Daily Mail - - Inspire - In­ter­view by FLORENCE SCORDOULIS

Deb­o­rah allen is a re­tired per­sonal as­sis­tant from Sur­rey. She has a 38-year-old son and a grand­son.


EV­ERY­ONE says I have a lovely smile. But this wasn’t al­ways the case: I used to have very crooked teeth — as my hus­band never failed to point out! Ten years ago, I de­cided to do some­thing about it. I didn’t want a fixed brace in my 40s, so in­stead went for a clear, re­mov­able In­visalign re­tainer

(in­ It cost about £4,000, but you could barely see it and my teeth were straight in two years. It’s never too late to make a change.


MY BLONDE eye­lashes have be­come sparser as I’ve got older. So, when I go on hol­i­day to Spain (about four times a year) I get lash ex­ten­sions from my lo­cal salon. They only cost about £30 and last a month. It may seem counter-in­tu­itive but they give me a much more nat­u­ral look as you don’t need mas­cara or eye­liner.


LOOK­ING nice doesn’t need to cost a for­tune. Now and then, I treat my­self at more ex­pen­sive places such as Karen Millen and Coast. But I also love Pri­mark and am on the look­out for bargains wher­ever I go. I’ve had some great finds at Sains­bury’s, Tesco and Asda, where I brought my favourite out­fit: a £14 bright pink dress with black flow­ers on.


YOU are what you do. De­spite re­tir­ing 18 months ago, I keep busy and do at least one to two hours of sport every day: spin­ning, swim­ming, run­ning, golf and 50-mile bike rides. I’ve also been play­ing in the same net­ball league for 30 years. My in­spi­ra­tion is a friend from my cy­cling club, still go­ing strong at 72!


A POS­I­TIVE at­ti­tude is key to stay­ing young. I couldn’t do this with­out my friends, who help me stay grounded and op­ti­mistic. It is so im­por­tant to in­vest qual­ity time in friend­ships: I am still in touch with peo­ple from way back at school. Plus, I’ve cre­ated an an­nual spa break tra­di­tion with an­other group of friends: we’ve been go­ing every year for the past decade.

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