That is MY age: It’s the 40th anniversary of punk

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Aged 12, in 1976, I was a bit too young to pogo. I also lived in Blackpool. Hardly the epicentre of cool but we did have our own punk band: The Membranes (lead singer John Robb was a local hero). By the time I was 15, I was sneaking into the local fleapit to see the SexRead more

At what age can women look the age they are? Quote of the week from Suzanne Moore

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In a fantastic piece for the Guardian, journalist Suzanne Moore talks about the pressure to look a certain way and how this affects women and men of all ages and is ‘no longer confined to youth.’ Moore is a brilliant, no-bullshit, award-winning writer and she emphasizes the celebrity-driven focus on appearance rather than talent, abilityRead more

Hands that have lived: Karen Walker & Advanced Style collaborate

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My 52-year-old hands have their fair share of wrinkles, veins and age spots. I know I probably should have taken more care of them (years of cycling without sun screen hasn’t helped) but they are my hands and they work. And that’s what they look like. And the latest Karen Walker jewellery campaign shot byRead more

Easy summer style: the kimono jacket

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  First off, let’s get the back end of a bus jokes out of the way. Spot the difference: That’s Not My Age or the rear end of the number 68? Why did the middle-aged fashion journalist cross the road? Right. Now. Enough already, time to move on. Here’s a patterned kimono jacket, I haven’tRead more

You’re never too old to wear a bikini

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This week I have been mostly walking around in public in my bra and pants, says Elaine Kingett. You might call it a bikini but it felt like underwear to me and, what exactly is the difference in reality? Plus, I could do with some of lingerie’s construction values these days. Arriving in the heatRead more

Creative women at work: designer Charlene Mullen

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Textile and home accessories designer Charlene Mullen has a shop in Shoreditch and a new ceramics collection for Royal Doulton to go with her beautiful hand-embroidered cushions (we have a couple bought at sample sales, at That’s Not My Age Mansions). After training in illustration and print at Middlesex and the Royal College of Art and spendingRead more

Sling on a pendant necklace this summer

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The combination of seeing Team GB adorned with Olympic medals (so proud!) and a mini-heatwave has got me thinking about summer accessorizing. Long beaded necklaces with tassels and pendants are everywhere, and this kind of thing looks fab over a dress, vest, tunic top or cotton open-necked shirt. Make like an Olympic champion and slingRead more

Where are all the senior beauty consultants?

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Last week was my 65th birthday. Yay – made it! Says Vicci Bentley. As well as the cards (some pensive, many more facetious) were a couple of plugs for funeral insurance plans. Well, cheers for that, I thought. These vultures may think I have one foot in the grave, but if the latest stats areRead more

Avoid Festival Chic and wear your own clothes

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Last time I went to a festival, I swore it was the last time. But then I got invited to talk at Port Eliot , or Posh Eliot, as the locals call it. Funny, isn’t it how festivals have become part of the summer season, like weddings, Wimbledon and Ascot. There may not be fascinators but there isRead more

Making time to see old friends

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Everyone needs a waggy-finger conversation now and then. I had one in Bulgaria last week, says Elaine Kingett. I’d gone for the peace and quiet and a few good dinners but what I got will benefit me far longer. Now that I live alone and work from home too, most of my communication is byRead more