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

The Shop at Bluebird and atelier 75: two new, grown-up London stores worth a look-in

At a time when high street footfall is down and online spending is up, retailers are focusing on the customer’s in-store experience. Say hello, then, to The Shop at Bluebird, Covent Garden. The recently opened design emporium in a former Grade II listed carriage hall. Long a tourist hotspot, Covent Garden has been transformed into aRead more

Trends to take away from the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  It’s not quite as quick and easy to give your garden a fresh look as it is to update an outfit, but if you approach it like wearing an old favourite (your existing garden) with different accessories, you can achieve a new focus, says Adrienne Wype r at Chelsea Flower Show. Complementary colours As you mayRead 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

Jumping on the menopause bandwagon – do we really need hot flush-proof clothes?

  Menopause symptoms are enough to make any woman reach out in desperation for something that will help, says Adrienne Wyper. And there are medical treatments, over-the-counter supplements and foods that work, but when it comes to lifestyle products such as clothing, you can pay over the odds for hot-flush-friendly items, thanks to what I’mRead more

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

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

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