At this time of year I am not quite ready to go into my dark neutrals of navy, grey and black. I still feel like a touch of “bright”. Navy is an all year round staple and teamed with a vibrant blue it can take you through from the bright sunshine of an Indian summer, which is what we are currently experiencing here in London, to the chillier evenings and the slowly shortening days.
1. Uniqlo V neck cashmere sweater here 2. Silk Hermes vintage scarf similar here 3.Perfume by Penhaligon here 4.Gaberdine stretch trousers here 5. Blue clutch bag here 6.Lipstick by Lancome here 7.Navy ankle boots here
Do you have a favourite colour combination for this time of year?
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Good morning everybody. Another week another Monday. Doesn’t a week seem to fly by.
Todays host is Mirabai Holland of Moving free with Mirabai. Mirabai is an expert in women’s health and fitness. She wants all women over 40 to continue to enjoy strength, mobility and vitality and she offers advice on how to do just that via her information packed website.
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I am now off to my Pilates class to practice what I preach. See you all again tomorrow.
I often find that at this time of year following the long hot days of summer my hair and skin need a bit of extra TLC. It is worth spending time and money to get them back on track before the colder weather sets in.
On a good day I have naturally wavy hair and on a “bad hair day” I have frizzy hair. This summer has been particularly humid especially in France. Consequentially my hair completely lost the plot and as I do not feel like spending hours blowdrying it every day I decided to try “au naturel” and seek out products that would simplify my daily hair routine and control and smooth my wayward tresses. I particularly like the Shu Uemura Kraze wave which I am currently using every day.
Do you have any tips for dealing with frizzy hair in humid climates?
Now for skincare. I was privileged to be invited to JurliqueUK launch of their new product line “New Nutri-Define”. Jurlique is an Australian brand using natural ingredients. This range is particularly aimed at women of our age group. The products contain yummy ingredients such as horseradish, mulberry root, rosemary leaf extract, peppermint leaf extract and glycogen which is derived from sea shells. The science is a tad complex for me to understand however having tried the products I can vouch for the fact that they smell and feel divine. I am about to try out the Retexturising facial serum and will report back in a few weeks to let you know how I get on.
Penelope Chilvers is well known for her iconic “Dandy” slippers which pack a punch with confident badges of neon pink flamingos and tropical palm trees. Maybe she is less well known for her boots which seamlessly merge fashion with function.
I was privileged to be invited to the opening of her new shop in Duke Street London last week. There I fell madly in love with her stunning ankle boots. I can’t decide between the lace ones or the chelsea boots with contrasting elastic. They are on my wish list and I shall definitely start saving up my pennies.
Penelope’s Autumn collection is inspired by travel, exploration and adventure. An urban safari to brighten up the darker days of autumn. These are the type of footwear that will stand the test of time and become a wardrobe staple.
The canvas travel bags are embellished with badges reminiscent of souvenirs collected from around the world.
It was an action packed evening. The shop was packed with “fashionistas” admiring the collections and catching up on the latest gossip.
The canapés were supplied by Emmamarshallcatering run by my niece Emma. They tasted as good as they look!
There are a few available at the outlet limited sizes (That’s the shoes not the canapés.}
Our charming and talented Fashion Flash host this week is Kari of Faboverforty. Kari addresses the beauty concerns of real women . She offers great advice on beauty, skin care, fashion, fitness and lifestyle.
The international fashion weeks are in full swing so now is a good time to review our own beauty, fitness and fashion routines for the new season.
Click here to read all the latest hints and tips from the Fashion flash experts.
It is that tricky time of year again. We are entering a transitional period where it is not quite cold enough to wear a thick winter coat nor warm enough to go out without some sort of cover up.
We may also be getting a tad weary of our summer clothes and are ready to dip our toes into new waters. Talking about water it can also be a “rainy” period here in the UK. So here are a few tips to get you through this time of year looking chic and also staying dry and warm.
There is no need to pack away all your summer gear just yet. I am going to keep my white jeans handy for those still sunny days. Some options here
White T shirts are always handy. They can be worn on their own or layered up with sweatshirts or sweaters. I like 3/4 sleeve at this time of year here
Cardigans can be a lifesaver. As you know I am a great fan of the cardigan and wrote about them here. Selection here
I also love scarves and find them invaluable for adding a touch of colour as well as warmth.
Now for the most important addition. I have been searching for a truly waterproof “trans-seasonal” jacket for many years so I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to model this stunning jacket above by Cloud Nine available at House of Fraser here. I used to be a fan of the classic Barbour however this is just as practical and way more stylish. I particularly like the fact that this coat is roomy enough to wear over a jacket which means you arrive at your destination both dry and chic.
I love the attention to detail, the semi quilted lining, the flash of red, the zip and poppers making it truly waterproof and the zip pocket. The jacket is made of high tech functional fabric. It is 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable for all-year round wear.
Check out this jacket and other styles by Cloud Nine here
At last I can reveal the outfit I wore for my son’s wedding on 24th August. I chose to take a slightly alternative route for many reasons. One of which was that I must have tried on every dress in London during the month of July. The major problem I encountered was the length, or should I say lack of, as most of the dresses I tried fell well above the knee. Not a good look for me in fact I don’t consider knees are a great area of the body to be emphasised unless you are very young or have exceptionally amazing legs.
I decided to follow the example of the chic french women I had observed here. I opted for trousers with a loose duster coat in a delicate shade of pink trimmed with cream lace.
Photos above taken by CoralandStone. If you need photos for a special occasion I would highly recommend their skills. Check out their website here.
My outfit is by PauleKa a french designer. The summer collection is mostly out of stock however you can still find the trousers here and other options by PauleKa here and here. In my opinion they have some great special occasion looks.
Firstly “the hat” seen earlier in the year at Royal Ascot here. Similar available here if you are in the market for a special occasion hat, they never really go out of style.
As the season begins to turn and we get that “back to school” feeling September is a time to reassess our wardrobes, our skin-care and make up as well as our health, fitness and lifestyles. Our thoughts begin to turn to the new “looks” in the shops, new make-up colours and how to care for our skin and bodies after the summer break.
What better time to seek the advice and tap into the wisdom of the Fashion Flash pack.
One year ago, Pamela Lutrell of over50feeling40 was celebrating beautiful, strong women of many ages.It always inspires the rest of us to meet the amazing out there in real life. Check out the celebration here
Living as an expat can make for an amazing second life. Here’s three to consider. Read all about it here
Are you like me and tried countless hair products to help with frizz? Well, Fab Over Forty found the one hair product that helps control hair frizzlike no other and it has good-for-you ingredients, too!
Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at the “it” ingredient of the year– tea tree oil. Information here
Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks women sometimes wear too much makeup, or too little . . . especially after 50 . . . which can be a “major ager”! Want to know what’s just right? Check out her super-easy-to-follow makeup tutorial to look your best, every single day!
Do you know what Tempeh and Quinoa are? They are health food staples, and Society Wellness has agreat recipe for you that contains both!
Summer into Fall is when many of us have a problem with weight management.Health and Fitness Expert Mirabai Holland offers a solution.
DivaDebbi was happily chosen to appear in a Real Simple/ Olay advertorial for their Holiday issue. Ever wonder what a day is like on a beauty shoot? Read about her Cinderella day here.
A new ebook just published which celebrates chic and elegant women of 60+.You may not be there yet however you will be one day and this book features some inspiring role models. Join the revolution to help make older women more visible.
The second instalment of the make-up I wore as mother of the groom. I showed John a couple of photos on my iPad of my proposed outfit. I also took with me a fabric sample so that he could match the colours. Well worth doing if you are planning your make-up for a special event. At least take a fabric sample with you when choosing eye colours, blusher and lipstick.
We discussed the fact that I would be wearing a wide-brimmed hat and would need to emphasis my eyes otherwise they risked being overpowered by my hat. The lipstick colour was difficult to choose, several of the pinks we tried looked a bit “barbie doll” so we finally decided on the YSL new lip stains. The colour looked quite strange in the pot however settled down well on the lips and lasted all day. The other product I found particularly good was the Suqqu eyebrow pencil, if you could call it that, it is more like a very thin brush. I find eyebrows particularly difficult, powder seems to rub off and pencil can look a bit harsh. This product was perfect and filled in the gaps well. The new Lancome mascara is fantastic you don’t really need to use those instruments of torture eyelash curlers, it curls the lashes for you.
I even managed to add a couple of small false eyelash on the outer corner of my upper eyelashes. Memories from the sixties when we used to wear them all the time.
Do you have any make-up tricks for special occasions you would like to share?
Step 2 Smooth on foundation with fingers (brushes tend to waste product in John’s opinion.
Step 3 Use Nars concealer to cover any blemishes or uneven pigmentation.
Step 4 Use master touch concealer only on dark circles avoiding any puffy areas.
Sometimes I think we can get a bit stuck in a make-up rut. I have been wearing the same foundation and concealer for the last couple of years so I thought it was about time to have a make-over. I find that if I go into one of the department stores I feel overwhelmed. There is just too much choice and if you go to one particular brand, and let’s be honest the sales assistants are normally on commission, I don’t think you get completely impartial advice.
For my role as mother of the groom and to look my best for the photos I booked an appointment to visit my favourite make-up artist John Gustafson, I wrote about my last session with John here. John is a make-up artist to the stars and works at Fenwick of Bond Street where he helps transform us mere mortals from frumpy to fabulous with his magic brushes. You can book a consultation here, however you do have to be patient as his waiting list tends to be very long.
John is entertaining and non judgemental as well as a genius with make-up so morning spent in his company was a delight. Plus I left with some very sound advice on skin care and tips on how to apply make-up, especially foundation and concealer.
Above are the basic products John recommended to create a glowing canvas on which to add colour. I adore the Guerlain meteorites. It gives such a softly simmering glow to the skin that radiant would not be an exaggeration.
Next post I will share the eyeshadows, blushers and lipsticks that John recommended. See you again soon.