It’s all about you!

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We read a lot in the me­dia about dif­fer­ent so­cial groups crit­i­cis­ing each other – ap­par­ently the baby boomers think mil­len­ni­als are the lazy me-me-me gen­er­a­tion, whereas mil­len­ni­als think their baby boomer par­ents had it easy with their free ed­u­ca­tion and cheap houses.

in re­al­ity, how­ever, in our real lives and in our homes, the gen­er­a­tions are get­ting along to­gether just fine – bet­ter than ever ac­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to our fea­ture Meet the Bil­len­ni­als on page 70. peo­ple in their for­ties, fifties, six­ties and be­yond are de­ter­mined to stay mod­ern and in the know, and young peo­ple don’t feel the need to rebel any more, so the bound­aries of age are be­ing bro­ken down. in a re­cent sur­vey, 80% of mil­len­ni­als said they have the same taste as their par­ents when out shop­ping and reg­u­larly take their ad­vice.

it’s a far cry from when i was 20. i adored my mum and dad but i couldn’t wait to leave home, even though i did move to a pretty grotty flat-share in north lon­don. and as for fash­ion – i was into new ro­man­tic ruf­fle neck blouses worn with tar­tan trousers and out­ra­geous make-up – a far cry from my mum’s smart, slightly fifties style. the idea that we would share clothes would have made us laugh out loud.

fast-for­ward 30 odd years and it’s a dif­fer­ent story. i was brows­ing around the char­lotte til­bury counter in john lewis with my 18-year-old daugh­ter gra­cie re­cently and it re­ally struck me how things have moved on. this isn’t an older make-up brand or a younger brand, it’s just a glam­orous range for ev­ery­one and that sums up how we all shop now. gra­cie and i both bought lip­sticks, then moved on to zara where we also both found things we liked.

a pi­o­neer and bril­liant role model for liv­ing life to the fullest has got to be jane fonda (page 10). we don’t of­ten put amer­i­can celebs on our cover but jane is such an in­ter­est­ing and fab­u­lously re­bel­lious woman (even now she’s 80 – yes re­ally!) that we thought we would make an ex­cep­tion. one of my favourite tv shows is

Grace and Frankie on net­flix. if you haven’t dis­cov­ered it yet i would re­ally rec­om­mend it as it cel­e­brates the im­por­tance of fe­male friend­ship in such a hi­lar­i­ous way. i was also keen to run this cover be­cause i couldn’t re­sist tulea, the dog who is jane’s pride and joy. we seem to have a bit of a dog theme go­ing this is­sue as you’ll see on page 76, where the bril­liant jour­nal­ist lynne truss writes about the joy of own­ing one. My chil­dren pestered me for years to buy our first dog, lulu the westie, and i’ve never re­gret­ted it. i was never re­ally a dog per­son be­fore but i cer­tainly am now – i can’t imag­ine how quiet it would be at home with­out lulu and our slightly bonkers cock­apoo carter greet­ing me en­thu­si­as­ti­cally when i walk through the door.

our theme this month is lov­ing sum­mer, lov­ing life, and i sincerely hope you’re all do­ing just that. for me it’s as sim­ple as tak­ing the dogs for a walk on the beach. and per­haps a chilled glass of fizz. cheers to that!

kath Brown editor, woman&home

“For me, lov­ing life is as sim­ple as tak­ing the dogs for a walk on the beach”

editor kath at the beach with lulu and carter

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