March 20, 2017

It’s been a rough few months in the hair department here at Hello There 50! It all started last December with a hair-straightening treatment gone bad. I never knew that formaldehyde was used as a binder in the hair straightening process, did you? That certainly explains why I started to feel lightheaded and ill. In the process, my scalp was burned by a flat-iron straightener, and several trips to the dermatologist were required.

Next, I moved on to a new hair stylist, requested “a slight trim of my shoulder-length hair,” and ended up with a 7o’s shag!

But — sound the trumpet, please — now for the good news! I discovered Bumble and bumble Bb gentle shampoo and super rich conditioner. What a lifesaver! The Bb gentle shampoo does a great job moisturizing the hair and scalp — especially when you have dry,  chemically-treated hair that’s been damaged. I followed up with Bb super rich conditioner. It got rid of the tangles and left my hair moisturized, soft and feeling oh-so-good. I checked it out and both of these products get fabulous reviews on the Bumble and bumble website.

So, what are the takeaways here from our over-50 beauty blog? 
1. Thoroughly research any hair process and know what will be put onto your hair and scalp.

2. When having an “issue” with damaged hair and scalp, use a gentle cleansing routine like I did until your hair is back to normal.

May this help you to avoid some hair-y situations in the future. (Pun intended.)


March 5, 2017

If you are a gal over 50 and are looking for a great hand creme to fall in love with, check out Lollia by Margot Elena. The selection of replenishing hand cremes is outstanding. You’ll love how the shea butter and aloe lightly moisturize your skin, while hydrating and refreshing.

The At Last Shea Butter Hand Creme features a white petals and rice flower fragrance, with macadamia nut and avocado oils blended to soothe skin. The creme absorbs quickly and makes skin feel fresh and delightful!

The Breathe Shea Butter Hand Creme is luxurious with its blend of ruffled peony and white lily with rich shea butter and macadamia nut oils that nourish hands. This was one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” of 2014, too.

With an infusion of apple blossom and jasmine, In Love Shea Butter Hand Creme is a favorite! Again, macadamia nut and avocado oils are blended to make skin feel cool, calm and smooth.

Please visit Lollia’s website and read how creative entrepreneur and visionary Margot Elena crafts quality beauty products, and truly succeeds in “Making Beauty More Beautiful!”




March 5, 2017

Okay, we’ve found the most adorable and diverse collection of fragrances for women over 50 that not only smell divine . . . they come in oh-so-convenient 4.5 ml spray vials. You’ve got to check out this wonderful collection of “Meet the Girls” Fragrance Collection by Tocca.

First, the fragrances are portable and travel friendly and come in 0.15 fl. oz. bottles. And, they are so pretty to look at!

At $62 for the entire collection, you’ll enjoy ten lovely, fresh fragrances featuring the Tocca girls: Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Giulietta, Colette, Bianca, Liliana, Simone, Isabel and Emilia.

Each of the girls has their own special fragrance:

CLEOPATRA: A sensual, captivating scent inspired by the Mediterranean ruler.
STELLA: A fresh and flirty fragrance.
FLORENCE: A sophisticated scent reminiscent of old-world Paris.
GIULETTA: A lasting, artistic fragrance.
COLLETTE: An intriguing, seductive fragrance inspired by the famous Collette.
BIANCA: A fragrance boasting a clean and sparkling essence.
LILIANA: A fragrance reminiscent of a Jazz-Age garden party.
SIMONE: A fearless and adventurous scent.
ISABEL: A chic, city-girl fragrance.
EMILIA: A refreshing, bohemian-spirited fragrance.

Hello There 50 saw this awesome fragrance collection at Sugar Boo & Company. Purchase through Birchbox, Sephora, or on Amazon. Loved the fragrances  and you will, too!

Best Ever Chicken Casserole

March 4, 2017

This unforgettable Chicken Casserole will make you the queen of your book club, Bunco night or potluck dinner. Right out of the pages of the 2004 Southern Living Recipes Annual, this is a totally delicious recipe that is guaranteed to please. It’s great served hot or at room temperature . . . I like it over rice, too. Plus, if you’re a retiree or baby boomer who forgets how to cook but knows how to use OpenTable, this is super easy and two-nights’ worth of dinner for you and your honey! Bon appétit!

3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
2 cups finely-chopped celery
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
.5 cup slivered almonds
.5 cup light sour cream
.5  cup light mayo
1 (10.75-ounce) can reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup
1 (4-ounces) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1.5 cups French fried onion rings

1. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Spoon into a lightly‐greased 11×7-inch baking dish.

3. Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

4. Sprinkle French fried onion rings evenly over top. Bake 5 more minutes or until bubbly around edges.

5. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. (Makes 6‐8 servings.)


March 3, 2017

Don’t you just love the Rossine Printed Peplum Tee on the left? It’s from French Connection, and it’s waiting for you at Bloomingdale’s. The modern kantha sheath dress in the middle is also from French Connection and comes in black, capri blush and summer white.

And, the knock-out venture vhari cold-shoulder sweater on the right is available in capri blush and dove grey mel. All at Bloomies and some on sale, girls!


March 2, 2017

Hello There 50 went gaga over this adorable Lulu & Georgia Hello There doormat and so will you. It’s on sale for only $20 (from $45). Check out their other doormat designs including: You Better Have Tacos, Cute Shoes, You Better Have Pizza and Ooh La La!

Be sure to sign up for Lulu & Georgia’s newsletter. It’s a great site for the latest in home furnishings and ideas. You’ll not only get exclusive offers, you receive 15% off your next purchase! You’re welcome.


March 2, 2017

If you’re looking for an easy recipe for asparagus that is sure to impress, you’ve got to try our all-time favorite!

One bunch of asparagus
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
3. Wash and trim the stalks.
4. Spread asparagus out on the baking sheet, and drizzle olive oil on top of the asparagus.
5. Generously sprinkle lemon pepper over the asparagus.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender. Enjoy!


February 28, 2017

So what are you giving up for Lent this year? Chocolate, soda or — please-no-mom — coffee? From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, let’s approach these 40 days of preparing for Easter with a spirit of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Schedule time for silence. Visit an elderly relative. Bring in your neighbor’s trash can from the curb. Read a spiritual book. Feed the birds. Compliment someone. Pray more.

I heard a great idea on a SiriusXM Radio talk show this week that helped me decide what to do this Lent. It’s called “40 Items in 40 Days.” Place a trash bag or container in a corner of your closet. On each day of Lent, add an item that you no longer use or need to the bag. By the end of Lent, you’ll have a bag filled and ready to donate to Goodwill, Dress for Success, United Way or a local homeless shelter.

Added bonus: In addition to helping those in need, you’ll have less “stuff” as you pair down and make life simpler.


February 17, 2017

Here’s a super easy DIY home decor project that requires minimum talent and adds a little pizzazz to your bedroom. — plus the dog will love it!

I found a canvas-covered bench at Home Goods, and bought it at a great price. I really liked the “bones” of the bench but knew it needed a much nicer fabric covering.

Next step: Head to Jo-Ann’s Fabrics with the dimensions. (Don’t make me do Math.) I found a lovely neutral fabric that was attractive, sturdy and would be acceptable to my Yorkshire Terrier.

The project is a no-brainer. Turn the bench upside down and remove the stapled fabric. Center the fabric and use your staple gun to secure one long side and then the other. Tuck the fabric in nicely at the corners and staple the remainder fabric to the bench. Cut off any excess and be sure the staples are firmly in the bench. (You may need to hammer in a few.)

Voila! Place the bench at the bottom of your bed. Now you can store those throw pillows on the bench at night, sit on it to lace your running shoes, or bring out when you need  extra seating!



February 17, 2017

As I was doing some volunteering at a local elementary school, this home-made sign jumped out at me. The art teacher in me knew it was made with some tempera paints and a lot of Elmer’s glue. But, really, doesn’t it say it all?

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