Happy Thoughts


Gloriously Middle Aged

And on the subject of realistically achievable images. My latest press pictures seen here, have no post production on the face, hair or body. Why did I feel it necessary to leave stray hairs and skin, emboldened by the passing of...

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Ageless Style for all

It’s been fab looking through the pictures we took on the How to Look Good stage at the National Wedding Show. Yes we give lots of Body Shape advice to brides and our Ageless Style advice, especially for all the Mum’s who join...

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Militants in shapewear

It’s not often I see a picture that makes me smile from ear to ear – hardened fashion hack that I am – but this one sums up the state of play in retail for middle aged women. And so appreciative...

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This week I am mostly on stage!

It’s always a pleasure to rock up at the Clothes Show Live, give or take a few years, I’ve been doing this gig for around 20 years.The main stage host a huge spectacular fashion show and seats around 5 thousand....

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Seeing beauty

Writing deadlines have held me prisoner recently but now free to blog I want to share this photo. I am surrounded by beautiful women modelling at a fundraising event last week – nothing out of the ordinary there, but I have...

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Ethical fashion imagery is kind to bodies

Later this week I’m writing a presentation at the request of Lynne Featherstone Govt minister for Equalities to deliver to officials who help ministers make policy. It’s a chance to help govt. understand where regulations of business practice that undermines female...

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Your opinion counts

Great to see we have now collected 45, yes 45, comments on the Debenhams website with our latest initiative the Style List which features Caroline, Valerie and Maxine seen here. There are many important points made about why we need to...

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Happy Ever after.

It’s National Wedding Show at Earls Court and I’m reveling in Bride make-overs, (NEC next week)  here I am caught mid pose with lovely Nicki who has had the full monty during our How to Look Good make over show. I’m...

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Have your say!

Janet Street Porter, Germaine Greer…They’ve all been rallying against fashion industry ignorance of the 40 plus market. And I’d like to say that I’m so powerful I just rushed into Debenhams and told them to sort it out. The fact is...

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Our forty plus models shine

Ahhh, holidays are but a memory, gone are shorts and vest tops but the new season brings its own rewards! A while back I told you we were looking for models  over 40 to model our autumn/winter trends…in fact I asked...

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All women deserve great fashion

So Janet Street Porter having a bit of a not unreasonable rant online today. I’m in full agreement with her. The average British woman is a size 16 yet she is not catered for amongst the rails of designer offerings. When I...

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Having Fun at the NEC

This is what I spend many a weekend doing! Yes a bride make-over is great fun at the National Wedding Show. Jane and I are on stage with Becks our bride who we plucked out of the audience in jeans and...

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Maria is made up

   Jane roped me into creating the live show for the Channel Four TV show 10 Years Younger. Regulars will know she is the fashion producer for both the above programme and Gok’s How to Look Good Naked. Writing two live shows...

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Natural or digitally enhanced?

The trip down memory lane, last post was fun. Today I thought I’d bring things bang up to date! Here’s a black and white studio portrait of me recently where I feature without any digital enhancement. It’s done the old fashioned way...

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