Posts Tagged ‘Fab Over Fifty’

Fashion Flash logoI’m so delighted to be  hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Our Glam Squad of bloggers have  outdone themselves with posts that range from exercises to improve your golf score , how to lower your skin cancer risk   and a   game plan for  wearing  the uber popular, eye searing  NEON  colors over forty.

* Cindy of Prime Beauty points out that aging doesn’t only show on our faces, our hair is feeling the years too.   She profiles Nexxus Youth Renewal Hair Care  line that helps fight eight visible signs of aging

* May is  Skin Cancer Awareness Month  and Kari of Fab Over 40  interviews  Dr Piasecki of the Skin Cancer Center on the best ways  to protect your skin from cancer causing UV rays.  Read this timely and important  post at http://www.faboverforty.com/skincare/skin-cancer-center-the-doctor-will-now-see-you/

* Its bold, its electric but can a mature woman wear it?  Find out what style expert Deborah Boland has to say about how to wea those bright green, pink or orange  neon colors at Fabulous After 40.

* Looking for warm weather fashion inspiration?   Jackie from Aging Backwards shares her shopping experience at  Coldwater Creek Store.

* Jane Seymour is upbeat and unstoppable.  Check out our one-on-one interview with her at Fab Over Fifty

* Barbara at Best of Everything After Fifty is fuming mad and  wants to know when the media will get the message that women don’t have to be  thin, young, and perfectly gorgeous  to be beautiful, powerful and strong!

*   Menopausal?  Confused about management options?  72% of women have not received any treatment of menopausal symptoms.  Staness of Menopause Makeover  tells you how to find reliable information online.

Jodell of Black Cat  Plus  doesn’t understand   how its acceptable for a major retailer not  to carry plus size clothing when plus size  men and women make up almost  70% of the market.

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai  shares  easy and fun “prehab” exercises to get  yourself ready for the golf season.

Get ready for summer with our Glam Squad  line-up of great posts.  As Helena Rubinstein famously once  said ” There are no  unattractive women, only lazy ones”


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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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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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I’m hosting  Fashion Flash  this week and I am so thrilled to be the one to  introduce our newest  member– Deja Pseu of  Une Femme d’un Certain Age.  One of  my all time favorites, this  blog looks at life, fashion, and  beauty  with a keen eye and a great sense of humor.  Seasoned with a  love of everything French, Une Femme   has a wondersul  perspective for those of us that are  not tall, not thin and   not young.   She road tests   her recommendations, posts sales alerts of favorites and  feels like a real friend.  She even locates dresses with SLEEVES!  Une Femme  has an amazing community of women whose comments make  me laugh, think and  learn.  When it comes to blogs, I tend to be a lurker,  but at least once a week I just have to jump into the conversation on Une FemmeD’un Certain Age.  She    has also produced some of  the best scarf tying videos on the web  which certainly upped  my scarf   skill sets.  I know that you will enjoy this wonderful site as much as I do. 

Deja pseu is  in great company with  the Fashion Flash crew:

* The Glam Gals look at  expiration date of accessories asking “can a mature women wear a headband without looking like a teenybopper”?

* Shawna K of Female Fat Loss After Forty  will inspire you to get off the couch, sharing  the fitness  journey of one of her shyest clients.

* Kari of Fab Over Forty  explains how to get our makeup to with  work us, not against us with  six easy steps to look refreshed.

* Jodell of Black Cat  Plus  offers great new fashion and style apps to organize your wardrobe and keep you up to date and in style.

* Geri of Fab Over Fifty shares the best clothing brands for women over fifty ( that you’ve probably never heard of)

* Jackie of  Aging Backwards explores  the freshest  fragrances  as she profiles a company that literally went to the ends of the earth to findest the newest and cleanest scents.

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This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fab Over Fifty. I think that  maybe the best way to describe this great site is to think of it as the Huff Po for women.  It covers  so  much ground — fashion,  finances, health, beauty, family issues and relationships  in  dynamic and always  changing  features.  One of my favorites is the feature “Hot or Not”? It features a photo of a FOF (their term for  Fabulous Over Fifty women) ) in a dramatic outfit.  Then she has  3-4 stylists comment  on the look.  This week the look  is red framed eye glasses ( always good), a huge red plastic necklace, a droopy grey knit dress and a down vest. The comments are constructive rather than cruel and always informative and entertaining. 

Once you’ve finished checking through all the great Fashion Flash sites,  click over to Amazon to look at How to Look Better Naked  by the editor in chief of Woman’s Health magazine.  A catchy title is  always a plus in publishing and this one certainly  rings that bell.  It is a combination of a six week diet with complete menus  and an ambitious  exercise program.  I really liked the diet section since it  showed  me new ways  to get more fruits and vegetables into my body.  The meals are super simple to prepare and the foods are affordable and easily available.  I am obviously tone deaf when it comes to vegetables and these  menus show  me how its done.  For example  their roasted red pepper, zucchini and low fat mozzerella open sandwich has become my favorite  at home lunch. 

The exercise program uses very simple home equipment– hand weights, exercise ball and a pair of sneakers.  Each exercise is clearly illustrated with its own photo, but I am finding the text  a little confusing.  They don’t tell you what body part you are working on, much less which muscle group is getting a work-out. I had trouble doing the exercise moves while reading the text.  I think the book is worth reading for  its simple healthy  meal plans, but I’m going to look at exercise videos, rather than books to help me firm up my arms.

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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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