This week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. Before age fifty there seems to an established playbook, a life map with clearly defined markers. From learning to read in first grade to learning to drive at 18, there are expected mileposts to follow. From the first day of high chool to the first dance at your wedding we know what is expected of us. to follow. Then after raising a family, the trail seems to come to a dead end. Enter Second Lives CLub to provide a map for the second fifty years. With interviews of dynamic women who created a fulfilling second life, this wonderful site provides both inspiration and guidence.
Fashion Flash Book Review:Get Gorgeous by Christel Vatasso
When a book called Get Gorgeous promises to make me more beautiful and confident in 21 days, I had to take it home for a serious read. I was not disappointed. Written by the head of the Paris office of the Ford Modeling Agency, it shares the three week plan they use to get new models into professionals. What makes this book so special is the real knowlwdge and skills of the author. She is the type of professional that is beghind the iconic style we see on runways and magazines. Her rea time advice is so much better than those glossy celebrity beauty and fashion books. Remember these are the people that make the celeb look good.
Another charming feature is that the book was originally published in France and has genuine tips to capture the legendary “french style”. It is full of refreshingly new advice. One of my favs is the authors take on the basics of a wardrobe. Rather than a set list of items ( eg, white shirt, black skirt, tan trenchcoat) , she believes that different women have different basics. To help you find your own basics she offers five key questions including what do you buy again and again, what gets you compliments and what do you feel comfortable in. This showed me that a bone cotten sweater is my basic white shirt.
Her make-up tips were equally french and flattering. Europeans often note that American women wear too much make-up. Get Gorgeous shares the subtle but effective make-up styles that can make a french woman stand out at any age. This book is a keeper and so good I am buying another copy to give away an upcoming contest. It’s that good.