Style Icon: Diana Vreeland

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No one who loves fashion can ignore the influence of the extraordinary Diana Vreeland, American fashion editor and style doyenne who reigned first at  Harper’s Bazaar magazine in New York (for a quarter of a century) and then at US… Read More

We love: Italian style

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We’ve mentioned The Sartorialist before on The Women’s Room, a wonderful, high quality pictoral blog that is heavily used by fashion insiders for inspiration. This week the blog’s author Scott Schuman, has been photographing in Italy Florence and Milan to… Read More

We love: WoWoWoW

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    Eleanor Roosevelt (left)  It’s a big week for Americans. The promise of change and a new President in Barack Obama and the chance that we might also have a really interesting and stylish first lady in Michelle is cheery news… Read More

Just Me by Sheila Hancock

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Being stylish isn’t always about looking fabulous, sometimes it’s about being fabulous too. Sheila Hancock is certainly well turned out at 75 with great poise, but it is her wonderfully no-bullshit, I’m-far-from-perfect-but-I’m-trying attitude that makes her such a wise bird.… Read More

The Disciples by James Mollison

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We are indebted to Word, middleagedad’s favourite middleagemagazine, for bringing The Disciples, a glorious new book by photographer James Mollison to our attention. Never before has a book brought together the fashion passion of middleagemum with the music obsessions of… Read More

Style Icon: Mrs Exeter

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photo UK Vogue   From 1949-65 UK Vogue ran a regular style column from Mrs Exeter, a fictional character  who dispensed advice for women ‘of a certain age’ (she told us she was ‘fifty-odd’) who were keen to stay fashionable… Read More

Don’t spend, Sow!

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Gardening, said a mate, is just like John Lewis, something you really only appreciate when you reach 40. Gardeners know just how fabulous it feels to grow flowers and veg from seed, it teaches us patience and an afternoon spent… Read More

Milk by Anne Medelson

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I could start a library with my cookery book collection and a quick look on the Amazon bestsellers list shows that 6 of the top 20 best selling books over Christmas were cookery books, so I’m not the only one… Read More

We love: glitter tulips

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Wickedly, one of our favourite Christmas games is to find the worst taste christmas presents and giggle shamelessly over the incredible bad taste of the sender. This is of course politically and morally incorrect on every level and not to… Read More

A Christmas message

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  A very merry Christmas to all our readers today. For those stuck with giant turkeys that refuse to stay stuffed, neighbours that simply wont take the hint and leave, irritating relatives that you're SURE you didn't invite, uselss and… Read More

Christmas party dressing

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  DVF tunic dress was £360, n0w £174     DVF party dress was £275 now £178       DVF2007                                                Vintage buy It seems to us that trying to look effortlessly gorgeous during Christmas is a task we could do… Read More

We love: Anthropologie

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  This week the Women’s Room has been in New York discussing retail. Although the dollar is depressingly low against the pound, American retailers are busy slashing prices in order to get their own folk to part with their bucks,… Read More

Cosmetic surgery: just say no?

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  Picture-fanpix.com Great article in Times2 on Monday by Caitlin Moran, who writes wittily about how, at a recent funeral she was horrified by the amount of eminent 40-plus women who had clearly had cosmetic surgery. Far from looking good,… Read More