This week the host of Fashion Flash is Barbara Hannah Gufferman Of Best of Everything After 50– and I can’t think of another woman who is a better role model for the 50+ woman. Slim with beautiful blonde curly hair Barbara can rock a leather moto jacket as she speaks on postive aging for the AARP. She sets the pace for over 50 living with daily exercise and personal health and beauty care. And she is also one of the nicest and genuine people you will meet. Barbara is super smart, but I love the fact that she always reaches out to experts to cull the best and most up to-date advice on eveything from political activism to comfortable sexy shoes. Subscribe to her blog and if you get a chance to her Barbara speak, don’t miss it!
A Femme D’un Certain Age was one of the first blogs that I subscribed to when I started surfing the net. I quickly became addicted to the amazing photos of IRL French style. Now Tish has put together a just published book that gathers together all the style and beauty tips which French women seem to have in their genes. From the benefits of dark chocolate for weight control to closet therapy for mastering French style, French Chic ( Rizzoli) is as close as you can get to getting that simpe elegant look without having a French mom.
Tish Jett is a seasoned fashion journalist “who came to France for work and stayed for love.” She has that rare ability not just to see style, but to decode it for the rest of us to follow. French Chic is packed with beautiful yet practical ideas. While France is famous for theatrical fashion ( think Thierry Mugler) true french style is grounded in classic neutrals. But what what keeps the grey and navy clothing looking dull and matronly is the combination of fit and the often whimsical details. French Chic explains how laced boots, big bright flower pins, suede accessories and gorgeous scarves are the extras that separate French women from the rest of us. For example picture a thin bone cashmere tee, oversized gold necklace, fitted brown tweed jacket, brown leather skirt, opaque brown tights and brown suede boots. Just perfect. Her wardrobe ideas also told me of new ways to use what I already had. For example, Tish suggests pairing a black leather jacket with a crisp white shirt, skinny grey fkannel skirt, black opague tights and black ballet flats. I had all of these components in my closet, but always felt the grey skirt looked dowdy. Now in a French Chic combo, I can’t wait for cooler weather. This wonderful book is going to my gift book of the year to my favorite people. I know they will love it as much as I do.