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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 – January 2, 2008
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Krupp, style expert for the Today Show and former beauty director for Glamour, offers easy-to-follow, tried-and-true fashion advice for women well beyond their 20s. Presented in eye-catching, highly skimmable, fashion-magazine style, here's how to trade in the things that scream old lady (simply OL in the book) for a look that's younger and hipper (Y&H). Krupp is straightforward about the physical shortcomings of older age. Aptly (and sometimes rather brutally) she steers readers away from these OL pitfalls. She is quick to point out that fashion that works on 20-somethings looks ridiculous on older women (i.e., bare midriffs, go-go boots and tattoos). As much about what to do as what not to do, some of the tips are as easy as wearing pink lipstick, a bra that fits properly and hair with bangs. Others take more thought, time and money—like Botox shots, chemical peels and hair extensions. Whether high or low maintenance about their beauty routine, women of a certain age who want to compete in our youth-obsessed culture will treat this easy read with interest. (Jan.)
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"Dashing, fun and informative, the book is an spirit-lifting tonic for any woman with a case of the gravity blahs." (New York Times )
"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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Ms. Krupp draws on her extensive experience to produce clear, easy-to-follow advice. Contrary to what another reviewer said, her advice is not just for the rich with tons of money to spend on cosmetic procedures. In every chapter, she makes suggestions for the high, medium and low maintenance gal. Some of her suggestions cost as little as $10 and pack a punch.
I followed her advice and ditched all of my lip liners, half of my lipsticks and my purple nail polish, went to the makeup counter and bought one new lip liner, one new nail polish and, voila, I looked considerably better.
Some of Krupp's suggestions were not new - such as lightening my hair, or cutting back on the powder. But, some solved dilemmas I had wrestled with. Her 3-bling rule gave me just the right amount of guidance when dressing for a New Year's weekend wedding.
Each chapter ends with lists and descriptions of products that Krupp especially likes. I have found some great new underwear and cosmetics by following her advice.
Throughout the book are photos of over-40 celebrities, plus a few real people models to illustrate her suggestions. While most of the celebrities are in their 40s (and I'm beyond that), she also throws in pics of a few savvy looking 50 and 60-somethings. The photos serve to show me that I can still pull off a trendy look without looking ridiculous.
As in any self-help book, not every suggestion will work for everyone, but for those of us who aren't ready to look the part of an aging dowager, most of them are worth a try.
I also quit wearing pants with elastic waists. (I had to lose weight first by going on a raw food version of The Flat Belly Diet.) I was also inspired to get some Not Your Daughter's Jeans. The author states that every woman, no matter the age, should own several pairs of designer jeans. So that was my excuse to go on a shopping spree!
I do wonder, however, how long even HER advice will be relevant. Styles change so quickly. I have hung on to a Calvin Klein shirt dress for 25 years. I think it is back in style now, if I use black leggings underneath it, which are back in style again after being out of style for about 15 years....
However! If you want to avoid chemical-laced cosmetics, be wary of the cosmetic products she advises you to buy. It is well worth checking out those product recommendations online on the Skin Deep cosmetics database. Some of her choices are a witches' brew of ingredients you might prefer to avoid.
As always, common sense and caution are the best guides of all.
Take the advice you like from the book, and forget the rest. It's as simple as that! That being said (since I live on a modest budget) I can't/won't implement the more expensive suggestions, but it appears I already do probably 80% of what Charla recommends. Who can't afford to bleach one's teeth these days, change out the makeup, or upgrade a hairsyle?
I will most certainly never have a separate stylist and colorist, I feel overwhelmed by "clunky" jewelry, and I totally missed the fact that one shouldn't even be buried in (horrors) nylons!! But that does not negate the fact that this was a fun, informative book, that at least gives one pause for thought.
She did not address health issues, and she told us why, so that was fine. But it goes without saying that function is far more important than form, and no amount of beauty/style improvements can be a substitute for a well functioning body. I still can't get over a friend's choice to get a face lift instead of a much needed knee replacement.
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However, it is directed toward the author's peers in New York City.