Keeping it chic: Jodie Foster in Harper’s Bazaar

Jodie Foster is one of the Women of the Year in the December 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar . And this feminine take on masculine tailoring is a fine example of Chic not Shouty style. The tuxedo jackets are  Ralph Lauren Collection . The coat is Max Mara , of course. On ageing Foster tells Harper’s Bazaar, ‘I’ve learnt how much joy comes from passing on whatRead more

Have yourself a Small Business Christmas

  Christmas is a small business at That’s Not My Age Mansions. And this together with the Blue Planet 2-effect means I’m scaling things back this year. Not that I have much to buy; a lot of my friends now live outside London and by telepathy and a tendency not to see each other as often as we’dRead more

Casual Glamour at Christmas: partywear without the performance

When Christmas comes calling, I prefer to dial down the sparkle. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all bah-humbug at That’s Not My Age Mansions, I love sequins and shimmer. It’s just that I’d rather look chic and simple, than seasonally overwrapped. My ideal outfit is a combination of day and eveningwear, effortless with a little embellishment. It’sRead more

Christmas cards you’ll want to receive

Every year I frugally plan to send Christmas cards to the friends and family I don’t see very often – and say Happy Christmas, in person, to those I do. But then the festive season arrives and I go all or nothing. Women To Look Up To is a brand that aims to shine a light on modern female roleRead more

Over-50, owning it and on the cover of a magazine

It’s incredibly empowering to see a chic, grey-haired woman on the cover of a magazine. Saar is a Dutch website for women over-50 or what I like to refer to as Generation FAB (Fifty And Beyond). Saar means ‘Sarah’ in Dutch  – apparently in the Netherlands when someone is over-50 they’re ‘seeing Sarah’ or ‘seeing Abraham’. Me neither.Read more

Rachel Whiteread: at the Tate and on TV

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. The artist’s life-size cast of the inside of derelict a house in London’s East End was demolished soon after. I was born in the same year as Whiteread and have followed her career; from the award-winning concrete house (House 1993-1994) to the currentRead more

Multiple midlife ear piercings and a special offer

The sparkly chandelier earrings are taking a sabbatical. My multiple midlife ear piercings require a reboot. Now that there are three holes (again) in my left ear and one in the right, I’ve had to rethink my earring arrangement. Playing around with a line-up of more delicate silver styles, I have single studs from Astley Clark and hoops from Melissa Joy ManningRead more

That’s Not Cyber Monday: a charity project supporting vulnerable women

Warning: this is not about discounted retail sales but it could involve empowering women and a small amount of cyber shopping. To help support vulnerable young women in India, bohemian fashion label East has collaborated with the Key to Freedom project to raise money for the Women’s Interlink Foundation . Rescued from the sex trade or domestic abuse, women are taughtRead more

How to wear the basics and not look basic: the Showbiz Boot

Style is about confidence and individuality; about wearing it well. Here Stella Greenspan (a stylist and former assistant to Grace Coddington) looks comfortable and at ease, while expertly demonstrating the significance of the Showbiz Boot. And I realise as I type this that I own a version of the outfit above; funny that. Remember the tweedy jacket and velvet boot combo ?Read more

Alyson Walsh in conversation at Jigsaw: a stylish Christmas event

On Saturday 2nd December I will be in conversation with Jigsaw’s content editor Josie Johnson at the wonderful Duke of York Square store, on King’s Road. We’ll be chatting about Christmas partywear and I’ll be trying not to get too distracted by the  Rococo Chocolate tasting … The lunchtime event runs between 11.30am – 1.30pm; the conversation startsRead more