When blogging becomes a business – accepting sponsorship but not selling out

This summer That’s Not My Age will be 10-years-old. When I first started blogging it was a Side Hustle . I worked three-days a week as a university lecturer and two-days as a freelance journalist for a couple of popular websites. That’s Not My Age fitted around everything else. Times changed and social media went mental. IRead more

Creative women at work: Paris Essex

Paris Essex, possibly the best name for a business, ever. The two founders Tiphaine de Lussy the ‘Parisian Cockney’ (born in Paris, has lived in London for many years) and Carolyn Clewer the Essex half of the partnership, met at the Royal College of Art and have worked together on fashion and textiles projects ever since.Read more

Love your age: fashion’s greynaissance

  There have been a couple of articles recently on fashion’s ‘greynaissance’. I know. The Business of Fashion’s  ‘Meet fashion’s next generation: Over 60s’  discusses the proliferation of companies using older models such as Lyn Slater and Maye Musk  in order to entice customers and ‘serve as storytellers, rather than just faces who sell a garment’. And a similar feature in the  New Statesman  entitled, ‘Meet theRead more

The psychology behind our fashion choices: five minutes with Professor Carolyn Mair

‘This is a good time to be an older woman or a woman of colour – I really like that things are finally changing, we are seeing more diversity in the media and I’d like to think it’s because of my courses!’ laughs Professor Carolyn Mair PhD – a renowned British psychologist and author ofRead more

What to wear right now: a rain mac with added magic

‘I think we can switch the central heating off now,’ I said to Mr That’s Not My Age on Saturday; cue 10-degree drop in temperature and a three-day deluge. Fortunately for my latest M&S post I had taken a very British approach to the ‘summer style’ brief and opted for this swish Limited Edition trench coat . Or whatRead more

A brilliant, new designers & makers fair in Brixton – with a Know Your Style book-signing

South London is about to get a new designers fair, a carefully selected edit of art, fashion, ceramics, jewellery, books and interiors made by small independent craftspeople. And it’s all down to my very talented friend Ros Badger. We met when I was a fashion editor and she was the designer/founder of childrenswear brand LittleRead more

Championing influential women: Clarks Originals new campaign

This is ACE. Clarks Originals’ celebrates six successful, creative women in their spring/summer campaign, ‘Mother, we feel your influence.’ The FABulous line-up includes Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama, Skunk Anansie’s Skin, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler, Sister Bliss of Faithless, alongside stylist Sherry Lamden and ballerina and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne. The concept aims to highlight the originalRead more

Know Your Seasonal Style: the not-too-dressed up dress

Introducing Know Your Seasonal Style, a new series for That’s Not My Age. Now I know you’re sick to death of seeing me in that army green jumpsuit so to liven things up a bit I thought it would be useful to offer an edit of the collections, each season. To showcase a small selection of items from largerRead more

Get your priorities right (why spending time and money on yourself is essential)

I’m at my favourite hairdresser’s , in charity-shop top and jeans, spending a ridiculous amount on a cut and colour, says Elaine Kingett. The guaranteed boost to my fragile self-confidence will be well worth it. Tomorrow I will pay to have my toe nails painted, even though my bathroom needs re-grouting and the tap has a terribleRead more

Dresses with attitude: The Vampire’s Wife

From red-carpet awards ceremonies to rock-star-studded afterparties, dresses by The Vampire’s Wife are having their moment in the moonlight. Using her own singular style as a blueprint, model-turned-designer Susie Cave (formerly known as Susie Bick) takes glam-rock fabrics such as velvet, metallic lamé and Liberty print florals, and shapes them into high-necked Victoriana-style dresses (from £485) with attitude. “As far as I can see, women stillRead more