A change of blouse
The silk blouse The necklace
3/4 Black coat Polka dots & circles
Introducing brown suede
Suede jacket The necklace
The boots 1960's
The designer dress
The dress The bag
The gloves The attitude!
Welcome to the "Get The Look" section. Here we feature real women with normal lives. The media constantly subjects us to images of celebrities, pop stars, film stars and it girls .Magazines encourage women to "Get the Look".
The "Feel Good After Fifty" website aims to present a more realistic approach to the concept of "look getting". The celebrities pictured in magazines, have often had, beauty treatments to prepare and plump up their skins, stylists to select their clothes, top designers lending the clothes for the fashion shoot and after all that expert help, a professional photographer and some airbrushing before going into print. How on earth could any normal woman from "real life" be possibly expected to "get this look" ?
This section aims to introduce ladies with natural grace and style, who have prepared themselves for a few photos and been kind enough to invite us into their private wardrobes and share their own beauty, fashion and tips for life with us.
It will provide you will simple solutions to looking amazing and illustrate how choosing items of clothing carefully will give you the scope to dress well, and change your image with ease.
A short interview is published after each feature.
Lisa is a lady who has natural elegance, grace, style and class. She looks impeccable whilst managing a busy lifestyle. Bringing up four children, running a house and working is no easy feat but Lisa manages to look stylish, fresh and beautiful . In this feature we illustrate how a variety of looks can be achieved with a small number of expertly selected clothes. Lisa will be passing on her personal style tips along the way.
Lisa has done her own make up and has a very natural look.
She applied a little fake tan as a base then waited 20 minutes for it to develop. This gives her complexion a healthy glow and camouflages minor imperfections. She has then used a little moisturiser. Some blusher has been brushed on in a soft pink tone. Black eye-liner has been carefully drawn on to the upper eye lid. Two coats of matt black mascara and a little lip gloss in candy pink finish off the look beautifully.
Note that on Lisa's skin tones with the fake tan base she has applied, neither foundation or concealer have been needed!
Lisa has selected some essential items of clothing from her wardrobe.
A pair of jet black jeans are an essential base for the following smart, casual looks.
They are highly versatile, flattering and practical.
Black suede gloves Black leather bag
A stylish leather belt in black adds a finishing touch!
Ethnic bangles Statement necklace
Pearl earrings Sunglasses
White & black contrasts The "it " bag
The collar The cross over front detail
Let's add the coats!
3/4 Black coat Focus on the collar detail
Green suede Softer tones
As a birthday present my children have treated me to a manicure and gel nails! I'm excited and have decided to make this a blog post if anyone is tempted by the idea, but like me, is wondering what it all involves?
My manicurist Pascale explains that she is going to use OPI products and that the gel nails should last for about three weeks.
She inspects the condition of my nails and remarks that they are weak and flaky, this means they are not an ideal base!
The first step is to remove any grease or remains of old varnish from the nails to maximise the adherence. She uses a colourless remover and wipes each nail with a cotton pad.
The nails are then filed with a large grain file, then a fine grain file. The nail ridges are removed to leave a flat surface.
The finger tips are then soaked in warm soapy water to soften the cuticles and make sure the nails are completely clean, they are then tidied up with the cuticle remover.
Now comes the fun bit, selecting the right colour! It's advisable to think about this choice carefully. Whatever shade you choose ,it's going to be semi-permanent for the next few weeks!
I decided to co-ordinate with my ring, choosing a deep bordeaux winter shade of red.
A base coat is applied, which is a clear varnish but needs to be fixed with UV light to harden it.
The UV fixation takes 60 seconds for each hand .
Just like a normal manicure after the base coat comes two coats of coloured polish and a top coat. However, each layer needs fixing under the UV light. It turns out to be quite a lengthy process taking well over an hour.
I'm pleased with the result but only a week later I have already lost three of the nails on my right hand! The colour just peeled off and I had to patch it up with matching normal nail varnish!
I had been warned that my nails were not really strong enough for this process so perhaps this is the reason. I'm not sure I will be bothering to go through the process again though as it seems quite expensive to only last a week!
The nails that haven't peeled look fabulous, so perhaps it's worth investing in a DYI home kit. I think it would be far more cost effective and practical for repairing the odd chip or peeling nail.
As winter draws to an end, it's typically a time of year when you feel tired, run down, lacking in energy and even depressed. Here are a few ideas to re-energise and bring positive vibrations back into your day!
Celebrate Valentines Day!
Don't let February 14th slip by without a celebration. Spread the love, serve a pink dinner, drink pink champagne or simply show someone you love them. However you choose to celebrate it's a great excuse for a bit of fun! ©
Welcome the Chinese New Year!
February 2014 marks the beginning of the Chinese year of the Wooden Horse. Traditionally the Chinese celebrate this time of year by eating fish because the Chinese word for fish sounds like their word for laughter. The food served represents positive aspects of Chinese life, for example sticky rice represents relationships and togetherness. It is a time for settling debts, clearing out and generally getting ones life in order to start the new year in a positive frame of mind. It's another great excuse to get motivated and celebrate! ©
Exercise & feel better!
One of the best ways to re-energise is by becoming more active. This can be as simple as finding time to take a brisk walk preferably in a beautiful, natural environment, or alternatively it could be a catalyst to try something completely new.
Water sports can be particularly invigorating, producing a real "feel-good factor." Aqua bike or Water Spinning is the latest craze, burning around 800 calories per session. ©
A few feet from the water's edge in the famous port "La joliette" in Marseilles is an incredible new building designed by the renowned architect Rudy Ricciotti called MUCEM.
The building is a grey cube with walls of laced concrete allowing unique and amazing views of the phoenician city, the sea, the headland and the sky. The effect is breathtaking.
An interesting event takes place in St Tropez each Autumn!
In the southern French fishing village of St Tropez, made famous in the 1960's by the movie star Bridget Bardot, there is a yearly event at the end of October worth knowing about.
The "Braderie de St Tropez" which translates as the "Sale" is a fabulous event in which the entire village is involved. Hundreds of bargains can be found, with items for sale ranging from well know designer brands to profit share schemes and local talents.
Read More on the sale, the village, Melissa shoes and sustainable development . Where St Paulo meets St Tropez
As summer fades into autumn, sun tans fade and sun damage is no longer hidden, it 's often a moment when we can feel a little down about the way we look. Your complexion may have more fine lines and wrinkles it may feel dry and flaky or have lost some elasticity and feel droopy and dull.
This is an ideal time to boost your skin with natural ingredients, replenish it's glow whilst raising your moral with a look-good/feel-good factor. There is no need to go out and buy expensive products , you can easily make your own for a fraction of the price and keep the left overs in the fridge for a few days in a sterilized sealed container.
Here is a simple recipe to indulge your skin with .
1/2 Avocado pear
1/2 soup spoon of honey
1/2 soup soon virgin olive oil
a few drops of lemon juice
Peel the carrot and gently steam until tender then crush with a fork until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and leave to cool.
Smooth onto your cleansed skin , avoiding the eye area.
Relax for 10 minutes whilst the mask soaks in. Rinse with warm water. Pat skin dry gently with a soft clean towel.
For more skin care tips visit the beauty section on the website©
After the summer hair often becomes dry, brittle and fragile.
Sun, sea and excessive heat can really take it's toll. This is an ideal moment to concentrate on restoring your hair to its former beauty.
Use a gentle, nourishing shampoo and deep conditioning treatment to soften and replenish your hair. Products containing
keratin are extremely efficient although this type of product is often expensive.
Protect your hair from excessive heat by leaving it to dry naturally or lowering the temperature on your hair-dryer then apply a small amount of hair oil to the lengths and ends working it in thoroughly.
Avoid washing and drying too often, but when you do wash it leave the conditioning treatment on for a few hours. This will ensure maximum benefit.
The sun plays havoc with tinted hair. It permanently lightens the colour each time you stay in the sun. The first thing to avoid is exposing your hair to the sun. This can be done by either wearing a hat or sitting in the shade. Obviously it's impossible to keep your hair out of the sun all summer long, so eventually you'll find that your colour has altered and become a few shades lighter.
An easy way to tone down a sun lightened colour is to have a few darker streaks or lowlights put through your hair in your base colour. If you're grey , select a basic shade a few shades darker than the sun-lightened one. Usually only a few streaks are needed but it makes an enormous difference to the hair, naturalizing the effect. Streaks should be concentrated on the top sections and a few around the face. The underneath is only an issue if you wear your hair up, in which case a few streaks around the hairline are also needed.
For more helpful tips on haircare click here.
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