This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. This terriffic plus size site is living proof that style has no size. I love how Jodell explains how to enjoy top trends at any shape and age. Jodell is also a committed activist against fat shaming and discrimination and I am so proud to know and work with her.
This week I got an invitation from HSN to join their “Skinspiration” discussion that explored the beauty icons that ifluenced me. I have so many that it is hard to pick just one. I love the style and highlights of Jennifer Aniston’s hair. I admire her casual All-American style during the day and her ability to make a 360 degree turn to switch on serious glamour on the Red Carpet. I admire Madonna for her committment to exercise, sunscreen and a plant based diet. Unlike so many pop icons, I respect her refusal to damage her health and beauty with drugs or alcohol.
Of course I love the simple perfection of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. But I am also a huge vintage fan and I love the style of the movie goddesses in the Golden Age of Hollywood. I have my own collection of vintage clothes and I can dress like an extra in a Joan Crawford movie from breakfast through cocktails.
But in an era of make-up and hair where more was more, my favorite beauty icon was Greta Garbo. The radiant simplicity of her skin and hair is as appropriate today and it was when she was the most famous woman in the world. I also admire the style of the Duchess of Windsor, who, while not a natural beauty, captured the heart of the King of England. Through a combination of style, charm and pure grit she became a lasting icon that has endured for decades.
As it turned out both Greta Garbo and the Duchess of Windsor both followed the same health guru, the dashing European nutritionist, Dr Gayelord Hauser. I discovered him while I was still in college and he was a huge influence for me to explore health and beauty issues. This week I will write about his approach to nutrition and skin care and share some of his most famous home grown beauty recipes.