I really hate that awful feeling you get when you know you should have said something, and you didn't. The overwhelming feeling of guilt and "shoulda, coulda, woulda" just seems to take over your brain waves and mess up your whole day. A perfect example: making an appointment for a new hair-do, not being specific about what you want and hating the end results.
So glad that doesn't happen to me anymore. I love my hair stylist. She's incredibly educated about hair (as most stylists are) and she shares her knowledge with her clients. I mean why do stylists go through the whole educational process and not share what they've learned?!?
Your "best friend" in the salon should be able to recognize if your diet has changed...thus changing the feel and texture of your hair. Or recommend treatments/products and tell you why you need them. Your hair doctor should treat your hair and prescribe remedies to alleviate any problems you might be having AND the painful stares you could get from passersby. I'd expect nothing less from her/him.
My role on the other hand, is to gently demand that she keep me informed....tell me what she's doing...why I need another protein conditioner....how much she's cutting off and where....If I don't tell her what I WANT, she'll never know! YOUR STYLIST IS NOT A MIND READER!!!
So, here are my tips for getting what you want (from any service professional):
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I just had to write about this.... Over time, I've acquired a taste for foods I couldn't stand as a child or young adult in my 20's. Now, I kinda like them. "Like what?" you ask?
Well for starters I now crave that bitter taste of broccoli rabe...the pungent flavor of Greek Yogurt and the mushy consistency of oatmeal. The morning breakfast oats really fill me up for at least 5 hours before I'm getting hungry again. Trust me, when you're going through or have crossed over the menopause threshold, that's a real good thing....not over eating.
I recently found out that oatmeal has many other benefits and can keep its nutritional value far longer than any other food. Researchers tested and ate a box of oatmeal that was 28 years old. I can't even remember what I was doing 28 years ago. Whoops. Yes I can. Anyway....the ancient box still kept much of its healthy benefits and didn't disintegrate over time. Looks like I'll be restocking my emergency supply cabinet, taking out the gourmet quail eggs and replacing them with good ole' Quaker Oats!
Here are a few other benefits of oatmeal found on The Daily Green -a Good Housekeeping online magazine:
For the last six years, I've been under a huge cloud of anxiety. It was on my 50th birthday that I panicked! Geez.....I truly had more years behind me than ahead of me and too many things on my "to-do" list to accomplish. Wait... do I have time to write this?
Well, I don't normally reveal who's behind the wizards curtain, but today, I'm feeling exceptionally proud. I think I'm done with picking on myself....hair's too frizzy...skin tone uneven...can't get rid of the over-sized muffin top...crows feet starting to appear in the corners of my eyes...I could go on and on. That's the stuff we have to stop doing, ladies. Instead, celebrate what you like about you.....great smile, fun loving attitude...dimples....sexy eyes...whatever! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
So in preparation of my 56th birthday (yup, that's right), I wanted to share my beauty secrets with you. Perhaps you've got some to share too. Feel free to let us know by posting a comment. By all means, please, please, please (a little James Brown humor) embrace yourself at any age.
TOP BEAUTY TIPS TO LOOK YOUNGER, LONGER
Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. Not that anything special happened, but I just felt tall and poised and confident and pretty. I'm sure you know exactly the feeling. We can get ugly sometimes.
When all was said and done at the end of the day, while getting ready for bed, I methodically put on my nightgown and took a last peek in the mirror. Right then, right there...I stopped breathing. Who was this person looking back at me? Is that you, Grandma????
So this whole nightmare got me thinking about looking pretty at bedtime...even if it's just for me. I know, I know - pretty's on the inside. Blah, blah, blah. Save it.
I took inventory of my sleepwear drawer and decided I needed to make some changes. Yup, changes around here. No more 1950's covered neck, arms, legs & feet wear. I can bring sexy back to the bed and still be warm, cozy and comfortable. I deserve it and so do you dog-gone-it!
So ladies, let's bring sexy back to our beds....Vixens unite! Let me know how you make out (not literally).
I admit that I'm a bit self conscious about the middle aged spread that's besieged my body. I'm having a real hard time these days accepting that I no longer look like Beyonce (ha!) and I have to dress perhaps a bit more conservatively...something like a grown up. Not that I looked like a street walker or court jester back in my 20's , but I certainly tried to stylishly fit in. Nowadays, my body parts seemed to have all gone down south and I live in New York....Sad.
So, the question is: how far should we go to look young, hip and desirable? Are there clothes items that should be restricted to certain body types/weights or does anything go regardless of how big your curves are? Inquiring minds want to know.
I often find myself in a trance when I see women strutting around in apparel (like leggings) that I wouldn't wear. Admittedly, I'm not sure whether I'm horrified at what I see or jealous that I don't have the nerve to pull it off.
How about you?
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