Thursday, 20 November 2014

The perfect ankle boot from Toast

Knee boots might be back but I've been on the look out for the perfect pair of ankle boots. I'm after a black, heeled design to elevate my everyday uniform. APC ran a fantastic version last year, but unfortunately I was in-between sizes (this happens, a lot). And no matter what a whippersnapper shop assistant says, I am not going to (a) buy smaller and wait for the leather to expand/my toes to drop off or (b) buy larger and wear insoles or thick socks. I like my shoes to fit. Acne's Pistol Boots are good, though they're not so comfy for running around in. I have my sights set on the Elba boot from Toast, £195 available HERE. It comes in Spanish Nubuck and has a manageable Cuban heel. I'll let you know how I get on...

That's me in my Acne Pistol Boots

What kind of boots are you wearing this winter?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Jigsaw x William Morris

After taking a look at the Jigsaw x William Morris collaboration, I've decided that it is beautiful and useful and welcome at That's Not My Age Mansions. As well as, on my back. To celebrate the William Morris: Anarchy & Beauty exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Jigsaw has taken the Great Interior Design Challenge and teamed up with the William Morris Gallery to create an exclusive collection using archive prints. This fashion-meets-art collaboration has been available for a couple of weeks now, but I like to see things properly before I give them the That's Not My Age seal of approval. My favourite piece is the jaquard jacket (below), perfect with black trousers or jeans, or over a simple dress. The traditional Victorian pattern is brought up-to-date with a modern-day silhouette; cotton blend jacket, £179, available HERE.

As navy is the grown-up alternative to black, the cotton-blend jacquard coat is a useful piece too; £198, available HERE. And there's a close-up of the modal scarf with decorative pom-poms, £69, available HERE. All three items come in the Brother Rabbit William Morris design:

Now I just need to find the time to visit the William Morris: Anarchy & Beauty exhibition (on until 11 January 2015).

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Looking at Lauren Hutton

I've spent months thinking (and writing) about women of style and substance; including Fashion VIP Lauren Hutton. This week she's interviewed by Anjelica Huston on the beauty website Violet Grey and there's a lovely photo shoot by Pamela Hanson. I'd rather look at this than Kim Kardashian's oily bum any day of the week.

Though I suspect both have been photoshopped.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sharing the Love

Photo: Tim Walker

Guess what…I've been Blog Spotted. Stopped on two separate occasions by That's Not My Age fans (That's Not My Agers?). Once in a very crowded south London bar/restaurant while fighting my way to the door; I was ranting about the benefits of staying in, when a beautiful, stylish woman grabbed my arm and shouted above the din, 'I LOVE your blog.' We didn't have chance to speak properly, so if you're reading this and we met at Brunswick House CafĂ© a few weeks ago, hello and thank you for following! And then, another gorgeous woman called Susan stopped me in Brixton and asked if I was That's Not My Age. We crossed the road together and had a quick chat, while the Blog Widower (with me on both occasions) tagged along, quite bemused. It's funny because although blogging is social networking, it feels quite isolated and I still feel like it's me on my own behind the dashboard. I am not one for pebble-dashing this site with pictures of myself so am largely surprised if someone recognizes me. I guess that's just the Power of the Internet.

Photo: Norman Parkinson

In October, I received a lovely email from one of my readers called Rosalyn:

'Thank you…you just made my day! I love all things fashion and creativity. Growing up my mother was a seamstress and I was surrounded by beautiful clothes that women brought into the house to have adjusted. We don't do much of that anymore.

I wanted to be a designer but life got in the way, and so here I am age 67 dusting off my dream life, even if it is only for myself. Reading your blog lifts me up and gives me inspiration. Thank you for the joy of having your wonderful blog. Love, love, love it!'

Working and blogging and writing a book has not been easy, there have been times when I've felt stretched to the limit, but wonderful moments like these really do keep me going. So, a very big thank you to all my followers for staying tuned and cheering me on. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of womankind.