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

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

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

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

Using Tinder when you’re not 20

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I’m on Tinder. It’s a dating app and it’s not just for sex anymore, so I’m assured but I really wouldn’t know; says Elaine Kingett. Quite a few young friends have met long term partners this way and yes, there are a lot of older men to swipe through. Though it does bring out theRead more

Are we all winging it?

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A friend of mine gave me some brilliant advice, the other day, instead of putting pressure on ourselves to be perfect at work, at home, at everything;  being ‘good enough’, is good enough. Modern life means we’re all permanently stretched, constantly connected and totally wired. (Thank you Mark E Smith). Apparently, the ‘good enough’ lifeRead more

Going to an exhibition and giving the brain a rest

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Did you hear Christiane Amanpour on Desert Island Discs? (Brilliant – and still available to listen to,  HERE ). The former war correspondent, now CNN anchor and chief international correspondent was talking about balancing work and life. When work involved reporting from a war zone: taking holidays, surrounding herself with love and giving her brain aRead more

How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

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Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more