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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 – 1896
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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."―Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com
"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
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Many of the ideas in this book are very helpful, as other reviewers have stated. But also, some ideas are based on the author's own experiences and therefore may not fit every single example. So as a reader, I took the examples as just that: EXAMPLES.
For instance, the previous reviewer who stated that some of the book's points on hair coloring do not necessarily fit an Asian person, is right on (eg: on coloring hair two shades lighter). For that matter, I think the previous reviewer's point could also apply to lightening Latino hair,especially when using single-processing.
I do agree though,as the author does, that coloring dark hair "blue-black" is not a good idea for most females. Therefore, I guess what I'm trying to say is that this book's points have to be considered with some common sense behind it. (ie: Blue Black = too artificial; but NATURAL BLACK = more natural). There is a new hair coloring product out right now, by either L'Oreal or Clairol, that is designed specifically for women with very dark brunette hair, such as Asians and Latinos. Anyhow, this new hair product includes over a dozen shades of dark brown and black colors, but none of them are blue-black, and therefore would be perfect for Asian and Latino hair. The model for this product is Eva Langoria (a Latina) and it shows her using the product's very dark brown color, but not blue black. Infact, none of the L'Oreal/Clairol single-processing shades are "blue black" (even the product's "black" shade has a hint of brown in it).
All in all, the ideas are very helpful and I agree that most of the author's examples would take off 10 years on most women. So for that, I think that this book has achieved what it had set out to do.
P.S.#1: My reason for wishing that the book had included a few more photos, can be explained by looking at the "before and after" photos of Sharon Stone wearing blood red lipstick as opposed to her wearing pink gloss. As can be seen by those photos, Sharon looks 15 years older in her "before" photo, (wearing cakey foundation and deep red lipstick), as opposed to her "after" photo wearing dewey meke-up and lighter lip gloss. Those two photos spoke a 1000 words!
P.S.#2: One more comment I'm compelled to make. I found it funny that while I agree that UGGS do indeed look ridiculous in the Summer, I was surprised that of the three models introduced in the back of the book, two of them are wearing UGGS with their jeans! I just didn't get that & found it funny.
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....
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