I have a large collection of books on style and image. I have been collecting them since the early 80s.
Due to lack of space I have recycled many and only kept the few that have stood the test of time. Although many are excellent, none of them addresses our older demographic. Tricia Cusden’s book Living the life more fabulous is the first book to really understand our age group and offer inspiring and practical advice on how we can continue to live chic and fulfilling lives.
Tricia is the founder of Lookfabulousforever. A makeup brand with products specially formulated for older women. I have long been a fan of her makeup and use it every day. Tricia and I worked together last year on a video interview. Watch it here.
The book covers beauty, style, haircare, confidence, fitness, food and how to continue to live a fabulous life at any age. On a practical level Tricia talks about how to transition to gey hair and tips on how to dress for special occasions. She also includes inspiring stories of how women have transformed not only their looks but have had the courage to take risks in order to live the life of their dreams.
Tricia’s philosophy on life and the ageing process is similar to mine. We both believe that in order to grow old gracefully we need to accept the ageing process and live every day to the fullest. We may well have spent a large part of our lives looking after others. Now is the time to nurture ourselves.
Let us take pride in our appearance, enhance our older faces with flattering makeup and choose to wear clothes we love.
photo credit Simon Songhurst
Tricia wearing her Lookfabulousforever make-up. Her skin has a cool undertone so she looks better in the cool-toned makeup shades. The importance of choosing makeup that suits your skin tone, whether cool or warm, is explained at length in her book.
Photo credit Simon Songhurst
I love the coat and hat Tricia is wearing. The outfit definitely conforms to the “chic esthetic”. If you are slightly lost in the sartorial stakes there is an excellent the chapter on “Fabulous style” which offers good advice on how to style your figure type.
I find the style advice in the book extremely practical and accessible. There is a growing trend in social media to feature older women, which is admirable. However many of them wear what I would term as flamboyant clothes. I prefer to see real women (ref page 69) wearing outfits better suited to our everyday lives.
Tricia is an excellent role model. She tells us it is never too late to make changes in our lives. To embrace an exercise regime that suits us and to choose to eat food that nourishes our bodies.
This book is definitely a “keeper” and in my opinion will be an invaluable resource as the years advance.
The book is available to purchase at Lookfabulousforever.