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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Fashion has No Age Limit: Older Models Protest at London Fashion Week

    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...
  6. What did we do before Netflix?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was quite late coming to the Netflix party –  but I am so glad I did! And it seems I not alone. I just happened to mention on my personal Facebook page that I was about to escape to watch a couple of episodes of the Gilmore Girls and  I was amazed at how many people also responded to say that they watched it too – beware – it can be addictive if you start to watch it – 153 episodes and 4 specials – as we follow the dilemmas of a feisty single mum and her lovely very bright daughter. Other favourites that were mentioned were  House of Cards, The Foundation (I have not watched that one yet), Narcos ( this one has...
  7. Are women over 50 at their sexiest? Fab after Fifty featured in the Daily Express

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon According to an article in today’s Daily Express the answer is a resounding yes to that question.! I was delighted to help a journalist in her search for somebody who could demonstrate that women over are at their sexiest and most confident – after all I have interviewed many amazing women for Fab after Fifty, and was thrilled to be able to connect her with  Debi, who we had featured as a ‘Fab Woman’ on the site. Debi has totally transformed her life since turning 50 and feels more confident and sexy than ever. Debi has launched a new career as a photographer and found love – although she is the first to admit that she kissed a lot of frogs before meeting her...
  8. A new life as I move on from divorce in my 50s

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    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...
  9. 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,...
  10. Revamping your style over 50: Understanding your body shape

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    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...
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