On Sunday when I went for my usual walk, I realized that the reason I appreciate Springtime in San Francisco so much, is because we usually miss out on a traditional Summer in the city due to the heavy fog and cold weather.
Springtime in the city, is the only time, we actually experience warm weather while the days are getting longer. I know we also have, what is famously known as Indian Summer in the Fall, here , but since Fall is normally a prelude to Winter, the days are shorter, so the feeling is not the same psychologically, if you know what I mean?
Anyway, yesterday with Camera in hand, I took some photos of the first signs of Spring around the city by the bay. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy Monday everyone!
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Tagged fitness, photography, romantic getaways, san francisco in springtime, travel
I just realized I haven’t paid homage to an inspirational celebrity in a long while and for that I have decided to add Elle McPherson to my list of celebrity women over 40, who I have grown to admire over the years. In her case, not only because of her ability to maintain an amazing body at 48, but also because of her drive to become a successful businesswoman, designing lingerie for the woman of any age.
Macpherson is a European Ambassador for RED, an initiative set up by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and to help eradicate AIDS for women and children in Africa. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF. In her native Australia, she is an ambassador for the Smile Foundation, which helps the families of children with rare diseases and organizes government research grants She has also modelled for charitable causes including fundraising for 2007 British flood victims, wounded veterans, and child welfare group Absolute Return for Kids. (per Wiki)
For more on Elle McPherson please click here and for access to her lingerie collection, please click here.
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Tagged a makoever, Celebrity, exercise, fitness, healthy cooking, inspirational woman over 40, midlife, motherhood, sexy fashion, weight watch, women over 40
Although it may seem a bit early to think about Spring fashion, since most of us can’t seem to stay warm enough during this Winter season, in reality it is actually the perfect time. Well, maybe not from the consumers point of view, but for sure from the retailers perspective.
So with that seed being planted in your minds, I have included some photos of the Spring 2011 collection from the various designers for your viewing pleasure. Check them out and tell me what you think?
Also, in the next few weeks I will be discussing the fashion trends in great detail, so stay tuned!
Posted in Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry London, designer shoes, Makeup, New York Fashion, spring 2011 fashion trends
Tagged Celebrity, celebrity and fashion trends, fashion, fitness, French Inspiration Decor, hollywood and fashion, midlife, spring 2011 fashion trends, weight watch, women over 40
One word, which took me a while to get used to, is none other than the word “fashionista” and after looking it up in the dictionary to get the true definition of it, I discovered that EVEN this word’s meaning has evolved through time as a result of shows like “Sex In The City” and Sarah Jessica Parker.
I am certain that most any woman is aware of the show, the movies and Sarah Jessica Parker and of course there are some of us who admire her style and others who question it. But I must say, although eccentric and sometimes over the top, her sense of style is most unforgettable and a challenge for most anyone else to pull off.
So, here is hoping we can duplicate her conservative look as a woman over 40 and do our best to avoid the rest.
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Tagged a makoever, Acting, Celebrity, cheating husbands, fashion, fitness, makeup, midlife, motherhood, sexy fashion, women over 40
I am not a jealous woman nor envious but sometimes I just want to say, STOP IT “celebrity” you’re making me look and feel bad about myself. Yes, you might think this is childish but reality is that most women in their 40s have as much insecurities as teenage and girls in their 20′s.
It’s that whole, body deciding what shape it should be, sometimes no matter how much you exercise or diet, and then there are the wrinkles and the gray hairs sneaking up on you and the pre-menopausal state taking over. Shall I go on?
So, when we pick up a magazine or look online and see, in this case, Halle Berry, in all her beauty, we tend to second guess ourselves, physically that is because God knows what her personal life is like, and suddenly become sad (at least in my case).
I am not sure if she has had plastic surgery or a nip tuck or whatever and frankly I don’t care. I do appreciate the end result and in my own twisted way, use her physical appearance as my gage to try and look better, so that I could feel better about myself.
In the meantime, I always wonder why some women look their age and others don’t, and I also wonder why some women who have had children look like mothers and others don’t. I know its part genetic and no matter how many makeover shows and guidelines there are on TV or in magazines, the division is forever obvious between motherly women and the Halle Berry’s of the world.
So, I have no idea why I wrote this entry but I suppose a recent photo of hers online triggered it and I would love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have a few minutes to yourself today between taking kids to soccer or ballet and juggling laundry and grocery shopping while your husbands golf or watch sports on TV.
Posted in exercise, fall fashion, Fantasy, Fashion, Hair, inspiration, Makeup
Tagged a makoever, Acting, Celebrity, exercise, fitness, Guess Shoes, Hollywood, makeup, motherhood
Once the official transition takes place from Summer to Fall, meaning past the month of September to mid-October, I begin to feel the need to rearrange my closet in order to get a visual of all my sweaters. Then I go through them and decide which to toss and what to recycle for the upcoming fall season. At the same time, I shop online for the sweaters I would like to have and make my list in order to check them out at the store.
One of my favorite stores, and this has been on and off, is Ann Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft. The reason for the on and off is that for a while there it seemed the store or the company had lost it’s touch and appeal so I stayed away from it. But now, this year that is, the items on their online catalog (at least in picture) look great. That’s another thing, what looks good on print doesn’t necessarily look good in the store, so with list in hand I plan to visit the stores (after California’s heat wave) in order to see first hand how, what I have selected would look on moi.
So, taking into consideration what is trendy this fall, I have selected items along the colors suggested for the woman over 40, as well as some colors I feel would work best with my skin tone and physical attributes:
Click On Links Below For My Choices
1. Cardigan with beaded pocket
2.Crossover V-Neck Sweater
3. Long Sleeve Turtleneck
4. Merino V-Neck Cardigan
5. Scoop Neck Sweater
Well, wish me luck and in the meantime drop me a line with your favorites for the fall 2010.
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Tagged a makoever, Ann Taylor, fashion, fitness, French Inspiration Decor, midlife, women over 40
Collars are back in and of course this is a good thing for the woman over 40 with neck, cleavage and other issues around the neck area. So ladies, indulge in collars this fall.
This past week I was in L.A. again and for the first time in a while I decided on venturing into one of those frozen yogurt shops popping up everywhere around the U.S. I fought the urge for the longest time because I had heard some interesting stories about the makeup of the yogurt ingredients in the past, but for some reason the one I visited in Calabasas and Beverly Hills was really good and I suppose worth my dime (yes I meant dime)
It is called Menchie’s Yogurt and the store is set up something like a Hello Kitty store with bright colors and characters. At first you think to yourself, is this place really for adults also? But when you actually go in and create your own yogurt cup, you start to feel like a kid again and it doesn’t matter much anymore after that. They have about 10 different flavored yogurts which is sold by weight (very smart business practice) and you can mix them in a one size for all cup, delightfully labeled with how much of an expert you are considered by the lines along the side of the cup. So the more you fill, the more of an expert you are and the more money they make (cute).
The toppings are either candy or fresh fruits and of course they have about 4 different flavored syrups or sauces you can pour over the yogurt for that final touch and the extra weight necessary to make it about 7.00 for a full cup. I think the best part of it was when I walked up to the cashier and had her weigh my cup, she instructed me to remove the plastic spoon just to save a few cents. I laughed and obliged and then with my sticky hands sat down at a colorful table and devoured my vanilla flavored yogurt, with fresh-cut fruits and hot fudge chocolate syrup with a drizzle of marshmallow syrup.
Although, these yogurt shops are probably a fad or a phase, like most other eateries in the U.S., it is one that stands out among the other frozen yogurt shops with fruit or color names (like Melon, Canteloupe, Orange, Pinkberry, etc) because of the uniformity of the brand name and the consistency of their yogurt, which taste the most natural (in my opinion) from the others. As a matter of fact, the live cultures had me going the three days I consumed the products.
I do highly recommend the yogurt, if there is a shop in your neck of the woods but be careful, the $$$ add up the more of an expert cup filler you are.
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Tagged chocolate, exercise, fitness, food, frozen yogurt, healthy eating