A fashion shoot with a difference.

It's not often that women between 54 and 74 are invited to appear in a national newspaper as "four stylish Instagrammers"  (IF it gets published!).  So I thought you might like to have a behind-the-scenes look at what we got up to on a thoroughly enjoyable day out in London town. All the photos were taken with various i-phones so are not the best quality, but the lighting was fabulously kind to us all & we had a ball.

On Instagram from left to right: Me in my civvies, Laurie of Vanity & Me, Terrina, & Nicki Redcliffe. 

On Instagram from left to right: Me in my civvies, Laurie of Vanity & Me, Terrina, & Nicki Redcliffe. 

Having worked in TV for so long, and being the most impatient person in the world, when it comes to having my make up & hair done, I wasn't looking forward to that bit at all.  But Colette, the make up lady, and I bonded so well (she's also a nutritionist) that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I just loved my 50s style hair do & make up. 

The fun started with choosing the clothes with lovely stylist Millie.  You know how much I enjoy dressing up so I was in my absolute element trying on all the shoes on offer!  I was particularly taken with the pink ones above from Russell & Bromley, and they were comfortable.

FREE DRESS FOR ONE OF YOU!

Because of my wonderful relationship with East Clothing, I was more than delighted to wear, for my first outfit, one of their pretty summer dresses, the Spot Pleat Print Dress.  And being the lovely people they are, they're offering you the chance to WIN this pretty number, and send it, in your size, to anywhere in the world.  All you need to do is go to Instagram, Like the photo of me wearing it on: Alternative Ageing and East,  Re-post it, and Tag us both & anyone else you know who might like to get a free dress for summer.  Just to make absolutely sure we find you, add #eastclothing in your comments. All the information is here on Instagram. Deadline is May 31st, 2017. We will then randomly pick a winner & announce it early in June. Good luck!

Meanwhile, here are some more photos of the dress styled up for the shoot with my Boden cashmere cropped cardigan, wedges, 50s hairstyle, and vintage accessories.

Sadly, I didn't get so many photos of the second outfit: a gorgeous retro Flora jumpsuit from Phase Eight.  It's navy, which seems to suit me so much better than black nowadays, and I think it looks really cool, especially with my headscarf and those amazing pink shoes!

Finally, it was so wonderful to meet three other like-minded women, all doing their thing and enjoying new found success representing the Over 50 market. We are spreading the positive ageing message far and wide by strutting our stuff and, hopefully, inspiring anyone of any age to grow old stylishly and certainly not invisibly!

Looking forward to seeing you on Instagram!

Take care,