Love this: Chinti & Parker cashmere with a conscience

Not an enforced message of love on Valentine’s Day but a charity initiative with a heart. Chinti & Parker cashmere sweaters are expensive but all the proceeds from their latest collaboration go to the Women For Women non-profit organisation. The aim of which is to ‘help women survivors of war rebuild their lives.’ And as a brand founded by women, Chinti & ParkerRead more

Pilates is the new clubbing

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young,’ so said Joseph Pilates. I am reminded of this quote when I attempt to  take up running again and it’s a bit stop-start-y. On the day I buy a new pair of running shoes ( Asics Gel Kayano 24;  I overpronate) myRead more

Down with ageism in the workplace

In a week that celebrated the centenary of some women winning the right to vote (those over-30, who were married or owned property. Men just had to be over the age of 21) we are still battling for equality. The gender pay gap, equal representation in parliament, sexual harrassment and ageism in the workplace areRead more

The timeless trench coat

And here I am unintentionally blending in with my surroundings…. During the First World War that was actually one of the reasons the British military wore the Burberry trench;  the colour of the top coat acted as camouflage and helped avoid attracting the enemy’s attention. Originally developed in the 19th century , it was during the First World War that the Burberry trenchRead more

Something to look forward to: Laura Linney on stage in My Name is Lucy Barton

Our Christmas gift to each other was a smart TV – we’ve joined the 21st century, people. Many an evening is spent scrolling through Netflix on the settee – and we do actually watch stuff, too. While revisiting The Squid and the Whale recently, I concluded that Laura Linney is one of those actors who has appearedRead more

Grey hair, oh yeah!

It’s always fun to catch-up with Jayne Mayled the founder of White Hot Hair who stopped dyeing her hair when it was ‘becoming harder and harder to do and not look like Paul McCartney.’ Five years ago, Jayne launched a luxury haircare brand when she couldn’t find the products she needed on the high street. Committed to promoting diversity andRead more

Lixir Skin: a new faff-free skincare brand to look out for and expert advice from its founder

  ‘If you went into a department store, I’ve developed more than half the beauty products,’ states Colette Haydon matter-of-factly. The French founder of new skincare brand Lixir Skin has worked in the beauty industry for over-30 years, developing products for numerous brands including Space NK and  REN,  before starting her own business at the end of 2017.Read more

New research shows women over-50 don’t want to be defined by age (no shit, Sherlock)

In a survey of 50-plus women published this week by J. Walter Thompson London, 86% agreed that style should not be defined by age. But we knew that anyway (see mantra in sidebar). The report entitled ‘The Elastic Generation’  reveals how older women are doing their own thing, are engaged, active and anti-anti-ageing –   we want to look good, not young . It’s just that theRead more

How to wear a duvet coat

‘There is no such thing as bad weather,’ said, Alfred Wainwright ,’ only unsuitable clothing.’ And I’m with him on the weather-appropriate gear. Getting it right reduces the Faff Factor . This duvet coat (a very generous gift) from new London label Year One Collective has been seeing a lot of action lately. And not just because the boiler has packed in,Read more

How a big birthday can concentrate the mind

I’ve never had a bucket list, says Elaine Kingett , but I’m 70 next year and that concentrates the mind wonderfully, as Samuel Johnson reputedly said. All those ‘regrets of the dying as told to nurses’ lists that pop-up on Facebook have been creeping into my head. Regrets, I’ve had a few but none I can doRead more