The No-Nonsense Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

No-Nonsense Holiday GiftsHere is my special friends holiday  list. Maybe I’m over thinking   this list, but its important to me that  each gift  genuinely match each friend. In past years, I would brave crowds of shoppers then  search out boxes for shipping, then stand in post office lines and pay hefty fees for  shipping.  That was then, this is now.  I now click my  way to find the best of the best  and even better the sellers wrap and ship— often without cost. FYI  I am not affiliated with any of these companies and do not receive commission.


The Top Ten  No-Nonsense Holiday Gifts

1.   French Chic by Tish Jett ( Rizzoli, $30)

My neighbor just came back from her first trip to Paris and like most women, she  was mesmerized by   the seemingly inherent style of … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. In a sea of personal  and how- to blogs, Second Lives Club is a unique site that profiles  women who made large, wonderful changes in their lives.  Not only does it give me courage to reach a little further and try a little harder, Second Lives Club  shows life choice  pathways  that  actually work.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbrich

Betty Halbrich  is considered a fashion institution in NYC. She has worked with designs legends including Geoffrey Beene and  Chester Weinberg and for more than 25 years  she has run the personal shopper service at Bergdorf Goodman.  Her client list includes  some of the most photographed  in the world including  Lauren … Continue Reading…

The No-Nonsense Holiday Guide, Part I

When it comes to gifts, I don’t think its the thought that matters.  Most of the people I know have enough scarves, scented candles and picture frames to last a lifetime, and this type of generic gift does not  really show  how much I value their friendship.   I treasure gifts that  show thought and an awareness of  who I am.  For example, one of my all time favorite gifts was a tray of homemade moussaka.  We were all in grad  school in New Haven and both  money and time were in short supply.  Like me, Sheila  was a very young working  mom juggling a job, an old house and  limited daycare. When I realized that she had taken the time  to cook  this complicated dish, I burst into tears.   I loved  moussaka and she remembered how much I had enjoyed  it when we ate  out together at a … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash.  When I first meet Jackie and found out her true age  my  first reaction was– I’ll  have what she’s having.  Jackie generously shares her health and beauty expertise on her site Aging Backwards.  Her advice is always  accurate and original.  If you care about  how you look and how you feel,  subscribe to Aging Backwards.

Fashion Flash Book review:  Glow by Christina Pirello

Fashion FLash Book Review: GlowGlow is a unique beauty book that offers a fascinating description of the  impact of chinese medicine on  skin, hair and nails.   In addition, it offers over 100  original recipes that deonstrate how to   put theory into practice.  Because the author  links the  basic  principles  to  actual examples it was the first time … Continue Reading…

Curly Hair– The No-Nonsense Guide

Curly HairCurly hair is  foreign territory to me.   I have straight hair that won’t take a curl if  its life depended on it.   I’ve learned which products and styles delivered  for me and I felt pretty confident about my hair management skills.  Then I was gifted with a granddaughter whose curls rivaled Shirley Temple.

My usual  shampoos and brushes  did not  work for Sophie.   She did not like the sensation of barettes and  elastic  bands and we struggled just to keep those gorgeous curls out of her eyes. At Cosmoprof this summer in Las Vegas,  I met the staff of Miss Jessie, a well known  hair line of products for curly hair .  While it is primarily  designed for ethnic hair, the basic  issues and principles for  curly hair apply to all nationalities. Step by  step,  they walked … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion FLash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Debbi  of Diva Debbi  is hosting Fashion Flash. She is the queen of Polyvore with IMO the most flattering and useful  outfits online.  And  this  month  she is featured in Real Simple  magazine!



Fashion Flash Book Review: Buns, Braids and TwistsFashion Flash Book Review : Braids, Buns and Twists by Christina Butcher

DIY should be my middle name. I love trying to master  new skills that put me in charge of my life.   This year I’ve lerned how to bake bread and take down wall paper.  When  I found Braids, Buns, and Twists, I finally found  a  book to  make  me into the  up-do master for my two granddaughters.

This  well-designed book provides  step by step details for more than 80 different casual and dressy up-do’s.  … Continue Reading…

Pumpkin– the Holiday Beauty Food

pumpkinsPlump, round and orange pumpkin are virtually synonymous with fall.  Carved into gouls for Halloween  or baked  into pies for  Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a staple  when leaves turn red and gold.

No question that pumpkins are adorable, but are they healthy?  Short answer, yes.  Pumpkins are packed  with beta carotene and vitamin A.  Even better, 4 oz of roasted pumpkin   clocks in at less than 40 calories.  By comparison, the same size portion of  roast potatoes add up to  tktk.  Pumpkin also has respectable amounts of vitamin C.  Despite  its stringy texture , it is  not a good source of fiber.

Adding Pumpkin to Your Menus

When selecting pumpkins for eating, rather than carving look for small, firm and deeply orange pumpkins. WHen making pies, most people use canned pumpkin puree.  Its good, but fresh, young pumpkin is absolutely delicious.   Here … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Josephine of Chic At Any Age  is hosting Fashion Flash!  These days whenever I have a style question, I first   look for answers  on Chic At Any Age.  In her archives I  can find the answer to almost any  style questions from what to wear to a concert in the fall to  best  looks for weddings. Following her  beautiful and affordable advice, I feel confident and pretty.


Fashion Flash Book review: Style StalkingFashion Flash Book Review:  Style Stalking by  Barberich and Gelardi

Style Stalking is the second book in my series of fabulous lifestyle books by equally fabulous bloggers.  It was created by the founders of the uber popular site Refinery 29. The organization of Style Stalking is as original and compelling as the fashion its … Continue Reading…