This isn’t advice from a fashion and beauty expert, but ideas that help me face the world and my own image… Will generally appear between the 7th -10th of the month.
Wear a fossil, perhaps on a pendant. The average ammonite is millions of years old, which puts human ageing into perspective! T.X
Add something unexpected to your outfit. Like a gilet over, not under, your coat – or 2 scarves worn together. Or your best pearls with your go-to jeans….though diamonds would do. T.X
Butter your knees! If they’re starting to resemble an elephant’s, use a scrub first on and around the area, wash off, then apply a rich cream or body butter. Once a month, more often in summer. T.X
Lift a lockdown-grey day – with colour. Pink, cream, yellow and lilac – in shades suited to your skin and character – worn above the waist, will reflect light up and around you….T.X
Play with perfume. Spray it, not on your skin, but above and around you, then walk through the mist. Or on to the ends of a scarf – so the scent drifts up during the day. Wearing two different scents together, but on different parts of the body, can create an interesting effect….T.X
Treat your hands to a deep-cream – and some messy play. Exfoliate lightly first – if you’re out of regular scrub, try used coffee grounds… Smother on the hand-cream, wait a bit, pop on some disposable gloves, then do the washing-up in hot water – which helps the cream sink in. Forearms are often forgotten; hand-cream should go up to the elbows too…. T. X
The versatile Vs with 100s of uses. A few favourites:
A little cider vinegar in warm, boiled water first thing will set the metabolism in motion; a dash of white wine vinegar in the rinsing water after shampooing will re-balance the hair and add shine.
Vaseline, invented in 1859, is great for minor cuts but also – softens cuticles and removes mascara while conditioning the lashes. Applied to pulse-points before perfume, it will make the scent last longer. A spot on the end of a make-up pencil will help it glide on more smoothly – and, as ‘lip therapy’, the wonder jelly comes in rose and cocoa butter ‘flavours’… T.X
Think tall and stretch out. A trainer friend’s tip I try to follow: stretching for 10 minutes or more a day keeps the body bendy. 3 of the best moves,but you’ll know if they’re ok for you.
A cat-like series of stretches when you wake up.
The Ceiling Kiss. Tilt your head back and make an exaggerated kiss shape with your mouth, then grin as widely as you can. Repeat… Nice for the neck, jawline and upper back.
Touching your toes – good for the spine, arteries, blood flow to the brain and – I hope! – helps stop you shrinking… T. X
Summer skin needs your hat with a brim and regular sun-cream, but adores other anointments too… Like facial sunscreen, more easily absorbed than the body variety. Fine for feet and hands too, it can double up as a moisturiser, saving space in a toiletries bag.
A multi-purpose dry oil leaves no greasy residue and adds a certain shimmer… This is not a commercial site and never will be – but I’ve never found one better than the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, orange blossom in a bottle.