This article appeared in the Metro last week discussing the fact that stress can spead the greying process up.
Here are a few books I have been reading to help embrace my 40’s and the changes happening to my body. I hope they help you too.
India Knights – In Your Prime – Older, Wiser, Happier
Miranda Sawyer – Out of Time – Midlife if you still think you are young
Christa D’Souza – The Hot Topic: A life changing look at the change of life.
Stylist magazine – Life Lesson’s from remarkable women
Some of my favourite writers and journalists are among the authors of the above books. India Knights writes regularly for the Sunday Times and other magazines on Mid-life style & beauty. One of my favourites quotes in her book says with regards to exercise after 40. “Its either your arse or your face” you choose which one is more important.
There are affiliate links to the books.
For a while there I had forgotten why I started this blog and got stuck in an Instagram world of fashion and followers and that really wasn’t why I decided to lay my thoughts out on the internet. So I am going back to my roots, yes the grey ones!
I originally started the blog as I really hadn’t come to terms with going grey, I couldn’t colour my hair due the severe allergies (see previous post’s) and this blog was going to be all about me going grey and living with it. Whilst setting up the blog, I set up an Instagram account too, followed some Silver haired beauties and then started following more influencers with all their fashion and style advice and some how got caught in a trap of wanting to be like them and get more followers.
A friend asked me “what does that mean more followers”? And they were right, this wasn’t about the followers, this was about me, my pixel of the internet. As I tell others, be true to yourself and your tribe will follow anyway.
Whilst I was in Instagram mode my hairdressers found a greyt hair colour/dye (Elumen hair dye, will do a post on that soon) that I am not allergic too and have now used it for the past 7 months and I blinking love it. But it did stop me from writing about going grey, as I have deferred it (for a while, well 6 weeks at a time).
So I am heading back to those grey roots because they are there, whether I hide them or not.
From Monday the 16th July 2018, I will be launching the hashtag #mwahtomonday, where I am hoping that all you lovely content creators will take part in sharing your Mwah’s to Monday, every Monday. This can be in any digital form you like
To get the ball rolling I have teamed up with Gina Potter (@ginaGpotter on instagram) to give away one fantastic hand printed lip t-shirt.
All you have to do is follow me (@growingoldgreyfully) and Gina (@ginaGpotter) then share your #mwahtomonday. By 8pm Monday 16th July and we (when I say we, I mean Gina) will choose the best photo, video or story.
The winner can let us know their size and will be sent the above t-shirt.
I will post all entries on the blog, insta and other social media networks and tag you in.
Come on, join in Mwah to Monday. #mwahtomonday.
This week my Tuesday’s temptations have been chosen from & Other Stories, as I look towards the summer holidays and try to plan some outfits. I love block primary colours and mixing them all up.
This outfit takes you from pool to evening just by adding other accessories.
A perfect dress to wear to the beach and then out for the evening if necessary.
I am very late to the party with the raffia bags, but I really like this one with the leather strap detail. The size is perfect to hold your beach towel, suncream and whatever else you want to put in there.
I love a comfy but pretty sandal and these do just the job.
This style of bikini is perfect to give shape to a boyish figure but also to enhance those with curves.
Everyone needs a big hat, no more said.
Just because it’s red and pretty.
Now all we need to do is go on holiday!
I haven’t posted for a while so wanted to get my butt into gear so today’s the day. Whilst out at the weekend I popped into Oliver Bonas for some birthday pressie inspiration only to realise they have some lovely clothes (especially dresses) in stock at the moment. So they have inspired me to start Tuesday’s Temptations.
- First up is this beautiful leaf print dress, that is bang on trend – £75.00
2. I love an animal print whether leopard, cow or dalmatian. The great thing about a classic shirt dress is you can use a belt or put it over jeans or leggings and it will still look fab – £69.50
3. This block dress is my favorite, you could wear with different colour shoes to really make a statement. – £69.50
4. This dress is also bang on trend, lots of white dresses happening all over the place this season. The pattern on this one is lovely and made with quality. – £85.00
5. It’s not a dress you are right, but it is a gorgeous bright orange skirt. The material is so touchy feely, I had to buy it. The fit and belt are just perfect for a bit of a mum tum and true to size. Not too short either. – £49.50
This is not an Ad for Oliver Bonas just lovely items of clothing I would buy myself.
It is mental health awareness this week and it is so good to see lots of the lovely women (and Men!) supporting this.
I wanted to share a picture of my bestie, whom is a lovely lady that has supported me, without her my mental health wouldn’t be what it is today. Since aged 11 she has been my go to.
She has seen me through many an up and a down, she would stay with me when I wouldn’t leave the house, she picked me up when I fell down (literally). When my asthma was bad she would check I was breathing in my sleep. When I had to visit a psychiatrist, she walked me there and waited for me to come out. She listens to my troubles even though she has some of own. When I made bad choices in life, with hair, clothes, men, films she still stood next to me as my friend.
She still makes me laugh till it hurts and hopefully I will be able to be as good a friend to her as she has been to me.
Be like Sam, have a friend like Claire xx
Photo: This was taken at Newmarket Races a few years ago, Claire and I were making our hair bigger so it looked like a picture from the 80’s.
Now today is national paella day and with that in mind I thought I would do a post about some of the best places in SE1 to get your spanish food fix.
I studied Spanish many years ago at school. I love the language, the people and the food. Especially the food. In recent years there have been quite a few tapas restaurants open up in the SE1 area and we can’t get enough of them as a whole family. I have two little ladies, one who loves all food and the other who is quite (very) fussy, but we all love tapas.
Here are some of our favourites:
Lobos – www.lobostapas.co.uk
We are regulars at Lobos, the staff are great, always chatty and very helpful when one of the littles ladies wants a dish without something, or just want more breadsticks, they are only to happy to help. The interior is industrial but cosy and we haven’t had a bad meal there.
Brindisa – www.brindisakitchens.com
These guys were there from the beginning of Borough Market, with a stall, a shop, a restaurant and now more restaurants around London. We love this place too, but generally very hard to get a table, as it is very popular and you can’t book. It is best to get there early for more than two of you, unless you are happy to sit outside. We have done that many a time in the rain and shine as the food is worth it. Sometimes we get to sit inside but it isn’t always great as we end up on the high tables, not so good with smaller children.
Mar i terra – www.mariterra.net
I was on a train to Charing Cross once and saw the name on the side of the building and had to check it out. This is a hidden gem in Waterloo, tucked down a side road under the arches. It is family run and traditional. In the hot London sun you can eat outside in their garden/yard but be quick as it is the size of a postage stamp, but very welcome in the summer. They are also very friendly with the kids.
Jose – www.josepizarro.com
This place is always busy, very hard to get a table and no booking, in a true tapas taverna style very small tables and you can end up standing up, but again worth it. Their food and service is excellent and will try to accommodate you if they can.
Bar Tozino – www.tozino.co.uk
Tucked in one of the arches another favourite place to visit Maltby Street Market, Bar Tozino does some amazing Jamon’s, we are also a fan of their wine selection and their pickles.