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How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 2, 2008
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"The book also resonates because, to its credit, much of Krupp's fast fix advice makes common sense. The author's main mantra is a call to simple, unfussy elegance: loose hair, lighter makeup, restraint of embellishment." (Salon.com Mary Elizabeth Williams )
"Charla knows how to inspire people. This book is every girl's new best friend." (Issac Mizrahi )
"It's the little black book for the gray-is-the-new-blond set! At our age we are evolved enough to understand that wrinkles don't matter...But who needs 'em? Buy this book and glow old gracefully!" (Christie Brinkley ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Charla was an award-winning magazine journalist before bringing her accessible "real woman's" approach to fashion and beauty to television and the Internet. For ten years, she was a contributor to NBC's Today show and appeared in over 130 style segments covering the gamut of style from Beauty and Fashion Makeovers to Wedding Style, Beach Style, Baby Style even Pet Style. Charla is widely recognized as the first fashion magazine editor to have a monthly TV style segment. She has also done many woman-on-the-street style segments for Oprah and appeared on many national shows such as CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, Rachel Ray, Wendy Williams, The View, Tyra, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood and more. She also conceived and co-hosted E's first Academy Awards fashion review, The Golden Hanger Awards and delivered weekly pop culture commentary on E's The Gossip Show.
As an award-winning magazine journalist, Charla spent 15 years as the entertainment editor for Glamour Magazine, where she created the magazine's "Women of the Year Awards." She moved to Time Inc.'s new style magazine, In Style helping to create mega-successful franchises for that publishing phenomenon such as Getting Gorgeous. She returned to Glamour to become the magazine's beauty director, and later served as executive editor of Hearst's innovative magazine, Shop Etc. As a contributing editor to More Magazine, Charla wrote the monthly column "Fashion for Grown-Ups." She has also written for Time Magazine, The New York Times, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today Weekend, aol.com, ivillage.com, and many others.
Charla started her journalism career with the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Mademoiselle Guest Editorship. She graduated at the top of her class at the University of Illinois College of Communications where she currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board, and recently returned to give the commencement speech. Her husband, Richard Zoglin, is a Time Magazine editor, also its theater critic, and author of Comedy at the Edge: How the Stand-Ups of the '70s Changed America. She now lives in New York City and Sagaponack, New York.
For more, visit www.CharlaKrupp.com.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, I have very mixed feelings about this book. I've read at least a dozen beauty/style books, I'm 38 and I'm no slouch in the maintenance department. I subscribe to More magazine, which is how I learned about the author. After buying this book, I've learned a little more about Mrs. Krupp: namely, she spending thousands and thousands of dollars on her appearance. For example, she's spent $1,200 on a pair of eyeglasses. She considers you "low maintenance" if you do not get Botox. Gee, thanks. I can see how this might make a reader doubt her hard won self esteem.
While she does hit the mark about what potentially looks aging, it's a one size fits all approach. She says dark hair always adds on the years, so lighten your hair two shades. What if we're Asian or simply don't want to be blonde? (Note the author's hair shade.) Some of her suggestions are downright odd: don't wear ballet flats. And contradicted: don't wear Uggs. Okay, so what are her models wearing on the back page? Uggs. And annoying: the goal is to be "Y&H" (Young and Hip). Individuality, anyone?...anyone? Plus, most of the models are barely 21 and perfect. Not helpful.
But I did get some good tips: don't wear red fingernail polish, don't let your skirts get too long or baggy, how to shop for the right pair of dark wash jeans, try bangs and highlights, plastic eyeglass frames are more youthful than wire, etc.
So give this book a try but also give yourself a break.
Off the top of my head, immediately useful tips: getting rid of frumpy shaped tops and blouses, anything not tailored. Some I merely tossed while others I tailored myself or had tailored like one of my suits (I took up the skirt hem to just above the knee and had the suit jacket fitted. I tossed all my long ankle skirts which, although easy to wear, do look frumpy even though I'm barely 15 pounds overweight. I tossed out all apparel with any shoulder pads. I tossed all my dark and medium lipsticks (best choice ever).Read more ›
Charla Krupp's newest offering "How Not To Look Old" is one of the best (if not the best!) books for women who are aging but don't want to hang up the jeans and become a frump in elastic pants and helmet hairdos. Written in a friendly and conversational tone, Krupp points out all the little things that can make one look old and dated but then kindly shows you how to hide the flaws and look "up to the minute" but not like you are "trying too hard". There are suggestions for hair (grow it out, get some bangs, etc.), teeth (whiten them, veneers, flossing, etc.), makeup (lighten up the foundation, switch to cream blush, etc.), clothing (skirts should hit just below the knee, avoid high rise jeans, etc.) and more! At the end of each chapter, she lists favorite products, designers, and stylists. It's a brilliant book and Krupp sure knows her stuff - she's been in the beauty industry for years and writes an excellent column for "More" magazine, which is written for women who are mature and savvy.
I'm going to put a few of her suggestions to use - specifically cutting my waist length gray hair (parted in the middle!) into something chicer and less "old hippie". This will be a big scary change for me but after reading this book, I realize how passé and aging it really is. I've already ditched the dark lipstick and the powder blush and have to say, she is right. I am recommending this book to all my friends!
(By the way, this is a book on fashion only - there is no exercise routine, vitamin recommendations, etc.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a lot of good advice in here (not to say, you didn't already know much of it.) For example, tooth whitening helps de-age you. Yes, it does. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanna D.
Okay book, nothing really new in how to not look fat. I mean really, if you take a pic in a slouchy way or course you look fat. Also if you take a pic sideways.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MsDeeDee
Some good tips. Others have been critical but I believe she gives caveats that address most concerns.Published 5 months ago by Redheaded Reader