Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Mustard Yellow Coats & Clark's Desert Boots


That's Not My Front Door

I've been banging on about colourful winter coats for so long, thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is. Actually, I say my money… this Cos cover-up was an impromptu gift from the ever-generous Mr That's Not My Age. Bless him. So, there we were having a local coffee (me in my autumn coat, chandelier earrings, hair tied back) when a friend of a friend exclaimed, 'Blimey, you look like royalty.' I laughed, managed not to spray soya latte all over my new jacket and prayed that she meant Grace Kelly, not Princess Anne.




If Cos has sold out of the mustard yellow, collarless coat, there's always the warm honey Margit from Toast, £275, available HERE or Boden's citrine Lottie coat, £132.30, available HERE.




And did you notice my new, slightly pointy Clark's Phenia Desert Boots? (£79, available HERE) I think they look quite Parisian, don't you?



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Quote of the week: Frances McDormand



In a fantastic interview with the New York Times, 57-year-old Frances McDormand talks about the new HBO series Olive Kitteridge and her fight-back against the age-old problem:

' We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. Adulthood is not a goal. It's not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: no one is supposed to age past 45 - sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.'

'I have not mutated myself in any way. Joel (her husband Joel Coen) and I have this conversation a lot. He literally has to physically stop me from saying something to people - to friends who've had work done. I'm so full of fear and rage about what they've done.'




And now, I love her just a little bit more. Read the full interview here.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Gorgeous dresses with sleeves by Allium B




Every time I see Mary from Allium B she's wearing another gorgeous grown-up dress. One of the perks of running your own fashion label is that you get to wear the product - and model it for That's Not My Age. Here's Mary wearing her current favourite, the Helena dress (above), which comes in viscose georgette and features embroidery inspired by a fragment of French fabric found at Portobello market. And here are some highlights from the autumn collection, which is lovely. I know, because I've seen Mary wearing most of it. 



Allium B was set up by Mary and her sister Clare just over two years ago, when they couldn't find suitable dresses on the high street. With plenty of fashion industry experience and a penchant for vintage-inspired frocks, the Brighton-based duo have come up with a winning formula. 'We provide a tightly edited collection of beautifully detailed dresses, designed to be worn and loved for more than one season,' Mary tells me, 'We call it slow(er) fashion. We love sleeves and side pockets and hunting through vintage fairs to find an old piece of beading or embroidery to bring back to life in a new design.'

Already reasonably priced, these gorgeous grown-up dresses are even more of a deal with That's Not My Age discount. Just type in the code TNMA for 20% off the autumn/winter range. And if you live in Brighton there's a sample sale this Saturday. I'm spoiling you now...




Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Quotes on age and style



When I said I'd finished the final chapter of my book, I didn't realise how much work there was still to do. Writing the intro was excruciating, actually writing every chapter was excruciating but I knew I had to get the opening pages right. To really nail it. So much to say, such a small word-count. The Book is currently being laid-out by the designer (hasn't been proof-read yet, so I have that to come) and I should have a rough draft next week. Still can't quite believe it's happening...



I like the idea of starting every chapter with a quote, so I was doing a bit of research when up popped this brilliant article (25 Famous Women on Getting Older) in New York magazine last week. Think I'll definitely be including this one from Whoopi Goldberg:

'Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What’s the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that’s a lot of shit to deal with. So I’m happy to deal with menopause. I’ll take it.'



Do you have any favourite quotes?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Iris Apfel for &otherstories




Some collaborations are just so right; like Ari Seth Cohen's photos of Iris Apfel for Danish brand &otherstories. I clocked the fantastic, geometric patterned coat in-store this week, before I'd seen the campaign, and now I know it's got the Apfel seal of approval I'll be going back for a second glance. Iris, the Albert Maysles documentary on the self-proclaimed 'geriatric starlet' premiered at the New York Film Festival this week and I'd love to get a closer look at that too.





There's a video clip of the film here. Have a fabulous weekend.