Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis  week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. She is one of the most  trusted online  make-up  authorities and  I never shop for new products without checking out her recommendations.  She  tests out every color and texture to provide  advice that you can always use and trust.  This week our Fashion Flashers   have outdone themselves with posts that range rom a RoC giveaway( Fab Over Forty) to  new choices in shape wear( Diva Debbi)  to new research on the benefits of exercise (Best of Everything After 50).

EAT LIKE A WOMANFashion Flash Book Review: Eat Like A Woman by Staness Jonekos

True Story.  In my early forties my husband and I decided to try to lose  some  weight on the Atkins diet.  Breakfast was bacon and eggs, lunch, a tuna salad plate and dinner a big steak and celery sticks.  After 10  very long days my husband  had lost almost 10 pounds.  I, on the other, had  dropped only two pounds which  quickly returned after the first bagel.   It  was clear that   gender differences  impact on the  way   men and women lose weight — and now there is a book to  show how to make these differences work  for us.

Eat Like A Woman by Flashion  Flash  blogger Staness Jonekos ( Menopause Makeover)  is a much needed  guide to  why and how  women  its harder for women to  control their diet.  For example, EPA and DHA  are two  important components to  omega-3 fatty acid which is so critical for heart health.   Turns out that men do  better with EPA supplements while women   have greater needs  for DHA.

And then there is the way  we handle tryptophan– the food  nutrient that moderates mood.   Staness points out that men are 52% more effective in absorbing tryptophan  than women–  which may explain why  women are more likely to nibble on sweets to self medicate with  food.

Eat Like A Woman offers  a three week, three step program  to lose weight and feel better. Her SWEAT program ( Smart Women Exercise All the Time),  profiles the best exercises for each stage of life.  For example, during pregnancy  Staness recommends walking and  yoga and warns against lying  flat on your back during a workout.  For optimum fitness  during menopause, Eat Like a Woman  recommends  moderate aerobics and strength training. The book closes with a well edited selection of recipes  including salmon tacos, braised pork, grape salsa, spiced nuts and  tuna and red bean salad.

Staness is also the author of Menopause Makeover, the ground breaking guide to getting back  health  and vitality after “the change”.  Eat Like A Woman provides the same type of  up to date research  and recommendations for the rest of our lives


Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Staness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash. Athough  menopause is  in my rearview  mirror, I love the health  and fitness info on this comprehensive site.  She has an indepth,  yet entertaining approach to woman’s health that  is such an asset for women of any age.   Her new book from Harlequin, coming out  in the spring, will be a comprehensive  look at our health isues and solutions. She  has interviewed dozrns og top experts  in  a wide range of fields to  drill down to the  most up to date  data and options.   Its so good Its going to be my gift book of the year.

Feet at Fashion WeekThe Feet of Fashion Week

My favorite part of Fashion Week in NYC is not the clothes on the runway but the fashion  ouside  the shows.  Here you can really see  how a designers  vision is translated into real life outfits.  From ballet skirts with sweatshirts shirts to  leather dresses so elegant, Jackie O would have worn them, the runway looks are toned down and made wearable by  Feet at Fashion Weekindustry fashionistas.   In years past, if you weren’t wearing black, you looked  out of place.  This year there was more color and pattern, but the big news  was on the ground.  Where once the obligatory footwear was a black Leboutain, now the higher and wilder the better.  Keep in mind that Fashion Week is spread out over  several acres of step and concrete at Linclon Center.

  Five inch heels at Fashion WeekThe swarms of papparazzi made it difficult to get a good shot of a great look, so I started shooting at these  amazing shoes.  Some of the papparazzi noticed what I was doing, and they started to shoot the feet too.   I may not  have  great individual style, but  when it comes to photographing feet, apparently I rule.  It was so chaotic that I could not get the shoe designer.  If  you recognize any of the these shoes,  please  shoot me a email.Five inch heels at Fashion Week

Anti-Aging Style at Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Staness of Menopaue Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash.  Staness  has  just finished  the 400 page manuscript for her  second book  on woman’s health issues.  She has interviewed  experts round the world and  some of the anti-aging  information is so cutting edge that it was  not even taught when most of our doctors were in medical school. There is so much new research, its hard to know how to put  the findings into  daily health care  Staness has done that heavy lifting and  we’ll all benefit.

Kate’s Style by Caroline Jones

Kate Middleton is a unique style icon.  Rather than  a party girl model, a  uber sexed Anti-Aging style from Kate Middletonreality star or a super rich clothes  horse,  the Duchess of Cambridge  has  a youthful yet natural glamour.  From  hiking boots to a ball gown,  Kate projects  radiant yet practical style that can be adapted for  women of any age.  While she is in her early thirties, the  dignity and duties of her office demand a polished conservative  style that is would be equally  appropriate for women over 40.  For example almost all of her day dresses  have SLEEVES– how great is that!

Kate’s Style by Caroline Jones ( Barron’s)  is not only packed with  gorgeous  photos,  it decodes  her fashion choices to help women  adapt Kate’s  unique style to their own lives.  While I would not  want to wear those little hats ( I’ll bet Kate doesn’t either)   her boot based casual looks, daytime dresses with sleeves  and  colorful yet covered-up evening  styles are flattering for  women of all shapes and sizes.  For example, the author highlights  those  nude heels that are part of Kate’s event daytime look that adds femininity and height–   an idea that I was able to  copy  with a quick trip to  my local shoe store.

The young duchess  famously mixes custom made designer fashion with affordable   pieces from  stores like Zara and Top Shop.  She  knows how  and when to throw a little blazer over a dress or pants  and she wears a belt like she invented  them.   Author  Jones  points out these  signature style tricks and even offers a resource guide to stores and   labels.  A totally helpful book and just $16.99– about half the price  of most  fashion guides.


Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoI’m so delighted to be  hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Our Glam Squad of bloggers have  outdone themselves with posts that range from exercises to improve your golf score , how to lower your skin cancer risk   and a   game plan for  wearing  the uber popular, eye searing  NEON  colors over forty.

* Cindy of Prime Beauty points out that aging doesn’t only show on our faces, our hair is feeling the years too.   She profiles Nexxus Youth Renewal Hair Care  line that helps fight eight visible signs of aging

* May is  Skin Cancer Awareness Month  and Kari of Fab Over 40  interviews  Dr Piasecki of the Skin Cancer Center on the best ways  to protect your skin from cancer causing UV rays.  Read this timely and important  post at

* Its bold, its electric but can a mature woman wear it?  Find out what style expert Deborah Boland has to say about how to wea those bright green, pink or orange  neon colors at Fabulous After 40.

* Looking for warm weather fashion inspiration?   Jackie from Aging Backwards shares her shopping experience at  Coldwater Creek Store.

* Jane Seymour is upbeat and unstoppable.  Check out our one-on-one interview with her at Fab Over Fifty

* Barbara at Best of Everything After Fifty is fuming mad and  wants to know when the media will get the message that women don’t have to be  thin, young, and perfectly gorgeous  to be beautiful, powerful and strong!

*   Menopausal?  Confused about management options?  72% of women have not received any treatment of menopausal symptoms.  Staness of Menopause Makeover  tells you how to find reliable information online.

Jodell of Black Cat  Plus  doesn’t understand   how its acceptable for a major retailer not  to carry plus size clothing when plus size  men and women make up almost  70% of the market.

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai  shares  easy and fun “prehab” exercises to get  yourself ready for the golf season.

Get ready for summer with our Glam Squad  line-up of great posts.  As Helena Rubinstein famously once  said ” There are no  unattractive women, only lazy ones”

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week  Staness of  Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash.  This upbeat and  supportive site offers valuable and reassuring wellness advice for the changes that come with “The Change”.   While those days are behind me, I love Menopause Makeover for its delicious  AND healthy recipes.  Her turkey chili  is my go-to dish that I bring to Superbowl parties.  I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of fish, but her fish recipes  which  also feature   nutrient packed  vegetables  are so tasty it makes it easy to get in those two weekly  servings  of  Omega 3’s.   It  makes life  very pleasant when a dish of Panko Coated Tilapea, Louisiana Cafishfish with corn and okra and and  Asian Tuna Kebobs are as healthy as they are  enjoyable.    Too many recipes in magazines seem to be created  just to fill up pages.  By contrast  the recippes in   Menopause Makeover have been carefully  tested and tasted  before they  are published.  Nice.

scan0302The New Menopause Resource Center

Menopause and its little cousin peri-menopause, create a tsunami of physical and emotional issues that can last more than a decade.   To provide comprehensive health support, woman’s health expert and  cardiologist Dr Nieca Goldberg is developing a new comprehensive  Menopause Program at the  NYU Langone Center for Women’s Health.  The goal will be to provide  unique support for the symptoms, health care and treatment options.  To make sure that the services truely meet  our needs, Dr Goldberg,  who is the Director of the NYU Langone Center for Women’s Health ,   has organized  a pair  focus groups in Manhattan on April 25 and April30th.  If you are between the ages of 44-59, come to a dinner to explore  how menopause and peri-menopause affects  you with symptoms that include  irritability, anxiety, hot flashes and sleep problems– and  what services you would want  to see in an effective program.   For more information contact Staci Weininger at

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

FF1This  week the host of Fashion Flash  is Staness of Menopause Makeover. In addition to timely medical  advice and a great  health calculator and record keeper,   IMO Staness has some of the best low calorie recipes on the web.  This week I was looking for something to bring to a Super Bowl Party on Feb  3 that would not lower  the life expectancy of  the assembled sports fans.  Standard Super Bowl buffets  usually feature buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing, nachos with cheese and meat and every kind of chip on the planet.   I road tested the turkey chili recipe  from Staness and  it was perfect.  According to Staness, the  heat from  the  chili peppers increase   metabolism so that I actually burn calories as I eat it.  This chili is also  high in iron ( from the turkey) and in vitamin C ( from the tomatoes, peppers and chili).  Now I have to decide if  I’m even going to even  mention that  it  was low fat, low  salt  and  just all around wonderful for the body.

This week I am also  so excited to introduce our  newest  Fashion Flash blogger– Barbara Hannah Gufferman, author of  The Best of Everything  After 50:  The Experts GuideGUFFERMAN to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More.   She interviewed top experts including  Diane Furstenberg ( fashion), Frederic Fekkai ( hair) and Dr Patricia Wexler ( skin) to come up with ideas  of the best and the brightest to deal with issues that affect  50 plus women.  

In addition she   has  a weekly front page column on Huffington Post, is the Chief Pundit  for Fabulous Over Fifty and is a regular contributor to AARP.   Barbara has appeared on The Today Show, and Good Morning  America and is a regular on NPR, Dr Oz Sirius Radio and the Oprah Channel.  Last  year the National Osteoporosis Foundation  honored her for her outspoken support  of  women’s health.

I’m Hosting Fashion Flash!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and  many of our great Fashion Flash posts  deal with this  critical health issue for women:

* What can you do to lower your breast cancer risk for breast cancer? Menopause Makeover has ten tips that could change your life!  With early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

* Here’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month collaboration to smile about.  Jackie Silver from Aging has uncovered a great buy on a product everyone needs  to give back- a win/win.

* How do I get back in shape after cancer treatment?  Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai answers the question.

* What is the hottest color this fall in fashion for women over 40?  The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 have the scoop.

* Ever wonder what a professional facial is like?  Come along with Prime Beauty’s guest blogger Ilsa to the Le Metier de Beaute counter to get an  early up close view of her Chem60 Pro-Peel

* Fab Over 40 wants you to find out what other women are discussing about menopause  and the 2nd talk

*Jodell of Black Cat Plus  asks:  is body shaming becoming more and more acceptable with the influence of the internet and social media?

* Get beauty secrets from the bible at Fab Over 50.  Hallelujah!

* What does Female Fat Loss Over 40 eat in a day?  See what a lean and fit trainer eats as well as a cool vide from Dr Peter Osbourne on healthful eating.

In recognition of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Howard Murad is offering Hydrate for Hope,  an awesome pink makeup bag stuffed with nighttime moisturizer and eye cream– and 10% of  purchase price will be donated to City  of Hope for breast cancer research.  Over the years, Dr Murad has donated over $1,000,000 to research for breast cancer prevention and cure.    And eash time you “like” a Murad Facebook fan  page or tweet about a Murad product, this comitted company will donate $1.00 to cancer  care programs at City of Hope.  How easy  is that.

Dr Murad  was one of the first to create an anti-aging skin care program using glycolic acid.  I featured  his products in my  book-  Fruit Acids for Fabulous Skin- and use them in my own skin care routinue.    They are  safe, uber effective and affordable.  In Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to  remind  you to avoid estrogen-based  skin care formulations.  There is no need to use dangerous anti-aging moisturizers especially when there safe and  better options.

Its Fashion Flash Monday

This week Staness of  Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash.  I love her supportive and effective advice on weight control.  Want to know  your ideal weight?  Just enter your height and gender and the  number pops up  within seconds.  I was happy to learn that  I was  less than 7 pounds away.  That’s  a number I can handle.

Menopause Makeover also  has  a great selection of easy, delicious and health recipes.   This week I made her tilapea with cherry tomatoes and black olives.  Flavored with  a bit of white wine, olive oil and garlic, it clocked in at less than 250  calories  per delicious serving.  

This week I picked up The Bag Lady Papers, a   small pink book with a big impact. Author   Alexandra Penney  had been  a well known lifestyle writer who  lost  her  entire life savings when she invested  them with Bernie Madoff.   Penney and I  shared a mentor  in Self  magazine founder Phyliss Starr Wilson and the events of  her life before and  after Madoff certainly hit home.  Her first book ” How to Make Love to a Man” was a huge  hit and she prudently saved and invested the earnings.  When she  became editor in chief  at Self, she  was the driving force behind   raising readership  and higher revenues.  While she enjoyed the perks of her  job– exotic travel,  legendary restaurants,  exciting parties and designer clothes,  she  made sure that her   savings were safe and growing.   Then one morning she woke up and everything was gone.  

Penney started a blog  that was soon turned into  a small, moving and ultimately inspiring  book.  She weaves together  the arc of her career,  her surrent struggles to keep a roof over  her  head,   and  herl ists of what is important in a post -Madoff life .  But you don’t have to be a  Madoff vistim to relate to The Bag Lady Papers. Over the  past few years , I have seen my friends, neighbors and family members lose the jobs they loved.  Every month I see another store or restaurant close, the victim of a contracting economy. But  life  is marked by more than financial and professional  sink holes. And as the years go by we all experience  painful changes– divorce, death of a parent,  serious health problems and   her  lists of what  is and is not important is worth the price of the book.