Showing posts with label baby boomer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baby boomer. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How Not To Look Old - An Interview With Charla Krupp

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.

Beckie: 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.

Beckie: 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.

Beckie: 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!

Beckie: 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.

Beckie: 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.

Beckie: 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 want clear, even skintone.

Beckie: 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!

Beckie: 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.

In past posts, I have chatted up Charla. Here are the other posts in reference to her or How Not To Look Old:
4 Magazines That Aren't Your Granny's Magazines
My Concealer Obsession
Aging Sucks

Have a great day,


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Thursday, January 10, 2008

4 Magazines That Are Not Your Granny's Magazines

woman with chin on hands

According to Charla Krupp, the style expert on the Today Show and author of How Not To Look Old, in order to stay current with fashion and beauty trends, there are four magazines that mature women should peruse. I'm struggling with what term to use when I refer to the "mature" woman. 40+ woman? Middle-aged woman? Baby boomer woman?

The baby boomer generation has been defined as people born between 1946 and 1964. It has also been referred to as the 'breakthrough', 'me' and 'stress' generation, while marketers refer to this "mature" group as gray power and ABENS (Asset Backed Empty Nesters).

If you are having trouble defining your style or staying fashion forward, take a peek at these four magazines that market to the mature woman, baby boomer woman, or middle-aged woman:
  1. More: "Celebrates women 40+." Cover-ups for 40+ Skin discusses mature skin care options. "The current fashion is to pretend our skin (or our dermatologist) is so great, we don't need foundation. But short of cosmetic surgery, it's the best fatigue-eraser and radiance-booster we have. With that in mind, I found seven ways to help you stare down your foundation fears."
  2. Vogue highlights the most wanted products for 2008, such as D&G's sunglasses.
  3. Elle features the 25 best dressed and how to update your wardrobe with a few "clicks."
  4. InStyle helps you pick the right lip color in Style 101.

If anybody has a softer more gentle name for this demographic, please email me ASAP.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Aging Sucks!

Charla Krupp's book, How Not To Look Old

"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 $15.59.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Classics Are Easier on Your Wallet Than Trends

Harper's Bazaar book of Great Style

(This post was written for Coutorture on the newly released book Harper's Bazaar Great Style. The Best Ways To Update Your Look.)

Vogue magazine cover of Lauren Hutton
In October of 1973, Lauren Hutton graced the cover of Vogue 28 times and was the first model to receive an exclusive million dollar cosmetics contract with Revlon Ultima in 1973 and then again in 1993. She is not only an icon for models but one for baby boomer women. At the age of 64, she epitomizes the classic look of the mature woman. Baby Boomers, 76 million strong, are growing older. Every minute, three boomers turn 50, while another one turns 60, but their classic is not your mother's classic.

What is classic? It can be defined as something that will always last, without regard to fashion or fads. Think the little black dress. It is always in vogue. Classic is not trying too hard but giving the impression of being modern and sophisticated. Classic is a clothing style that doesn't scream "I am all the rage" but quietly makes a statement. Classic is dressing in what suits your body type and personal style. Classic is wearing what makes you feel beautiful and confident. Classic is timeless and doesn't struggle for effect. Classic is a signature look that works year after year. (In my case my signature look for twenty years was a tuxedo. It was my go-to LBD.) Classics are those pieces that are timeless and work season after season -- a crisp white blouse, a pencil skirt, a pair of dress slacks, a black cashmere turtleneck sweater, and the LBD keep you in the craze without being too crazy.

As I navigate the second half of my century, I try not to make in-your-face fashion statements. I try to let my personality (or personality disorder) show through with a great shoe, a great handbag, or a jazzy scarf. Sticking with classic pieces allows you to play with fun woman wearing scarfaccessories. Not only is this easier on your wallet, but it's much more authentic. Instead of fleeting fads dictating your style, you will dictate your style. That in an of itself is classic.Prada handbag

calf hair zebra shoe

To mark their 140th anniversary, Harper's Bazaar has released a book that will help you determine your sense of style, celebrate your size, and choose investment pieces. Harper's Bazaar Great Style: Best Ways to Update Your Look by Jenny Levin is a one-stop style guide that covers everything from wardrobe essentials to evening glam. It's a must-have reference for any fashionista. The boomerista will embrace the section on how to be fabulous at any age. ($17.11 at

On Friday, Jenny Levin will be the guest editor for Coutorture.
Check back and get Jenny's tips on the trifecta of style -- The classic, the bombshells, and the ladies.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Matt Lauer Needs To Feng Shui His Inner Beauty OR 3 Gifts for the Manopausal Man

beagle sitting at computer

I know this sounds trite, but your inner beauty is much more important than your outer beauty. After watching Matt Lauer's special on Men over 50, Matt, the featured metrosexuals, and Dr. Saltz, The Today Show psychiatrist (I guess talking heads need to have their on-air heads examined) mostly discussed the impending negative self image of men over 50. Mr. Lauer and friends made one's 50th birthday sound like a death sentence. I am a 53-year-young woman and my inner beauty is alive and kicking. I think you need to feng shui your inner beauty, Matt!

I know, I know. I have focused on beauty products ad nauseum on this blog, but today I woke up and smelled the coffee and it stunk. Since I changed my blog from The Haute Dawg, where I was speaking through my beagle, to Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains, my blog voice was weak and hoarse. I got sucked into the SEO (search engine optimization) blogosphere, but when I was spit back out, My Most Authentic Voice had returned and it was the voice of a baby boomer woman. I confess that I was hiding my Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains voice among the 20-somethings and Gen-Xers in the fashion and beauty blog world. No more! I want to represent and educate my peers as we traverse the next half of our lives.

So phooey, Matt Lauer, pull up your big boy panties and embrace your 50th year of life. Let your voice on the Today Show represent a 50-year-young man confident in his own skin. Dr. Boomer (maybe I am schizo with all these voices inside of my head) is diagnosing Matt with a manopausal breakdown. According to the Urban Dictionary, manopause symptoms include "frequent reminiscing about the good ol’ days, a cranky judgmental attitude and a closed minded approach to anything new, usually punctuated by the chronic need to play a lot golf. The condition is difficult to cure and almost always progresses into oldtimers disease."

I am ecstatic to report that of this posting, Mr. Hubby is not showing any -- uh, many symptoms of manopause, but if your significant other is showing signs of wear and tear of this rite-of-passage condition, here are three gifts you can put under the tree.

The toothbrush and tongue cleaner from Contemporary Oral Hygiene is a great gift to wash the crankiness out of their mouths.

Your man doesn't have to come out of the manscaping closet to benefit from this DYI Electric Back Hair Shaver by Mangroomer.

A squirrel golf head cover might hint to your manopausal man that he is getting a bit too squirrelly with his complaints. The Butthead Donkey Golf Cover from Amazon is a gift that needs no explanation.

Apologies, to Matt Lauer. I wrote this sans estrogen pill. Kudos to Ann and Meredith. You are paragons of confidence.

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