social media thing , well the friendships made , be it online or in person make it all worthwhile and add so much to my everyday life.

I also celebrated my 70th. birthday in Paris and had a very special day , the sun even shone after what seemed to be weeks of rain.

As a surprise John had organised a Citreon 2CV tour of Paris, that took us to places you simply would not find on your own , including a Roman Amphitheatre .It was great fun , if not a little unnerving at times as our driver darted through traffic and took some highly dubious routes occasionally stopping to talk to passers by who wanted to talk about his car.

My birthday outfit , tartan Rundholz skirt , Lisa Ho coat , flocked flowery tights and Fly London shoes, that I purchased in Lisbon.

Apologies for not replying to comments and not visiting my fellow bloggers posts while I was away , I did have good intentions .

It is good to be back . Joining , a day late, Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday.



  1. November 30, 2023 / 7:08 am

    Wow, how fabulous to meet all of these women! I agree with you, the friendship is fabulous. I met Penny once in Brighton, such a interesting woman! Looking forward to read more about the trip!

    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 8:48 am

      Thank you so much Nancy , it was wonderful meeting fellow bloggers and instagrammers . I do remember when you met Penny . I will post about the trip as soon as I’ve sorted my photos.

  2. November 30, 2023 / 9:17 am

    Oh Jill, what a great post and I loved meeting you and tbh feel a little sad that we might not meet again, although never say never! The visit to the V&A was the best and I so enjoyed going round the exhibitions with you and yes, didn’t we agree on so many things.

    I’m loving the #7dayskirtchallenge and yay you can see I’ve got my style mojo back! As ever your style is so iconic and totally you. You remain my role model and long may we meet on social media. This is indeed the reason for being on social media – it is the friends one makes.

    So glad you had a brilliant birthday and long may your health be steady and good.

    Very best wishes to you and enjoy being back home 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 8:42 am

      Thank you so much Penny , it was such a joy meeting you in London and I so appreciated spending the day with you at the V & A. It is a shame we live so far away as we have so very much in common. As you say we may never meet in person again (although you never know) I am just so happy we had this chance.
      I am so glad to hear you have your style mojo back and enjoying the skirt challenge , its always fun .
      It is good to be home and catch up with friends and family.

  3. November 30, 2023 / 6:19 pm

    How wonderful that you’ve traveled for so long and met so many online friends! Welcome home! I have dreams of going to Europe/the UK again and meeting up with friends I’ve never met in person – so many lovely people, and how amazing that we get to connect in this way.

    I saw a Grace Kelly exhibit at the V&A many years ago – I can picture it still. Loved all the black and white and gorgeous outfits on you and your fellow bloggers/’grammers, and thank you for trying on a Le Smoking – what a fab pic!

    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 8:26 am

      Thank you so much Sheila it is good to be home after our long trip . I feel so very lucky to have met these wonderful and talented women. I hope you do too. I will remember my day with Penny & Gail at the V&A and seeing the exhibitions forever.

  4. November 30, 2023 / 6:59 pm

    I’ve been following your fascinating adventures on Instagram, Jill.
    How lovely to be able to meet up with people you connected with on social media. I’ve met quite a few of my fellow bloggers and it has been a delight!
    How fabulous to celebrate one’s 70th birthday in Paris! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 7:17 am

      Thank you so very much Ann for following along on Instagram. As you know meeting fellow bloggers is so special as we have so much in common.I was rather spoilt on my 70th.

  5. Nancy Brantley
    November 30, 2023 / 11:22 pm

    Glad to see your blog today and hear you had a wonderful trip! Looking good at 70! I know you enjoyed meeting your online friends. Looking forward to photos of trip.

    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 7:14 am

      Thank you so very much Nancy our trip was wonderful and went to plan. I will post trip photos as soon as they are all sorted.

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    • grownupglamour
      December 2, 2023 / 7:12 am

      Thank you Elizabeth I was so happy with our trip and yes I was well , in fact I came home much fitter with all our walking. Luggage wise I had one larger case and a small one but I am the first to admit I took too much. Yes it is time for you to return to Europe.
      I so enjoyed meeting fellow insta friends and bloggers , there is a special bond.

  7. December 10, 2023 / 1:14 am

    Oh Jill! You and your friends certainly have much in common, you’re totally in sync with each other!
    Telepathic dressing… So very stylish and unique. I love your posts and as you say, social media does have
    its positive side, let’s celebrate that.
    I’m so pleased you and John had a wonderful time and are home again safely.
    Look after yourself,

    • grownupglamour
      December 26, 2023 / 10:42 am

      Thank you so very much Elizabeth. I so enjoyed connecting with my fellow bloggers and we had so much in common including similar style . This connection is the positive side of our social media . We did have a wonderful time and saw many interesting places.

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