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26th August 2014  |  Beauty at any age

How to create a good foundation for make-up!


Make-up foundation


Max Factor master touch concealer (used to dark circles under the eyes) Nars concealer (used to conceal any blemishes)    Guerlain meteorites light-diffusing primer (a miracle skin illuminator in my opinion)   YSL Teint touch éclat  (gives a lovely smooth even skin tone).

Step 1 Primer

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.


22nd August 2014  |  Style inspiration

What to wear to an open air opera



We love going to the Holland Park Opera during the London summer season. This year we went to Rossini’s il barbieri di Saviglia.  Part of the pleasure is wandering round the beautiful gardens before having our picnic.

I had never noticed the wonderful wall paintings depicting the park in times gone by and the beautiful dresses worn by the women of that era. So I could not resist some photos with the murals as a backdrop.











SONY DSCphotos by Mr.P


It was a slightly breezy afternoon so I was glad I had bought a jacket and pashmina with me to wrap round my shoulders.

The dress I am wearing is by Winserlondon (now in the sale however only a few sizes left here)  Jacket is by Zara (a few months old) and my pashmina bought years ago on a trip to India. You can find some beautiful ones at Catherine Robinson cashmere here

Off to am important wedding this Sunday will report back next week. Till then for my UK readers have a great bank holiday week-end.



19th August 2014  |  Fashion 2014

Grey and white – A fresh combination




At this time of year it is sometimes a good idea to try out a new mixture of colours.  If you have overdosed on colour during the summer months the combination of white and grey can cleanse the pallet. It is monochrome without the possible harshness of black and white.


A fresh combination of white and grey


A fresh combination of white and grey



The grey leather jacket is by Reiss similar here 

Grey top I am wearing by Me&Em available here

White linen trousers Eileen Fischer last years similar here

White shift dress similar here or if you prefer a dress with sleeves there is a good one here that is available in a choice of lengths.

Hat from Marksandspencer similar here



18th August 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday



In this age of mass media and photoshopped models body image can be an issue.  In my opinion beauty is an essence that is generated from the inside out. The more accepting we are of who we are and the way we look right now the greater this essence will be transmitted from the inside out.

This week’s Fashion flash host is Jodell of Black cat plus. I love Jodell’s strap line ” It’s not about what size you wear – It’s how you wear your size”.

Visit her great website on “Plus size fashion” and at the same time check out what the fashion flash group have to share with you with week by clicking here

It includes:-

Anti-ageing potions

moisturizer with sunscreen

The best foundation

What not to wear

tips on how to deal with common health issues and much more.


15th August 2014  |  Style inspiration

Classic navy teamed with white jeans

White jeans are one of the essential staples in my summer wardrobe. They look fresh and chic worn when the sun is shinning. I  team them with classic navy or a mid blue to add a touch of sophistication and edge. NYDJ are my favourite brand. I have been wearing them for years. I find that they sit comfortably on my waist and are extremely flattering.








IMG_5646Photos by Daisy Mae here


The coat I am wearing is from the Ines de La Fressange range at Uniglo. Similar here. White jeans by NYDJ here. White T shirt by Petit Bateau here. White sneakers by Keds here Necklace from St.Tropez market similar here.





If you wear white jeans what colours do you team yours with?

12th August 2014  |  Beauty at any age, General fashion, Mature models, Role models

A new book – Fashion style and elegance in women over 60



Let us be proud of the age we are and celebrate the fact that we have reached a stage in our lives when we have acquired experience wisdom and knowledge in many areas and can hopefully look forward to many more years of adventure and learning.

I was thrilled recently to be introduced to a book heralding fashion, style and elegance in women over 60. The book contains many inspiring examples of women expressing who they are through the clothes that they wear.  Some styles appealed to me more than others; however I honour the fact that these women are dressing to reflect their individual tastes and are continuing to have fun with fashion.




The book is written by Patrizia Molechino, who was born in Italy, trained at St Martin’s School of Art and subsequently worked many years in the fashion industry including for Valentino Couture in Rome and as personal assistant to Mr Valentino.

Patrizia decided to write her book in order to give more exposure to a section of the female population who she feels is often neglected by the fashion industry and the media in general. I totally agree however I do think that there is a growing movement to change this perspective and I urge all my readers to do all they can to participate in this revolution. Even if you are not quite there yet you will be one day. Let us be pioneers of this movement.

At the moment the book is in ebook format available to download via iTunes here. You will need to download ibooks first (this is a free app). It will shortly be available for Kindle on Amazon. I will keep you posted. I have my copy on my iPad and love flicking through it.

This is the first edition of the book and Patrizia intends to publish undated versions. For this we need your help. You can send your photo plus information to Patrizia at 




Do let me know what you think of the book and the concept.

Patrizia lives in Nice and we will be meeting for lunch when I am back in France in September so I will be able to do an in-depth interview and share with you all some of Patrizia’s wisdom.

You can also check out Patrizia’s blog by clicking here and reading more about what she has to say about the book here.

11th August 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday



Cindy of Prime Beauty is our gracious Fashion Flash host this week. Cindy is an expert in sourcing products geared specifically for women over 40 and in the prime of their lives. Those of us in this category know that we have unique beauty issues to address. Cindy will keep us up to date with current articles on skin-care, make-up tips, product launches and much more.

This week our Fashion Flash experts are covering areas including:-

Great jackets and coats for fall

Body diversity

Make-up expiration dates (which reminds me I must have a make-up clear out. I am guilty of hoarding)

French wedding chic

Video on what make-up to use

Plastic surgery trends

Moisturisers that help prevent lines and wrinkles

New cosmetic line

Vitamin D benefits

Skincare additives that may not be good for us

Plus erase under-eye bags in seconds

Check it all out here.

8th August 2014  |  Fashion 2014, General fashion

My favourite colour this season

Have you fallen in love with a particular colour this season. I know I have. It is the delicious colour of pistachio green. It is so yummy I could eat it. Plus it seems to tone extremely well with all my summer neutrals of white navy and light grey.

This stunning jacket is by Bonmarche. In fact it is from the range designed by David Emanuel. If you remember Princess Diana’s wedding dress back in the ’80s  David was one half of the David and Elizabeth Emanuel team who designed her dress.

Back to my jacket. I took it with me on my recent trip to France and it proved very useful and chic teamed with my white jeans.


Green jacket 1



green jacket 4


It is a classic style with the zip adding a modern touch.  As a bonus it is currently on sale so at that price it is a “no brainer”.  It also comes in neutral cream and black. Check it out here

I have teamed it here with my favourite white jeans and a plain white T shirt. Of course I never forget my sunhat.

5th August 2014  |  Fashion 2014

Swimsuits that flatter

When it comes to the summer months, the bright sunshine and the prospect of a dip in the cool sea or swimming pool what are your first thoughts “I just can’t wait” or “oh *****” it is time to choose a new swimsuit! Mine is probably the latter and choosing a good flattering swimsuit is normally a challenge. Nothing looks quite right under the glaring lights of a changing room.  So personally I like to do mail order and try on a selection in the total privacy of my own bathroom.

This year was a breeze as I got to choose a couple from the extensive range at Damart to take with me to the South of France. Here are the results.


blue swimsuit edited version 2


pink swimsuit 8


Both in my opinion very flattering on more mature figures. The turquoise one is especially appropriate for me. I have a “pear shape” figure which means that my shoulders are narrow in proportion to my hips and thighs. The skirt on the swimsuit above nicely covers the hip area.

Even if you have already purchased your swimwear there are some great bargains to be had in the sale so you could stock up for next year.  Damart is also available in the US here

Happy swimming and don’t forget the sunglasses, sunhat and flip flops.

4th August 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday



I am back in London and it is still lovely and sunny so I intend to spend my afternoon perusing all the invaluable information freely shared with us by the talent group of Fashion Flash Bloggers. This week our host is the renowned Barbara of Best of everything after 50.  Barbara has a great philosophy on life and I love her strap line. WE CAN’T CONTROL GETTING OLDER BUT WE CAN CONTROL HOW WE DO IT! So lets all embrace who we are NOW and get some guidance on living a chic, healthy and fulfilled life here  



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