It’s all about you!
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