Sling on a pendant necklace this summer

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?

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

Vogue Goes Pop and the colouring book craze

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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