What makes a style work for you? If you’re looking for a smart style to suggest to your hairdresser next time a haircut is due or just dressing up a bit for a night out. I’m creating a curation of some of my favorites for future reference, here. Maybe they will suit you, too.
What I Like
With a bob that has casual side-swept bangs the tousled “not too done” look is very European. It looks elegant, yet seems effortless. For a more polished look, smooth it with some serum, add a bit of shine spray.
I use this one by Paul Mitchell and absolutely love it. It leaves a beautiful polished shine without any weight or stiffness. The light fragrance of the “Wild Ginger” line is a great plus in my book.
I’ve used this product for several years, going back for more whenever I run out. It makes my hair look healthy, even in winter, which is notoriously hard on gray locks.
Useful for any style on this page- wavy, straight, casual, or updo.
I love this updo because it is easy, can go from housework to out on the town, and is a great way to corral longer hair. The important thing is to smooth all stray hair into the topknot ponytail. The topknot itself can be looser, but to look smart, the sides, front and back need to be kept smooth and neat. A good hair wax or strong hold hair putty will work.
Holiday Hair Short Styles
Keep it shiny, and somehow short hair transforms into a classy holiday look.
No one does Silver Fox classy better than either Helen Mirren or Judy Dench. Anyone who takes a leaf from their style book is going to look more beautiful, I believe. They start with a core style, but vary the length or polish of the pixie cut ( Dench) or short bob (Mirren) for all sorts of great looks in all types of fashion situations.
Their look is equally wonderful with bangs or if you would brush it back from your face. The versatility of this with just a little different comb-out or more or less messy or smoothed makes these smart styles for mature women.
Silver Fox Inspirations
If you have some length to your hair, the updo with soft curls or a smooth, loose chignon can be a way to level up your look. A bit of sparkle inserted into the french roll is a marvelous touch.
Hope you liked this bit of inspiration for smart hairstyle that will look good on any occasion.
Starting the New Year off right with ideas to give yourself an update and bring an experts advice into your choises for hair, makeup, and fashion.
I really liked this book for the perspective its gives in developing your own style, rather than try to run after trends (many of which can be less than becoming).
For me, that emphasis helps the most when choosing how I want to wear my hair… or especially when trying to make my way to buying clothing that looks best for who I am now.
If you are like many Christians, it is a temptation to make such a division between the spiritual and the physical that the two realms almost seem mutually exclusive. Or you may not have a spiritual emphasis, but an intellectual one. It is as if to be truly spiritual or intelligent, we must almost deny we have bodies.
This is a grave mistake and not what scripture refers to when we are told to deny the flesh. Since that statement demands some exegesis (or whatever you call bible study), it will have to wait for an addition in the bible section of my page. For now, let’s just look at the matter practically and ask these questions:
Things To Ask Ourselves
* Do I need good health to carry out my responsibilities to my family? * If I have physical strength, can I work more effectively taking care of the elderly, the needy, or others who have need of my services? * If I have more energy, could I additionally serve the Lord? In other words, will it prepare me for future ministry?
If You Answered Yes
Now, perhaps you feel more virtuous praying “God, help me lose weight, help me overcome fatigue, or this besetting illness” and then sitting back in faith. Or in your intellectual quest, you are willing to read book after book of self-help or the latest diet.
Now it is time to add works to your faith. Add action to your knowledge.
That is not to say those spiritual things (looking to God for help or asking to be healed) aren’t necessary, they are, but we need to add a little balance . Try to eat right, exercise, rest properly…all those things that are the attributes of moderation. And if you carefully read much of the scientific findings on good health you will see it all boils down to being moderate.
“Let your moderation be known to all men”.
A word here on what exercise won’t do. There is a scripture ( I Timothy 4:8) that states “bodily exercise profiteth little”. And that is absolutely true: it profits something, but doesn’t take the place of character and spiritual building. One look at the number of athletes with moral problems ought to illustrate that point most eloquently.
Let’s say you’re ready, convinced that exercise is going to be part of your life, what choices are out there and how will you fit them into your life? What are some choices and what considerations are there for Christian women?
Weight training is important when you live a Western lifestyle (when was the last time you hauled water from a well?). For healthy bones and maintaining muscle strength some form of weights should be used. If you have a body type that bulks up easily, a program like The Firms cross training should work fine since it combines aerobics and light weights.
Martial arts and workouts such as the Tae-bo type should fulfill your aerobic needs, as long as you skip some of the Oriental Philosophy involved. Actually, many forms of exercise have philosophies and sometimes religious beliefs included; if you have qualms about this just avoid that type and make your own program.
Yoga was one form I avoided for awhile since it comes from an Eastern religion, but I found myself doing many of the exercises in my tapes. The stretches are wonderful and you may find the ones you need in one of the Wharton’s books, or in a Pilates program, as well as in many videotapes available. The flexibility that stretching gives your body is necessary, the yoga program is not. Choose according to your conscience.
Dance gives gracefulness along with flexibility and aerobics in a fun format. Again, though, some people have reservations and should follow their choice to other forms. But for those who like this way of getting a workout, there are so many types of dance- each with its own feeling and demands. Ballet is athletic, jazzercise is fun way to get fit, bellydance is feminine and sensual, etc.
Take yourself outdoors to witness the glory of God’s creation. Begin walking or gardening and if the nasty little creatures are bothering you find some Avon “Skin So Soft” and learn to praise the Lord for the day when there won’t be such curses!
What I’m not trying to do is make judgment calls on the forms of exercise and whether you should engage in them.
The Biblical hierarchy is always spiritual first, soul second, body third. One does not nix another, as in forgetting about the body or soul in pursuit of spiritual growth. It might help to remember how interdependent the heart, soul, and body are. How many times is physical health undermined through the damage done to a person’s heart and mind? Or vice versa?
The Bible addresses “wholeness”, and others may use the term “holistic”, but the idea is that we are not compartmentalized beings, and fragmenting our view of ourselves leads to poor health.
Exercising the body is one part of the wholeness. Not more than building good character or growing spiritually, but alongside these important goals.
There are so many ways to get the bodily exercise you need that there is no reason to wound your conscience by engaging in a type that you are disturbed about.
How can I find the time to exercise? This can be tough when your schedule is already full or you have small children at home (duh, same difference). It is terrific to know that small bites of exercise throughout your day are an accomplishment that can give you results.
points to Keep in Mind
Move exercise time to the top of your priority list.
Strategize the best times of day to develop a habit.
Determine that your health is important enough to not tolerate competition from other demands.
Vary your exercise efforts and incorporate an element of fun and enjoyment.
Consider using a fitness app or watch to spur you on to exercise regularly throughout the day and week.
Aim for the three to five full workouts, but understand that you will, many times, have to skip some of them. Just be prepared with exercises you can do in the car and at your desk, free weights in the bedroom for some back and arm exercises for five minutes between coffee and the rest of your day or at night while you watch that video or wait for SOME peoples pages to load. We’ve all been there…
I joined Curves to provide a consistency to my efforts; I found that exercising together with other women in a positive environment is very helpful. We all talk about how it is time that we take for ourselves, because we need it. We are the better for taking the time and those around us are better for it, too!
After Curves, our family signed up for a membership at our local YMCA. I haven’t taken classes there, but used the equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals. My grown kids have joined gyms, and these are all helpful ways to stay motivated and put in the time for fitness.
Exercise Will Do You Good
You know it is sort of an overused joke that people who go to fitness clubs jockey for the closest parking spaces. Make up your mind to do a little extra walking, stair climbing (in real life), etc. during your day. This is a great stress reliever, as well; instead of fuming about that creep taking the spot you were waiting for, you are actually thinking Pollyanna thoughts of how good the exercise is since you won’t have time for the regular workout this day. REALLY.
This is a totally new way of thinking and very freeing. The workouts you do ought to pay off in more strength for those everyday chores. All work is some sort of exercise! The reason for structured workouts is so that you are building muscles that are somewhat neglected in your daily activities, compensating for the fact that you overwork some muscle groups while underusing others.
Stretching exercises can be squeezed in almost anytime. Stretches, once learned, can be worked into the day to increase flexibility – you won’t believe how much better you function after working on lengthening some of your poor contracted muscles!
My favorite way to learn stretch exercises is through (have you guessed?) – a video. Although I did find books from the library and magazine articles which illustrate a regimen to try. However, it is just that I love someone else thinking up the sequences and moves, while I just follow along with music and timing all worked out for me.
How I’ve been making time for exercise lately
You know how we waste time on Facebook? Frittering away more time than is reasonably rational. Well, we can turn at least some of that into a creative way to get a bit more exercise. All we have to do is use some of the posted videos to turn some of that time into a fitness routine.
I thought about starting here because exercise is so foundational to good health. My equation is HEALTHY=BEAUTIFUL as well as its reverse (I knew it, algebra was worth something!).
In the last few years, I’ve been regularly exercising-originally to combat back spasms, rising blood pressure and eye pressure. My pressures are down, back spasms no more, and I have some other truly valuable benefits besides. I’ve shaped up (my husband is so appreciative), I have more energy (needed that!), and (what I most appreciate) I’m stronger. Much stronger. Human beings, being compound organisms require compound components, so exercise is only part of what’s needed, but that’s the part addressed right here.
Key to consistent effort in exercise is finding something you like, so you keep working with it. In my twenties, running was really popular and my husband was interested in it, so I thought I’d try that. I did, once. It was so boring for me.
What I find I really like, many women I talk with find boring: exercise videos. I love exercise videos. My “Jane Fonda Complete” started me out in weight training. I’m so grateful, Jane! This was when I began to notice my strength improvement – and have found many references in medical articles on the necessity of this type of exercise.
Fitness On Video
Susan Powter is great in this respect, too. Her videos are a great workout with “real people” partners. Kathy Smith has the best pregnancy workout, and her “Body Basics” was the first video I purchased.
There are so many fitness types and stars of every type to lead us in routines that cater to every level of ability that there is really no excuse to delay creating your plan. Stretching, yoga, Latin dance, even chair exercises to deliver personal training right in your living room
I always rent or borrow videos to work with before I buy and it gives variety to my routine. So this is my main form of aerobic exercise, which I supplement with free weights.
Since I first wrote these tips, so much has changed on the video fitness front. Now, you can choose from DVDs to Youtube, and I notice that Amazon Prime offers a wide range, as well.
One that I have fun with lately is “Body Groove” – check it out! I like its loose, fun style that fits the fact that I need movement and don’t have lots of ability right now.
Tactics to Tackle Exercise
I keep some dumbbells in my bedroom so that I can fit in exercise easily. Please, no jokes about that last sentence. I know none of this is new, mostly it’s just a pep talk – you have to “just do it”.
The observation I have at this point is that so many times we limit ourselves to activities which don’t fulfill our needs: team sports, good weather activities, gardening. These activities are exercise, but usually they’re marathon efforts with long absences between sessions.
Find something to fill in the spaces of everyday activities.
I would compile it this way:
aerobic of your choice
recreational events(hiking,skiing,double digging a rose bed)
Women, particularly, need to take responsibility for their wellbeing. We’ll be more purposeful in our lives, feel better, prevent diseases, alot of things because we add exercise. It’s not the answer to all of life’s problems – I believe only Christ is-but bodily exercise is a key to bodily wellbeing. You already know I like exercise videos, but thought I’d list the ones I like best:
Oldie but Goodies
The Firm series: these are tough and effective; be sure to pace yourself and add the weights in carefully.
Jane Fonda series: I like the dance moves, variety of weights and spot exercises.
Kathy Smith Body Basics: This is the best warmup, and best ab and leg work in my opinion.
Marilu Henner Dance Aerobics: fun dancing
Susan Powter: no nonsense strength training and shaping. Great attitude!
Various Pilates-type videos: Kathi Smith, Denise Austin, and many more to try. Concentrated.
There are so many more to choose from now than when I started. I have especially liked the wide range of Yoga workouts.
Many of the stretches and strength exercises were given to me when I had to have some physical therapy in recent years. I believe we lose fitness without being completely aware of what’s happening.
This is all the more reason to create a deliberate plan and stick to it. It is the habit that is important, the challenge level or even the forms ( dance, aerobics, yoga) may well change to adjust to our interests and needs, but the fact that we need to keep using all our muscle groups remains the main goal.
A fun way to get aerobic exercise is in a dance class. There are many forms of dance, jazzercise, ballet, modern, but an unusual type I tried was bellydance…
I have some pages on the many aspects of belly dance, including the costuming part of it. They will soon be posted here.
Greetings! I’d like to write a few words on motivation before I add new pages to this section. I’m sure it is different for everyone, but sooner or later something trips up our regimen.
Some years ago, for me, it was some family/emotional crisis I went through. I just did not have the motivation to continue regular (oh, let’s be truthful: any) exercise for weeks. When I could make myself care about it I put in an hour or so once a week. I knew for the sake of my health and energy, that this situation couldn’t go on.
As time as gone on, I have found that motivation has been an increasingly important factor.
At one time I joined Curves to provide that extra impetus to remain focused on exercising for health. It was motivating for a time, but I still needed to follow the following steps to “get back on the bandwagon”.
…And here is the method I follow to get back on track.
Keep It Simple
1 First, dispose of all guilt. It simply is counter-productive and exercise is not one of the ten commandments. Yes, you are healthier and you feel stronger; you get those endomorphins surging, but that is something you do because you want to, and you are not a bad person if you haven’t worked out lately.
2 Next, start back slowly, realizing you won’t be doing as much, at the pace before your layoff. The good news, of course, is that because you were exercising, it will not be as long to regain stamina, strength, and shape, as when you first began.
Still, you shouldn’t go all out and short-circuit your newfound resolve. Achy or injured muscles tend to dampen enthusiasm for most of us. Build up your mind-set with a little positive thinking…
“I’m worth it”…
“my family will benefit from it…and they are worth it”
“I will feel better, if I do this ” …whatever is your form of affirmation.
3 Finally, recognize that the ebb and flow of life means that you may get the flu, or have family matters that require lion shares of time, or any number of things that interfere with scheduled workouts. The resumption of workouts is part of the flow- you just have to decide that good health is non-negotiable and remember all the benefits of exercise.
The number of diseases exercise staves off or ameliorates is amazing. You will look better and function better, all with a few hours week spent in a simple work-out program. Not because I say so, but reams of medical research has come to this conclusion. (1)
When exercise is made a lifestyle habit, it helps such wide ranging problems as heart health to diabetes management to eye health.
Starting slow or with enthusiasm?
On to the rest of the fitness pages with determination to make your own life better. You will love the person you become if you take time to meditate on good things.
We all need to get rid of excess stress. Few people realize how destructive and debilitating stress really is to their lives. Instead of wishing it different, there are real things we can do to lessen the drain of daily accumulations of stress.
We can’t, and wouldn’t want, to have all stress removed. It has its usefulness to help us handle urgent situations, but modern day life and mentalities give us more than we were ever meant to handle. So, when you’ve received advice to get rid of your stress, or have those physical symptoms of “too much overwhelm”, why not try some of the relaxation suggestions here?
I also have a mood helium section, from the old “House of Happiness” blog, filled with all the things that help me feel relaxed or happy – or both! If you want further inspiration from poetry, art, suggestions for spa products or ideas on how to enjoy life more, check out “Happy Thoughts” for some mood helium.
Start with some good advice from dogs that someone gave a human voice:
Things We Can Learn From A Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout …run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be sure to keep up your exercise program. Exercise is one way to relieve stress, along with things that you do to relax and renew yourself. So don’t let your exercise program be a source of stress: find things you enjoy, pace yourself, diversify your activities.
One of the reasons exercise is a stress reliever is because it gets your circulation going and causes your body to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that affect your brain to reduce perception of pain and can trigger positive feelings in the body (if you have experienced “runner’s high” you know what this feels like.
I think Jamie Curtis is absolutely gorgeous. She has a look that is healthy, natural, and which any woman might want to emulate. Jamie Lee Curtis and I share something in common: we have some Hungarian ancestry.
With her athletic, yet feminine build, the gamin haircut has been the perfect foil for her, and it melds perfectly with her lively persona.
For those who want to borrow the style and look of this beautiful and magnetic star… read on….
Jamie’s Style: Her Look, Her Hair, Her Makeup
“…a classic cut for Ms. Curtis. Jamie Lee’s back and sides have been angle cut to create a messy, sexy look and her top section has been razor cut to add body and movement. This is an easy style to maintain with regular trims.” – Hairstyler.com
Of her Pixie haircut one commenter said, “you need good bone structure and a bit of bravery, since there’s no hair to hide behind” about choosing this style.
If you look at lots of pictures of her, it becomes apparent that her general style is to be very simple and striking in flattering cut clothing with usually one focal point of jewelry, fabulous earrings, or a stunning necklace. she often chooses silver metals with diamonds, but not always. The key is that with simple well fitting clothing and her short haircut the jewelry serves to highlight her face. It is a very effective look for an older woman.
One thing that is readily apparent about Jamie Lee Curtis is how fit and athletically slim she is. If you have rolls or extra pounds on your frame you can’t wear her clothing styles. but you can use her sense of color and design for your overall look.
“Jamie Lee Curtis enhances her gray locks with soft, neutral makeup.”
Choose cooler tones for eyes like pewter and lavender.
Choose warmer tones for cheeks and lips like golden pinks and apricots.
Choose a light shade of brow color and define the eyebrows.
Add extra sheen to your hair with finishing sprays that have glisteners, use mineral powder foundation with illumination for your skin.
No copper or orange shades of makeup- choose peachy instead.
Steer clear of dark lip colors, and make the lips look plump and juicy with shiny lipgloss.
A pomade gives hold and shine and is great for short gray hair like Curtis’ pixie cut. I haven’t seen what particular line of hair products she uses, but her stylist spilled about one that is both good for your hair and keeps a well groomed natural look like Jamie Lee’s signature style.
Jamie Lee Curtis Style
Fabulous Makeup Products – Get the Look
To get Jamie Lee Curtis’ flattering natural look, all luminous and bronzed, consider that she endorses “Sheercover Makeup“.
Studying her photos, she almost always opts for a very natural look that includes pink lipstick, some blush, and accents her eyes with shadows and mascara, done with a light hand.
Glammed-up events occasionally break the rule, but rarely appear better than her signature look.
Sometimes it really helps to have some guidance when entering a new phase of life, like becoming a mommy, re-entering the workforce, or any big and important, new phase of life. Aging is no different.
I liked the advice given in this book and the way it is presented. Maybe we have felt our best was behind us -looks wise, anyway, but the idea of “making a comeback” puts it in perspective. We just have to fine tune some things and polish up a bit… we are on our way to a new and exciting chapter of life.
Recently stylist Sean James is quoted as using PHYTO Volume to style Jamie Lee’s hair for her FOX Los Angeles Screening Party of Scream Queens.
What Style And Aging Means To Her (And Oprah)
I made a commitment to being physically strong — at 51
Getting fit is a big part of the look
Getting fit is important to any woman’s health, and the look of the simple form-following wardrobe that Jamie Lee Curtis wears hangs on a body that is not skinny, but certainly is not packing extra pounds.
In recent years Curtis cut back on her favorite carbohydrates in breads, etc. to cut her weight for health reasons. Modifying your weight by losing extra pounds will reduce the blood pressure and the cholesterol readings. It also makes you look better in your clothes.
True confession: I’m writing this as motivation for myself- to eat healthier and see these results.
You like a Gap T-shirt, and then six months later you want the same one because the baby pukes all over you. And then they don’t make it anymore. So I’m a replicant. When I know something I like, I just want to replicate it.
It’s not over yet! We are just beginning to awaken to making the most of our beauty now. A mature beauty, yes, but it has its own attractiveness. Just as we see in celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis!
What most helped me is the advice on clothing. That is more of a challenge than hair or makeup for me. This book has it all covered, though. Chapters on each part of your look given in an encouraging, spirit uplifting way.
Fun and Freaky Movie
I had so much fun watching this movie.
Freaky Friday is my favorite Jamie Lee Curtis movie. Her great comedic talent really shines out. Jamie Lee was perfect for this part. It is a light and well-paced comedy that plays off the fact that we all imagine we would play another’s role in life so much better: mothers would behave better if they were in their daughters shoes, and the daughter would presumably do everything differently. Yes, there is a moral here, too- that everyone should give a bit more love and tolerance to each other.
Her Activia Commercials
One of the ways you might have seen Jamie Lee Curtis is due to her involvement with representing the yogurt ‘Activia’ in TV commercials.
“A lot of celebrities do product endorsement. Curtis just stumbled into the big one. “I never in my life thought when I first was asked by this company, Activia, Dannon, to be their representative, I really don’t think it was just like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be a check, I’m going to do it.’ I really thought, ‘Okay, wait a minute. I’m going to go out and talk about bowel movements and about how people’s digestive tracts work. Some work better than others and why and blah blah blah and that this will help.’ I really thought, ‘Okay, is that going to be weird? I mean, is that going to be weird? You’re an actor, you’re a writer. Is that going to just be a weird thing.’ It has turned out to be the most fun thing.””
What do you think about celebrity commercials?
What Are You Doing? – How Do You Feel About That?
How Jamie Lee describes our parenting now…. She is a funny, and articulate. person.
Try to discourage your loved ones from falling prey to this system of dissatisfaction. Men, honor your women and girls. Tell them that they are beautiful and show them that you mean it. Pattern your behavior so that young men can learn about what are and are not appropriate ways to talk about women. There are plenty of things to be anti about as a family. Let’s try to stop aging as being one of them.
— Jamie Lee Curtis on The Huffington Post
Continuing To Grow
People know Jamie Lee Curtis as an actress, child of actors, and as a spokesperson for Activia on TV commercials, but she is also a children’s book author.
Her books are best sellers.
I like celebrities who have more than one side to them, who have taken time to develop other talents.
You knew Jamie Lee Curtis is partly Hungarian, right? Her father , Tony Curtis was an Hungarian Jew (his father was born in Ópályi, near Mátészalka, and his mother was a native of Nagymihály).
She and her father helped finance the rebuilding of the “Great Synagogue” in Budapest, Hungary.
Everyone Has Role Models
Who was Jamie Lee Curtis’ role model for aging gracefully?
Jamie’s Ideal of a Beautiful Celebrity
Jamie’s Ideal of a Beautiful Celebrity is another great actress who aged with beauty and grace.
Everyone has heroes, and the actress that Jamie Lee Curtis looked up to was Jessica Tandy. She was another fine actress who was well known for her great character roles and for aging well.
She acted well into her older years and wore her gray locks beautifully. I think Jamie Lee has followed her own inspiration and given us a role model of aging with grace and panache. Her whole look inspires woman to be more natural and make efforts to be healthy and vibrant.
We can take cues and add notes to our own integration of those things into our own choices as we age.
I actually became aware of BB creams by reading a review about them, and since then have tried a few brands. I have been purchasing the Garnier brand, despite a few detours trying out other brands, because of its skin enhancing qualities.
What Do I Like About This BB Cream?
Garnier makes theirs with a smooth application, it glides on.
I like the smell of the product
It is something between a cream and a makeup giving decent coverage to my aging skin
I think it improves my skin. There doesn’t seem to be anything that is “not to like“, although my daughter considers it a little too “heavy”. I don’t agree, but thought it might help someone who is looking for the lightest possible feel. She likes Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer instead.
I’ve also used “CC” creams (Read on for comparison of the two types).
But again, I like this brand of tinted cream better for everyday wear.
I feel it protects my skin when I go outdoors (which is often, given that I’m an avid gardener), and it is moisturizing. It has a sunscreen level of 15, which is enough for most of the year in my Northern climate.
I use separate sunscreen to boost the protection in summer and when I go to sunnier climes.
More To Like
Easily available, and it is economical. I think the price point is important. Why spend more for products when Garnier has created a BB cream that works, feels good on your skin, improves it, and smells nice? I spend more on a full coverage makeup, but this is the tube I grab on most days, and sometimes use it as a prep for other liquid makeup.
A comparable product, L’Oreal brand is one I have also used and I didn’t like it nearly as well. Compared to Garnier it felt dry and powdery on my skin, with its medium shade too light. So I went back to using that bright gold tube with the grass green logo which I started out with.
How To Describe it?
Remember those sheer makeups that came out years ago? I always liked them and this product looks very much the same. They even out my tone, which in aging skin like mine has sun damage, gets dry easily, and needs some under-eye lightening. When I use this cream it smooths out that unevenness.
It goes on quickly and doesn’t look streaky . Yes, some products with pigments look a bit streaky when not taking time to blend in, but this one doesn’t need that extra step, which makes it great for busy mornings.
BB cream And Little Else
A daytime application for “out and about” in a botanical garden. I no longer wear much makeup in my daily routine: the cream and a swipe of lipstick is about it!
A daytime application for “out and about” in a botanical garden.
I no longer wear much makeup in my daily routine: the cream and a swipe of lipstick is about it!
A Few Tips For Getting a Great Look
Apply in layers until you get the coverage wanted
Apply with your fingers, it goes on easily
Blend, if desired, with cosmetic sponge or Kabuki makeup brush
I also use it to cover imperfections elsewhere on the body (mosquito bites, etc!)
*I noticed that the demonstrations in the videos on this page often use blender brushes.
I have made the Garnier B.B. one of the first choice products for my makeup bag and to take traveling.
BB stands for “Beauty Balm”
BB vs CC Cream
What is the difference between these two types of products?
BB creams are lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers
CC cream has a fluffier feel, while BB feels more like a moisturizer
CC stands for “color correction” and theoretically provides more coverage
The OPINION Report
Have you tried this cream? Do you like it?
I do recommend this one. Try it out for little cost. You might stick with this choice like I have, or move on to more expensive brands, but I think you will like BB creams.
How to Apply BB Cream
Basically, smooth on the first coat just like tinted moisturizer. Then add additional thin layers to areas where more coverage is needed. For spots or blemishes, dab on extra coats with the tip of your finger and feather it invisibly into the surrounding skin.
This video illustrates the technique:
When you want something for those undereye circles
I have some circles (who doesn’t?) and the roller ball is pure genius.
This cosmetic brand has been creating a line of truly beneficial products and the price is economical.
If you have dark circles under your eyes and want a quick fix, put this into your makeup bag arsenal.
BB Creams I Didn’t Like
For comparison sake: from L’Oreal
I also tried L’Oreal’s, and did not like it very well. Although the white color from the tube turned to the proper shade on my face, it felt all chalky and unpleasant. It went on more heavy, too. In comparison, the Garnier brand felt more like a tinted moisturizer.
I also did not care for the smell of this product.
I also tried this brand, which I purchased at Costco ( also available online). It had a dry application that felt and smelled a little like something “plastic”. The color was dark and not completely natural for me.
On the plus side it has a stronger sun protection, which is why I purchased it. I still chose the Garnier brand!
Now that I have spent a number of years allowing my hair to grow into its natural silver and white, it is time to spill the beans on the realities of keeping my mane looking its best.
Problems and solutions follow, along with some hairstyle looks for inspiration.
As Years Go By
Do I still love it? Yes, going gray was one of the best beauty decisions of my fifties. Has it rendered my haircare totally carefree? No.
I should get my haircut refreshed far more often than I do. What a difference a professional cut can make- giving shape and movement to create a more lively look.
I have also learned the hard way that a pennies amount of protection and prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining the good looks of gray.
I continue to seek the perfect style. (I am starting to believe this dissatisfaction has more to do with losing bodyweight than fixing my hair.) I did want to update a few of the tips which have stood me in good stead for that past few years.
When Gray Isn’t at Its Best
I have had some challenges as a Silver Fox that I never had when I was a Brunette.
The most irksome:
Yellowing. This is the worst problem and the one which has been hardest to deal with.
Flyaways and thinning, related to aging, rather than the color; but requiring care and products to manage.
Challenges of growing it long and keeping it looking good.
Those have to be the top three problems for most gray locks ( except for the last one, not everyone wants to have long hair!).
Short Gray Hair
Not everyone needs or wants to chop the length, but it is one way to deal with the above named topknot troubles. It was easiest for me to maintain shine and silveriness when I had a mid-length bob.
Cutting off hair that has been damaged by the elements or heat styling is a tried and true way to control the dryness and discoloration.
It also gives a fresh new look that is instantly rejuvenating.
Love Really Short?
Growing It Long
I know there are many women, like me, that see those gorgeous long locks of shining gray hair. It is so tempting to desire those below the shoulder lengths.
So I gave in, after two or three false starts, and began to grow out the length of my hair. I must be honest and say that the results are mixed. I haven’t given up yet, but if I remain ambivalent about this look, I will go back to the smooth, mid-length pageboy.
What Is My Beef with Body?
Thinning means less hair to give “body” to a style, and I have had layers put in to keep the style from going flat. Layers, however, can be more prone to flyaways when the weather turns cold (a trial for all types of hair).
Serums are still the best bet for taming flyaway hair, although hair pomade like Alberto VO5 works, too. Beware of too much which can weigh down and flatten your style.
Have you tried to grow out your silver locks? What were your hurdles?
Stop Turning Yellow!
I admit it, I didn’t use the color correcting products as often in the past year. The shampoo and conditioner formulated for gray hair make a huge difference under most circumstances.
I had an experience with battling a bout of yellowing after a beach vacation two years ago. I am convinced that using sun protection would have prevented it. I even went to my stylist and had a “Malibu Treatment” at the time, but I felt the results were negligible. Perhaps it will work better for you?
So far, the best antidote has been Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde line. In the future I will make a review comparing and contrasting several product lines, but this is my top tip so far.
Try rinsing with the juice of a lemon added to two cups of water. It will help clarify and brighten.
I have to contend with hard water, exposure to the elements ( LOVE being outdoors), what are your bug-a-boos? City pollution? Certain hair products? Chlorine?
UhOh Argan Oil
Maybe this personal anecdote is silly, but every time I used Argan oil, which makes hair very soft and pretty and is good for skin, I noticed a yellow cast to my hair. Hard water is also an issue in my area, but I believe the Argan oil was yellowing. Coconut oil is a better solution when moisturizing hair.
Alberto VO5 for gray hair has been my go-to for smoothing when styled, but I like natural oils for occasional replenishing.
The New Blonde
The longevity of the gray Celebrity fashion has been a happy circumstance. More and more models and actors display silvery manes. It is no longer remarkable when seeing women “of a certain age” with natural looking hairdos. The beauty of maturity is accepted and even celebrated, though I believe we have a ways to go in appreciating the middle-aged and aged.
A few highlights for a vibrant look in maturity:
Keep the style “young”, but not faddish.
Keep hair healthy, whether short or long.
Good grooming is always in style, don’t go for frumpish.
Protect from too much sun and heat.
Take vitamins- good looks are from the inside out!
Find the products that work best for you- experiment.
I hope these tips, styles, and reminders are helping you keep up appearances in the best possible way. I love my gray hair and would never go back to the artificial coloring regimen. I think it has the lighthearted feel of a Blonde, with the intelligence attributed to the Brunette, and an attitude of confidence all its own.
When I was a young woman I regularly used a facial steamer. It lasted me for many years… Until one of my teenagers rendered it unusable (don’t ask me how! I have no idea).
I recently decided it was time to begin facial steaming again.
Years ago, it was a Conair brand that served me well. Now I wished for some updated features.
In my research into reviews, the “KINGDOMCARES NanoSteamer” came up regularly. I like the features, although it came with a few negatives. Comments such as ” water reservoir was too small”, or complaints about plastic odor were offputting.
Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer
It was a close runner up to the one I have decided to purchase which is the “Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer“. Two features tipped the balance:
Long running time (up to 30 minutes)
Towel warming feature
This steamer comes with a bonus (extraction tools), but that did not weigh into my decision. It was named in the short lists for a number of recommended steamers, although never as #1 choice; Panasonic brand rated more highly, but was twice the price.
This appliance’s moderate price was a factor for me.
I would have liked the addition of aromatherapy features, but decided the quality of the steam, reliability of machine outweighs that addition of having essential oils at this time.
Most all of the steamers recommend using distilled water to reduce calcium buildup. Many customers of different brands reported problems if they used oils or tap water water. For aromatherapy, it seems best to use an appliance specifically for that purpose.
Lighted Magnifying Mirrors
My mother always had magnifying mirrors, so this was not new for me. What was new is the revelation of how important a lighted mirror with good magnification would be for aging eyes.
In a guest bathroom, a whole new view was revealed when I saw myself in a lighted 10X Vanity mirror. Hairs to pluck! Skin texture to exfoliate!
I knew it was time to order a mirror, and I knew which features I wanted:
with a cord
one with good reviews
I ended up with two mirrors, one ordered from Amazon, and one my husband picked up at Costco. Read my comparisons here.
Conair Oval Vanity Mirror
After much research I bought a Conair brand mirror that had less magnification, but better looks. Initially, I wasn’t as happy with my choice, but after use it has proved its assets.
This is the exact one I bought. I love the Satin Nickel finish. It is a very good looking mirror, and the lighting is pleasing. At first I felt the 7X was not strong enough magnification, but I believe this is one of the best mirrors to buy after a couple months of actually using it.
The Costco Mirror
I am less happy with this one. It was very economical ( which is why my husband bought it), but it has a buzz that is unpleasant when the light is on. The lighting is also very harsh and bothers my eyes. The 10X is useful, and I do use the mirror, but the glass quality seems lacking.
It is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for”.
Why Have Beauty Appliances?
In this time of life when my major goal is “divesting”, it is fair to ask why I am buying more appliances. I’ve done fine without them for so long…. why now?
For the mirrors, my aging eyes have had increasing trouble seeing my face for beauty regimens, including putting on makeup. The magnifying mirror with good light is a necessity. More important than a hairdryer, for me.
The steamers serve more than one purpose, and these things have to do with luxury and comfort. In a way, it is also more economical to give myself a facial than to spend extra on spa services. The steamers are good for home health, since they moisturize the air and skin.
So what appliances do you now feel are necessities for you? One of these or something else? Leave a comment to tell me about your favorites.
A woman’s love for shoes is well known, but what about the beauty of those feet inside the shoes? The finishing touch for a pedicure, the toes peeking out from sandals, and otherwise unadorned feet on the beach all deserve a little attention that comes from pretty polish.
Top Trends for Spring
In spring and summer those sandals shod or otherwise bare feet are on full display.
FOR fall/winter 2017
During the winter season, hands take center stage with bling, deep color, contrasts, and matte looks..
What colors are trendy? Which ones are classic? Nothing is easier to change and experiment with than nail polish.
So I thought I’d gather together a few of the thousands of choices available.
Whether you give yourself a home pedicure, or book a professional salon, these are the colors and looks to get for this year.
My Favorite Nail Polish Color
What is your favorite manicure style?
photo by lloria
What’s The Newest Fashion?
For 2016, gray and metal have gone to chrome. Ombre is taking the Pantone duo of Serenity blue and Rose quartz and mixed them one into the other. Yellow appears for spring.
Going into fall, matte looks and geometrics with bling are on trend. Take the ombre idea and make it matte with your fav wardrobe colors.
There are always seasonal changes, deeper colors for fall/winter and lighter ones for spring/summer, but what about fashion forward trends?
The buzz: BLUES are big. For 2015, it was cobalt, specifically. Freshen up your blues with this strong color that fairly sings (like a bluebird?). It will make you feel happy.
Autumnal shades are also a beautiful look. Try them in sheers or marbled looks.
Then there is the true gray color that has the same effect as the Gothic black (which is still popular), but looking newer.
Look for pinks, gray and neutrals, pastels on a sheer base for an almost nude look.
found on topteny.com
Lots Of Matte Look
Some say adding eye shadow or cornstarch to polish gives you the effect. For 2016, it is back to black
These were the Top Ten looks for 2016:
Navy with sparkles
Milky white, Creamy Beige opaques
Unusual French Nail Colors
Geometric and Abstract designs
For 2017: Keep the Navy, Get Edgier With the Art
Found on wewomen.com: this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry.
Past Looks, Which Will Stay?
How it looks in 2016:
Gorgeous Red takes on a pure red apple look.
Nail Art goes to the art museums for abstracts, 3D, and geometrics.
For 2015: Gorgeous Red…. Dreamy Creamsicle Orange…. Super Natural…. Ballet Pink….
Get the picture? Classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and nudes are 2012’s colors. For 2013, the reds are tempered with art effects: half moon, racing stripes, and blood dripping art.
Get with 2015 and use sheer colors, tribal or marbled painted look. Or sophisticated gold stripe across every nail.
Nudes which are strongly blush pink and milk white, nail art.
Black is still strong …Pearl effects …Skin matching …Racing Stripes … the verdict is IN.
Pantone’s color of the year: Rose Quartz
Blues are navy.
Grays are charcoal.
Greens are seafoam.
Reds are apple.
Matte is Strong for 2016/17
DKNY matte nails
French Manicure – Is Back! But Different
The look of a French Manicure is classic and elegant. A natural colored nail with a white tip that is given a satin glaze.
The History of the French Manicure
Some stories tell it that Max Factor invented today’s “French Manicure” in the 1930s for Hollywood stars. It is one of the most requested nail designs.
This polish style had fallen out of favor with fashionistas, and the natural nail or black nail replaced it. The variation of the “American nail” with an off-white tip is considered more fashionable than stark white tips, today. And this is the basic way it has re-emerged.
For some, it was always be the favorite choice, and they will be happy this year.
The newest way to use a French nail look is with the edge stripe in pastels of green, blue, or pink. Fantastic art effects can also be found.
It takes a new tack: tips are done in color. Emerald green made an appearance…
Give yourself a manicure?
The Frugal Way To Be Fashionable
Pack of cotton balls
Paper towels / Makeup removal pads
Nail polish remover
LUSH has some of the most delicious products that are good for you and smell heavenly.
Soak hands in warm soapy water
Remove Nail Polish
Trim your nails
File your Nails
Apply 2 Coats Nail Polish
A paraben-free formula with 14 natural oils including Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Evening Primrose oil and now Argan oil and Borage oil. Zeva creates this luxurious emollient in a convenient pen applicator.
Keep your cuticles cared for – These are the best beauty buys for nails
Reading the advice of top manicure experts, you will no doubt come across recommendations for the best nail care products. The implements and time saving ways to keep your nails in top form. Take some time to look over these selected nail care products for gift ideas or to give your own nails the care they deserve.
Best way to Accessorize?
Cute manicures and pedicures!
Sanitation Is Important
At home, but especially when using a salon, remember to keep implements clean and sanitized for good foot health.
When was the last time you had your nails done?
Maybe its time to get a pretty pedicure
Maybe you are like me and tend to forget about your nails until there is a special event… like a wedding or a vacation where you will wear sandals, and you think, “Oh no, I need to do something for my nails!” Now, with all the pretty nail polish colors available, and the relaxing experience of a pedicure or a manicure, maybe it is time to put an appointment with a salon on your schedule a little more often. It isn’t a big thing, or an expensive thing, but the time spent grooming and painting your nails can add a little good feeling into your day.
photo by “Multiple fragments of tissue”
More than just a chance to pamper yourself, it can be a part of your health regimen. Cleaning with proper cutting and clipping of the nails can prevent ingrown toenails and infections. This is doubly important if you suffer from a condition like diabetes. If you opt for the professional pedicure or manicure, a massage is often included which improves the blood circulation.
Probably the most important concern is not the choice of a pretty polish color, but of the sanitation practices of the salon. You can always bring your own polish color, but the conditions of the facility is far more important for the health of your feet.
I took bellydance lessons and performed, then became interested in costume. The historical relationship of dance and culture is fascinating. Let’s examine the way we think they look, with swirling skirts and ethnic jewelry.
Discover Gypsy’s performance art and their colorful costuming, then borrow the look for your own, for performance or Halloween dress-up.
Gypsy Dance, Colorful Costumes, Fiery Passion
A Gypsy Garb
We call them “Gypsies”, they call themselves “Roma” or “Rom”. They are a colorful people with a long history, who inspire a romantic view and enrich our cultures with their costume, crafts and dance. The first part of this post looks at the way we can put together a costume with Gypsy flavor; secondly, it is filled with gift ideas for the dancer in your life; winding up with examples of the styles of costume and dance.
This is a brief look at how their dance influences other cultures and costuming, because we all know that it is a favorite look whenever there is a costume party!
Immediately we think of a wild melange of color, but what are the essential elements?
Depending on which shape-shifting variation you wish to present:
Eastern European …
Why Put Together This Style Costume?
If you attend Renaissance Fairs, take part in dance performances, (or that most loved time for dressing up) attend Halloween events, the costume ideas are all valuable.
Each of these occasions call for one of the variations of this highly identifiable outfit.
Whether it is for your own dance performance or for the classic Halloween costume, “The Gypsy” look is fun to put together. The common denominator is plenty of flash and color.
Costume Ideas from Gypsy Dancers All Over the World
The Quintessential Coif: Long Dark Hair and a Scarf
What do you think of when picturing a gypsy? Long black hair warn loosely, a bright scarf to wrap it up and gold coin jewelry.
Don’t have the long dark hair that is a signature style for under the bandana? Simply use a wig, many dancers do. If you find the idea of extensions too troublesome and costly, especially if just wanting to costume for a single event like Halloween, use an inexpensive wig just for the purpose.
Common Elements of this Mode of Costume
The jewelry: hoops, bangles, strands of beads, coin decorated scarves.
Scarves: for head and hip, and over the shoulder, as well
Skirts: full and colorful, combining prints and bright colors in a uniquely individual way.
Boots, high heels, stylish footwear, if possible. Take your pick.
Blouse that is full and feminine- peasant style.
Put Together Your Own Version
Gypsies brought their culture to many countries
Gypsy-Style D-I-Y Ensemble
Many parts of belly dance garb have been lifted from the wardrobe of performing Gypsies. The intention was to draw attention and impress with vivid and spectacular design. This makes for an impressive performance.
Except for real gold jewelry, it doesn’t take much wealth to produce an eye catching outfit.
Anyone wanting to make a splash in their Halloween plans can borrow these costume ideas. It isn’t hard to put together this ensemble.
Nowadays, we don’t need real gold to create shine and sparkle, anyway. There are plenty of costume jewelry choices: chandelier earrings, strands of golden metal and beads, fake coins, and ethnic looks.
Add them to beautiful skirts and blouses, and further outfit with heeled boots.
Voila! You’re done, with a more or less authentic look that brings theatre onto the scene.
Skirt Style and Accessories: Get the Look
Whether short or long, a skirt that flares and swirls is part of the traditional gypsy look.
Tiers of colored ruffles or one skirt over another, with the outer one hiked up to reveal the underskirt.
A full peasant blouse, sometimes with a wide neckline. Sometimes a bolero vest.
Set off the waist with a hip scarf or wide belt.
A headscarf and big hoop earrings. tie on bandana style
Bling, bling, bling when it comes to necklaces and bangle bracelets.
Dangling earrings bring more bling
Most of the bellydance performance bras and belts can be quite expensive, and must fit exactly, but there are plenty of stretchy and adjustable tops, and hip scarves that will work for almost any size. Look for those to give as a gift- they will be very welcome as most of the time a belly dancer spends dancing is practicing in a studio or at home.
While any dance-wear works, those with fringes and coins make the dance more fun and help visualize he way the movements look.
Fringed Coin Bra Top
This is the ideal gift- a practice or tribal performance coin decorated top. Enough fringe to accentuate those important rolls and drops.
Any belly dancer would love this for an authentic feel when practicing and doing classes and rehearsals.
Gifts Ideas for your Favorite Belly Dancer
It is easy to shop for someone who discovers belly dance, they have all sorts of costuming and makeup ideas they want to try. But maybe it isn’t quite as easy for you to figure just what thrills the heart of a student of Oriental dance, and that is what this lens is for… to open the world of Middle Eastern souks, the exciting accessories of the look of the Orient, and suggest the perfect gift choices for a Belly Dancer.
It can be a birthday, it can be Christmas, or any special holiday that you wish to use to shower a dancer in a show of appreciation. With these suggestions you are sure to find something that thrills a special someone who loves to shake and shimmy to her favorite Raqs Sharqi music.
The Key To A Great Gift Choice
That is what a woman wants: to feel beautiful and cared for.
Find out what those key things are and you know what to give as a gift she will remember. As well as your thoughtfulness.
For a woman who enjoys the Baladi dance form, part of the fun is the feminine way it makes them feel, including the chance to dress up and use exotic makeup. Exploring other cultures through the music, and even a bit of the history is part of the entire experience.
Clue into these things and you will have a treasure trove of ideas that will make the perfect gift, unlike any others.
Jewelry Is Always A Welcome Addition
For dancing performance or anytime she wishes to dress up, there are some fun costume jewelry ideas here. There are lots of different styles – some with coins, silver tone, gold tone, some that totally different … but all are fun and add sparkle.
For any woman on your list, jewelry might be a safe bet for a welcomed and enjoyed gift, but the Belly Dancer is just a little bit different.
She not only likes lots of jewelry, she adores the sparkly, kind that is strung with coins, and makes a great show when she moves.
That is why eye-catching items such as slave bracelets, Cleopatra bib necklaces, and chandelier earrings are favorites. If you really want to get the perfect gift of costume adornments, check the colors of her favorite outfits to see if gold or silver are the metal color for her.
Tribal jewelry is always welcome, because it can be used anytime. Artful and fun, tribal jewelry gives any outfit a unique and fashionable look. Ebay is the perfect place to pick up great pieces that any belly dance aficionado would love.
Chandelier earrings, bib necklaces, armbands, all these types of jewelry are used to give an exotic flavor to an outfit, or in a dance performance.
Spa gift cards are guaranteed to make most women happy, but especially when a dancer wants to look her best. Manicures, pedicures, facials, even a massage is a great way to give a gift that will be appreciated.
There is always room for one more coin hip scarf!
Dance wear for practice and workouts can be a unique gift.
Belly dance slippers
A 3.5 yard length of silk for a dance veil, hem the ends and it is a beautiful gift. Great for all sizes.
Fabulous Tribal Gifts
To find something truly authentic with a degree of craftmanship that is rare, try online auctions.
The beauty of some of these tribal pieces is sometimes astounding in the way they add to an outfit or a stage costume. Don’t miss out on the chance to get a gift that is beyond the run of the mill mall purchase!
Feeling Beautiful is Really Important
Spa gifts, manicure and pedicure sets, creams and lotions…
Cosmetics And Fragrance Gifts Are Classic
This classic combination is a good choice for any woman, but look for the cosmetics that are recommended for the stage. Mac or Stila brand eye makeup, Glittery eye-catching powders… things like that.
Gifts of cosmetics and fragrance can be the best kind, so long as they are the right kind. Do a little sleuthing, or get something a seasoned bellydancer recommends.
Common Elements of Gypsy Dance and How It Influences Other Cultures
The history of the Roma and their dance is intertwined. A common denominator in many of the belly dances, folk dances and the Flamenco of Spain, are hip and hand movements. All these dance forms share some of the same movements and steps.
Today’s fusions have proven a little harder to “pull off”, because while the movements create a common bond, the other factors such as feeling and manner are much more difficult to meld well.
What are the elements of Gypsy dance?
Take a video tour of a few examples and enjoy the entertainment that Gypsy people have perfected in their artistry of music and dance.
Romani Style Belly Dance
Eastern European Dance Fusion
Making the Dance Moves
Pay attention to specific movements in this dance form.
What makes this style dancing so enthralling?
It is enthralling for one reason: the performance is infused with passion and intensity. The most technically well-articulated gypsy dance leaves the viewer flat if it does not vibrate with the emotional intensity of the Gypsy soul.
That is just part and parcel of this style of dance.
I am not sure if the dance can be separated from the music and interaction of the performers. It is an art form of inner fire, but also a response to the musicians and the story that is being portrayed. But like any particular cultural performance style, there is a vocabulary of movement and gesture that can be understood and appreciated by the audience.
Gestures, hand bumping, and skirt gestures might have meaning in certain cultural forms, but they are usually used as a way to accent percussive sounds in the music. Some of the gestures are obvious references to everyday activities like washing clothes or baking, etc.
Happiness may be expressed by the dancer touching her fingertips to her forehead, or placing her fingertips just at the top of her ear.
For instance, an Egyptian gesture, “Al Assal”, is made with the dancer’s fingertips to the side of her chin, meaning “as sweet as honey.”
Spanish Gypsies, An Example of Culture and Costume
Arising from Spain, flamenco brings together many aspects of Gypsy culture, and is a particularly sophisticated costume. One of the most famous dancers, Carmen Amaya, demonstrated that the dress wasn’t always stereotypical.
Connections with Flamenco
Flamenco dances, from the gypsies of Andalusia, are considered to be of fairly recent origin. It is believed these dances preserve many of the traditional characteristics of Spanish dancing.
“One can hear the strong Arabic influence in flamenco music….the dance moments in flamenco with the hips and the portrayal of strong emotion and passion are essentially Arabic.” -Hossam Ramzy
Spanish Styled Costuming
Red is a classic color choice for these dresses
Elements of the Flamenco ensemble for women include:
Not 1001 different costumes, but a range of them plucked from the stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights. Those timeless adventures of Sinbad, Aladdin, and told by the clever Sheherazade. Travel on this magic carpet ride that imagines there is a rock band that decides to bring and Arabian fantasy to the stage, you are part of the band! Which part do you play? Which costume brings out your inner Rock Star?
Need a group plan for great Halloween costumes? Consider boy band meets the Arabian Nights and don’t forget Scheherazade makes her debut here, too! Great outfits and makeup tutorials.
Dress Up As Aladdin, A Sultan, Or Princess Jasmine For Halloween
When outfitting four members of a group (like a sixties era rock group), each has different desires for their showy, yet easy to complete, outfits.
…You might need something along the lines of a thousand and one fantasy stories to create looks to make everyone happy.
A Girl in the Group? Scheherazade!
Arabian Princess Scheherazade look or a troup of backup dancers, the Middle Eastern Harem yields a bevy of outfit designs and colors.
What about those Guys?
The spooky one and the clown both ought to express themselves.
Sounds like we need to get the old Genie out of the bottle and find out what’s available for some all-out fabulous costumes. Plenty of good ready-made costumes are available online. However, if you want to make your own, there are easy patterns to create everything from Turbans to Turkish shoes.
I have ideas for putting together a rockin’ look right here.
Open Sesame– chock full of costume inspirations for a Rockstar Halloween event.
Make a Rockstar Entrance
DIY Arabian Costume
Johnny Depp has a signature look for his role of “Captain Jack Sparrow”, which is similar to the look of Aladdin and other Arabian Nights heroes.
The Easy, Laidback, Handsome Aladdin Look
A Renaissance-style shirt is perfect. Loose, but still swashbuckling… in fact, borrow some of the “Jack Sparrow” look, minus the three corner hat. Loose Arabic look pantaloons, and slippers instead of leather boots.
Now you have a look worthy of the Arabian Nights Aladdin.
Johnny Depp will not be happy with this comparison, I know… but stay with me. The shirt, the vest, and the sash will all work and look dashing as well. You need a little more head wrap for the turban, and a single circle clip-on earring to make it look Arabian and not Caribbean Pirate. How to wrap a turban.
Muslim Shoe Pattern
Pointed shoe pattern
Costume Patterns and Tutorials – Aladdin Breeches, and other costume ideas
Start out with this basic outfit, then add the necessary turban,earring, or props to complete the part you will play this Halloween.
The Wild and Crazy Sinbad the Sailor
Are you the wild and crazy guy of the group? Adventurous? Flamboyant and restless? You are Sinbad.
Make A Sinbad Outfit
Get the turned up shoes,
The vest that reveals the tattoo on your chest (doesn’t need to be real- use henna, but you might have one of your own, who knows?)
Huge sash- because you are that swash buckling.
The Handsome Sheik – Swap in the Turban for Sinbad
Handsome Sheik is competition to any Rudolf Valentino. Romantic and dashing look, yet comfortable basic costuming that lends itself to dressing up in a myriad of ways. Great look for Big Men.
The Scary Gjinn/Evil Sultan
He has to have one earring- that is a given.So if not a pierced one, find a large gold hoop to clip on one ear.
A great big curled up black mustache- every scary guy needs a mustache. A muscle shirt and some tattoos, but with an armband of metal so he doesn’t simply look like a motorcycle guy from the sixties.
Pop an easy-to-make vest over the shirt, too. No scary Gjinn guy wears a pastel vest, especially if it is decorated with glitter… so make it black, or leather or both if you can’t stomach the light, bright colors.
A turban would fix that problem too- and it isn’t too expensive.
You might go for the “Gjinn” look (just another word for ‘Genie’). Shave your head and put temporary small tattoos like the genie in the movie. Remember the earrings… but try not to look like Mr. Clean. Use a temporary goatee.
A prop like this scimitar make all the difference in a costume, a theatrical secret. When trying to portray a certain character give some clues, in this case the sword, or maybe a “genie” lamp.
Theatre Idea For Aladdin
Costume Designs – Aladdin
Sketch of a costume by Colin MacNeil for Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, by Miles Rudge. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow,
Magic Genie Shoes
Many costumes can have interchangeable elements- it just is a matter of putting it all together and accessorizing the right way. Change a hat and choose pointed slipper footwear, instead of boots… the pirate becomes Aladdin.
Instant Genie, just slip on these golden pointed slippers.
Truly a fun part of the outfit. Of course, you could make your own, but these will quickly finish the look with a glint of gold.
Johnny Depp Makeup Look
It is well known that Depp based much of his ‘Jack Sparrow’ on the idiosyncratic Keith Richards. Richards who played Sparrow’s father in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ might have more of the dark ‘Scary Gjinn’ look.
Here are Arabian looks for the guys. Jack Sparrow look is the closest I could come to ‘Arabian’ and the guy is just plain entertaining:) Johnny Depp was actually inspired by the Arabian Berber look! Who knew?
Evil Sultan – Classic Arabian Nights Figure
-But watch those sharps
Get a sword prop, but don’t really hurt anyone, OK? Become a dashing warrior from Lawrence of Arabia fame to be the coolest of the Desert revolution band. People who use music to make a revolution change the tune, dress up to make a statement. Give the Keyboard player a solo act and see.
The story of the 1001 Arabian Nights takes place in the court of a Persian King. Gone mad with bitter jealousy he kills each new wife on the day following their consummation. Scheherazade, the newest bride, engages the Sultan’s fascination with her storytelling which ends with a cliffhanger ending… to be continued the next night… The collection of stories changed over time, and comprised of folk tales, with elements of poems, riddles, songs and more. Today we are familiar with such stories as “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp”, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor”.
Get Inspiration – 1001 Arabian Nights In Action
The Arabian Nights movie from 2000 can inspire your costuming. Take a look. Or read about the original tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights.
Tales of the Arabian Nights Inspires Art
The romances of the East woven together over time have enthralled generations. Here is a glimpse into the story about the stories and some of the art they have inspired.
Illustrated how-to From directions to remove nail polish to full instructions on how to polish!
You can shell out your hard earned money for a pro manicure or pedicure, or you can get real luxury results at home by learning how, yourself .
Pretty Hands and Pretty Feet for Dancing
Giving yourself a home pedicure or manicure is easy and saves time and money that you might not have to spare at this time of year! This guide was written for those who like to perform belly dancing, but anyone who wants to show off pretty hands and feet are welcome to all the tips here…
Get ready to shine for the holidays.
Most bellydancers use a barefoot look, and all of them use expressive hand movements, so a good grooming regimen with pedicures and manicures are actually part of the costume. You can get it done professionally or save money by doing your own manicures and pedicures at home.
Why not try to care for as much of your foot grooming and manicures at home? Follow the links, get some luxurious products and make your graceful hands and feet beautifully cared for.
Nothing softens like a paraffin foot bath
Ancient Romans and later the French and British utilized the benefits of a paraffin for skin.
Paraffin wax is a common option in heat therapy treatments for people with arthritis- relaxes, relives pain, and moisturizes.
Paraffin increases the permeability of molecules into the skin. It is one way to drive beneficial ingredients into the stratum corneum skin layer.
Benefits of warm paraffin treatments include: an increase in extension of soft tissues; removal of toxins from cells; enhanced blood flow; increased function of tissue cells; relaxation of sore, stiff muscles; and relief of painful arthritic joints.
Ooooh, how fun to get a kit with so many fabulous products. Opi fine quality. Half the fun is a long lasting polish in a fun fashion color. This brand is one of my favorites, and I usually pick it from the selection at the salons, too.
These two videos make it easy to assemble your supplies and follow along in the steps needed to pamper your own feet. While we all love a trip to the salon, it isn’t always possible time wise or within the budget.
Opi is the premiere name in nail care- they have such high quality products! They give your nails a professional look, and in fact I have had pro nail services that use Opi products and polishes. Love them.
A Dancer’s Feet
Few things are more important to a dancer than the condition of their feet- something that we can all take notes from. Our feet are often neglected and even abused by our modern lives. We stuff them into shoes that squeeze them and leave them hurting. We forget them until they give us a problem- but taking care of our feet can give a sense of well being and will prove surprisingly refreshing.
To the Tips of Your Toes: Belly Dance Costuming for Your Feet
When planning your belly dance costume, don’t forget about your feet! Use this article to help you complete your look. This page appears on The Art Of Middle Eastern Dance by Shira, which offers over 1,000 articles related to belly dancing: historica