Is This The Best Colour In The World?

As a stylist, I’m often asked ‘Is there a colour that suits everyone?’ Usually by brides and those choosing staff uniforms. On a practical note, it’s important; I’ve seen bridesmaids take on the hue of decomposing cod because the bride wanted their dresses to match the cake ribbon (it was pale lilac – looked grim on

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The Power of Bog Door Blue

On my sofa is a bright blue cushion. It’s not a colour I’ve ever liked. It’s somewhere between Cerulean and Royal. To me it’s always been Council House Bog Door Blue. In 1960s England, it was the colour of our front door, and every other door on the sprawling 50s estate that was the pride

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Who the heck is Lois?

I was on a women’s retreat in Italy. There were ten of us, and four were called Sarah. It was getting complicated. I could see where it was heading; I’d been saddled with Stumpy Sarah in a previous over-Sarah’d work situation, so I suggested we all choose a temporary name before we got ‘tagged’. The

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My new shop: Lois Reloved

My new shop is taking shape. It’s very exciting. It’s called Lois Reloved, a boutique dress agency for pre-owned ladies’ clothing and accessories. Buying or selling, it’s win-win: You reap cash from clothes you don’t wear, and get to spoil yourself without costing the earth (with the benefit of my professional opinion, if you want

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First Lady

How to be your own First Lady

There’s been much dissecting of First Ladies this week, not least their fashion choices. Plus the timely release of Jackie, the film starring Natalie Portman, which I’m really looking forward to. Jackie, Michelle and Melania have their own distinct style, which I appreciate in different ways. But none appeals to me personally. Instead, I take inspiration from my own

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Shoes: Why we’re so in love

‘Some’ of us have a crush whose name we dare not speak. To admit it might appear, well, shallow. Mostly we keep schtum. But when spoken, this word seduces, like soft waves lapping a shore. Heck, it even forces a pout as it escapes our lips. And that word is S H O E S . . .  Shoes

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Taking my life in my hands…

He said I’m going to drop down dead. Bam. Just like that. As we leave the year that claimed a few of my heroes – Prince, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, AA Gill, George Michael and my friend Hugh – you’d think I’d be rattled. But I’m not. Because, apparently, although my demise will be swift, it won’t

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How A Yellow Scarf Got Me Back From Greige

I’ve been away. Not geographically this time, just somewhere…else. Actually, I’ve mainly been up a ladder, painting. I can highly recommend this for clearing headspace; weeks of emulsioning has helped me ‘regroup’ after a pretty tumultuous year. We returned to England early summer, then set about selling our house. You can read more here –

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Too old for Kinky Boots?

This week I’m going to see the gala showing of Kinky Boots at the aptly named Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. It got me thinking about my boot collection, which is more Komfy than Kinky. It’s time to shake my booties up a bit; Lois, my braver alter-ego, loves a bit of fancy footwear. I long

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