Its Fashion Flash Monday

  FF1  Its Fashion Flash Monday and this week Kari of Fab Over Forty is hosting. True story: Less than five years ago I went to meeting with a dermatologist and a branding team to discuss launching a new line of skin care products. Estimated cost was almost $1,000,000. The bulk of the costs were for marketing, advertising and fees to get products onto shelves. Today all a good new brand needs to launch is a web site to directly reach the consumer. This has led to an explosion of brands– and its a good thing we have Kari to sort out the best ones for every situation.  She has  has helped me find new favorite   fragrances, mascaras and  liners, saving me  both time and money. 

I love  fashion history and  this week I  went to  an exhibit on Fortuny with Mary … Continue Reading…

The Beauty of Bok Choy

bok choyI love to buy fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets.  I think the food  is fresher, tastes better  and I can pick up  new varieties   not found in supermarkets.  Last week I  scored   what I thought was a gorgeous head of sparkling fresh spinach.   It was 15″ inches across, weighed about 3 pounds and was only $3.  What a buy!  But when I got  home and nibbled on a leaf, I discovered it was bok choy not spinach.  Bok choy is a popular form of  chinese cabbage that is used in soups, stir fried combo’s and  as  side vegetable dish. But from a nutitional  stand point, how does it compare to  the nutrient packed spinach?

Turns out, not too bad.  Bok choy clocks in at just 13 calories in … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

FF1This  week the host of Fashion Flash  is Staness of Menopause Makeover. In addition to timely medical  advice and a great  health calculator and record keeper,   IMO Staness has some of the best low calorie recipes on the web.  This week I was looking for something to bring to a Super Bowl Party on Feb  3 that would not lower  the life expectancy of  the assembled sports fans.  Standard Super Bowl buffets  usually feature buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing, nachos with cheese and meat and every kind of chip on the planet.   I road tested the turkey chili recipe  from Staness and  it was perfect.  According to Staness, the  heat from  the  chili peppers increase   metabolism so that I actually burn calories as I eat it.  This chili is also  high in iron ( from the turkey) and in vitamin C ( from the tomatoes, … Continue Reading…

The Anti- Aging Chest

golden globe (2)Watching the red carpet parade of beautiful women at the Golden Globes, I was mesmerized by the flawless chests above the strapless or plunging gowns. While we usually focus on signs of aging around the face and eyes, the skin on chest is often more lined and sun damaged and in need of some TLC. These women who professional lives depend on their beauty clearly knew this and they take great care to create a smooth polished and sexy decollete.

After trying  out  a wide range of anti-aging tools for my face, I realized that   there was now quite a difference between the skin on my face and the skin on my chest.  Last year  I had most of the freckles  and age spots  on my chest removed by  laser, … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

FF_1This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash–  a super timely host  to deal with post-holiday party pounds.  In addition to effective  exercise plans, Shawna shares inspiring stories of her clients  who lost weight and got back their youthful  curves.

The flu  has hit most of the US and hit it hard.  To stay healthy, Mount Sinai pulmonologist Dr Neil Schachter  and author of the author of  The  Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu ( HarperCollins)  offers  his top ten tips for a healthy winter:

TOP TEN TIPS FOR WINTER HEALTH

1. Get a flu shot– Its not perfect, but its the single most effective step you can take to stay GOOD DOCTORhealthy.  Because your natural  immunity declines after age … Continue Reading…

Is Argan Oil Worth the Money?

Q&A2Question: My hair  salon is now selling  argan oil shampoo.  Is is a good choice for dry hair?  And is it worth  the higher price?

Answer:  Argan oil  is arguably the oil of the year.  It comes from the nut of the argan tree which  is found  primarily in Morocco.  In North Africa argan oil is used  as a dip for bread, in salads as well as in skin and hair care products.     Argan seeds destined for eating are toasted to bring out the nutty flavor.   When seeds are used for  cosmetics, they  skip the  toasting step. 

Argan seeds are a tough nut to crack ( pun not really intended)  They have to cracked by hand and the entire  extraction process is long and labor intensive.   This, plus  the  fact that  the argan tree is now on the endangered list, make argan … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

FF1This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash.  This always interesting site features  both fashion and social issues  of interest to plus size women. 

This year instead of  making the usual blanket  New Year’s Resolution to “exercise more” I decided to  pick a new  promise that I could actually  accomplish.   So for 2013  my top New Year’s Resolution  is to decrease  use of toxic   chemicals in my  home.   I have already been looking  at ways to reduce chemicals in skin care products and I was inspired by a  new book by a  father and son team of experts to extend my reach.  The Healthy Home ( Vanguard)  is the brainchild of   Dr Myron Wentz, a noted  microbiologist and  his son Dave Wentz who is  trained in bioengineering.  In clear, easy to … Continue Reading…

Clear and Brilliant– New Laser, New Skin

There’s  a new anti-aging  laser in town and its called Clear and Brilliant.  Its  from the same company that developed Thermage and Fraxel— and sometimes Clear and Brilliant is described as ‘babyFraxel”.  I’m already a big fan  of “baby botox” so  this laser  is right in my  comfort zone. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, this new anti-aging tool reduces age spots and some types of acne scars.

Like its big sister Fraxel,  Clear and Brilliant  is an anti-aging laser that delivers  energy in a grid pattern.   However  true Fraxel goes deeper, can  be uncomfortable  and requires 3-5 days of healing.  By contrast this new rejuvenating laser   is  never painful and the skin  recovers within hours.     Since baby steps  might as well be my middle name, I was eager to try it out with my super derm, Dr Ellen Marmur. ( Before  proceedure pix  below)

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