We hear sighs from the middle aged to the elderly bemoaning their woes with Social Media, the youth of today, how values have changed.

Every generation has been condemned by their elders, from the revelry of the Rolling Stones to the depravity of the punk era.

As I was about to jump on the band wagon of groaners and seriously turn into my Grandmother, I decided to find a positive in today’s attitudes and if you look hard enough you can find it.

I remember seeing an episode of Mad Men where an elderly secretary died at her desk, and as the Advertising moguls were trying to impress a potential client, they hid the fact and practically carried her out in a bag to disguise the mortality on their premises, as if somehow it tarnished their glittering reputation.

Nowadays of course, everyone would get involved, in trying to revive her, in contacting her relatives, and it would be on social media within seconds, with the Agency would being commended upon their lack of ageism in employment.

Similarly with scars, both inside and out, and particularly the latter.  Years ago a top model ‘It’ girl told me that if you had a slight blemish or mole on your face you would be banned from the catwalk, and never be employed as a model or appear in a fashion magazine.  Scars were taboo.

In recent years however, scars have been celebrated more and more, with acid attack victims on the catwalk, as well as survivors from Breast Cancer revealing their scars instead of hiding them away.

In the recent Royal Wedding, Princess Eugenie celebrated her own special day choosing to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honour those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.

Similarly, catwalk icon and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Martha Hunt required her spine realigned as a teenager, and she is proud to reveal the scoliosis scars of her operation as she says it confirms her strength.

As the years progress, the World as we know it changes beyond recognition, and sometimes not to our liking.  It is too easy to criticise and see doom and gloom – but if we look hard enough we can always find something beautiful in the darkness, and the celebration of scars really makes it all worthwhile and in fact binds us all together.

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As The Weather Cools – The Catwalk Is Hotting Up

As The Weather Cools – The Catwalk Is Hotting Up

Please leave your bling detector at home and shop as the best Magpie in town this Autumn as bling is definitely the new black.  Glitzy shoes and boots, sparky dresses, faux furs and messy dresses in colours to clash for. Here are some of our favourites.

Go glam in a snake skin print this party season wearing this bodycon dress – featuring long sleeves and a high neckline from Missguided on offer at just £15.00

Or how about this White cami dress featuring white iridescent sequins, v neckline and loose fit also from Missguided at £28.00

Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with this faux fur bandeau midi dress from ASOS on sale at just £15.00

Prepare to get your sparkle on this party season with this bodycon dress, featuring super shiny sequins and delicate tie neck design you are sure to turn some heads this season! Wear with some killer heels and clutch, ready to hit the town from Pretty Little Thing for £28.00

For those of you who are more classic than crass perhaps you could hint at the trend with a rather lovely designer chocker or pendant to add a bit of sparkle.  Go on, you know it is your best kept secret, and it is completely safe with us!

The Ceclia Silver Crystal Sparkle Small Gem Frame Pendant by TED BAKER is the ultimate finishing touch to add a dazzling edge to your outfit on sale at £39.20

Or this Diamante choker from boohoo is a great finishing touch to your outfit for just £4.00

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Beauty Is Far More Than Skin Deep

Beauty Is Far More Than Skin Deep

Car mirrors and magnifying glasses should definitely be banned I vowed as I caught sight of my rather tired looking skin this morning.

There have been a number of family visits over Christmas, a short new year’s resolution to lose weight in January with a two day starvation diet, and a string of lunches and dinners accompanied by wine and coffee with friends.

It is no wonder my skin is suffering from wear and tear, as was evident when I dropped the kids off at school this morning as I glanced into the mirror as I was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Talking of being in the driving seat, we really are as we can definitely do something about it. I always remember the famous Body Shop mogul Anita Roddick saying to me in an interview that as long as you hydrated, your skin would look good.

So we can begin with drinking more water. I am the first to admit that my coffee and tea consumption over the winter months has exceeded my water intake, and I am about to take myself in hand on that one.

I have now stocked up on bottled water, as although tap water is good, I can always taste the chlorine and so prefer Evian or Fiji, the latter being my favourite and being stocked in Waitrose or you can order online.

Drinking several glasses of water a day will visibly improve your skin within a few days, and is an excellent way to start.

You could also improve your skin cleansing technique by taking an extra 2—3 minutes a day to make sure the surface is squeaky clean and leave your makeup off for as long as possible, even if only half an hour.

Skin creams are in abundance, but you have to find the one that suits you best. You could go for the Rolls Royce of skin creams, Crème de la Mer which is great for every skin type, and even clears up Eczema – being originally created by Dr Huber with the sea kelp as its main ingredient as a healing property .   Visit the website for a special Valentine offer or throughout the year where they justify the investment with extras that make it worthwhile. A good size pot with perks around £150.


If your budget is still fragile at this time of the year you could go for a more affordable line with Clinique 3 step for £20. This is an excellent skincare kit and will get you in the zone for a full on revamp of your skincare regime.

Last reminder is to exfoliate, some say twice a week, I personally feel once weekly is sufficient to help sustain a glowing skin – and gets rid of any excess of makeup or open pores through exposure to the elements.

It really is what suits you best – shop around there are some great offers out there and it is sometimes good to kick off with a facial which sets you on the road to youthful looking skin.

Do all of the above and you will enjoy those car journeys and the unexpected glimpse of your younger self in the wing mirror.

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