Marie Louise McConville: Dressing your age? Forget that, I'm all for mini-skirts at 90

Brigitte Macron pictured with her husband, French President Emmanuel Macron. The 65-year-old style icon can often be seen at official events dressed in a mini-skirt ensemble and why not, she looks fabulous. Photo by Christophe Archambault via AP
Marie Louise McConville

Getting older is a tough business.

Every time we hit one of life's so-called milestone ages, we can start to feel those little aches and pains a little bit more.

I'd heard so many horror stories that when I turned a certain age over a year ago, I literally woke up that morning expecting my hair to be grey, my face to be wrinkled and my taste-buds to have vanished.

But I guess everyone's experience of getting older is different.

While there are some who are happy to become the traditional stereotype - not socialising as much and certainly not disco-dancing to the small hours - others are bucking the trend.

It can be difficult because it is almost drummed into us that when we reach certain ages there are things we should no longer do, such as wearing a bikini in our mid-forties or having long hair past 60.

That said, there are people like Donatella Versace who think all of that is nonsense and are determined to grow older having a bit of fun.

Now aged in her sixties, Donatella, who will be known to many as designer of the Versace fashion house, has decided that she will never stop wearing mini-skirts, no matter her age.

At the age of 63, when many people are thinking about slowing down and covering up a little more, Ms Versace, a mother-of-two, is living in up, showing off her fabulous legs and isn't at all worried about what people may think.

Speaking about the Versace brand, the fashion icon recently said that in life the important thing is that "while you have to keep moving things forward and refining, you must never think your age".

"And you certainly mustn't dress your age," she added.

What a great way to look at life.

Another wonderful example is Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President Emmanuel Macron, who, at the age of 65, can often be seen at official events alongside her husband, wearing many a fancy mini-skirt and why not, she has gorgeous legs.

Many of us can only dream of looking like this beautiful lady when we are 65.

So come on ladies, let's throw on a tank top and team it with some mid-rise jeans and throw in some hair gadgets, loud accessories and an overly-decorated, bejewelled hobo handbag.

We're only here once, might as well look good while we're here.

So, who's for pink glitter hot pants?


Ok people, finally the great mystery has been cracked.

Scientists have found that watching scary films can make a person reach for fattier foods and gain weight.

According to new research carried out by the Lebanese American University in New York, violent or tense films have been proven to leave people feeling stressed, nervous, exhausted and grabbing snacks for consolation.

But viewers of romantic comedies or narrative films did not show the same emotional response – and did not eat as much chocolate or crisps.

So, there we have it.

No more scary movies - romance only from now.

Sorry guys.



Spring is just around the corner, so how do you fancy winning some outdoor fun.

Streamvale Farm, located in Dundonald on the outskirts of east Belfast, opens for the new season on March 16 and as one of Northern Ireland’s top family attractions, has loads on offer for both children and their parents.

Kids can begin their visit by getting close to some of the farm’s cutest residents, enjoying cuddle time with newborn chicks and puppies before moving into the barn where they can feed the lambs and bunny rabbits.

They can visit the alpacas and piglets before enjoying the pony grooming.

Visitors can also watch the cows being milked.

There’s free tractor rides and barrel rides or you can check out the dog agility demonstrations as well as the indoor and outdoor play areas, pedal go-karts and Puppy Play Time.

After all that, why not enjoy a well-deserved cuppa or an ice-cream in the on-site café?

I have three family passes for Streamvale Farm to give away to two lucky readers.

If you fancy winning a pass, simply email your name, address and telephone number – along with the answer to the question below – to

Closing date for entries is 12 noon on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

(Q) In which area on the outskirts of east Belfast is Streamvale Farm located?

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The winners of the Into The Night competition are Helen Rooney, from Newcastle, Marian Doran, from Omagh, Marcella Lavery, from Lurgan, Harry McCourt, from Banbridge, and Angela Curran, from Tempo.

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