Problems sleeping?

I have problems sleeping. Do you? Asks Elaine Kingett. These days it seems we all have problems sleeping. These days, they even offer ‘satisfaction guaranteed or your money back’ 100-day trials on new-gen mattresses, (but who on earth could be bothered to send one back?). When my children were babies, I would shoot daggers at normalRead more

Grey-haired role model: Sophie Fontanel on the cover of French Grazia

French fashion journalist and social media star Sophie Fontanel documented her transition to grey hair on Instagram ( @sophiefontanel ; 134k followers). ‘I was fed up with dyeing my hair . It was too dark. To hard for my first wrinkles…’ And has written a book Une Apparition about growing in the grey. This week she’s on the cover of French Grazia . LoveRead more

The versatile velvet jacket

Velvet for daywear. Like leopard print and Lurex, it’s an essential in the Casual Glamourpuss’ armoire. Looking for a non-black alternative to  The Once in a Lifetime Tuxedo  jacket for book-signing events (more details coming soon), the versatile velvet jacket has been top of my list for a while . And juxtaposed with denim, velvet adds a sprinkling of decadent luxury to an everyday outfit. I’ve tried on several styles –Read more

Anya Smells candles – a mirthful new launch

The clocks are well back now and November’s…November. Says Vicci Bentley . But we Brits are famed for our sense of humour, no? So imagine walking into Anya Hindmarch’s Sloane Street store one grimy morning last week, to find it transformed into a big bright model train set, with a giant pair of nostrils for tunnels. The reason? AnyaRead more

The Grace Jones documentary

I’ve always admired Grace Jones. The strong image, the theatricality, the iconic Nightclubbing album that I still love to play. At 69, Jones is a woman with trend-defying, singular style who does her own thing regardless. Her fierce glamour hasn’t changed much since the Studio 54 days – and I appreciate this decade-defying look, andRead more

Queene & Belle collaborates with Bay Garnett: cashmere sweaters for the Christmas wishlist

When I first started That’s Not My Age I ran a regular feature called Your Purse is on Fire! Usually the kind of dream item afforded by those with access to an offshore tax haven. My latest post for the FT’s How To Spend It falls well and truly into that bracket. Scottish cashmere brandRead more

Know Your Style: New York Launch Party and making The Cut

We had a wonderful time at the Know Your Style launch party at The White Company’s beautiful Fifth Avenue store. In typical New York-style, the city is carrying on. Guests arrived  from across the Five Boroughs, as well as journalists, designers, marathon-runners from around the globe. In keeping with the spirit of Know Your Style , I experimented with clothes IRead more

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    Someone asked at the New York launch party what I’m currently reading. I’ve just started Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach and I’m looking forward to putting my feet up this weekend and immersing myself in this tale of New York. Always like a locally set book when I’m on my travels. More about the Know Your Style launch event coming soon.Read more

Sounds of silence: the benefits of spending time alone

    Recently, I spent two weeks on my own in Mallorca, says Elaine Kingett. I went for one short business meeting but decided to stay on for a bit, to get my head together on an island I love and first visited 45 years ago. Every day I would take myself off up theRead more

Cool colour combinations: navy and mustard

Still thinking about navy – and how a splash of mustard adds warmth to a deep blue winter outfit. To prove it I’m reissuing a photo of my COS swing coat. This winning colour combination has timelessness and travels well (I’m also thinking about my New York trip this week). My  Outstanding Coat is a couple of years old, and aRead more