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  1. Why can’t a woman look feminine and be successful in business?

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    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...
  2. Would you leave the house without wearing makeup?

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    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...
  3. Why does looking good have to mean looking younger?

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    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...
  4. Can we be inspired by strong midlife women on TV?

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    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...
  5. Does Grey Hair equal Invisibility as Mary Beard suggests?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   I have just been listening to Mary Beard’s BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Glad to be Grey’  where the subject of grey hair and the associated perceptions were discussed. ( here is a link to the programme ). It was interesting that the consensus of those interviewed by Mary all thought of grey hair for women as something  negative – seeing it as a sign of ageing – of walking with a cloak of invisibility – but is there another way of looking at it? I have met many women who look fabulous and stylish with grey hair- they love their grey hair,...
  6. Are we experiencing social media overload? A life spent looking at screens!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For the past 5 years I have spent much of my day (and my evenings) looking at screens. Whether it has been writing copy, conducting research, editing videos or posting and interacting on social media. I am rarely anywhere without some sort of digital device with me, whether a phone,  tablet or laptop.   For various reasons I reached the end of 2015 exhausted, and when friends invited me to stay for a few days  for a little R&R I went- armed with a bag of technology, fully intending to keep up to date with all my social media accounts..but…..I really was exhausted. I took the radical decision (for me) to keep everything packed away…and avoid all screens, using my phone only for calls . Amazingly my world did not...
  7. The frustration of receiving nuisance sales calls on your mobile phone

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Am I the only one to be driven to distraction by the constant flow of unsolicited calls received on both my mobile and landline? Are we living in a age where privacy is no longer valued? Despite having registered my landline with the Telephone Preference service I still receive calls originating from outside of the UK, and I have no idea how to stop the sales calls coming through on my mobile.  In fact , having been a loyal customer to my phone network for 20 years, I am now looking to change provider. It would appear that once out of your official contract period they encourage 3rd parties to call you to tie you into a 2 year SIM only contract. It is not just the frequency of the call...
  8. Women over 50 : Ageless Living

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     I was invited recently to talk about ‘Ageless Living’ and the changing lifestyles and perceptions of women over 50 at a launch event for Origins new skincare range…Three Part Harmony. I thought I would share with you the talk I gave. Would love your views on ‘Ageless Living’ !   Did you know that one in six women turning 50 this year may well live to be 100? Most of us at the age of 50 have more adult years ahead of us than behind us – and we’re embracing those years with gusto! We are changing our approach to how we live, how we love and how we look. And, thankfully, the perception of who a woman over 50 is today is changing too. Although it might take some time...
  9. Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   An article in the Telegraph highlights worrying new research on age discrimination  – indicating that women over 50 are 25 times less likely to get a job interview than women in their late 20s even when they had the same level of job qualifications AND more experience  read full article in Telegraph. At a time when we are living longer and are expected to work for longer with changes in pension legislation increasing the age at which we are entitled to a state pension and with the elimination of the default retirement age  this is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed. In theory legislation is in place to prevent age discrimination, but in practice legislation cannot change attitudes.   I witnessed this first hand in my...
  10. Sixty Two Year Old Supermodel Marie Helvin Models New Lingerie Range

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    Article by Ceri wheeldon Whenever I run a feature on lingerie or swimwear I am always inundated with complaints that the models wearing the items are far younger than us – and the lack of 50plus models is detrimental to the brands looking to have us buy their range.   It’s good to see that retailer JD Williams has announced sixty two year old supermodel Marie Helvin as the face of its new lingerie range by Aliza Reger.   The iconic 1970s model and former wife of David Bailey has modelled the new 13 piece lingerie collection of bras, basques and briefs featuring lace panelling and floral prints.   Marie Helvin says; “I am thrilled to be modelling the debut collection of Always Aliza.  Janet Reger was such an iconic brand throughout my modelling career and it...
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