Umbrellas are the other winter accessory. For centuries, umbrellas were only used by women. Considered a sign of weakness, men had to settle for wearing a hat and getting soaked in the rain and snow. Then a brave and persistent Englishman became determined to make the umbrella respectable for men. James Henway spent the last 30 years of his life polularizing the umbrella. At first he was ridiculed as he carried his unbrella through rainy London streets. By the time he died in 1830, umbrellas had become a standard accessory on damp English days for both men and women.
Once availble only in plain black fabric, umbrellas have blossomed into different sizes, colors and patterns. Rather than plain and dark, umbrellas are now a full -fledged … Continue Reading…
Retin A questions now have new answers. At the recent winter dermatology symposium at Mount Sinai, I was so delighted to hear genuine breakthroughs in Retin A treatments. Most of the studies focused on the best way to use Retin A for acne, but the answers can be also used for anti-aging treatment plans that feature Retin A.
Question 1- Retin A and High Fat Diets
To control my acne, I have been following a low fat diet for years. Now that I am taking isotretinoin ( oral Retin A) do I still have to live on lean, dry meals?
Answer- Wow, do I have good news for you. At the symposium, Dr Joshua Zeichner revealed important links between diet and successful Retin A treatment. Traditional vitamin A is fat soluble and cannot be absorbed by the body if enough … Continue Reading…
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. One of my pet peeves are Fashion articles and posts that don’t provide shopping info on the featured clothing. Jodell goes one step further and you can actually order many items directly from her. No more surfing the web to find that one piece that you know will your wardrobe totally work– Jodell hs done that work for you.
This week the Fashion Flash bloggers have outdone themselves:
* Menopause Makeover shares a diet plan that allows you to eat 5-6 imes a day and still lose weight.
* Prime Beauty features a new foundation with a satin finsh that seems to erase fine lines
* Fab Over Forty reviews French Women Don’t Get Facelifts and discivers what they do instead
* Positive Aging … Continue Reading…
Mittens suddenly seem like a great idea when the temperature fell to negative numbers this week. I know its winter and January, but seriously -8? Fashion definately needs to take a back seat to function, but why can’t warm clothing rock with a little style. And I’m starting with my hands.
A Short History of Mittens
Dark and itchy for centuries, mittens were the poor mans gloves and worn just for warmth. They became a fashion sstatement in the 1920’s at St Moritz and Innsbruck, the winter paygrounds of the rich and royal. The introduction of international skiing and skating competitions inspired the development of decorative hand knit mittens for both competitors and spectators. The local artisans in Switzerland and Austria used traditional Scandinavian designs to replace the standard dull grey and … Continue Reading…
There is a double standard about a woman’s appearance. The media is obsessed with every detail of style icons like Kate Middleton, Beyonce and random Kardashians. But when the averge woman, especially if she is past 50, shows an interest in beauty care and fashion we are labeled vain, narcissistic and even anti-feminist. Not fair.
Why Does Beauty Matter So Much?
Preoccupation with beauty is not an expression of a shallow and materialistic society. Hundreds of studies published in dozens of academic journals have shown that for centuries humans are hard wired to admire beauty. Throughout the ages, poets have immortalized beauty, writers have made them the heroine and artists have painted and sculpted their image. Even babies just a few months old smile naturally at a beautiful face and cry … Continue Reading…