Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Travel and Looking Good

We just returned from a long weekend get-away to Santa Fe, which was delightful.
However, I was amazed at the choices people make for the clothes  they travel and
sight-see in. I don't know why one would wear shorts on an airplane. First of all, it's
 usually cool on the plane and secondly, how do you know who sat there before you
 and what they may have dropped/spilled on the seat? It's bad enough you put your
head against a seat back where a stranger's probably dirty hair was just moments
 before. I'm nor saying we have to dress up to fly, like when we were kids, but there
 are ways to be comfortable on a flight without wearing your pajamas ( which we've
 all seen!) I know work-out wear is now wildly accepted as normal dress even when
you are not going to or coming from a work-out. Sure it's comfortable and even forgiving,
(though not so much on the bodies that need the forgiving most) but I just want to ask
"No time to change and shower between yoga and your flight?" Or " Rushing to pilates
when we touch down?" I recently saw a group of young women touring a church and
chapel in tanks and work-out capris - not very respectful.Touring a city in workout wear
looks a little lazy,thoughtless and far from sophisticated and is just unnecessary.

There are options out there to be comfortable and still look put together.
 The thought of wearing skinny jeans on anything longer than an two hour flight
may be scary, but it beats full-on yoga pants when you're not practicing.Warm- up
suits scream" tourist". Several jeans are stretchy enough to be comfy to fly in, yet
 stylish enough to go to lunch or dinner when you land. The secret is in finding a
 pair that has polyester in them besides cotton and spandex
or lycra.

Spanx's Signature Straight in dark wash is a great choice- feels nothing like
wearing Spanx's undergarments.
or try AG's "Prima" which comes in different styles and washes uses polyurethane
for a soft and stretchy fit.
A cotton knit maxi dress or long skirt are also comfy choices that still look smart.

A soft short or long sleeve classic tee won't wrinkle like a blouse and will feel good and
keep you comfortable whether it's a short or long flight.I like black, white or striped.
Pair it with a navy or black blazer for a more upscale look, a cashmere or cotton
 cardigan depending on the climate or your favorite jean jacket- on trend right now.
Throw a complimentary scarf around your neck and you have a finished look as well
as a little extra to wrap up in if the flight is cold and a little
extra something to put between you and the head rest.

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When it comes to shoes, unless you are TSA pre-checked or have your Global Entry,
easy on easy off is important.Sandals are fine for short summer flights but for longer
trips comfortable flats or some of the new cool sneakers make more sense. On a
lengthy international flight, bring socks to keep your feet warm and remove your shoes

Bon Voyage, Happy Travels and Safe Vacationing!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fashion News and Beauty Bites

Hooray for Baby Boomers!

There seems to be a new trend to use iconic older
women in fashion campaigns.Lauren Hutton and
 Whoppee Goldberg have both done ads for Gap. Last year, 
Joni Mitchell was featured in Saint Laurent ads and author
 Joan Didion posed for Celine. Now we will see Cher
 ( at 69 years old)
in Marc Jacobs Fall campaign. How refreshing to see beautiful, mature, accomplished women still valued at this point in their
lives in the fashion industry!

Here's an interesting bit of news for those of you who struggle
with wanting to be both comfortable and fashionable in your shoes-

Imagine a shoe that adapts to you. Comfortable enough to get you through your busy day and so fashionable that you look and feel great regardless of what you are doing! This is the TANYA HEATH Paris. They  have created the world’s first multi-height shoe with removable heels so you will never have to suffer to be beautiful. 
TANYA HEATH Paris features 3 collections that reflect the different needs in our lives. The Power collection is designed to make you look great at work, but these shoes will take you far beyond the office. The Liberty collection has been designed for a weekend getaway or casual chic moments about town. The Seduction collection is for special occasions or a night out, when you don’t want to be held back by pain.
The heels set off the shoes and they have hundreds of heels to choose from. The heels come in several different heights, colors, styles and finishes and embody the latest fashion trends and allow you to create endless combinations that take you from one place to another.
Check them out at www.tanyaheath.comAstrid interchangeable heel changeable heel

Shopping Prints
This summer season is full of bright colors and wild, wonderful prints. This is a great time to try something fun, more bold and a little out of your box. However, if you are more of a classic kind of fashionista you can stick with the prints that never go out of style!
Stripes, polka dots, animal prints, plaids and batiks are around to stay and there's always a variation of any of those prints that will work with your own personal style.
Michael Michael Kors Giraffe Print Dress, $179;
Stella McCartney Crew Neck Jumper, $1,140;
Zara Leather Print Wedges, $120;
Rag & Bone Saunders Leopard-Print Shirt, $395;
Miu Miu Bandoliera Leopard-Print Calf hair Shoulder Bag, $1,700;
Topshop Collide High Leg Snake Boots, $280;
Miu Miu Checked Wool-Tweed Waist Belt, $305;
Rachel Comey Vidal Plaid-Check Print Top, $335;
H&M Long Shirt, $30;
Alice & You Tarten Midi Dress, $21;
Michael Kors Plaid Wrap-Style Shirt, $807;
Sacai Plaid Pleated Skirt, $950;

Add These Morning Habits to Your Routine

*Drink a large glass of water
Your skin looks better when it is hydrated ( and you feel better,too)
After a night's sleep your body needs fluids and good old fashioned water is the best thing to start your day - it helps maintain fresh breath and aids in digestion,too.

*Use an antioxidant
Start with an antioxidant serum or cream on your face to protect it from free radicals ( UV rays, pollution,etc) that cause aging. Something with Vitamins C and E before your make up helps protect your skin and helps your sunscreen work better.
(There are many products to choose from at
Which is the perfect segway to the next habit-

*Use sunscreen religiously
You know by now you need sun protection daily ( especially those of us in the sunshine state) even on cloudy days. The SPF in your make up probably isn't enough for all day protection.
 Double up with a moisturizer with an SPF and primer or BB or CC cream or foundation with SPF as well.There are tinted sunscreens for faces, too. And don't forget your hands which are just as exposed to aging UV rays and will show your age in spots if not protected.
Homemade Yogurt
*Eat Protein
Studies have shown that eating a high protein breakfast will keep you fuller longer. Eggs or Greek yogurt are a better choice to start your day than a bagel, Ezekiel bread or cereal.

*Exercise Early
The beauty benefits of sleep are real for your skin and for your sanity.
Other studies have shown that when you exercise in the morning you sleep better at night. Better sleep= better skin and a less stressed start to the day.

*Get a Caffeine Boost
Green Tea is the best way to get your caffeine boost- packed with flavonoids ( a type of antioxidant which have been shown to slow aging and linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers). But if you can't give up your morning coffee (me neither!),no worries. Coffee also contains antioxidants and has been shown to speed up metabolism. ( Nice for menopausal an post menopausal women: