Last week issue 9 of the brilliant Blogosphere Magazine went onto shelves up & down the UK High Street. This is especially exciting for me as it contains my first ever article published in print.
It just now occurred to me that this is probably even more special than I initially realised because of my age. Although I’ve long held the desire to write close to my heart & have always kept a personal diary, I never imagined in a million years my opportunity to publish would arise the year before I turn 50!
Thank you Alice Audley x
Don’t get me wrong I’d never allow my age to stand in the way of any ambition I have however I’m not naive enough to think others might. Perhaps this is testament to how society is changing, has to change its attitude toward women forging second time around careers? I mean with us girls living longer & more importantly healthier we have the opportunity to find new purpose in the form of a new career. Of course there is also the simple fact of financial necessity, the days of being a “pensioner” by 55-60 are over for my generation. It doesn’t matter, I have no plans to retire & start playing Bingo at the local church hall anyway. As far as I’m concerned if I don’t use it I’ll lose it, so my career plans are long-term & although this is just a tiny first step, it gives me reason to believe I can do it. I still have time…
Does anyone else feel this way?
Back to Blogosphere Magazine which really is a fabulous read even for non-bloggers.
Jam packed with terrific articles, not just mine (cheeky) it looks & feels amazing. Boasting beautiful images on heavy grade paper, a rarity in the magazine world making this tome a keeper. A coffee table mag if you will.
Furthermore if you happen to be a blogger it makes sense to subscribe to Blogosphere. Why not start collecting them for the serious reference material included in every issue?
For those of you who kindly asked to read my little article, I’ve copied some of it below. However if you’d like to purchase the magazine itself but are unable to get to a shop, or don’t happen to live in the UK, I’ve added a direct link below for you to buy it now on RCM.
Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote…
Like many women in their twenties I was part of a group of girls who ran together in what is now known as a “girl squad”. We went shopping, did general girly stuff & partied. Partied a lot. Although to be honest what we mostly did was commiserate over our boyfriends or lack there of.
As the decades flew by, we forged our careers, birthed our babies & drifted apart. Now rarely having time to see each other, certainly not all at once, the gang is no more. Of course I’ve met & befriended more wonderful women along the way, mostly through my children but not as a group like a squad.
That is until I started Blogging…
Now here I am at the ripe old age of 48 running with a pack of the most outstanding over 40 Fashion Bloggers!
When I began my blog as a business a year ago I had only the knowledge of what I could find Googling online. It soon became obvious that the over 40’s were a small & under represented bunch so I was keen to get to know them & pick their brains, so to speak. Everything I’d read about bloggers always highly rated the sense of community & support however to say I was a tad skeptical is an understatement. Ha I couldn’t have been more wrong!
The reason for this is of course our age.
You don’t get to 40 without life teaching you a thing or two, collectively this lot of women could fill a book – make that a series of books!
Of course you know who I’m talking about
The seven smart women in my sensational squad of bloggers all have incredible fashion blogs. Showcasing their individual styles & unique perspectives on life in general. I urge you to take a look at every single one & dare you not to fall for them as I have.
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb the flame haired beauty with an eye for colour & prints who writes incredible tutorial posts on Blogging & photography.
Annette of The Lady Of Style is from breathtaking Bavaria, she writes every blog post in both German & English. This clever petite fashionista keeps it classy & on trend.
Lisa of The Sequinist with her beautiful blonde mane. She’s attracted to all things shiny, demonstrating how to elegantly sparkle style while writing with a touch of wit.
Nikki of Midlife Chic is all sophisticated charm & classic styles. She shares intimate life musings on juggling family with work in such a way we can all relate to.
Michelle of Barefaced Chic is the joker of the bunch but with a common sense approach to life & penchant for millinery. She has skin many much younger would kill for & a slight addiction to buying make up.
Liz of What Lizzy Loves the tall blonde beauty is a show stopper in a dress who also manages to curate a gorgeous jewellery line & raise two teens single-handedly.
Finally there’s me, Michelle of RetroChicMama I once was a Hair & Make Up Artist working in London & Sydney but I gave it all up at 38 to have three kids. Now I blog about my outfits, my love for bags & shoes & life as a stay at home Mum.
Since I wrote this article my Girl Squad has become The Over40Collective & has published our first Brand collaboration post. We have big plans afoot, of course you never know how things will pan out yet somehow I feel we’re all headed in the same direction – It’s pretty bloody exciting actually!
Right I’m off to shoot a fashion post between downpours. See ya,