Welcome to Fab after Fifty

At Fab after Fifty we are passionate about women over fifty making the best of their lives. There has never been a better time to be 50! We'd love you to join in the conversation. Be Seen. Be Heard. Don’t be invisible. Be Fab after Fifty!

Join Free Today!

Join Our Community Today

Join a community of like-minded women making the second half of life the best half! The Fab after Fifty community is all about informing, sharing and inspiring.

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.

Get Started!

Style

Check out our latest style tips and picks to look fabulous over 50!

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.

Style

Diet and Fitness

The latest in nutrition and fitness to be healthy over 50!

Diet & Fitness

Beauty

Tips to look best possible fabulous YOU!

Beauty

Career

Whether you're setting up a business or looking for employment, make sure you're marketable over 50

Career

Fabafterfifty: Fabwomen

We all know women who inspire us to take a look at our own lives. ‘Fabwomen’ is all about  introducing women who have not been afraid to try something new or different, and who’ve overcome their own fears or limitations and followed their dreams, whether stepping outside their comfort zone to take up new interests  or pursue a new career or relationship.

We hope our Fabwomen’s stories will motivate all of us to try at least one thing new!

If you have a friend, colleague or family member, whose experiences in their fifties could inspire others, why not nominate them for a future Fabwomen feature!

  1. Midlife Reinvention: Helen Sanderson talks about launching her decluttering business

    Comment
      Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Our latest ‘fab woman’ Helen Sanderson shares her midlife reinvention story, as she becomes self employed as a professional organiser and creates and launches her home declutter kit. About Helen: I live in London, engaged, no kids. I am an Artist, Designer Entrepreneur and Professional Organiser   What prompted you to start your business/ take up the challenge/follow your dream? The need for freedom. I didn’t like working for other people and all the psychological dynamics that go on in the workplace. I am quite strong willed and creative. I value autonomy and creative expression highly, above security and belonging. How old were you when you started? I started my business late, when I was in my 40’s. Did you have to take any courses or training to do this? I had done several courses over the years to...
  2. Ambition has no age limit. Septuagenarian Dorah Blume publishes her first novel to critical acclaim

    Comment
    dorah blume inspirational over 70 image
    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Our latest inspirational Fab Woman demonstrates that there is no age limit on ambition.  Septuagenarian Dorah Blume publishes her first novel Botticelli’s Muse to critical acclaim – and shares with us her journey, and her motivation.  Just goes to show that you can be sensational over 70 as well as fabulous over 50! About Dorah ( her pen name, her real name is Deborah Bluestein) I live in Boston, Massachusetts in a 390 square foot studio condo. It is in the heart of the city a few minutes’ walk from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Symphony Hall, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and the Boston Public...
  3. Midlife Reinvention: Tina Malhame sets up her own clothing brand in her 50s

    Comment
    midlife reinvention, tina malhame midlife fashion image
    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I met Tina recently at a show in London. Tina set up her own clothing brand in her 50s catering for midlife women, I asked Tina to share with us her story  and the story behind her brand  NoLoGo . This is what she had to say: I live near Windsor, married to a wonderful man for 21 years. We were together for 9 years before we married. We have 2 SONS, 1 at University and one in his GCSE year. What were your main activities before turning 50? I Have been a clothes designer my entire career. Before 50 I designed and supplied several well known store groups with clothing collections What have been your main activities since turning 50? Continuing working full time as...
  4. Liz, sets up a boat trip business in her 50s

    Comment
    Midlife reinvention, setting up a boat trip business over 50
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Liz Wisbach shares her midlife reinvention story as she set up a new business in her late 50s. “Last year, when I was 58, I had an idea! I am a bit of a narrowboat nerd and have my own boat (I don’t live on it yet, but would like to), which my daughter and I moved from a marina in Northamptonshire to Aylesbury in Bucks.  This is a town centre mooring owned by the Canal & River Trust. Whilst relaxing on my boat an chatting to passersby, it became apparent that something was needed in this new refurbished basin for people to do.  So, I thought, why not run a Trip Boat. Initially, whilst filling in all the forms to...
  5. Sharon, overcomes mental illness to become an inspirational speaker in her 50s

    Comment
    inspiration women over 50 sharon bull image
    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Sharon shares with us her reinvention story as she recovered from depression and addiction in her 50s  to become an inspirational speaker, poet and author. About Sharon:  My name is Sharon Bull, and since September 2013 I have worked as an inspirational speaker, writer and poet under the banner of A Compassionate Voice. The sole purpose is to creatively help others through my own experiences with mental health, depression, addiction, recovery and well-being. From the age of twenty I had battled with mental illness, including depression, anxiety and a spending addiction incurring £50.000 debt. For thirty years, my authenticity had played second fiddle to all the mad distractions I associated with being happy, and it wasn’t until I reached my lowest point I found...
  6. Denise Scott shares her experience of becoming a stand up comedienne as she prepares for the London stage

    Comment
    Denise Scott inspirational over 50 image
    Our latest ‘fab woman’ Denise Scott shares her challenges and achievements as a comedienne ahead of taking to the stage in London in her show ‘Disappointments’ with her friend Judith Lucy. A little about you: I live in Melbourne, Australia with my partner John Lane. We’ve been together 36 years. We have two children, musician Jordie Lane and visual artist Bonnie Lane What were your main activities Before turning 50? I cooked, cleaned house, shopped and gardened. I did decoupage (a set of kitchen chairs). I mosaiced (a feature wall in our kitchen, to hide some fat stains that were impossible to clean.) I ‘looked after’ my two children – specifically I willed them to survive their adolescent years. I began spending more time with my mother who was in early...
  7. Bethany Askew on becoming a published author following her retirement, and her latest book Poppy’s Seed

    Comment
    bethany askew author image
    Article by Bethany Askew Bethany Askew talks about achieving her ambition to become a published author following her retirement, and the story behind her latest novel, Poppy’s Seed. I am sixty-one. Since retiring from work four years ago I have devoted my time to achieving my life’s ambition of being a published author. I have written five novels: The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days and Poppy’s Seed. I have also written a short story and I write poetry. I have two websites: www.bethanyaskew.co.uk and www.onactiveservice.co.uk I have another idea for a new novel, and also another short story, this one for the young adult market. I am married and I live in Somerset. My latest novel Poppy’s Seed...
  8. Amanda: Reinventing her career midlife by training as an acupuncturist

    Comment
    midlife career change - becoming an acupuncturist
      By Amanda Banks, who studied Acupuncture  and Naturopathy at  CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). So many women are choosing to change career midlife. Amanda shares her career reinvention story, retraining as an acupuncturist once her family were grown up. “After bringing up my family I wanted a career” I enrolled to study Acupuncture when I was in my 40s, after a conversation whilst helping my daughter choose her GCSE options. “What would you do if you had your time again, Mummy?” “Become an acupuncturist!”, was my immediate response, as acupuncture had helped my health problems. As I had told my children they could do anything they wanted to with hard work and determination, they persuaded me in turn to pursue my new career. Graduating in acupuncture and naturopathy was both hard work...
  9. Approaching 50 with the ‘F Factor’

    Comment
    approaching 50 with f factor image
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As a new year starts many of us will begin January with good intentions and New Year Resolutions for our health and happiness. But what if this year also brings a milestone birthday? Do we approach years with birthdays with an ‘0’ differently to other birthdays? I asked Helen Sanderson and Monica Bell, who are both turning 50 in 2017, how they felt and how they were approaching the year of their milestone birthdays and the next decade of their lives. Helen’s approach to turning 50 Helen, who runs her own decluttering business sees reaching 50 as an exciting time of life. She feels many of...
  10. Interview with Grace Fodor, founder of age-perfecting makeup brand Studio 10

    Comment
    grace fodor image
    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Just occasionally you  talk to someone  where you feel you could have been twins in a previous life, as their answers to your interview questions could have been your own if the roles of interviewer/interviewee had been reversed ! I had the opportunity to chat to Grace Fodor , founder of Studio 10 , an age-perfecting makeup brand  ( watch out for my video review coming soon) about what it is like to be an entrepreneur and start up a new venture as she approached her 50s. Here is what Grace had to say:   I think there is a huge difference turning 50 to the experience of turning 40. I don’t feel any different, but as soon as you say 50 out loud it’s as though people...
Skip to toolbar