“We Commit Ageism Against Ourselves”

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

“We allow these messages, these subtle archaic messages, that we lose value as we age to seep into our psyches and what happens is … we commit ageism against ourselves.” ~ Cindy Joseph

I love to hear the positive words from my friend Cindy Joseph, creator and CEO of BOOM! by CindyJoseph and several-times contributor on TFIO. Here, Cindy talks about what it means to be attractive as we age; it’s not about doing everything we can to stop the aging process in a race against time, and it’s not about completely letting ourselves go. There is something in between – an understanding that we have the power to choose what works for us. It’s about honoring this power and making our own choices. And about not judging ourselves anymore.

Watch Cindy and be inspired by her message of self-acceptance and possibilities!

 

 

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Hello Spring, Hello Cindy Joseph!

Happy Spring, Cindy Joseph! Chico's Campaign

Happy Spring, Cindy Joseph! Chico’s Campaign

My dear friend Cindy Joseph has a new campaign with Chico’s – how excited am I for her! Cindy is the leader of the Pro-Age Revolution and I applaud her. Let Cindy tell you …

A huge team went into creating the new Chico’s campaign.

I could not be more thrilled as Im sure you can imagine! I am actually surprised and overwhelmed by Chico’s generosity.

My nature is to freely express myself but I find myself speechless.

The immense appreciation I am feeling to have been featured and acknowledged in this campaign so respectfully and completely is hard to express.

Thank you Chico’s and thank you to all of my customers from the bottom of my heart for your recognition and enthusiasm for my products and my mission.

May the Pro-age Revolution grow with our continual celebration of ourselves and each other at every age!” ~ Cindy Joseph

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Colorful News: A Summer Sale Just for You!

Cindy and Rivka

Cindy and Rivka

Rivka: “Once you have the right colors on, everything looks better. You feel better. It’s undeniable … You just need to see yourself once.

Cindy: “Your colors are unique to you. No two women are alike, so your own unique colors are really determined by you.”

My life changed color after I completed a color consultation with Rivka Grubb and Cindy Joseph as I noted in a recent post called, Embracing my Color Palette. Now, Rivka and Cindy want to offer my TFIO readers an opportunity to do the same with a summer sale: Rivka and Cindy are offering a $50 discount from the original price of $250, a total of $200, to get your own Forever Ring of Colors FROC to identify your personal colors that will guide you as you shop and go forward. And your FROC will be unique to you and you only.

To find out more simply email Rivka and Cindy at this link using the code TFIO50 (note: offer ends July 16, 2015). Rivka and Cindy will send you a set of instructions on how to take the best photos possible so they can hand select your Forever Ring of Colors.

A colorful gift you can give yourself! Happy Summer!

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Embracing My Color Palette

My Forever Ring of Colors!

My Forever Ring of Colors! Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

There is a quote from fashion icon Coco Chanel: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I think the same could be said about dressing with color: wear the wrong color and you notice the color; wear the right color and you notice the woman … Let’s talk color palette.

I thought I knew my best colors – the ones that bring out the best me. I know, for instance, that the moment I put on a cherry red, I feel happy. I see my eyes pop and my skin shine. I know that I have always loved wearing pink and have a long history with pink (my mother tells me I have been a fan of pink since I was three years old). And I know that I wear a lot of black and white and have come to love wearing brown – but I can’t tell you why. Because I realize that I don’t know it all. I still make mistakes with color – and more often than I would like to admit. And because I want to understand my colors and make good choices and fewer mistakes, I took matters into my own hands and had a color consultation with experts. Continue reading

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The Pin and The Message for 2015

My lady bug bee pin, by Joan Rivers, paired with a tee by Missoni (for you, Joan)

“The bee pin has been my signature.”  ~ Joan Rivers

As I move into 2015, I look back at TFIO 2014 for the stories and the messages that meant so much to me. I treasure stories like Ilene Beckerman’s who created the book which later became the play – Love, Loss, and What I Wore – as a way to document the clothes and the moments and memories of her life; like Isabella Rose Taylor who as an artist and a fashion designer at 13 was told she was never too young to dream; like Daniel Silverstein, a New York designer who is 100% committed to creating beautiful clothing with Zero-waste technology; like Pro-Age revolutionary Cindy Joseph who wowed me (again) with her outlook on life and true beauty; like Lisa Curran, a swimsuit designer who never forgets the importance of bringing out the best in a woman’s self esteem, and like my dear cousin Drew Ann Rosenberg, who as a Director and Assistant Director of films and television, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession.

But perhaps the single most important message came from comedian Joan Rivers. On Labor Day we heard that Joan Rivers, one of America’s hardest-workers (forget the fact that she was 80 years old!) was in critical condition following a medical procedure, and finally the news followed that she had passed. To honor Ms. Rivers I wrote about her in a piece I titled, “Joan Rivers: Beeautiful!” As a designer for QVC, Joan Rivers had a signature bee collection as part of her jewelry line. With a name like Melissa, which means bee in Greek, I have collected several of Ms. Rivers’s bee pins. But I never understood why the bee meant so much to her until I heard her tell the story: “The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies and makes the world beautiful. So it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ‘em, make the world better.”

That is the message that I carry with me into 2015 and I happily share with youDon’t give up, never give up – even when people say you can’t or you shouldn’t. If you believe in it, do it. Do it. And make the world better for it. The bee somehow finds a way to fly. Joan Rivers did it. And we can, too!

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Rivka says, “I see every woman as a star!”

Rivka with her husband, Sam

Rivka with her husband, Sam

What I do is not about clothes.” ~ Rivka

Rivka Grubb has been blessed with really good eyes; eyes that see things that help women feel and be their best selves. Not simply a fashion stylist or a fashion consultant, Rivka is more like the vehicle that strips away the black coal, to reveal the “diamond” that is the woman underneath. Rivka told me that it all began when she was a young child growing up in Israel with a doll make-over! Here is Rivka

I was born in Israel and grew up there, until I moved to The United States when I was 13. My father was a furrier; my mother was a Paris-trained dress-maker and designer. They both worked from home. My father worked with fur pelts and my mother worked with people who had the money for custom dresses; she designed dresses for these women. From the time I could crawl around the floor, I was surrounded by pieces of fur, silk, brocade, ribbons, and buttons. As a young child, I had a doll. Not a fancy Barbie Doll, but a plain, Ruth Doll. With Ruth, I began to play with the fabrics in my house: I gave her a fur stole, a new dress, and accessories. My mother says that when I was four years old, and I brought her the new version of Ruth, I looked at her and asked, ‘Doesn’t this look better?’ And I have been doing this ever since! I guess you could say that it is in my DNA. It’s in me. I have both the knowledge and the God-given talent to see things and know how to translate them for others …

What women need to know is that they are attractive just as they are. They have more inner beauty than they realize and it is possible to go from good to better, to shine through beyond. When I work with a woman for the first time, I ask her to look in the mirror and start with what she likes about herself. Women are so disapproving of themselves and it is essential to identify with the good things, first. Only then, can she accomplish a higher level of confidence … Continue reading

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Cindy Joseph’s Big Reveal

Cindy_Joseph_Short_Hair-5Cindy_Joseph_Short_Hair-4Cindy Joseph has become my hero, since I first interviewed her on TFIO in 2013. A pioneer, with a mission to help women feel like their best selves and embrace who they are with positivity, acceptance, and joy. Cindy is the CEO and Creator of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, the first cosmetic line for every generation, that emphasizes a pro-age, rather than an anti-age philosophy. It’s a perfect fit, because Cindy was a makeup artist for 25 years. And to add to Cindy’s story, she became a working model at 49 years old, when she was discovered on the streets of the East Village in New York City. That was the the very day that Cindy cut off the last bit of dye from her silver hair. It was a freeing and monumental moment for her.

What I didn’t know, and perhaps others didn’t realize either, was that there was still another freeing moment to come in Cindy’s life, a moment of profound release. That day came last month, at the end of the summer: Cindy removed all of her hair extensions, and embraced her new, short haircut once and for all. I didn’t know that Cindy wore hair extensions or that she struggled her entire life with the fact that she had fine hair. What came from the hair cut, was a ‘coming out party’ that is taking Cindy to a new celebration of who she is …

“I had been wearing my hair extensions for 14 years. When I first became a model with Ford Models, long hair was the style. A hair stylist with whom I worked, suggested that I might consider getting hair extensions. I am a low-maintenance person, but she told me that wearing hair extensions had become easier and more doable. I began to think that “I can actually have thick, long, hair.” I was excited, and having long hair gave the stylists more variety with which to work …
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When it comes to our hair, no more should messages!

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P1040986Hair colorist, Isak, opened my eyes earlier this week, when he talked about society’s should messages about hair and age. I realize that for the last 20 years, I have slowly but surely cut my hair, as I reached certain ages and stages in my life. And you know what? I no longer like wearing my hair shorter! So, I have changed that. In today’s podcast, I talk about these harmful should messages and remind us to stay clear of them!

Photo by Kim Naci

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Celebrating Cindy Joseph, an inspiring woman of style

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

Happy New Year to all! On this first day of January, 2014, I look back to one of the most inspiring women I met in 2013, Cindy Joseph. Cindy has a terrific story: She had decided to stop coloring her hair. On the very day she cut off the last bit of dye, she was spotted on a street corner in New York City and asked to be part of a world-wide Dolce & Gabbana campaign. She has been modeling now for 14 years, and is empowering women as she began to spearhead what she calls, the Pro-Age Revolution and founded Boom! by Cindy Joseph, the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every generation.

I am a better person and a better woman for meeting Cindy. I celebrate her this New Year’s Day.

(weekly Wednesday series, “I’m Not Buying That!” returns next week)

 

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Cindy’s Pro-Age Revolution

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Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph

Cindy Joseph is a one-woman cheerleader, encouraging women of all ages to embrace the joy of being ourselves, and as she says, “find all the things that are right about who we are.” Follow me in this inspiring podcast and see for yourself why Cindy and her infectious personality are taking the world by storm as she is spearheading the BOOM! Pro-Age Revolution with us, her sisters …

And then comment below and check out my other weekly audio podcasts here on Turning Fashion Inside Out and on iTunes.

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