This week the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. Check out their new feature where they post a fashion challenge and ask readers to send in their own suggestions. Awesome! Its wonderful to see great photos of real women wearing real clothes. This week they are looking at holiday dressing, something that I have found increasingly challenging as decades go by. When I was a very young mom, I felt great in fashion forward looks. For one New Year’s party I can’t foget a certain purple velvet bell bottom pants and long vest. And I topped this look off by a pixie haircut and a long string of beads. But as time went by, I turned to black as a safety net with a little black dress, black pants suit, or just black pants and sweater– what the Glam Gals call ABD– Abundant Black Disorder This year with their help, I rocked a silver sweater over black pants at a Media Mavens meet-up in a local bar and if I don’t lose my nerve, I going to wear a pair of gold print “party pants” to a Secret Santa party.
And speaking of black clothing, I little book caught my eye as I was walking through Strand bookstore. There are truck loads of diet books out there, but The Little Black Dress Diet captured my imagination. Written by UK specialist in complementary medicine, Michael Van Straten, this little book offers several short term menu plans to erase holiday bloat and weight gain. What I liked about all the three little menus was their simplicity. They recommended real food that was easy to find and affordable. Too many diet plans are soooo complicated . They have elaborate spread sheets on exercise, meditation, nutritional supplements, juice combos and menus that would take up most of my day. By contrast, The Little Black Dress Diet has the same practical simplicity of a LBD. Breakfast is yogurt and a banana, lunch a bowl of vegetable soup and dinner a plate of chicken, rice and vegetables. After New Year’s I’m committed to trying the LBD Detox plan.