Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week the always elegant Josephine of Chic at Any  Age is hosting  Fashion Flash.  Last year  it was the Wall Street Journal that singled out Chic at Any Age  as one of the top  fashion blogs for woman  over 40.  This year its Huffington Post  honored our amazing Fashion Flash style expert.   Subscribe to  her  blog  to  get every one of her always helpful and beautiful  posts.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  I’ll have What She is Having– My adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington

When I read about this book in Pubisher’s Weekly  it sounded so interesting I pre-ordered it  from Amazon.  I’m so glad I did.  This is just  about the most entertaining  diet book I’ve ever read while it actually provides some  good advice.  Harrington   is that rare writer that  can  have fun with her subject while still offering good observations and experiences.

In less than 200 pages she tries out the  diets and exercise  programs of   style icons including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Victoria Beckham.  She sourced  both their glossy picture  filled books as well as  interviews where they shared their beauty and health tips.  She is quite serious   trying out each regimen  for up to two weeks, yet never loses her sense of humor.  For example  she buys caviar  for Liz Taylor’s favorite meal– baked potato with sour cream and caviar.  Following the advice from Ms Paltrow,  her weekly grocery lists   tops $150, 3X her  usual bill.  For a  morning snack she soaks raw almonds in water and  finds them delicious.  Flush with success of a  paprika topped grilled chicken, she decides to throw an all-Gwyneth dinner party which turned out to  meat balls without meat, eggs, flour and eggs served in a thin broccoli soup.  One guest pulled out his own bag of chip while another left “to go for dinner”. Ms Harrington also tries out the exercise DVD’s  that  are so punishing she falls asleep on the floor.

Ms Harrington loses weight  on all the diets– and gains them back immediately with one slice of pizza. In the end  she feels sorry for the celebrities  who feel such pressure to be perfect they have to  eat bizarre foods and endure punishing exercise.  And she  is especially grateful   that  she still has friends  after they served  as guinea pigs for  these celebrity  diet meals.




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