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Fashion Flash

Deborah Boland from FabulousAfter40 is  hosting Fashion Flash this week, and I’m excited to introduce you to the best 40+ fashion and beauty bloggers on the Web.Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash is a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from 10 of the best Fashion and beauty bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are buzzing about this week:

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog finds great, yet affordable moisturizers for all skin types.
When art and fashioncombine, something magical happens. Jackie Silver from interviews wearable art creator Chetna Singh. aging backwards logo
Lacking volume in your hair as you get older? Prime Beauty found the Moroccanoil Volume Line plumps up her tresses nicely and smells fabulous! Prime Beauty
Need a perfect fall recipe? Try this Pumpkin Goat Cheese Risotto recipe for a warm and filling dish. still-blonde-medium-150x150
Will your marriage survive menopause? Over 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s or 60s – the menopause years — according to a recent survey conducted by AARP Magazine. Why are women running away from marriage? Menopause-Makeover
Black Cat Plus reviews Fall’s Fabulous Finds for Plus Size Women.
Fitness = Longevity. We all know that. But a scary obesity study proves we’re ignoring the wakeup call. Why will there be a 33% increase in obesity and a 130% increase in severe obesity in the next 20 years? Find out from Mirabai Holland. Moving-Foward-With-Mirabai_Hollender
September is Menopause Awareness Month. Head on over to Fab Over Forty to learn more about it and sign up for an Estroven giveaway!
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Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks we should stop futzing around with fancy fitness apps . . . and just get out there and move our bodies! Here are some tipson how to create a low-tech/high-wattage workout! The Best of Everything After 50

And ladies, don’t forget about Fabulous After 40! If you haven’t already signed up for your chance to win a fabulous faux fur coat from Donna Salyers this month, go take care of that now by clicking here.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash: Style, Beauty and More!

fashion and beauty tipsIt’s my turn to host Fashion Flash! There are always great posts from some of the best style, beauty, anti-aging and fitness bloggers in the business, and it’s an honor for me to compile them all in one place here for you!

This week you’ll find out why you should exercise with a partner, how to choose the best brush, get the real scoop on sleep deprivation, learn about Rent the Runway’s exciting announcement and much more. Have a great time perusing all the interesting posts and thanks for sharing with your friends!

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Making exercise more fun means you will stick with it longer. Fab Over Forty gives us some reasons to exercise with a partner.

beauty over 40“A good set of brushes is the best beauty investment you can make,” says Cindy at Prime Beauty. She reviews the newly launched Make Up For Ever Artist Brush Collection, an astounding array of 76 high quality brushes for the professional makeup artist as well as the everyday woman.

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We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. Sleep deprivation can alter hormone levels, increasing hunger and causing weight gain. Are you catching enough Z’s?

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Fashion Site Rent the Runway adds plus size formal wear to its collection. Jodell from Black Cat Plus has the details.

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Looking for some new ideas for how to look casual but polished on the weekend? Style expert Deborah Boland has 5 classy, casual ways to rock your jeans this weekend.

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Shelley from Still Blonde After all these Years says, “Guess! What common problem do women suffer, more than migraines and allergies, but is never discussed?  Bladder weakness!” What to do…

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at safety issues of a popular cosmetic ingredient.

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Positive Aging expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks shoes can make or break an outfit . . . and your confidence, too. Here’s a sneak peek (complete with a short, fun video) at some of the best shoe styles for women (and a few for men, too).

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Here is an easy jam recipe with less sugar from Women’s Health and Fitness Expert Mirabai Holland.

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Sleep and Your Body: Are You Catching Enough Zs?

Sleep and Your Body: Are You Catching Enough Z’s?

sleep and your body infographicIf you’ve ever awakened from a power nap feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day, you know how good sleeping can make you feel. But have you ever wondered exactly why your body naturally gets tired and urges you to hit the hay?

Your body doesn’t simply “shut down” as soon as you fall asleep. In fact, it’s hard at work helping every mental and physical aspect of you function properly. No wonder the day after a bad night’s sleep seems so terrible—you didn’t get to properly recharge!

From memory, to mood, to heart health, to your immune system and metabolism, there’s pretty much nothing that sleep doesn’t benefit. Just think of how irritable you can be after getting fewer hours of sleep than you’re used to. Or how easy it is to get sick when you haven’t been getting enough shut-eye.

As if that weren’t enough reason to jump into bed a little earlier tonight, consider the fact that a lack of sleep can negatively affect your overall physical well-being. People who don’t sleep enough are more prone to developing issues like obesity, heart disease and infections—all of which can escalate into bigger problems.

While the amount of sleep necessary for proper functioning varies for each individual, most people should aim for seven to eight hours a night. To make sure that you’re getting this amount, avoid factors that can disrupt your snooze session, like drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, vigorously exercising, arguing with a partner or using electronics during the couple of hours before bedtime. You may also want to avoid large or spicy meals and foods containing caffeine (think chocolate) near bedtime.

Instead, establish a soothing routine like taking a bath or doing some relaxation exercises, like meditation or gentle yoga.

Next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather, it could simply be because you didn’t get enough sleep the night before.

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Fashion Flash

Shelley from is Hosting Fashion Flash! All the Fashion News for Women over 45!

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Vaginal Atrophy

Are You Suffering from Vaginal Atrophy?

When I went through menopause everything about the experience was still in the closet. Five years later, we have an official month celebrating menopause. Today we are freely talking about hot flashes, weight gain, aging and no longer feeling sexy.

Big progress in half a decade, BUT there is one area of women’s health that is so taboo many health care providers aren’t talking about it. Up to 75 percent of postmenopausal women may experience symptoms of it, yet only 25 percent seek medical help.1

Many of us suffer in silence from this natural part of aging, yet are too embarrassed to discuss this condition. What is it?


Blushing? Uncomfortable? Squirming? Wondering if YOU have it? Asking yourself if your partner has it and that is why she is not interested in sex anymore?

An estimated 1.2 BILLION women worldwide will have reached menopause by 2030 – so it is time we start talking about vaginal atrophy.4

Good news! Novo Nordisk, a leader in women’s health, invited my favorite menopause influencers and me to form a team committed to raising awareness about vaginal atrophy (VA). We call ourselves GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), and we even have a logo and website.

As a GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause) spokesperson, I will be able to share the latest science on VA, discuss symptoms and give you tools so you can proactively discuss VA with your health care provider.

Do you suffer from VA? 2

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Soreness
  • Itching
  • Pain and bleeding during intercourse
  • Irritation
  • Painful urination

GREAT NEWS! VA is treatable. Visit to complete the vaginal atrophy symptom identifier and bring it to your next medical appointment. You can use it to start the conversation.

In contrast to hot flashes, which generally settle with time, VA symptoms tend to progressively get worse.1

I know, because I suffered with VA, and I kept hoping it would go away. I thought the dryness was a normal part of aging and I should learn to live with the consequences. Unfortunately it was affecting my love life. After studying the latest research I was thrilled to learn there were treatment options.

If you think you may be suffering from VA, you are not alone! I will share information, conduct online chats, be available via Facebook and Twitter — I WILL BE TALKING ABOUT VAGINAS and VAGINAL ATROPHY! I invite you to join me in breaking the taboo, let’s talk about IT!

I am a member of  GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), a women’s health initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

For more information:

Vaginal Atrophy by Staness Jonekos,

1 The North American Menopause Society. The role of local vaginal estrogen for treatment of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women: 2007 position statement of The North American Menopause Society. Menopause. 2007; 14(3): 357–369.

2 Simon, J.A., et al. The Partners’ Survey: Impact of vaginal discomfort and its treatment – Insights, views and attitudes of postmenopausal women and their partners. North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting, October 2012. Abstract #1400532.

3 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Women’s health: Stats & facts. 2011.

4 Hill K. The demography of menopause. Maturitas. 1996;23(2):113-127.

Press Release, here.

Novo Nordisk Launches GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause) to Ignite the Conversation on Vaginal Health

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September Giveaway

The Menopause Makeover is Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month with a Giveaway Worth Over $250!

ANGIE S. from Washington won the September GIVEAWAY – CONGRATS!

It’s easy to Enter!  Visit our Facebook page and let me know YOU want to win!

Beautify your arms and expand your wardrobe with Sleevey Wonders! Designed for the woman, who loves fashion versatility and wants to cover her arms, without covering her outfit. Sleevey Wonders are reversible slip-on sleeves in different styles, made to wear under all your sleeveless & strapless tops and dresses, magically transforming your outfit into something new, by giving the illusion of being part of your top!

Instant cooling relief should be easy. With the coldfront® personal cooling system, it is.

Freeze it, grab it, and go! coldfront® is  instant cooling comfort wherever you are and whenever you need it. The patented Recool Technology in coldfront® re-cools the palm packs within 20 minutes of every use right inside its elegant case for up to 12 hours.

coldfront® – keeping you cool, comfortable and in control… on your terms.

The Sweet Dreams by Dry Babe chemise is sultry, sexy and oh so functional. This pretty chemise will get you through the night in timeless style and elegance. Day and Night we have your hot flashes and night sweats covered with beautiful styling, soft absorbent fabric and unmatched night sweat and hot flash relief.

Wearever Women’s Lovely Lace Trim Incontinence Panties are the fashionable alternative to regular cotton panties, without sacrificing comfort or reliability. These panties are the reliable and economic solution to disposable incontinence products; they last for 200-250 washes and are backed by the Wearever brand.

Lovely Lace Trim Incontinence Panties are a soft, silky nylon trimmed with stretch lace. Our Agion™ antimicrobial fibers reduce the bacteria that cause odor and have a waterproof outer layer to prevent leakage and provide double protection, leaving you feeling safe all-day long. These incontinence panties are an elegant sexy style with generous rear coverage.

WIN a HOT FLASH HAVOC DVD: an enlightening, entertaining, humorous, profound, and is a crash-course in what you need to know about menopause. It has the power to be a life-changing experience for every woman.  This film not only sheds insightful light on the confusion stemming from a decade of misguided facts, but conveys poignant stories shared by real women and in-depth interviews with the world’s most noted experts. HOT FLASH HAVOC provides compelling information about menopause that will empower women for the “Second Act” of their lives.

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It’s easy to Enter!  Visit our Facebook page and let me know YOU want to win!

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Fashion Flash

Happy Menopause Awareness Month with my FAV Fashion Flash beauty, styling and health bloggers. Great tips this week.

Head over to Still Blonde after all these Years where she features a little boy who is just like Menopausal Women over  45 –Cutest Video Ever!

FFBlackCat-300x96New web site and app Beau Coo is a fun, body positive community for plus size women that helps them share their favorite finds and discover their favorite plus size styles, brands and stores!

fab40_-smbanner_11apr The punk trend is back in a big way this fall. But how do you get in on the trend and still look your age? Style expert Deborah Boland shows you how to dress like a rocker chick without sacrificing chicness and age-appropriateness.

The nose job, or rhinoplasty, is increasing in popularity. Jackie Silver from sniffs out the reasons for this uptick.

Orthopedic Injuries are on the rise but we can do something about it. Check out this prehab to avoid rehab video and article by Women’s Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland.

FabOver402Is your hair flat and lifeless? Hair with volume can make all the difference. See these before and after hair photos at Fab Over Forty and enter for a chance to win your own products!

Best-of-Everything-50-227x300Positive aging expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman believes every woman has it in her to be cool, confident and current when she’s on a job interview. But, most of us could use a little help. Watch this

nononsensebeauty-300x74Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog takes a close look at a  popular food that is good for  both your heart and  complexion.

Cindy from Prime Beauty dishes about her favorite beauty oils for face, skin and hair in the latest Makeup Wars, Battle of the Best Beauty Oils!

Check out’s the top 10 household chores for burning calories.

Clean and get healthy – wahooo!

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Do Menopause and Drinking Mix?

Do menopause and alcohol mix?

You’ve probably heard that moderate drinking is good for your heart. But you’ve probably also heard that it’s a danger for breast cancer and that it can trigger hot flashes. Here are the facts that can help you make decisions about drinking.

The most important thing is how much you drink. The benefits come with moderate—big emphasis on moderate—drinking. Starting with the Framingham Heart Study, big epidemiologic studies have shown that while moderate drinking has some benefits, drinking much more than that can be detrimental. More than two drinks per day and the negative effects begin to pile up, with increases in the rates of cancer, stroke, and more.

What’s One Drink?

This is how the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) defines one standard drink:

  • 5 fluid ounces (one glass) of wine (about 12% alcohol). Don’t let your wine glass fool you—most hold much more than 5 ounces.
  • 12 fluid ounces (usually one can or bottle) of regular beer (about 5% alcohol)
  • 1.5 fluid ounces (one shot) of 80-proof distilled spirits

This is how the NIAA defines different levels of drinking for women:

  • Light: less than one drink per day
  • Moderate: one to two drinks per day
  • Heavy: more than two drinks per day

How Much Is Good?

  • Light to moderate drinkers have a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease than nondrinkers. For women, the heart benefits of moderate drinking become apparent at menopause when their heart disease risk normally goes up, and the heart benefits continue after that. Hormone therapy doesn’t affect that benefit.
  • Women who drink moderately have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, especially wine, have a lower risk of dementia than those who don’t drink at all.
  • Women who drink lightly or moderately have a lower risk of stroke than nondrinkers.
  • At and after menopause (ages 50-62), women who drink moderately have stronger bones than nondrinkers.
  • Midlife and older women who drink lightly or moderately have a lower risk of becoming obese than nondrinkers.

How Much Is Bad?

  • Drinking may trigger hot flashes for some women, although that isn’t based in research. So determine whether it’s a personal trigger for you. (As for a general risk of experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, some studies find alcohol increases it, whereas others find the opposite.)
  • Any amount of alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk is there, but small, for women who drink one drink a day. Women who drink two to five drinks a day have about 1.5 times the risk of nondrinkers. (The increased risk doesn’t seem to have anything to do with alcohol’s effect on estrogen levels.)
  • Drinking alcohol increases the risk of many other cancers. The risk rises with the amount of alcohol consumed. (And the risk rises higher if you smoke as well.)
  • Alcohol has harmful interactions with many medications, even ones you may not think about, such as medicines for arthritis, indigestion or heartburn, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and more. Check out which ones here.
  • More than moderate drinking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Among heavy drinkers, women are more susceptible to alcohol-related heart disease than men.
  • Women who drink heavily are prone to central obesity—the apple shape that is a big risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Heavy drinking can lead to osteoporosis that cannot be reversed. It’s also a risk for fractures.
  • Binge drinking increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Women at menopause are especially vulnerable to depression, and heavy drinking can just make that worse. Heavy drinking itself can lead to depression, and women who show signs of alcoholism are two to seven times more at risk of developing depression than men.
  • Alcoholic women are more susceptible than men to key organ system damage, including heart muscle damage, nerve damage, cirrhosis, and possibly brain damage as well.

Take It Easy

If you drink alcohol, enjoy yourself, but make sure your drinking is light to moderate. For women, the NIAA puts its low-risk drinking limit at no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks on any single day.

Provided by:  The North American Menopause Society

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Need to know more about alcohol and your health? Try the NIAA’s Rethinking Drinking site.

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Fashion Flash

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Kari from is hosting Fashion Flash this week!

“Happy Labor Day everyone!  Typically Labor Day means the end of summer for many. Kids are back in school, the beaches become more sparse, cool nights take over the warm evenings and in general we start thinking about fall clothing, cooler weather and enjoying the rich colors of the season.  This week the women of Fashion Flash give us some ways to transition from summer to fall, and you’ll find it all here on Fab Over Forty!


Do you know the ins and outs of choosing the best jeans? Jackie Silver from has the skinny…and the boot cut…and the flare…

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As 9-11 approaches,  here’s some resources so that as Women over 45,you will never forget!

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Does eating wheat lead to weight gain? It seems everyone is eliminating wheat from their diet, but is wheat the bad guy?

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Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to regenerate our skin. In real estate the key works is location, location, location. If you are over 40, Prime Beauty says exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation. To help you get a good start, she giving away a full size jar of  Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads, a $95 value.  Hurry and enter for fresh glowing skin!

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Author and positive aging expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman wants to give you 5 good reasons why you should be doing this every single day . . .

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Hair extensions are perfect accessory for plus size women

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Summer is nearly over, but don’t you love the thought of adding some deep, rich autumn colors to your wardrobe? Style expert Deborah Boland is sharing the top ten hues for autumn, and they are spectacular!

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Is your skin paying the price for  happy sun filled days? Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  has an end of summer skin care plan.

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September is perfect for a walking workout. Check in with Fitness Expert Mirabai Holland to make your walking workout wonderful.

And don’t forget to sign up for this fabulous giveaway here at Fab Over Forty! One lucky winner will win a set of MakeupMiser tools.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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