Woman to Women
How Not to Look Old
So much for subtlety in book titles
By: Tracy Morris
The arrival on my doorstep of another “New York Times bestseller” was pure karmic irony. I’d just had a heated discussion with my good friend, Paul, about weighty matters of politics, and spirituality when into my life comes a book titled How Not to Look Old.
I’m a serious bleeding heart when it comes to life‘s tragedies, but even I care that my 40-something facade doesn’t reflect my inner 20-something. Long-time friends recall a time when I was quite the Makeup Maven and Hairstyle Trendsetter. Now I look more like the nice neighborhood lady who rescues stray dogs from her windchime-and-herb-laden front porch.
I tattled the book’s title to Paul. His trademark response: “Step One: Shoot yourself when you’re 30. There is no Step Two.”
The author, Charla Krupp, a vivacious blonde television style editor of undisclosed age, lives with a husband; no mention of hair-graying kids. Inside, pages are slathered with exemplary celeb photos; they spend in a few months on spa treatments alone the amount that I earn in a year.
But Charla’s not all about buying beauty; there are some succinct style tips that nudge you to choose differently from existing closets or makeup drawers. If you’re into paying someone else to sculpt you their idea of pretty, she’s listed professionals by city. Written in the tone of the old adage, “Friends don’t let friends drive ugly,” the book’s a fast, easy read with some good ideas but, all in all, I’ve never wanted to look like the epitome of a television style editor.
I get a High Five for my recent purchase of updated eyewear. Thankfully I’d already decided on unlined, paler lips! However, I’d go to the mat on some items in her “Gotta Go!” lists. Sorry, but ankle bracelets, toe rings, multiple piercings… remember, ex-punks gotta keep some of their grit around, even if just to spark questions from the grandkids to prompt your stories about hard core days of yore.