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

Help! I’m at risk of becoming an ‘elder orphan’

Having to suddenly re-patriate to Canada to take care of my severely ill mother, I’ve been working on Finding Joy in the Meantime , says Alexia Economou. But I was taken aback recently, when I came across the cringe-worthy term ‘ elder orphan ’. As an only child, with no partner or children (I live in hope), it is quite likely IRead 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

An exciting new project: The Positivity Panel (sponsored)

Meet the Positivity Panel. A team of experts gathered together to encourage women to be active and #GetMore positivity into life. You may recognize the fashion expert for this project, ahem, standing next to Davina McCall in the middle. Ryvita has partnered with Davina and Cancer Research UK to empower women and encourage healthy living (through the CRUK live events inRead more

Love this: Adrian Piper Berlin Dancing video

  This video of Adrian Piper dancing in Alexanderplatz is just glorious. The 69-year-old artist and philosopher with a PhD from Harvard was born in New York and now lives in Berlin. An exhibition celebrating over 50-years of Piper’s work, A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965 – 2016, is currently on at MoMA, New York (until July 22) and moves toRead more

Older models: Stella Tennant for Zara

The latest ‘older models who are younger than me’ post is aristo-supermodel, Stella Tennant (47) in the Zara Denim editorial . I’ve long been a fan of Tennant’s glam rock, androgynous style and haughty elegance and am pleased that she’s still in vogue. The granddaughter of the late Duchess of Devonshire says that her low-key look hasn’t changed much since the ’90s  – and that,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

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

Older women on their personal style

From writing as a freelance journalist to blogging as That’s Not My Age, I’m often asked for my thoughts on style and age, what we wear and how it makes us feel. The latest feature on this issue is for Refinery 29, ‘ 7 Older Women on their Personal Style.’ Where I underlined a pointRead 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