Your Over 40 Expert; The most truth you will ever read about being over 40.

In spite of the upcoming move, I have loads of things in the works to share with you! I have been scouring the planet, via the www, to find new and exciting things  that will REALLY make a difference for you over 40. I greet each new product, procedure and idea with an unmatched bitterness and skepticism, so a “find” is truly that…..a small miracle.

Throwing down some brutal truths about being over 40- and what you can do bout it.

But let’s get honest here. I feel like many of our physical struggles Over 40 are similar, so I try to focus on those. Any of these sound familiar?

  • What’s the BEST way to lose weight Over 40 and keep it off? (no BS tofu diet, either…..I won’t have it.)
  • What the hell is wrong with my face and why doesn’t my old makeup and skincare regimen work anymore?
  • Great. I’m blind now. What are my options in eyewear?
  • Tightening……I need tightening everywhere.
  • How can I dress in a somewhat current fashion, but hide……all of this.
  • My lashes are thinner, my brows are thinner, but OMG I feel like I need a full on face shave!
  • Arm flab and back fat…..the struggle is real.
  • Have I been frowning for the past 40 years straight? What’s up with that massive crevice between my eyes and what can I do about it?
  • How does one properly sport ones new turkey neck?
  • Jowls. I am getting honest to God jowls.
  • My ponytail is now as thick as it was when I was 3 years old. Is this normal?
  • My back hurts and I’ve begun answering to the name “Brittle Hips”.
  • What fresh new hell is this? My CLEAVAGE has wrinkles?
  • OMG- I pee when I run. (thanks kids)
  • Ummmm……….gray hair?
  • What the hell is contouring?.. And do I want it?
  • I don’t have the budget of a Kardashian, so what options are available for ME?
  • When did my breasts grow to the size of cantaloupes?……..And why are they trying to hurl themselves straight to the floor?
  • Bangs or Botox….that is the question. Also…. is there a Groupon for that?

Sistas, I feel your pain. Only a fellow comrade swimming in the Over 40 waters could have written the above, brutally honest (and hopefully humorous) list. I am making it my life’s mission to deal with these issues. I am not interested in being 20 something again…..I AM interested in meeting aging head on and dealing with it on my own terms. I want what WORKS.

I want to put out all the available anti-aging options and in all the available budget categories.   I will be your curator. I will leave no stone unturned and no budgetary restrictions unaccounted for. We will crack the code on French women and their skin! Damn them and all their late night wine drinking, smoking and drop-dead gorgeous skin.<shaking clenched fist to the sky> We will find the procedures and products worth your time and hard earned dollars.

I am up to the task.

I’m an educated woman, but tell me a product will take 10 years off my face and waving my credit card, I’ll run down three elderly women and a small child in my dash to the register.

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Here’s to being over 40 and not throwing in the towel!

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Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. April 13, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Ugh I so don’t want to get older haha! such a good resource/reality check!

    • melissa
      April 13, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Aw, no way- enjoy thy youth, lol. Its not so bad……just…….different. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  2. April 13, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I can’t wait to see your posts!

    • melissa
      April 14, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Thanks so much Marcy! Loads of posts coming up! I can’t wait to get moved so I can REALLY get down to business! 🙂 Thank for reading and commenting.

  3. May 13, 2017 / 5:48 am

    Haha!!! I laughed to hard with this because it is true even if it sometimes makes me sad. It’s like before I knew it I was 40 and all of this needs extra care! So glad I found you via Instagram!

    • melissa
      May 13, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Thank you Angie! Glad that you got a laugh. We are all in this over 40 gig together sista. 🙂 Thanks for commenting. Love your blog.

  4. May 28, 2017 / 8:22 am

    I hear you! And I’m a full ten years on now – just turned 51. I have to say I feel great and a lot of that is down to yoga, cycling and swimming, but there are a few things going south I can’t talk myself out of not being there. What is this weight thing though? I went from a size 12 to nearly an 8 at the age of 45, then blossomed into a nearly 12 again recently. Or should I say my top half is a 12 and the rest a 10. Help!!

    • melissa
      May 30, 2017 / 10:47 am

      I know, right, Emerald? But hey- I feel like you are sooooo far ahead of the game by staying active and fit. Good for you lady!! My top half is like your top half… since it doesn’t seem to want to respond to my typical healthy eating and exercise habits….and the skinny-no fat- look just isn’t what I’m about…..I’ve decided to look to the fashion industry to help me reign it all in! We shall see. regardless, I will share the good the bad and the ugly, right here. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Your art work is beautiful!

  5. June 10, 2017 / 7:03 am

    What a great and truthful look at the “joys” of being 40+. I enjoyed your honesty and how you were brave enough to tell it like it is, great post! Xo Jonet

    • melissa
      June 12, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Hi Jonet! (What a lovely name!) I’m glad that you enjoyed the post, I do try to keep a sense of humor about aging and not take myself too seriously. Ain’t nobody got time for that, am I right? lol Thanks so much for reading and for commenting. Love your blog. 🙂

  6. June 11, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Honey. I passed 40 22 years ago. At 62 I can tell you from your list that : The best way to lose weight is to eat less. Period. Cut down on the carbs. Eat more fruit, veg and protien. I lost 25 pounds in the past year by doing this. It isn’t the loss that is difficult, it’s the maintenance. My face got dry as the Sahara. And you cannot defy age unless you find a fabulous plastic surgeon who will give you a facelift. An old-school facelift. Since my budget won’t allow it, I use Albolene to take makeup off and old-school Olay as a moisturizer. I am also a fan of SkinActives DIY products and walking around with a big smile. People think I’m a bit daft but a smile gives one a youthful glow. Well, I AM blind in one eye. And I’m cross-eyed which gives me a bit of a Karen Black vibe. I LOVE my eyeglasses–they are my personality as well as the protector of my GOOD eye! Tightening. I don’t give two s*its about that. After giving birth to a ten pounder tightening didn’t matter anymore. I wear what I like. The flabby bits are part of who I am. It’s all good. OMG. OMG!!! I suffer from hair loss. Big time (I have trich) I could make a wig from the hair that grows out of my chin. I wear wigs. I LOVE wigs. I no longer have a bad hair day (I am working on yet another “hair” blog post), Luckily, I have enough brow to just pencil in and my lashes, with the help of clumpy mascara are in good shape. I get a lip and chin wax every time I get my nails done and I keep a tweezer in the car because car light is the best plucking light of all time. Arm flab and back fat. Meh. At 62 it doesn’t even phase me. Thanks to genetics and very, VERY thick skin, I don’t have those lines on my forehead yet. Again. Smile. It’l get rid of the frown lines. Hahaha. I’ve written about turkey neck many times. I wear lightweight scarfs and stick my neck out like a chicken. Jowls? Contour. Contour. The thin pony tail? Yeah. I used to break hair ties and hair brushes with my thick mane. Now I plop a wig on. And yes, some wigs lend themselves very well to the ponytail!
    The clevage has wrinkles because it is merely turkey neck making its way down. Going pee-pee when running? That’s it? Try laughing too hard or jumping jacks? I give new meaning to RiverDance! I am of the no gray brigade. I’ll color my hair and wear dark wigs till I’m 90. Yes. You do want contouring. It is your friend. It is easy and it is fun. No woman needs a Kardashian budget to look bangin’. The hi-lo of lux and drugstore cosmetics is a godsend. My cantelope saggy titties? I wear a bra to work at home my girls roam free and in France at the beach, my girls ALWAYS roam free–they float like two pink-tipped buoys in the Mediterranean Sea! Bangs could be a reason I don’t have wrinkles on my forehead—but it didn’t stop the sun from giving me skin cancer on my forehead. USE SUNSCREEN!
    I like you blog and your personality. But I’ll tell ya. I have spent lots of time in France (my husband grew up in Paris and St. Tropez) and French women are basically just like us–the difference is that Parisian women have the iconic CityPharma on Rue du Four. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I am there and I make it a point to always get there when in Paris. The truly chic women are all enconsed in the 16th arr. My husband’s aunt, whom was a second mother to me, was a total 6th arr women and dressed almost exclusively in Sonia Rykiel. A great many French women cut their hair super short and go with the burgundy as soon as they hit their late forties. But nobody ever writes about THAT! French women are also not department store mavens. Anyway, I gotta get reading your other posts. You are a hoot!

    • melissa
      June 12, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Oh catherine! Your comment just made my day!!!! You are a wealth of information and just an absolute riot!! I love it! And yes……City Pharma . I am quickly finding that France is my go-to for all things skin care and fragrance. They know their stuff. The 16th arr will probably always be outside of MY budget, but I AM completely OVER “fast fashion” and I am about to do a big down sizing and overhauling of my wardrobe contents. Quality garments that fit properly is my new goal. So interesting about french women going with the burgundy! Of course… chic, lol. I LOVE your advice to walk around with a big smile……..the world could use more of that. Thanks so so much for reading and for your comment. You are a true gem!

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