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… →
I 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?
This 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… →
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… →
This 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 healthy. Because your natural immunity declines after age … Continue Reading… →
Question: 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… →
This 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… →
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)