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  1. Don’t let Age be a Barrier in your Job Search.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have lost track of how many times I have heard individuals in their 50s and beyond say that there was no point in even trying to look for a  new job as their age would count against them. Why would you assume that? Accepting defeat before you even start is a self perpetuating prophesy. Think of the positives you are able to offer an employer even in light of the pandemic. You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer – and far from being averse to learning new technology research has shown that it is older workers who are most willing to adapt and embrace new technology...
  2. My style over 50: A new style over 50 series

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I thought it would be fun to have women over 50 who love clothes to share their style stories with Fab after Fifty readers. I’m starting the series by sharing my own personal style.  I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed myself before!! About me: I have always loved clothes – from a very young age – I didn’t really play with dolls as such as a child – but I did create outfits for them- making a lot of them myself out of scraps of fabric and wool left over from family members knitting. My grandfather was a tailor- as were many generations of the family before him – he never really played with us – but did explain how patterns were cut,...
  3. Nine Fabulous Accessories To Wear When Leaving The House

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      After picking out which clothes to wear, accessories act as the finishing touches to bring your whole outfit together. In their fifties, women can still look glamorous every time they leave the house. There are many simplistic accessories that can help compliment an outfit, like an intricate wrist watch or a delicate necklace. But there are also statement accessories that can help create a daring and dramatic look, from brightly coloured handbags to bold earrings. There are many top style tips for over fifty females to embrace that can help create a look that they will love.   Hitting your fifties is the ideal time to revamp your accessory collection and try something you always wanted to. You can try something new, something different, and impress your...
  4. Midlife Reinvention: Interview with Amanda Weinberg on having her novel published in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Amanda Weinberg shares her story as she followed her dream and published her first novel at the age of 61. A little about Amanda I live in London with my husband and a series of dogs who join us when their owners are away. I have two grown up children who live nearby. I’m a languages teacher by profession and left teaching in the mid 80s to set up my own business, A to Z International sales with a close friend from university.  I have always wanted to write and dabbled when I was younger. I wrote many short stories, two of which were nominated for prizes. Working full time for my own business in advertising sales and events for...
  5. How to measure yourself for the right sized bra

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With most changing rooms closed following lockdown, and with social distancing in place, having a bra fitting when buying new lingerie has become a problem. Especially as most of us are now buying online. Our shape changes continually and most of us need a bra that offers more support as we get older.  Wearing the right sized bra immediately helps us to look slimmer, our waists better defined, and clothes will just quite simply look better. There is no point in spending a fortune on that perfect dress, only to wear it with a badly fitting bra. How do we make sure that we are buying the right sized bra. I asked online lingerie retailer Figleaves for their top tips to...
  6. Tips for shopping in your own wardrobe: knowing what clothes you already own 

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I am a great believer in shopping in your own wardrobe before investing in anything new.  I have friends who often compliment me on what I’m wearing and are clearly surprised when I say I have had the items making up my outfit for decades. In fact they have asked me to help them ‘shop in their own wardrobes’ and we’ve had great fun doing it.  But before you can start ‘shopping’ to have to be fully aware of what items you possess to choose from. I have to confess to being a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes. And like everyone else I had items lurking in the back of the wardrobe that have not seen the light of...
  7. How do we measure beauty over 50? A poem about a Faded Bloom

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I came across this beautiful poem written about ageing beauty by Beverley Harvey who has been a frequent contributor to Fab after Fifty over the years. I felt I had to share it. Faded Bloom I feel so old today, she said I think my well’s run dry You’ll never be old, my love, he said With eyes bluer than the sky   I know I’ve lost my looks, she said And it froze her emptying heart Some flowers are most beautiful, he said Just before they fall apart   How do we measure beauty? Do we accept our changing faces and bodies or fight to try and stem the changes that that ageing inevitably brings. How do others view our beauty…is it by the number of wrinkles on our faces or the...
  8. My response to the headlines suggesting millions of over 50s will be asked to stay home to contain coronavirus

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have to admit to being a bit taken aback over the weekend when I saw headlines suggesting that the over 50s may be subject to increased restrictions in order to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus. Living alone and going through lockdown in total isolation, the prospect of repeating when I have been diligent in observing social distancing , mask wearing  hand washing etc  sent me into a bit of a panic – to say the least! It appears that this could be viewed a fair compromise in order to reopen all schools. There are a number of issues I have with this. I have spent the last eleven years fighting ageism generally, and ageism in the workplace specifically. To suddenly have ‘over...
  9. Questions You Should Ask a Job Search Coach

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With many individuals facing redundancy, and increased competition for every job vacancy, many jobseekers may feel they need some additional support in their job search and look for guidance from a job search coach, especially individuals who have been with an employer for an extended period of time, and find the way in which companies recruit has changed dramatically since they last looked for a new role. I have seen many life coaches pop up in my social media streams offering career reviews and assistance with putting CVs together for those who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. Life coaches can play a valuable role in terms of helping you determine what you want to do in the future...
  10. Book Review: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Set in 1950s England, in Simple Pleasures we meet Jean, who is living what can only be described as a limited life as she works as a feature writer on a local paper to support both herself and her difficult mother. As she approaches 40 she longs for change but can see no obvious way out, and so takes pleasure in small things where she can, whether that be an uninterrupted soak in the bath or something tasty for dinner. As she goes about her suburban life, the paper is suddenly contacted by a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth. Although initially dismissive of the idea, it is Jean who is chosen to investigate the story as she...
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