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.

1. Eat healthily, sleep whenever you are tired and exercise as much as possible. Nothing is more ageing than poor health. Build exercise in to your daily routine. Run up the stairs. Dance around the kitchen. Join a class. Play golf. Walk. Walk. Walk.


SHALL WE DANCE?, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, 2004, (c) Miramax

2. Good skincare. Glowing skin and minimal wrinkles. Why wouldn’t you? Get expert advice to choose the right solution for your skin. Ignore products that promise miracles – find ones that actually work!

3. Wear makeup. When I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, I thank the gods for makeup. Why not look gorgeous? Do it for others if not for yourself.  Book a free make-up consultation and I’ll show you how to look fabulous at any age.

4. Get comfortable in heels. Even a small heel or wedge will make you feel more feminine, more sexy and more youthful. Invest in a great pair of shoes or boots that make you feel amazing.


5. Clear out the closets. I know I harp on about this, but come on. You know there’s some old tat in there that will never see the light of day, so toss it. Make way for some new styles that look fresh and contemporary.

6. Spend time with younger people. It’s easy to become complacent about ageing if you spend all your time with people who are getting old. Mixing with all ages helps you stay up to date with current trends and stimulates the mind.

7. Be positive. Old age is associated with grumbling, so don’t give in to it. Find the up side to every situation and show your sunny nature. We all love joyful people, so spread a little happiness.


8. And, of course, have fun.  We may not be as young as we once were, but we’ll never be this young again. Enjoy every day, and live well.

Happy 2018 and I look forward to meeting you this year.