In recognition of Black History Month, Deb of No-Nonsense Blog profiles the beauty innovations of the first African American women millionaire, Mme C.J. Walker.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Host, thinks we should look and feel chic, cool and confident every time we step out the door . . . especially if we’re traveling for business! Here are a few fab tips to look amazing,no matter where your travels take you. Cheers!
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How does a woman from a small poor farming village in Japan, who married and led a traditional life there ultimately find herself on a stage at UC Berkeley presenting her craft of kimono weaving and design? Perseverance, that’s how Fukuko Katsuura leapt to her second life.
My favourite black leather biker jacket with its gorgeous red lining is definitely the oldest garment in my wardrobe. It is by AgnesB and dates back to 1985. If you have been a regular follower of my blog for some time you will no doubt have seen it before.
Back in 1985 I had too small children and a virtually non existent clothes budget. I remember saving up for a whole year to buy this jacket. I had seen in the Agnes B shop in Les Halles, where I used to stay with my daughter who was having medical treatment in Paris. I finally saved up enough money to buy it and have loved it ever since.
I had it altered about 10 years ago as the shoulders were 80s Dallas style. It is not easy to get leather altered I was lucky to find a seamstress who did an excellent job.
I bought this rich red Nicole Farhi shawl collar coat about six years ago. It was at the time when Nicole was leaving the company she had founded to start a new career as a sculptor. You can read her story in The Telegraph. Much of the stock was being sold off at very reduced prices and I discovered this amazing coat in TKMaxx. I was walking past the shop and I could tell even from outside on the pavement that this was a stunning coat.
The brand Nicole Farhi still produces beautiful coats. I tracked a selection available on their website here (quite a few reduced in the sale).
I am wearing it with a black polo neck sweater, a pair of slim black trousers and knee length boots.
The black brooch adds a decorative touch and also serves to keep the coat closed. I often use this trick with wrap coats. I sometimes pin the brooch higher up and let the coat hang open.
On the left is a soft gold cuff that I found in the market in St. Tropez.
Accessories are incredibly important items in our wardrobes. They are the heroes that transform the ordinary into the spectacular. They help to lift a classic piece we may have had for many years. Strategically placed they can help to draw attention to areas of our body that we choose to emphasis.
On that note Sylvie of 40plusstyle will shortly be offering a course Accessorize me confident & beautiful! where she will be teaching you how to artfully accessories an outfit according to silhouette and proportion. The course is due to start in two weeks time, in the meantime there are free videos and webinars to watch just click here.
Brooches are underestimated pieces of jewelery in my opinion. They can add originality and flair to an otherwise simple outfit. You may have some unloved brooches tucked away in your drawers and cupboards or you might like to take a look at a good selection at Nordstrom and John Lewis.
Now for more invaluable information on all matters connected with beauty as this weeks Fashion Flash host is Cindy of PrimeBeauty, a beauty resource for women 40+ and in their prime. Join her and the other Fashionflashers for this weeks round up of the latest tips on how to continue to look and feel fantastic after 40.