There was a time when I dreaded getting older, but thanks to these inspiring women, I’m actually quite looking forward to ageing elegantly.

I’m just about to hit the grand old age of 47, and all during my forties I have started to feel ‘older’, and to be completely honest, I have hated it. I have dyed over my grey hairs since my late twenties, I question whether I can wear certain clothes now (I would hate to be perceived as ‘mutton’), and I can no longer get away with tinted moisturiser (I need one of those foundations that does everything: fills, covers, masks, reflects and lasts).

Yet, having said all of this, I have felt a shift over the last couple of weeks. It all started with watching the film Iris, a wonderful film about the later life of fashion and style icon, Iris Apfel. Wow, what an incredible woman, and at 93, and inspiration to us all. Proof that it’s never too late to start something new.


Ageing elegantly is becoming cool, and I for one, am going to embrace it with open arms. One of my current favourite fashion brands, & Other Stories, clearly feel the same. Their Christmas campaign features a whole host of fashionably stylish and elegant women who are not in their 20s, 30s, or even their 40s. Real women.

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However, my latest fashion crush, is Linda Rodin, New York-based stylist and creator of beauty brand, Rodin. She is everything I would like to be – beautiful, elegant, stylish and successful. If this is what 67 looks like, I can hardly wait!


Photograph by Dan McMahon





I have finally found the secret elixir of youth so that we can all look ten years younger! It’s not a cream, it’s not a lotion, it’s not a potion, and it’s not a pill. It’s a rather wonderful little app called Facetune.

Okay, the truth is that you’re not going to look in the mirror one morning and literally look ten years younger. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that you can pull off looking ten years younger in any photograph. Yes, it’s cheating but who cares?

A couple of weeks ago, my cousin came to stay and we took some selfies in the park. It was harsh viewing, seeing our lines and creases in stark reality, and we spent the evening messing about with Facetune. Whitening teeth, smoothing out lines and creases, reducing ageing spots and freckles, you can even brighten lipstick and nail polish.

However, you do need to exercise caution with Facetune, otherwise you will get found out. I had been noticing on Instagram lately, some of my friends looking particularly ‘airbrushed’. My tip is to leave the odd imperfection, because it is the imperfections that make us who are we after all. And nobody wants to look like a mannequin.

Treat it with respect, and I promise you that Facetune will be your best friend.