Vintage Shopping in Brighton

I was thrilled to pieces to spend the day with one of my favourite bloggers, Sara Delaney, Notes from a Stylist,  mooching around Brighton sharing my love of all things vintage. Oh, and did I mention she's also one of the best photographers I know so was an absolute delight to pose for.  And you know how I love to pose!

I get a makeover & new makeup for the Over 50s.

I went to the Look Fabulous Forever headquarters in London, without a scrap of makeup on, apart from my tinted eyebrows (to cover the grey hairs) and a tiny bit of eyeliner. I couldn't wait to try this makeup & get some colour on my cheeks but must admit that I was not looking forward to sitting in a chair for ages having my makeup done for me. After years of working in TV and, more recently, photo shoots, I get fidgety and impatient. 

My first Podcast interview, for the U.S.

 

I am so proud to have been interviewed by the lovely Elaine Benoit for her podcast this week.  Her husband actually found me on Instagram and we finally did a Skype interview a few weeks ago.  It was huge fun, so if you want to hear me talking the hind legs off a donkey, telling Elaine about my chain-smoking, hard-drinking days in TV and Radio, how I got into health and why I don't feel invisible anymore, then you should enjoy this podcast. 

Another season, another 5-day fast!

Have you noticed that when there's a a major change of season, we often feel the urge to de-clutter our wardrobes, offices & homes? A good many of us also like to de-clutter our bodies at the same time. I'm one of them. Every Spring and Autumn Equinox I try and do a longer fast than normal. it's a naturopathic thing I have done since training as a Nutritionist, oh so long ago. 

My mini-break in Ibiza.

I haven't been to Ibiza since the late 70's, because my parents lived in Majorca, right next door.  So, in need of sun, sea, and siestas, I booked myself in for a 5-day mini-break in September, to see if I still liked The White Island, thinking it would be off-season.  It wasn't.  It was still busy and pricey BUT I have never eaten such healthy & delicious food, the weather was perfect, and, frankly, the Island ticked nearly every box for this fussy traveler. I had one of my best solo mini-breaks ever!  

Goodwood Revival, 2017.

We were unlucky, for my first Goodwood Revival, torrential rain showers, wind & mud on the first day of this famous 3 day Festival!  Everyone dresses in vintage for this important date in the calendar - some wisely put carrier bags around their vintage shoes!  So glad I took my 50s coat and wore little pink socks to keep my footsies warm.  As for my hair, the gorgeous housewife curls I had done especially for the day, drooped within a couple of hours!

Sometimes I laugh so much I pee in my pants!

Well, that got your attention, didn't it?!  I in 3 women suffer from the odd leak, especially those who have had children, from spring chickens to silver foxes. Although I haven't had babies, I have always suffered from a weak bladder and occasionally have just peed myself I've been laughing so much.  The first time was when I was 17 years old, in the street!  Thank goodness I was wearing tights.  Nowadays, although the urges are worse, I have followed all of my own advice below and listened to my doctor, so it's only an odd trickle.

Eat, Drink, Sleep, Walk: in Bournemouth!

This summer I, plus one, was invited by the Bournemouth Tourist Office to spend a couple of days in the jewel of Britain's South Coast.  My parents used to holiday in Bournemouth, in the 50s, so I have wonderful memories of playing on the lovely sandy beach there. And hot summers|!  Despite living in pebbly Brighton, down the road, I still go back whenever I can. The last time was a couple of years ago, on my own, to see Noel Gallagher in concert. More on that trip here.