I refuse

“I refuse to acknowledge, accept or contribute to, the manufactured concept, that ageing is bad and beauty is defined by youth”.

accept The global anti-aging cosmetics market Size was valued at USD 38.62 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 60.26 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.8% – Fortune Business Insights.

We are the target market and demographic for these companies.

We need to change the game.

#proage #positiveaging #agepositive

What if I’m already fucking fabulous?

What if I’m already f*cking fabulous?

What if you wore that off the shoulder dress, which shows off your ageing arms.
What if you put on those cute shorts, which expose your stretch marks and thread veins (but stop your inner thighs from rubbing)?
What if you wore that bikini which makes you feel f*cking fabulous?
What if you let your hair grow long, wore braids and set your sparkles free?
What if you said ‘yes’ to everything you do want, and ‘no’ a little more often?
What if you let go of all the things you don’t need, so you could spend time and money doing the things you love?

We drown ourselves with expensive soulless possessions, but give no value or time to our health.
We treat our cars better than we treat our bodies.
What if we cared more about the person, and less about their/our looks?
What if you could free yourself from others expectations, and do everything you ever dreamed of?
What if you cared for your body as much as you should?
What if you loved your body like no one else can?
Don’t drag yourself down to fulfil others expectations.
Why follow the rules set by others?
And what if I told you there are no rules?

What if you are already f*cking fabulous?

What if?

Inspired to write this by @carlyfindlay – she wears what she wants because – it makes her feel ‘f*cking fabulous’.

Photo: iPhone 12Pro portrait mode. Natural morning sun.

Makeup: bronzer, grey brow pencil, mascara, lipgloss and a little highlighter.

Bikini @decathlon_faro

#whatif #expectations #fuckingfabulous #freeyourmind #freeyourself #freethinker #proage #ageing #aging

It doesn’t matter what you see.

I’ve come over all arty today. I love being creative and inspiring women (and men) to embrace and enjoy ageing.

It doesn’t matter waht you see, it only matters how I feel. And I feel, grateful, happy and very alive.

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback for my latest IGTV. Maybe it will become a regular thing!

I hope you’re having a beautiful day.


How it felt to be in the wild.

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

A hiking and wild swimming morning. Grateful for a cloudy day.

Bra top: @bamboo_clothing
Shorts: @famaraonline

#hiking #hikinglife #hikingwithdogs #hikingtrails #hikingadventures #hikinglifestyle #mountainlife #gooutdoors #wildswimming #inthewild #fitafter50 #hikeforlife #hikeformentalhealth #hikinggirl #hikingtrail #50pluswomen #midlifewomen


Re-imagination. The evolution of you. – I had this sentence bubbling in my head on Friday evening. Over and over the words popped up in my mind. l reworked them until I was happy with the meaning. At the time, I was riding pillion on the scooter with my husband, on our way back through the mountains. The warm wind buffeting my shirt and hair as I held on and looked at the starry sky. Suddenly I saw StarLink – the Tesla string of satellites above our heads. What an incredible sight! Someone imagined this (Elon Musk) and made it happen. It’s quite an outstanding achievement. Technology does not stop evolving and neither should we.

If you don’t like your life, imagine and re-imagine it over and over until you find a life you love.

Downsize, minimise, improvise and find a life that brings you joy. Money and possessions can’t do that. Experiences and people can.

On Friday evening we’d headed out for a ride on the scooter with no fixed destination. Just a left turn here and a right turn there. We arrived at the beach and listened to music from a nearby restaurant playing, as the sun set into the Atlantic Ocean.

A perfect evening. So very different from our life in Devon.

I’m happy that we decided to return to Portugal to change our lives completely. This definitely is not our last adventure, we have plans for so much more. Our imagination has no limits.

Never stop dreaming.

Photo iPhone 12 Pro Portrait mode, early morning sun.

#neverstopdreaming #neverstopexploring #dreamitanddoit #imagination #midlifecrisis #midlifewomen #midlifeadventures #lifeafter50 #middleage #lifeafter40 #midlifeblogger #midlifeinfluencers #silverhair #silversisters #greyhair #makeupfree #nofilter #nofilterneeded #livingmybestlife #liveyourlife #newlife #newlifestyle #middleagedwoman

Finding freedom

“When you stop worrying about; the grey hair, squidgy belly, flabby arms, wrinkles, crinkles and all that comes naturally with ageing, you have found freedom, and most importantly, more time to enjoy life without self imposed limits”. – Gail McNeill.

A fresh makeup free morning today. I love wearing makeup, but I also love for my skin to feel wild and free. Just a generous application of @ravenbotanicals Raven Botanicals facial oil, after shaving my face – yes, shaving my face is normal! (I shave every couple of months to prune my flooffy face. It feels good!).

Have a beautiful day!


#ageing #aging #ageingskin #ageinggracefully #agingskin #matureskin #midlife #positiveaging #positiveageing #agepositive #freedom #wrinkles #midlifeblogger #midlifewomen #midlifecrisis #midlifeinfluencers #silverhair #grayhair #greyhair #goinggray #middleage #40pluswomen #40plus #50plus #50pluswomen

All about the red lipstick

Low key brows today, it’s all about the red lipstick. This one is from my favourite cruelty free brand @muacosmetics ‘Reckless’ Velvet matte liquid lip. Photo straight off the iPhone 12 Pro on portrait mode. I do appreciate the good light here so much.

Pity nobody will see my lipstick as I still have to wear a facemask everywhere in Portugal. We are only allowed to remove it whilst sitting in a café or restaurant.

My hair has a little bit of salt spray to give it some texture, but I really do need to give it a trim and tame it a little. I’m having trouble finding my hairdressing scissors, which is surprising as I live in such a small place!

I have my first project meeting about my house build today. It’s only taken 4 years to get this far. Patience is key when building your own home. It will be worth the wait I am sure. You can find the design here: loulehills.com if you want to see the design of the house. If you follow any interesting accounts who are also building a home, tag me in or send me a DM. I’m keen to find other crazy people!

Seb has booked a flight and will visit in one month. I’m so excited to see him again. He’s had some brilliant news this week, an offer of employment from the company he’s been contracting for. We are so happy for him! He’s had a crazy year – from working as an officer on a cruise ship, to a contract bringing an unsafe vessel from Greece to Portugal (and rescuing a young man floating in the water) to the perfect job for him. It’s with a great company who will support him and develop his career to Captain. Hoorah!

This week seems to be going on forever, or is it just me? Not a bad thing. Time is so precious, if it’s going slower it’s a bonus.

Have a beautiful day


#silverhair #greyhair #grayhair #redlipstick #silversister #silversisters #50plus #40plus #midlife #midlifeblogger #maturebeauty #matureskin #goinggray #longgreyhair #selfbuild #algarve #portugal #expatalgarve #expatportugal #midlifestyle #midlifewomen #nofilter #grayhairinfluencer

The bullied cygnet.

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time. This book teaches children that it’s OK to bully, as the victim will be OK in the end.

Not all victims are lucky enough to transform into a swan. Children born with facial disfigurements won’t magically wake up one day and everything has changed.


Almost 54

DM: ‘Gray hair makes you look older’

Me: “That’s f*cking awesome!”

I don’t give a f*ck and never will. My sparkles are here to stay.

I’m almost 54. I look 54 and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Happy in my own skin, I will be rocking and relishing my wrinkles until the day I die.

Just relax, stop worrying about ageing, embrace your wrinkles and enjoy the ride!



Silvertops on tour

The Silvertops on tour! I laugh a lot when we are out and about on the scooter.

When we first went on holiday to Greece 37ish years ago, we hired an off-road motorbike and travelled all over the island of Corfu, wearing just shorts, T shirt and no helmet. There were scuffs and scrapes along the way but we survived. Now, in our fifties, we are wearing gloves, helmets and proper shoes for our adventures, but we are still having the same fun.

I don’t feel any different to the teenager sitting on the back of that motorbike in Palaiokastritsa. The wind in my hair, the sun on my face and the possibility of death by crappy driver around every corner.
(I stopped worrying about that and live my life the best way I can every day).

We downsized and minimised our lives dramatically, so we could have time to change our lives, do something different, live somewhere new. It was worth it.

I met a wonderful guy last week. He said ‘You choose between money or time. Do I work longer into my 60’s to have more money? Or do I retire early and have more time?’

I choose time. It’s doesn’t come with a guarantee.

I hope you have a beautiful week.


Hat: @veganhappyclothing

#silvertop #midlifewomen #silverhair #silverfox #emptynestadventures #emptynest #emptynesters #downsize #minimalism #ageing #agingbackwards #aging #agingwell #thisis50 #midlifecrisis #midlifestyle #midlife #midlifewoman #midlifeinfluencers #50plus #50plusandfabulous #50plusblogger #50plushappy #onelifeliveit #onelife #silversister #silversisters

The Silvertops on tour!

The Silvertops on tour!

I laugh a lot when we are out and about on the scooter.