Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van

I can’t think of anyone who could play The Lady in the Van better than Maggie Smith. She’s brilliant and funny as Miss Mary Sheperd the homeless woman who moved her camper van into writer Alan Bennett’s drive for three months, in the 1970s, and ended up staying 15 years. Alex Jennings makes a greatRead more

Inspirational Women – Caryn Franklin

Caryn Franklin says she loves being one of fashion’s tribal elders. The former magazine editor, BBC presenter, co-founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and MSc student (currently studying applied psychology in fashion at London College of Fashion) is an inspirational woman and style heroine of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to work with herRead more

I love Radio Gorgeous

Josephine Pembroke founded Radio Gorgeous when she was 50. Having worked in radio and PR, as well as on-stage in eighties club band Pussies Galore (who I think I might have seen at the Hacienda), four years ago Josephine decided to create an internet radio station for vibrant, intelligent women. I was delighted then, whenRead more

The Accidental Icon

If ever you need to give your eyes a rest from the usual, look-at-me, street style fashion fandango, click over to Accidental Icon . Lyn Slater is an academic who writes eloquently about creativity and style and lives her life in monochrome. Her cool aesthetic and unerring sense of style are a tonic for anyone with aRead more

Grey-Haired Heroines

Ten days maybe a long time in politics but it’s nothing when you’re transitioning. Just ask Caitlyn Jenner. The toner used by Charles Worthington to give my hair more of a silvery sheen was only temporary, and so now I’m back to Gronde (grey-blonde). Though I’m still happy with the overall, more natural effect andRead more

Stealth Fashion

Meet my new favourite style phrase: Stealth Fashion. I read about it in the Sunday Times. The stealthy love easy elegance and pared-down essentials; prefer under-the-radar to look-at-me. Ruth Chapman co-counder of Matchesfashion.com was one of the stealth dressers mentioned in the feature, and also one of the Inspirational Women I interviewed for Style Forever (out in theRead more

The oldest PhD student in the world (aged 102)

I heard the most incredible story on the radio, yesterday. At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport is the oldest person in the world to be awarded a PhD  – she was talking about her experience to one of my favourite broadcast journalists, Eddie Mair. As a student in Nazi Germany, Rapoport (née Syllm) submitted her thesis inRead more

Style Forever Launch

Hello and welcome to the new grown-up That’s Not My Age. While I’m settling in and figuring out how to put my pictures up, let’s get the party started. Talking of partying, these photos are from the Style Forever launch at Duke Street Emporium. A very big thank you to Team Jigsaw for organising such a lovely eventRead more

Inspirational Women: Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin is a homebody who loves fashion and culture and taking her dog Winky for a good, long walk. This is one of my favourite illustrations from Style Forever and talking to Linda on the phone was an absolute joy. She shared some good advice: ‘Forget about the wrinkles and focus on the silhouette.’ I hope to meetRead more

Inspirational women: Anne Hidalgo

Photo: Telegraph No clownish dangling from zip wires , taking time off to write books or defend dodgy members of the Royal Family. Anne Hidalgo the mayor of Paris is a woman on a mission to defend the city’s honour (rather than selling it off to foreign investors). When Fox News claimed that parts of Paris were ‘no-go zones’Read more