Why sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory

Golden Age Hollywood movie stars initially wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from the bright lights on set, and this inadvertently gave them an air of mysterious cool. Wearing shades equated with being a superstar. Today’s A-listers have taken to wearing Matrix-inspired frames . Which is fine, if you like fashion fads, but I would suggest sunglassesRead more

Meet the 53-year-old beauty editor who’s NOT going grey ( just yet )

Sorry, not sorry, I’m just NOT dying to go grey quite yet! – says  beauty and lifestyle journalist and author Jo Glanville-Blackburn (Jo GB). At 53, you’d think that maybe, like so many of my friends and colleagues who have turned their back on colour and gone grey for ease, convenience, better value and, may I say, rather supreme style,Read more

Grey hair: still making the transition

Going grey when you’re over-50 and female is more than just a hashtag on social media. The change (of hair colour) is both a political and psychological issue. But then growing up in the 1970s at the tail end of punk, I’ve always pushed against the pressure to conform and look a certain way. AtRead 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

Lawn: a fresh new perfume with a family history

Not only is Kate Evans a talented fashion buyer and owner of Precious boutique (you may remember her from the This IS My Style shoot last year), she’s also the daughter of the late perfumer Angela Flanders. The first day of spring sees the launch of Lawn Kate’s first solo fragrance since inheriting the perfumery after her mother’s death, inRead 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

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

Party-ready grey hair and how to achieve it

Gorgeous, grey-haired model Silvina Neder explains how a chance remark from a photographer became the catalyst for a career change. Having spent 30 years working in market research, the 50-year-old moved to London from Buenos Aires in 2015. Rather than use her new business portrait to continue her current employment, she was encouraged by theRead more

You’re never too old for a smoky eye

It’s the iconic party look, says Vicci Bentley. But an editor once told me, she’d taken a straw poll round the office on whether anyone over-50 should do a smoky eye. Her 20-something assistants gave the thumbs down – they couldn’t cope with the idea of their mums rocking a sultry look. Well, how veryRead more

Over-50, owning it and on the cover of a magazine

It’s incredibly empowering to see a chic, grey-haired woman on the cover of a magazine. Saar is a Dutch website for women over-50 or what I like to refer to as Generation FAB (Fifty And Beyond). Saar means ‘Sarah’ in Dutch  – apparently in the Netherlands when someone is over-50 they’re ‘seeing Sarah’ or ‘seeing Abraham’. Me neither.Read more