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Fashion Flash logoThis week Barbara of  The Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash.  She is now the Bone Health Ambassador  of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and she is getting us out there to exercise, one  set of bones at a time.  She is supportive and encouraging as she  drives home    her message that exercise is essential to good health.  Check out her site not  just for great exercise tips, but for information and advice that will motivate you.

Does This Make My  Assets Look Fat?

I tried them all.  I bought  Dummies guides to finance, subscribed to  the Wall Street Journal  and watched Jim Cramer nightly — and still nothing.  I hear the words, I’m pretty sure they are english and yet when I try to process the concepts into action…nothing.

Last month I sat in on a session on finance at the  She Did  It conference  sponsored by book cover of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?Better After 50.  The speaker, Susan Hirshman is  a personal  finance expert and author of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat? ( St Martin’s Press).  Finally,  things started to make sense.  Ms Hirshman takes an unusual approach to explaining finance, creating parallels between dieting and investing.  After establishing the basics of sound financial planning, she breaks down the risks and benefits of different types of financial products.  From hedge funds to annuities to  mutual funds, Hirshman  helps you understand the pros and cons and  to pick the best personal options.

I laughed and winced at her profiles of different investment  personalities and I think I saw myself  in at least three of them–  Headline Hannah, Indecisive  Iris and a pinch of Anchored Annie.   Her five “D” chapter ( eg death, divorce, disability) is sobering but essential  and her chapter on estate planning should be required reading for anyone over 40. While   Does this Make My Assets Look Fat?  is not a beauty book, but  a healthy financial balance sheet is one of the most flattering accessories a women can  have.


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fashion flashThis week I  am so delighted  to introduce our newest Fashion Flash blogger– Barbara Hannah Gufferman, author  o f  The  Best of  Everything After 50.  In her blog with the same name, Barbara addresses a wide range of  issues that affect women over fifty including health, nutrition, career, fitness and sex.  In addition to her blog , she has a weekly front page column for both the Huffington Post and AARP and is Chief Pundit for Fabulous Over  50.  She is a sought after  TV expert and had been interviewed on the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America.  A passionate supporter of  woman’s health, Barbara has recently been awarded the Generations of Strength  Award from the National Osteoporosis Foundation  for  her  advocacy and positive approach to healthy aging .In addition to her successful career in publishing, Barbara is a member of the World Congress LLP, an international conference company that focuses on the needs and projects of developing countries. 

A native New Yorker, Barbara  lives in  New York City with her husband, two teenage daughters and  Gunther  the Wonder Dog  who was rescued through the National Brittany Rescue Network. 

New Issue of the No-Nonsense Beauty Newsletter

The just published  winter issue of The No-Nonsense Beauty Newsletter includes a newwinter newsletter study  which shows that  for women a low fat diet does NOT reduce the risk  of heart disease.  For men, a low fat  diet does  seem to   to protect againt  heart attacks and strokes.   This is just another  indication that women’s health issues need  to be  approached and treated differently than for men.   Most  classic research studies had been done with  just male subjects and then the results  applied to women.  ( Whose bad idea was that?)  In addition  there are articles on the impact of Retin A on nails ( all good) and a comparison of home skin care devices that range for $20-$200.  Hint:  My new favorite costs $20.  You can sign up  for your free No-Nonsense Newsletter   on the right hand column.

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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.

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FF1This 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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