This week the Glam Gals of Fabulous After Forty are hosting Fashion Flash. In addition to fashion and beauty advice, they now have celebrity news and I am looking forward to their Oscar coverage. There seemed to be two main styles of gowns– strapless ball gowns for the younger stars and V neck long sleeve sheaths for the over 40 crowd. I’m not sure if I liked the latter. I remember from my mother of the bride days ( married two daughters in three years), that the designers found clever ways to get the ball gown effect without baring arms. One dress offered the option of a little bolero jacket over a strapless A line satin gown. Another added little chiffon drapings over the upper arms with a fitted bodice. My all time favorite was a shirtwaist style top with a full satin skirt that has almost too big to get through a door. The long sleeve sheaths at the Oscars just seemed to be a bit dowdy. Any thoughts?
Book of the Week
When I was a young girl, the Swiss health clinics were one of the perks of the very rich that included Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor. From injections of embryonic lamb cells to long soaks in hot minerals baths, these remedies were standard for the rich and famous over 40. So when I saw “The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health” by Dr Thomas Rau on the pile of discount books, I plucked up a copy for myself.
The first third of the book is pretty dense science. I know that I can be a science wonk, but these long discussions on lymph glands, hyperacidity, and toxic load put me into an infomation haze. When Dr Rau actually got to his Swiss Detox Diet , I finally began to understand how its concepts actually worked. The basis of his approach is focused on increasing the alkalinity of the body which he believes can treat everything from allergies to cancer. It is very similar to the approach of Crazy Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr but not nearly as much fun. However the last third of Dr Rau’s book has a useful collection of recipes that help the body reduce toxins and restore PH balance. They are also easy to do and genuinely tasty. Most were gluten free and dishes like Asian baked cod and zucchini lasagna were so good, no one believed they were from a detox style diet book.