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Book review: 8½ Stone by Liz Jones

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 10th April 2020

I’ve been an admirer of Liz Jones’s column in the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine for years. She’s outspoken and controversial – and SO readable. As I wrote in my blog back in 2011: “I turn to her page before anything else. I occasionally get fed up with accounts of her huge menagerie of animals but even so, she writes so well and with such disarming frankness that her diary ...keep reading

My treasured Catherine Walker dress

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 24th May 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time yesterday, Kate looking stunning in a bright green Catherine Walker dress. Catherine Walker, of course, was one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers, which got me to thinking about the day I bought the most expensive item in my wardrobe. As a freelance writer I spend most of my time in a uniform of Mint Velvet jeans, ...keep reading

Dressing to beat the heat

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 3rd July 2015

Why is it impossible to look summery and stylish? For ten months of the year I get dressed in the morning with no trouble at all. When it comes to July and August I’m completely stumped. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s been hotter in London than the Sahara this week I’d still be happily wearing my favourite black tights. Hardly anyone over the age of 40 gets ...keep reading

Bare legs and blue lips

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 10th December 2014

My winter uniform doesn’t vary much. When the weather turns Arctic I dig out my old Jigsaw coat, scarf and Brora fingerless gloves. And that’s just for when I’m inside. For walks along the beach I’ve been known to wear two coats – they admittedly make me look the size of a house but at least I’m warm. The other essentials are black woolly tights from Marks & Spencer – bought ...keep reading

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 26th January 2014

The new Isabella Blow exhibition is a must for anyone interested in a fashion career – or for anyone interested in fashion full stop. Isabella Blow was a tour de force in the world of fashion, style and magazines, renowned for her creativity, for the eccentric, larger than life hats she wore and for the way she spotted up and coming designers way before anyone else clocked their talent. An aristocrat ...keep reading

Those old trainers could be worth a fortune

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 13th January 2014

My son’s bright blue trainers are his pride and joy. The only problem is that they’ve got holes in the soles, a rip down one side and even though they’ve been through the washing machine a couple of times they don’t look too clean. He’s loath to part with them but he might change his mind when he discovers that if he put them on eBay he could be quids-in. ...keep reading

Shock, horror – dungarees are back

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 5th May 2013

I nearly fell off my chair when I read the item in The Times yesterday. Tucked in amongst reports on the fall-out from the local elections and my old friend Valentine Low’s review of the best restaurant in the world (it’s El Celler de Can Roca in Catalonia), was the shocking news that dungarees are back. According to style writer Hilary Rose, Keira Knightley, Pixie Lott and Alexa Chung have all ...keep reading

Celia Birtwell teams up with Uniqlo

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 2nd February 2013

Celia Birtwell is one of the UK’s most talented textile designers. Her gorgeous prints were tailored and cut into romantic dresses in the  60s and 70s by Ossie Clark, her late ex-husband, and worn by the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger and Pattie Boyd. Not only that, she also became the long-term muse of David Hockney, whose Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy portrait is one of the Tate’s ...keep reading

The new Marks & Spencer ad – and dressing for middle-age

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 8th September 2012

Thank goodness Marks & Spencer has seen sense and ditched those annoying ads starring Dannii Minogue, Myleene Klass and Twiggy in favour of a campaign featuring professional models. The new line-up ranges from 20 to 56 in age and from the curvy to the slender. Actually, the oldest model is the most stunning of the lot. With her long grey hair, high cheekbones and glowing skin, Yasmina Rossi is like ...keep reading