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

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

Caring for an elderly parent and finding joy in the meantime

One of my friends recently had to pack up her London flat, pack in her job and move back to Canada to care for her elderly mother. I’ve been chatting to Alexia a lot recently via email and suggested she write down her experience for That’s Not My Age; as caring for parents and lovedRead more

Pilates is the new clubbing

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young,’ so said Joseph Pilates. I am reminded of this quote when I attempt to  take up running again and it’s a bit stop-start-y. On the day I buy a new pair of running shoes ( Asics Gel Kayano 24;  I overpronate) myRead more

Down with ageism in the workplace

In a week that celebrated the centenary of some women winning the right to vote (those over-30, who were married or owned property. Men just had to be over the age of 21) we are still battling for equality. The gender pay gap, equal representation in parliament, sexual harrassment and ageism in the workplace areRead more

Something to look forward to: Laura Linney on stage in My Name is Lucy Barton

Our Christmas gift to each other was a smart TV – we’ve joined the 21st century, people. Many an evening is spent scrolling through Netflix on the settee – and we do actually watch stuff, too. While revisiting The Squid and the Whale recently, I concluded that Laura Linney is one of those actors who has appearedRead more

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  We’re having a quiet, minimalist Christmas at That’s Not My Age Mansions and are just about ready to hunker down with a box set and a bag of shortbread biscuits. Let the lolling begin! Thank you so much for all the lovely feedback this year; I’m always delighted when readers take the time toRead more