An exhibition about northern style

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A new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool is one of my must-sees early this year (it’s on until 19 March). North: Identity, Photography, Fashion includes the photographs of Shirley Baker , Alistair McLellan, Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day and Nick Knight. Together with work by designers  Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, stylist Simon Foxton and many more. I grewRead more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Blimey, it’s Christmas. I’ve been cracking on with Book Number Two like nobody’s business and Christmas has crept up on me like a pantomime villain. This photo of Karen Elson is from Grace: The American Vogue Years . Such a wonderful roundup of an outstanding career, though the coffee table book is so big I can barely lift it. MustRead more

Flaming good scents! Five of the best perfumed candles for Christmas

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There’s nothing like an exquisitely scented candle to warm the cockles, writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, they’ve become the default gift, replacing soap and bath cubes – and they are the ideal dinner party gift for someone you like, but don’t really know. Yet their huge popularity is founded on a universally appealing thought. These dark days around the Solstice, there’s poetryRead more

Creative Women at Work: scarf designer Jane Carr (and a special offer!)

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Designer Jane Carr studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and then worked in Italy for many years – first as head of print at Versace and then at Jil Sander (when Jil was actually there) – before setting up her own scarf company, in London. ‘I started making scarves for friends and then the companyRead more

Gathered: a beautiful book on flowers by Mary Norden & Polly Wreford

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I’m going easy on the Christmas gifts this year. But one thing on my list for a flower-loving friend (who hopefully won’t see this post) and my mum (who definitely won’t see this post) is the new book Gathered by stylist and art director  Mary Norden and photographer Polly Wreford. The pair worked together commercially for manyRead more

Let’s go disco dancing

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Every morning I do 15-minutes of disco-dancing in the privacy of my own home, says Elaine Kingett. I turn up the heating, thrust my limbs into Lycra and throw myself around to The Village People and Gloria Gaynor. With any luck, I build up a bit of a sweat and most certainly feel a hell ofRead more

Making it through the menopause, one drink at a time…

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Enjoying a drink with an old journalist friend of mine, we couldn’t help but mention the differing affect alcohol has on the body during menopause. Our main concern being: is it possible to carry on drinking without things turning into a Hot Flush Fest? I’d just been reading Christa Da Souza’s book and the author of The Hot TopicRead more

That IS My Age: wearing hearing aids

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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

Make it macramé

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Making things has never been a strong point. I got myself into a right tangle when we were taught to knit at junior school. The entire class had to knock up a white cotton dishcloth and I ended up staying behind after lessons because mine looked like a string vest. Even though I haven’t boughtRead more

Old news and old friends….

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For the last few weeks the exterior of That’s Not My Age Mansions has been having a facelift. Painters on the scaffolding outside the windows at 8am, dressing gown at the ready at all times. And I have literally been all over the place. Dislodged. Not conducive to book-writing but nothing really when you considerRead more