Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Classic autumn shoes: Cheaney for Toast

I think I've forgotten how to wear shoes. It's been such a lovely, long summer and - if you can brave the morning chill - is still just about warm enough for Birkenstocks, so this year I'm finding the autumn transition particularly difficult. I've noticed that Toast has a small range of women's styles handcrafted in England by master shoemakers Joseph Cheaney & Sons. The brand has been manufacturing traditional footwear since 1886 and is now owned by cousins Jonathan and William Church, of the Church's shoe family - which is now owned by Prada. Talk about Trad Shoe Shuffle. Obviously, being made in Northamptonshire from the finest leathers means these gorgeous shoes aren't cheap, but with footwear I honestly believe that you get what you pay for. My favourites are the dark navy Emily monkstrap shoe, £265, available HERE - I'd wear them everyday with black trousers or dark denim jeans - and the Maisie Oxford brogue, £265, available HERE.

Who doesn't love an autumn classic?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Two Good Films

Driving Miss Kylie

In the last week I've seen two brilliant films. The feelgood movie Pride, (based on a true story about a lesbian and gay support group raising funds during the 1984 miner's strike), had me sobbing, and longing for those pre-me-me-me-society days. Spoiler alert: the Dominic West dance scene is fantastic but for me one of the funniest moments was Imelda Staunton telling local doubters that she was, 'Off to Swansea a massive les-off.' And there was more reminiscing during 20,000 Days on Earth, the highly stylised Nick Cave documentary. Purporting to be a day in the life of the antipodean rock god, this beautifully shot film includes interviews with a therapist, as well as Ray Winstone, and Kylie Minogue, all offset by a wonderful soundtrack and a deadpan sense of humour. Having been a huge fan since I saw the Birthday Party in Manchester in the early eighties, I might be a bit biased - but whether you're a Nick Cave fan or not, this is a bloody good film.

The title refers to the number of days the artist has spent on earth. Work out how many days you've been alive here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The essential jumpsuit

That's me in a jumpsuit. And no, I am not doing a spot of painting and decorating - though I have to admit that since the holiday I've been on a serious mission to spruce up That's Not My Age Mansions. You know what it's like when you come back and everything looks shit. Well, that has turned me into a De-cluttering Demon. Mr That's Not My Age is scared (mainly for the safety of his vast CD collection). Anyhow. I've embraced the jumpsuit, all-in-one, whatever. Purchased at the start of summer from MHL, this is proper French workwear. The fabric is quite heavy duty so I've been waiting for it to cool down again, otherwise I'm boiling in my boilersuit. Commonly referred to as my Industrial Onesie, it makes getting dressed so easy, I want one in every available colour/fabric. And, all that 'going to the loo is such a palaver' stuff is nonsense. Believe me, I go a lot. You just have to be careful not to drop the arms down the toilet bowl (or onto the urine-splattered floor of a public loo) - and try your best not to wee on them. It's simple.

The best lighter-weight version I've seen is from Whistles, £155, available HERE.

How do you feel about the jumpsuit? Are we all-in-one together?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Older models at TK Maxx

More grown-up gorgeousness from TK Maxx. The brand's fabulous Me. By Me campaign for autumn features 55-year-old graphic designer Angelika Plag who was spotted in a Berlin store.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Quote of the week: Emma Thompson

Photo: Nick Haddow

Whether she's speaking her mind at the Grammys or on a voyage to the Arctic with Greenpeace (to highlight global warming), I bloody love Emma Thompson. When asked if 50 is the new 35 in an interview in today's Guardian Weekend magazine, the 55-year-old actress replies:

'Can I just say very loudly, bollocks. Not to recognise getting older for what it is...I do think the infantalisation of our generation is one of the human issues of our time. People wanting to be 35 when they're 50 makes me think: why? Why don't you be 50 and be good at that?'