The new way to wear a shirt dress

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I’m always looking for new ways to wear things, new ways to layer. And this gorgeous striped cotton shirt dress could be THE style inspiration for summer. Perfect for swanning around in, the shirt dress looks ace over gold jeans or cigarette pants – though white makes an excellent alternative. Such an easy-breezy modern look.Read more

Missoni stripes and a lovely exhibition


Zig-a-zag-ah, there’s a lovely Missoni retrospective on at the Fashion & Textiles Museum in London. Missoni Art Colour is quite small but neatly combines 20th century artwork from the Italian family’s collection  – paintings by Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini  – with a wonderful display of the signature zigzag crochet knits. I’m a sucker for aRead more

Saturday night and Sunday morning

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Inspired by the discovery of her parents’ war diaries, writer and journalist Elaine Kingett established Write It Down! a series of writing and mindfulness retreats in Spain, France and Wales. With the idea of inspiring everyone, ‘irrespective of previous writing experience to write down their lives; relax and return home with brain expanded and selfRead more

How to wear a white shirt and not look basic


I’ve never been able to get excited about the white shirt. It was part of my school uniform and frankly looked best after the class had signed their names all over it, on the last day of term. Remember that? Then as a fashion editor, the white shirt became one of the items ‘every womanRead more

Advanced Style: Older & Wiser an interview with Ari Seth Cohen

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There are two reasons I started blogging, in 2008. The first was that not long after I’d left a job as fashion editor on a glossy magazine, the internet became A Thing. When most of my freelance work shifted online, I realised there was an opportunity to create an independent space where I could talkRead more

What’s Your Bag with Ally Capellino

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Ace designer Ally Capellino asked if I’d like to be involved in her ‘What’s My Bag’ project. This basically involved Ally and the photographer Sophie Green coming round to That’s Not My Age Mansions for a cuppa and a chat – it was so relaxed, I didn’t even bother to tidy up. What’s My BagRead more

M&S get it right

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Feels like M&S is finally getting its act together. The British brand surprised the fashion world this week by launching its autumn 2016 collection with an immediately available, chic capsule range ‘The Big Easy’. I had a good look at the collection yesterday: I wouldn’t buy the Alexa Chung stuff, but I would buy this.Read more

It’s Face Gym, but not as we know it (rediscovering facial massage)


To say I’m a fan of facial massage would be a bit of an exaggeration. Not quite of Zac Goldsmith/Bollywood standards; it’s just that when I look back, I realise that my first facial massage was in 2010 and my most recent in 2012 . That’s not to say that I wouldn’t fully recommend this non-invasive procedure. I loveRead more

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog film


‘Do you want to see a film about Laurie Anderson’s dog?’ One of my friends asked me towards the end of last year. This could go one of two ways I thought with trepidation (dog’s breakfast or dog’s bollocks). Although it wasn’t exactly top of my to-do list; I like Laurie Anderson, I like dogs,Read more

We’ll Always Have Paris: an author’s French Style Fail

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‘We’ll Always Have Paris‘ is the ace, new book by Emma Beddington the author of the brilliant Belgian Waffling blog; it’s a wry, poignant and informative memoir – I’ve learnt a lot about French literature and cakes. Here Emma talks about realising her dream of living in Paris and the accompanying French Style Fail: My name isRead more