Don’t you just love a man who loves women? If you’re looking for sewing and style inspiration, I urge you to check out this book. (Though possibly from the library. It’s not cheap.)
Ari Seth Cohen has a fabulous photo blog where he captures images of stylish women. There’s only one rule – they are all of a certain age. Now, he’s had a book published. That’s Not My Age recently attended the London book launch, a fact that makes my whole body shudder in a fit of envy.
When I heard about this book, I knew I had to have it. It’s wonderful, stretching from the classic to the dotty, from the sweet and pretty to the abrasive and slightly scary. There’s even giant ric rac! (Scruffy Badger, I am looking at you.) It’s full of women who love themselves and – dang! – they love their clothes.
I was stupidly thrilled that my own chipped, violet nail varnish matched the chipped, violet nail varnish of one of the subjects:
I think I enjoyed most the ladies who are still unashamedly girlish. I hate that some of the ‘rules’ of dressing tell us we can’t wear colours or styles after a certain age because they’re considered property of the young. Why the heck not? I mean, we can bring taste to these things, can’t we? We’re not stupid – most of us will work out what works. And if we don’t, we’d still be having fun!
The book is also punctuated with inspiring quotes from the ladies featured. Though my personal favourite quote is below – it’s going to become my new rule of life!
Shuffle, ball, change!