Its Fashion Flash Monday!

I’m hosting  Fashion Flash  this week and I am so thrilled to be the one to  introduce our newest  member– Deja Pseu of  Une Femme d’un Certain Age.  One of  my all time favorites, this  blog looks at life, fashion, and  beauty  with a keen eye and a great sense of humor.  Seasoned with a  love of everything French, Une Femme   has a wondersul  perspective for those of us that are  not tall, not thin and   not young.   She road tests   her recommendations, posts sales alerts of favorites and  feels like a real friend.  She even locates dresses with SLEEVES!  Une Femme  has an amazing community of women whose comments make  me laugh, think and  learn.  When it comes to blogs, I tend to be a lurker,  but at least once a week I just … Continue Reading…

IPL– Safe and Beautiful Results

Question:  I have heard so  many horror stories about IPL, but you had great results.  Can you tell me what machine was used and at what settings?

Answer:  I had IPL with Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, so I  asked  her to answer this question.  Dr Marmur used the Luminis IPL with two handpieces– the 560nm and the 590nm.   “Both  of them focus on red spots, blood vessels and brown freckles”  she explained.  “The treatment settings vary from patient to patient based on skin color and the amount of the target to be removed.  For example, I use  lower settings for freckles to avoid over-heating the skin.’    Dr Marmur also warned against getting IPL when tanned ”   You need to avoid the sun for at least wo weeks prior to IPL treament ” she warned.

IPL Road Rules

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Invisalign — the first week

Two months after my first appointment with Dr Jackie, my Invisalign  devices were ready.  There are twenty- one in the set and I am to wear each one for two weeks.  This means that in 42 weeks, I will be done.

  There were rules.  Not that  many and not that bad, but still rules:

*  I cannot eat or drink hot  or colored liquids.  The  heat can distort them and the colors can stain them

*  I need to wear them 22 hours a day.  This means I need to wear them all the time except when I eat– and I need to eat quickly.  After eating I need to brush  my teeth before reinserting the aligners.

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards.  This big site covers  a wide range of alternative health  issues including  nutrition, beauty, and medical problems.  You will love her spirit and energy  and  learn, as I have, to value her advice.  

Jackie is passionate about exercise and is constantly urging me to join  her gym.  I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve started exploring exercise videos to firm up my arms.  I found a  Marie Winsor Plilates video at a chruch tag sale.  I had seen Winsor Pilates infomercials on TV and at 50 cents for the VHS tape, it  looked  like a deal too good to pass up.  I also liked the fact  the Marie Winsor was over 40 and hoped she  would offer a workout with age … Continue Reading…

Flaxseed Oil or Flaxseed Meal– Which is Better?

Question:  Last week you wrote  about flaxseed meal.  What about flaxseed oil?  Its easier to use it in a salad dressing or take a few capsules then  figure ways to add it to food, but do I get the same health benefits?

Answer:  Awesome question!  Both Flaxseed meal and Flaxseed oil  are rich in linoleic acid and omega- 3– both linked to younger looking skin.   The studies on the general health benefits of flaxseed oil are impressive.  In the body, omega-3 is converted to omega -6, the oil that seems to fight aging, heart disease and cancer.  If you’re a vegetarian, vegan or  just don’t like fish, flaxseed oil is a  great source of this valuable nutrient.  Research  supports claims that flaxseed oil can  protect  bone health and reduce inflammation– important  since inflammation is such a big part of asthma, migraines and arthritis.  But wait, there’s more.  … Continue Reading…

Flabby Upper Arms– Starting Point

So here are my  baseline photos.  I’ve done a lot of before photos, but these are definately the worst.  In the top photo I’m wearring  my favorite red dress and with my arms flat on my sides, I look  pretty good.  No bulges or sags.  However  I tend to move my arms to pick up a glass, wave a cab or tie on a scarf and then you can see  where  attention needs to be paid.   In the second picture you can see the wrinkly bits under the arms and the  skin hangs lose where the triceps are invisable.  In the third photo  I am actually trying  to flex my biceps on top and you can see there are no biceps.  The best I can say is that there is much room for improvement.

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week  is the one year anniversary of Fashion Flash and its only fitting that the host this week are Fashion Flash founders  Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland, the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40. I was  a huge fan of their site when I first started blogging and meeting them at the More Reinvention Convention was for me  like meeting Oprah. They were as smart, charming and beautiful as they seemed  in their blog.  When we started to talk about ways we could work together, I was thrilled to be included in the development of Fashion Flash.  Its been an incredible year and now Fashion Flash  has nine members and gets a total of 7000,000 views a month. 

Personally, I have laughed and learned so much reading these amazing blogs each week.  With … Continue Reading…

Flaxseed– A beauty ingredient?

When I  was growing up  the popular health “silver bullet”  was wheat germ and my mom would sprinkle it over everything, ruining perfectly good lamb chops and salad.  In recent years, soy surged to the front as the all powerful ingredient.   Today its flaxseed and  I see it in recipes,  packaged bread and crackers and  recommendations to sprinkle it over everything.

What is flaxseed?

Flaxseed comes from a plant  that is used for both its stem and seeds.  Different parts of this widely available plant  have been used  to make soap, furniture polish and cloth . It also has  pretty blue flowers  and is grown for decoration. But what has made flaxseed a rock  star today is its world class nutritional payload.  Flaxseeds are super  high in fiber, omega-3 … Continue Reading…