La Dolce Vita

Everyone’s heard about Italian style, the perfect blend of elegance and ease.

I’m lucky enough to spend every summer in Italy and every year I watch and wonder. Try as I might I’ll never achieve the casual glamour that Italian women – and men – carry off without a thought.

As I enjoy this year’s adventures at my lovely holiday home in Abruzzo, I realise I have picked up a few habits and customs to help me blend in with the natives. It’s taken years but now I often get mistaken for an Italian. Until I start speaking of course! Continue reading “La Dolce Vita”

Let me get under your skin

Skin is the body’s largest organ and the one that gets the most attention.

Our skin is “us” – it’s the visible bit that everyone sees. It reflects our emotions, our well-being, our feelings, our health. Blushing, a “deathly pallor”, blue lips, goose-pimples, our skin gives away all our secrets. Including our age!!! Especially our age. Maybe our kidneys age too, but we can’t see the wrinkles on our kidneys, so, unless we need to, who spends time worrying about the state of their internal organs? Our time, energy and money is focused on what we can see.

OK, so skin tells all.  We wish it wouldn’t and many of us spend oodles of dosh trying to hide the superficial signs of ageing. But have you ever wondered what happens below the surface? Knowledge is power. The more you understand what’s going on out of sight, the greater your chance of making the right decisions to keep your skin healthy, youthful and glowing.  So, today we’re going to dive under your skin to find out what’s going on.

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We are Limitless

Just back from Vegas – and brimming with excitement.

So, so proud to be part of this amazing movement. Thousands of women and men working hard to achieve success on their own terms.

We’ve all made the choice to strike out on our own. Nobody is going to tell us how to live our lives. No schedules, no boss, no monday to friday or 9 to 5, no office politics, no being passed over for promotion, no fear of redundancy, no mandatory retirement age.

But also no regular pay packet, no pension contributions, no sick pay. We work hard to earn big. And we play big too. As you can see here. Continue reading “We are Limitless”

Do your clothes spark joy?

Spring is on its way and it’s time for a bit of seasonal cleaning.

I’m not suggesting you get out the marigolds – that can wait for another day – but this month we’re cleaning out the most important cupboard in the house. That’s right, your wardrobe.

Or is it wardrobes, plural? Or is it wardrobes plus the airing cupboard and the closet in the spare room?

Just how many clothes do you have in your house? DO you love each and every item?  Continue reading “Do your clothes spark joy?”

Bad dress day!

Ever had a bad dress day?

How often have you dressed in an outfit you’ve happily worn many times before, only to look in the mirror and think, “I hate the way I look in this”, or perhaps, “this just doesn’t feel right today”.

It happens to me all the time. I’ll wear a particular combination a few times and feel fabulous in it, then a couple of weeks later I’ll try it on and think “Yuk, did I actually like myself in this?” Time will pass and it might well come back into favour again.

The mood we are in, the way our bodies feel, the weather, perhaps even the phase of the moon – who knows what causes it –  but there are definitely times when something feels right to wear and other times when it doesn’t. Continue reading “Bad dress day!”

Holding back the years

January can be a difficult month. By “Blue Monday” most of us are beating ourselves up over broken resolutions. The willpower of New Year’s day disappearing along with the last of the Christmas cake washed down with a few glasses of Baileys whilst bingeing on the box set you got from the kids.  You too?

Let’s be kind to ourselves. Allow January to pass slowly by as we finish the mountain of nuts and eventually get the glitter out of the carpet. Come February we’ll be raring to go. That’s the time to start thinking ahead. The snowdrops are peeking and daffodils are already in the shops. Spring can’t be far away.

This is the last year I’ll see my fifties (yikes!). I’m a grandmother (hooray!). And the knees can be a bit dodgy in the mornings. But I’m not giving in.

When I get on the dance floor I can still show the youngsters a thing or two.

My theme for 2018? “Holding back the years”. Here’s my top tips for keeping old age at bay. Continue reading “Holding back the years”