One of the things that stood our for me this year was meeting Camila Batmanghelidjh (again) and being invited into the inner sanctum of her magical office at Kids Company, which was a very special experience. Camila continues to do the most incredible work with children from the hardest backgrounds and we urge anyone with any skills, time or money to get involved.
Both Amanda and I no longer have kids at school, Amanda’s youngest son left to go to uni and my daughter started foundation course and my son moved out, so it has been all change for middleagedmum. We realise however this does not automatically mean any of our children will ever be able to change a toilet roll!
We have continued to help pave the way for older women to become less invisible and have seen some positive changes in advertising and editorial but there is still some way to go when it comes to older women in the jobs market and fashion retailers paying more than just lip service to our demographic.
Women in art has also become one of our pet subjects and Amanda has been shouting about how under valued they have been in the history of art – there is a lot more to come on this subject.
As always, meeting our readers is great, so our Scent Salon, where we leaned stories about everyone’s perfumes, was a highlight, particularly for Amanda who is TWR scent expert.
We have such interesting readers and they leave great comments, with one of the most commented on posts this year being my attempts to go grey. It seems I’m not the only one who would like to end the endless trips to the hairdresser and grow older naturally. Watch this space, there is more of this to come.
And finally of the biggest highlights of this year (and dare I say life?!) for both of us, was undoubtably seeing Kate Bush live. It was a truly life affirming (possibly changing) experience and I will have 50 Words For Snow on a constant loop until Christmas day.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a great 2015.
Lots of love
Amanda & Jane