So this is what 50 looks like!

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Celebrating my age!

Celebrating my age!

Today is my birthday; I find it hard to believe that I am 54, but life has had a way of sneaking up on me! One thing is true about being this age; I try to be grateful every day, and more mindful about experiencing each joyful moment. Join me in today’s podcast and hear more of my musings about what it means to age well (hint: a good fitting bra helps!).

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Cameron Diaz rocks The Body!

Cameron Diaz  - Photo credit: Vantagenews.co.uk

Cameron Diaz – Photo credit: Vantagenews.co.uk

Cameron Diaz didn’t always love her body. Say WHAAAT? I saw Cameron Diaz recently on The Rachael Ray Show, talking about her new book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, The Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, and how our body image plays tricks on us. Cameron said that she was always tall and skinny when what she really wanted to be was curvacious. You see, we spend so much time focusing on what we want to change about ourselves that we are not addressing the beautiful mechanism that is our body and why we should love and care for it. In fact, the point of the book is to love the body you have and be kind enough to yourself to take care of you for the long run and be your personal best. “I’m a science nerd. I like science. This book is about a conversation … ” says Cameron. In it, she explains the importance of understanding your body from a cellular level and how to make the right choices for nutrition, exercise and movement and disciplining your mind.

I am reading it now and I am learning so much about myself. Go get this book! Not so that you can be Cameron Diaz but so that you can be your own best you.

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Jillian: “Look in the mirror …”

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Jillian Veran

The world of  Jillian Veran

” … And ask yourselfWhat is it I need? What can I get away without? How can I modernize this look? Because you’ve got to feel good,” says Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson. Stay tuned in this podcast episode as Jillian not only provides helpful information about applying makeup and staying relevant and modern as we age, but also tells her own remarkable and divine story.

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Cindy Joseph!

Cindy Joseph - a guest on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family

Cindy Joseph on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show (here with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare)

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see Cindy Joseph (featured here on Speaking of Fashion) on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show, highlighting her fascinating story and inspiring mature women everywhere!

Lovely to see you, Cindy!

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Cindy’s BOOM! Revolution!

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Women take on a unique beauty every chapter of their lives.There is a shift that occurs as we age. One kind of beauty is replaced with another as time goes by. When we stop hiding and start celebrating and wearing our age proudly, others recognize our beauty as well.” ~ Cindy Joseph, CEO and Founder of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, makeup artist turned supermodel, introduces the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation

At a time when many women are confronting the negative messages they have heard about aging, Cindy is guiding them to a new path by sharing how she has come to embrace and celebrate her own age at 62!  Cindy says, “Some say I have an ageless beauty, however, I am not a blank ageless slate. I believe the beauty they see is age-full.” Continue reading

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More with Jillian …

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Jillian

Here is part two of my conversation with Jillian. I started off by saying …

Jillian, I am now 52. There is a big question about what is age-appropriate at every age, but it seems especially important for women making the transition in their late 40s and early 50s. How can makeup help us or hurt us at this age?

Oh the transition!” she said with a sigh 🙂 This is a big one, and one that I didn’t understand until I made it myself. I remember being a thirty-something makeup artist and telling women in their forties and fifties … ‘So what? You’re gorgeous! Who cares?’  Their response: ‘You won’t understand until it happens to you.’ Now I get it! Here is the thing: We are all going to age, no one is exempt. Once you accept it and truly decide to be fabulous in your own skin you’re practically there. My friend Quentin Phelps, an amazing artist/stylist, said it best: ‘You’re a woman, so own it!’

So, ladies in your forties and fifties, you are no longer the ingénue … so, be the Goddess!!!
Here are some of the biggest mistakes women make as they age:

Hanging on desperately to the makeup from the era in which they grew up. You cannot wear the same makeup you wore twenty years ago. It is a tell-tale sign of age. (This includes hair styles). Solution — Try an adjusted version of what you are comfortable wearing. Instead of using lots of shadow and mascara, try a smudge of taupe or gray with a good eyeliner and some mascara.

Wearing a heavy, full face of makeup everyday, and at every place, including the gym. Solution — Take it down a few notches, and go to your essentials. You will look fresher if you adjust your makeup to where you are and what you are doing.

Wearing too much foundation and powder and trying to sculpt the face with darker shades. Solution — If you want to look fresh and more youthful, get that skin hydrated and use only a drop of foundation. If you need your powder, instead of using a pad, try using a really fluffy brush and dust lightly. Never sculpt the face, unless you are sitting for a soft focus photo or under very dim light. And even then, make sure a professional helps you! It usually ends up just looking like dated streaks of brown. As we age we lose collagen and we want the face to look softer. Use an over color complexion enhancer or soft bronzer to get the skin to glow.

And some women do the opposite and decide that they shouldn’t wear any makeup. This is aging, too… Just because you are more mature doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous and still feel like yourself. Don’t give up. Be true to yourself. If you have always been a natural girl you can still keep it simple. But just like women who wear too much makeup and need to tone it down, you may have to take it up a notch. Solution — Try a tinted moisturizer or a lip gloss – whatever makes you comfortable.

How would you describe the connection between makeup and self-esteem? What have you noticed about that connection?

It depends on the woman. I believe you should do what makes you happy and confident. Confidence is the number one key to beauty.

Has your makeup regimen changed since you first started?

Yes! At 25, I would go to bed with a full face of makeup after being up all night. And I would go outside without sunscreen. I wouldn’t dream of it now; at 48, if I stay up all night, my face screams I’m tired! And we all know that the sun is extremely damaging and aging to the skin. You have to adjust everything with age. From the 20s to the 90s we are in a continuous state of aging and changing: adjust all routines, diet, exercise and skin care, according to what your body and your skin need. Keep your skin clean, exfoliate, (Retin A is great for skin) moisturize, take vitamins, drink tons of water, don’t smoke, use SPF 50, and sleep at least 6 to 8 hours a night!” ~ Jillian

I appreciate this time with you Jillian. I am embracing my inner Goddess now!

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Jillian applying makeup

Jillian applying makeup

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Heavens to Betsey!

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Designer Betsey Johnson, Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for IMG

Betsey Johnson is a fashion icon. A designer who never ages. Perhaps it’s because her designs are youth-inspired with a rocker-girl whimsy. Or perhaps it’s because she ends every one of her shows with a cartwheel (something I haven’t been able to do since 7th grade!). But this Peter Pan of fashion is starting over at age 70 and it appears, doing it with vim and vigor. I was surprised to discover that Betsey Johnson’s company had filed for bankruptcy last April, 2012, when I read Tim Murphy’s story on Betsey, entitled Betsey Johnson, Back In the Pink (The Collection – The New York Times).

What is next for Betsey? A new line of more moderately-priced clothing to be introduced to department stores, including Macy’s and Nordstrom (designer Steve Madden is her new parent company), production of a reality TV show with her daughter, Lulu, premiering this spring on the Style Network, and her third fragrance, Betseyfield, to be released this summer.

I have loved Betsey Johnson’s clothes since my mother introduced me to her line in the 1970s. I wish her much success in her second act. Keep on cartwheeling, Betsey!!

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Aging gratefully

Mary Quant and the mini skirt
1960’s

I celebrated a birthday this week and I am in a reflective mood. I turned 52 and appear to be keeping good company. Barbie is just a year older than I am. The ever-popular mini skirt (second most-sold skirt worldwide behind the A-line) turns 50 this year. And news on the fashion street is that the clothing company known for its youth inspired advertising, American Apparel, has hired a 60-year old woman in its new advertising campaign called “Advanced Basics.” Her name is Jacky and she has never modeled before. Like the famous Hollywood stories of unknown starlets snatched from ice cream parlors, she was spotted in a New York City restaurant for her youthful energy and spirit. How cool is that?

Age is what you make it. Feel young and you are young. Stay positive and you will live with joy and purpose. Embrace your age and the world will embrace it too – because getting older means getting better. I meditate on this everyday.

Although I won’t be wearing a mini skirt any time soon, it is nice to know that we are both in this together, aging gratefully.

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