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  1. A new life as I move on from divorce in my 50s

    ceri divorce in your 50s pic
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For most January is the start of a New Year, bur for me personally, January 2017 is the start of a New Life. Some may have noticed that my activity on social media has been sporadic to say the least over the past couple of years. Those who are close to me are aware of the reasons behind my retreat from sharing anything to do with my life .  I am thrilled to say that  this extremely unsettling period of my life is now over. Making a difficult decision In short I made the decision , in my mid 50s, to divorce my husband. I will not go into too many details other than to say that it was on the grounds of his unreasonable behaviour. Again...
  2. Does the 2017 Pirelli Calendar’s focus on older women this year help women be more visible over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The Pirelli Calendar is renowned for featuring  the most current beautiful young women , so the fact that this year they have taken a totally different direction – with the calendar based on who the photographer, Peter Lindbergh ,  considered to be the best actresses in the world – including Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Charlotte Rampling, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Nicole Kidman. He wanted this calendar to be more ‘real’, more emotional. I think he has succeeded – the black and white images of all the actresses are simple and stunning. A positive step forward in the challenging the perception of mature beauty- or so I thought. It seems that rather than applaud this brave marketing step, Pirelli are now being criticised for setting unrealistic expectations,...
  3. Revamping your style over 50: Understanding your body shape

    Ceri and Nisha discuss 50plus style and bodyshape image
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Sometimes you just need a bit of a refresh. After deciding to divorce my husband and going through what can only be described as an extremely acrimonious divorce, I  decided I needed to take a good look at many areas of my life.  Including  my clothes. After years of put downs Having been told for many years by my ex that he didn’t like any of my clothes, and repeatedly moaned about my wardrobe,  I decided that a professional eye would do no harm at all. I popped along to Nisha at Style Me for one of her courses. The one I chose was all about body shape. I was conscious that although the same dress size I was prior to getting married, my shape had probably changed with...
  4. Review: Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe

    Queen's coronation dress
    Review by Ceri Wheeldon If you get the chance do go along to visit the exhibition of the Queen’s Clothes at Buckingham  Palace as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. Knowing that I have a passion for clothes, I was taken by a friend for my birthday – we had a fabulous day out! Fashioning a Reign exhibition from Royal Collection Trust on Vimeo.   Seeing the Queen’s wedding dress and Coronation dress on display, you really feel as though you have shared a moment in history. The detail and workmanship is absolutely exquisite…especially the detail in the Coronation Dress. Photos and film footage do not prepare you for the impact the dresses have in real life. Norman Hartnell drew upon his experience of the...
  5. Why do companies not respect existing customers? Wasted hours on helplines!

    Frustrated customer on helpline
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Why is it that when you call a ‘sales’ line calls are answered immediately, but once you become a customer or are in their ‘system’ calls are invariably held in a queue, or placed on hold. I am having a bit of a rant today having spent many hours this week calling ‘customer services’ providers at two ‘communications’ companies. It seems that transferring my phone and broadband from one to another  has created a catalogue of errors.. the planned switchover did not happen…with systems errors being blamed and the old provider using it as an opportunity to try and offer me improved pricing to keep me. All in all it has been a shambles, each blaming the other and in the meantime no concern for the wasted time and...
  6. How do you define a role model? And who are the role models for women over 50?

    50plus role models
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Would you rather be a model or a role model over 50? I was just putting a post on social media, when I inadvertently missed out the word ‘role’ as I was about to highlight an inspirational role model. As I quickly edited the word back in, it did start me thinking. Who would we be most inspired by.  A 73 year old role model for sport and fitness, or a 73 year old model ? Or both. for different reasons. Daphne Selfe I’m a big fan of Daphne Selfe, a model in her 80s who I have met several times...
  7. Why can’t a woman look feminine and be successful in business?

    women in business, stilettos. 50plus careers, authentic, feminine in business
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With all the challenges we face as a country you would think the media would have better things to comment on than Theresa May’s shoes…which I love by the way and applaud her for maintaining her own style while doing the toughest job in the country. It has made me realise that we haven’t come as far as I thought in the last 30 years or so. I  worked for over 25 years  in a very male dominated industry as a headhunter. I had more clients than my male colleagues, placed more candidates and billed higher revenues.  So you can imagine my surprise to be called into my bosses office to discuss an ‘issue’. My job performance was...
  8. Would you leave the house without wearing makeup?

    Makeup- leave house without it image
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   This was the question put to me today in a radio segment on BBC Tees. It seems Alicia Keys has said that she will no longer wear make up for performances or photo shoots ….apparently she feels empowered when not wearing makeup. I’m sure Alicia Keys looks fabulous without her makeup – she is stunning with great skin tone…and of course her photos are most likely to be professionally lit – the rest of us are perhaps not quite so naturally blessed! I’m not so sure I feel quite the same. I don’t think anyone should feel that they have to wear makeup- it is a personal choice.  I wear make up every day…at home as well as when I’m out. It is part...
  9. Why does looking good have to mean looking younger?

    sharon stone
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When Sharon Stone was featured in an article for AARP alongside Jane Fonda, my thoughts were ‘She Looks Fab’. Full stop…not fab ‘for her age’, just fab. Wearing a simple body hugging black dress, she looked both elegant and sexy. So why the need for a newspaper (in this case the Daily Mail) to point out her actual age (58) and then go on to say that she looked half her age in the dress. Why the need to bring her age into it at all, and why the need to suggest what the age of 58, or half of it, should look like? Why can’t the press just say that someone looks good. Why the suggestion that looking good is associated with looking younger?  Why can’t women look their personal  best at...
  10. Can we be inspired by strong midlife women on TV?

    Alicia Florrick The Good Wife
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon So much has been said about the lack of roles for actresses  ‘of a certain age’ , but is the tide turning? Recently I have been watching a number of programmes on TV where actresses in their 40s and 50s have been taking centre stage – in meaty roles. I have picked out just a few – they may be fictional characters but can they also inspire us in real life? Alicia Florrick The Good Wife played by Julianna Margulies Whenever I get together with one particular friend, at some point we always end up talking about one TV series in particular – The Good Wife. For those who are not familiar with it, the 7th series is currently showing on More 4…I missed the first...
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