Oh how well I remember the teenage magazines of my youth.  Lots of gloriously coloured articles showing the latest trends in ‘beauty’ and how to make the most of our features.  Nothing saucy or racy involving boys, we were so innocent in those days and the magazines tended to hint at more exciting things to be had when we got a little older.  There was no shortage of offers to try this perfume or that eye shadow.  Lots of competitions were entered to try and get the Twiggy look – I used to have ver long hair, quite thick but very baby fine.  It was a nightmare to manage and when dear old Twig became hot property, I decided to have a similar hair cut, having been told how like her I was facially and bodily.  Of course, the local hairdresser could not emulate the right look and I ended up with a ghastly mess.  I cried rivers over that mistake.

I really love the idea of getting showered in the morning and taking my time to apply my body lotion and face creams;  it feels as though this is my special time to myself.  Some folk like to bath every evening and have the same hour or so to themselves.  I’ve always been a morning person and this is reflected in the order I prepare myself.  anti perspirant needs time to dry so that goes on first, followed by the first of my face creams, the anti wrinkle one.  then the body lotion to help care for very dry skin on arms and legs.  Once those are done, time to pop out to the bedroom and do my exercise routine for 15 minutes.  When the last arm swing has been completed, I leap back into the ensuite to put the face moisturiser on – and then some eye make up.  A bit of black and I’m your gal!

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.