Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Streep Style

According to my calculations, Meryl Streep celebrated her 62nd birthday last week. Happy Birthday Meryl, hope Peter Jensen sent you something from his 2012 Resort Collection! The Danish designer has chosen Meryl as his muse for a range of seventies-inspired pieces in a retro-tastic colour palette. That's Not My Age loves Streep Chic. You can't beat the paired-down, tomboyish-feel of a classic trench, skinny ankle-crop trouser and simple shirt - a grown-up, mannish look that's totally in keeping with Phoebe Philo's Céline Classics for autumn 2011.

Here's a photograph taken on the set of Kramer vs Kramer in 1979 and a neat blazer and shirt from Jensen's collection:

Streep won an Academy Awards for best actress in Kramer vs Kramer and apparently, in all the excitement, left it on the back of a toilet in the ladies' room. Not quite sure where her Sophie's Choice Oscar ended up.

I'll definitely be doing Streep Style, will you?

Thank you to young blogger Glitterbird for the head's up on the collection.

Meryl Streep: Brigitte Lacombe
Peter Jensen lookbook: Tim Gutt

Monday, 27 June 2011

Summer in the City

We're feeling a bit hot and bothered at That's Not My Age Mansions and the Tinto de Verano (red wine and Sprite) doesn't seem to be helping matters. It was over 30 degrees in London today, but that didn't stop Mr That's Not My Age going to work in a jumper. Long story, short: the spare room is currently occupied by Manhattan Brother so the Blog Widower's late-night wardrobe grab uncovered a classic three-button, Merino wool John Smedley that didn't need ironing. Fortunately, Mr TNMA works in an air-conditioned office and came home looking as cool as Roger Federer in Ralph Lauren silk pyjamas. Meanwhile, Manhattan Brother has taken to wearing a pair of my old sunglasses, cursing the lack of air-conditioning and Wi-Fi and asking random questions like, 'Who is Pippa Middleton?' My only salvation is this lovely raffia beach bag from Land's End, which I can't put down. It's large enough for all my usual junk, gives a nod to the Prada summer stripes trend and if the sun gets any fiercer, I'll be wearing it on my head.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Parisian Flea Market

In the words of my favourite northern miserablist, 'I'm throwing my arms around Paris.' Is it just me or was Morrissey looking a little bit like a tatty Elvis in Vegas at Glastonbury last night? Anyhow, last weekend Monsieur et Madame That's Not My Age gave the French capital a great big hug. After a leisurely breakfast on Saturday morning we hit the Porte de Vanves flea market (marchés aux puces) in the south of the city. An excellent spot for mid-century nick-nackery, clothes and books. Now I like the market at Porte de Clignancourt, once you've got passed the kebab vans and cheap tat, the covered area is fabulous. If you buy antiques on the New King's Road, Fulham, then this is the place for you but at That's Not My Age Mansions it's shabby chic all the way.

I nearly bought these 1950s Orangina glasses but transporting fragile items is always problematic, as Amy Winehouse's tour manager knows only too well. Here are some of the superior bric-a-brac stalls and lovely people we met at Porte de Vanves.

And although we were beaten to a gorgeous Art Deco globe by the woman in the top photo, we still managed to pick up two new orbs to add to the collection:

The flea market runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am - 1.30pm and is a couple of minutes walk from Porte de Vanves Metro station.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Olay, Olay, Olay!

Take a good long look at the Anti-Wrinkle Kit from Olay and commit it to memory - we're going to have to change our strategy on this one. The pre-sale samples available last week sold out in under 40-minutes, so people, channel Serena Williams, this is a highly competitive game. Fortunately, there's time to recoup, sharpen elbows and do a spot of fitness training before the wonder-product - a clinical study on women aged between 40-65 shows that it does reduce wrinkles - goes on sale in Boots, in July. Though I could always get my brother in New York to to ship a consignment of Pro X (the Anti-Wrinkle Kit's name in the USA) over. Ooh. now there's an idea...

And just so you know, this is a sponsored post.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Monochrome Shoe Mania

Gangsters, mods, Rory McIlroy, black and white shoes are nothing new but Phoebe Philo makes them look as fresh as a Middleton in May. I'm not going to blah on about Céline, but the pre-fall 2011 collection was right up my boulevard. And as Sir Paul McCartney once said, 'Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony.' If you're looking for monochrome flats for autumn check out Tabitha Simmons at Matches and Hobbs for Chelsea boots:

That's the footwear sorted, now I've just got to find me a tuxedo jacket.

Céline photos:

Monday, 20 June 2011

Turn me on!

'They're my knickers from Agent Provocateur and yes, the image is life size,' says Isabel Stanley of her latest lampshade design, 'Though I did rumple them up a bit!' The playful collaboration between the textile designer and Wendy Chapple, a printmaker on the Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martin's, is intended as a witty comment, an antidote to the serious side of interior design. Stanley likes to spend her summer months working on new ideas and last year took a short screen-printing course - which led to the Turn Me On lamp. Always looking for ways to liven up the home, this latest work is inspired by, 'The thought of flinging your clothes off in a fit of passion, like in a 1950s movie where there's always a pair of pants on the lampshade.' So does the 44-year-old mother-of-two live a raunchy Agent Provocateur lifestyle? 'Oh no, I wish. But I love lacy underwear and I wear it all the time, it makes me feel a bit wey hey!'

The lampshade business came about when Stanley started playing around with a roll of decorative ribbon brought back from a trip to South America, ' I made this thing and it was knocking around my house for ages,' she says, ' Then some friends came over, we had a drunken night in and they saw the lampshade and said you've got to do it!' A cheeky letter sent to the Conran Shop was well-received, followed by a mad scramble to find one of the few remaining manufacturers in the UK. Accessories are hand-crafted at the designer's south London studio and finished at a factory-cum-barn in the middle of the Kent countryside. And if the best-selling stripey lampshades seem familiar, Pret a Manger was decked out with them back in the late nineties - so you probably spotted one on an early morning coffee run.

Isabel Stanley's guide to a beautiful home:

1. Don't use overhead lights in the evening. Floor lamps and table lamps create a cosy atmosphere - and are more flattering for the over-forties!
2. Keep furniture simple, Scandinavian-style and add interest with textiles and accessories. Pictures, vases and nick-nackery are an easy way to add colour without overdoing it. And move things around, I'm constantly re-designing and culling items.
3. Make things. Cushions are easy to run-up, I like to re-frame old seventies illustrations - and I'm just about to cover a noticeboard with printed fabric (staple the fabric over the board) to create a busy area in the kitchen.
4. Don't buy things that match. Buy items that are individually beautiful, I find a lot of stuff at car boot sales. Get there early and look carefully, there's always something that stands out.

The Turn Me On lampshades go on sale at Not On The High Street, this week and will be available in a range of different colours soon. Any excuse for the bulk-buying of Agent Provocateur undies, eh?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Cool Dads

Dads shouldn't ordinarily be encouraged to act like teenagers but this video by Brooklyn electro-popsters, Holy Ghost! sees Mr Frankel & Mr Millhiser Snr actually looking pretty good. If you like the retro-synth sound of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, you'll like this.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Le Week-end

This post comes to you live from Paris. Instead of relaxing with a glass of wine at a chic little bistro in St Germain, I'm wrestling with a foreign keyboard in an internet cafe. Blogging, it's like an addiction. And, having seen Point Blank (A Bout Portant) this week, I'm half expecting to witness a police chase through the Metro. If you're planning a trip to the cinema this weekend, Point Blank is the best film I've seen all year. An action-packed French thriller (not to be confused with the late 1960s John Boorman film of the same name), an adrenalin-fuelled-90-minute-rush through the French capital.

Another French film I can't wait to see is Potiche with Catherine Deneuve, though I'm told that Deneuve is more popular in England than over here- where Isabelles Adjani and Huppert reign.

On-going research into the secret of French style will involve taking Les Vélib over to Merci:

That's not me, it's Marie France Cohen the lifestyle store's owner. Followed by a trip to the Musée Bourdelle to see the Madame Gres exhibition. Whilst I teeter on the brink of a Blogger Breakdown, Mr That's Not My Age is entering into the spirit by sporting his birthday scarf - I said scarf! Ah well, at least we have Ines de la Fressange as our tour guide.


Potiche: InStyle
Marie France Cohen: Liberty blog

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Olay Professional Anti-Wrinkle Kit

Why do some mirrors seem to distort reality? The one in our bathroom is quite flattering (more a case of luck than some sort of beauty-related Feng Shui), I'm usually content with what I see - though I have to admit that my expectations are fairly low. But sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in an airplane toilet, a lift, or worse, a shop, and am shocked by my ancient reflection. This happened the other day. On the lookout for a new pair of sunglasses, I was trying on a pretty neat cat's eye frame, took a quick look at my appearance in the mirror and one of those kooky New Yorkers from Advanced Style was staring back at me. Now, there's nothing wrong with that. It's just that when I met the lovely Ari Seth Cohen last year, he told me he likes to photograph people in their 70s, 80s and 90s - and That's Not My Age isn't anywhere near the septuagenarian years just yet. Though I do aspire to rock the bohemian grandma-look in approximately 25-years time.

Until then, I'm more than happy to use wrinkle cream. This Professional Anti-Wrinkle Kit from Olay contains an Age Defying Day Moisturiser SPF 30, a Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and a Deep Wrinkle Complex - and has been a massive hit in America (where it's called Pro X), almost as popular as Kate Middleton in a Reiss dress and fascinator. Now, Olay aren't just making random claims here, oh no... the efficacy of the product has been scientifically proven by clinical testing. So, it actually does work. The boffins at Olay together with 'an international group of renowned dermatologists' have confirmed that the products reduce fine lines and wrinkles in only 28 days. Hoorah! The Olay wonder-kit goes on sale in August, but on Wednesday 22 June a batch of 300 are available from Boots. Sign up here for yours, and let me know how you get on. If you live in the USA and have tried Pro X, please share the experience.

And I have to tell you that this is a sponsored post.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Now & Then

Here are a couple of cheeky photos snapped at the John Squire: Celebrity exhibition, the other day. Each painting in the series is named after somebody famous, so there's David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Keira Knightly, Arnold Schwarzenegger - and that's John F Kennedy, at the top. He's one of my favourites. The work, based on traditional Islamic designs, is a comment on celebrity culture, and according to Squire asks, 'How often we need to see copies of complete strangers' faces, and why do we collectively choose those particular people?' In the case of Cheryl Cole, I'd say that blanket coverage is not required, or is, depending on the type of blanket you're talking about.

And yes, it's the same John Squire who started out designing album sleeves for The Stone Roses (he was their guitarist at the time). Fool's Gold was one of Mr & Mrs That's Not My Age's Desert Island Discs. On our first date, we discussed our best gigs, ever. The Blog Widower chose the Rolling Stones, Brixton Academy 1995 and top of my list was The Stone Roses at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool 1989. On a subsequent date, I knew things were going well when the young Mr TNMA produced a DVD of The Stone Roses' gig. Aah. How thoughtful. But my memories were shattered when I actually played the DVD and realised that Ian Brown's vocals were bloody awful. The Stone Roses. Brilliant. In spite of the fact that the lead singer couldn't sing.

So then we went for lunch at Leila's Shop, which is excellent. I'm surprised I haven't blogged about food before, as eating is one of my favourite pastimes and I have the appetite of Desperate Dan. Funny that. Maybe it's because the food doesn't remain on the plate long enough for a photo opportunity? Anyway, this is the best beetroot soup I've ever tasted. Served with cumin and buttermilk and a portion of potato salad. Delicious.

I like the Redchurch Street end of Shoreditch, OK it's becoming increasingly gentrified but it's still a bit grungy, reminds me of New York's Lower East Side. Leila's is around the corner on Calvert Avenue - I'd get over there pronto before Prada move in. Yes, really.

After lunch we headed up Kingsland Road and took a walk along the Regent's Canal. Art, food and an urban stroll, now that's top of my list of best days out:

John Squire: Celebrity is on at the Ideas Generation Gallery, Chance Street, London E2, till 3 July 2011.