Biker jacket inspiration for autumn (and none of them is black)

Are you revving things up for autumn? Me neither. I’m feeling very Last Days of Summer: all beach hair, rooftop bars and Book Brain. One thing I do feel certain of is, that if Rei Kawakubo is wearing a red leather biker jacket, then it’s a sign. The Comme des Garcons designer/founder once said that she worksRead more

Use my body while it’s still young

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Making a song and dance about ageing isn’t, er, strictly my business. Use My Body While It’s Still Young is a show by Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud featuring four experienced dancers aged between 65 and 79-years-old and live music by singer songwriter Rebekka Karijord. Tickets for Use My Body While It’s Still Young are availableRead more

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

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

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

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

40 over 40: meet the women shaping the internet

Brace yourselves for some first class trumpet-blowing…I’m delighted to be named as one of ’40 women over 40′ shaping the internet, in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. The 40 over 40 list has sections on fashion and beauty, technology, politics and activism and media/entertainment – and there I am alongside other digitally engaged women including: Linda Rodin, SherylRead more

The best flat sandals – and looking after your feet as you get older

That’s Not My Feet. My feet have never looked that good and after three days camping at Port Eliot festival they’re looking positively reptilian. More cracks than a parched field in Cornwall and the nail polish has faded and grown out so much that when I bumped into Hilary Robertson, she asked where I’d had the ‘ombre effect’ done. Podiatrist Margaret Dabbs toldRead more

Ageless beauty: 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme

I’m not one for experimenting with/wearing much make-up but I do like these photos of 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme. ‘You’re never too old to try daring beauty trends’ is a feature for ELLE India . Born in India of Belgium parentage, designer/stylist Van Damme spent time in London and Brussels before moving back to India for good at theRead more

Grace Coddington is cool in her Calvins

In the interest of balance, it only seems right that as well as featuring gorgeous grey-haired older models , That’s Not My Age includes women who prefer to carry on colouring. And I include myself in that category, despite on-going attempts to grow in the grey. The Calvin Klein fall 2016 campaign was released this week and 75-year-old Grace Coddington is one of theRead more

Time to wave goodbye to Arm Paranoia

My triceps are saggy, I loathe the gym and the strappy vest tops were ditched about a decade ago. But when it’s hot (and I’m feeling even hotter), why should I feel uncomfortable and unhappy because I’m deemed ‘too old’ to go sleeveless? Why the Arm Paranoia? In a feature written for the Telegraph, I spoke to Dr CarolynRead more