Friday, 30 January 2015

The Cambridge Satchel Company grows up

Teal North South tote, £195, available HERE.

When Julie Deane couldn't find a traditional leather satchel for her daughter, she made one herself. The Cambridge Satchel Company soon followed with Deane and her mum Freda Thomas stitching leather bags at the kitchen table. Over the last seven years, a £600 start-up has turned into a £10 million business. But much as I admire the women and their story, I've never liked the idea of satchels for grown-ups. File them in the same category as skateboards and jelly shoes, and quickly move on. But The Cambridge Satchel Company has grown-up, and this new collection of leather tote bags and clutches says super-chic, not overgrown schoolgirl.

East West Tote, £180, available HERE.
Saddle Leather tote, £390, available HERE.

Push Lock Cross Body bag, from £65- £95, available HERE

Cambridge Satchel Company has such a wonderful story and there's a fantastic video of Julie and Freda telling it,  HERE.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The best fashion blogs for grown-ups

Linda Rodin photo: Telegraph

Whoa, it's busy online this week. Grown-up style is getting loads of attention. First Buzzfeed posted a feature on the 15 Amazing Senior Style Instagrammers You Should Follow Right Now, lots of inspirational women including Linda Rodin, Judith from Style Crone and several other wonderful Advanced Stylistas. Then before you could say 'Old Lady Revolution', I was up there with the best of them as fashion website Motilo's favourite Instagrammer:

There was even a How To Get Alyson Walsh's Style page, where the most excellent choices were spookily spot on. In this photo I'm wearing Toast's Ryo leather jacket, £445, made in Italy and available HERE. The scarf isn't available yet but a good alternative is the Dosa Shuktara scarf for
J. Crew, £210, available HERE.

And last but not least, Good Housekeeping included That's Not My Age in their 10 best fashion blogs for grown-ups. That's the first time I've made one of those 'Best Of' lists, and I'm flattered to be in such good company. Just giving myself a pat on the back... 

Power to the older people.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Modern Power Dressing

Charlotte Rampling plays Jocelyn Knight QC

Power Dressing ain't what it used to be (and there's an exhibition at the Design Museum to prove it). Today women want to look effortless and chic, and this is an area where the grown-ups outshine the girls. The Guardian asked me to write about Power Dressing on TV so I talked about my three current favourite actresses: Charlotte Rampling in Broadchurch, Audrey Fleurot who plays Josephine Karlsson in Spiral (spoiler alert: can't believe what happened in the last episode *sobs*) and Sofie Grabol in Fortitude.

Audrey Fleurot as barrister Josephine Karlsson

Sofie Grabol as Hildur Oldegard the mayor of Fortitude.

Read the full article HERE. How do you feel about Power Dressing today?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Punk Painter: Paul Simonon

Critics are divided as to whether Paul Simonon can actually paint - and I was wondering whether his exhibition 'Wot No Bike' should've been called 'What No Perspective.' But, no matter. Lifelong Clash fans (like myself) are going to pay pilgrimage to the bass player's latest show at the ICA, regardless. Simonon was the one who provided The Clash's artistic direction with his Jackson Pollock-inspired paint splatters and DIY stencils. The 59-year-old punk painter now creates still life pictures of his collection of biker jackets and boots, with a couple of fag packets and ashtrays thrown in. Baillie Walsh's short film, recorded to go with the exhibition, is really quite lovely.

And just because...

Paul Simonon's Wot No Bike is on at the ICA until 6 Feb 2015.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo 2015

And now for some more Parisian Chic. Ines de la Fressange's latest collection for Uniqlo est arrivé. Here are a few of my favourite bits and pieces (still available online at the time of writing). I should have blogged about this yesterday - one of my favourite items the 3/4 sleeve pocketed shirt has practically sold out - but the Mayor of Paris took precedence. Sorry, Ines.

Classic coverall jacket, £59.90, available HERE.

Lovely blue Breton top, £14.90, available HERE.  Also available as a dress - yours for £29.90.

 Madras scarf, £11.90, available HERE. 

I have a navy Uniqlo cashmere v-neck sweater that I wear, a lot, so I'll be checking out the cotton cashmere cardigan, £29.90, available HERE.

A bientot.