Festive Season Over 50s Lifestyle

What had the Festive WOW factor for me this week?

December 15, 2021

Recently I discovered a new blog ‘Is This Mutton?’ and Gail who is certainly living life her way. Gail kindly invited me to join her WOW – #wowonwednesday link up. Last week I shared my Traditional Festive Baking and this week I thought I would just put together a post of 5 things I’ve done this week which had a WOW Factor for me.

1. Our first Festive Bon Bons Link Party

Festive Bon Bons Link Party
The First Festive Bon Bons Link Party was fun!

Deb from Deb’s World, Jo from And Anyways.. , Donna from Retirement Reflection and I, co-hosted the very first Festive Bon Bons Link Party. A fun way to share our thoughts around the Festive Season by answering 10 questions. You can read my post HERE where I share my answers and also link through to others which you may enjoy reading.

2. Spending time with my grandsons

I just adore my two grandsons, Ethan (7.5) and Elliot (3.5) and the Festive Season is just the best time of year to share with them. I spend each Wednesday with them but also had a sleep over last week which was extra fun. There is much excitement in their house as Elfie arrived, the Christmas Tree is up and they wrapped some gifts. On Thursday, we took Elliot to daycare and Ethan and I had some one-on-one time which is always special.

Each year, I buy a Christmas tree decoration for each of the boys. It is a lovely tradition and one that I hope will create memories for them to remember their ‘Nan’ in the future.

This coming week we will be baking which is always messy but fun!

3. Breakfast with my Saturday Sisters Running friends – an annual tradition

Saturday mornings I drive to Brisbane to run with a Saturday Sister. We have been running together for 12 years and enter fun runs together throughout the year. My daughter originally introduced me to the group and we became known as the Saturday Sisters. Although life has taken over and there is only my friend and I running regularly, we always meet up for a breakfast throughout the year as a group and especially at Christmas. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane and caught up on what we have all been doing in 2021.

4. Van Gogh Alive

After my breakfast with my Saturday Sisters, I met up with another friend and enjoyed the experience of Van Gogh Alive. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the combination of classical music and Van Gogh works projected on to many screens throughout the room was so creative and enjoyable. If it comes your way be sure to put it on your Must See list.

5. Festive Dressing on a budget

Each year I like to wear a new outfit for the Festive season and this year I decided to try to stick to a budget and see what I could come up with. I know that quality is important but sometimes the budget just won’t stretch that far. I believe you can still look good despite the price tag. I’d love to hear what you think of my outfit and what you like to wear for the Festive Season.

I have three looks to share with you. Of course, living in Australia, it is Summer which may not be suitable for the Festive Season where you are. For me it is about feeling comfortable, looking stylish but also cool as where I live in Queensland this time of year is hot and humid!

Just a note: I’m not affiliated in any way with the clothing or accessories shown. I just like what I’ve purchased and the looks I’ve ‘put together’ for the Festive Season.

#1 – A colourful dress that is cool and comfy.

Accessories were my leather earrings from Crossmore Road and wooden necklace, the dress was SHEIN

#2 – Skirt and Top – Cool and summery

What I wore: Earrings Tinney’s Treasure Trove , Sandals Vionic Shoes Australia purchased at the Black Friday sales. Skirt SHEIN and would you believe the top is from Kmart Australia.

#3 – My choice for Christmas Day – Red and White

White and Red will be my Christmas Day theme, My Dress is from Jacqui-E, necklace and earrings from Lovisa

Over to you! What had the Festive WOW Factor for you this week?

Sue Loncaric

Linking up with Natalie at her Weekend Coffee Share

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Debbie Harris December 15, 2021 at 16:19

    Wow indeed Sue, you are rocking all the bright colours – so pleased for you as you look great! A lovely post full of the wow factor. I really want to see the Van Gogh exhibition one day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2021 at 05:26

      Thanks, Deb it has really helped doing the colour challenge and also pulling out or buying colourful clothes. Life has been difficult as you know so bright colours and enjoyable social connection has helped me greatly. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 15, 2021 at 16:46

    These are an awesome WOW Five!
    So uplifting! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2021 at 05:27

      Thanks, Donna it helped me to see that life hasn’t all been about ‘the cloud’ and I do have fun things in my life. x

  • Reply suzanne December 15, 2021 at 22:47

    Sue, the Van Gogh exhibit was in Miami and I still regret not making the two-hour drive to see it. Glad you took the time and enjoyed it. Talk about a splash of color! I tend to go for comfortable and lightweight clothes for the holidays also. I’d wear any of these outfits. I think the red top would also look good with a pair of white Capri pants and a shoe with a little lift. Your jewelry selections make the outfits. Well done.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2021 at 05:32

      Hi Suzanne, I thoroughly enjoyed the Van Gogh Alive experience and it was certainly a sensory experience. I’m loving my outfits for the Festive Season, too, and agree that white capri pants would work. I usually wear pants but this year thought I would opt for a skirt which I was pretty happy with. Again, I splashed out on the jewellery but I have to say I’m happy with my choices and surprised myself putting the outfits together as I’m not what you would call a ‘fashionista’ LOL 🙂 Best wishes to you and your family for the Festive Season and 2022. Thank you for supporting my blog, I truly appreciate it. xx

  • Reply Gail December 16, 2021 at 17:31

    Thanks for the mention! There’s a Van Gogh immersive experience in London which we’ll hopefully visit soon. The white and red outfit for Christmas looks very elegant and slightly unexpected with the white – but perfect for your summer Christmas. Thanks for linking Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2021 at 08:31

      Hi Gail yes where I live it is hot and humid so white is usually my preference. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey December 18, 2021 at 09:12

    I’d love to get down for the Van Gogh exhibition – may need to convince Grant that it’s a good idea. Love your looks & envious of the white…especially on Christmas day it wouldn’t be white on me for long – I am such a klutz!

  • Reply Natalie December 18, 2021 at 12:16

    Thank you Sue for sharing your festive WOWs with us at #weekendcoffeeshare. The social time with my family and friends, festive lights and holiday decorations have been my WOWs this week. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Reply Gary A Wilson December 19, 2021 at 01:40

    Hi Sue.
    My wife and I decided long ago to postpone having our children to give us time to finish school and do some travel and get financially settled so we were more ready for kids that we could have been as starving students. It was a good idea at the time and we knew the cost would be a delay in getting grand children. Now our 3 kids are in their mid-high 20s, only one is married and finally they are talking about starting their family now that our son is graduating from his undergrad studies. So maybe as soon as late next year perhaps . . .
    As a rule and as one of the few guys in our weekend coffee share group, I avoid commenting on a woman’s appearance. I’m happily married and these days, such comments can easily become awkward.
    But you asked and I think I have a non-awkward answer so I’m making an exception today.
    I’m far from a qualified expert is things like this, just ask my wife, but if we were to meet in person and you were wearing either of the combinations above, I would think, but not say, that here is a very attractive woman with fundamental sense of dressing very classy.

  • Reply Deborah December 20, 2021 at 10:20

    I really love you in red Sue, it definitely suits you. And well done on the consistency of your Saturday runs.

    I’m in Brissy for a few days over Xmas and would love to see the Van Gough exhibition but am not sure it’d be open or if it was it’d be terribly busy over that time I’m sure!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2021 at 06:45

      Thank you Deb I love red although I only seem to wear it at Christmas. You should try to see the Van Gogh Alive. It goes for about 45 minutes and I know there are tickets available. I’m thinking they only let so many in at a time because I had to select a time when I booked.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 20, 2021 at 16:56

    A great mix of events, food, and style Sue – it’s plain to see that you’re enjoying getting into the Christmas festivities – and we all know that nothing beats sharing time with our grandbabies!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2021 at 06:46

      I love this time of year, Leanne. Merry Christmas to you and your family xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 21, 2021 at 06:22

    We went to the Hunter for the Christmas lights – the first night was sold out, but for the first time ever we had booked two nights. The second night the storm came in and rained solidly until after dinner when we drove to get our money back if possible. But it stopped raining as we parked and we did the lights and all was good. That was my Festive WOW – that sometimes is works out down to seconds…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2021 at 06:47

      Hi Lydia, I’m so pleased it worked out and you could see the lights. The weather certainly can play havoc with our plans. Wishing you all the best for a lovely Festive Season and a happier 2022. xx

  • Reply Michele Somerville December 21, 2021 at 07:32

    Your grandchildren are blessed that you are able to be with them. Loved the post and the outfits, you look wonderful, like the white with bright red too, Stunning. These days my dress up clothes are one pair of black dress slacks and whatever tops or layers I put with them, earrings, and oh yes, face masks! Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year Sue, best and blessings, Michele

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:00

      I am so lucky to have my grandsons and the ability to see them whenever I want to. I really went colourful this year for the Festive Season as I’ve been living in ‘active wear’ mostly and wanted something to feel in the spirit of the season. Best wishes for 2022, Michele. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 22, 2021 at 13:57

    What a bright and colourful post to read and view in the lead up to Christmas, Sue!
    What a great way to end the Monday Link Up Life This Week with your post! Thanks so much for joining in and I look forward to starting 2022 Life This Week on Monday 3 January 2022. Warm wishes and stay well! Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:03

      Hi Denyse, thanks for helping me with the weekly prompts for #lifethisweek. 2021 has been such a difficult year that at times I’ve not felt creative enough to think about topics to write about. That’s when I’ve really found inspiration through your prompts. Here’s to 2022 and #lifethisweek. Wishing you and Mr B a healthy and happy 2022. See you on the 3rd. xx

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