* Geri at Fab Over Fifty turns her camera on FOF street style. She found a women who’s definitely channeling 70’s glam– shaggy vest, round shades and wide legged trousers. But did she ace this retro trend or should we send her back to Studio 54?
*Jodell of Black Cat Plus gives us a heads up that Full Figure Week is coming to New York City in June!
* Jackie of Aging Backwards looks at the importance of protein to your daily diet– and why those guys slurping down protein shakes at the gym might actually be onto something.
* Kari of Fab Over Forty knows that choosing the right shade can take years off her look– and shares some tools to find out which tone is best.
Like most women over 40, I loved Life Love and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman. I went to the play with Jackie of Aging Backwards, and we laughed and teared up for a solid two hours. This weekend I found a another book by Ilene and as usual she hit home. Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness is focused on her feeling about an upcoming 50th Elementary School Reunion. Since we went to the same elementary school, I was hooked, but I’m certain her thoughts and experiences are pretty universal. In preparation for the reunion she thinks about losing twenty pounds, visits too many make-up counters and writes letters ( unsent) to famous women asking for beauty advice. It should be required reading for any women facing a reunion. Do you have a reunion anecdote? I’ll ‘share mine if you share yours.
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40. Like many New Yorkers, I rely on walking for my daily exercise. Twenty city blocks is equal to one mile and I leave extra time so that I can walk to my appointments and get in some exercise. But when icy winter weather arrives, I have to go indoors and and Shawna has some of the best fitness programs I’ve ever tried. She is especially good at motivating reluctant athletes ( like me) and I feel better rather than achy after one of her workouts. Be sure to check her out as well as the rest of the wonderful Fashion Flash sites.
This weekend I picked up an intriguing little skin care book by an LA based celebrity esthetician. Skintervention by Scott-Vincent Borba has an interesting approach to both diet and skin care. The book is packed with effective tips that are practical as well as affordable. For example, he recommends treating sunburned skin with a milk bath to reduce inflmmation; since caffeine shrinks blood vessels, Skintervention explains how to use leftover coffe grounds to reduce under-eye swelling and dark circles; or my favorite tip is adding antioxidant rich pomegrante juice to vodka to offset the aging effects of alcohol.
Skintervention also has anunusual way of classifying the skin. Rather than the standard dry vs oily or older vs teenager, Borba divides skin into five major categories– acne prone, sensitive, aging, cellulite, and skin in transition. He drills down into each category and offers to tips to prevent as well as treat problems.
Borba includes a few rccipes to illustrate his approach to healthy food and his chocolate shake is a lifeline to chocoholics who need a healthy fix. It combines melted dark chocolate( rich in antioxidants) with skim milk and almond milk and its worth buying the book for just this recipe.
I disagree with Borba that oily skin needs a moisturizer and he loses some credibility when the book repeatedly promotes the authors’ health drinks and mixes. But I really liked the clearly road tested advice that added a a few new tricks to my skin care skill set.
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40 is hosting Fashion Flash. She recently threw down a challenge to the rest of rest of us to join her in a structured fitness program. Jojami of Fabulous After 40 took it on and has posted a video clip of her progress. We were together at Beauty Bash and she looked amazing. But even more impresive was her stamina. After six hours on her feet at the Fabulous After 40 booth, she was still bright and bubbly– and in 4 inch heels!
And when you have checked out all the linked posts on Fashion Flash, go back to Fabulous After 40 and click on The Ultimate Cure for the Dysfunctional Closet DVD from Jojami. I thought I had my clothes under control, but Jojami is a closet grand master. She takes you through cleaning out the content, buying the right tools, and how to put it all back. The Ultimate Cure for the Dysfunctional Closet is an extremely well done video– funny, well edited and with great energy. I’m not surprised since Jojami has been connected to media since childhood. Her dad is actor James Best who was a fixture on TV westerns in the fifties and on The Dukes of Hazzard.
This week’s host is Shawna of Female Fat Loss After 40. Since March is National Nutritional Month I had hoped that Shawna would tackle diets when she hosted Fashion FLash– and I wasn’t disappointed. She explored a question that had troubled me for years– if I followed an aggressive exercise program, did I need to watch my diet? And I got my answer as Shawna writes about “training” a bad diet.