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  1. Why I set up Fab after Fifty: a quick video

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    Article and video by Ceri Wheeldon It is hard to believe that I launched Fab after Fifty 8 years ago, not having a clue about websites, social media, seo, but armed with a passion to take a stand and make a difference. To create a community where like-minded women over 50 could come together to inform, inspire and share and be both fabulous AND visible. I was so frustrated at the media portrayal of women over 50 being so far removed at the way we see ourselves, and as a headhunter, the way that women over 50 were being discriminated against in the workplace. Over the 8 years the time I have had to invest in Fab after Fifty has been inconsistent , with various life events and activities taking priority over my computer screen, but my passion for highlighting the power and...
  2. Friendship over 50: for a reason, a season or for life?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Are friendships for a reason, a season or for life?. I was discussing friendship with my hairdresser the other day. We talking about how you meet people at one stage of your life where you feel very close for a period, and yet the friendship does not survive life changes , where other friendships can  remain strong, even if geography and circumstance keep you apart. He shared this lovely quote with me, “friendships develop for a reason, for a season, or for life.” When I look at the friends in my life today, and the friends no longer in my life, I can see how this is so true. My ‘lifelong’ friends...
  3. As Lauren Hutton become’s Vogue’s oldest cover girl, is  ‘Age ‘ now in fashion?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With Julia Roberts gracing the cover of Harpers Bazaar this month as she celebrates turning 50, and Lauren Hutton , at 73, becoming the oldest cover girl for Italian Vogue’s ‘Timeless’ issue, is ‘older’ now the thing to be? Has the fashion industry that has always appeared to be so youth obsessed  had a lightbulb moment and recognised that mature women are vibrant, still like to look good, and , for the most part have more disposable income than their younger counterparts? We have long said that  the fashion industry ignores us at their peril.  If the fashion media have recognised the value of having mature women on its covers, does this mean that the fashion brands will follow suit and start using more...
  4. As Julia Roberts turns 50, will perceptions of women over 50 and ageing change?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s hard to believe that it’s 27 years since Pretty Woman hit our screens, or that it’s start Julia Roberts will turn 50 this month. Time flies! As Julia is featured on the cover of this month’s Harper’s Bazaar- looking fabulous and ageless, will this image of such a vibrant women help to challenge perceptions of what it means to be 50 today. Such images are a far cry from matronly images still used by many to represent women over 50 in the media – and a million miles away from memories of Norah Batty and her wrinkled stockings. It has long been said that 50 is the new 30, but really we should just be saying that 50 is the new 50...
  5. Is the film industry recognising the changing face of 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s good to see some great roles for actresses over 50 in films out this autumn.  Of course, you would expect to see a more mature actress like Dame Judy Dench play an ageing Queen Victoria – I cannot imagine any other actress playing that particular part better. But it’s great to see actresses over 50 being cast as key characters, not as ageing parents, but as spies and villains. Images Century21 Fox The latest Kingsman movie has Julianne Moore playing head villain holding the world to ransom, and Halle Berry playing a secret service agent.  These are not token roles to tick some sort of age quota , but meaty roles where age is irrelevant....
  6. As Helen Mirren is less than complimentary about moisturisers, will you be ditching yours?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As the face of L’Oreal’s Age Perfect range, you would think Helen Mirren would be a shouting from the rooftops about the benefits of using moisturiser, but it seems not. According to press reports Helen spoke out at a L’Oreal event in Cannes and said  that moisturiser “probably does f*** all”. Not exactly delicately put  and rather surprising given her role as a brand ambassador! But is she right? And why would she become a spokesperson for a product she doesn’t believe in? I use serums and moisturisers on a daily basis – I cannot imagine not doing so . My mother has fabulous skin at 78 and attributes her lack of wrinkles to faithfully adhering to a skincare routine – which...
  7. Why I will not be ordering from M&S online again

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Is it any surprise that M&S have reported another fall in profits? I was with friends yesterday who once again were bemoaning the fact that M&S still don’t seem to understand what women over 50 want to wear. We all used to be regular shoppers , buying good quality basics – sadly these now seem to be difficult to find. We all seem to be willing M&S to get things right. All of the high street have to embrace the online world. But do M&S  also not understand the level of service online shoppers expect either? How long do we expect the standard delivery time to be when shopping online? I was given a 20% off M & S friends and family code – so I decided to take advantage...
  8. Do you see getting older as a loss or an opportunity?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength” Betty Friedan I came across a quote that really resonated with me. I know people who consistently use their age as an excuse for not doing things , for letting life pass them by, while others live life to the full and embrace every opportunity offered. So, we may look in the mirror and see a few more wrinkles, but we have also acquired the life experience that can help us to really make sense of and  take advantage of opportunities that come their way. We have a stronger sense of self, and a better understanding of what is really important in life. Whether it be in our professional or personal...
  9. Are the jobs out there for women over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When will you retire? How many of us have spent our working lives assuming we would retire at 60, only to find as we approached our 60th birthdays that the goalposts had changed. I attended a conference organised by the International Longevity Centre yesterday- all about extending working lives and inequalities in the workplace for the over 50s. I left feeling extremely frustrated. It started at 9:30 am and finished at 4pm. During that times we were presented with lots of facts about the ageing workforce, the reasons for the need to raise the state pension age, the need for the over 50s to work for longer, and the cost to the country of funding pensions for an ageing population. Nothing new, no rocket science.  And what I found extremely...
  10. Fashion has No Age Limit: Older Models Protest at London Fashion Week

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As a woman in my 50s I get hugely frustrated by the number of brands who, when trying to win our business, insist on showing us clothes modelled by 17 year olds. Last year I attended the first specific 50plus event at London Fashion Week sponsored by JD Williams- all the models were over 50 – and Daphne Selfe in her 80s took to the catwalk. Today leading online retailer JD Williams and five older models held a demonstration on the doorstep of London Fashion Week, in protest against the lack of age diversity on the catwalk. Standing outside Fashion Week’s main venue on The Strand, five women aged 45 and over called for wider use of older models on runway shows. Currently the average age of...
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