What kind of slimmer do you wear under your dress when you are attending a summer wedding? Mother Blogger has discovered that the answer to looking svelte without svweating is the Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness ($58).
We have always known the dangers of text messaging while at the wheel, but Mother Blogger didn't know the dangers of text messaging while shopping.
Mother Blogger, the concerned mama that she is, texted a few terse texts to her daughter, The Working Girl, yesterday. But The Working Girl never responded to the text messages. So Mother Blogger forgot about her lecture via text and continued shopping for what Charla Krupp swears is something she couldn't live without -- the Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness.
While in the fitting room trying on the slimming apparatus, Mother Blogger received a voicemail:
" Hi, lady. I don't know who you are or what's going on with you and your daughter, but I didn't do it!"
Her first reaction to the voicemail was a lump in her throat that she first diagnosed as fear, but it turned out to be the wrong size of the Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness pushing her loose abs up to her throat.
When Mother Blogger realized she had lectured a stranger on a very personal subject, she laughed hysterically while texting 911 requesting the use of the Jaws of Life to extricate her body from the Wacoal body shaper.
After easily slipping into a size larger, Mother Blogger loved how the Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness whittled her middle to a pre-menopausal shape. Most importantly, the material was so light and breathable, she didn't even break a svweat.
As far as texting goes, all future lectures will be via telephone or in person!
You can purchase Wacoal body slimmers from Macy's or online.
Source: September issue of Woman's Day, page 44
The following is an interview with Charla Krupp, author of How Not To Look Old --Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better. "Aging Sucks" according to Charla. Her book covers a college semester in Baby Boomer Beauty 101 -- educating women over 40 on wardrobe tweaks, beauty secrets, makeup tips, and even shopping lists.
Free Giveaway: Charla was kind enough to provide three How Not To Look Old books to give to my readers. To enter to win, leave a comment after the post. If you are under 40, this would be make a great Mother's Day Gift, too. Comments will be accepted until March 31, 2008.
Mother Blogger: Charla, thank you for your time. I know women will be very interested in your answers, as you are the poster child for the boomer who has reinvented aging. Even though you admit in your book -- How Not To Look Old -- that you are high maintenance, your high-maintenance routine obviously works for you. You look fabulous. Your book should be a must-read for every woman 40 or older.
I know you are a fan of injectables. Is there anything new on the dermatological horizon?
Charla: As far as injectables, it seems that there is something new every month. It's best if you talk to your derm about what is best for you. As I said in HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD, permanent fillers can leave permanent problems so don't just go for the long-term solution unless you are
assured that you are in the right hands. You can't be too careful about this.
Mother Blogger: You didn't put a chapter on plastic surgery in you book, and you even quote Isaac Mizrahi as saying, "Do you want to look 70? Get a face lift." Would you ever consider a surgical face lift or an acupuncture face lift?
Charla: I'm hoping that by the time I need a face lift, there is a non-surgical solution. I don't look forward to going through that procedure! It's not pretty. And I've seen some very bad face lifts.
Mother Blogger: Your resume reads like a good book. You have been a former beauty editor at Glamour, Senior Editor at InStyle, Beauty Editor at People Watch, currently writing a column for More magazine, as well as your countless appearances on television. Even though you are an expert in
the field, you must have made one or two beauty mistakes. Would you care to share your biggest beauty mistake?
Charla: My biggest beauty mistake...I am very cautious about what I do to my face so I haven't had a disaster. But sometimes I don't plan ahead...and my hairdresser Brad Johns is away on vacation and I have to walk around with dark roots longer than I prefer to!
Mother Blogger: As we all know, beauty is skin deep. What is your health and exercise regimen? How do you deal with stress?
Charla: I'm a big Weight Watchers fan. I weigh myself daily and when my weight is heading upwards, I jump back onto Weight Watchers and get back down. I am also a fan of spinning and do it as much as I can when I am not traveling. In New York, I go to Soul-Cycle on the Upper West side and in the Hamptons, I spin at Zone Hampton.
Mother Blogger: You say that you know that New York and LA fashion will not always translate in other areas of the country. For a cash-stretched woman who lives in a small Midwest town, what is your No. 1 piece of fashion advice to make someone look tens years younger?
Charla: Buy a great pair of jeans that fit you perfectly. Look at the brands that I recommend in HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD and start with those. They look great on an over-40 body. For me, Habitual, Citizens of Humanity and Paige are the winners.
Mother Blogger: Some of my readers have been fighting the age spot war, particularly with reference with their hands. Would you care to weigh in on this issue?
Charla: We need to pay attention to our hands as they will give us away. You can use the same products on your hands as you do on your face. For an affordable solution, go with the Olay Definity line because it fights both age spots and wrinkles and costs less than $30. Age spots can age you up to 20 years...you want clear, even skintone.
Mother Blogger: What beauty and fashion advice do you give your husband and other male boomers?
Charla: To men who are going white, color your hair. Also, get non-wire frames--and stay away from those aging rimless frames....go plastic! Get a cool pair of rectangles. My husband, Richard Zoglin, is also promoting his book, Comedy at the Edge...for his tour, he bought new glasses...very cool black rectangles from Robert Marc!
Mother Blogger: Again, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy, busy schedule to answer my questions and help us baby boomers traverse through the next decades with grace, beauty, style and looking ten years younger.
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Have a great day,
Here are the cheat sheet tip from Charla Krupp's new book:
- Wear pink lipstick - Benefit Color Plump, Chanel Waikiki, Clinique Bamboo Pink, Laura Mercier Pink Champagne. I ended up purchasing Phiphi, a bit darker version of Chanel Waikiki .
- Lip definer - Chanel Tawny (too mauvey for me), Mac Creme 'O Spice ( also too mauvey for me). I use Bobbi Brown Baby.
- Lip gloss - L'Oreal Paris Soft Pink (I like the color but not the consistency), Mac Prrrr (good color and consistency).
- Nail polish - Essie Limo Scene (I have Essie Delicacy which is very close in color), L'Oreal Pink I'm In Love (great everyday color).
- Brightening powder - Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (Forgot to check that out).
- Wear cream blush - Nars Penny Lane (the same color and feel of Revlon Cream blush in Rosy Glow).
- Smashbox Photo Finish (Charla swears by this product. I have this but tend to use it very sparingly).
- Wear concealer. Cle De Peau Beaute concealer (Saks did not have this, but this also was the only concealer that Charla wears. I am in need of a new concealer that doesn't camp out in my wrinkles, so I am ordering this one today.)
- Jeans should be 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the ground.
Since I am a mere peanut in size, I didn't find the sections on "looking ten pounds less" something that I needed to ingrain in my tiny boomer brain, but the next time I am in the bookstore, I will give the book another perusal. Although I told you to buy the book -- and I love books and have librarian-envy -- I don't like clutter so I tend to go to the library -- or stand in a bookstore and read.
"Aging sucks," according to Charla Krupp, author of How Not to Look Old
. I can't thank Charla enough for publishing this boomer manifesto! When I started The Haute Dawg blog, which morphed into girl-woman-beauty-brains-blog
, I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing or where I was going with my "hobby." I didn't have a background in html or xhtml or SEO or meta tags, or for that matter, fashion or beauty RX. All I had was my 53 years of experience as a girl, woman, wife, mom, and professional business woman navigating the world and collecting experiences like an curator of the Louvre Museum. What I was looking for was a voice just like Charla's :
- We’re not going to grow old gracefully (or gratefully).
- We’re not going to celebrate our wrinkles (you’ve got to be kidding).
- We’re not going to join the Women Who Have Had Too Much Work Done club (like our mothers and their friends).
- We’re not going to look old.
I read the book over the weekend and will post the most impressive tips and tricks tomorrow. BUT if I were one of 78 million boomers, which I am, I would run out this morning and purchase this boomer bible. (How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better (Hardcover)by Charla Amazon.com $15.59.