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and jew­ellery, shop­ping till you drop This week, you’re en­gag­ing with the years – but be­ing your­self defini­titely NOT holding back

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HAPPY SHOP­PERS I loved read­ing Why can’t shop­ping be my hobby? (4 Septem­ber). I have al­ways said it’s my pas­time, only to be told that it can­not be a hobby. And I have al­ways replied, ‘Why? It re­laxes me and makes me go into a dream world for a few hours.’ I also love the wrap­ping and the bags. I love lux­ury but can’t re­ally af­ford it, so I save all year for the ex­pe­ri­ence and love see­ing friends and fam­ily’s faces when I get them a re­ally thought­ful and deluxe present. Caro­line

I felt a sense of re­lief read­ing Laura An­to­nia Jor­dan’s article about her love of shop­ping – ‘I’m not the only one!’. The last time I was asked what my hob­bies were, I was at the op­ti­cian’s. I couldn’t bring my­self to tell her the truth: that I love shop­ping (on­line mainly), and that fash­ion makes me re­ally happy… Why should I be ashamed to say that? Thanks, Grazia. Xanth

SEA­SONAL SAD­NESS I ap­pre­ci­ated the article Au­gust anx­i­ety: the strug­gle

is real (4 Septem­ber) as it re­minded me that I’m not alone. What is it about this year that we’re all feel­ing it? I had as­sumed that it was to do with my age (over 60 and still lov­ing Grazia) but I put a post on In­sta­gram, speak­ing about my sad­ness at sum­mer slid­ing away, and my chil­dren’s friends all re­lated to it. Life passes so quickly now. I know that lots of peo­ple love Christ­mas and have started the count­down, but can’t we just take a breath, ap­pre­ci­ate the end of sum­mer and slow things down a bit? Smell the ar­rival of au­tumn, kick up the dry, fallen leaves and watch the sea­son change? Wendy

B TEAM? NO, U TEAM! I just wanted to re­spond to the article Beta is bet­ter! (21 Au­gust) to say that while I can ap­pre­ci­ate that we need to recog­nise all of the qual­i­ties in the room at work, that doesn’t make beta bet­ter. I be­lieve true di­ver­sity will come when we stop talk­ing about gen­der or race or age or per­son­al­ity type and start talk­ing about di­ver­sity of thought. No­body gets to claim the bet­ter. What makes ev­ery­thing bet­ter is be­ing un­apolo­get­i­cally, in­di­vid­u­ally you. Natalie

OLDER AND WISER What a breath of fresh air Na­dine Bag­gott’s How anti-age­ing be­came old news (4 Septem­ber) was. When­ever I’m asked by a sales as­sis­tant if I’m in­ter­ested in their lat­est anti-age­ing or anti-wrin­kle prod­uct, I al­most self­com­bust! I also wear men’s fra­grance be­cause the scent is unique and ex­otic – but you should see some peo­ple’s ex­pres­sions when I tell them that. I have al­ways been a rebel in terms of wear­ing and us­ing what I want, when I want, whether it be male- or fe­male-spe­cific! Yes, we are all dif­fer­ent and yes we should be able to look and feel the best that we can. But we don’t need our ‘old age’ shoved down our (wrinkly old) throats. I say em­brace get­ting older, not get­ting old. Adele Yeo­mans

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