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

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

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

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