According to Tricia Cusden, the author of the aforementioned Daily Mail Article, LOL now means Little Old Lady and is to be avoided at all costs. Hmmm. Am I at risk? After all, I am “little” and I am “old(ish)” and I am definitely a “lady.” Hmmm. Well, here are a few things she says about how to avoid it and what I have to say about what she has to say.
There’s no denying that Tricia Cusden looks great. At 71, she definitely knows how to put herself together to look youthful without desperately trying to look young. Those metallic sneakers (what the Brits call “trainers”) are a great trendy touch. They add a dash of youth and a shot of shimmer to what is otherwise a classic outfit, and the jacket adds another bit of shimmer, which totally brightens her face. While sneakers are really not my style, I must say, “Well done, Tricia.” Of course, it’s only to be expected. She is in the makeover business and her makeup line and beauty products are available on her website Look Fabulous Forever.
Although she fully acknowledges that looking your best as you age is no easy task, it can be done. I agree. Been shouting that from the rooftops for years. It’s all about making the right choices, she says, and I agree. She lists what she considers to be the right choices, if you are to successfully avoid the dreaded LOL label. I agree with and disagree with some of her choices.
Tricia recommends matching the color of your eyeglasses to your skin tone. Here she wears blue frames that complement her cool skin tones. Most of us ladies d’un certain âge need eyeglasses and wearing fun, brightly colored frames does wonders for your face.
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As a child, I was farsighted (presbyopic) needing glasses to read. Now my distance vision has diminished so I need glasses for that as well. I tried bifocals and transition lenses and couldn’t adjust to them. In fact, I took a tumble down the stairs with transition lenses. So, I opted for two pairs of glasses, which gave me the opportunity to buy two sets of colorful frames. My reading glasses are in bright red and my distance glasses in bright blue, which does not match my warm skin tones, but I have developed some cooler undertones to my skin in the last few years, so they actually look great. While I generally agree with Tricia’s theory of matching the color to your skin tones, sometimes a bit of contrast can work, too. It did for me.
And keep in mind that while choosing the right color is important, choosing the right shape is just as important. That dress that looks perfect on the hanger may not work once you try it on, and vice versa. You may need to try on quite a few “frocks” before you find your “Prints Charming.” I can hear you groaning. Sorry, can never resist a play on words. It’s my French blood, I think.
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Tricia recommends streamlining what you carry and dumping the over-sized, old lady handbag into which everything gets dumped and you have to root around to find anything in favor of a smaller cross-body bag. I have real problems with this piece of advice. Maybe it’s just me, but I hate cross-body bags. Having that bag dangling in front of me always makes me feel as if I’m bumping into something with every step I take. And the truth is that as much as I try to edit my contents, there are certain things I just need to have handy, just in case. My handbag contains the following:
n Bright yellow wallet (instantly visible);
n Two sets of eyeglasses (near and far), a pair of sunglasses and a pair of small reading glasses for my husband, who forgets his all the time;
n I-phone (the old flip phones were sooo much lighter and smaller);
n My makeup bag;
n Hair brush;
n Three sets of keys -- house, my car, his car;
n Mints, Antacids and four or five pieces of hard candy for those moments when you feel a coughing fit coming on at the opera;
n Rosary beads in case of an accident so that whoever finds me knows to get a priest, just in case;
n Small sewing kit with needles, colored threads and safety pins, just in case;
n Whisk wipes for any errant spots on my clothes, just in case;
n Pack of tissues;
n Business cards in silver case;
n Small writing tablet for notations with Audrey Hepburn’s picture on the cover, for the pure pleasure of seeing that beautiful face;
n Two pens, in case one runs out of ink;
n Hermès perfume sample, just in case;
n Scarf to wrap around my shoulders in case of too much air-conditioning in the summer or too little heat in the winter;
n Hand sanitizer, just in case;
n Hand cream;
n Small folding umbrella; and
n Small light the size of a key fob to read menus with ridiculously small print in restaurants with impossibly low lighting.
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This is my every day, spring/summer bag, which contains everything I need or might need (see above), just in case. It’s a Talbots neutral straw bag with a bright, green-checked lining that reminds me of a summer picnic. Things tend to get lost in a large bag with a dark lining, so I always look for something with a light or brightly-colored lining. Also, this bag has zippered pockets which help keep things separated and accessible. Does this bag make me look like an LOL? You can be honest with me.
Tricia recommends pretty but practical under panties (what the Brits call “knickers”). I agree. I have never been comfortable in a thong, but I still love my tiny, lacy panties – easy on, easy off.
Speaking of “easy off,” she likes jumpsuits. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I get a sudden urge to use the bathroom, which is happening more frequently these days, the last thing I want is to have to take off half a jump suit first when, shall we say, time is of the essence. I’m afraid I have to say “no way” to the jumpsuit.
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Many of us who color our hair will one day make the decision to stop doing so. Tricia’s done it beautifully – a great bob, the right shade and a healthy shine. These are the three things you must get exactly right to go gray the right way; otherwise, you risk looking as if you just gave up and gave in.
She also advises considering a personal trainer. Personally, after hanging up my ballet shoes many decades ago, I don’t want anyone bullying me into shape at my age. Other than walking, I hate exercise. That said, however, I do routine ballet stretches every morning to keep my flexibility and balance. Thanks to my ballet training, I am always aware of my posture whether walking, standing or sitting. Tricia and I agree that good posture is crucial at any age, but particularly as you get older. Dump the slump and you instantly look thinner and younger.
On the subject of face powder, Tricia and I part company. She cautions against “the powdery, mask-like effect” that can result and how it can settle into the lines of your face accentuating them. Frankly, that’s where a good primer comes in before you apply your makeup, which I notice she includes in her makeup line.
The truth is that loose, translucent powder is the best way to set your foundation or tinted moisturizer. I have been using Laura Mercier’s loose, translucent face powder for more years than I can remember. The trick, as always, is in the application. I apply it with a natural bristle brush with graduated bristles and tap it into my skin. I then run the brush lightly over my face to remove any excess, then tap on my cream blush with my fingers building to get the amount of color I want – less for daytime, more for evening. Cream blush stays put better if applied over face powder.
If you find that loose powder really doesn’t work for you, try powder in a compact. Compact powder has more moisture than loose powder, since they use moisture to set it into shape, but it has less staying power so you will need to reapply more often to keep down the shine. Again, I recommend using a brush instead of a powder puff.
Finally, Tricia and I definitely see eye-to-eye on lips. Don’t be afraid of strong and/or bright colors. It’s the best thing you can do for your face. This is one of my faves, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture. (To read the full Article by Tricia Cusden, click HERE.)
Well, I don’t think I’m in any immediate danger of becoming an LOL, but I’ll keep an eye out for any telltale signs.