Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week the fabulous Kari of Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash.    And now that we  can count  on more than one day of sunshine at a time, our bloggers are deep into spring.  For example, Fabulous After 40 shares three styles of spring dresses for women over 40,  Aging  Backwards has great spring cleaning tips and Positive Living  Advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman  chats with a dating coach  for advice about  dating over 50.  At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  I look at ways to layer different skin care products (including sunscreen, antioxidants and serums), to make sure you  get the very  best results.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  Toss the Gloss by Andrea Robinson

Crowd sourcing  information  on everything  from how to do a smoky eye to how to build a chicken coop  has become   the  current standard  for acquiring  knowledge and skills.  I  like   the girl friend to girl friend feeling of sharing   best practices, but I am thrilled when I get the chance to hear how its done from a world class expert.  And Andrea Robinson  certainly  has  amazing credentials.  Something of a legend in the  beauty industry, she has been chief marketing officer of Estee lauder, President  of Tom Ford Beauty,  Beauty Editor at Vogue and President  at Ralph Lauren Fragrances.

But  these are  just titles and what sets Robinson apart  from  other  beauty executives  is her creation of the ” The Nakeds” for Revlon,   the revolutionary line   of neutral cosmetics that forever  changed the way we  used make-up.  Until the  “Nakeds”  make-up colors were harsh.  Rouge was bright  pink, eyeshadow was blue, and lipsticks were  basically orange,  pink and red.  The subtle soft  make-up on fashion shoots and films  were only available  in the hands of skillled make-up artists.  Robinson changed all that with a line of almost thirty  neutral  products that included foundation, powder, eye hadow, blush and lipstick.  When they arrived in the 1990, they were bigger than  the Hunger Games are today.

With  this background, its  not surprising that  her first book, Toss the Gloss is packed with  detailed, always useful information.  Like  all great experts (  eg Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Mahmet Oz)  she drills down  into a subject to provide comprehensive advice that  is  always on point.  For example she  has an  entire  20 page chapter devoted just  to  make-up foundations.   In addition to explaining the   pros and cons for different types ( eg  anti-acne, oil free, self adjusting,  luminizing,  cream, stick  and whipped)  she provides numerous  lists of  recommendations  from both drugstore and designer  brands.    Robinson does the same for  all  types   of make-up including blush, eye shadow, liners, lipsticks and  highlighers.

In addition to which types we should buy, she  offers clear and understandable  diagrams on better ways to apply make-up.  IMO her seven step guide  for a lip pencil is alone woth the price of the book.  This book is so valuable  that I downloaded another  copy for my I Pad so that I can take it with me when I hit  Sephora.

One last thought:  Toss the Gloss  was published by Seal Press.  This house is committed to producing  books for women  that cover a wide range of issues.  When I see a book from Seal , I know its going to be  both relevant and well done.

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash!   This amazing site  covers   plus size fashions,  celebrities and social issues with strong, fresh postive voice.  Our other Fashion Flashers  are inspired this week sharing their best posts  on fashion, health, fitness and beauty.  Our selections this week include  eye -opening photos of extreme plastic surgery from Diva Debbi,  classy  yet  casual black and white styles from Fabulous After Forty, color drenched summer styles from Prime Beauty and homemade  health and beauty  products from The best of Everything After 50.   And I share a confession in No-Nonsense Beauty Blog — I am an exercise drop-out.  There I said it.

Fashion FLash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review: Younger By the Day by Victoria Moran

Younger By the Day is an inspiring book of 365 essays of daily  ideas, tips and affirmations.  The author,  Victoria Moran  gently  helps you focus on the present to put away the past  and look forward to tomorrow. In short it is a guide to make the  most of everyday. For example in the week of April 7  the essays  include linking a big heavy handbag  with unnecessary burdens, tips on getting a better nights sleep,  the health benefit  of   fresh juice ( including recipes)  and the ten commandments of wearing makeup over 40.  In upcoming months  include essays on choosing positive friends ( May12), music therapy ( May 25),  benefits of  massage therapy ( June 27), the  nightly check-in ( June 9)  and when you’re just  not doing so great ( July 14).

Victoria Moran is never trite or preachy.   She is like a wise   funny friend  who  celebrates your wins, laughs at your jokes, and who has your back when things go south.  Younger By The Day is the first book I’ve read by Victoria Moran.  I liked it so  much I was thrilled to  discover she is the author of 10 related books.  I’ve ordered ” Creating  a Charmed Life” and Fit from Within from Amazon.  I am so ready to dive in.





Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week our newest Fashion Flash member Diva Debbi  is hosting Fashion Flash for the first time.   She is such a talented  fashion stylist with an incredilbe eye for creating   the perfect outfit for every occasion.  Make sure to roam thru her site  and check out her amazing Polyvore  pages.  Our other bloggers have  been  extra busy this week including:

* Fab Over Forty shares  fit ball exercises.

* Aging Backwards   explains  why eating geens can whiten your teeth

* Prime Beauty  shares a  must have new eyeshadow palette from Tarte ( I love that brand)

* Fabulous After 40 nails it again  demonstrating how to wear those floaty, sheer pastels that are now front and center in the stores.

* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I am offering a free guide to Retin A.  This is the ONLY product that  the FDA allows to claim anti-aging  benefits  and  this guide explains how to get the benefits you deserve.

Click thru DivaDebbi this week  to see these and the other must read  Fashion Flash blogs including The Best of Everything After Fifty, Black Cat Plus  and Moving Free With Mirabai.

Fashion FLash Book Review- Eye CandyFashion Flash Book Review: Eye Candy by Linda Mason

Linda Mason is one of the most  popular make-up artiss in New York. Not only can she create perfect  looks for every age and face, she is also a wonderful  teacher.  Her book, Make-Up: The Art of Beauty is one of my favorites   and I was so happy to find   she had written another book  just on eye  make-up.   Eye Candy offers   a range of  everyday looks and  as well as an array  of bold options when you want to  make a statement.  The   book  has  four features  that  have made it into my current  favorite style guide.  Eye Candy starts with photos and descriptions of  the different brushes I will  need and I finally  understand the difference between them. To  help  me pick the right products,   the top   right hand  corner of the  page  has a little swatch of the exact color and consistancy  that  is needed  for each look.  This makes it easy ( and foolproof) to get EXACTLY the shadow  I will use to duplicate the make-up  on the page.  In addition to crystal clear  instructions, she has both a line drawing of the eye make-up and a photograph  of what it looks like IRL.  I took Eye Candy into Sephora and began assembling  a few   product groups.   I selected one  daytime look  called “the Audrey Hepburn” and one evening called “Knockout”  and I will be showing   the results in  a follow -up post.

Its Fashion FLash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week  Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. Our bloggers are really feeling spring as they  offer their favorite fashion, fitness  and beauty tips. For example Prime Beauty shares the goodies from her favorite subscription beauty   service; Moving Free with Mirabai  has the skinny on new weight loss apps; and I  have uploaded  my new must-have skin care products.  And  don’t miss  the brilliant post from Fabulous After 40 on how to wear those “moody florals”– large bright flowers on a black backgroud.  I was ready to pass on this look them by until   I read this post.   That very day I went out and bought a pair of skinny dark floral pants and paired it with a new black  silk cardie.  It worked perfectly for my personal style and yet was a cutting edge look.   Now I just have to wait until the last blizzard passes.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review: A Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was something of a legend in New York.  As a writer she moved back and forth between print and film, writing   personal and  affecting stories that seemd to span generations and genders.  In an era where the supernatural seems to the the norm and violence and graphic sex  seem to be an obligatory  part of any  media, Nora Ephron  had a unique voice.  She took a  long hard look at  life and love  that  you remembered long after you closed her books or  the credits came on  after  the movie.

When I started to   do posts on my neck makeover, I decided to reread  her book.  Ten yers later it is still as relevant  as it was  when it was first published  ten years ago.  In addition to  now famous  neck essay, Ephron  tackled   the stages of parenting,  New York real estate horror stories,   designer handbags and of course her real passion- food.   While  many of the stories are New York centric  her tone and  world view  resonated    around the world.  If you read  it before, pick it up again and read it now  whenyou are ten yers older.  If its  new to you, get ready for a treat.

It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Fashion Flash is hosted by the  amazing Positive Aging expert  Barbara Hannah Grufferman of The Best of Everything After 50.  She makes   getting older  look   fun and fabulous.  Slim and beautiful, she shares  fashion tips like the style and comfort of platform heels and how to make  beauty aids in your kitchen. Her fitness videos break down  exercise moves into easy understandable steps. This week she  has focused  the Fashion Flash bloggers  on a Spring Preview including:

*  Menopause Makeover   unveils her new book, Eat Like a Woman

* Fab Over Forty  loves eye patches that  smooth and brighten the eye

* Moving Free with Mirabai  tackles a biggie–  to weigh or not to weigh!

* Aging Backwards takes a  look at modern etiquette

* Fabulous After 40 shows to  wear the sporty look IRL

*Black Cat Plus  pokes Target to  finally launch its long promised line of plus size clothing

* Our newest member, Diva Dbi  shares  her favorite  cleanser that she discovered in a Glam Media  goodie bag.

* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I  explore  a true nutritional rock star- spinach.

 Fashion Flash newest blogger- Diva DebbiNew Member  at Fashion Flash: Introducing Diva Debbi

I am so thrilled to anounce that we have a new member in Fashion Flash!  Diva Debbi is one of my all time favorite fashion sites.  She is an experienced fashionista and you can see her sense of style and color  in her amazing Polyvore  Pages. Over the past year I have gotten into the habit of checking out  Diva Debbi before I go shopping.  She has an eye for assembling  gorgeous outfis for every occasion.  Fashion today is so  diverse and I have often remarked that you need a stylist to put it together.  With Diva Debbi I do.  I take my  IPad with me and when I see an interesting top or bag, I check  out her Polyvores  to get an idea of how  it actually  could work  for  me.

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoI’m so psyched to be hosting Fashion Flash again this week.  While  most of us have Oscar fever, our lifestyle bloggers are  focused on  sharing the  best in  in  beauty, fashion,fitness and nutrition:

*Cindy at Prime Beauty  shares her tips and tricks for applying eye makeup on older eyes and its eye-opening (  no pun intended)

* As another snowstorm  rolls across the country,enjoy a cup of cozy warm Matcha Green Tea latte. Loaded with  antioxidants it can lower cholesterol and  even boost metabolism.  Staness Jonekos of  Menopause Makeover  shares her favorite, easy to prepare recipe.

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai wants   you to learn how cardio dance may  improve memory.

* Would you try the newest ‘ backwards hair craze’  that  Jackie from Aging Backwards discovered.

* Is age appropriate  dressing all  in your head?  Deb Boland of Fabuous After Forty explores why  dressing age appropriately  may not be all its cracked up to be.

* Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman of  the Best of Everything After Fifty wants women to stop spending  so  much money on health and beauty treatments and instead go shopping  in their kitchens to look gorgeous and feel great.

* Are you one of those lucky ones that is getting away for the winter?  Even if you’re not, you need to check out this fabulous giveaway that Fab  Over Forty has going on! Enter to win a travel T3 hair dryer and stylish hair ties perfect for the gym or the winter giveaway.

* Jodell  at Black Cat Plus checks out  Oscar fashion styles  that work for plus size silouettes.

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Deb of Fabulous After 40 is hosting Fashion Flash.  This week, our elite bloggers have choosen to ignore the  arrival of another Arctic Vortex and focus instead on great  health, fashion and beauty tips:

* Fab Over Forty  reviews her favorite  hydrating eye creams

* Prime Beauty  explores  the new line of  cosmetics from internet  make-up sensation Michelle Phan

* Menopause Makeover  looks at the truth about wheat belly

* Black Cat Plus  offers  a list of year round  fashion classics that we should have in our closets

* Moving Free with Mirabai   demonstrates exercises to relieve back  pain

* Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Gufferman demonstrates how to exercise without hurting your knees

* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, I compare Botox and Microdermabrsion.  Which one do you think I  recommend?

Fashion Flash  Book Review:  Jerusalem by Ottolenghi and Tamimino-nonsense Fashion Book Review

Food critics have been buzzing about this book  for the past two years.  I tend to view trendy food favorites dubiously.  I’ve spent time and money on recipes from popular chefs, only to have them turn out to be expensive disasters.   I approached  foodies current rock star Ottolenghi cautiously– but after readiing through the passionate text and drooling over the photographs, I was ready to give it a try.  After  testing just three  recipes- spinach  salad with dates and toasted almonds, roast eggplant with yogurt sauce  and leek and bread fritters I am now a card carrying member of the Ottoenghi fan club.

Ottolenghi  is Jewish and his partner Sami Tamimi is Muslim.  Their friendship  and  vision  is inspiring, not just for their approach to food, but for their  approach to peace in the middle east.   Both men were born and raised in Jerusalem.  They have combined elements of both Israeli and Arab cuisine to produce a richly flavored menu that is primarily vegetarian.  Its  about  as far from a  Kale Smoothie  as you can get and is  equally healthy.  These fragrant and filling meals are such a wecome relief from so  called health food that leaves you hungry both physically and spiritually.

For non vegetarians there are also mouth watering recipes for  dishes like  lamb  Shawama, Italian/ jewish meatballs  and a  Libeyan salmon in sweet and spicy sauce I have made it three times in three weeks. Seriously, its that good.

The book is beautiful and moving as it details life in modern Jerusalem.  Even if you tend to go online to download recipes, this  book is worth a spot in your home.


Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoStaness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash this week!  Our lifestyle bloggers are shaking off  the snow to share   great beauty, fitnes, fashion  and health tips:

* Barbara of The Best of Everything After 50  offers the single best exercise  that women should do every day

* Cindy of Prime Beauty gets up close and personal  with a great beauty ingredient- glycolic acid

* Jodell of Black Cat Plus  shares  the figure  friendly benefits of vests

* Kari of Fab Over  40  introduces the new  make-up set from   Bobbi Brown ( my  all time fav)

* Deb of Fabulous After Forty demonstrates how to get tops and  bottoms in proportion when  you are long waisted

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai  details new information on healthy heart nutrition.

* At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I look at the solid reserch behind the  health and beauty benefits  of mushrooms.  Who knew?

No Nonsense Review: BellaFashion Flash Review:  Bella magazine

If you live  anywhere  on the  east coast chances are you woke  up   to another day of  a whiteout snow storm.  In addition to  cold, ice and  snarled traffic,  wet freezing weather  means  another day of puffy coats  and   thick boots.  I  have  always    loved to play with clothes and accessories.  Whether its a celebrity party at a museum or a trip to the dentist, I  like to plan an outfit that makes me feel good.  But  when winter snows arrive, I  look  like an escapee from a Siberian prison camp.  My wool hat is pulled  down to my nose, my long black puffer coat  gives sleeping bags a bad name and I waddle rather than glide in my lined boots.   Open most fashion mags and  even in the dead of winter you will find  sleeveless cocktail dresses,  four inch heels and long perfect red carpet hair.  There is rarely  fashion advice on how to look good in winter and if  there is, it  usually suggests painfully expensive  suede coats and fur trimmed boots.

Bella is a lifestyle magzine for New Yorkers and this month it has great  cold No-Nonsense Reviewweather advice  for anyone  who lives where it is not warm and sunny.  They have  three    real time articles on   cold weather fashion that  made me look forward to getting out today. In addition to   profiles on  cold weather wear of celebrities and real  New York women, they  have a photo  layout  of  the ten cold weather basics  every women needs– and not a single black puffy coat  in sight.  Even  better,  most of the pieces are  from affordable stores including H&M and  Target.   They even show to to wear a  pair of leather pants from Top Shop  for both day and night. And as an added bonus their styles are ageless  and  would work well for both me and my daughters.  Just add snow.


Its Fashion Flash Monday! by Deb Chase

Fashion Flash logoThis week Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash. Check out  our experts on fashion, beauty, health and fitness. And don’t forget to click  through Moving Free With Mirabai  for great  exercise tips to prevent winter time weight gain!



Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  Inventing Beauty by Tersea Riordan

I have to admit that I am a beauty history wonk.  I am fascinated by the  search for beauty–  who invented it,  how it works and  how it had evolved to current practices. When I  found  a copy  of Inventing Beauty, I could not wait to get home to curl up with a cup of tea and dive in.  University libraries have academic  texts and original publications, but here was a chance to add a info - packed guide to my very own bookshelf.

Teresa Riordan  was the tech and patant reporter for the New York Times and  thanks  to several grants she  was able to spend  several years meticulously researching  the origins of  fashion and beauty developments at academic libraries in numerous institutions including Harvad, MIT, and the medical library at NIH. But with all this fire power, Inventing Beauty  does not live  up to its promise.

A  Missed Opportunity

I was so excited to  have a well researched book on beauty that I  skipped the inroduction and  jumped into the chapter on the development of eye make-up, a special interest of mine.   While the data and diagrams  were  rich and extensive, there was a strange sense of disengagement.  Rather than a passion for the subject, the author seemed to  be mocking women for  their  willingness to  try out new  beauty products.  I decided to  back track and read the inroduction to get a better sense of the goals of the book.

As it turned out   the author described herself as a feminist  whose original premise for the book  was that  men had created the beauty industry and products  that exploited women.  Even  when her years of research  showed that  many if not most beauty devleopments were made by women for women, she found it very hard to embrace  the  advances in beauty and fashion.  Inventing Beauty is a strong reference guide for  19th century beauty patents,  but I wish the author  had more respect for the topic.



Its Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash logoIts Fashion Flash Monday, New Year’s Eve Edition,  hosted by Barbara of The Best of Everything After 50.  The Fashion Flash bloggers have cranked it up  to end 2013 with the best of the best  fashion and beauty tips:

* Jackie of Aging Backwards  takes an honest look  at New Year’s Resolutions

* Fab Over 40 ends the year with a not  to be  missed plan for reviving dull, dry skin

*Prime Beauty shows how to get  that  special beauty glow by using the right products

*Black Cat Plus proves that beauty is never based on size

* Fabulous After 40  shares the best looks of 2013

* Moving Free with Mirabai reveals the top five fitness myths

* Staness of Menopause  Makeover  shares her recipe for Pomegranate Champagne punch– a drink tht is both healthy and delicious.

* And don’t even THINK of starting the New Year without  The Best of Everything Over 50 personal beauty  products picks.

Vitamin StudiesFashion Flash  Health and Beauty Story of the Year

One of  the New Year’s Resolutions that  I make each year  is to actually take a multi-vitamin pill each and every morning.  This year a trio of studies about multi-vitamins  shook my faith  in that  simple resolution.  Looking at  more than 400,000 men and women, researchers from Harvard and Columbia  University  found that  multi-vitamins, even super  high dose ones,   did not reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and memory issues. Now  many doctors are even recommending against a daily basic bsupplement.

But I think that   we still need  a nutritional safety net.  For example,  both  gluten free  and vegan diets can be  terribly  low in  all the B vitamins  including niacin, thiamin and riboflavin.   Low carb diets  have plenty of B vitamins  but the lack of fruits and veggies  make it  dangerously  low in vitamin C.  Before we now blindly follow these new recommendations, I think  the decision to take supplements  should be based on individual  food plans, not large scale studies.

I would  love to hear what vitamins you take and if these new studies have changed the way  you choose supplements.