This week Geri of Fab Over Fifty is hosting Fashion Flash. This large well-written site is IMO the best magazine style site on the web. Its packed with info that is updated daily. It has giveaways that I actually want such as a trip to France or a weekend spa vaca. This week FOF is giving away a Clarisonic, hands down my favorite beauty tool. Geri’s own blog that shares her concerns and experiences that often leaves me laughing. This week she writes her concerns about becoming a grandma for the first time.
I also have become addicted to reading what Fab Over Fifty’s chief pundit, Barbara Hannah Gufferman is thinking and doing. Today I chuckled over her post describing how Peanuts cartton introduced her to Beethoven. Remember Charlie Brown and his piano? You can also check out Barbara at her own site The Best of Everything After Fifty.
Recently my favorite feature has been the “Ask an FOF” where readers can pose a question and experts will supply an answer. It covers topics from Art to Finance to Woman’s Health. Today’s question dealt with a not infrequent problem– how to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of a room. Rather than moving, the FOF experts gave solid suggestions as well as friendly support.
I’ve also become addicted to two more sites written for and by women over 40. Chic at Any Age lives in the UK and brings a definate European style. I love that she writes about recycling clothes to make an outfit seem fresh and modern. Recently I copied her look as she added a broad belt to an older coat. I added a broad black patent belt to an plain, five year black coat and now its my new favorite– and for no additional cost.
I love to start my morning by finding out what Pam of Over Fifty, Feeling Forty is up to today. In addition to age appropriate fashion advice where I always pick up an idea or two. Pam is like having a good friend who gives you a pep talk when things get rough. She is a fellow thrifter and is now a Ambassador for Goodwill.
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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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This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fab Over Fifty aka FOF. This sassy site for smart, dynamic women is packed with must read features. FOF tests all manner of beauty and health care products that range from glycolic peels to magnetic devices for hot flashes. I love Date My Kid section where Mom’s can post pics and bios of their single children and I’m waiting for the announcement of the first FOF marriage. There is a vibrant community of FOF guru’s that are waiting anxiously to answer your questions on topics that range from antiques to woman’s health. And the prizes on FOF giveaways are soooo temping ( eg weekend spa vacations) I never miss a chance to enter.
One of the most popular features on FOF is Hot or Not. Origninally a term used by snarky under grads to rate girls, at FOF it means on the street fashions that stylists evaluate. The FOF camera captures women with an interesting look and asks the stylists if they think it works. It informative and hilarious. Don’t miss it.
I often review review books on health fitness and beauty ( usually on Fashion Flash) so when I saw an announcement for a one day conference for book bloggers, I was in. At the author’s breakfast we could get a chance to meet writers and discuss their books. Cool! But it turned out that almost all the books seemed to be either paranormal romances or for children so I just enjoyed meeting Jennifer Weiner ( In Her Shoes, Good in Bed). She is as smart, irreverent and funny as her books.
One final thought. There were tall stacks of of free books for the book bloggers, but it was almost impossible to lug all of them around the all day conference. Its the digital age people. How about free downloads so that we can get a take home all the wonderful work without developing a herniated disk. Its a win-win situation. Publishers get their books reviewed and bloggers don’t have to carry around industrial size bottles of Advil.
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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 brown rice syrup, Camilla Saulsbury, diabetic cooking, Fab Over 50, Fashion Flash, Geri Brin, healthy recipes, hear healthy cooking, Robert Rose, Top CHef winner on March 12, 2012 |
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This week Geri of Fab Over 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. What other site has giveaways that include weekend vacations to beautiful resorts, group product testing that yields real answers and a panal of stylists that offer their individual opinions on the same outfit? I am also a huge fan of FOF personal stories which recently included the sobering tale of a successful decorator who through a series of financial mishaps found herself homeless. You don’t have to be over 50 to love this site!
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a foodie. I love trying new restaurants, collecting collecting cookbooks and finding the best brie in the neighborhood. But when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had to change the way I cooked and ate. Simply eliminating salt, fat and sugar from a standard recipe often produced something that just was not worth eating. I am always looking for great healthy cookbooks, but usually I end up disappointed.
When I started thumbing through 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking by Camilla Saulsbury, I quickly became hooked. With more than 500 pages that feature 500 recipes, ths big book includes breakfasts, salads, meats and vegetables. Her awesome chapter on soups that offers more than 40 vegetable- packed options is alone worth the price of the book.
Rather than relying on fat and sugar for texture and flavor, ”5 Easy“ adds layers of taste with seasonings like Asian garlic chile sauce, brown rice syrup, smoked paprika and fresh mint. I tried three recipes– Minestrone with kale soup, greek shrimp with feta and mint and green beans with ginger. Not only are they healthy and delicious, the ingredients were affordable and easy to prepare.
The authors’ background is both unusual and impressive. Camilla Saulsbury has been a recipe developer, cooking instructor and a Top Chef winner ( for cookies for all things). She is equally passionate about health and is a lisenced personal trainer certified by both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified Pilates instructor. 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking published by Robert Rose of Toronto now has a permanent spot in my kitchen.
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This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty. I have to admit that I am addicted to starting my day by clicking through Fab Over Fifty. It has a unique mix of world class experts and women like me that provides both state of the art info and a sense of shared experiences. This constantly updated site covers health, finance, relationships, beauty, fashion, all from the perspective of women who weren’t born yesterday.
When you click through the other info-packed Fashion Flash sites be sure to check out the book Menopause Makeover( Harlequin Press) by our own Staness Jonekos. This is a proven, eight step program to deal with the cascade of menopause sumptoms including hot flashes, weight gain, brain fog and mood changes.
Staness was just 47 and planning her first wedding when menopause hit her hard. Not finding the info she needed Staness created a menopause master plan. In her comprehensive yet easy to read book, Staness explains the latest alternative and medical options in a reader friendly format. There are great check lists, journal pages and charts to track you progress. But what is super special about this book is the sense of empowerment– changing menopause from a problem into a celebration of a new beginning. You can read more about Menopause Makeover on her site of the same name.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging, Beauty Bash, Deb Chase, Ellen Marmur, Eucerin, Fab over 40, Fab Over Fifty, Geri Brin, Glam Gals, wrinkles on September 19, 2011 |
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This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty who is putting together the final schedule of events for Beauty Bash. This two day beauty and health expo will be held on Oct 1&2 at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City. The speakers are a who’s who of dermatologists, celerity hairstylists, cosmetic surgeons and makeup artists who will be presenting their best tips as well as be available for 1-1 consultation.
And there will be at five Fashion Flash bloggers who will be speaking in the event area and who will have their own booths in beauty, fashion and health areas at beauty Bash. Kari of Fabulous Over Forty and I will be sharing the stage in a joint presentation- Ten Top Make-up and Skin Care Tips. We’ll be talking at 10:30 on Sunday Oct 2. If you miss our talk come by our booth on either day to say hello and pick up some beauty samples. In the fashion area the Glam Gals Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland will be at their booth to help you tweek your chic. They have an uncanny ability to put together the perfect look. This summer Jojami put together an amazing outfit that worked so well I wore for practically every event I had to look good. It was a little worn out by the end of August and I’m looking forward to getting their advice on an equally wonderful look for fall.
Because Geri is part of Fashion Flash, she has provided a code for our visitors that gives a 20% discount on Beauty Bash tickets. I hope you will use it and I really look forward to meeting some of the people who have written so many wonderful comments and emails to us. Its going to be an amazing two days.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged aging backwards, anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Bash, beauty expo, celebrity stylists, Fab after 40, Fab over 40, Fab Over Fifty, fashion, fitness, Fshion FLash, Geri Brin, Menopause Makeover, no nonsensebeauty, the real cougar woman on September 12, 2011 |
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This week Fashion Flash is hosted by Cat of Obsessed with Shoes, a gorgeous site that profiles the trendiest shoes. Last week she featured a beautiful midcalf platform boot that converts to an ankle style. In New York ,where black is still the new black, Cat’s shoe picks make every outfit fabulous.
And after clicking through the info packed Fashion Flash blogs, go to the Beauty Bash site to learn about an incredible two day health, beauty and fitness expo. Hosted by Fashion Flasher Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty, Beauty Bash takes place on October 1-2 at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City.
Come meet the people and products that will help you look and feel fabulous. Sample innovative products and talk with celebrity stylists, fashion and beauty icons, world class dermatologists, aesthetic surgeons and cosmetic dentists. But wait there’s more. There will be contiuous seminars and demonstrations as well as dozens of health and beauty vendors. When you leave take home a gift bag packed with $150 worth of the best beauty products.
Fashion Flash will have a booth and we’ll be giving presentations on both days of the event. We would love to meet you !
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