Stepping out of a skincare rut

  An allergic reaction on my neck and decolletage has been bothering me for a while. As I don’t have a dermatologist on speed-dial, I’ve been taking Piriton and hoping it will settle down. And so when Boots UK asked if they could offer me some skincare expertise, I was happy to oblige. Other concerns on myRead more

The art of coordination by Japanese Instagram stars Bon and Pon

Sometimes matchy-matchy does work. This week’s style discovery is the Japanese couple Bon and Pon on Instagram. The tag ( @bonpon511 ) is a combination of their names and wedding date. Bon and Pon have been married for 37 years, wear complimentary rather than identical outfits and look incredibly chic. Stripes, gingham and tartan are carefully coordinated,Read more

That IS My Age: wearing hearing aids

I wear hearing aids. I have noise damage in both ears, says Elaine Kingett. The result of standing too close to the speakers at too many gigs with my blues-playing late husband, following Roxy Music around, a particularly loud night at Bains Douche in Paris in the 70s and the fact that I’m 67.  DoubleRead 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

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

What’s my age got to do with it?

Naked from the waist up on a couch in cardiology, the last thing I expected to hear, as the male technician stuck sensors around my breasts for an ECG was, ‘You look very good for your age,’ writes Elaine Kingett. My brother, when I was moaning yet again about my dating disasters said, ‘Well, atRead more

Caryn Franklin talks menopause

Caryn Franklin has written a brilliant, positive piece on the menopause for Refinery 29. Describing the unique physical and mental affects of what she calls ‘a mind-blowing midlife recalibration – one with a valuable message of growth and expansion,’ the esteemed fashion journalist/activist/broadcaster explains how she addressed her work-life balance by focusing on personal strengthsRead more

Age-appropriate is inappropriate

When digital media website Mashable asked for my comments on age-appropriate style, I told them it was dead. That today, the boundaries between different generations are blurred and so this kind of terminology is out-of-date and inappropriate. Age is irrelevant, we wear what we like. Obviously, Dorrie Jacobson from Senior Style Bible , an 80-year-old fashion lover andRead more

Going Grey for the Guardian

  This is what real #grannyhair looks like at 7.30pm on a grey Friday evening, after a long week at work. With no makeup and no daylight. The ironic hashtag used by young celebs and models isn’t the same when you’re over-50 and contemplating the change (of hair colour). And I thought my new passportRead more

Best film of the summer: 45 Years

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are both superb in 45 Years. Another great film about grown-ups – one of the best I’ve seen for a long time – with two of the finest British actors. The film depicts a week in the life of married couple, Kate and Geoff, about to celebrate their 45th weddingRead more