Happy Friday everyone! Elizabeth (the Vintage Contessa) and I are here on Friday (she accommodated me) instead of our usual last Thursday of the month. Things are a little busy for us as we are moving in two weeks. At any rate, I am so happy to feature the sassy Deborah Darling today. I absolutely adore her style. How many can wear a man’s shirt, Chuck Taylors, and jeans and look so chic? Let’s take a peek into Deborah’s bespoke style. Welcome to Ageless Style-Deborah Darling.
AGELESS STYLE-DEBORAH DARLING
I love that you didn’t start modeling until your 50’s. How has that changed your life?
When I sent my photographs to a modeling agency I was working for an IT company as a technical writer. When I got my first couple of modeling jobs a friend suggested that I start an Instagram account for my photographs (what’s Instagram, said I!). I didn’t realize it at the time but recording this new journey on social media would give me the perfect opportunity to challenge negative stereotypes around aging. As this has become my full-time occupation, I guess you could say that starting modeling changed my life completely by setting it on a completely different course!
Tell us the story about your name.
Years ago work colleagues started calling me Deborah Darling. I am not sure exactly how it started, but it caught on quickly, and before long family and friends starting using it too. I loved the name, and when I was looking for a domain name in early 2008 I chose deborahdarling.com so it goes back more than 13 years. These days I feel more like Deborah Darling than Deborah Chambers! (Some of my friends call me Miss Darling, I love that too.)
Did you begin blogging as a result of the modeling or before?
I created my Instagram account where I started spreading my message after I started modeling. (I don’t have a traditional blog.)
Has your blog evolved over time or has your concept remained the same from the start?
When I started out on this journey I didn’t have a definite plan, I intended to use Instagram to store my photographs (I didn’t have a clue what it was or how it worked at that time). When my following started to grow, and people started reaching out to talk to me about what I was doing, I realized that women really needed to hear that it’s okay to grow older, it’s okay to have wrinkles and grey hair, and that it is possible to try new things no matter how old we are, so that really solidified my mission and my message.
What do you find most rewarding about blogging?
I love the idea that I might be instrumental in shifting someone’s perception about getting older. If I can inspire someone to try something new or to make a change in their lives for the better then I feel that my job is done. I get lots of messages from women telling me that something I said in a post gave them a new perspective and made them feel better about themselves. Those messages are the most rewarding thing ever.
Who Inspires You and Why?
At the moment I am very inspired by Joan MacDonald (@trainwithjoan on Instagram).
When Joan was in her early 70s she embarked on a fitness journey and has completely transformed herself from being unfit and out-of-shape to being an absolute powerhouse of fitness and strength, inspiring millions of women to make healthy changes.
What is your favorite accessory?
I feel lost when I am not wearing one of my big bold rings.
What are your favorite color combinations?
I seem to feel most like “me” when I wear a base of black or grey, although I do add colour in my accessories. (My home, on the other hand, is a riot of colour!)
How would you define your own personal style?
Ageless urban chic (I think I made that up 🙂 )
Do you have a signature piece that defines your style?
I love my black leather biker-style jacket. I wear it year-round with almost everything!
I notice you have a darling home. Do you dress like your home?
I am a bit of a collector so my spaces quickly become mini Deborah Darling museums. I buy mostly second-hand items for my home, I love that the idea of old things having their own history, their own soul. I use lots of colour in my home and I like to create layers of interesting things. (I am mesmerized by Linda Rodin’s apartment!)
What are your favorite beauty products and why can’t you live without them?
I apply sunblock every morning, whether I am going to be out in the sun or not. I am using one from la Roche-Posay at the moment, it works like a bomb, and doesn’t burn my eyes.
I must have eyebrows! I have had micro blading because my own brows are very fair and almost non-existent. I add taupe pencil or powder to them for extra definition.
I also love a red lip, I am searching for the perfect one since MAC discontinued my favorite colour 🙁
Lancôme Monsieur Big mascara is my go-to for great volume.
Do you have any style rules that you live by, or do you choose to break the rules?
I don’t have any hard and fast style rules and I am not a slave to fashion, I wear what feels right for me. Having said that, I do keep one eye on current trends, so that I don’t miss any big changes in shapes and styles, missing those shifts can really date us.
Do you have a particular diet and or exercise regime that you follow
I walk to the gym every weekday morning and do cardio and then some strength training. (This routine has been a bit interrupted of late due to the lockdown, but at the moment gyms are open.)
I try to live by Michael Pollan’s wise words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
I stopped eating meat about 18 months ago and am reducing the number of animal products in my diet.
Do you have any anti-aging foods and or supplements that are your go to’s
I don’t subscribe to the idea of anti-aging in cosmetics, so I don’t buy products that promote looking younger as their central message. I believe that it is a great privilege to be growing older and to have the lines to prove it.
What advice do you have for women over 50 ?
Don’t believe what you hear, it’s never too late.
SHOP DEBORAH’S URBAN CHIC AGELESS STYLE LOOK
Thank you so much Deborah for allowing us a peek into your urban-chic style. You can follow Deborah on Instagram here, and on Youtube here. I am personally inspired to go out and buy a pair of Chuck Taylor 70’s in mens. I did not know they now have an orthotic insert. I adore them but quit wearing them because of the comfort level. Chucks here I come! You might also enjoy my ageless style interview with another chic gray-haired beauty Kerry Lou here. I hope you all enjoyed Ageless Style-Deborah Darling. I sure did! Now pop over and see who Elizabeth is interviewing. She always finds someone fascinating.