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Styling tips for over-60s – be confident in what you wear

<p>I’m not naturally rebellious, but as the years go by there are rules I find irritating to say the least; in particular I get annoyed about ‘rules’ on what I should or should not wear.</p> <p>At the age of 63, I figure I am only responsible to myself as to how I dress. Not that I plan hanging out on a nudist beach any time soon, but after years in the corporate world it is a relief to no longer wear a ‘uniform’ – actual or perceived.</p> <p>Coincidentally, as I now have the freedom to wear what I want, I have also taken a much stronger interest in my personal presentation. I understand the importance of self-image and take the time to get dressed and feel my best.</p> <p>I have a personal rule that I won’t go to the shops unless I am tidily dressed and have added a pop of lipstick. It was too easy in my early retirement to hang around all day in gardening clothes, but I quickly found that I felt bad when I did so.</p> <p>So, in figuring out what clothes work for me in my retirement (I prefer to call it re-wirement) I have learned a lot about what works for my body and my lifestyle. I have determined my personal style.</p> <p>I hang out in some online style groups, I share my ‘#everydaystyle’ (thanks to Nikki Parkinson of <a href="http://www.stylingyou.com.au/">Styling You</a> for that inspiration) on Instagram, and I dress to please myself. I know what makes me feel confident and what doesn’t. I know I like a balance of style and comfort. I know I like to be aware of the latest trends and colours, but not be a slave to them. And I know that a lot of the so-called style rules don’t work for me.</p> <p>I don’t own a crisp white button up shirt – I’m tall and a bit overweight with short hair – I look butch in that style.</p> <p>I do wear distressed skinny jeans – skinny jeans suit my shape and flatter my legs (one of my best assets). I like the distressed look as one of my nods to current trends.</p> <p>I do sometimes wear dresses and skirts above my knee, again because my legs are good. I don’t wear super mini skirts like I did in my late teens and 20s but I won’t have anyone tell me I can’t. I don’t because I would spend all day tugging at the skirt. That’s the same reason I haven’t embraced the off-the-shoulder trend; I hate strapless bras and I don’t want to be fussing with a top that pops up (or heaven forbid, down!).</p> <p>I rarely wear high heels because I get a sore back and ankles when I do, but I do like an ankle boot with a low heel and I am a great fan of kicks. I can stay current without breaking my neck and those styles suit my lifestyle.</p> <p>I know that my wardrobe needs to be travel friendly because we travel domestically a lot and internationally when we can. That dictates the fabrics that I select – I love natural fibres but silk isn’t practical for me.</p> <p>Unlike my legs, my arms aren’t in great shape, so I don’t often wear a sleeveless dress or top. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – I see plenty of women older than me with great muscle definition rocking sleeveless tops.</p> <p>So, I only have one ‘rule’ to share with you. Know what suits you, what you can afford and what makes you feel your best. Wear that!</p> <p><em>Written by Jan Wild. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-personal-style.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Discover the fascinating history behind 6 superstitions

<p>Ever wondered about the origins of common superstitions? Discover why raw onion is believed to ward against baldness, why four-leafed clovers are considered lucky and much more. Author <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsearch.ep%3Fauthor%3DMax%2520Cryer">Max Cryer</a> investigates in the fascinating book <u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html"><em>Superstitions and we we have them</em></a></u> from <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Exisle Publishing</a>.</p> <p><strong>1. The superstitions behind umbrellas</strong></p> <p>The name is descended from the Latin diminutive <em>umbra,</em>meaning shade or shadow. For many centuries umbrellas were soley for protection from the sun. It wasn’t until the 1700s that it seemed to occur to anyone they could also protect from rain. <br /><br />Naturally superstition gathered around them. The most common of them was not to open an umbrella inside the house - something bad will come of it. Nor must it ever be laid - even unfurled - on a bed or table.<br /> <br />And any woman yet unmarried who drops her umbrella must wait for someone else to pick it up. If she retrieves it herself, she will never wed.</p> <p><strong>2. The superstition behind our beds</strong></p> <p>For those who are unmarried, a suspicion might offer some help. It concerns ‘turning’ or ‘making’ a bed each day:</p> <p><em>If one day you would be wed,</em><br /><em>Turn your bed from foot to bed.</em></p> <p>Married or not, the susperstitious abide by the belief that whatever side of the bed you get into a night is the side you must get out of in the morning. Not doing so will cause disruption. In fact, the belief resulted in the saying that someone disgruntled ‘got out the wrong side of the bed’. (However, any potential disruption caused by inadvertently getting out on the ‘wrong’ side can be adverted by putting one’s socks on the right foot first, then the left.)<br /> <br />The jury is still out on the ancient and vexed superstition regarding getting out of bed ‘backwards’. One school of thought decrees it is to be back luck, but the opposition says it is good luck. It’s probably best avoided by getting out of bed frontwards.</p> <p><strong>3. The superstitions behind baldness</strong></p> <p>In spite of extensive advertising claims to the contrary, most men afflicted by baldness find the condition irreversible. An American superstition claims that baldness can be delayed by cutting the existing hair very short, then singeing the cut ends.</p> <p>Another superstition claims that when a man starts to go bald, he can slow the process by stuffing cyclamen leaves up his nose. And sprinkling parsley seeds on the head three times a year is also believed to help.<br /> <br />Three other cures have come to us from ancient traditions - albeit two of them might be rather difficult to obtain:</p> <ul> <li>Rubbing with raw onion might help, but it is best done when you’re going to be alone for a while. After rubbing, smear with honey.</li> <li>Believed to be more effective is a poultice of goose dung.</li> <li>Best of all - if you can get it - herbalist William Bullein’s Bulwarke of Defence against all <em>Sickness</em>(published in 1562) offers the best preventative: poultices made of fat from the body of a bear. </li> </ul> <p><strong>4. The superstitions behind peas</strong></p> <p>If your peas don’t come from frozen in a bag from the supermarket, but are actually shelled out of their pods within the household,watch out for any pod which contains either just one pea - or nine, for good luck will then come to you. And if the pod which housed nine peas is rubbed on a wart, it will cure it. . . or so the superstition says.</p> <p><strong>5. The superstitions behind garlic</strong></p> <p>As far back as Ancient Egypt, garlic has been credited as a protection against a wide range of problems - and not just for its notable flavour.<br /><br />At least two versions of its origin ignore that it is just a plant, <em>allium sativum</em>, a tasty and aromatic member of the onion family. Early Egyptians perceived garlic as a gift from the gods, but post-biblical mythology decreed that it grew where Satan’s left food trod as he was evicted fom the Garden of Eden (the print of his right foot gave rise to ordinary onions).<br /><br />Supstition has credited garlic with various powers: protecting sailors from storms and shipwreck; giving soldiers courage; protecting miners from evil underground demons; if placed under the pillows of babies, protecting them overnight; and as a household garlands to protect against illness, witches, robbers and vampires.</p> <p>The perceived connection between vampires and garlic was slow in reaching the English language. The first vampire story in English, <em>The Vampyre</em> by John Polidori (1819) makes no mention of garlic. Irish author Bram Stocker’s later vampire novel, <em>Dracula</em> (1897), introduced the powerful effects between vampires and what they greatly fear: daylight - and garlic. But as a protection it had been widely used for long before that - against toothache, sunstroke, leprosy, even bed-wetting.</p> <p>Medical research can identify a genuine physical condition called alliumphobia - a powerful dislike, even fear of garlic. And there is a medical theory that some people simply must not each garlic because it causes disorder in certain blood types. Scholars point out that this condition, and its necessary repudiation of anything to do with garlic, may be a contributing factor to the legend of vampires and their avoidance of garlic.</p> <p>The vampire legends were believed historically in southern Slavic countries and Romania, where an eye was kept on those who rufused to eat garlic. Consequently, superstition decreed that cloves of garlic be placed in the mouths of the deceased before they were buried, to ward off any passing vampies.<em>Do you avoid walking under ladders because you think it is bad luck?</em></p> <p><strong>6. The superstitions behind four-leafed clover</strong><br />A four-leafed clover has superstition going into a spin. Find one, and you’ll be able to see fairies and recognise evil spirits, which will give you the ability to tell who is secretly a witch. Carry it with you and evil spells will bounce right off you, and in your house the milk won’t turn sour. If a young woman puts the precious leaf inside her shoe, the first man she meets after stepping out will be her future husband, or (this suspicion has a let-out clause) if that’s not the case, it will be someone of the same name.<br /><br />It has been estimated that in nature, there may be one four-leaf clover approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers. When found, each of the four leaves has a duty to fulfil; the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.<br /> <br /><em>Note:</em> It is perhaps worth adding that in recent years horticulturalists have successfully developed a clover plant with four leaves exclusively, so the purchase of a ‘four-leave-clover kit set’ will enable you to grow as many as you like.</p> <p><em>This is an extract from Max Cryer's <a href="http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Superstitions.html">Superstititions and why we have them, Exisle Publishing</a>. <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/71095/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fsuperstitions-max-cryer%2Fprod9781925335170.html">Get your copy here!</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Max Cryer. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/discover-the-fascinating-history-behind-6-superstitions.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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A life in pictures: Celebrating musical legend Ringo Starr

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, Ringo Starr rose to fame in the early ‘60s as the drummer of the legendary rock group The Beatles. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The veteran musician officially joined the group in 1962 after replacing Pete Best. Quickly a “Beatlemania” took hold and they climbed to the top of the charts all across the world with their single </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Want To Hold Your Hand. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I was 13, I only wanted to be a drummer,” Ringo said on his </span><a href="http://www.ringostarr.com/about"><span style="font-weight: 400;">website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This year, the former Beatles member, with the help of his friend, Sheila E. Richard Lewis, is hoping to create “a wave of peace and love across the planet.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For his birthday, the 79-year-old sent an invitation to fans to join him on the streets of Chicago to celebrate his birthday by saying or thinking words of “peace and love”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve said it before but I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love,” Starr said in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s so great how every year it keeps growing, with the wave of peace and love starting in the morning on July 7 in Australia and ending in Hawaii, with celebrations in all the time zones in between. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am so happy to be back at Capitol Records, and for our great sponsors who are carrying the message of peace and love around the world, like the David Lynch Foundation, Life is Good, SiriusXM, Modern Drummer and Starbucks. I also want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing to help spread peace and love, Ringo.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see Ringo Starr’s life in pictures. </span></p>

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How was the crossword puzzle invented?

<p>Can doing crosswords really help you stay happier and healthy for longer? </p> <p><u><a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fan-actor-and-his-time-paperback-sir-john-gielgud%2Fprod9781557834157.html">Sir John Gielgud</a></u> believed so. The star of <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Farthur-1981-arthur-2%2Fprod9325336162033.html"><em>Arthur</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fchariots-of-fire%2Fprod9321337051796.html"><em>Chariots of Fire</em></a>, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fthe-power-of-one-popular-penguins-bryce-courtenay%2Fprod9780143204794.html"><em>The Power of One</em></a> and <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fdvd-movies%2Fthe-portrait-of-a-lady%2Fprod0044007820520.html"><em>The Portrait of a Lady</em></a> solved a crossword every day until he died, aged 97, with a completed crossword by his bedside.</p> <p>He used to say, “Completing the crossword is the only exercise I take.” And the Shakespearean actor spent every spare moment on set doing his beloved crosswords.</p> <p>The Queen, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday, also enjoys a good crossword. Actress Betty White, 94, is also passionate about her crosswords. “I do mental exercises. I don't have any trouble memorising lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber.”</p> <p><strong>Ever wondered how the crossword was created?</strong><br />Newspaper man Arthur Wynne was originally from the UK and moved to New York in 1905. While he was working at the newspaper The New York World as editor of the ‘fun’ section in 1913, he created the ‘word-cross puzzle’. This diamond shaped word game was derived from the ancient game of acrostics and wordsquares, which was a Victorian past-time. There were 31 simple clues and it was published on Sunday December 21, 1913.</p> <p>Due to its popularity and newly named the ‘crossword’ Wynne’s creation was published in the newspaper for ten years before a pair of Harvard graduates came up with the idea to publish a book of crosswords (as their Auntie Wixie was a fan). A publishing phenomena was born!</p> <p>So, how does doing crosswords help you? Of course, we all know, they are a great (healthy) escape from the demands of everyday life. They also make you think and provide much needed mental exercises, which may keep the brain healthier, for longer.</p> <p><strong><em>Did you know crosswords were created 103 years ago?</em></strong></p> <p>Crosswords also improve your vocabulary - new words, new meanings, and new understandings of words. They teach organisational skills. After all, it’s often necessary to work back and forth between the Across and Down clues to solve the puzzle. Your spelling skills also get a workout and you pick up all sorts of <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/trivia">general knowledge</a>.</p> <p>So you can feel good about the time you spend wrestling with <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/wordsearch">clues</a> – you’re improving your memory and sharpening your brain. Love crosswords? The <a href="https://lovattspuzzles.com/lovatts-wyza-free-big-crossword-magazine-promotion/">first 500 readers who apply with be sent a free copy of Christine’s BIG Crossword Magazine</a>.</p> <p><strong>Mindfulness and puzzles</strong><br />One of the buzz words in today’s world of mental health is <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/how-learning-about-mindfulness-can-help-you-stress-less,-help-your-relationships,-feel-happier-and-healthier.aspx">mindfulness</a>. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation principles. It is especially helpful for people who worry about the past, or the future.</p> <p>When solving a <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crossword</a>, you may find that your mind is totally focused on the clues and answers, to the extent that you are not particularly aware of anything else. You might say it’s a form of meditation, except that in meditation the aim is to have no thoughts at all, which is not an easy stage to achieve.</p> <p>When solving crosswords you are keeping your mind engaged, which means you are not thinking of the past or the future, so you are giving that part of your brain a rest. This is fine as long as you are not crosswording while driving or minding a toddler!</p> <p><strong>Puzzles can be wonderful ‘companions’</strong><br />“Our Lovatts puzzlers often write in to tell us that our <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">crosswords</a> and puzzles are invaluable companions and our puzzle magazines are well-travelled too. Many of our correspondents also say that their memory and word skills have improved since <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/health/these-6-easy-daily-habits-will-help-protect-your-brain.aspx">taking up puzzle-solving</a> - especially if they don’t settle for easy puzzles but tackle the more challenging ones,” says passionate puzzler, <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/lifestyle/wyza-life/what-is-it-like-creating-puzzles-for-a-living.aspx">Christine Lovatt</a>.</p> <p> “<a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/crossword">Crosswords</a> and other word puzzles use the right side of the brain whereas <a href="http://www.wyza.com.au/puzzles.html#/games/sudoku">Sudoku</a> or other logic puzzles use the left side. So if you can do both, you are giving your brain a total workout,” she adds.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-were-crosswords-invented.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Happy 50th anniversary! Palace releases new portraits of Prince Charles

<p>Two new portraits of Prince Charles have been released by the Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>The 70-year-old royal was invested with the title by the Queen on July 1, 1969 at Caernarfon Castle when he was 20 years old.</p> <p>To mark the occasion, Clarence House published two new photographs, one of the Duke of Cornwall and one with his wife Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>“This portrait of The Prince of Wales has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness’s Investiture,” Clarence House wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“The photo was taken at Llwynywermod, The Prince and The Duchess’s home in Wales.”</p> <p>The second picture, featuring the Cornwall couple, was taken outside the residence.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall told PA news agency at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Swansea’s city status that her husband was celebrating the anniversary “quietly”. </p> <p>Swansea was granted <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/prince-charles-wales-week-camilla/" target="_blank">city status</a> after Charles was invested as Prince of Wales.</p> <p>Upon being asked how the prince would be marking the milestone, she said, “Another anniversary I know – celebrating quietly.”</p> <p>The new pictures came at the end of Wales Week as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are completing their annual tour in the country.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the striking new portraits, as well as Charles over the past 50 years in his role as the Prince of Wales. </p>

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Susan Boyle opens up about plans to start a family at 58

<p>Susan Boyle has revealed her plan to start a family at the age of 58.</p> <p>The singer, who shot to fame after appearing on <em>Britain’s Got Talent </em>in 2009, said she is interested in “fostering” children in a recent interview on <a rel="noopener" href="https://play.acast.com/s/bizarrelife/8b29568b-712d-4781-afe6-aaee983aaaf4" target="_blank" title="The Dan Woottan Interview"><em>The Dan Wootton Interview</em></a> podcast.</p> <p>“I’ve never had any of my own, that’s my biggest regret, but I love kids,” said Boyle.</p> <p>“When things quieten down a bit I would like to get into fostering.</p> <p>“I’m 58 so I’ve got something to bring my family home to. I’ve a lovely house, why not share it?”</p> <p>Boyle has been kept busy this year with releasing her new album <em>Ten</em> and competing on <em>America’s Got Talent: The Champions</em>.</p> <p>Boyle became an ambassador for Save the Children in 2013. At the time, she said working with the charity made her feel as though she was “adopting the kids”.</p> <p>She said, “I love children and I feel like I’m adopting the kids. I feel like a mammy.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jo4_XWVEIO0"></iframe></div> <p>She also released a song – a posthumous duet of <em>O Come, All Ye Faithful </em>with Elvis Presley – for the charity, with all the proceeds going to donations.</p>

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“He looks just like him": Fans blown away by Elvis Presley's lookalike grandson

<p>Lisa Marie Presley has shared a rare and sweet photo of herself and her four children on Twitter and Instagram.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/By8tI88F-Eo/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/By8tI88F-Eo/" target="_blank">Mama Lion with cubs ❤️🖤💚💙🦁🥰</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo are her 10-year-old twins Harper and Finley, her son Benjamin, 26, and her daughter Riley, 30.</p> <p>The family photo appears to be from a get-together at the end of May in celebration of Riley’s 30th birthday, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/lisa-marie-presley-shares-photo-all-kids/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>.</p> <p>The photo has sent fans into a spin as they believe that her son Benjamin looks just like his grandfather – and Lisa Marie's father – Elvis Presley.</p> <p>An Instagram follower was stunned by the likeness, saying:</p> <p>“Is that your son? Wow, he looks just like your dad.”</p> <p>Another agreed, providing side by side proof on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">You have your opinion and I have mine! I would say they look alike! <a href="https://t.co/pHxxXJavt5">pic.twitter.com/pHxxXJavt5</a></p> — Lisa Reimund (@ya_reimund) <a href="https://twitter.com/ya_reimund/status/1142413146193321985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>51-year-old Lisa Marie often posts photos of her children on social media, and last shared a photo of herself with Benjamin a year ago with the caption:</p> <p>“Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkRMEX1BF5C/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkRMEX1BF5C/" target="_blank">Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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10 facts you didn’t know about Meryl Streep

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today marks the 70</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> birthday of Hollywood heavyweight Meryl Streep who has proven time and time again she is a force to be reckoned with. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born 22</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">nd</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> June 1949 in Summit, New Jersey USA, Meryl first came on the scene in the late ‘60s when she performed in several Broadway productions. Eventually in the ‘70s, Streep transitioned to films and thus began her iconic entryway to become one of the most beloved and talented actresses of the 20</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and 21</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">st</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> century. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Streep won Oscars for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Iron Lady </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">among a league of numerous nominations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hollywood star went on to have four children with sculptor Don Gummer, whom she married in 1978. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are 10 facts you might not know about Meryl Streep. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world-famous actress has had such a wildly successful career which has led to Oscar nominations. Due to this, she has broken her </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">own </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">record of being the single actress to be nominated.</span></p> <p>2. She supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential elections and joined the campaign.</p> <p>3. Streep was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in November 2014.</p> <p>4. The veteran actor has a master’s degree in Fine Arts received from Yale University.</p> <p>5. Streep studied acting in NYC with Michael Howard.</p> <p><span>6. Meryl donated a wardrobe of hers from her 2011 film </span><span>The Devil Wears Prada, </span><span>to a charity auction.</span></p> <p><span>7. She also donated her entire salary received from 2011’s </span><span>The Iron Lady </span><span>to the Women’s History Museum.</span></p> <p>8. Streep is worth an estimated whopping US$90 million.</p> <p><span>9. When the beloved actress was just a teenager, she quit opera lessons and took up smoking and cheerleading instead, according to an interview she had with </span><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/janelevere/2016/08/22/meryl-streep-discusses-musical-training-accessorizing-for-florence-foster-jenkins/?utm_medium=google#506f50555014"><span>Forbes</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p>10. When Meryl was 23, she thought of becoming an environmental lawyer. Unfortunately, she slept through an exam and took that as a clear sign that the career path was not the right one for her.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see the life of Meryl Streep through pictures. </span></p> <p> </p>

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Royal fail! $110 dolls of Duchess Kate and royal children go viral for all the wrong reasons

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An expensive set of dolls of a few members of the Cambridge family has gone viral after one disturbed shopper called them the “stuff of nightmares".</p> <p>Amelia Perrin took to Twitter to share the 15cm figurines at the UK retail chain TK Maxx after spotting the terrifying royal “lookalikes".</p> <p>The dolls were made to replicate the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte from their 2015 official Christmas card – although they notably decided to leave Prince William out.</p> <p>Prince Louis is also a noticeably missing from the strange figurine pack, however, the one-year-old had not been welcomed to the world yet at the time of production.</p> <p>Ms Perrin shared freakishly horrifying images of what is supposed to be the royal family, noting the hefty AU$110 price tag.</p> <p>“Sometimes TK Maxx out-TK Maxxes itself. £60. Arguably the worst thing I’ve ever laid eyes upon,” she wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">sometimes TK Maxx out-TK Maxxes itself. £60. arguably the worst thing i’ve ever laid eyes upon <a href="https://t.co/5yjoyp4sWJ">pic.twitter.com/5yjoyp4sWJ</a></p> — Cardi BTEC (@amelia_perrin) <a href="https://twitter.com/amelia_perrin/status/1141013304434810881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The piece that has shocked many was created by a tableware and collectables brand, Royal Doulton – which surprisingly enough, is selling for AU$435 on its website.</p> <p>“Crafted in exquisite fine bone china, Royal Doulton figurines are beautifully handmade and hand-decorated by skilled ceramic artists,” the website <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royaldoulton.com/young-royals-hn-5883" target="_blank">description</a> read. </p> <p>“The fun-loving spirit and happy personalities of the royal family is portrayed in the figure, Young Royals.</p> <p>“Sculptor Neil Welch has created this limited edition of 1000, inspired by a photograph of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, playing in the garden with her children, their Royal Highnesses Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.</p> <p>“This moment in time taken at their family home at Kensington Palace, reflecting the informality of precious family time the three share.”</p> <p>However, horrified Twitter users reacted to the figurines, one writing: “Their faces are in reverse order of age!”</p> <p>Others joked about the expensive collectable, with one user commenting: “This is a relatively flattering statuette of you with some random children, would I pay £60 for this of me, the answer is yes I would.”</p> <p>Picture: Reuters/Chris JelfSource:Reuters</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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3 people who came back to life reveal what they saw on “the other side”

<p>It’s the question we’ve all asked: What happens after death? These people say they have an idea.</p> <p><strong>Can people really see things when they’re “dead”?</strong></p> <p>No matter what you believe about the afterlife (or lack thereof), there’s no denying that plenty of people have claimed to see visions or have out-of-body experiences after their hearts have stopped.</p> <p>Sceptics might brush those off, but researchers have found that most near-death experiences tend to have common themes: Feelings of leaving or returning to their bodies, a sense of peace, bright lights, and encounters with spirits or people.</p> <p>In fact, medical treatment is good enough now that there’s a difference between clinical death (no breath or pulse, but could still be resuscitated) and biologic death (actually dead).</p> <p>Even cynics might get chills hearing about these otherworldly visions from people who were clinically dead or close to it.</p> <p><strong>1. “The most glorious feeling”</strong></p> <p>In 1994, orthopaedic surgeon Tony Cicoria called his mum from a pay phone during a lake house trip. They’d hung up but he still had the phone in his hand when a blue flash came out. He hadn’t realised there’d been a lightning storm brewing. He felt his body fly backward – and then, confusingly, forward. Cicoria turned around to see his own body lying on the ground. “I’m dead,” he thought. No grief. No ecstasy. Just a fact.</p> <p>After watching a woman start CPR, Cicoria moved on, floating up the stairs to see his kids getting their faces painted, realising that they’d be OK. “Then I was surrounded by a bluish-white light … an enormous feeling of wellbeing and peace,” he told the New Yorker. “The highest and lowest points of my life raced by me. I had the perception of accelerating, being drawn up… There was speed and direction. Then, as I was saying to myself, ‘This is the most glorious feeling I have ever had’ – slam! I was back.” (Weird side note: The doctor who revived Cicoria became overwhelmed with the urge to play and write piano music.)</p> <p><strong>2. “Just love. Unconditional love.”</strong></p> <p>After a four-year battle with lymphatic cancer, Anita Moorjani slipped into a coma in 2006. Doctors were sure it was the end – not realising that in her near-death state, she still had a consciousness. Initially, she felt like she was floating above her body with “360-degree peripheral vision” of the hospital room and beyond, she told <em>TODAY.</em></p> <p>She couldn’t see her late father himself, but she did feel his presence, and he had a message for her. “He said that I’ve gone as far as I can, and if I go any further, I won’t be able to turn back,” she said. “But I felt I didn’t want to turn back because it was so beautiful. It was just incredible because, for the first time, all the pain had gone. All the discomfort had gone. All the fear was gone. I just felt so incredible. And I felt as though I was enveloped in this feeling of just love. Unconditional love.”</p> <p>About 30 hours after falling into a coma, Moorjani flickered back into consciousness. Two days later, her organs started to regain function and the tumours started shrinking. Now she’s cancer-free and is a public speaker and author of books like <em>What If This Is Heaven?.</em></p> <p><strong>3. “It was really bright”</strong></p> <p>Annabel Beam had been diagnosed with two chronic, life-threatening digestive disorders at age four. By age eight, she was ready to give up until something unexplainable happened. She was sitting on a tree branch 10 metres in the air when it cracked; she fell all the way down and into a hollow at the base of the tree, where she was trapped for six hours. She says she died and went to heaven: “It was really bright, and I sat on Jesus’s lap and he told me, ‘Whenever the firefighters get you out, there will be nothing wrong with you,’” Beam told <em>TODAY</em>. “And I asked him if I could stay and he said, ‘No, I have plans you need to fulfil on Earth that you cannot fulfil in heaven.’”</p> <p>When she woke up, her illness had healed. Her mum wrote the book <em>Miracles from Heaven</em>, which was later turned into a film.</p> <p><em>Written by Marissa Laliberte. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/11-people-who-came-back-to-life-reveal-what-they-saw-on-%E2%80%9Cthe-other-side%E2%80%9D/page/1"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Triple the price! Princess Diana’s iconic outfits sell for $500,000

<p>Dresses that were worn by the late Princess Diana in the ‘80s and ‘90s sold for over £260,000 (NZD$501,000).</p> <p>All of the clothes available in the collection were sold by the same collector.</p> <p>One of the outfits that were sold included a designer dress worn by Princess Diana during her visit to the Gulf States in 1986.</p> <p>The blue and white striped outfit was created by the royal’s wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The outfit went for £106,000 (NZD$205,444), which was the highest of all three.</p> <p>Diana also wore a red wool skirted suit that was designed by Jasper Conran, who confirmed that he custom-made the outfit custom for her. The ensemble went for £62,500 (NZD$120,542).</p> <p>The third look, which is also believed to be custom-made by Catherine Walker, was worn by the Princess during the President of Turkey’s state visit to the UK in 1988. It went for £93,000 (NZD$179,370).</p> <p>"Diana's day wear is much rarer than her evening wear, which she auctioned a huge tranche off in the late 1990s," Kerry Taylor, of Kerry Taylor Auctions, explained to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7153301/Dress-Princess-Diana-wore-1986-visit-Gulf-states-sold-two-frocks.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>"Day wear dresses she wore for more formal functions she either gave to friends or charity shops, so they have mostly disappeared. These were very well documented outfits and one of a kind, as they were made specifically for her."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Diana's iconic daywear outfits.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Getty / Kerry Taylor Auctions</em></p>

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He's so sweet! Prince Harry and Meghan share adorable new photo of Archie

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a beautiful new photo of their one-month-old son Archie on Instagram to celebrate Father’s Day.</p> <p>The photograph, which was posted on the royal couple’s official Instagram account Sussex Royal on Sunday, features Archie clutching Prince Harry’s finger.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" target="_blank">Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex! © SussexRoyal</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jun 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex,” the post read.</p> <p>In May, the pair also shared a photo of Archie in honour of Mother’s Day celebrated in many countries across the world on the second Sunday of the month, including the Duchess’ native America.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxXS3l4pz2j/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxXS3l4pz2j/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6 and is seventh in line to the British throne. The baby was first introduced to the public two days after his birth at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/uk/archie-photo-meghan-markle-prince-harry-intl-scli-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">The Sunday Times</a></em>, his christening will take place at Windsor Castle in July.</p>

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Remembering Barbara Stanwyck: A life in pictures

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">109 years ago, Barbara Stanwyck whose original name was Ruby Stevens, was born in Brooklyn, US. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The American motion picture and television actress gained traction in 1926 when she nabbed the leading role in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Burlesque. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What made her a legend in her own right was not the number of revered awards, money or fame. Ms Stanwyck died being known as an iconic figure throughout the early ‘30s, for her sheer talent and her versatility that made her a force to be reckoned with during Hollywood’s Golden era. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stanwyck was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress four times for her roles in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Sorry, Wrong Number.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The adaptable and gifted talent won three Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and an honorary Oscar in 1982. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later, Stanwyck was made the recipient of honorary lifetime awards and eventually went on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barbara Stanwyck died 20 January 1990 in Santa Monica. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery above to see a glimpse of Barbara Stanwyck’s life through pictures. </span></p>

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Our 5 favourite fashion Instagrammers over 50

<p>Fashion is big on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about the younger generation. Here’s our pick of some of the best people who are demonstrating why you don’t have to become invisible as you age.</p> <p><strong>1. @Funkyforty</strong></p> <p>Yvonne is a Kiwi living in Zurich – so she has great global style. We love her relaxed, natural look (and odd splash of colour). She shows that you can still take some risks with your fashion choices when you are into your fifth decade. We love her passion and courage.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BymM6sVo_DY/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BymM6sVo_DY/" target="_blank">A post shared by Funkyforty (@funkyforty)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 9:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. @iconaccidental</strong></p> <p>Lyn Slater knows how to make grey hair the epitome of cool. She has what she calls an “urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic” and likes to connect with women who live “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Her looks are simple and elegant, but with a great edge. There’s a lot of black! She manages to look modern without looking overdressed or trying too hard...</p> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BykV1FxnZwy/" target="_blank">A post shared by Accidental Icon (@iconaccidental)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:29am PDT</p> </div> <p><strong>3. @thestylishwoman</strong></p> <p>Sharryn is a stylist based in Melbourne helping women of all ages dress for their body shape. Her style is positive and fun – a great way to get your fashion mojo. She’s a big believer in finding your own personal style and often showcases other women of a certain age that she finds inspiring. Sharryn is also great at discovering new Australian designers who dress older women well. Great to have on your feed.</p> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BylqXRygwow/" target="_blank">A post shared by Sharryn (@thestylishwoman)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT</p> </div> <p><strong>4. @fabulously_chic_over_50</strong></p> <p>This Instagram account – and accompanying blog – is for women “who refuse to go quietly into maturity”, says Jonet Wooten, 54 years young. A former photojournalist, she says that shopping with her best friend inspired the creation of her blog.</p> <p>“We both turned to each other and said, ‘Where are the clothes for us?’,” she says. “Neither of us could relate to anything on the racks. We were – literally – stuck between racks of junior crop-tops and dismal granny panties. From that experience, I vowed to keep my finger on the pulse of fabulously chic trends in my age group.” Words to live by.</p> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvw3bNxguCD/" target="_blank">A post shared by Jonet Wooten (@fabulously_chic_over_50)</a> on Apr 2, 2019 at 11:39am PDT</p> </div> <ol start="5"> <li><strong>@styleatacertainage</strong></li> </ol> <p>Beth Djalali is all about style rather than trends. She rocks the silver bob and has a certain country-style chic. She’s based in the mid-western USA and practicality rules. As she says, “one thing I’ve learned is that when you look great, you feel great and you step out the door armed with confidence!” One of the best elements of Beth’s style is that she has lots of key (and affordable) pieces that are worn over and over again, with just a little twist each time.</p> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BylBW0oBj8e/" target="_blank">A post shared by Beth Djalali | Classic Style (@styleatacertainage)</a> on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:49am PDT</p> </div> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/our-8-favourite-fashion-instagrammers-over-50.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Hilarious photo of Prince Charles looks EXACTLY like Prince George

<p>A picture showing a young Prince Charles leaning on a balcony looking bored has just been released by the royal family to mark a special day for the Queen.</p> <p>Marking the 67th anniversary, of the Queen's celebration, the royal family members honoured it with supporters by sharing a hilariously adorable picture of a bored looking Prince Charles on the Royal Collection official Instagram account.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByM7amOl74a/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByM7amOl74a/" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Collection Trust (@royalcollectiontrust)</a> on Jun 2, 2019 at 2:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Prince of Wales was not much taller than Prince George is now in the stunning photograph which was taken at the Queen's coronation in June 1953. On either side of the royal heir stood the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.</p> <p>The adorable image has garnered hundreds of comments from royal fans who found the prince’s pose quite comedic.</p> <p>“Prince Charles is still waiting,” one royal fan wrote.</p> <p>Another comment read: “Prince Charles… This could take a while.”</p> <p>The adorable royal was just four years old when the photograph was taken at his mother’s coronation and is now the longest serving heir-apparent of the country after Her Majesty's 67 years on the throne.</p> <p>Fans also noticed the picture’s striking similarity to one taken 65 years later of Prince Charles grandson, Prince George.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByRbxs_A7e2/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByRbxs_A7e2/" target="_blank">A post shared by Entertainment news today (@entertainment.newstoday00_00)</a> on Jun 3, 2019 at 8:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2017, the then 3-year-old royal attended the Trooping the Colour Parade where photographers caught the little prince looking slightly unimpressed.</p> <p>Even further, commentators pointed out how a snapshot of Prince William from when he was just a young prince looks eerily similar to that of his father and 5-year-old son too.</p> <p>Image: Instagram @theroyalfamily</p>

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Are these the 10 best things about being 50+?

<p>We want to know what you are looking forward to the most. One reader shares her thoughts.</p> <p>‘What are 10 good things about being over 50?’ I was surprised by the question because I hadn’t realised that I should have 10 new good things after 49. Why is 50 so significant anyway? Nobody ever asked me to think of 10 good reasons for being over 20 or 30.</p> <p>I did try to answer the question, but didn’t succeed because every ‘good thing’ I thought of was to do with retirement rather than with my age – granted, they do go together. So I called a few friends to see what they thought.</p> <p>My friend Anne thought the question nonsensical. ‘The construct is false and the cultural differences too many. What defines age anyway? Remember Milton said: The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven’.</p> <p>Were she still alive, my Mother might have agreed with Anne. When I rang Mum for her 70th birthday I discovered she wasn’t into ‘Big Zero’ celebrations. ‘But I’m still Alma’, she protested. She’d emerged from her childhood, youth, into becoming a bride, mother, grandmother, worker, knitter and traveller. She was adamant that she was the sum total of all that despite being 70.</p> <p>Although I understood what she meant, I was a bit nonplussed because I’d always thought we got used to the idea of being older. These days I suspect that nobody ever does. Our bodies might change but our sense of self continues, so the things that were good in my life still are, despite my age.</p> <p>Other friends were flippant. One reckoned that being 50+ is better than the alternative. Another wasn’t worried about old age because it doesn't last. So, there’s one good thing about being over 50: You’ve made it this far.</p> <p>I’ve noticed people developing a sense of fair play about life as they get older. We’ve had a fair shake of the tree, as Carol said, when she turned 70, ‘It’s OK to die now’. I’m sure she wasn’t planning on immediate exit, but she was saying that, after three score years and ten, everything’s a bonus. She can relax now and just be.</p> <p>Jan agrees, ‘I don't really care what others think about me anymore - my friends and family being exceptions. It's a great relief to find that the 'judgmental anonymous other' has disappeared’.</p> <p>My artist friend, Felicity, doesn’t want to ‘just be’. She wants to grow old outrageously and to confront ‘little old lady stereotypes’. So, she grabbed a mirror – lobbed out her boobs and started a series of nude self-portraits depicting the corporeal reality of her late fifties.</p> <p>Friends have surprised me by becoming more outrageous as they grow older. Gentle, caring, courteous Rosemarie now has her favourite birthday card pinned to the fridge declaring that: ‘The older I get, the more everyone can kiss my a**e’. Who would have thought?!</p> <p>Queensland Liz reckons that simplicity is a virtue in the last third of our lives: ‘We spend the first 25 years of our adult lives building-up material possessions and the next 25 chucking it out. I don’t need this stuff now. I’ve de-cluttered – simplified my life’. I’m not sure if this has to do with being 50 or with retirement, but either way it’s been good for her.</p> <p>More people offer help as you get older, though Liverpool Phil, now 73, still can’t decide if it was good or bad that he was offered a seat on the bus by a pregnant woman.</p> <p>Life gets cheaper as we get older. Jan wrote: ‘I do like concessions: Rates, medical bills; power; and theatre tickets!’ It seems nobody’s told her that the seniors’ concession on power bills has been withdrawn where she lives. My cousin also seemed pretty pleased that ‘We can have salt ‘n pepper hair without the expense of highlights at the salon’.</p> <p>Mostly, though, cost efficiency arises from the fact that we simply don’t need to buy as much once we’re over 50 but that’s not necessarily good for the economy or ourselves. ‘You’re saving in your retirement’, my Financial Adviser exclaimed, ‘Shrouds don’t have pockets! You should be spending the kids’ inheritance!’ In my case, that means giving more to those who need it, in particular Medicine Sans Frontière. They’re on every front line. For me, personally, it means more travel, as long as I can still get insurance.</p> <p><strong>So, with a little help from my friends, here are my 10 best things about being 50+:</strong></p> <p>1. We’ve made it this far</p> <p>2. From now on everything’s a bonus</p> <p>3. Freedom to just be</p> <p>4. We can grow old outrageously</p> <p>5. Friends can still surprise us</p> <p>6. We can live simply</p> <p>7. Life gets cheaper</p> <p>8. You can spend the kids’ inheritance</p> <p>9. More people offer help</p> <p>10. It’s time to spend money on ourselves and others</p>

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