This is really the season to look back over the last 12 months and take stock.  Firstly of what has happened to us and the effects we may still be feeling – as we age, there are the illnesses that take a bit longer to shift.  I had the most awful chesty cough, followed by a cold, leading up to Christmas.  Despite much care with hygiene and wrapping myself up warmly when going out for my now more routine walks, I still succumbed.   My task now, having taken stock, is to see where I can safeguard or future proof myself for the coming months.

I have resolved to do my paid work, ie. articles and writing, in the morning only and to stop absolutely at noon.  Take a light lunch, clear up, and then march forth for a short, brisk walk.  This will really help my body, my mind, and my skin.  All very free to achieve!

Whenever anyone kindly asks me what I’d like for christmas, I so rarely remember to askfor the thing that really makes my day and allows me to look as fantastic as I do for someone of my very advanced years!  I do take great care of my skin and body.   I can’t really claim to be so saintly regarding my hair.  A series of unfortunate hair appointments has made me lose confidence in my abilit to communicate to these professionsals.   For some reason I can talk til the cows come home on almost any other subject, but when it comes to eplaining how I want my hair to look just before I leae te salon, I seem to talk a lot of gibberish.   If only I could illustrate my ideas more adequately rather than what I must do – suggest I want an unflattering pudding basin bob!

Well the weather is certainly beginning to show a sea change away from the balmy summer months (ho ho ho, when was this then we chortle . .  ) through autumn and into the dead of winter.  I personally love the autumn months – the leaves on the trees showing Mother Nature at her most brilliant with yellows, organges, firey red offerings.  Then the wonderful freshness in the air when nipping outside for an errand or to actually go for a walk.   I did in fact take extra walks last week when I was helping my daughter out – she has two pupsters that need high energy walkies every day.  Nothing is more likely to spur me into donning the walking boots than those lovable tikes!  These walks have really boosted my own energy and my whole body feel more alive and alert.   There is definitely something in the air when I take a long leisurely autumnal walk.

In the spring, we like to look forward to the growth and renewal of plants and living things.  We can take inspiration from this into our wardrobes!  A classic spring time colour is green, offering a freshness and vibrancy to your wardrobe.  Greens look good on all skin types, but be sure to take into consideration whether you are cool toned or warm toned.  Cool toned skin looks better with more blue in the green, whereas warmer tones can carry off more yellow.

Along with green, choose floral shades of pinks, lilacs and yellows.  Add a touch of brightness with white and cream.  Again, look carefully at different shades to suit warm or cool tones!

For accessories, why not add a floral bag, some cute shoes or a lightweight scarf in a co-ordinating shade or pattern?  Be daring and mix different patterns to really catch people’s eyes.