Michelle Obama is 50 this month (January 2014) and will (apparently) be partying at the White House with Beyoncé and Adele. For his 50th birthday, designer Tom Ford went whitewater rafting with Julianne Moore (52).
I recently turned 50 and, though I didn’t host
a celebrity gathering or day of extreme sports, I like
to think I did it with pizzazz.
Middle age, midlife, whatever you want to call it, has been reinvented over the past couple of decades. Gone are the over-the-hill days of
yore, now it’s de rigueur to be Fifty And Brilliantly Stylish (FABS). The FABS aren’t past it – they’re shaking up
the stuffy style rules and, more importantly, enjoying life. Like most women over 50, I don’t want to be defined by age, I just want to look good and feel confident. I want to age with intelligence, style and grace; I want to join The FABS.
Wear what you love
By wearing what she loves, Michelle Obama has shown women a modern, more relaxed way of dressing. There’s Emma Thompson, 54 , who is clearly having fun with fashion. Tilda Swinton, 53: proof that we should never stop experimenting. Inès de la Fressange, 56: how to wear flat shoes with style. Christine Lagarde, 58 shows grey hair is good and power dressing demands expert scarf action, a row of pearls, or both.
The high street is waking up and smelling the grey pound. Think M&S’s Leading Ladies or Boots’ Ta Dah! campaign; research shows when women see ads with models who are similar to themselves, they buy. As the mantra on my blog That’s Not My Age goes… you don’t have to have youth to have style.
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This month’s beauty tip
I’m always on the lookout for natural beauty tips, so Mireille Guiliano’s new book French Women Don't Get Facelifts: Aging with Attitude
is on my reading list. And to combat a dull, midwinter complexion I’ve been using AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES Rose Infinity moisturiser 50ml. Containing essential oils and collagen-boosting alpine rose stem cells, I know it’s never going to fill the deep furrows but my skin is definitely looking brighter and better, and the handy dispenser ensures that a little goes a long way. It’s not cheap but then neither is Botox, and I know which I prefer.
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