How a big birthday can concentrate the mind

I’ve never had a bucket list, says Elaine Kingett , but I’m 70 next year and that concentrates the mind wonderfully, as Samuel Johnson reputedly said. All those ‘regrets of the dying as told to nurses’ lists that pop-up on Facebook have been creeping into my head. Regrets, I’ve had a few but none I can doRead more

The best style advice I’ve ever been given

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’d say that I’m more stylish now than I’ve ever been. 1980s bodycon – been there, done that, bought the tight Lycra T-shirt dress. Grunge-tastic jumpers with holes in – I pity the moth that tries to chew on my Bella Freud . Bad hairstyles, I’ve had a few. MainlyRead more

There’s still time to visit the Choose Love store

  The aim of the  Choose Love pop-up store on Broadwick Street, London is that you go home empty-handed, for a good cause. Open until the end of January it’s the brainchild of charity organisation  Help Refugees.  I popped in yesterday and on display in the shop are lifejackets, food, clothing, tents, blankets: real products for refugees. The ideaRead more

Menopause at Work

The lack of awareness of how menopausal symptoms can affect women in the workplace has been highlighted by a new study; carried out just down the road from me at King’s College Hospital. Myra Hunt emeritus professor of clinical health psychology told the Guardian that while policies to support pregnant women are the norm, the menopause remains aRead more

How to wear colour in winter (bring on the cashmere)

Do you have a personal colour scheme? I’m definitely at home in chic-not-shouty blues and khaki greens ; often with a backdrop of stormy charcoal. These are the colours of the British seaside, and I wonder if hailing from Blackpool is the reason for the attraction? Hours of staring at my Instagram feed have confirmed my affinity for coastalRead more

Films to see in January 2018

This is the best time of year for cinema-goers. The run-up to awards season is the point to catch all the main contenders. Fine by me, I love to watch films the old-fashioned way and can’t wait for the Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s a toss up which comes first but my desire toRead more

New Year, New Jumpsuit

Journalism, jumpsuits and an enthusiasm for  faff-free dressing , Daisy Bridgewater the founder of Spry Workwear and former Saturday Telegraph Magazine columnist, and I, have a lot in common. After 20 years ‘peering into other people’s domestic lives’, Daisy set up her own company in order to simplify her own – and sort out certain sartorial issues. In aRead more

The joy of having a proper diary

Call me old-fashioned, but I like to greet the new year armed with the right stationery. Make that a Margaret Howell calendar and a proper diary . Electronic versions might be quick and easy but I spend far too much time staring at a screen already – and where’s the beauty? I much prefer to keep dates and notes inRead more

Expert wardrobe decluttering tips

As part of the research for Know Your Style , I embarked on a decluttering exercise with a wardrobe expert. Although I’m quite ruthless about old/unworn clothes, it was high time I sorted my shit out and an impartial judge really can make a difference (read more about my decluttering exercise HERE and HERE ). Most of wardrobe expert Anna Berkeley’s adviceRead more

Party-ready grey hair and how to achieve it

Gorgeous, grey-haired model Silvina Neder explains how a chance remark from a photographer became the catalyst for a career change. Having spent 30 years working in market research, the 50-year-old moved to London from Buenos Aires in 2015. Rather than use her new business portrait to continue her current employment, she was encouraged by theRead more