I am so thrilled that Pam of Over 50, Feeling 40 is hosting Fashion Flash for the first time. I have been a fan of this wonderful site long before Pam joined Fashion Flash. She is a former radio show host, journalist and reaches journalism in Texas. Pam has both a great fashion sense and a wonderful positive attitude toward life after 50- its positively contagious!
Pam offers a high/low fashion mix combining Goodwill treasures with beautiful finds from major brands and retailers. And best of all her fashion choices show how good 50+ can really look both at work and at play. No 4 inch stilettos, no $2000 bags, just affordable well cut pants, jackets and tops that flatter our changing bodies.I’ve found that Pam helps me ‘shop’ in my own closet, creating wonderful new outfits from what I already have on hand. If you are already a fan of Over 50 , Feeling 40, you know what I am talking about. If this site is new to you, it will be a new treat.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Secrets of the Spas by Catherine Bardey
There is no shortage of books about spas and spa treatments, but this one is a keeper. It offers more than 70 cleansers, masks, moisturizers and herbal baths that use less than five affordable ingredients. They are super easy to make and deliver genuinely helpful benefits. For example a sea salt and and a apricot kernal oil body scrub is a fabulous all natural exfoliator that is as good for you as it is for the planet. I love exfoliating grains for skin and body care, but recent studies have shown that these granules remain forever in the environment. Sea salt does its job and then dissolves easily in water. No contaminating residue!
A seaweed and aloe vera mask clarifies all skin types and the thyme and fennel skin cleanser is so gentle and effective that alone, its worth buying the book.
Other favs include green tea and cucumber mask, oatmeal and almond scrub and honey and almond oil mask for super dry skin. In addition to these recipes, the book offers a guide to the benefits and precautions of both essential and carrier oils and a list of necessary tools– eg bowls, wisk and a spice grinder. This short book also offers a glossary of spa terms such as vichy shower, tincture and peloids. At the end of the book is a resource guide for key ingredients. The author is a former stylist for Elle and J. Cree and her passion for beauty comes through in every well- designed page.