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Here’s my WSJ piece on how not to look like a sad middle aged loser (amongst all those other sad middle aged losers) during the festival season

Of course, if you want to look like KM you could just wander around in shorts and wellies, clutching a styrofoam cup in one hand and a ciggy in the other……

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Maybe it’s just me, but there’s a certain sort of Uber Euro Male I find deeply irritating. I wrote about ‘him’ today in my WSJ column………

uber euro maleEarlier in the week I went to the opening of the Ballgown exhibit at the V&A. If you want to know what I really thought about that you’ll need to read my column next Friday. But in the meantime, the very good bits were the projections onto the domed ceiling of the newly refurbished wing…

ImageImageImagemeanwhile… I don’t approve of Fakes but sometimes… they are ingenious. Here’s my friend Frances’s brilliant Chanel…. well actually its her daughter Eliza’s. Eliza found it at a vintage store in NYC apparently

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and finally. Isn’t it time the term ‘trainer shame’ was introduced? By which I mean if you need to pay money to someone to put your through your paces over some sort of preposterous assault course in a public park in view of the whole world; you might need to think about getting a new life, or a new trainer or alternatively, just find some place private for your ritual humiliation….

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I wrote about sexy, slouchy sportswear in my column this week with some verve. That’s probably because fashion has finally caught up with the way I dress (it had to happen eventually) save the heels which I still can’t tolerate no matter how hard I try.

sportswear from sexy to slouchy

i once wore some shoes that turned my toes blue in under 30 minutes – Manolos – seen here at my launch party for WSJ magazine….apparently my feet looked (according to someone who knows ) like I had frostbite…And yes, since you ask Mr Murdoch and DVF are also in the pic…

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Manolos at WSJ magazine launch party…

I sold the shoes and I regret it, because they were expensive and because they were a work of art which would have looked better on my mantle than on my feet…

In any case, whilst scouting this week on Bond St, I was reminded of whilst I still sometimes like the West End…for starters there’s my favourite store on the planet

You can’t beat an SJ Philips window, not just because its full of sparklers but also because its of the pedigree of the past owners of the jewels. Imagine the action these rings have seen….

and then there’s miu miu – a store entirely unsuitable for MAWs (Middle Aged Women) but fabulous nonetheless thanks to Miuccia Prada’s trademark tongue in cheek humour….especially where the glittery, sparkly shoes are concerned…

I’m ending with some flowers, because really they are better than diamonds, or shoes, or almost anything else in life (aside from children and books and well you know..)

namaste..xx

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Brick Lane is still cool… I haven’t been for a while, but take a look… lights at Unto This Last cool tea and vintage shop and this… great signage… excellent people watching… and.. I can’t not mention dinner at fellow ‘Norfolkite’ Tom Aikens’ eponymous new restaurant, with The Independent’s restaurant critic Lisa Markwell @lisamarkwell…because she’s a …

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in my WSJ column I discussed a MAWD (middle aged woman’s dilemma) – many more to follow. This one was about wearing shorts.Oh yes we can. But maybe not like these at Balenciaga…..?

or these at Jil Sander…?

Jil Sander courtesy of Style.com

thinking more along the lines of these……?

or even more realistically….from www.net-a-porter.com

Diane von Furstenburg shorts £270