This week Barbara of The Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. She is one of those people who seem to know the right way to do everything. She has the best recipes for kale, the right way to tighten abs and the best routinue for gorgeous curly hair. I share her passion for finding the “best” that life has to offer and her site is a constant source of accurate and entertaining info. She also has the most positive spirit that comes thru in the wide range of posts and presentations. I tend to become grim and dark when facing issues, but Barbara lightens me up.
The hot pink cover of this book caught my eye and the sub title –“the real woman’s guide to looking great in the age of the celebrity mom” had me hooked. While a good bit of the advice focused on the beaut and fashion issues of new moms, the real time advice would work for moms of any age. We juggle so many responsibilities– childen, work, home, and husbands– and yet we still want to look great. While I am not usually a big fan of celebrity role models, this books picks out the style tips that are quick and affordable. For example she shows how Reese Witherspoon uses hats and bags to add color and flair to a basic jean and tee shirt. Now that’s something I can do.
Author Jancie Min has been editor in chief at both the Hollywood Reporter and Us magazine, and certainly knows her way around celebritiy style. She is also the mother of three with a minivan and understands the challenges of trying to look great and be a world class mom. Her list of top twenty skin care and make-up tools introduced me to a few new winners including the affordable tube technology mascara L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes mascaa. Tube technology mscara coats each individual lash with water-resistant “tube” as to opposed to just painting on the color. It REALLY makes a difference. Min has this kind of insider information that makes her book genuinely usable and effective. She illustrates her basic mom wardrobe section with celebrity photos and her suggestions work well if your children are 6 months or going off to college. I bought copies of How to Look Great in A Minivan for my two young mom daughters, and kept one for myself.