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  1. Review of Olympia The Film: Inspirational documentary about the life of Olympia Dukakis

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I love to learn from inspirational women – and this documentary film about Oscar winning actress Olympia Dukakis offers plenty to inspire. The film starts as the cameras follow Olympia being inducted into the Hollywood Hall of Fame at the age of 82. Although gracious, Olympia comes across as being rather bemused by the whole proceedings. It is evident that her passion is acting – rather than celebrity – but it also shows that it is never too late to achieve and be recognised for those achievements!! The daughter of Greek immigrant parents, Olympia hit barriers at every turn in her early acting career for being too ‘ethnic’. Not one to be deterred from her goals , she set up her...
  2. Midlife Real Life Chat Show: Coming out of Lockdown- the issues and challenges

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    As Lockdown restrictions are relaxed, we are all coping with the changes in different ways. For many the transition out of full lockdown is not easy. We are all coping in different ways and approaching easing out of Lockdown in ways that suit us and our individual circumstances. In this episode of the Midlife Real Life chat show we have as our guest psychologist Dr Louise Pendry as we discuss the anxiety around emerging from Lockdown, coping with socialising while maintaining the two metre distance, how we have changed during lockdown, whether our age plays a factor in how we cope with Lockdown. We also talk about how we prepare for work post lockdown ….and more. Questions we ask about coming out of Lockdown include: When lockdown started most people embraced it, but now restrictions are being eased, many are finding it difficult to start socialising – even...
  3. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   With the glorious weather we had during May, I found myself wearing my maxi dresses far earlier than normal. At one time I used to confine them to holidays only, but in recent years I have been wearing them as a good everyday option, wearing with cropped jackets and trainers during the day , and strappy sandals or wedges for going out in the evenings. I have searched for some new ones to order this season- here are some of my favourites. Tips for choosing the right maxi dress over 50: Select a dress that doesn’t have too much fabric and overwhelm you – there are a lot of semi-fitted and shirt style maxis available this season – which are great...
  4. Dame Judi Dench becomes Vogue’s oldest cover girl at 85

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The June edition of Vogue has Dame Judi Dench grace its cover. This is a regular issue – not an ‘age’ special…and it is the main cover – not an advertorial supplement. Well done to Vogue for taking this step. Could it be in part a reflection of a shift in changing values as we all reassess priorities during this time of stress and imposed lockdown? Ironically Dame Judi who has not let her age define her career, is in the very  group where because of her age lockdown may be her reality for longer than most of us. Dame Judi has always come across as authentic. She has embraced her age as her career continues to go from...
  5. Reinventing Yourself Over 50 – The French Way: Part One

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   France, and particularly French women – of a certain age – give us valuable insight, and set useful examples of how to tackle the health, wealth or emotional challenges of the years ahead.   French culture is very strong, and French history an important factor in French life, and this history includes a very rugged streak of individualism, a kind of refusal to accept, a desire to fight for the things you believe in (welcome to the strikes we all know about!). France’s most iconic women from Simone de Beauvoir to Catherine Deneuve or Jeanne Moreau have all been completely independent thinkers, each one – in a sense – happily selfish, making sure her choices...
  6. Launching the NEW Fab after Fifty Podcast

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      I have wanted to launch a podcast for so long – having been privileged to connect with and interview so many inspirational people since launching the Fab after Fifty website. I have spent the last few months interviewing and editing a number of episodes  (another learning curve and more technology to come to grips with!)  and hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I have enjoyed chatting to my guests. I am planning a mixture of episodes – some will be interviews with women who have reinvented their lives, others will be discussions with experts who can offer tips on how we can live our best possible lives over 50. Episodes will cover diverse topics ranging from style, ageism in the workplace,...
  7. 3 Unforgettable Holidays for Empty Nesters

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      Have you spent the last 20 years holidaying on a campsite, staying with relatives, or booking resorts close-to-home because it’s easy with the kids? If you’re planning your first holiday without them, take 5 and start dreaming about the kinds of things you’d like to do with your precious relaxation time… Although you might want to keep quiet about your plans – even if your kids have reached the age where it’s not ‘cool’ to go on holiday with you anymore, they may well change their minds once they hear about these amazing adventures… Travel Around Thailand in 5 star Style: Phuket, Khao Sok & Krabi Stay 5 nights at The Shore by Katathani in Phuket + 2 nights at Elephant Hills Luxury...
  8. What to wear to work over 50; Style tips

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was chatting to a friend who works for a large corporate about working in our 50s in general – and the conversation drifted into what we actually wear for work.   We both agreed that the dress code generally has become more relaxed. When we started our careers we were expected to wear tailored suits, or smart dresses with jackets. In some ways having a code made it easier. With more choice come more decisions! I was at an HR industry conference recently, and a couple of the younger women attending commented on what I was wearing over the duration of the conference – especially as they saw the size of my overnight bag that I had...
  9. Ageless Style: A review of The Bias Cut.com

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With so many individual boutiques failing to survive on the High Street – where can you go to find clothes that are ‘ageless’, stylish and good quality? Shopping online is becoming increasingly popular, and there are more specialist sites catering to our demographic. One is the Bias Cut.com founded by anti- ageism activist (ageism is never in style) , and a regular contributor to Fab after Fifty, Jacynth Bassett. I popped along to take a look at Jacynth’s latest collection – and of course had to try on a few pieces while I was there. Jacynth was inspired to set up the Bias Cut in her twenties  when she became increasingly aware of the frustration of mature women to...
  10. What is Sustainable Fashion?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon What is sustainable fashion? It is being talked about a lot at the moment, from the source materials of what we wear , to the longevity of items that we purchase. I was out having coffee with a friend, who just happened to compliment me on what I was wearing that day – I was wearing a leather skirt which I have had for at least 15 years, and a plain black sweater with zips at the cuffs from Karen Millen which I have had  ,I think, for about 7 or 8 years – and it has been washed and washed and looks far better than more recent purchases. This led to us having a conversation about whether or not today’s...
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