Wafty summer dresses with sleeves

This is definitely a week for wafting. I don’t wear dresses very often but it’s sweltering in London and I am in need of a breeze. Hence, I’ve been looking at frocks in natural fabrics, with the Waft Factor AND with sleeves. Michele Oka Doner is an American artist and these uber-chic photos are fromRead more

Be inspired by Chelsea Flower Show…

As with catwalk fashion, garden design is taken to the extreme at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (remember Diarmuid Gavin’s twirling trees last year?), writes Adrienne Wyper. And, of necessity, fashions change more slowly in horticulture than clothes. But although the show gardens are created for maximum impact, there are nevertheless trends to take away. ColourRead more

Creative Women at Work: Margo Marrone founder of The Organic Pharmacy

A global business that started in the back of a shop on the King’s Road,  The Organic Pharmacy  is celebrating its 15th birthday, this year. Now that my book has gone to print and I’ve gone to seed, I might just treat myself to one of their fantastic facials. Margo Marrone studied pharmacy at King’s College University andRead more

It’s time to welcome back the slingback

After my Big Wardrobe Workout , I donated a pile of 1990s ‘Fashion Editor’ clothes and shoes to the local charity shop. Mainly wide leg trousers that felt a bit corporate and a pile of trashed kitten heels. The shoes were all quite worn out and tragic-looking and with a style consultant in the house, I wondered why I’dRead more

Where to find a sleeveless summer dress with the Waft Factor

  ‘Every year it’s the same. I’m going somewhere really hot and the only thing it’s comfortable to wear is sleeveless,’ acclaimed author Maggie Alderson  says to me, ‘Loads and loads of women feel the same frustration. It doesn’t matter if you hate your upper arms, when it’s properly hot, you have to go sleeveless. Please can youRead more

A Time to Live: A new film from Sue Bourne

With boxes of vitamins and supplements and a lot of chocolate biscuits, director Sue Bourne and her film crew set off in a van around the country to film A Time To Live. The latest documentary from the award-winning film maker, is a series of interviews with people diagnosed with a terminal illness. After the screeningRead more

Summer plans – and some lovely holiday shoes

Someone asked me yesterday what my plans are for summer. I thought I didn’t have any – I’ve had very little headspace for anything other than the book, for the last few months  – but then I mumbled on about having a two-week holiday for the first time in years. Dredging the depths of myRead more

This year’s Turner Prize has no age limit

The Turner Prize has gone ageless. I’m a bit late to this snippet of news but I have been in Book Editing Hell for the last week. Nearly there… As creativity is not limited to the young and artists often make a breakthrough later in life, removing the age limit makes perfect sense. My money is on Lubaina Himid, 62, aRead more

Statement shirts – letting it all hang out

‘You’ll never be a scout with your shirt hanging out,’ that’s what my mum used to say when the Walsh kids arrived home from school looking a bit dishevelled.  But that was then, and 40-years later it’s chic to look a little undone. Blimey, there are even YouTube videos showing how to achieve an artfullyRead more

Age is not a fashion fad

My Grey-dar is always on high alert and this week it went, ‘Peep, peep, peep,’ on the appearance of  Hunger magazine’s ‘Through the ages’ fashion shoot. I like the tone of the editorial, too, ‘Fashion stands as a universal form of communication that has the ability to welcome all ethnicities, shapes and ages. Our attitudes need toRead more