A mature, single woman’s summer adventure

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‘Just call me Shirley Valentine,’ said That’s Not My Age contributor/writer Elaine Kingett when we met, yesterday. Going on to explain that she was planning to spend the entire summer, on her own, in Greece. Here Elaine talks about her upcoming adventure: The radiator in my bathroom has been on since last October, the lightsRead more

Vogue Goes Pop and the colouring book craze

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What better time to start colouring-in? Uncertainty, stress levels running high; engaging in a spot of mindfulness shading could be just the thing. Adult colouring books have been around for sometime, though I’ve only recently acquired one. It’s the new Vogue Goes Pop colouring-in book from award-winning writer, author an illustrator Iain. R.Webb. I’ve knowRead more

Bill Cunningham: the legend

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I don’t often re-issue old posts, but here’s one I wrote after seeing Bill Cunningham New York the movie. The original street style photographer died in New York yesterday, aged 87: Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for overRead more

Shocked about Europe – and a morsel of good (book-related) news

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Devastating news about the European Referendum. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt European, part of Europe and proud – and now, everything’s changed. Everything. I was up at 4.30am this morning watching events unfold, and I’m still reeling. While I’m shocked and saddened by the result, I believe in democracy and thatRead more

Moving on from the ubiquitous skinny jean – and some new denim brands to look out for

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After more than a decade of the ubiquitous skinny jean, the shift to a relaxed silhouette is more than welcome. Quite frankly, the, er, new status quo has a much more interesting aesthetic – think frayed, hand-painted, high-waisted, patchwork denim. This sartorial swing has had me wearing my old Levi’s 501s again and engaging inRead more

Sophie Fontanel a new French Style Heroine and over-40 Instagrammers in Vogue

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Women over-40 on Instagram, it’s ‘a thing’. First I get a mention in the Telegraph’s The grown-up Instagram style stars you need to know , then the Ageless Style issue of British Vogue (July 2016) runs a feature called Second Post, on creative women in their 40s and 50s (including the wonderful photographer Kristin Perers ) and now 9 Steps to superstardom by a 54-year-old French Instagram Sensation. Sophie Fontanel is a French fashion journalist and author who lovesRead more

Adventures at the New Tate Modern

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I expected not to like the New Tate Modern. The ginormous twisted ‘Switch House’ building is 10-floors high, would take a week to get round and there’s only so much modern art a person can take. But it’s fantastic, the new museum is big and beautiful, inside and out. And in a week where thereRead more

Can SPFs save your skin, no sweat?

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Since the sun’s finally getting out a bit more, the annual sunscreen debate gets its airing, writes Vicci Bentley. Do you really need a special one for your face? And the big one – aren’t SPFs in moisturisers and makeup enough? Hmm. A couple of weeks ago, a feature in The Daily Wail put SPF makeup to theRead more

Creative women at work: Amelia Bullmore

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Actor Amelia Bullmore has appeared in some of my favourite TV programmes: Coronation Street ( Steph Barnes ), I’m Alan Partridge (girlfriend Sonja ) and Twenty Twelve ( Kay Hope ) – we’ll come onto Happy Valley in a minute. And so, it’s quite surprising, then, that when we met at a Pilates class, a couple of years ago, I didn’t evenRead more

The perfect shoe for Instagram and a reader offer from Penelope Chilvers

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Could this be the perfect shoe for Instagram ? Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but Penelope Chilvers Alhambra sandal – inspired by the beautiful Spanish palace in Granada – is incredibly photogenic. No need to traipse about for hours looking for a beautiful tiled floor to stand around on, these mosaic patterned leather sandals areRead more