Showing posts with label women over 50. Show all posts
Showing posts with label women over 50. Show all posts

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Book Review: 54 Ordinary Women

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Sunday Book Review by Beckie

I just received from Artisan Books This Is Who I Am -- Our Beauty In All Shapes and Sizes by Rosanne Olson, and it brought tears of sorrow and tears of joy to my eyes. This is an honest, raw, and naked photographic assessment of 54 ordinary women, ranging in ages from 19 to 95 , women in all shapes and sizes who share their most intimate feelings about their bodies.

The 54 confident and generous women agreed to pose nude for photographer Rosanne Olson to combat media's stereotype of beauty: slim hips, full breasts, high cheekbones, tiny waists, taut skin, and eternal youth. By sharing their very personal stories, they hoped it would help other women find the real beauty in their own selves.

Olson's artfully taken portrait of each woman is accompanied by a story that is sometimes deeply intimate. Meet Michelle, 58, a breast cancer survivor; Jessica, 29, a recovering anorexic; and Alice, 95, a senior citizen:

Michelle, 58, breast cancer survivor -

"When I go out without my wig, all people see is my bald head, and it scares them. Luckily, I've found that the more I open my heart to other people, the easier maintaining my weight and adapting to being bald becomes. We all have something. Mine's just more obvious."

Jessica, 29, recovering anorexic -

"I never thought it was okay to love my body, and I couldn't say it was beautiful, because even if even one person didn't agree, then it couldn't be true. I felt as though my body was owned by the outside world."

Alice, 95, senior citizen -

"At my age, pain frustrates me. But I'm to busy to dwell on problems. This is the body I was given, and it has served me well. I never thought about loving it, but I have accepted it."

This Is Who I Am - Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes is a powerful primer of persuasion to love your body at any age, any shape, any size... You should share this with your mother, your daughter, your friends.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Manic Monday Free Giveaway From MORE Magazine

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If you want some inspiration for Manic Monday, read the stories of women who beat the odds and have made successful businesses in areas they are passionate about. MORE Magazine's "She Got Rich Doing What" will inspire you to listen to your heart and follow your passion.

Five inspirational women all own companies that bring in major money -- and there's not a banker in the bunch. Let them show you how to turn an oddball business idea into a cash machine.

To chase away more of the Manic Monday blues, 5 (five) Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog readers will win a MORE gift bag which includes a make-up bag, a one-year subscription to MORE Magazine, a t-shirt, a planner, and a sunhat.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

What Are Madonna's Beauty Secrets?

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Madonna can join AARP on August 16th when she hits the big 5-0. What are her beauty secrets?

Beauty Secret No. 1: Less is more:

"Her new look is about bold eyeliner, pink gloss, and perfect skin," says Gina Brooke, Madonna's makeup artist. "She's very simple in terms of makeup," says Brooke. "She likes to look natural."

Beauty Secret No. 2: Hyperbaric oxygen facials. 95 percent pure oxygen is sprayed on your face to promote elasticiy and collagen production.

So many celebrities are doing the treatment because it temporarily diminishes all the tiny imperfections that would otherwise be visible on high-definition TV," said Michelle Peck, a masseuse from Los Angeles. Ms. Peck is referred to as Madonna's personal oxygen treatment facialist on the Web site

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Book Review: Staging a Comeback by The Makeover Guy

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Book Review: Staging a Comeback: Revival for Women Over 45 by Christopher Hopkins -- The Makeover Guy (of Oprah-fame ).

Although this book was primarily written for women over 45, there were so many things I wish I had known when I was 25. Although his transformative makeovers were of women belonging to the baby boomer generation, there is a plethora of information on fashion, makeup, personal style, and hair for women of all ages.

When I say transformative, see for yourself.

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Seeing is believing: See more makeovers.

While reading the book, I felt like I was sitting in Christopher's stylishly outfitted office having a personal consultation.

I learned that I should dress not only according to my horizontal shape but also my vertical shape. The Makeover Guy gives you easy instructions on how to measure your body vertically and horizontally and then advises you how to take those factors into consideration when choosing clothing.

In my personal consultation with Christopher, I learned what shoes to wear or not wear --

  • Round-toed shoes make your feet look bigger
  • Pointed-toe shoes slenderizes your feet
  • Square-toed shoes shortens and broadens your feet
  • T-straps slenderize your feet
  • Ankle straps shorten your legs

    -- to how to dress my small-breasted body --

  • Cowl necks
  • Ruffled tops
  • Oval scoop tops
  • Strapless ruffled tops

    -- to how to dress my long torso --

  • Wider belts that match the slacks or skirt
  • Raised empire waist
  • Jackets that sit above the hip bone.

-- among a myriad of other tips.

Staging a Comeback also helps you identify your personal style. You can also visit Christopher's web site and take the Personal Style Quiz.

According to Christopher,

The goal is to identify and simplify—to hone in on your core image. Embrace it. Define it. And, if you like, season it with a bit of your shadow image for interest. You may even have two shadow images. Just remember, the goal is to make life easier—to focus on what truly defines you. Beauty is in simplicity. Now that you’ve defined your IPS -- individual personal style -- you will find it helps ground your fashion, hair, and makeup choices when in doubt. There is freedom in solidifying a unique identity. Reflecting the authentic you makes feeling “right” easy and a daily pleasure.

Surprisingly, the results of the quiz indicated that I was as romantic as I was dramatic. I am still adjusting to the results.

Whether you are 25 or 45 or 65, Christopher Hopkins' Staging a Comeback is an education in and of itself. Where else can you get a personal consultation with The Makeover Guy for the price of 5 gallons of gas...or a ticket less expensive than Oprah.

Reviewed by Beckie

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