Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Its a gorgeous spring day to be hosting Fashion Flash. This week our bloggers are bursting with info to keep you  young AND beautiful:

* The Glam  Gals of Fabulous After40  demonstrate  how to show off one of this spring’s boldest and hottest trends

* Shawna at Female Fat Loss Over Forty celebrates her 49th birthday and gives her top tips to staying  young

* 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.

* Deja Pseu of Une Femme d’un Certain Age is planning for a trip  to Paris and Provence and is starting her packing with shoes.

* 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.

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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.

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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.

Fashion Flash Monday!

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.