Black Leather, Power Suits, and Zombies: What I've Learned from TV

Here at Frump Factor headquarters, the past few days  have included a weekend getaway, a botched home manicure, and some outlet shopping.  And while all of these activities have been enjoyable, they aren't what I want to blog about right now.No, I just want to talk about TV.  For example, did you know that, if you wear the blood and entrails of dead people, the invading zombie hordes will pass you by?  I have this on good authority from The Walking Dead, and I'd say this is probably the strangest fashion advice I've ever received from TV....more

Ageing: the natural or artificial way?

I’m not going to get into the issue of why I want to look my best as I age here. I don’t want to have a Naomi Wolf Beauty Myth – beauty as patriarchal oppression – versus Camille Paglia Sexual Personae – that women are biologically bound by their reproductive powers – debate here. I admit it, I’m a contradictory mix of the two, who incidentally both describe themselves as feminists....more

Yep, it's always good to feel good about yourself, but not to bow to pressure, wherever it comes ...more

Discounting Dysport - Is It Ethical?

The New York Times published an article about Dysport’s new advertising claim that offers rebates to consumers if they try the product or even a rebate on Botox if the consumer is unhappy with Dysport.  Both Botox and Dysport are purified forms of botulinum toxin that when injected into the skin result in the temporary freezing of muscles so that skin, particularly on the forehead, appe...more

On Aging– Hopefully Gracefully

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain If there’s one thing that no one in this world is exempt from, no matter how rich, how poor, how thin, how nice, how evil, how generous, WHATEVER… it’s AGING. Yes, we are all aging. And we are all fighting it at the exact same rate as the next person. Some will age better, some worse, but it’s a process we all must face whether we like it or not....more


That's just the starting point of maturing. You're right about eating well, proper ...more

Is Botox Out in 2010?

A new year and a new decade always bring a contagious feeling of hope and optimism. This year, I've hitched my hopes on a new trend in beauty: According to Beatrice Aidin of the Financial Times, 2010 will be the year where the Botox craze will finally end....more

For my wedding I decided to get Botoxed. I hated it. Being a very facially expressive person ...more

Support Women: Say No to the Bo-Tax!

I am an idiot. For almost five months now, I have been worrying that any national health plan that was passed by Congress would not cover abortion services. It turns out that I have been wringing my hands over the exact wrong thing. What really, really, really scares American women - including the president of NOW, Terry O'Neil - are proposals levy an "almost 5%" tax on critical women's health services: breast augmentations, facelifts, tummy tucks and other procedures. Gasp!!!! ...more

Ultimately, I think this means that unless there are more people in elected positions with ...more

Looking Younger: What Works - What Doesn't!

From new wrinkle relaxers to DIY at-home anti-aging, a cache of new "youth tools" promise we'll look younger faster and easier than ever. But do they work? RedDressDiary talked to the experts to find out! ...more

7 Things Moms are Truly Thankful For (Whether They Know It or Not!)

We're all grateful for the normal stuff - health, happiness, love, family, etc. - but what about those unexpected little blessings moms are really thankful for? 1. Naps - Once in a rare while, mom gets to take a nap. Maybe the kids are out with daddy, maybe they've fallen asleep too or maybe they're running through the house with scissors. No matter how it happens, all moms are thankful for that unplanned opportunity to S-L-E-E-P. ...more

I am so not thankful for muffin tops, except the kind you eat, which causes the love handles ...more

"Less-Invasive", Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Yesterday, as I waited to get a facial, I picked up a copy of a magazine in my Spa's waiting lounge.  The magazine is geared towards informing consumers on cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and other invasive procedures to stay 'young and beautiful.'  Against invasive and aggressive beauty procedures myself, I'm always interested in what these types of publications have to say.  ...more