How to live the good life

Are you Living The Good Life?

As I've been trawling the Perth city streets in search of a new place to live, I've thought a lot about what makes a place, a suburb or an area really desirable or not. Actually, scratch out the word 'thought' and insert 'drawn blood'. I've agonised too much. I'm always in search of elusive … [Read More...]

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Stylish, inexpensive fashion and Win a $50 clothing Voucher.

When I was growing up I was reliably informed by an elderly relative that the colour black was only for funerals. Over the years I've struggled with black because of this deep seated aversion which brings up sepulchral visions for me, and yet black suits me well and I always feel great in … [Read More...]

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What health checks should I have after the age of 50?

This is a sponsored post by Health Insurance Comparison I don't know about you, but as I've moved into my 50's an awful lot more time seems to be spent getting health maintenance checks done. I like to think that's what it takes to keep this vintage model on the road, and I'm a strong believer in … [Read More...]

Mothers Day

Magical Moments with Mum for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is coming up and despite it's commercial nature I'm always keen to acknowledge my wonderful Mum. All too often my reflex action is to send her a lovely card and a big bunch of flowers (because she lives in England) and I thought this year it would be nice to show her how much I love her … [Read More...]

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Why I’m chucking out my tarts trotters : Shoes Story

One of my chief aims with Lifestyle Fifty has always been to encourage women to grow older creatively and to take charge of their lives. And the 'taking charge of life bit' made me take a good long hard look at all my tarts trotters lined up (not so) neatly in my wardrobe - scratch that, I should … [Read More...]

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Sponsored Video : Study for a new career at home

Sponsored Video Open Colleges. Have you, in recent years, wanted to retrain, or study part-time to do something different? I know I have, and while blogging involves constant studying to stay up to date, I've often been tempted to add on a course which would give me certified qualification - but … [Read More...]

Top 10 personal Bloggers

How to write an unplugged post and my Top 10 Personal Bloggers

"Don't talk about our dirty laundry," was something my father used to tell me when I was growing up. I learnt to zip up and keep quiet about anything that went on in our family, stoic in my British reserve. Looking back on the things that went on in our house I'm not sure that was such a good … [Read More...]

How to have effortless style

How to have Effortless Style

If you could see me sitting here at Perth City Library (we don't have internet access in 'the cave') you would see that I look like a wreck. Er if you want to know more about life in 'the cave' please subscribe (for free) to receive the most recent Newsletter. Sign up for the Lifestyle Fifty … [Read More...]

13 Blogging Tips for Irresistible Content

13 Blogging Tips for irresistible content

How can I write more compelling posts? Posts that Google will 'find' and my readers will want to read? Welcome to Bloggie Friday! This is a question I'm often asked, and something I'm always trying to get better at myself. So I did some research and came up with some ideas and an exercise … [Read More...]


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

We popped off to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on a very hot Sunday afternoon last weekend when we wanted some respite from the heatwave. I'd been waiting for this film's release with eager anticipation, and I wasn't disappointed, but I was a little anxious that it might not be Dave's … [Read More...]

Blogging Tips and Social Media tricks

Blogging Tips and Social Media Tricks -1

Happy Friday Lifestylers, and welcome to a brand new regular series for anyone who's either a blogger or regularly on social media like Facebook. Bloggie Friday is the place to ask any burning questions you might have about blogging or social media, and hopefully learn some new tips or perhaps … [Read More...]

How to cope with the stress of moving home

How to cope with the stress of moving

A few days ago I was wandering around my home as strange hands deftly packed up our all our belongings and with them all the accompanying memories, into brown cardboard boxes. Onlookers might have said I looked bereft, misplaced, as if I was sort of house-mourning, and indeed it felt as if the … [Read More...]

Last Minute Ideas for Valentine's Day

9 Last Minute Ideas for a memorable Valentine’s Day

I think the world is divided into two. Not along the lines of those who can roll their tongues and those that can’t but between those who are romantic, and those who aren’t. If you’re one of those people who think that Valentine’s Day is great fun and you have a myriad of ideas every year as to … [Read More...]

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Easy Wear Summer Dresses You’ll Love

When the summer is hot and the days are long my favourite place is by a pool with a good book, but of course that's for high days and holidays. I love a relaxed-sarong-style-look, but rocking up to run a blogging workshop in a tropical wrap over swimsuit with a frangipani flower in my hair wouldn't … [Read More...]

What to pack for a holiday to Bali

Bali Holidays : What to Pack for a tropical break

Some of you may know that we've sold our house and we're moving to the big smoke. Well, not really the big smoke because Perth is probably one of the cleanest cities in the world and it's not that big either. On the other hand although it's remote in a world sense, it's very much a modern, upbeat … [Read More...]

surprising things about ageing

5 Surprising Things about Ageing

I've never wanted to get old, and always dismissed it as something that would happen one day in the future, but a future too far away to even think about. That future is looming, a little close for comfort, metaphorically a bit of a dark cape covering up my usual neon pink pashmina. Being … [Read More...]

How to start a new career

How to start a new career in your fifties

Want to start a new career? Maybe you've been made redundant, hate your current job, have medical problems that make working outside the home difficult or want to return to the workforce for the first time in years. Whatever the reason, starting a new career can be scary. Today we're lucky to … [Read More...]

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Healthy Green Juice Recipes of the Week

It's that time of year when some of us are probably trying to lose the Christmas muffin top that's accumulated around our waist, not just over the festive season, but for a while longer than we care to admit. So it's time to re-address eating habits and step up the exercise to get a little … [Read More...]

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10 Simple Wardrobe Tips for an Organised Closet

Don't know about you, but my wardrobe is not organised at all. It's a jumble, a mish-mash of bargain buys and one or two classic faves that may or may not have exceeded the household budget. Time to follow some tips for an organised closet Anyway, we will be moving soon, so I need to get … [Read More...]

The Truth about online friendships

The truth about online friendships

I've just had 10 basic, one hour internet and social media workshops that I was meant to be facilitating cancelled. Bummer! Were they too expensive? Nooo. They were heavily subsidised, and participants only had to pay around $5 for each session. Who were they for? Seniors. In a target … [Read More...]


Farewell 2014

Hello and Goodbye Lifestylers for 2014. I'm taking a bloggie break until the beginning of January to spend time with my family, recharge the batteries and start work on my book. So it's Farewell 2014 and looking forward to 2015. I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and an equally … [Read More...]

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Herbalife and Sand Cloud: Products I’m loving this Month

When the boys at Sand Cloud approached me a few months ago, I was immediately attracted to their story. Sand Cloud was founded in 2014 on the beaches of Southern California. The team is comprised of 3 best friends who reside in Sunny San Diego, who have an undying love for the simple life along … [Read More...]