Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  We’re having a quiet, minimalist Christmas at That’s Not My Age Mansions and are just about ready to hunker down with a box set and a bag of shortbread biscuits. Let the lolling begin! Thank you so much for all the lovely feedback this year; I’m always delighted when readers take the time toRead more

Inspired by the 80-something Superagers

  Two things have made me want to start running properly, again. One was the travel journalist I met in New York who began entering marathons in her 50s (we cheered her on at around the halfway mark) and the other is Superager Irene Obera, 84. ‘You have to move it or you’re going toRead more

Have yourself a Small Business Christmas

  Christmas is a small business at That’s Not My Age Mansions. And this together with the Blue Planet 2-effect means I’m scaling things back this year. Not that I have much to buy; a lot of my friends now live outside London and by telepathy and a tendency not to see each other as often as we’dRead more

Christmas cards you’ll want to receive

Every year I frugally plan to send Christmas cards to the friends and family I don’t see very often – and say Happy Christmas, in person, to those I do. But then the festive season arrives and I go all or nothing. Women To Look Up To is a brand that aims to shine a light on modern female roleRead more

Rachel Whiteread: at the Tate and on TV

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. The artist’s life-size cast of the inside of derelict a house in London’s East End was demolished soon after. I was born in the same year as Whiteread and have followed her career; from the award-winning concrete house (House 1993-1994) to the currentRead more

Alyson Walsh in conversation at Jigsaw: a stylish Christmas event

On Saturday 2nd December I will be in conversation with Jigsaw’s content editor Josie Johnson at the wonderful Duke of York Square store, on King’s Road. We’ll be chatting about Christmas partywear and I’ll be trying not to get too distracted by the  Rococo Chocolate tasting … The lunchtime event runs between 11.30am – 1.30pm; the conversation startsRead more

Problems sleeping?

I have problems sleeping. Do you? Asks Elaine Kingett. These days it seems we all have problems sleeping. These days, they even offer ‘satisfaction guaranteed or your money back’ 100-day trials on new-gen mattresses, (but who on earth could be bothered to send one back?). When my children were babies, I would shoot daggers at normalRead 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