I am so excited to host Fashion Flash in the first week of summer. I have my summer lists of musts– mint iced tea, swimming at dusk, planting herbs, concerts in the park, and flowers, lots of flowers in my home. Summer is just 90 days and the Fashion Flash bloggers wants to make every day count:
* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai demonsrates how interval training can jump start your exercises on land and in water.
* Josephine of Chic at any age suggests that we do as French women do and add a scarf.
* Pam of Over 50,Feeling 40 is really feeling summer. As summer sales begin, Pam reminds readers of the power of a well fitted jacket. There will be so many options lets get out there and shop!
*Jackie of Aging Backwards has free summer beauty tips compliments of mother nature.
* Debbi of Diva Debbi has reached a milstone this week exceeding 1,000,000 pageviews. As a RoC ambassador she is celebrating with a skin care giveaway.
*Jodell of Black Cat Plus shows how plus size women can take advatage of facial contouring tips to accent features.
* Positive Living advocate Barbara of Best of Everything After 50 thinks many of us over-process, over-color, over-dry, and over everything our hair. But she has a solution that might work for you too!
*Kari at Fab Over Forty knows a nude lipstick can be the key to a fresh youthful look, especially in summer. This week she shares a lovely nude lip palette with gorgeous options at a great price.
*Melanie of Society Wellness has 10 amazing basic tips to keep your trip to the grocery store healthy and on budget. Add your tips to the list by posting in the comments section of the post!
* Cindy of Prime Beauty may have just found the Holy Grail foundation for women over 40– full coverage that doesn’t look or feel like a mask.
*Carrie of Second Lives Club interviews green blogger Ronnie Citron- Fink who offers advice for those going to BlogHer.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Lets Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
Lets Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is promoted as a book at deals with the aging and beauty. No really. The book begins with a look at women like Diana Vreeland and Lena Dunham who are not classic beautities, but who still thrived in an image concious world. Then the book turns into a stream of conciousness memoir as Diane Keaton shares tales of past loves, her parents, and her two dopted children. She has had an amazing career and a list of equally amazing boyfriends including Warren beatty Sam Shephard, Al Pacino and Woody Allen. Its not a boring story and she tells it with vivid detail.
Diane Keaton has been a style icon since her Annie Hall days so it was surprising to read how insecure she was with her appearance. For example at 15 she was so concerned about a small bump on her nose that she slept with a clothes pin to flatte it out. She even took to eating dinner alone in her room so that she had extra “clothespin time” to work on the nose. She is also so self concious about her hair that she tries to wear a hat most of the time. I just wish she knew that her straight blonde silky hair in movies like Annie Hall, Reds and Manhattan was a yardstick for beauty by which a generation measured themselves.
Her rich memories tend to vear so rapidly from one idea to another that it can be hard to follow her thoughts. I also have to admit that she certainly held my attention when discussing her famous relationships. I got the impression that her breakup with Warren Beatty and Al Pacino were painful but she is still close friends with Woody Allen. However I felt uncomfortable to read that Allen’s pet name for her was ‘worm”. Its not a term that I would associate with this adventurous woman who persued life on her own terms.
“Lets Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is packed with visual language. For example she describes some of her current outfits, the 47 portraits of famous men that she has hung on a wall of her home and mentions the 14 homes she has renovated in the past 15 years. But there is not a single photo in the entire book . Not one. Even the cover photo is an image of a woman covering her face with a bowler hat.This is the third fashion book in three weeks I have seen that do not have a single photograph. I really don’t understand why publishers pack pointless coffee table books with literally hundreds of images and very little text and don’t see to toss in a few photos in books that actually have informtion to offer.
Its tough to drill down into beauty and aging and there are no easy answers. But Keaton entertains us as she nibbles around the edges of a difficut and sometimes painful topic.