This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty. This has been one of my favorite sites and I put it on my blogroll when it first appeared about eight months ago. It’s filled with original information from both readers and experts and has, IMO, the best giveaways on the web. Geri is a seasoned journalist who worked for Fairchild publications for twenty years ( they publish Woman’s Wear Daily and W). She sees great stories everywhere and every morning there are numerous new posts to explore. Where once I started the day with The New York Times, now I click on Fabulous Over Fifty. It’s that good.
And when you’ve explored Fabulous Over Fifty and our other informative Fashion Flash posts, you might want to look up one of my favorite health and beauty books, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. It was written by Gaylord Hauser, one of the first celebrity nutritionists. Born at the turn of the century, Hauser was health and beauty advisor to the great stars of his time including Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow and his lifetime BFF Greta Garbo. I discovered my first Gaylord Hauser book in a dusty junk shop when I was 15, and I was mesmerized by his approach to diet and skin care. He described what he called the “beautyfarm diet” which featured lean meats and lightly cooked fresh vegetables and fruits. In an era when people ate fried and canned everything, Hauser believed in healing power of fresh natural foods. Following his suggestions I lost my baby fat and my skin calmed down. Last week, I just found another copy of his book in yet another second hand bookstore and its also available on Amazon. In an era of magic fixes and strange scientific claims, his books still have some of the best info around. Mirror Mirror on the Wall includes exercises, diet plans, and even recipes for beauty oils and masks. Its worth hunting for.