Women have always endured some suffering in the name of beauty and mostly to impress men

Milly's birthday bow glasses from her friend Mary

Milly’s birthday bow glasses from her friend Mary

Personally I don’t think it makes any difference to men whatsoever

Simple Beauty

I’ve always had a good skin. I think this is because –

I rarely wash it,

I don’t fuss with it,

I use a cheap, but impressive moisturiser, Aveeno, as I’ve mentioned before.

My advice for an effective beauty regime concentrate on your best features keep it simple and natural, you don’t want foundation layered all over your face like a paint-by-numbers kit.

Things are too complicated so make them simpler. My skin care is straightforward. Continue reading

Do you have to age when you grow old?

Milly says - I can sit after breakfast and do really good eyebrows

Milly says – I can sit after breakfast and do really good eyebrows

To age or not to age? A talk at the Bevy and being the oldest person in the room

 Last week I went to  The Bevy in Bevendean,

“the first community-owned state pub and cafe in the UK “

‘Brains at the Bevy’ is a series  talks from local academics. Ours was called

“How we grow old, why we grow old and what we can do about it?’”

by Richard Faragher from the University of Brighton.

Shula suggested I go as I’m really old

I turned up in my purple wheelchair, dressed in my new culottes and flowery top from Top Shop; ready to let everyone know exactly how I’ve arrived at 100 years. Continue reading

Man publishes lifetime of poems to show his love for wife Milly Rich

Man publishes lifetime of poems to show his love for wife Milly Rich January 2012

Man publishes lifetime of poems to show his love for wife Milly Rich January 2012

Milly Rich in the Mirror online

They never had a party to celebrate their marriage, they didn’t have a single wedding photograph and they couldn’t afford a honeymoon, but 72 years later this adorable couple could be the most romantic pair in Britain.

They never had a party to celebrate their marriage, they didn’t have a single wedding photograph and they couldn’t afford a honeymoon, but 72 years later this adorable couple could be the most romantic pair in Britain.

This Valentine’s Day, 100-year-old war veteran Moss Rich became Britain’s oldest working poet, deciding to publish the love poems written for his wife over their decades together.

The pair first met in 1939 at a performance at London’s Unity Theatre. Continue reading

How to turn a negative into a positive

Perky pensioners newspaper keeper Milly Rich aged 96 crop V1

Milly with Lisa Shaw, Fitness Expert

Perky pensioners newspaper keeper Milly Rich aged 96 crop v2

Milly with Lisa Shaw, Fitness Expert

I have lymphedema but I’ve put it to good use

I was born with lymphedema, swollen legs which get worse over time. For this reason I have to keep very fit with exercise and at 99 years old I can still touch my toes. If I did not suffer from lymphedema I might not be so fit.

Perky pensioners newspaper keeper Milly Rich aged 96 crop V1

Continue reading

How to make the perfect cup of tea

There is always time for tea poster, Shula's office poster

Shula’s office poster

A cup of tea is Never a waste of time

I do love a good cup of tea but everyone has a preference, I’m not sure that my good cup of tea lines up with other people’s good cup of tea. A good cup of tea in my book goes by the name of ‘Builders Tea’ and the usual analysis is that it’s only a proper cup of tea if the spoon can stand up in it! In answer to the age-old question ‘does the milk go in first or last?’ …. Continue reading

Vitamins, another waste of time in my opinion!

Milly Rich, breakfast at aged 99

Milly Rich, breakfast at aged 99

My everyday breakfast has all the vitamins I need

I believe vitamins are expensive wee! I don’t think people should take vitamin pills unless they are deprived of proper nutrients, a bit like the sailors who used to travel for months on board ships and suffered from scurvy due to lack of fruit and veg.

I think I am perfectly fine without them and so are most people if they eat a balanced diet. I’ve survived 99 years without resorting to vitamins. Continue reading

My Beauty routine 3 steps, 5 minutes

Milly Rich, 97 years old, 2015, Brighton, England

Milly Rich, 97 years old, 2015, Brighton, England

looking perfectly presentable for 99 years OLD

I read the average make up / beauty routine these days includes 27 steps and takes 40 minutes!

Who on earth has the time to do that every day?

My beauty routine has always been a quick one. Water and moisturiser.  I use Aveeno moisturiser  that works for me, I believe, although I’m not sure what I would look like if I didn’t use it. It’s says its got oatmeal in, so I’m porridged inside and out.

People always say I have a lovely skin but to me it looks exactly like everyone else’s. Continue reading

How to create your own destiny and make your life exactly what you want it to be

My father’s invention

Morris Levrant Air-tight valve for pneumatic tires 1911, Patent US999506

Morris Levrant Air-tight valve for pneumatic tires 1911, Patent US999506

Be it known that I, MORRIS LEVRANT, a citizen of the Empire of Russia, and a resident of Brooklyn, city of New York, county of Kings, State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Air-Tight Valves for Pneumatic Tires, of which the following is a specification.”

My father, Morris Levrant, made his own destiny

I come from a family of people who invented their own destinies and we are still doing it. Character attracts circumstance, the sort of person you are attracts what happens to you and I’ve always been in charge of my own destiny.

Having said that I’ve had no experience of the world at all actually, even though I’ve lived through two world wars, because I met my husband when I was just 18 and still at art school.

My mother came over from Moldavia with her family as refugees in the late 1800s. Continue reading

Is it OK to have too much of anything?

Milly Rich aged 99 reading her morning newspaper July 2017

Milly can’t eat breakfast without a newspaper

Everything in moderation except reading

I’m a night person; I don’t like daytime so I don’t tend to spend much time in the sun. I don’t need to worry about my skin ageing from too much sun

Some people are addicted to getting a suntan, I’m addicted to print, I don’t know when that was aroused but if I see print that’s it, I just don’t move, it’s an addiction. Continue reading

How can there be an “intelligence” with so many wicked things happening in the world?

Milly and Shula Rich 1948, Balham, London

Milly and Shula Rich 1948, Balham, London

The whole purpose of life is continuity

Does everything have a purpose?

Everything fulfils a purpose, but that may not have been its intention.

If you say something has an intention, that indicates an intelligence.

I think there is no intelligence, I think it’s all random.

How can there be an intelligence with so may wicked things happening in the world?

I don’t believe in God and whilst I am on the subject why do people always refer to God as a man? Continue reading

Can you make your own luck?

Milly Rich aged 99 conchology cabinet shell collection July 2017

Milly Rich’s conchology cabinet. Some shells are considered lucky.

What exactly is luck? How can one define luck?

People are often quick to say ‘I’m  lucky ‘or ‘I’m not a lucky person’.

Well what is luck? I could say that-

“I’m lucky to have my daughter”

or I could say

“She’s lucky to have me”, or – “we’re lucky to have each other”

You could say you were lucky if you found £5 on the pavement, but that is and isn’t luck, it certainly isn’t lucky for the person who lost it!

I think people are wrong about luck. Continue reading

Comfortable shoes are even more important than you think

Milly, Shula, Norina at Gavin and Phalla Wedding 2005, photo by Fraser Grey

Milly, Shula and Norina at Gavin and Phalla’s Wedding, 2005. Photo by Fraser Grey.

If your shoes aren’t comfortable it shows on your face

There’s nothing worse than painful feet. If you say your feet are ‘killing’ you it’s not a joke they probably are. They’re killing your looks, they’re killing your mood, they’re killing your attitude toward yourself. You can’t love yourself when your feet are killing you. If you don’t love yourself you’re going to find it very difficult to love anyone else you may be around.

Don’t wear shoes that are painful and ‘kill’ your feet. Continue reading

How to be Loved by Others

Milly & Shula Rich, Niece Caroline & Phil, sitting on the sofa all smiling

Me with Shula, my niece Caroline & her husband Phil

Look people in the eye and show kindness

My mobile phone is always with me but phones and technology can take over people’s lives. We can forget to show kindness and politeness to each other. I see people walk around with their heads down and their eyes on screens, earphones in their ears, meanwhile the world passes by without notice. Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know about me NO. 1.

Milly Rich, 97, showing the photo of her and Cyril Fletcher in 1969, almost 50 years later

Me at 97 years old. The photo of me with Cyril Fletcher taken in 1969.

IN OCTOBER 2017 I WILL BE 100 YEARS OLD

Having so far enjoyed a century of life, I have quiet a few thing to say! I’m hoping my regular blog posts will offer a little bit of laughter alongside my experiences on how to make the most of whatever life throws at you… Continue reading

No. 3. Expression. The ‘Great Beautifier’

Milly & Moss with a card from the Queen for 70th Wedding Anniversary, 2009

Milly & Moss Rich with a card from the Queen for their 70th Wedding Anniversary, 2009

…in my opinion

Is your expression. Nothing is more pleasing to look at than a pleasant expression. Nothing wins people over so immediately as a kind natural face. Don’t look forbidding… smile… not an ingratiating or a servile smile, just a ‘pleased to see you’ smile. Be a happy person; don’t frighten people before they’ve even come into your personal space. Continue reading

No. 4. I keep any troubles to myself (unless specifically asked to share them)

Milly & Moss in 'Let there be Love' a Mel C video, 2011

Milly & Moss Rich in ‘Let there be Love’ a Mel C video, 2011

Don’t unburden yourself on others

You can sometimes sense that a person is going to unload their troubles and unburden themselves on you.

I don’t want to know what keeps somebody awake at night.

People think its good to unload, but I don’t want to be dumped on.

No. 5. Early to bed does not necessarily make you beautiful

Milly asleep (I always sleep on my back!)

Milly asleep (I always sleep on my back!)

I’m a beauty, or so I’m told

But I’m also a night bird; I go to bed in the early hours of the morning and I get up at lunchtime.

When I get up and stagger to the bathroom I put my hair up quickly. I hardly ever wash it and I have no grey hair. Continue reading

She shares seashell from the seashore

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly donating her large collection of seashells

It was so lovely to donate seashells for everybody to see.

Milly - just to remind you. From Moss's book made just for Milly 'Anniversaries Come Every Year'

Milly – just to remind you. From Moss’s book made just for Milly ‘Anniversaries Come Every Year’

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

 

My 99th Birthday Party at the Bali Brasserie

Bali Brasserie menu for Millys 99 birthday party 2016

Milly celebrating at her 99th birthday party

Nornia & Milly celebrating at her 99th birthday party

Celebrating with friends and family

Next to me is Dorothy, Nigel & Gail to the left and Damian, cousin Genevieve’s husband to my right. Wendy is far right at the back. Tania with the camera phone on my right. Thank you Sarahjane for this photo. Norina & Milly together in the lower photo.

Argus newspaper reports Milly on BBC4

Milly Rich, Argus Newspaper 2012 and Passions on Film BBC4, 1956 Pathé Film

Milly Rich, Argus Newspaper 2012 and Passions on Film BBC4, 1956 Pathé Film

British Passions on Film, BBC4, 2012

When the phone rang it was the BBC. They couldn’t believe they found me. They looked up the Milly Rich from the Pathé pictorial made in 1956. They collected me and drove me to London and this is the result on film.

The producer Leslie Smith wrote to us:

Millie’s interview was absolutely wonderful and I know the entire nation will fall in love with her all over again when they see her.  Her passion and warmth and immaculate taste come shining through and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you both for coming to London for us! The programme would not be half as good without Millie and I am very much in your debt.

Milly & Moss’s 70th Wedding Anniversary

Platinum Wedding Anniversary

It was Milly & Moss’s 70th Platinum Wedding Anniversary on 9th October 2009. They received a card of congratulation from the Queen and were featured in the Evening Argus. They later celebrated on the 23rd October with a party at the Bali Brasserie, Kingsway Court, Hove.
Thanks to Sandra Barnet for this picture, Patrick Stoney for the video.

The oldest old girl at the Old Girls reunion

Old Girls reunion, Central Foundation Girls School, Spitalfields photo by Patricia Niven, 2014

Old Girls reunion, Central Foundation Girls School, Spitalfields photo by Patricia Niven, 2014

Central Foundation Girls School Reunion 2014

Great thanks to the Gentle Author Spitalfields Life Blog for organising all the girls. We had such a great time and made lots of noise. The reunion was in The Galvin restaurant michelin starred and very gourmet. This is the site of our old school hall. It’s ironic to think the girls were from the poorest families and now we are sitting in a restaurant for ‘high-net-worth’ individuals.

Galvin La Chapelle history

‘Europe’s only woman (seashell) importer’ British Pathé film

Millicent Rich, Sea Shells, 1956 film, British Pathé

Millicent Rich, Sea Shells, 1956 British Pathé film

Filmed in the Conran showroom 1956

Pathé Pictorials were shown during the interval between the A and B movie when you went to the ‘pictures’ in the 50s and 60s. They were also shown at News Theatres where you could see shorts while waiting for a train. I was asked to star in this for the reason it says in the movie: ‘Europe’s only woman (seashell) importer’! The film says it was shot in our ‘Balham flat’ Actually it was the Conran Showroom. I was 39.

Maybe the oldest beauty blogger in the world

Portrait of Milly Rich by Patricia Niven, 2014

Portrait of Milly Rich by Patricia Niven, 2014

BY MILLY RICH AGED 99

I maybe the oldest beauty blogger in the world. When I say…

“I’m 99 years old”

people say

“you don’t look it”

but I say

“what do you think 99 should look like?”

Photo by Patricia Niven, 2014 when Milly was 96 years old