Seaside entertainment, sinuses and other stuff

This week’s unexpected intermission was due to the unfortunate combination of a WiFi malfunction and a viral infection. Once my sinuses had joined the party, I was scuppered. We’d gone down to Ramsgate to stay with friends for a couple of days while the damp in our bathroom was being treated. When will I learnRead more

The Lovely Blue Shirt

Some people swear by classic white but I much prefer the Lovely Blue Shirt (LBS). Its complexion-enhancing properties are second to none and  – as someone who is never going rush headlong into a floral frenzy  – a beautiful blue cotton top is the perfect way to bring a little spring into the style equation. One of myRead more

Jacqui Getz New York high school principal and mystery woman from the Know Your Style book launch

  When Know Your Style launched in New York City a super-stylish woman caught my eye. Keeping her in my peripheral vision, I drank champagne, worked the room and planned to make my way over to say hello. But it was busy and I was book-signing and before I could introduce myself, she was gone. BookRead more

Alexander McQueen’s legacy lives on

Anyone who visited the record-breaking Savage Beauty exhibition will recognise the familiar emblems incorporated into the work of Gary James McQueen. In a tribute to his late uncle Alexander (Lee) McQueen, the 3D graphics expert (and former head of menswear textiles at his uncle’s eponymous fashion label) has created Life, Death and Rebirth, a series of silk-twill evening scarves (£250) andRead more

Paying more attention to skincare

  I’ll always be low-maintenance when it comes to make-up but the older I get, the more interested I’ve become in skincare. At 54, I’m growing-in my grey hair, wearing what I please and embracing my wrinkles – these days I’m much more interested in having radiant, healthy-looking skin. I know I don’t look 35,Read more

Digital Detox: going off-grid for the weekend

I was half-way up a hill in the wooded, wilds of North Devon on Sunday when my phone leapt into life, bombarding my pocket with a string of family Whatsapp messages from my three adult offspring. It was all kicking off in London, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Anyone heard from Mum?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Did she get there?Read more

Creative Women at Work: meeting Rae Feather

When we meet, Rae Feather is not what I expect at all. Having followed the accessories entrepreneur on Instagram for some time, I’d imagined a 20-something, trust-fund-tastic Sloane. Then there she is, warm and sunny and 50-something with a gorgeous Irish accent; bringing the coffee and making wry jokes. You could knock me down withRead more

What to wear right now: dark denim jeans

As a denim lover, I like my fabrics plain and simple; pared-back as opposed to pulverized, pre-worn or distressed. The best thing about denim is that it gets better with age. And we all know how we feel about that phenomenon. I am chuffed to bits with these dark denim jeans from Autograph – they’re a classicRead more

Rachel Howard: the artist you need to know about

Why have I never heard of Rachel Howard? Is what I thought earlier this year when a gorgeous painting caught my eye as I walked past Blain Southern’s London gallery. Curious, I did a sharp right turn and headed straight in. Where I discovered that the under-the-radar, 49-year-old artist has another larger exhibition opening thisRead more

Vogue street style: two older women make surprise London Fashion Week appearance

The Queen made her first appearance on the front row yesterday but guess who made Vogue’s Best Street Style at  London Fashion Week  list. Ahem. Must be the superb  khaki malarkey and navy colour combination:   The lack of diversity in street style photography has been in the news this week,  Lindsay Peoples fashion writer at The Cut said the shortage of inclusivity shown was cruel, ‘This season, I watchedRead more