Friday, January 30, 2009

“There is a vitality, a life force, and energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” -

Martha Graham

Perfect: White Jeans

Spring fever? Madewell can cure it. Love the little jacket and soft bag, too!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Perfect: Grey Dress

The soft grey Two Rivers Dress from anthropologie is perfect for now. Add lots of warm layers, scarves, and boots. Pared down, it can be the answer to what to wear? all spring, all year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Long Dress

Is the long dress making a come-back? Maybe. shopbop thinks so.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Edward Steichen

Evidence of the influence of Steichen's fashion photography can be seen today. Be inspired.

An exhibit
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion,The Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937, opened, January 16, 2009, at
The International Center of Photography,
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY, and will run through May 3, 2009.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Style Direction: Veronica Lake

Effortless glamour seems to be the new destination of style. This year's Oscar ceremonies will reveal an understated elegance. With a return to softer, romantic make-up and hair styled in loose waves, the effect is predicted to be less Malibu Barbie, more Lauren Bacall.

:flickr midorionna

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Katherine Hepburn...

"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Make a Splash...

" When he was old, I tried to introduce him to the Buddhist doctrine of emptiness; I thought it would ease any anxiety he might be having about the imminence of death. "Ultimately," I began, "you never were." "Maybe not," he said, peering over the rim of his glasses, "but I made a hell of a splash where I should have been."

- Stephen T. Butterfield "Of Lineage And Love"

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Michelle, ma belle" *

The Michelle Cardigan, aptly named, ushers in a new era of independent fashion choices. Jenna Lyons, J. Crew's Creative Director, imaginatively mixes colors and styles so they always appear spontaneous. Michelle Obama carries that effortless allure on her beautiful 5'11" frame, belting her cardigans, accessorizing with whimsical colors, making it appear uncomplicated and natural.
The Obama family single-handedly shut down the J. Crew website momentarily after their appearance at President Obama's Inauguration festivities. J.Crew clothing included custom-made coats, bow ties, gloves and sweaters.

"Let’s hear it for fashion that is just a little bit eccentric, that in its texture and slight hint of sparkle gives a suggestion of mystery. Also, I like the fact that she wasn’t engulfed by a big wooly coat; you could see the whole outfit, with her trusty cardigan showing a bit. You could see her.

Since Saturday, Mrs. Obama has also worn clothes by Maria Cornejo, Narciso Rodriguez and J. Crew. On Sunday, for the concert at the Lincoln Memorial, she wore a smart-looking camel suit specially designed by Rodriguez with a metal-studded black shell. That morning she wore his plum silk and wool dress with a lavender coat, its sleeves wand thin to accentuate, Rodriguez said, her height. “She never looks like she went out of her way to look dressed up,” he told me this morning by phone. He added, “I think she just naturally knows what she feels good in. It’s not overwrought.”
The designers she has chosen "are also three of our best designers—innovative, hands-on and independent."

Washington, Now Paris
By Cathy Horyn,
New York Times January 21, 2009


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Little Bag of Tricks...

Glossy hair: Kerastase Reflection products are made for color-treated hair, giving it a mirror like radiance .

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Learn to walk away

Untitled by LovelyBones
The discovery of a new love potion may be the Ticket To Bliss for those of us who make impulsive and, sometimes, bad choices in love. It can also be used as an anti-love drug!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tribute: President Barack Hussein Obama

When The Ship Comes In

Oh the time will come up
When the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin’.
Like the stillness in the wind
’fore the hurricane begins,
The hour when the ship comes in.

Oh the seas will split
And the ship will hit
And the sands on the shoreline will be shaking.
Then the tide will sound
And the wind will pound
And the morning will be breaking.

Oh the fishes will laugh
As they swim out of the path
And the seagulls they’ll be smiling.
And the rocks on the sand
Will proudly stand,
The hour that the ship comes in.

And the words that are used
For to get the ship confused
Will not be understood as they’re spoken.
For the chains of the sea
Will have busted in the night
And will be buried at the bottom of the ocean.

A song will lift
As the mainsail shifts
And the boat drifts on to the shoreline.
And the sun will respect
Every face on the deck,
The hour that the ship comes in.

Then the sands will roll
Out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a-touchin’.
And the ship’s wise men
Will remind you once again
That the whole wide world is watchin’.

Oh the foes will rise
With the sleep still in their eyes
And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’.
But they’ll pinch themselves and squeal
And know that it’s for real,
The hour when the ship comes in.

Then they’ll raise their hands,
Sayin’ we’ll meet all your demands,
But we’ll shout from the bow your days are numbered.
And like pharaoh’s tribe,
They’ll be drownded in the tide,
And like goliath, they’ll be conquered.

Bob Dylan

Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We may have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tribute #3: Obama Inauguration

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."Eleanor Roosevelt

Thoughts on the Inaguration of Barack Obama......clipping from my grandmother's journal, November 1, 1940

Something to ponder when considering the task Barack Obama has been given:
"Remember Washington's greatest trials came before he was President; so it may be said that Lincoln is the only President who carried so grave a responsibility as the man now in the White house. Please bear in mind the next time you curse him for something you feel you could do better..."

We are filled with hope and wonder that our country has chosen such an amazing man to be our next President. As we approach his Inauguration take a moment to read FDR's First Inaugural Address, March 4,1933, inspiring in its relevance to the problems we face today.

**had to post this again!.....

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tribute #2: Obama Inauguration

What you need to know, if you go: Take Patience and Good Shoes .

New York Times, January 15, 2009

Everything you want to know links: Newsweek
The New York Times
Video: Barack's Personal Message
Oprah at the Inauguration

Tribute #1: Barack on Michelle

On May 26, 1996, Mariana Cook visited Barack and Michelle Obama in Hyde Park as part of a photography project on couples in America. What follows is excerpted from her interviews with them.

BARACK OBAMA: All my life, I have been stitching together a family, through stories or memories or friends or ideas. Michelle has had a very different background—very stable, two-parent family, mother at home, brother and dog, living in the same house all their lives. We represent two strands of family life in this country—the strand that is very stable and solid, and then the strand that is breaking out of the constraints of traditional families, travelling, separated, mobile. I think there was that strand in me of imagining what it would be like to have a stable, solid, secure family life.

Michelle is a tremendously strong person, and has a very strong sense of herself and who she is and where she comes from. But I also think in her eyes you can see a trace of vulnerability that most people don’t know, because when she’s walking through the world she is this tall, beautiful, confident woman. There is a part of her that is vulnerable and young and sometimes frightened, and I think seeing both of those things is what attracted me to her. And then what sustains our relationship is I’m extremely happy with her, and part of it has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust her completely, but at the same time she is also a complete mystery to me in some ways. And there are times when we are lying in bed and I look over and sort of have a start. Because I realize here is this other person who is separate and different and has different memories and backgrounds and thoughts and feelings. It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person. ♦

Our comment: sigh.

: The New Yorker, January 19, 2009 Portfolio,
A Couple in Chicago,
by Mariana Cook

Friday, January 16, 2009

Gold Standard: Chanel Red Lipstick

Many red lipsticks are available on the market but the Gold Standard for red has long been held by Chanel. Although it presents some problems, wearing red lipstick can definitely make a difference.While there are preferences and lists of the best reds, we stand by Chanel.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Icons: Julie Christie

Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie ("Darling," "Dr. Zhivago," "Far From the Madding Crowd," "Petulia") was Hollywood's ultimate "It Girl" in the late '60s and early '70s.

She was the epitome of the swinging '60s British bird, wearing bell-bottoms, tunic tops, love beads, high boots, miniskirts and hippy dresses with long hair and full bangs.

"What Julie Christie wears has more real impact on fashion than all the clothes of the ten best-dressed women combined," said Time Magazine in 1967.

Keep in mind this was back when actresses picked out their own clothes, eons before the birth of the "personal stylist."

Julie also dated some of the hottest actors, such as Terence Stamp, and she lived with that loveable lothario Warren Beatty from 1967-1974. (Goldie Hawn introduced them). And her girlfriends included other young actresses of her day, including the late Sharon Tate, Shirley MacLaine, Faye Dunaway and Catherine Deneuve.

But she managed to eschew the limelight and began turning down major film roles. She eventually moved back to England and shifted her attention to political causes. She has lived a very private life with Duncan Campbell, a Manchester Guardian investigative journalist, since 1979.

"All women are aware of that moment when suddenly the boys don't look at you. It's a fairly common thing, when suddenly you no longer attract that instant male attention because of the way you look. I never really knew how to enjoy beauty, but it took the form of a subconscious arrogance, expecting things, all muddled up with celebrity. Then you begin to deal with it. In the 1970s I was amazed to be talked about as a '60s sex symbol. I wasn't that person, as if I were a doll from the past. I had to learn to come to terms with that. It's funny, it's silly, the ridiculousness of having asked so much of celebrity. Then it becomes really interesting and very much part of the excitement of the life you're living now, knowing you're approaching the end of it."

: The Envelope
: savage french blue
: People

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gold Standard: Crème de la Mer

Even now, it is not entirely clear how Crème de la Mer. works. For us schooled in logic, it is something of a jolt to the imagination. But facts are facts and certainly the proof can be seen on the faces of those who use it. In a short time, skin becomes softer, firmer, looks virtually creaseless. Aging lines and pores are noticeably less visible. Even the driest of complexions are healed. Sensitivities are soothed. And, of course, there are some who insist it has produced astonishing results - as Dr. Max Huber witnessed. No wonder many who have tried every cream available remain steadfast in their devotion to Crème de la Mer.

Today, Crème de la Mer's Miracle Broth™ is manufactured by the same slow, meticulous bio-fermentation process created by Dr. Max Huber. And because kelp has natural anti-microbial properties, only the tiniest amounts of preservatives are necessary to maintain its long shelf life. This extraordinary Crème must be individually hand-filled in order to sustain its delicate balance.

THE SECRET Miracle Broth™ is suspended within its extraordinary formula. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips. As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the broth. Smooth over your face, neck, even under the fragile eye area.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lindsay Wagner's New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift

Greta Garbo

We have long been devotees to LindsayWagner’s New Beauty Acupressure Facelift. Don’t let the name deceive you, this technique is not a quick fix. Practice it faithfully and you will definitely see a difference. Based on acupuncture, this ancient, Oriental practice uses massage on specific points or “meridians” on your face to relax you and make you feel better all over. You will see better tone and your skin will glow. These pressure points are great for headaches, digestion and overall circulation. The entire facial massage takes only 15 to 20 minutes. Her book also has some excellent beauty tips, and a section on nutrition and vitamins plus one of the best recipes for pancakes we have ever tried!

:Rebel Without a Cause

Monday, January 12, 2009

Icons: Jane Birkin

Iconic status is well and truly achieved when Hermes names a covetable leather bag after you. Actress Jane Birkin (widely known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and the risqué song 'Je t' non plus') has the enduring sex appeal every woman longs for even more than a Hermes bag. Forty years after her cinematic debut, the English-born-Francophile continues to look just as good off screen as on it. Get iconic French style.
Get Jane's look:
Forget Birkin the '60s dolly bird in Antonioni's cult movie 'Blow Up', leave the Pop Art dress and lime green tights to the V&A costume department, and choose classic Parisienne chic instead. A fitted black reefer jacket and slim pants flatter any figure, and give a seriously stylish Left-Bank look.

via: all about you

Visit the official Jane Birkin website.

View a tribute:

Get Jane's style and more, (how timeless is the Hermes Birkin?) . Karin Nelson in The NY Times, SundayStyles Pulse and The Huffington Post offer insight into how to remain a fashion icon into your 60's.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Sometimes I go about in pity for myself,
and all the while
A great wind is bearing me across the sky

Ojibwa saying

Noche de luna llena

Saturday, January 10, 2009

1. "Out of clutter, find simplicity."

2. From discord, find harmony. It's the beginning of spring cleaning. Starting with the Christmas tree, moving on to closets, drawers, and book cases, we make an attempt to let go. The Camel Library offers a good reason to weed out our library.

3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Gather together everything that you no longer want or need, have a garage sale this spring, and make a donation here or to another charity.

:three rules of work
Albert Einstein


We were the winners of Ill Seen, Ill Said's
Kiehl's giveaway! Thanks, Jane!

The Years Are Short...

A sweet reminder: TheYears Are Short

Friday, January 9, 2009

Our Little Bag of Tricks...

This little trick only takes a minute and can really make a difference. Mally Beauty Mattewand Eyebrightener is a wonderful product that brightens up your eyes and makes you look instantly refreshed. The extra-soft dabber lets you add light powder around the eye. You can also use it to sharpen a fading lip line. More tricks from celebrity make up bags...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Icons: Françoise Hardy

The elusive French style does not disappear with age. Francoise Hardy will be 65 on January 17th! The je ne sais quois of French women is timeless because they know how to age. What is important is illusion; to look truly beautiful, reveal nothing. The French are enigmatic. Here are a few of their style secrets, and more from Fashion Insider.

: lo li ta
:Francoise Hardy

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What we can learn from bullfighting...

What you can learn about happiness from Bullfighting

"During a bull fight, the bull will sometimes stake out a particular part of the ring where it feels safe: its querencia. Perhaps it’s a corner, in a square field, or perhaps it’s a place where the bull successfully toppled a horse. Whenever the bull has a chance, it will return to its querencia.

This is a term that has great metaphoric resonance.

Each of us should find our own querencia, our sanctuary, a place to which we can retreat from the lances that pursue us. Maybe that querencia is a place, like a bedroom or a bikepath – or a mental area of refuge – or a frame of mind.

But the useful metaphor doesn’t stop there.

Apparently, the bull is often most fierce and unpredictable when it’s fighting its way to its querencia. Sometimes, perhaps, it’s so important to us to gain our querencia that we’re hurtful when anyone blocks our way. Maybe it’s so important to believe that a marriage is strong that we ignore what a spouse is saying. Maybe it’s so important to believe that a child is well-adjusted that we don’t understand what a teacher means.

Also, although the bull feels safer in its querencia, its querencia didn’t necessarily afford it any greater protection from the matador.

So what’s the lesson? Identify your querencia, find comfort in it -- but use it as a strong base, not a hiding place."

Read Munro Leaf's wonderful book,The Story of Ferdinand.

from Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nine time-saving beauty products...

So much to do, so little time. Here's help: "The multitasker - a retail equivalent of time in a bottle." Ellen Tien, Pulse -retail equivalent of time in a bottle." Ellen Tien, Pulse

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Just what we need this time of year to encourage us to purge our closets, a glimpse of spring !

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tried and True Classic...

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, a 50's cult favorite, is now available in a 1.0 oz. 1950's Vintage Edition. It's the skin-saving beauty essential with serious star status that continues to stand the test of time. A skincare classic, it soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve dryness everywhere; hands, cuticles, heels, pacifier rash, surface abrasions, lips (put it on every night and you'll never have chapped lips again!). It also doubles as a gloss, add a little to your lip color, on your eyelids. Eight Hour Cream was originally developed for Elizabeth Arden's award-winning Thoroughbred racehorses. When she found that it also helped her grooms' hands after application, she refined it for her customers use as well!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Happiness Project...

Twelve Commandments:
1. Be you.
2. Let it go.
3. Act the way you want to feel.
4. Do it now.
5. Be polite and be fair.
6. Enjoy the process.
7. Spend out.
8. Identify the problem.
9. Lighten up.
10. Do what ought to be done.
11. No calculation.
12. There is only love.

From The Happiness Project.


These are gorgeous Catherine Michaels bracelets and Cathy Waterman rings.
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."
— Martin Buxbaum

Moisturize From Head to Toe...

We cannot emphasize how important it is to moisturize your skin this time of year. Every part of you is drier. Perhaps it is the combination of the cold outside and the dry heat inside but nonetheless you must be vigilant.

Start with a little help at night for your hair. Of course you are conditioning and have even added a weekly deep conditioning mask but Frizz-Ease Overnight Repair Formula moisturizes while you sleep and helps with the dry fly away frizz.

You should be using a creamy cleanser on your face but if your skin is still dry try an oil based cleanser. No it won’t clog your pores. It will remove make up and leave your skin dewy. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Purifying Oilis one of our favorites. If you cleanse well at night only a splash of warm water is necessary in the morning before make up. Use a rich night cream like Clinique Repairwear and treat the skin around your eyes as well. Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Balm is a super-rich, concentrated, hydrating eye treatment to use at night.

Try Eucerin Calming Body Shower Oil you will be glad you did. Neutrogena Body Oil is perfect for after showering. Just a few drops on moist skin are just the added moisture you need.

Hands take a beating so remember to use the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Creme which is "hands" down the best! The old trick of putting cotton gloves on before bed still works like a charm.

Last but not least don’t forget your feet. Use a rich cream like Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Cracked Heel Moisturizing Treatment. Slather it on at night and add a pair of socks!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


We are new to the blogging world. The experience has been like falling down a rabbit hole, discovering a wonderland of information. In the process of learning how to navigate through our research, we have discovered blogs that we were especially grateful to find. They make you feel good, make you think, and, we believe, cross all age limits. At agelessbeautyalways we hope to address the needs of women who are at a point of transition in their lives, but we found a common ground in these sites where there are no limits. Our new blog, secret, fragile skies, travels to that place. In fact, our point is that age is not limiting. If you haven't visited them yet, this is the perfect time. They are a wealth of inspiration for the New Year. A Thank You to:

A Cup of Jo, the mother of all blogs, everyone loves this one
even cleveland, impossibly great find with wonderful links
a little bird lovely, thoughtful posts
ill seen, ill said always fresh and interesting
Royal Quiet Deluxe full of literary references, eclectic style
diana:muse found yesterday: gorgeous, the best this one;

and above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
- roald dahl

Looking Forward...The Best Years of Our Lives

Looking back: The year in pictures.

Looking ahead:

from: You Can't Take It With You (Frank Capra) Academy Award- Best Picture, 1938