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

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

Christian Dior and other exhibitions for style-lovers in Paris, autumn 2017

When Mr That’s Not My Age asked if I’d like to go to see the Rolling Stones in Paris, of course I said ‘Oui.’ Secretly pleased at this opportunity to view a couple of must-see exhibitions in the French capital. As well as the septuagenarian rocker’s impressive show (in 20 years time I hope IRead more

Know Your Style, New York launch

New York, I’m coming back. The American launch of my new book will be at The White Company’s  gorgeous Fifth Avenue store, on 2 November 2017. The British lifestyle brand obviously Know My Style and have illustrated the invitation with  a tuxedo jacket . Nice one. The White Company launched online in the States three years ago and according to founderRead more

Pattern and printspiration: Hassan Hajjaj exhibition

Matching and mismatching pattern and print makes for a joyful combination. (There’s a chapter on mastering contrast and colour in Know Your Style ).  I may be low-key rather than loud when it comes to wearing print, but I do admire a clash-up on other people. And in art galleries. There’s a lovely, free exhibition of culture-blending photographer Hassan Hajjaj’s work at Somerset House .Read more

What Liz Earle did next… (started a new business in her 50s)

Liz Earle co-founder of the eponymous beauty brand turned champion of midlife start-ups has launched a new business, in her 50s. And she’s not alone. In August, Barclays Bank recorded a 67% increase in women over-55 starting new careers . Having worked hard building our careers and families over the decades, we’re now doing it for ourselves. The Liz EarleRead more

Swimming the English Channel for charity

Any day now, Emma Watson (the department operations manager at Imperial College, London, not the film star) could get the call for her sponsored English Channel relay swim. I first spotted Emma in her swimsuit on my Instagram feed and when we meet she tells me that cycling to work one morning a ‘random explosionRead more

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