This week Deb of Fabulous After 40 is hosting Fashion Flash. There is certainly no shortage of fashion experts out there, but IMO Fabulous After 40 has the best insight into over 40 style. It looks at new trends and then adapts them to the bodies and lifestyles of real women . Its not just that our bodies are changing, but our lives as well. So much of the stuff you see in stores is for for clubbing, sports and dating. When you are are trying to figure out what to wear to your son’s college graduation or your daughter’s wedding, the options are slim. Fabulous After Forty is my roadmap to style and style choices, and I always check it out before going shopping.
I have spent most of my professional life as a health and beauty writer. I loved gathering accurate information and sharing it in a timely helpful lifestyle book. But over the last few years, publishing became less and less interested in this type of book unless the author had a celebrity platform. I was asked to ghost some of these books and the process was not pleasant. I decided to start publishing my own lifestyle e-books and this week I am so delighted to announce the publication of the first e-book from Chase Communications– The Magic of Facial Exercise by Cynthia Rowland. Its available on Kindle Select and on May 7-9 you can download it for free at http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Facial-Exercise-ebook/dp/B00C33WJ7E/.
The Magic of Facial Exercise is an introduction to the power of isometric training to reshape the face. Rather than just a book of exercises, it is an in-depth guide to the science of facial aging. The Magic of Facial Exercise looks at what is behind sings of aging such as crows feet and double chin and explains exactly which muscle groups need some TLC.
Cynthia Rowland is a widely redognized fitness and beauty expert. Creator of the Facial Magic System she has been on the Today Show, The View, The Rachel Ray Show as well as on QVC and HSN. More than 1,00,000 men and women in more than 40 countries are fans of the Facial Magic System.
I am working with terrific experts on several new e-book projects including a beauty guide for blondes, an amazingly effective diet based on science rather than science fiction and the first book on anti-aging smile makeovers. Producing beautiful professional e-books turned out to be a lot harder than it looked, but I’m having the time of my life. If you have an ideas for books you would like to see or an idea for a book you would like to do, I’d love to hear from you.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged aging backwards, Christy Turlington, Eight Hour Cream, Ellen Marmur, Fashion Flash, Francisco Valera, how to do a smoky eye, Jackie Silver, Marmur Medical, Sandraa Bullock on April 29, 2013 |
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This week Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash. Jackie is one of the best beauty journalists I have ever met. We can go to the same conference and she will find great new products and experts, that never made it on my radar. In fact Jackie introduced me to two of my new favorite skin care products– Brush on Sunblock and microfiber cleansing cloths. She also spots trends months before the rest of us and if you want to read it first, be sure to check out Aging Backwards.
Free Make-up Master Class
Last week I went to a work-shop by master make-up artist Francisco Valera, hosted by Marmur Medical in New York City. You’ve seen his work in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Marie Claire and Elle and his clients include Christy Turlington, Kate Moss,Giselle and Sandra Bullock.
Francisco ( just first name, like Cher or Madonna) used techniques that I’ve never seen before. He started by applying a dab of Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden to the lips. Although he does the lips last, he wanted to give the cream time to hydrate the often dry skin on the lips. I was fascinated as he used three different shades of the same cream foundation to cover redness, add light and create definition.
For a daytime look, he brushed champagne beige eye shadow on the lids. Then he mixed the same eight hour cream with a cherry red Chanel lipstick to produce a translucent yet intense lip color. To switch to a party look, Francicso created a delicate smoky eye and “took down” lip color to a softer neutral beige. Watching Francisco work, I could see why Christy, Kate and Sandra look so good.
Marmur Medical will be holding a second make-up master class on May 9 2013. From 5:30-7:00, Francisco will share the secrets of supermodel beauty and you will go home with both great knowledge and a great goody bag. To reserve a seat, RSVP to Marie.Lum@marmurmedical.com. I’ll be going back for another session and I hope to see you there.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Advanced Style, Fashion Flash, Jeanne Moreau, Kate Moss, Kira Jolliffe, Moving Free with Mirabai, Ray Garnett, Seth Cohen, THe Cheap Date Guide to Style on April 15, 2013 |
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This week Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash. The spring weather is making me want to get out and move again and I’m inspired by Mirabai’s exercise DVD’s shot on the beach or in the mountains of Colorado. She makes it look so easy and fun that I actually went out and bought a new pair of running shoes.
The Cheap Date Guide to Style
Like most of us, I started my fashion journey around age 13 when I was allowed for the first time to go shopping with a friend, rather than Mom. And for most of these years, I wanted not so much to stand out as to be appropriate. I’ve pretty much achieved my goal and now feel confident that I will be neither over or underdressed for all occasions. I look fine, but not especially interesting. I’ve been wanting to crank up my style a bit, but not so much that Seth Cohen of Advanceed Style would pick me out of a crowd. When I found a copy of The Cheap Date Guide to Style by Kira Jolliffe and Bay Garnett, I felt I found a source of fashion tips to take me where I wanted to go.
The authors are the founders of a uber hip UK mag called Cheap Date. The book is done in a magazine style of call-outs, photos and boxes that make you smile and nod– “oh that’s how its done”. Cheap Date gets its fashion inspiration from a diverse group of icons including Kate Moss, CHanel, Zac Posen, Jeanne Moreau and Keith Richards.I love the lists in Cheap Date and I think my favorite is the list of five dresses every woman should own:
* relaxed jersey
With sandels in summer and boots plus an over coat in winter, you’re ready for anything.
Other super easy tips for adding a bit of style include scrunching up your sleeves, adding a monogram somewhere, and tipping on a beret . Adding a pair of Ray Bans pulls it all together. Now this is fashion advice I can actually follow.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging, Aveeno, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder Mad Men COllection, Fab over 40, Fashion Flash, make-up wipes, Nude Collection from Dior, soy and the skin, soy benefits, soy complex, soy moisturizer, vitamin C serum, what is salicylic acid on April 1, 2013 |
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This week Kari of Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. This gorgeous site is packed with on point beauty, fashion and fitness information. This week it includes an interview with Bobbi Brown on make-up for women over 50, a preview of the Estee Lauder Mad Men collection and and up close and personal view of the Nude Collection from Dior. Don’t miss it.
I don’t usually review random products, but when Aveeno offered me samples of their new skin care options, I couldn’t say no. Aveeno is one of my favorite brands and some of their products are constants in my Beauty Tool Kit. There is an ocean of products out there, but Aveeno usually rise to the top.
When I got the package from Aveeno, I saw that I had already reccommended the Clear Complexion SPF30 BB Cream and The Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer with feverfew has been my go-to sunscreen/moisturizer and a star in my Beauty Tool kit. But there were new products too, and I was impressed with the real thought and talent that went into them.
The big green jar of Clear Complexion Cleansing pads contain a bit of salicylic acid to deal with excess oil and dead skin cells, while the pad itself offers gentle exfoliation. This is the perfect cleanser to use if you are using an anti-aging vitamin C serum. It is also a great choice for normal or slightly oily skin. Its a big jar, but I made space on my already crowded beauty shelves for this well designed cleanser.
I am very very picky about wipes that remove make-up. Some are way too oily while others seem to be drenched in fragrance. I am loyal to the Almay Oil-Free Eyemake-up Remover Pads, but now I’m also a big fan of the Aveeno Ultra Calming Make-up Removing Wipes. They have a nice big wipe that does a beautiful job of lifting make-up that leaves my skin feeling so comfortable. If you are too tired to wash your face before going to bed, keep a package of these wipe by your bedside. Just a few swipes as you fall into bed will give your skin a clean, healthy night.
The Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser is an elegant alternative to Cetaphil and perfect to use when you are using Retin A. I tend to stop using Retin A in sunny weather, but in the fall, this cleanser will have a spot on my sink. The Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer is just brilliant in concept. I get so many questions about the best moisturizer to use when dealing with acne, and now I finally have an answer. What makes this moisturizer a rock star, is the addition of salicylic acid and soy complex. The former is a world class acne fighter while the later is a super soother. To bottom line it, you get anti-inflammatory breakout protection even while there are moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin fresh and soft. I love this type of smart, simple solution.
There are soooo many products out there that make inflated promises and just don’t work at all. Its nice to be able to give a shout -out to those that deliver real value.
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This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40 is hosting Fashion Flash. Exercise is important all year round, but I think March is when excercise needs meet a critical mass. Cold weather and hearty comfort foods make winter weight gain almost inevitable. But March means that its soon going to be time to peel off those weight conceling layers of clothing. What I love best about Shawna is that she shares fitness success stories of real women. If they can, do it so can I . Female Fitness After 40 is such a relief from the celebrity fitness concpet eg Gweneth Paltrow whose 2% body weight and highly restrictive diet is much more entertainment than advice.
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This– Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know
Kate White is something of a legend in new York publishing. In an industry where most of us struggle just to get a foothold, she has been editor in chief of five major magazines. She took over the top spot as Cosmopolitan, replacing the iconic Helen Gurley Brown and over the next 14 years kept Cosmo brand moving forward. In addition to a great marriage, two children, she has also written 8 best selling thrillers.
When most successful women are asked for their career advice, they usually thank their mom, a second grade teacher or pointedly state that they worked very very hard. ( As if the rest of us are slackers). Not Kate White. Clear, frank and forthright, she shares her real tips for getting the career you want in an increasingly crowded and difficult work environment. In her new book ” I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This“ , Ms White provides real time advice that a women needs to hear. For example, in a meeting, most women apologize or rationalize when they offer ideas. Instead, start off with the words–” here’s a thought…” You should confident, but not arrogant and people will not only listen, the credit naturally goes to you.
Her rules for networking are so good I was tempted to jot them down on an index card for my next event. For example, I followed her advice, not only to join every important professional meeting in my field, but to actually to get out there and attend their events. Once you get there she provides dozens of easy to follow dozens conversational tools and techniques.
I’m a natural introvert and her advice is transformational. I’m given many books and most of then I give away when I’m done. Not only is ” I Shouldn’t Be telling You This” a keeper, its my birthday gift of the year to my smart, talented friends. So much better than another a scarf or pair of gloves.
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This week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. If you’re looking for a new beauty care product, check it out first on Prime Beauty. Through Cindy I’ve discovered beauty products like eyeliners that I can actually use, a new favorite fragrance and blush that looks as good on my cheek as it does in the package.
About Face ( Seal Press)
There is a double standard about a woman’s appearance. On the one hand, the media seems to obsessed with every detail of style icons like Kim Kardashian, Byonce and Kate Moss. Women like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and singing sensation Susan Boyle are mocked for their hairstyles, waist size and fashion choices. But when women, especially over 40, show interest in skin care and style, they are labeled as vain and foolish.
About Face edited by Anne Burt, is a great collection of personal essays on beauty and appearance by 23 accomplished artists and writers. The book starts with an introduction by Bobbi Brown, internationally reknowned make-up artist and creator of her own make-up line. She writes movingly about growing up short and dark haired in an era where tall blonds like Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley were the prevailing beauty standards– and how she has sought to help women define their own unique beauty qualities. While the tall blond thing is still totally out there, her line of neutral make-up freed women from the candy colored makeup that had been the standard cosmetic lines.
The authors of the essays range from early twenties to Alix Kate Schulman, author of “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen” who is now in her late seventies. These well -written pieces include exploration of racial identification, the image of aging on a mother’s face and the role of men and love in establishing a comfortable self image. , Many of the essays struggle with reconciling feminism and vanity. The conclusion? You can still keep your feminine credentials if you use make-up and get regular blow-outs. Good to know.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Back Cat Plus, bra fitting, bras after mastectomy, Fashion Flash, hiding nipples, Jene Liciani, No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, THe Bra Book, what is back bulge on March 11, 2013 |
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This week, Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash! Black Cat Plus is a positive, dynamic look at plus size fashion and lifestyle issues. Rather than fussing about ways to look “thinner”, Jodelle explores beautiful options for all occasions. For example in her recent post on Valentines Day she suggested a sexy red dress with ” ruching at all the right places”, a draped uber feminine grey print skirt or a sheer white blouse over a pair of dressy black pants. These are real time suggestions as she finds affordable examples currently available online or in stores.
The Bra Book by Jene Luciani
I know I am an information wonk and love to drill down on a subject. I believe that if it is worth writing about, its worth getting deep into the details. The Bra Book shows you how its done.Luciani shares her own breast issues and clearly cares deeply that “our girls” get the care and support they deserve. This book It is so full of fresh and helpful ideas that I found it hard to pick out my favorites:
* For VNS ( visible nipple syndrome) Luciani recommends adhesive circles such as Fashion Form Breast Petals, that covers the nipples yet peels off painlessly. Even better they work equally well for swimsuits.
* Back bulge will ruin the line of even the most perfect designer outfit. The Bra Book suggests trying a bra that closes in the front because it pulls the breasts forward rather than spreading out down the back. Trust me, it works.
* Monthly bra pain? Not a problem is you switch to a softer fabric or a larger size during your period.
*Strapless bra slipping? The Bra Book suggests going down a size for a tighter fit.
The Bra Book covers breast changes throughout a woman’s life including pregnancy, weight loss and gain, menopause and mastectomy. It profiles the 16 ( yes, there are 16) different types of bras and how to choose the right one for every situation. As I read the book, I just couldn’t wait to slip the book in my bag and run out to try out some of those 16 different styles and shapes.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged alkaline diet, Crazy Sexy Cancer, Dr THomas Rau, Fashion Flash, Glam Gals, Kris Carr, No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, Oscar fashion over 40, THe Swiss Detox Diet on February 25, 2013 |
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This week the Glam Gals of Fabulous After Forty are hosting Fashion Flash. In addition to fashion and beauty advice, they now have celebrity news and I am looking forward to their Oscar coverage. There seemed to be two main styles of gowns– strapless ball gowns for the younger stars and V neck long sleeve sheaths for the over 40 crowd. I’m not sure if I liked the latter. I remember from my mother of the bride days ( married two daughters in three years), that the designers found clever ways to get the ball gown effect without baring arms. One dress offered the option of a little bolero jacket over a strapless A line satin gown. Another added little chiffon drapings over the upper arms with a fitted bodice. My all time favorite was a shirtwaist style top with a full satin skirt that has almost too big to get through a door. The long sleeve sheaths at the Oscars just seemed to be a bit dowdy. Any thoughts?
Book of the Week
When I was a young girl, the Swiss health clinics were one of the perks of the very rich that included Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor. From injections of embryonic lamb cells to long soaks in hot minerals baths, these remedies were standard for the rich and famous over 40. So when I saw “The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health” by Dr Thomas Rau on the pile of discount books, I plucked up a copy for myself.
The first third of the book is pretty dense science. I know that I can be a science wonk, but these long discussions on lymph glands, hyperacidity, and toxic load put me into an infomation haze. When Dr Rau actually got to his Swiss Detox Diet , I finally began to understand how its concepts actually worked. The basis of his approach is focused on increasing the alkalinity of the body which he believes can treat everything from allergies to cancer. It is very similar to the approach of Crazy Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr but not nearly as much fun. However the last third of Dr Rau’s book has a useful collection of recipes that help the body reduce toxins and restore PH balance. They are also easy to do and genuinely tasty. Most were gluten free and dishes like Asian baked cod and zucchini lasagna were so good, no one believed they were from a detox style diet book.
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This week Moving Free with Mirabai ishosting Fashion Flash and her advice could not come at a better time. Freezing February weather has sent my usual fitness routine into hibernation. Mirabai has literally dozens of exercise programs to deal with every need at every exercise level. And if you have back of knee problems her chair exercise CD’s will take away any excuse to avoid exercise.
I first met Lois Joy Johnson, author of The Wardrobe Wakeup when I was working with branding guru Faith Popcorn and she was the beauty editor at Ladies Home Journal. She often talked about doing a book on style and now its finally here– and it was worth the wait. Even better its about dressing beautifully over forty. I love her approach to fashion that combines clear lines that deliver a big impact.
She helps you shop from your closet to use what you already have and what to look for if you need to update your wardrobe. She has great explanations for terms like “black tie” and “cocktail party” for the 40 plus body, giving real examples that are simple to follow. For example she says that black tie means “you are going to the Oscars as a guest, not a nominee”.
For “business attire” Johnson recommends adding a one or two dressy embellishments like a silky blouse or a wow necklace to your every day work wear. And Johnson finally has given me a real sense of what to wear when the invite says–” casual chic”. Johnson suggests a knit dress with python shoes and a stack of colorful bangles. Now I get it.
The book is packed with new fashion insights– or at least they are new to me. She convinced me that a one shoulder dress is better than strapless when you’re no longer an ingenue.Wardrobe Wakeup uses real life women to model the clothes. They have hips, busts, a few lines, and look absolutely beautiful.
One final thought. Wardrobe Wakeup is also the quintessential book on New York Style. People often ask me how New Yorkers look so chic. This book tells you how its done.
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