anti-aging

Advice from the great Iris Apfel and how to wear it.

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I recently read an interview with Iris Apfel in Bazaar where she gives some lovely and wise advice about fashion, the art of style and getting older.  If you don’t know who she is she is a well-known fashion icon from New York who made career in interior design, partaking in such high-profile design restoration project as that of the White House for 9 different presidents including the Kennedys.

  1. Dress your age. “Seventy year olds don’t have eighteen year old bodies and eighteen year olds don’t have seventy year old bucks.” I’m going on Forty and admittedly don’t always “dress my age”, usually when I wear a mini skirt or shorts. But, my feeling is that I’ll only be able to pull them off a few more years before I cash the minis in for good. So… I’m rocking them while I can. That being said, I try to keep it classy. I love good button downs and blazers to dress things up and make an outfit more sophisticated.  Smythe jackets, like the one below, are so well-tailored and worth every penny. I love the puffy sleeves and sleek look of this one. It a nice change from your average black blazer.                                          Image result for Metallic Linen Puff Sleeve Blazer SMYTHE
  2. Dress things up with costume jewelry. “I think jewelry is the most transformative of accessories.” I love Forever 21 for inexpensive accessories that are on trend. I’ve done a lot of shopping there to grab jewels for photo shoots. I want something that’s current but don’t want to spend a ton knowing the item won’t be relevant in a few seasons. Like these tassel earrings. I love the tassle trend but this won’t last, these are great option to rock it and not break the bank.     Image result for Faux Gem Tassel Earrings
  3. Embrace getting older.  She says “Wrinkles are a badge of courage.” and quotes Chanel: “Nothing makes a woman look older than trying so desperately to look young.” I couldn’t agree more! But she also advises to take care of yourself so you look your best at any age. Here’s a great product from Keihls that I’ve been using recently to rejuvenate my skin at night. I tend to break out from heavy creams so a serum works well for me. Image result for Midnight Recovery Concentrate KIEHL'S SINCE 1851
  4. Dress up sometimes!! Give yourself a reason to dress up, whether it’s a date night or an event; make it a priority to have a reason to look your best. This jumpsuit from Boston Proper is a great reason to plan a night out…Image result for CAPE ONE-SHOULDER JUMPSUIT boston proper
  5. Be Yourself. “Learn to be yourself, to develop a sense of curiosity, and to not live vicariously through these characters you follow on social media that have absolutely no personality.” This is my favorite. Being a person who uses social media as a platform to promote my fashion and lifestyle business, it’s interesting to see those that are so popular on different social networks and why. The first that comes to mind is the everlasting Kardashians who have almost a billion followers combined. I’m not a big fan of them but I try to understand what makes them so likable and infectious to the masses. When I see their show I have to say that I kind of get it. You see their personalities come through in a very genuine way and that gets people interested. The point is, they are popular for being themselves so you need to develop your own personality, sense of style and beauty that is true to who you are. If you are copying someone else, and we see so many who try to look exactly like Kim or Kylie etc… it’s so obvious, disingenuous and why do we need a replica of Kim K. in this world!? What makes you different is your strength, so use it!! Image result for be yourself
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Anti-aging secrets of the hottest celebs.

My birthday just passed and as I get older it becomes increasingly important for me to take care of my skin and I become more curious as to what women of “advanced age” do to keep their skin looking it’s best. Although I always remain skeptical of any “anti-aging” skin care regimen that a celebrity shares (I believe most have plastic surgery or fillers that actually make them look so young) I do think it’s worth paying attention to some of their recs and doing your own research as well to figure out what works best for you.

I’ll share with you some of the “secrets” I found recently.

Iman

Iman. I just love her! This quote from TotalBeauty.com is everything:
“‘Where I come from, aging is something that is earned,’ says the Somali supermodel who also says that she can’t imagine injecting something that’s labeled a toxin into her body.”

She goes on to talk about how having a consistent beauty routine is important but she doesn’t just rely on external cleansers and creams, you have to take care of the inside as well with a healthy diet. She does this in part by having a David Kirsch protein shake with strawberries and blueberries or an Organic Avenue Green Coco Juice every morning.

nicole-kidman

Nicole Kidman. Now, as much as I love Nicole and think she looks amazing, it’s pretty obvious she’s had some work done. And that’s perfectly fine and acceptable, I just wish more celebs would own up to that fact so that the rest of us mortals don’t feel as though we’re doing something wrong in our organic anti-aging pursuits.

That being said, on top of the work she does recommend retinal. Which is one the most popular external anti-aging treatment out there. She says she uses Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.

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Jennifer Lopez. I will be extremely grateful if I look a 10th as good as she does at the age of 48! She accredits not just her still banging body, but her ageless skin, in part, to a healthy workout regimen. She’s worked with celebrity trainers including Tracy Anderson and Gunnar Peterson, and is an avid yogi. So get moving and sweat yourself to younger looking skin!

My #1 recommendation and the #1 rec by dermatologists for keeping your skin looking young, wait for it… sunscreen!! The sun is the #1 cause of aging skin so lather up that skin with at least an SPF 15. I use a BB cream from Laura Mercier with SPF on my face. I love it because it does double duty providing natural coverage and UVA and B protection. You can find it here.

What’s your #1 anti-aging tip?

xo,

Hil

 

 

 

5 easy and cheap anti-aging tips.

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Lycopene, contained in watermelon, has surprising anti-aging benefits.

 

I posted a pic of myself using a “detoxifying” face mask the other day and got a few responses asking a) how it worked and b) what I use on my skin. To answer the first, I didn’t really notice a difference after using the mask. Maybe I will after a few uses but nothing immediate. I’ve gotten better more immediate results with other products I’ve used, one being Manuka Honey. The mask I’ve been using is actually sold pretty inexpensively at Walmart.

Here are some other easy and affordable ways to prevent and decrease the signs of aging:

  1. Lycopene. Wearing an SPF is the #1 way to prevent aging, but did you know you can actually improve your body’s natural defense against harmful UV rays through diet? Lycopene is the skins natural sunblock and is contained in tomatoes, watermelon, red peppers and any other fruit and vegetables with a red/ orange tint. Another good source is found in green tea which also contains caffeine proven to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Eating these nutrient rich foods can increase your skins natural defense from the sun by 33%.
  2. Hydrate. Drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day is recommended for both dietary purposes and preventing the look of fine lines. You should also be incorporating a good  topical moisturizer, I like to mix it up in this department and am currently using a product by Clarins. What do you recommend?
  3. Sleep. This is probably my favorite. Especially as we get older, it’s important to get your 8 hours of sleep. It cuts down on craving junk food (another habit that increases the look of wrinkles and lines) and as you sleep your skin has a chance to repair itself boosting cellular growth and production.
  4. Cleanse. Always remove your make-up! I’m not the best at this, especially after a long day with the kids. But I’m inspired to cleanse my face every night after reading that leaving cosmetics on your face increases the size of your pores. I suggest using cleansing towelletes, I like the ones from Burt’s Bees and a gel, I’m using one by Bliss that doubles as an exfoliator.
  5. Exercise. Another favorite of mine, get moving! This increases cellular regeneration and the release of compounds that prevent cell death.

Do you have any suggestions you can share with us?

xo,

Hilary