This week, Geri of Fab Over 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. Her second Beauty Bash event will be on September 29 at the Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC. One of my favorite make-up artists Sandy Linter will be back and I look forward to getting a new evening look. The fun and info will continue in New Jersey and New York for an entire Beauty Bash week. Check out Fab Over 50 website to read about the experts you will meet at Beauty Bash and the events for the continuing fabulous week. Use the code NYPost to get $30 off the $75 ticket.
Just published, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible is my new favorite fashion guide. But rather than just another make-over book, it is an entertaining exploration of what we wore though history. I have to admit that I am a history wonk. I’ve even been busted reading a book on the history of salt. Traditional history in school books deal with wars, kings and politicians and are written by the winners. I believe that we can get a much more honest picture of what actually happened by looking at how people lived– what they ate, how they furnished their homes and especially what they wore. For example, Gunn points out that the Romans shortened the Greek toga because the streets of room were so dirty. Another Fashion factoid from Mr Gunn? Blue jeans became popular in the 1849 California Gold Rush when men needed pants rugged enough to work in a mine. My favorite tidbit– The raglan sleeve was created for Lord Raglan who lost an arm at the battle of Waterloo and needed a jacket that was easier to pull on. ( I love this stuff)
This beautifully illustrated book is more than just a history book. It relates fashion history to current styles and offers Gunn’s advice is always on point. The book is peppered with his never boring and often hilarious personal anecdotes.
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This week, Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. Recently she uploaded an inspiring post that focused on Sarah Robles, the awesome Olympic weightlifter. Like many full figure women Sarah had trouble finding flattering, wearable clothes. Two plus size designers, Jill Alexander and Ming Wang stepped up to outfit Sarah for London and the Olympic.
Red is apparently the hot color this year. Be sure to checkout the plus size options in this vibrant color
Black Cat Plus looks at more more than just plus size fashion. I was moved by her analysis of a controversial Nike that featured an over weight boy struggling to exercise. Was it motivational or exploitive? I’d love to hear what you think.
I’m so excited about the second Beauty Bash (created by our Geri Brin of Fab Over 50) on Sept 29 at the Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC. If you went last year you know how amazing it was. This year promises to be even better. In addition to a day of skin care experts, cossmetic surgeons, fashion gurus, fashion and accessory pop-up shops, fashion shows, and mini-massage, you will go home with a ginormous goodie bag packed with must-have products.
But wait there is more. Beauty Bash will be followed by FOF Week a celebration of incredible beauty and fashion activities in both New York and New Jersey. From September 30 to Oct 6, you’re invited to a wide range of events and options including a cocktail party and charity shopping at J.Mclaughlin, a free beverage at Trump Grill and 20% off Clarins Kin Spa, Bliss and Foxcraft Collections. And save some time for free consultations with master hait stylist Yann Varin, Manhattan Dental Spa and lifestyle expert Betsy Karp.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Beauty Bash, DDS, Fashion Flash, Geri Brin, Gosmile, Jonathan Levine, National Smile Month, potassium nitrate, tooth whitening, Zoom on May 14, 2012 |
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This week Geri of Fab Over Fifty is hosting Fashion Flash. I love her product testing features. Instead of just one opinion she has a panel of 5-7 women using the product and reporting the results. We all have such individual reactions to skin care products that a a thumbs up or down from one person is pretty limited. Geri gets a range of opinions that provides much more information about the benefits ( or drawbacks) of an anti-aging therapy.
I was also excited to learn that Beauty Bash, the health and beauty expo created by Fab Over Fifty is coming back this year in September and will be accompanied by Beauty Bash week in NYC. More on Beauty Bash as the program develops.
May is National Smile Month and it seems like karma that the book of the week is Smile! by the dentist who invented GoSmile, Jonathan Levine. Its basically a no-nonsense approach to caring for your teeth and is packed with wonderful information. For example it explains the differences between whitening, desensitzening and tartar control toothpastes including which ingredients to look for and which to avoid. I was surprised to learn that about 60% of Americans have tooth sensitivity issues because the tiny tubules in the teeth transmit messages to the nerves. Potassium nitrate seals up tubules and prevents pain transmissions. However Dr Levine points out that to be effective a toothpaste needs to have 5% potassium nitrate and not all that make sensitivity claims have that formulation. FYI Dr Levine recommends Sensodyne if you have sensitive teeth.
The chapter on tooth whitening alone is worth the price of the book. I was fascinated by the science behind tooth whitening and the way the different techniques can work together. Dr Levine writes about who should and should not get tooth whitening- during pregnancy, while breast feeding and under age 14. He also includes a tooth whitening spread sheet that I will take with next time I buy a whitening product. Smile! by Joanthan Levine has earned a permanent place on my beauty bookshelf.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging diet, anti-aging treatments, BB creams, Beauty Bash, Blogtalk Radio, Botox, Facial MAgic, fillers, glycolic acid, Retin A, THe Ageless Sisters on March 2, 2012 |
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True story. I was at a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with a popular blog called Aging Backwards. I was a bit put off. What would this young woman know about aging? When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed. I decided that if she could look like that at her age she certainly knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie also co-hosts the The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland – and this week I was delighted to be a guest. The Ageless Sisters asked such great questions that I uploaded the full interview to share it with you. From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense beauty diet, The Ageless Sisters steered the conversation into useful fact- filled areas.
In a short interview I had to boil down my beauty philosophy to four key points. Since I can spend an hour discussing the differences between AHA’s like glycolic acid and Retin A, time limitations made me focus on what is really important. Compressing a file of info into the top four tips is a great way of getting to the most critical facts for just about any subject. From buying a car to writing a resume to choosing the name of a baby, selecting the four top ideas is a relevant way to cope in a busy world with a short attention span. Let me know what you think.
The Ageless Sisters also presented at Beauty Bash last October, demonstrating Facial Magic, their exercise routinue to firm up the skin. It was amazing to see the entire audience trying out the exercises that Cynthia and Jackie were showing on the stage. I could genuinely feel the muscles under my jaw working to build up contours. And FYI, without Botox or fillers their skin is smooth, taut and free of lines and wrinkles.
Click here to hear the Ageless Sisters Radio Extravaganza
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-age, anti-aging, anti-aging beauty, anti-aging skin products, at home laser, Beauty Bash, best anti-aging, facial anti-aging, home laser, laser at home, laser hair removal, laser skin, Palomar, Palovia, skin laser, wrinkles on December 7, 2011 |
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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of lasers. I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate lines and fry away unwanted facial hair. But they are expensive and when I saw the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious. Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage.
At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit. I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia is FDA approved to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
They offered me a machine to try out and despite my natural cowardice, I really wanted to see what anti-aging benefits they can deliver. The thick instruction booklet was a little daunting. It had a fairly extensive list of guidelines and I read it severral times before feeling comfortable enough to get things started. There are several on and off buttons, charging instructions, choices in intensity, and a list of potential problems that were sobering. And I have to admit that I was afraid of pain.
I charged it up for several hours, read the booklet one more time and was ready to start– with baby steps. The instruction book recommends trying out the machine on your arm to get used to the sensation. I decided to try the home laser on my arm for several sessions to see how my skin responds. I adjusted the Palovia to its lowest setting and as per instructions, I spread on a layer of gel I ( included in the kit). I placed the head of the machine on my arm and pressed the on button. I felt a very mild buzzing sensation for three seconds, then the machine turned off. That was my signal to move to another area. I repeated the treatment in four closely linked areas. When I wiped off the gel, my skin felt a tiny bit irritated and the redness lasted for about an hour. So far, so good. The sensation was definately not painful and I’m going to continue tonight, extending the treatment time to see how my skin responds. Baby steps.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging, Beauty Bash, Fashion Flash, linoleic acid, Liz Vacariello, Menopause Makeover, MUFA, Prevention magazine, Sassy water, Staness on October 24, 2011 |
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This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. I love her blog for its healthy delicious recipes and her down to earth advice. She was one of the most popular experts at Beauty Bash and she had over 40 back to back consultations over the two day event. It was the first time I met Staness and she is beautiful, warm and super smart. Her site always the latest info on woman’s health issues and its facts you can trust.
And when you’ve clicked through all the great Fashion Flash sites, check out The Flat Belly Book by Liz Vaccariello who is editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine. This best selling diet book offers nutritional dvice to reduce belly fat. All good, but what I like about this eating plan is the emphasis on fats like linoleic acid– the fat linked to reduced levels of wrinkles. People who had diets higher in linoleic acid (found in nuts and avocodos) had fewer and later signs of skin aging. The book is packed with nutrional tips and strategies. For example it offers a uique 4 day anti-bloat diet that is a wonderful way to have a flat belly on those occasions ( high school reunions, first date) when you want to look especially spectacular. I tried the diet when I realized that a new dress bought for a conference dinner pulled around my tummy when I sat down. The anti-bloat diet worked beautifully and I didn’t have to fall back on my black “fat” dress.
And I think its recipe for Sassy water ( a blend of ginger, lemon and cucumber) is worth the price of the book. Calorie and caffeine free, Sassy water offers delicious hydration and anti0xidants that you can sip on all day. I’ve started to keep a pitcher of it in my fridge.
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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.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging beauty, Beauty Bash, Brooke Alpert, Clarins, Fab after 40, Fab Over Fifty, Fab Over forty, GLow magazine, Menopause Makeover, Mommy Makeovers, No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, Wilford Brown on October 3, 2011 |
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This weekend, Fashion Flasher Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty hosted the amazing Beauty Bash in New York City. For the first time, eight Fashion Flashers were together at one time. We went out to dinner at Olives in the W Hotel and were having such a good time that a young women came over to find out who we were. When she heard about Beauty Bash, she and her friends bought tickets and came to hear the lectures and visit the booths. It was that good! And in between giving presentations and talking to the over 1000 women who came to visit, we kept blogging. This week:
* Kari of Fab Over Forty insists that beauty does not have to be complicaed, giving us a few quick beauty fixes to make the day a little easier.
* Deb of Fabulous After 40 answers the question– what is the top fall fashion acessory for casual dressing?
* Jodell of Black Cat Plus presents a plus size fall fashion forecast including texture, color and animal prints.
Staness of Menopause Makeover has another amazing recipe, this time a chicken, charred tomato and broccoli salad.
Cat of Obsessed With Shoes looks at what master cobbler Christian Louboutin is doing this fall.
Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty asks if you are working out but feeling tired and gaining weight? Don’t worry, Shawna will sort things out.
And if you are in the New York area this week, Clarins is hosting the second in a series of four beauty evenings, sponsored by Glow magazine. On Oct 6, ( from 6:30-8:30) this event features Mommy Makeovers to get back your shape and vitality. I get so many emails from young moms who are now concerned about early signs of aging. Motherhood is wonderful, but stressful and takes a toll on your skin, hair and contours. The expert panel includes Dr Wilfred Brown, plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring, nurse Julie Tupler who developed a technique on belly flattening that was featured on the Today Show, and nutrititionist Brooke Alpert who is considered a rising star in the health and wellness field. I will be held at the Clarins store at 1061 Madison Avenue. The program is without charge, wine and cheese will be served AND you get a goody bag when you leave. To attend please RSVP to Kerry at 212-374-6100 by October 3. I’ll be there and I look forward to talking with you.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging, Beauty Bash, Fab Over 50, Fab Over forty, Guiding Light, L'oreal, Menopause Makeover, Red Hat Society, skinceuticals, Soft Surroundings on September 28, 2011 |
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Its just three days to Beauty Bash, an amazing beauty and health expo that will be held in NYC on Oct 1&2. I am putting the finishing touches on the presentation I will be doing with Kari of Fabulous Over Forty. We are offering ” The Top Ten Skincare and Make-Up Tips on Sunday Oct 2 at 10:30. Beauty Bash will also feature two of my favorite doctors. Dr Ellen Marmur will be speaking on skin cancer and melanoma on Saturday at 3:40 and on Sunday from 10-4 pm Dr Albert Lefkovits will be doing free skin cancer checks.
Midday Saturday, The Glam Gals from Fabulous After 40 are going to have you looking fab in a hands on, interactive workshop. This dynamic duo are going to be reviewing the five common faux pas women make and teach you how to go from from fruumpy to fabulous with a few easy “tweaks”. I definately don’t want to miss miss another Fashion Flasher, Staness of Menopause Makeover. Her presentation “What Your Mother never Told You About Being Over Fifty” will be on Saturday at 2:50 and her book, The Menopause Makeover will be at the Beauty Bash Barnes and Noble table.
There will be more than 30 superstar speakers including celebrity hair stylist Mark Garrison, make-up artists Wendy Geller and Sandy Linter, over 40 cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and cosmetic dentists and eleven fitness experts including Guiding Light star Beth Chamberlin. Over 40 and as nice as she is incredibly beautiful, Beth and her husband Dr Peter Roy have developed a unique anti-aging exercise and nutritional program. They will be speaking on Sunday at 11:30 and demonstrating how to use kettlebells for a great toned body.
But wait there is more. There are more than 40 booths including L’Oreal, Laura Geller, Soft Surroundings, The Red Hat Society and two of my top picks Jane Iredale and Skinceuticals. I will have a booth with Kari and will be giving away samples kits of anti-aging skin care products from Eucerin and the No-Nonsense Beauty Blog guide to Retin A. And when you leave Beauty Bash you will get a bag of goodies worth over $300. Every day there are great specials on Beauty Bash tickets. For example, yesterday there was a mother/daughter special. If you buy a full price $75 ticket for your self, you daughter comes free.
I am really excited by the caliber of the experts and vendors that will be at Beauty Bash. After being rejected by Invisalign, I have been trying to find the best cosmetic dentists in my area. Beauty Bash will have four of them, and I plan to grab a few curbside consultations. Hope to see you there!
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged aging, anti-aging, Beauty Bash, Eucerin, Fabulous after 40, Fabulous Over Forty, Glam Gals, retin, Retin A, retinol, signs of aging on September 26, 2011 |
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This weeks hosts are Fashion Flash founders The Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40. I love to read their blog at the start of each season to give me a cheat sheet on how a women over 40 can master trends. They decode the new ideas and then explain how to use them in real time. For example, plaids are going to be huge this year, but a grandma in a plaid mini skirt in not my idea of chic. You’ve got to read Fabulous Over Forty to see what smart ideas they have for plaid.
And when you’ve clicked through all the great Fashion Flash sites, please stop on Fab Over Fifty to grab a ticket for Beauty Bash. Held on Oct 1&2 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th St, this is an incredible health and beauty expo that celebrates women over 40. On Sunday Oct 2, at 10:30 I will be doing a presentation with Kari of Fabulous Over Forty called “Top Ten Skin Care and Make-up Tips.” I will be explaining the twelve signs of aging and how to deal with them easily and affordably. I’ll also be giving out samples of, IMO, the two most important anti-aging items we should have on hand. If you can’t make the presentation, I will be at a booth with Kari handing out the No-Nonsense Guide to Retin A and will have more samples. Please come by to say hello! If you go to the Beauty Bash site and enter the code FOF20, you will get a 20% discount on the ticket price!
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