Hosting a pre-Christmas Fashion Flash

I’m pleased to be the host of a very special Fashion Flash edition this week.


The lovely ladies of our hugely popular Fashion Flash group have a lot of advice to give you to make this the best festive season ever.

Read on, enjoy, be happy, healthy and smart.

Barbara Grufferman of BestOf Everything after 50:

I’ve been doing a lot of one- and two-night trips for business this past year, and I’m not always sure what I should pack to look cool, confident, and chic.
Blurb: Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP contributor, never used to think packing for trips–especially business travel–was easy, until she got advice from a pro.
Deb of NoNonsenseBeautyBlog:
Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog offers great tricks and tips  to getting the best results from Retin A– without the problems
Marcia Friedman of BeautyInfoZone:

Evine and Fashion Flash have teamed up to share the delights available at Evine. They are even offering great giveaways like this Beekman 1802 Gift Box bundle featured on Beauty Info Zone. Entering is easy and the prize wonderful.


Allison Cohen of NeversaydieBeauty:

As the holidays approach, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has suggestions for beauty-oriented stocking stuffers for under $25!

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Cindy Ingalls of PrimeBeautyBlog:

Prime Beauty found 10 fabulous beauty stocking stuffers for under $25.


Erika Costello of Notesfrommydressing table:
Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table continues her holiday gift guides with beautiful and affordable gift sets from Lather that are perfect stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or little indulgences to treat yourself.
Mirabai Holland of Movingfreewithmirabai

Holiday Workouts are the best way to get or stay in shape, stave off weight gain with New Year’s resolutions just around the corner says Mirabai Holland from


Melanie of Societywellness:
Aloe can be used for healing the body inside and out. Using aloe topically for soothing burns is common, but the capabilities of aloe go beyond external use

Society Wellness shares some remarkable healing properties of aloe for internal and external use. Learn more, and keep in mind that an aloe plant makes a lovely holiday gift!

Tania Stephens of Fiftyisnotold:

Red and Black is a classic color combination. Tania styles this classic combo and adds a little fun with a Christmas scarf. Be sure to check out her youthful and affordable style.
Jackie Silver of jackiesilverstyle:
You love cooking in your own kitchen, where you can monitor ingredients,
but how can you choose a healthy diet if you’re on the road or visiting
this holiday season? Jackie Silver Style has your travelers’ guide to
healthy eating.

Hotel Le Saint James – an ideal place for my Anatomie clothes

A match made in heaven: glamorous travel clothes and a luxury hotel. Last week I had the chance to wallow to my hearts’ content in this double luxury.


Yet again, my Anatomie travel clothes proved to be the ideal outfits. During the day, I wore pants, made of a slightly stretchy extremely soft material. They fit perfectly and have the necessary pockets in just the right places. In black and dark blue I combined them with tops and sweaters.

Anatomie lace top

Anatomie lace top

In the evening my favorite jacket got an outing on the occasion of the exclusive Wine Club meeting which is held every month in the luxurious St. James Hotel Bouliac where I was staying. Black with lace insets in front and back, elegant long sleeves with the cuffs turned back, I got more than one admiring glance from the French ladies, known for their chic.

This is the background: The Le Saint James Hotel in the quaint village of Bouliac, some 20km from Bordeaux is i a rare combination of art and comfort. Originally a farmhouse, French architect Jean Nouvel got to work and created a luxury hotel of just 18 rooms, three of which are suites. Each room is individually designed and features wrks of art, such as a motorcycle sculpture or a sofa in the form of a baseball mitt. They all have in common that they embrace the surrounding hotel- owned vineyards by allowing a view at them as soon as you open your eyes. This is achieved by huge windows, high ceilings and elevated beds, so you litterlayy wake up in the clouds and mist before the sun disperses them, revealing the lush green of the lawns and vineyards.




In the summer you can swin in an outdoor pool lined in black. The hotel features a gourmet restaurant run by 2star chef Nicolas Magie whose creations are truly magic.



The bar with a fireplace invites to a quiet drink from the ample menu. Just across the road you can enjoy a more rustic cuisine in the Café de l’Esperance, famous for meat and home made French fried. Desserts and starters can be chosen from the buffet.


There are even more attractions. If you want ot leabr about the secrest of French cuisine, you can participate in a cooking class called Cote Cours and imparted by charming sous chef Celia Girard.


Bouliac itself is a the epitome of a tiny French mountain village with nothing more y a church, a town hall and a boulangerie where the picturesque  owner will be happy to talk to you, provided you speak French of course.



Most important is that the moment you arrive at the St. James you feel like family. Kids are welcome and get to chose from three different toys which they can keep.

If you want to visit nearby Bordeaux they will arrange transport for you and if, like me, you are in need of a hairdresser…. one call from reception and she will come and do your hair in your room.

My clothes and I were sorry when it was time to leave, but we will be back.






Pearls and Scarves, a Female Traveler’s best Friends

Coco Chanel got it right: pearls flatter women of any age and give a touch of elegance and sophistication to the simplest outfit.


Mademoiselle was partial to scarves too, for much the same  reasons.

We baby boomers love to look good when we travel, but luggage restrictions in our times of modern air travel dictate that we have to limit ourselves, unless we are prepared to pay more for our bags than the entire ticket costs. And there is also a safety factor to be considered.

It’s not smart to travel covered in gold and diamonds. That’s where the pearls come in by which I mean the fake ones. I’m not a friend of fake anything and wouldn’t dream of wearing rip off designer bags, shoes or clothes. It’s just so tacky. The one exception are pearls.

Rule no.1 is to wear plenty of them, so nobody would ever think your seven strands of pearls could possibly be the real thing. Going back to Coco: she was the first to advocate fake pearls and didn’t hesitate to live what she was preaching. Hardly a picture of her where she is not wrapped in strings of faux pearls.

You don’t even have to carry your shimmering treasure. Just wear it all the time, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and if you happen to lose one: no harm done, they can easily and cheaply be replaced.

My second best travel friend are scarves. I tend to limit my wardrobe to just two colors: black and cream which by themselves match beautifully to create different outfits. Add a colorful scarf and you look glamorous. Needless to say that you can carry a lot because they wear next to nothing and it’s great fun to buy new ones as a souvenir from your destinations.

Wear them around your head, your neck (covers wrinkles too) or your waist as a belt.

There are several more practical advantages to scarves. Bad hair day, let’s say in the middle of a desert, no hairdresser or hairdryer within miles? No problem, artfully tie a scarf around your head and you are looking great plus protected from the sun.

A scarf at hand is essential when visiting a mosque or some Catholic  churches as a woman. Those that are often distributed at the entrance for common use I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole.

Lastly, the terrible draft caused by air con on airplanes. A scarf around my neck and in some cases covering my face enhances comfort considerably.

On top of all this, pearls and scarves are the in fashion accessories for the coming season. The catwalks in Paris and Milan were full of them.

Are you ready for your next trip? Happy packing and remember: scarves  and pearls!




Top Essentials Packing Checklist for a Nile Cruise

Top Essentials Packing Checklist for a Nile cruise

When people think about booking a cruise they usually picture massive cruise ships travelling to busy ports and packed beaches, but river cruises provide an equally excellent holiday option. And there are few rivers in the world that are more famous than the Nile. Who else’s banks hold the relics of one of the world’s most important ancient cultures, the Kingdom of Egypt? All Egyptian holidays are certain to be rewarding and fun, but a cruise down the Nile is an experience unlike any other. If you’re looking to plan your adventure on the Nile, here are a few essentials to bring along. You can also get more information on what to wear at Saga blog.


Pack for Warm and Cool Weather

The summers in Egypt are extremely hot, reaching temperatures into the high thirties, but things can still cool off in the evenings, especially when you’re on the water. Be sure to pack clothing that is lightweight and will protect you from the sun, as well as warmer layers, like light cotton sweaters and long sleeve shirts for later into the night.


Bring Plenty of Sun Block and a Hat

The Egyptian sun is incredibly strong, and if you’re wandering about archaeological sites like the Great Pyramid, or the Valley of the Kings, you are bound to be exposed to the rays. The best way to avoid getting burned is to limit your exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and to coat yourself in plenty of sun block.

Purchase a Pair of Sturdy Walking Sandals

While you can get away with wearing flip-flops on the boat during your cruise of the Nile, walking over the rough terrain of many of Egypt’s ancient ruins will require sturdier footwear. The best option is walking sandals, which will provide you with both the breathability and support to comfortably explore large sites like the famous city of Luxor.

Snap Pics with Your Digital Camera

When going on any holiday you’ll want to bring a camera to document your experience, but when visiting a storied place like Egypt it will seem like every landscape is a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Be sure to bring an extra memory card so you can save all your great pics.

Don’t Forget Insect Repellent

Hot climates and bodies of water always attract insects like mosquitos, and though you will certainly be spending time in museums like the Nubian Museum in Aswan, the majority of your time will most likely be spent at outdoor attractions, making insect repellent a must. With the high temperatures and strong sun, you may also want to bring a cooling version of insect repellent with you.

Wrap Up with a Pashmina

Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, so female travellers should be sure to keep their shoulder covered when visiting cities and towns. One of the best ways to keep cool and covered is to carry a pashmina with you that you can wrap over your shoulders when necessary.

If spectacular landscapes and historical wonders are your idea of the perfect holiday, then a cruise down the Nile is one adventure you’re certain to enjoy.

Images by used Rick Manwaring and zoloakoma under Creative Commons license

Glamorous and comfy – ANATOMIE travel clothes

We chic  baby boomers love to travel in style and comfort. A great deal of our pleasure in our trips around the world is derived from the clothes we wear. It’s not always easy to find garments which fit the bill. Don’t you just have it when the waistband of your pants pinches, the buttons come off after just one use or the zips jam? So, what we are looking for are clothes of good quality, adapted to the need of travel and, on top of it, glamorous.

I was very pleased when I was approached by Miami based designer ANATOMIE and sent a set of their clothes to test. Here are the results:

Let’s start with my favorite, a long sleeved jacket which is called Mollie. The material is so soft, you could sleep in it. It’s zipped in front and as it is very slightly stretchy, adapts perfectly to your body shape. And the glamour factor: the lace insets on front, back and the sleeves. In my opinion: a winner.

My favorite jacket from the front

My favorite jacket from the front

..and from the back

..and from the back

Next came several pants. Again, the material is fabulous, they are fine, soft, don’t wrinkle  and the fit is perfect. What I need in travel pants are pockets and these have them at waist height and also on the legs. Ideal to tuck in your flight ticket so it’s easily at hand but leaves your hands free for other things.

Short sleeved top and pants

Short sleeved top and pants

I also got to try several tops, some with long sleeves and some with short. All of them adorned with lace, something I absolutely love and which makes every garment just so special.

The colors I got, were black and dark blue, also ideal for travel because it easily combines with other colors so you can have different outfits without the need to drag tons of luggage around, something inappropriate in our times of luggage restrictions or huge extra charges by many airlines.

I can honestly recommend ANATOMIE’s selection of travel clothes. Visit their website for the latest collection and also to see additional services they provide for the discerning traveler.

Their very appropriate log is: the world is your runway!


Disclaimer: I got the clothes I tested for free, but my opinion and test results are unbiased.