|Scarf from Eileen Fisher|
Every so often I like to add new routines to my life, or styles to my look, so that I move with the times and retain a youthful outlook, rather than hold rigidly onto everything I always thought was true.
Of course I don’t want to be younger as I am happy with my age. There is a fine balance between acting too young and acting too old though. I am trying not to get too fixed in my ways and thoughts as I age. No-one wants hardening of the opinions!
A key to remaining youthful is to be flexible with one’s opinions and open to change. I often come across something to this effect when I’m reading an article on an actress/model/celebrity/famous person of a certain age.
Here are some of my favourite ways to feel youthful:
Trying something different with your clothing like rolling up jeans. Two small folds makes a world of difference to your look and the style is everywhere at the moment. They have to be straight-ish jeans, you can’t roll boot-cut or flared jeans. Keep them quite long, you don’t want them to mid-calf, more like on the ankle.
My usual thoughts on nail colour are bright or dark on toes, and pale pink or nothing on hands. Wearing a bright colour on short nails is nice for a special occasion. It feels young and fashiony.
Trying something different with makeup. Going from emphasis on the eye and glossy neutral lips to a very lightly made-up eye, groomed brows and brighter lips.
Changing my food routine after reading something inspiring. I add things in like avocado with my lunch or reinstate having lemon juice in water first thing. At the risk of sounding like a Joan Collins groupie (I mentioned her in yesterday’s post too), I read that she owes her wonderful complexion to avocados as she eats one every day. So I do too now.
Wearing different scarves – rather than heavy silky squares or pashminas, I’ve been wearing fine cotton weaves/chiffon in prints or plain colours with short fringing. The image above is not one of mine but reminiscent of the style. They just feel more current.
See what music is popular and have a listen on YouTube to see if you like it enough to purchase.
Check out book lists like the New York Times bestsellers and choose something different to read.
Go out to see a movie rather than watch a dvd at home. Every time I do this I think to myself how much fun it is to go out to a movie and then another six months goes by before I do it again. I’m sure it must be about time for another outing.
And finally, don’t think or talk of myself as old. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will always be older than some (and younger than others). I don’t want to be one of those people who say ‘well at my age what can you expect…’ or can’t face another birthday. Um, how about celebrating the fact that we’re alive?
What’s your top tip on staying buoyant, fresh and full of life?