According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we are 5-foot-4 or shorter, weigh between 150 and 160 pounds on average, and wear a size 14. These hard cold stats are way too scary, but they are exactly why you need to go see the movie Gloria, Chile's Oscar-nominated best foreign language film. Like us, the title character, played by Paulina Garcia, is 50-plus and not perfect. She's a bit flabby with a muffin top, saggy breasts, a few extra pounds and what I call "a face with experience." At first she seems totally average, almost frumpy. Later, Gloria's attitude, body language and smile transform her into a drop-dead beauty. Here are 5 tips I took away from this movie's inspiring character:
No one loves Downton Abbey more than us. The last episode just aired and we're already having withdrawal symptoms. We're infatuated with the take-me-away storyline, the cliff-hanging relationships, the Maggie Smith zingers and last but not least the romantic feminine looks. Not a leather jacket, legging or nail decal in sight. Instead Elizabeth McGovern, 51, as Cora, Countess of Gratham and Shirley MacLaine, 78, as mom Martha Levinson make us crave Twenties inspired chemises, floaty blouses, low heels and bobs. There's a nostalgia yen going on with women 50+ and it's not for minis or backpacks. Here's how to lose a decade, gain some style and keep Downton going till next season:
The New York Times reported fashionistas are looking forward to Fashion Week (starting February 7) with rising panic. This time however, it's not about the clothes. Any attendee seen sniffling or clutching shredded tissues will probably be downgraded to standing room only. Editors, buyers or front-row celebs with runny noses tossing down DayQuil will be out on their Pilates-toned derrieres. It's flu season and paranoia is up. Of course smart, mature babes like us prepped with a flu-shot (and for some, a pneumonia shot too) and have been gobbling immune healthy veggies, fruits and omega-3s like candy with fingers crossed. We're skipping kissy greetings now and carry hand sanitizer in every bag and pocket. We're tough, resilient, experienced Glama-zons and flu or no flu we still need to go to work, meetings, social events and zip through our usual 24/7 routine looking radiantly healthy. This is a lot harder to do when you're 50+ than when you're 25. Three pro secrets keep top designers, models, editors, celebs and performers glowing when they're under the weather.
A new year and we've got good intentions: we're going to exercise more, eat healthier, and update our looks to stay in the game. Uh-huh. It's not that these things don't work, they do. But even the thought of all that extra effort when we're already multi-tasking 24/ 7 stresses us out. Three small changes you can do in five minutes or less can undo a year of gym slacking, de-railed diets and lazy self-maintenance. Start now :
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