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Style Icons Over 50

Ever heard the saying, age is just a number?

At Chums, our focus is to offer comfortable, stylish clothing designed to make our customers look and feel great. So it’s only right that we have our own style icons to admire.

At 78, Morgan Freeman is a prime example of how to keep cool and current. We’ve known him as Hoke Colburn, ‘Red’ and even God over the years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is his suave sense of style.

Morgan is seen here spicing up a classic look with an eye-catching yellow tie. Sometimes, less is simply more.

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The former 007 didn’t let hitting his sixties stop him from dressing to impress, Pierce Brosnan is pictured here looking super smart in his summer attire. He’s got the look down to a T with this beige linen suit.

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With summer upon us, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to get a taste of Pierce’s linen look. We’ve even got our own version here.

The list can seem endless when it comes to the likes of George Clooney, Richard Gere and Denzel Washington. As Coco Chanel famously said, “Fashion passes, style remains”.

This definitely applies to these three glamorous ladies.

Mary Berry looks radiant in this full length navy number, a timeless classic.  She might be 80 years of age but the Great British Bake Off star never fails to impress when it comes to stepping onto the red carpet.

Mary’s elegant style is common knowledge after her famous, floral Zara bomber jacket appearance on GBBO. This caused the jacket to sell out worldwide, just 48 hours after the show aired. Talk about being a style icon!

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Dame Judi Dench, most famously known as M, has a habit of stealing the show at Bond premieres. At 70 years old, she knows how to put on a show, both on and off screen.

Her tasteful pixie hair cut is always perfectly styled, and an elegant necklace in place completes her look.

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The award winning actress, Helen Mirren shows us how to dress like a Queen in this ruby red fishtail dress.

The jewel embellishment wasn’t the only thing drawing people’s attention that night, as Helen came away with 4 wins at the Golden Globe awards. She simply has it all!

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We hope our stylish celebrities stand out to you as much as they do us, after all everyone needs to get inspiration from somewhere.

And like fine wines, the best only improve with age.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

It can be tough buying a Father’s Day gift for the man who has everything, but this year Chums may have the perfect suggestion for that much deserving dad.

Whether they’re pottering around the house or relaxing in the living room, a Roberts Dab Radio (£169.99) is a timeless Father’s Day gift that never goes out of style.

Your dad certainly won’t let you down in the style stakes if you pick him up a pair of these Farah Slant Pocket Trousers, which are only( £27.99) and come in an array of colours to suit his style.


Ideal for a rainy afternoon, or even a sunny one, the Portapuzzle, (£29.99), is perfect for the problem solver dad who wants to take things at his own pace. The felt surface holds the puzzle pieces in and the folding case means he can store it away to finish off another day.


It’s not always possible to help your older relatives out as much as you’d like, so why not give them a helping hand with their daily routines by calling in Extra Help. This handy service offers help with shopping, preparing meals, cleaning and more.


Buying your dad a National Trust Membership doubles up as a gift for the rest of the family. What better way to spend a day than quality time with your family than taking a stroll around a stunning stately home or gorgeous garden. The National Trust also offers a special senior deal for over 60s if they’ve previously been a member for more than five years in the last 10 years.

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Make getting out and about that bit easier with this revolving car cushion (£14.99) – it revolves 360 degrees to prevent potential strain when getting into position and the comfy pad makes the journey much more enjoyable.

Whether you’re having a day out with dad or helping at home, we hope you’re Father’s Day is just as special as he is!

By Julaine Speight content writer at Chums



Happy Birthday Winnie Blagden

When we heard that Sheffield resident, Winnie Blagden was approaching her 100th birthday with no surviving relatives, Chums wanted to ensure she had a birthday to remember. We gift wrapped a Chums Crew Neck cardigan in pastel blue and sent it to Winnie to celebrate her big day, along with a few other treats.

After BBC Radio Sheffield put an appeal on Facebook for gifts the response was overwhelming. More than 16,000 people globally sent a birthday card to Winnie, so after the unbelievable generosity from the general public, we were very pleased to see that Winnie chose to wear her Chums cardigan to mark her special day!


(It looks a shade darker but it’s definitely one of ours)

Here is some further information for the Telegraph on Winnie’s special day.

So once again a big happy birthday Winnie, we hope you enjoyed your celebrations.

June Health Tips

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Image credit: Daniella Segura

Eating peanuts good for health of arteries claims new research

Peanuts – the most popular snack in the UK – do more than provide a tasty treat, as scientists have discovered they could help the body’s network of blood vessels too.

Peanuts are actually legumes (seeds that grow in pods) and are an excellent source of protein.

Experts split a group of 15 overweight men into two groups. Half had a shake that included 3oz of ground peanuts. The other half had the shake (without the peanuts) but it was the same in terms of energy and nutrients.

The men that had the peanut shake had better functioning blood vessels afterwards than did the other group.

“Peanuts are a healthy snack when eaten as part of a healthy diet,” says lead researcher Xiaoran Liu. “Previous studies have shown that individuals who consume peanuts more than two times a week have a lower risk of coronary heart disease. This study indicates that the protective effect of peanut consumption could be due, in part, to its beneficial effect on artery health.”

But remember that peanuts are very full of energy, so use them as a replacement for other calories, rather than an addition.

Source, Jump Start Mind, Body & Soul:



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John Morgan

Hot stuff! Folic acid may help older people cope with heat waves

Taking folic acid can improve blood vessel dilation in older people, according to new research, so folic acid supplements could be an inexpensive way to help older people increase skin blood flow during heat waves and reduce possible cardiovascular events.

“We know that when older adults are exposed to heat, their bodies are not able to increase skin blood flow to the same extent that young subjects do, and as a consequence, older adults are at a greater risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, during environmental heat waves,” explains Anna Stanhewicz, who is involved in the work. “When young, healthy people are exposed to heat, their bodies increase blood flow to the skin and this increased flow, combined with sweating, helps to cool the body down.”

This is partly because older blood vessels cannot make enough nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is produced by the blood vessels using an enzyme that needs a cofactor called BH4. As people age, their levels of BH4 decrease.

The research team previously found that when they gave BH4 to older adults they were able to produce more nitric oxide. And the new study showed that folic acid increased nitric oxide production by increasing BH4.

“The bottom line is that folic acid supplementation increased nitric oxide production in older blood vessels,” Anna Stanhewicz says.

Source, Jump Start Mind, Body & Soul:


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Man-made broccoli compound may become a future osteoarthritis treatment

A new drug based on a substance found in broccoli could offer hope to people with osteoarthritis, says research presented at a conference.

The therapy is based on a man-made version of sulforaphane, which is a compound found in vegetables such as cabbage, sprouts and broccoli.

Experts have found that the compound blocks enzymes that destroy joint cartilage and processes that cause inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. But people would have to consume immense amounts for it to have an effect.

But now a team has cleverly managed to incorporate sulforaphane into a medication called Sulforadex (SFX-01), in which a single dose provides as much sulforaphane as eating around 2.5 kg of broccoli in a day.

Lab tests showed that SFX-01 improved bone architecture, balance and movement.

A spokeswoman from Arthritis Research UK comments:

“We know that sulforaphane helps to block inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, but so far it has been difficult to see how this finding could be applied to humans without them having to consume vast amounts of broccoli every day. This new research could take us a step closer to being able to take a daily supplement.”

Source, Arthritis Digest:



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Cats relax to the sound of music – and classical is top of their list

It is widely accepted that, in humans, music relaxes the body, mind and soul and an extensive body of research indicates that these benefits extend even to patients under general anaesthesia. And it appears that the same could go for cats.

“In the surgical theatres at the faculty where I teach and at the private veterinary medical centre where I spend my time operating, environmental music is always present, and is an important element in promoting a sense of wellbeing in the team, the animals, and their owners,” explains lead researcher, Miguel Carreira. “Different music genres affect individuals in different ways. During consultations I have noticed, for example, that most cats like classical music, particularly George Handel compositions, and become more calm, confident and tolerant throughout the clinical evaluation.”

The research team studied 12 female pet cats undergoing surgery and recorded their respiratory rate and pupil diameter at various points to gauge their depth of anaesthesia. The cats, which had been fitted with headphones, were exposed to two minutes of silence (as a control), followed randomly by two minutes each of classical music, gentle pop music and heavy metal.

The results showed that the cats were in a more relaxed state under the influence of classical music, with the pop music producing intermediate values. By contrast, the heavy metal music produced the highest values, indicating a more stressful situation.

The clinicians conclude that the use of certain music genres in the surgical theatre may allow a decrease in the amount of anaesthetic needed, in turn reducing the risk of undesirable side effects and thus promoting patient safety.

Next the team is going to look at if dogs are affected in the same way.



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Celebrating pets and the elderly

National Pet Month was celebrated earlier this summer and the theme was Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together. The following points were highlighted:

  • Pet owners make fewer visits to their GP. Research in Germany found that those with pets paid 15% fewer visits to their doctor, with dog owning pensioners visiting their GP 21% less than non-dog owners.
  • Pets help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress. Even a simple act such as stroking a pet or watching fish swim in an aquarium lowers anxiety and blood pressure, reducing heart rates even in stressful situations.
  • Pets help make us more active. Dog walking, for example, can help reduce obesity, which is a £5 billion burden on the NHS each year.
  • Pets do wonders for our social lives. In social settings, for instance, owning a dog can lead to more social interaction plus pets can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Pets have a wonderful role to play as we grow older. Pets in care homes can have a transformative effect on residents, combatting loneliness. Aquariums have been found to improve behaviour in dementia units and when placed in dining rooms have even managed to improve appetites!

<<walking dog>> Image credit: FaceMePLS



Time to get blooming marvellous at Chelsea

Is the talent at Chelsea Flower Show inspiring you to give gardening a go?

Well we’ve got all the tools to get the job done, so we’ve put some top tips together to get you started.

  1. Organic fertilisers, compost and mulching materials all enhance the nutrient level and encourage life
  2. Bright light washes out cooler colours, so blues, greens and purples are better suited to shaded areas
  3. To achieve the best and most natural effect, never plant bulbs in a row. Plant them in clumps of at least five, seven or nine.
  4. Experiment by positioning plants in their pots before putting them in the ground. That way you can move them around and adjust them to arrive at the best look
  5. Autumn is the perfect time to collect seeds of hardy annuals, sweet peas and other favourites
  6. Seeds need to be kept cool, dark and dry over the winter. Store envelopes containing seeds in an old ice-cream carton or biscuit tin and put it in the fridge
  7. Roses are the highlight of the summer garden, but if you have only a small plot, look for roses that flower all summer long
  8. And finally… the joy of gardening is that nobody ever gets it right first time. Or even second time, it’s important to enjoy yourself

If you’re in need of a visual goal, look at our favourite displays from 2012. Impressive?

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What are you waiting for? Get growing.

By Hollie Stirrup, content writer at Chums


It’s never too late

If you could live your life again, what would you like to do, that you missed the first time round? Travel to new places, learn another language, master a musical instrument or further your education? We’ve been inspired by a recent story about Marie Hunt, who has just been awarded her high school diploma at the grand old age of 103.

Mrs Hunt, from Wisconsin, felt unable to complete her eighth grade diploma in 1928, due to pressures of the commute to school and the need to help raise her siblings. Now living in an assisted home, a hospice nurse overheard her talking about how not completing high school was her biggest regret in life. The nurse spoke to officials from River Valley High School, and the Spring Green School District gave her the diploma at a ceremony at her living facility last week.

Some people are ‘late bloomers’, unable to find their raison d’etre until much later in life.

Hugely successful British actor Alan Rickman was a graphic designer before pursuing an acting career at the age of 28, only getting his first real break into theatre when he was in his 40s. Much loved BAFTA winning British actress Liz Smith became a professional actress at the age of 50 and has since starred in a variety of roles on British television and in Hollywood movies.

Many popular writers didn’t publish their first major work until later in life. Mary Wesley wrote two children’s books in her late fifties, but didn’t write her first novel until she became a widow at the age of 70. During her lifetime, she sold three million books including 10 bestsellers in the last 20 years of her life. Her bestselling Camomile Lawn was made into a popular television series.

In the fashion world, Ralph Lauren, at 75, is still in charge of his $5 billion empire. Dress maker and personification of muted elegance, Jean Muir worked right up until her death at the age of 67, as did Coco Chanel, who was sticking to her usual routine of preparing that year’s spring catalogue when she died aged 87.

So perhaps you don’t have to think about what you’d do if you could live your life over again, after all. If these tales of people achieving great things later in life has inspired you, then don’t let age stop you from achieving your secret ambition. After all, it’s never too late.


Just a number

You’re only as old as you feel. Well this is certainly true of the folk in our brand new feature below. We take a look at some truly amazing people doing incredible things and not letting anything get in their way.  Why don’t you read on and see if you’re inspired?

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They say age is just a number, and South African great-grandmother, Georgina Harwood, is most definitely the living embodiment of this. Last month she chose to celebrate her 100th birthday in a rather unusual way – by jumping out of a plane!
Being strapped to a young man while hurtling thousands of feet towards the ground, might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but Georgina certainly looked as though she enjoyed herself! Her family was there to cheer her on and to hand her a flute of pink champagne when she landed.

And Georgina’s not the only one living life to the full!

What about 92 year-old Arthur Gilbert, the world’s oldest triathlete?  He took part in his first race at the age of 64, and completed a recent triathlon in Somerset (diving into a 500m swim, before taking on a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run) in just two hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds.

Mr Gilbert, a veteran of the Second World War who worked at the Westland helicopter plant, loves staying fit and active. He goes to the gym twice a week, cycles 25 miles every Sunday and swims 50 lengths of his local pool every morning.
And look at Dr Charles Eugster! A Londoner who now lives in Zurich, he recently broke the record for indoor running (in the over 95 category) at the British Masters Championships in March, after only taking up sprinting a year ago.

Running isn’t the only activity Dr Eugster loves to take part in. He’s also a fan of rowing, winning some 40 gold medals in competitions. He also took up body building at the tender age of 87.
These stories might leave you feeling a little out of breath, but they all show the importance of staying active throughout your life.

There is strong evidence suggesting that just 30 minutes of moderate activity every day can have significant health benefits, keeping you fit and well whatever comes your way.  The NHS Choices website has a number of suggestions about how to incorporate activity into your daily life as well as some pointers to get you started. Don’t worry, they don’t mention sky diving, or even a little half marathon.
If you’d like us to feature someone you know or an inspirational story you’ve come across, why not get in touch via Facebook or Twitter? We’d love to hear from you, and if we feature your story, you could win a £25 Chums voucher.





Behind the scenes with Chums


Summer may be just on the horizon, but we believe it is never too early to start thinking about your winter wardrobe.

We recently gained a behind the scenes sneak preview of the brand new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection from Chums during a recent photoshoot. Here’s a little insight into the fantastic new lines and what to wear this winter.


Chums is known for its comfortable, practical and stylish men’s and women’s wear and its new ranges are no exception; this winter sees the brand tapping into bold and bright colour blocking and classic checks.

Gentlemen, it’s time to connect with your inner lumberjack as this winter, checked shirts are a must-have. This wardrobe essential is perfect teamed with denim for a casual look or dressed up with chinos/trousers for something slightly smarter.

Ladies, brighten up the grey days with a pop of colour. We loved the bold red coat, perfect for winter walks or meeting a friend in town for lunch.


DSC_0040For both menswear and womenswear, navy has been strongly tipped as this season’s go-to colour. Keep an eye out for the men’s navy jackets to make sure you look stylish in comfort for any occasion.


Old dog, new tricks…

We all get twinges from time to time – painful and stiff joints that can make some everyday tasks a bit of a chore. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cure-all to make all these aches disappear?
Sadly, we haven’t found one yet, but we have discovered plenty of handy gadgets to make daily life that little bit easier.

Here are some of our favourites:
Sock Aid Is your back playing up again? Having trouble reaching down to put your socks on? Then take a look at the Ezy-On Sock Aid. This clever gizmo helps you open your socks wide enough to get your foot in. Once the sock is on, simply pull away from the frame – it should slide off perfectly.

Soxon Sock

If bending down is a bit of an issue, you might find it easier to use The Soxon Sock and Stocking Aid. The large looped handles make it easy for those with a weak grasp or recovering from hip or knee surgery to slide their stockings on to their feet.

Jar Opener

For those of you who have trouble opening those pesky jam jars, why don’t you take a look at this top gadget? The Pifco Battery Operated Jar Opener will make sure that removing tops from jars will no longer be a problem. Simply place over the jar, press the button and off they come.


If you’ve got a lot on your plate, then this Height Adjustable Trolley will come in really handy. It’s easy to assemble and the base tray is set slightly forward to give you plenty of legroom when pushing it through the house. Four large castors and angled easy grip handles means it can turn on a penny – handy for manoeuvring round furniture!

Car Cushion

And what about those of us who have trouble getting out of the car gracefully? Well, fortunately we have the Revolving Car Cushion to help us. This comfortable, padded miracle revolves 360 degrees to make going for a drive a breeze.

Do you have any handy ‘new tricks’? Why don’t you let us know about them on our Facebook or Twitter page?