Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week, Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash!  She has  a list of impressive academic credentials that gives me faith in her  fitness recommendations– and she  has never steered me wrong.  Since I tend to gain weight in winter, I am especially excited about her new  cold weather exercise program.  I am actually looking forward to snow  just to try out her  winter routines.

This week  I am so excited to add  another beauty  site to Fashion Flash.  Beauty Info Zone has  great  product reviews and co-founder Marcia   likes to describe herself as the “Queen of Giveaways”.  She and her blog partner Lisa  are  make-up artists and educators  who have turned their passion for  all things beauty into a  highly ranked and popular beauty site.   I know you will  enjoy her … Continue Reading…

It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis  holiday week I am  hosting  Fashion Flash!  Its finally cold outside  and  my house is filled with cranberries, pumpkins and smells  of cloves  and cinnamon.  This week we have great tips on staying stylishly warm, holiday   health and fitness tips and  beauty advice to look  great all year  long.

Fashion  Flash is growing and in the upcoming weeks  we are adding amazing new fashion and beauty bloggers.  This week  Beth of Style At a Certain Age is  joining  our line-up and I know  you will become as much a fan of this great  fashion site  as I am.  I love to check out  fashion sites for  new tips to style what I already have in my closet.  So  many sites are  for  girls  that are younger than my daughters. ( Can someone tell me  who is Gigi Haddad  and why should I care what she wears … Continue Reading…

Are Telemeres the Key to Health and Beauty?

Q&A about hormonesQuestion:  What do you know about telemeres?  I’ve heard  that they hold the key  to anti-aging and produtcs with telemeres can prevent  wrinkles.  But they are really expensive so I want an honest opinion.  Are they worth the money?

Answer: This is a BIG question and it deserves a BIG answer. Telemeres are the tips of th DNA strands that control our cells.  They keep these protein chains from unraveling much the way  the plastic tips on shoe laces  keep the laces intact. Studies have shown that telemeres become shortened as we  get older and the shortened telemeres can’t protect the cellular DNA.  When the DNA is damaged, the cells can no longer reproduce and die off. Studies have shown that  people with diabetes, heart diseae and dementia  have shortened telemeres. The telemeres of wrinkled, sagging skin cells  are … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week Cindy  of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash.  IMO  she  has  the keenest  eyes and best insights into the best of skin care, hair care and fragrances.   Whenever  I need  a new product  I go to  Prime Beauty  to  check out her reviews.  Yes, she’s that  good.


Fashion Flash Book Review: The Little Book of Skin CareFashion Flash Book Review: The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho

Korean  skin care is one of the hottest  online beauty  topics.  I  have  received repeated questions  on the  pros and cons of this extensive  skin care  routinue and  I was excited to  get a review copy of  this new book.  Written by beauty blogger whose poular site offers hard to find skin care products, it … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logo Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Josephine of Chic at Any  Age is hosting Fashion Flash!  Have you ever seen a women  on the streets of Europe  with this special style– and wonder how  she  does it?   Josephine  who moves between London and San Tropez  has that special look and generously shares  her style secrets.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review: How to Get Dressed by Alison Freer.

Once upon a time, we got our style advice from magazines like Vogue, Glamour, and the late lamented Seventeen ad Madmoiselle.  It was  a one size fits all  solution aimed at  convincing us  to  buy more clothes. Today a wide ange of fashion experts are out there with a wide range of  information.   We can get advice … Continue Reading…

Can Hormones Make Me Look Younger?

Q&A about hormonesQuestion:  My sister started taking  hormones during menopause and she says its  keeping her young.  She says she  has more energy, better moods  and  is delighted that her hair seems  less dry and fragile. She does looks great, but I’ m afraid of risks like blood clots and breast cancer.   What would you advise?  And did I mention how great she looked?

Answer:  October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its the right time to answer this question. When estrogen  is given during menopause, it can have a definate  impact on the skin. Estrogen stimulates collagen production and during  menopause, estrogen naturally declines.  In fact certain types of collagen decrease as much as 50% in the few  three years  of  menopause.  Estrogen also regulates melanin production and a decline fo this  hormone increases brown spots and irregular pigmentation.

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Eczema– New Approach to an Old Problem

Eczema triggersMany people with eczema  have allergies or  have a family history of asthma  or  hay fever. Studies  have shown that up to 80% of children with eczem will go  to have asthma or  hey efver as adults. Given the role of allergies and inflammation in eczema there  are four  types of triggers:

1. Products that you use on the skin including detergents, buble bath, disinfectants and shampoos

2. Weather including hot weather, both low and high humidity and even getting over heated  from exercise

3.  Allergies including pollen, mold, dust mites  and foods like eggs, wheat and  nuts

4. Emotional and physical stress have been shown to trigger eczema outbreaks.  There have  alot of theories, but research points  to the activation of inflammatory chemicals in the body.

With all these  triggers, it seems like  just about everything  can bring  on … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoI am thrilled to be  hosting Fashion Flash!  In October, there are so  many landmarks.  Its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Diabetes Awareness Month and Eczema Awareness Month as well as Columbus Day and Halloween.  Like  all good  publications  our interests reflect our current isues and events:


*Melanie of Society Wellness has a recipe for  winter squash soup with pumpkin seeds that will rock your world

* Josephine of Chic  At Any Age loves that autumn is the season of soft russets and vibrant reds.  Our thoughts turn to keeping warm and making pumpkin soup. Hers is how to incorporate a flattering red sweater into your wardrobe.

*Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40  shows  us how to wear fall in soft colors

* Caryl of Second Lives Club  is watching the leaves  fall … Continue Reading…