Talking style at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Now, this is a first. My very first literary festival. I’ve been invited as a guest speaker to the  Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music 2017  where I will be discussing ‘How to Look and Feel Good’ on a panel with skin expert Abigail James, Harpers’ Bazaar beauty director Katy Young and Harper’s Bazaar beauty editor Sian Ranscombe. And signing copies ofRead more

Meeting a globemaker

Artist and cartographer Loraine Rutt spent ’25-years ticking over and teaching on the side’ before setting up her own business  The Little Globe Company  and is busier now, in her 50s, than she’s ever been. From the age of 16, Loraine worked as a cartographer in the geography department at Birkbeck College, University of London. Going on to study aRead more

Know Your Style by Alyson Walsh: the book launch

I’ve turned into a prepper . No stocking up on baked beans and bottled water or building a bunker at That’s Not My Age Mansions (we don’t have the room); just laying plans for survival in the face of upcoming work-related chaos. Know Your Style launches in the UK tomorrow and I am very much looking forward to that.Read more

Creative Women: Lucille Lewin on fashion, art and achieving an MA in ceramics at 69

  A thirst for knowledge and continual learning is what drives Lucille Lewin. ‘I really hate not learning and wanted a goal,’ the 69-year-old artist tells me in her London studio. Having recently completed an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art  (RCA) and been awarded The Young Masters Grand Ceramics Prize,  the South African-born artist has certainly achieved her objective. While provingRead more

Know Your Style – Book Signing with author Alyson Walsh

  Let’s kickstart the week with a spot of action. This short video clip contains a selection of Ayumi Takahashi’s images from Know Your Style . There are loads more gorgeous illustrations in the book as well as top fashion advice and interviews. And there will be even more action at Duke Street Emporium in central London nextRead more

A fantastic exhibition – Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius – and some fancy pants

How colours ‘breathe’ with light and change throughout the day is something designer Hella Jongerius’ work celebrates. Anyone who has bought something under fluorescent shop lighting only to get it home and find that it looks a completely different colour knows the score. But Jongerius is actually referring to (and rebelling against) ‘flat colours producedRead more

The joy of having younger friends

I tried to dump one of my best friends recently, let’s call her Anna; deliberately turned down invites. Didn’t instigate meet-ups for coffee. Was slow on the Whatsapp replies. She was offended, rightly so. She’s 36. I’m 67, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Are you OK? What’s wrong?’ “I should have friends my own age. Not hangRead more

Jane Campion talks menopause

Though Top of the Lake series two is available to binge-watch on iPlayer, I’m going to savour this one, take each of the six episodes slowly. It’s beautifully shot, strange and brilliant. And: Elisabeth Moss. Superb in The Handmaid’s Tale she is excellent as detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Nicole Kidman is outstanding, too. Anyhow,Read more

What the author of Legendary Authors wore

Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore  is every literature-loving, style maven’s summer bible. Highlighting the key works and wardrobes of 50 writers, from Proust to Patti Smith, the book has been celebrated across the broadsheets – including any writer’s punch-the-air moment when legendary cover star Joan Didion shared the New York Times review on Facebook. Job done. We know what the erudite authorRead more

Why there are no rules on what to do, say and wear over-40

What connects Julianne, Moore, Vera Wang, Jane Campion, Wendy Dagworthy  and me? We’ve all failed the Saturday Times’ Age Limit Test: what not to do, say and wear over-40. Unless you’re Patti Smith, the age limit for long hair is 50, ‘You will tend to look a bit witchy if you have shoulder-length hair or longer in you’reRead more