Yesterday, fabulous over 40s fashion blogger, Catherine Summers, at Not Dressed As Lamb asked the question in a feature she wrote for Good Housekeeping online: Can You Wear Leather Trousers Over 40, 50, 60…? The resounding reply from her readers was YES, WE CAN! I got involved with the debate on Twitter and threw in my tuppence worth which is, I wouldn’t wear them because I never have, they don’t suit my shape (I think) but I believe my gorgeous mum, who is in her 70s, could still wear them and look amazing. And today in the Daily Mail, there was another myth exposed as writer, Virginia Ironside grew her usual short locks long and proved that, even in her 70s, long hair can look wonderful! I tell you what, let’s just rip up the beauty and style rule book for over 40s and rebel…we can do, wear and be what the hell we please…with cherries on top!
All of these celebrities above look gorgeous and I’m not saying we shouldn’t be careful of entering the mutton zone, just that we should be confident enough to wear whatever makes us happy and feel good, whatever our age. What do you think?
There have been many articles written recently about the versatility of jumpsuits and I am – wait for it – jumping (hehe) on the bandwagon with this little post dedicated to this fabulous piece of clothing…Continue reading →
Can you believe Jerry Hall is 58? She looks incredible doesn’t she? I’m not sure if she’s one of those who say ‘oh, yes I’ve tried Botox once, but didn’t like it so haven’t done it since’. How many times have we heard that line in interviews with oddly Benjamin Button-esque, age reversing celebs? It’s as if celebrities of a certain age know that we know they’ve done something and so by letting us know they’ve done it ‘just the once’ then, despite their frozen in time shiny forehead, rabbit nose lines and the fact they’ve only aged a month in 10 years, we will put it down to their incredible fountain of youth genes. They’re all natural…only did Botox the once you see? Hmmm, of course they did.
Anyway, Jerry looks fab. Whether she’s in the Botox brigade or not…she’s very natural looking. I kind of agree with her feature in the Daily Mail on Monday about not wearing beige if you want to look good in your 50s. Although I confess to loving a bit of beige – I think it suits me because of my fairly olive skin –Jez is right in that it can be an unforgiving shade and, as we age, our complexion needs something a little more vibrant to stop it looking like a bag o’ dough. The same goes for black which can also start to look unflattering and a little too harsh against certain skin tones. I think once we reach 45, it’s a good idea to take stock of the changes in our skin and hair and it’s probably the ideal time to invest in a colour analysis session which is something I’ve been thinking of doing with some friends. Once I get my act together and actually do this, i’ll let you know how I get on.
I also love the beauty tips Jerry’s mum passed down to her, such as slathering olive oil onto hair and body once a week to keep it supple. I have an arsenal of oils (see picture for proof) which I switch and use day or night, when I feel my skin needs extra hydration. I would like to think of adding Jerry’s full body oil treatment to my beauty routine but I can bet, just as I’ve basted myself, I’ll pick up my iphone to check texts and it’ll slip out of my oily hands and smash on the floor. Plus, my bonkers dog sheds black hairs all over the house and I can’t imagine it being pleasant having to pick them off oily limbs. It will need to be a bathroom only affair. But the new oil of de jour has to be coconut oil doesn’t it? Its beauty and wellbeing benefits are everywhere at the moment and one of my favourite bloggers, Vicki, over at Honestmum swears by it as her miracle go-to product for everything from healing scars to replenishing the hair and skin with goodness. And let me tell you, if it can help get me hair and skin like hers, then I’m all for it!
As for fashion, I think I’m into growing old semi-disgracefully. I don’t want to go the whole hog ‘look at me, my tits are at my knees and my gut is on my ankles and I’m still rocking a leopard print cropped top because I’M MEEEEE!’ No, I’m not that much of a nutjob, but I do still like to shake it up a little with my vintage snakeskin boots and a pleather trouser now and then. Regardless of what my kids think, I am 47 – not 107!
What’s your take on looking good as we age then? I’d love to know!
Now that my winter sniffles have finally left, my nostrils are clear and free to twitch at the first scent of spring. Ahhh. And as the spring/summer 2014 Mango look book landed on my desk today, it wasn’t just my nostrils that went into overdrive – my mind was whirring with ‘I have to have that!’ and ‘My wardrobe needs that too!’ Now, I love fashion, always have, always will, but I’m not particularly stylish because I’m too lazy busy to get my act together most of the time – I’m all comfy, doggy walking boots and lipgloss – but when I scrub up, I do so quite well…even if I do say so myself. Of course, my idol, Joan Collins wouldn’t hear of such an excuse – you’re never too busy to be full out glam as far as she’s concerned and she’s right, of course. But because I don’t often try as hard as I should, I need clothes that make me look like I have and that’s where Mango come in – they’ve pulled off ‘effortless chic’ perfectly…Continue reading →
Research has shown that one of the many excuses we use for not getting off our butts and starting an exercise plan is expense. Gym memberships can be quite costly, sports gear can cost a fortune…STOP! I don’t want any nodding in agreement to that last statement because it’s NOT true! Now, put down that donut and listen up!Continue reading →
Starting a blog in your forties can be pretty daunting. Especially when you look around the ‘blogsphere’ and see that it’s brimming with effervescent, bright-as-a-button 20 somethings who have their artfully manicured fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not. So, what’s a 46 year old mum with suspect taste in glittery/leopard print stuff and a love of feel-good things to do? Give up and say “oh well, it’s their time now, best I pack away my creaky old ideas and get back to the kitchen sink”? Hell, no (although it has crossed my mind a few times since starting Glowology). What is my blog about if it’s not about helping us ordinary, fabulous women in our 40’s and beyond feel vital and relevant in today’s ‘obsessed with youth’ society? And no matter how insecure or unsure us over 40’s might sometimes feel, this round up of my favourite, brilliant over 40 style bloggers, shows that we have something those whipper snapper, young ‘uns haven’t got (and it’s not just hot flushes) It’s life experience! And that alone makes us worth listening to…so read on! Continue reading →