Friday, February 28, 2014

SENIOR WOMEN HAVE FASHION & STYLE

I feel that a lot of today's fashions fit right in with the fashion statement that senior women want to make.  

PERFECT JEANS MAKE THE WOMAN

I don't want to wear baggy "Mom Jeans" and   I don't want my jeans to be so tight they show everything
my mama gave me!  





I always try on my jeans and I don't focus 
on brand names.  The size, fit and cut varies
from one brand to another.  I am petite so I 
want relaxed or classic fit straight leg jeans.
I make sure that the bottom of my jeans come
to the top of my shoe.  I don't want to look short
and dumpy. I worked with a lady who wore some
expensive clothes.  Her pants never looked good because they were too short! I seem to be to tall 
for some petite pants but to short for regular cut pants. I look for petite pants with the  length of
the pant leg reaching  to 5 feet and 4 inches. I 
have to try on at least 3 pairs in order to get the
right fit.  The sizing is  different from one brand
to the other.  It has been so cold this winter, that 
I had to give up wearing regular denim on cold 
days.  I have found that pull on stretch denim leggings are warmer and fit better.  I reserve my 
dark denim jeans (black and navy) for business 
casual and my stone wash jeans for casual wear. Some of my faded blue jeans seem to  accent my  problem areas, so the top I wear with them is very important.  


BOOT CUT DENIM











PULL ON DENIM LEGGINGS, STRAIGHT LEG




Check out this website for tips on selecting the perfect jeans:


DENIM DO'S AND DON'TS



I was a very happy woman when tunics
came in style.  Most women over 40 want
to wear comfortable clothing. I have hour
glass shape, so I make sure my tunics are
have a v-neck, have dark print, and don't 
look like a maternity top. I buy 3/4 length 
sleeve tops. I can wear them any season.
I also like button down striped shirts.


        
 

                  



Please visit this site for some tips to help 
choose the correct neckline:

IDEAL NECKLINE 
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

REMEMBER ME?




  
I used to say I never forget a face. I would be lying 
if I said that now! My friends and I laugh at some 
of the things we forget.  We wonder if we can still walk and chew gum.  Senior jokes used to be funny
when we were young but not any more. My friends and I have pledged to do things to keep our memory
sharp.  I have always loved doing puzzles and word games.  I make sure that the games I do now help
boost memory and improve my cognitive and logical thinking.
 
I do online memory card games. I play memory/match games for kids. It is easy

and has low stress level. I am not upset
when I  forget where the cards were placed. 
I try to remember that this is not a contest, 
it's a brain exercise. I keep playing it until 
my score improves. This game is good for
improving my short term memory.  AARP 
has very good brain games too. I hope you
enjoy playing these games as much as I do.
I make sure I play one of these games daily.

The brain must be exercised daily, especially
when you are a senior. 


HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE GAMES I PLAY:



ONLINE MEMORY GAME

AARP BRAIN GAMES

MAHJONGG MATCH GAME

BIBLE WORD SEARCH

HANGAROO HANGMAN GAME

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SENIOR FLASHBACK, THE 60'S






I was in the 5th grade in the 60's.  I  had a
"nutty professor"  for a teacher.  He was high 
strung and couldn't stand stress. He threw the chalkboard erasers at us when we misbehaved.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "It's a small 
world?"  I had an abscessed tooth and had to 
seek treatment from a dentist.I disliked going 
to the dentist because of my  pain tolerance.
My friend referred me to her dentist.  I noticed 
that the dentist had a family photo of him with
two guys.  He said that they were his brothers.
I thought I recognized one of the men. He said 
that one brothers was named Clyde and he used 
to teach. I told him where I grew up. I mentioned
that I had a 5th grade teacher named Clyde. We couldn't believe it!  He said, "What a small world!!"  
I asked him if Clyde was still teaching. He looked 
sad and replied, " No, he is dead!" I told him that
I was sorry to hear that. My shot was about to kick
in when he said that Clyde had committed suicide!  
I didn't know what to say.  He said that his brother had struggled with depression and other emotional issues for years. I could not tell him that I had seen
evidence of his emotional issues. 

By the way, I have discovered that sensitive 
toothpaste could buy me some time if  I did
not have time to go to the dentist. I began
to have sensitive teeth from using too much
teeth whitener.  I happened to have some of 
this toothpaste on hand when I had a mild
toothache due to a small cavity. My pain 
stopped after I finished brushing my teeth 
with this toothpaste. I thought it might be
a coincidence but kept brushing my teeth
daily with the  toothpaste. The pain went 
away and never returned.


Please forgive me, I digressed off the subject.
Here are some interesting events that happened
in the 60's:


First Televised Presidential Debates
Lasers Invented 
Sit-In at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC 
Birth Control Pill Is Approved by the FDA 
Bay of Pigs Invasion 
Berlin Wall Built
Peace Corps Founded 
Soviet's Launch  First Man in Space
First James Bond Movie 
First Wal-Mart Opens 
Johnny Carson Takes Over the Tonight Show
Marilyn Monroe Found Dead
First Dr. Who Episode Airs
First Woman in Space 
JFK Assassinated 
March on Washington
Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech
Medgar Evers Is Murdered 
The Beatles become popular in   America
Muhammad Ali is World  Heavy Weight Champion
Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.  
Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life in Prison
Warren Report on JFK's Assassination Issued 
Malcolm X Assassinated  
Miniskirt First Appears 
U. S. sends troops to Vietnam
Black Panther Party Established
First Kwanzaa Celebrated 
First Heart Transplant
First Super Bowl
Thurgood Marshall Becomes the First African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice 
Martin Luther King Assassinated
Robert Kennedy Assassinated
Manson Family Murders 
Neil Armstrong is the First Man to Walk on the Moon
Sesame Street First Airs
Yasser Arafat Becomes Leader of the PLO









Monday, February 24, 2014

SENIOR FLASHBACK, THE 50'S






 


I was born  in 1951 and and I can remember some things which happened after age three.  My parents
were amazed when I hold them what I remembered.  We lived with my grandparents until I turned age 5.
I remember my babysitter rocking me in out huge white rocking chair. Some wasps had built a nest in
our lovely chair.  My babysitter was rocking me while mom went grocery shopping. All that rocking made the wasps start to swarm.  There were a whole bunch around us. My baby sitter was so frightened that he
dropped me in the process of running away.  The babysitter was my cousin and he was in big trouble.
My mom arrived home early and she witnessed  the fiasco.   I only got one sting but he got five.  I was
crying and so was Gerald.  My mom had to patch both of us up.

I recalled that my granddad raised a few chickens.  My  brother was told to leave those chickens alone
He continued mess with them when granddad went inside the house.  A few moments later my brother
was running in circles around our house screaming.  Two chickens were pecking  his head!!  Poor thing 
had to learn the hard way. Granddad had to rescue him. The kids laughed at him because he had three bandages on his forehead.

Here are some interesting events that occurred during the 50's:

First Modern Credit Card
First Organ Transplant
President Truman Orders Construction of Hydrogen Bomb
Color TV
Car Seat Belts
Polio Vaccine Created
DNA Discovered
Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer
Disneyland Opens
James Dean Dies in Car Accident
McDonald's Corporation Founded
Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus
T.V. Remote Control Invented
Velcro Introduced
Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat
Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age
Laika Becomes the First Living Animal to Enter Orbit
Hula Hoops Become Popular
LEGO Toy Bricks Introduced
NASA Founded
Peace Symbol Created
Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed


Friday, February 21, 2014

LET'S FACE IT!







The good Lord  blessed every woman with beautiful feature(s). The fashion conscience senior lady must know what her best feature(s)  is and keep it dressed up! She  knows what her skin tone is and whether she is warm or cool. A lady that knows what lipstick and make up shade works best for her skin tone has won the cosmetic battle. The method to find out what your skin tone is can get complicated. A lot of women may be both warm and cool no matter what race they are. There are a lot of YouTube videos that can help you
determine whether you are warm or cool. I would go to a professional make up artist if I really wanted to know whether I was warm or cool. 

 Warm vs. Cool Skin Tone; good to know

I'm too old fashioned to go through the skin 
tone maze.  I rub a little make up or lipstick 
on the back of my hand.  If it looks good I 
buy it. The rule of thumb on some fashion
sites is shades pink for fair to medium skin 
and  shades of red for olive to dark skin.

I like to blend my lipstick shades so they 
will compliment the color of my clothes.
I have medium shades of pink, red, orange,
and purple lipstick. I blend them with mocha
lipstick to get the shade that compliments my
outfit. I place the light shade on my lips first, 
then blend in the brown with a lip brush to get
my desired shade. I use lipstick for my blush
also. I wore the earth toned lipstick because it 
was in style. I decided that I wanted more color
on my lips. I have allergies so I do not use any
mascara or eye liner. A good brand of concealer 
under your eyes and on the problem areas on 
your face can make an older women's skin look 
good. I am not a make up geek but the days of wearing heavy looking make up are gone. I am 
retired now,so I purchase my lipstick from the drugstore. It is a lot cheaper than department
stores. I saw a show that said that the same
cosmetic company that make the lipstick and 
make up at the big name department stores 
make the lipstick and makeup carried by the drugstores.  


 



Please check out the website Mirror, Mirror on 
the Living Well Network. It has everything you 
want to know about make up. They even have makeup and fashion tips for older ladies too.


MIRROR, MIRROR



 



Monday, February 17, 2014

HAIR, NOT THE MUSICAL


  







This  story begins with my heartbreak over
hair loss due to age and hypothyroidism. It 
was suttle at first. My center part became a
wider and my scalp was dryer than usual. 
I would have done something sooner if my
hairdresser had been honest with me. I was
her regular $60 per month customer and 
she did not want me to stop. I did confront
her about this later and told her I would not 
be back.  She could have given me some 
scalp treatment and kept me as a customer. 
Her dishonesty cost her.  



I have never been a vain person but I want to 
look nice from head to toe. I prayed over my
situation and was able to accept my hair loss.
I stopped the pity party and looked for options.
I went to my local health & wellness store.  A 
sweet young lady told me about hair solution 
hair products. I got the one that said it helps
make thin hair thicker. I have allergies and it 
had a ton of herbs in it.  I mixed it with a little
olive oil to avoid having an reaction to a herb.
It worked!  My hair had thickened back up. It 
was not as thick as it was, but it was thick 
enough for my scalp not to show through. I
was satisfied with the results. I still have to 
wash my hair often due to my very dry scalp.
I use shampoo and conditioner that don't
have sulfates and other bad chemicals.   

 COMPARE SULFATE AND SULFATE FREE



Smell: Both have strawberry scent 
Shampoo: The sulfate free lather is a bit watery, 
but my hair feels clean. Remember, hair can get
clean without a lot of lather!

Two of my closest girlfriends have different
forms of alopecia.  One of them wears wigs
and the other one uses sewn in weave human
hair.  They were supportive when I told them 
about my hair issues.  I didn't realize they had 
spent a lot of money on dermatologist visit to 
save their hair.  They finally realized that this 
was a fruitless pursuit and accepted the truth. 
Their hair was not going to grow back. 

I use wigs as my protective style during the 
winter. I wear decorative headbands & scarves
during the summer months.

I have listed hair solutions for thinning hair. Maybe one of them will work for you.

**YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING NEW PRODUCTS.

THIN HAIR SOLUTIONS:


HAIR SCALP ELIXIR (AVAILABLE ONLINE & WHOLE FOODS)
                 

HAIR POWDERS AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT HAIR COLORS ONLINE &  QVC





HAIR, SKIN, NAILS & BIOTIN VITAMINS AVAILABLE @ YOUR DRUGSTORE


VOLUMIZING SHAMPOO & SERUM

 

OVER-THE-COUNTER HAIR TREATMENT FOR ALOPECIA (AVAILABLE @ DRUGSTORE)

 

HAIR RESTORATION THERAPY( HAIR TRANSPLANT)

 

LASER THERAPY AVAILABLE @ SOME HAIR SALONS

 

CLIP ON CONCEALER HAIR PIECE FOR TOP OF YOUR HEAD

 

CLIP ON HAIR EXTENSIONS AS FILL IN FOR THIN AREAS

 

HUMAN HAIR OR QUALITY SYNTHETIC HAIR WIGS (AVAILABLE ONLINE OR WIG SHOPS)

 

SEW IN HUMAN HAIR OR QUALITY HAIR EXTENSIONS (SEEK REFERRALS FOR BEST 

HAIR STYLIST )

 

HAIR RESTORATION THERAPY( HAIR TRANSPLANT)

 

HAIRSTYLES FOR THIN HAIR( SEE GOOGLE & BING  IMAGES )

 

 HEADBANDS

USE PRETTY SCARVES FOR HEAD WRAPS


BANDANA HEAR WRAPS

 

WEBSITES WITH ARTICLES ON HAIR LOSS:

 

LIVING WELL NETWORK (TAGLINE : HAIR LOSS)

http://search.livewellnetwork.com/search/client?q=HAIR%20LOSS%20HAIR%20PIECE&st=lwhd&sortBy=relevance&start=30

 

OPRAH.COM

http://www.oprah.com/style/Female-Hair-Loss-Thinning-and-Alopecia

 

NATURAL/HERBAL REMEDIES 

 

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-women-14/natural-treatments-for-hair-loss

http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/blog/herbal-remedies-for-thinning-hair/

http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/blog/six-excellent-herbal-remedies-for-alopecia/