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The 20-Second Lip – Snob Essentials

While statement lips are huge right now, I don’t want you guys don’t feel like I expect you to spend 20 minutes on your lip look every day. I mean, I’m just as lazy as the next person, but even if I’m going to exercise class and/or haven’t bathed or washed my hair for a while, I still have to put on a full face before I leave the house. So here are a few pointers and products that I like for a quick and easy 20-second lip.

Matte lips have been enjoying another big moment recently, but they never really go completely out of style. Everyone loves the longevity and versatility of a good matte. Because they are highly pigmented, they last a long time, and you can apply and leave it as is, add a touch of gloss, or use your finger to press it on for a natural, stained lip look.

My all-time favorite mattes are in the wind-up lipstick pencil category. These babies are so great because they are lip pencils and lipsticks all in one. Usually the tips have nice shapes that hug your lip and make it easier for you to not create a total mess on your mouth. Just remember to apply them in a way that keeps the tip shape intact. The formulas are buildable and are somewhat moisturizing so they feel comfortable even on old, dried-up lips like mine. Also, there is a price point to fit everyone’s budget.

My current fave is the Lorac Pro matte lip color (at Nordstrom for $16). When it first came on the market, I bought every color. I don’t actually use every color, but I guess I just have a small shopping problem.

If you would rather spend your money on a glass of champagne instead of on a lipstick, try the e.l.f Studio matte lip color for $3. Some other good ones are the Inglot AMC lip pencil (on Inglot for $12) and the Swedish brand IsaDora’s Twist-Up Matt lips that I found on eBay for $20. The most expensive one, Surratt Beauty Automatique lip crayon, is available at Sephora for $34.

Original Article published in Snob Essentials
By Heidi Dillon
June 15, 2015

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Addicted to Lashes

As you age, your eyeballs sink into your head. Notwithstanding the eyeball thing, getting old is actually one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I love the fact that I have lived long enough to have had a wealth of experiences and have arrived at a place of complete self-acceptance and authenticity. I know who I am, I know who you are and I don’t have to take an ounce of crap from anyone. It’s a beautiful place to be, and I pray that you all make it there one day.

Although this old age thing is beautiful on the inside, the cruel signs of aging are super annoying. The good news is that we live in a time when there are a ton of tricks we can use, that do not require the use of knives, to make ourselves look younger.

My eyelash addiction started when I realized that my eyes were taking on a ghoulish appearance because they were sinking into my head. I went and had a few fillers to plump up the tissue around my eyes, and then buckled down and forced myself to become proficient at applying strip lashes. You see, a full set of lashes really pulls your eyes out, making them look bigger, wider, brighter, younger and sexier. Of course, I went down the road of lash extensions which are great in some ways, but I’m not a huge fan. I’m a picker, so I would end up picking at the little nib while watching TV and end up with no lashes. I suppose if you’re the type who doesn’t suffer from compulsive behavior, you might be okay – providing that you have a top-notch technician.

It takes a minute (more like a year in my case) to get good at putting strip lashes on yourself. But once you get the technique down, you’ll be hooked. Below are the steps and a few tips:

1. Close one eye and look in a mirror, magnifying if necessary. With your finger, feel the little ridge that is where your lashes grow out of your lid. This is where you are going to place them. Any lower and they will be on you lashes; any higher and they will be on your lid and look jankey.

2. Make sure the lash fits your eye. Try it on before you apply glue and then trim if necessary.

3. Hold a lash strip in a tweezer or your fingertips, and apply glue to the side of the lash that will be on your eye. I like Callas Lash Adhesive (on Amazon for $6.95) because it doesn’t take time to set up like Duo and it comes with an applicator brush.

4. Close your eye, bring the lash in from above and apply to that little ridge I just mentioned.

5. The corners will probably be sticking out, so with your finger or tweezers, position the inner and outer corners.

6. Now you can squeeze them together with your natural lashes to make sure that they are one.

7. If you screwed it up, peel them off and start over.

You can pay anywhere from $1 for synthetic to $50+ for mink. Some of my favorite brands are Ardell – inexpensive, lots of styles, Flutter Lashes – they have mink, fox and synthetic, Velour Lashes – mink, House of Lashes – human hair and synthetic, Blinking Beauté – mink, and Ja’Maal Buster – human hair.

Here are the answers to some questions that you may have:

Should you curl your lashes first? Probably.

Should you curl the false lashes? Maybe. It depends on your natural lashes.

Can you sleep in your lashes? Yes, but don’t.

Can you reuse your lashes? Yes. Pick the glue off (this is kind of fun), spray them with rubbing alcohol and store them in the box they came in.

Will you ever get the hang of it? Yes. Keep practicing.

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The 20 Minute Lip – Snob Essentials

Young women have it made in more ways than one. With their perfectly smooth lips, it’s a simple matter for them to apply even the darkest of goth lip colors in a nano-second, and run out of the house confident that their lipstick will not seep into the nether regions beyond their vermillion border.

Once a girl gets into her 50s and beyond, she needs to commit to spending a little more time ensuring that her pout doesn’t peregrinate. Now, please understand that I certainly don’t expect you lovely ladies to use this technique while readying yourself for your routine, day-to-day activities. However, if you want to really have your lip game on point for a big night out, here’s what to do:

1. Use a freshly sharpened lip pencil to carefully draw the outline of your lip. Here is where you can begin to do a little cheating. Most of us do not have perfectly symmetrical lips, or we would like our lips to be a little fuller. In either case, take a close look in the mirror and decide where you would like to add or subtract. Don’t go overboard and take it to drag race territory.

2. Apply a matte liquid lipstick to the back of your hand or palette (OCC Lip TariconAnastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick or Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge are all good choices).

3. Take a good lip brush, dip in the product, and begin to carefully fill in your lips. This is a case where it is definitely okay to stay inside the lines. Liquid lipstick takes a minute to set, so let it dry and see if you need to apply any more. Don’t go too heavy; you want full coverage, not caking and cracking.

4. The younger crowd can get away with leaving the liquid lipsticks matte if they like. However, it’s usually not a good look for my older girls as it can quickly go from gorgeous to grotesque. I recommend applying a touch of lip gloss at this point. Remember, you are going for dewy, not gooey, so use gloss sparingly. Also, too much gloss will cause your lip color to run.

5. At this point you probably have some little messes outside of your lip line. Even if you have used red or a dark color, you can erase all of your mistakes without leaving a pink halo around your lips. Simply put a drop of your foundation on the back of your hand and grab a small, flat, synthetic brush. Dip the brush in product and dab on the spot you want to erase. Wipe the brush off and go back to pick up the foundation. You will see that the spot is gone! Now, wipe your brush again and continue to define the area around your vermillion border with the foundation. Take your time with this step making sure that there is a nice, crisp edge to the lip color.

6. Now your will need to set the foundation around your lip with a powder. Clean off your small brush and dip into powder of your choice and carefully place around your lip. Take it slow. If you get bit of powder on the lip color, just go back in with a tiny dab of color and correct.

This should help prevent your lipstick from bleeding into those vertical lines that some of us get around our lips. The liquid lip colors should last all night unless you eat a bunch of oily food. You can take your small brush and powder compact with you to do small touch-ups if necessary.

P.S. Even my jaded, cynical, hawk-eyed 18-year-old son who knows everything said after the first time I did this on myself, “Wow, Mom, that looks gorgeous!” There is no higher praise.

The 20-Minute Lip

OCC Lip Tar (at Sephora for $18)

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder (at Sephora for $38)

NARS Precision Brush Lip #30  (at Sephora for $26)

Laura Mercier Lip Pencil (at Sephora for $23)

OCC Stained Gloss (at Sephora for $18)

Heidi Dillon has lived in Dallas for the past 21 years and is, frankly, over it. So a few years ago she founded, together with a couple of Hollywood producer-types, a television production company that cranks out “unscripted” stuff. Last summer, while vacationing with her family in Malibu, her little company was experiencing a lull in activity, so she decided to become a makeup artist. Fortunately, LA is close to Malibu, and LA is an epicenter for the top makeup artists in the world. One thing lead to another, and she ended up getting some training from Scott Barnes. She was hooked and has since been on a tear to learn everything she can about makeup artistry. Recently she attended an intensive training course at MakeupForever Academy in New York.

Heidi is 62 and knows she doesn’t look it. She has a generous and patient husband, a Nordic hunk of a son who is 18 and a Labradoodle named Ralph.

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Haute Thoughts by Heidi Dillon: Frugal Shopping in your closet – Snob Essentials

Originally published in Snob Essentials on April 30, 2009

My mother always told me that it is better to buy one good thing than 10 cheap things. In a fit of adolescent defiance, I would snap “I agree, but I want 10 good things!” Being a life-long, die-hard fashionista, trying to curtail my free- spending ways has proven to be a bit of a challenge. Why let falling stock prices get in the way of a great wardrobe? Didn’t Karl Lagerfeld, my hero who abhors stinginess, say “The money has to go out the window to come back through the door”? All my attempts to justifying my natural tendencies to shop-’till-I dropped were dashed when my darling, patient and generous husband informed me that if I did not reform, we would not be able to live the life to which I have become so accustom past his retirement. His sobering words forced me to become a bit more circumspect about my shopping habit and forced me to give serious thought to how I could significantly reduce the amount I spent on clothes and still feel fulfilled and look like a million bucks. (jump for more!)

It is difficult, if not impossible, to alter your DNA, but I was determined to give it a try. The first step towards my reformation was to go shopping in my closet which I planned to do when we returned from our summer vacation in Malibu. Every year we spend a couple of months there enjoying the company of family, friends, loads of wine and scrumptious sea-side meals. When we got back to Dallas I threw open my closet and began to “shop”. To my absolute horror, I found that nothing fit! That’s what happens when you spend two months reveling on the beach. An emergency dieting program went into affect and I have, thank God, taken off the weight. During a tough economy it is absolutely critical to watch your food and wine intake like a hawk. Even a couple extra pounds will make your clothes look like you need to “size up” and the whole point here is looking good in what you already have. Go into your closet and start pulling things out that you like. Try putting together outfits – this is your opportunity to be your own stylist. You will be amazed at how many different looks you can come up with just with the things you already own.

When it comes time to hit the stores, you can look for specific items to tie some of your new “looks” together. Having something specific in mind when you go shopping also prevents you from making needless purchases. Only buy the pair of shoes (something with an ankle wrap, lots of straps and sky-scraper heels) or the handbag (read snobessentials.com) that you really need to pull everything together. I adore all of my friends in the stores, but when you’re trying to stay focused, it’s best to avoid a lot of conversation, buy what you need and get out fast. Take some time to look for fetching pieces on line. I have snagged quite a few wonderful things for incredible prices on Giltgroup.com like a killer Nina Ricci LBD (when in doubt, a little black dress will always make you look and feel like a million) that I picked up for $390 (original retail price was $1,800!) Gold jewelry is huge this season but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on the real stuff so I ordered some great fashion pieces from Alexis Bittar’s website.

I don’t think we will ever stop wearing jeans. They make getting dressed so easy. Have a look at Gap’s 1969 Collection designed by Patrick Robinson. You can choose from boyfriend jeans, rinse washed skinnys , or vintage inspired bell bottoms – all premium denim priced at $69.00 a pair. Add something “of the moment” on top like a cropped glittery, shimmering gold jacket, or an interesting geometric, folded, bended, twisted top. If you are a fan of the exaggerated shoulders seen on the runways but don’t want to make a big investment in a trendy piece, just sew some shoulder pads in to jackets or tops you already own. (I lived through that look in the 80’s and have no desire to go there again).

I’m not going to say that cutting back has been easy, but it has been well worth the effort. My husband is happier and, anyway, I didn’t have any more room in my closet for new clothes.

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Neiman Marcus is UPSET with its customers for not shopping!?!?

Originally published by Snob Essentials. Feb 6th, 2009

As a Dallas resident and long-time Neiman Marcus customer, I was shocked when I read Burt Tansky‘s (chairman, president, and CEO of Neiman’s) comments in Women’s Wear Daily. While at a recent industry seminar, Mr. Tansky stated “Now the rich have stopped shopping. I’m upset with our customer. A 401(k) is now a 201 (k). In some cases, it’s a 101(k). The alligator belts are tightening…Who knew a wallet could hibernate?”

He’s upset with his customers?? Is this the way to treat us after years of loyal shopping? It certainly isn’t the right thing to say if you want to maintain a good relationship with your clients.

Let’s imagine a scenario. Your husband comes home and says, “Honey, we just lost 1/3 or our life’s savings, so could you please stop buying clothes for a while?” Does Burt expect us to respond, “Sorry, but I can’t because Burt Tansky will be upset with me.”  (jump for more!)

Are we to refrain from being good stewards of our family resources

and put at risk our financial well being and relationship with our

husbands in order to appease the people at Neiman Marcus? Burt isn’t

just upset with his customer, he’s upset with the husbands, too. He

goes on to say, “Husbands used to say ‘Enough.’ Now they say ‘Don’t

even think about it.’ After years of buying clothes (thanks to the

helpful prodding of doting sales associates) that we don’t need, don’t

fit properly, don’t flatter and that we will only wear once, maybe we

shouldn’t think about it for a while. Walt Disney once said, “People

spend money when and where they feel good.” People are not feeling

particularly good right now and as a result, people are buying less- a

lot less.

These dark times have caused me to reflect upon my own shopping

habits. Thanks to the US Weekly’s of the world who fuel our

celebrity-obsession, I bought into the idea that you couldn’t be seen

twice in the same outfit. Celebrities can pull this off because the

fabulous frocks they sport on the red carpet and at every envelope

opening are loaned or given to them at no cost. Nobodys like me have

to pay full price.

Back in the old days, long before the internet,

fashionable women would purchase their seasonal wardrobes and wear

their new pieces numerous times without shame. While looking over the

racks of clothes in my closets, I realized that most of the things that

I have purchased over the years don’t really look that good on me. I am

not built like a super model – my shoulders are huge, my waist is on

the thick side and my hips are narrow, so not every silhouette suites

me. Consequently, at any given time in any given store, there really

are not that many things that I should even consider purchasing.

However, thanks to sales associates who tell me how FABULOUS something

looks (when it doesn’t) and the fear of wearing something more than

once, my closets are glutted with beautiful designer clothes that

should be worn by someone else. Now, when I find something that looks

truly amazing on me, I wear it often. My sales associates are not as

happy with me (and we know how Burt feels about it), but my husband is

happier.

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Haute Thoughts by Heidi Dillon: DON’T STOP DRESSING UP!

Originally Published by Snob Essentials. December, 2008

While dismal economic news has chastened most of us and lavish spending has become unpopular in certain circles, let’s not let these dark times prevent us from enjoying what we have this holiday season and, please, let’s not let it stop us from looking our best when we go out. Even if you haven’t purchased any new cocktail pieces, I know that you all have them in your closet, so, by all means, wear them. Get dressed up. It’s OK.

Two weeks ago I attended two holiday parties in Dallas. The first was to celebrate the launch of the new Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe. Since Rolls Royce represents the epitome of luxury in the auto industry (surpassed only by Bugatt at $1,000,000), and the guests were all people who theoretically could afford the $425,000 price tag, I expected to see everyone decked out in full holiday splendor. I wore an incredible pair of black sequined karate-style pants by Proenza Schouler with a simple black cashmere top and some killer Fendi satin shoes with 51/2 heels -all topped off with an old, but very dear, mink coat. (jump for more!)

My friends at Cartier were there showcasing some beautiful pieces from their newest jewelry collection, adding yet another layer of luxury to the evening. Sadly, only myself and maybe two other women were dressed for the occasion. The rest of the crowd looked as drab as a board meeting at IBM. After I downed a couple glasses of Ruinart champagne, the people at Park Place Rolls Royce unveiled the the new Phantom Coupe which is truly a beautiful piece of automotive artistry.

Our next stop was at my favorite Dallas store, FortyFiveTen (that’s where I bought my great sequined pants). Owner Brian Bolke brought in Kelly Klein to sign her new gigantic picture book, Horses and jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald who makes incredible pieces from geodes and diamonds. While her things are a bit pricey, her work has an understated, bohemian look that I like – not at all the in-your-face bling that really does seem gauche right now. Being one of Dallas’ fashion gurus, Brian’s parties usually inspire people to put their best fashion foot forward, however that was not the case last evening. One friend of mine who I can usually count on to show up in the latest Lanvin cocktail number was sporting a Rick Owens jacket and a pair if jeans. While Rick is the coolest of the cool, my friend’s outfit would have been perfect for a chic lunch at the latest sushi place but really missed the mark for a holiday soiree. Looking around the room got me a little depressed. My friend wasn’t the only one to embrace the new dressing down trend. All of my gay boyfriends were coveting my outfit, but apparently I really stood out because an editor from Paper City asked me “you’re so dressed up. Where are you going tonight?” I replied “it’s Christmas in Dallas. We are supposed to be dressed up”.

As for New Year’s Eve festivities tomorrow night, don’t hold back– go all out and dress up like it’s 1999!

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Haute Thoughts by Heidi Dillon: The Pleasure and Pain of Fabulous Footware

UPDATE: Shoe Goddess responds to Heidi’s post!  

As much as I sympathize with Heidi’s pain, I wonder if there was any preliminary sign to her foot situation and if she always wore well made shoes? I kind of see the article as a terrible blow to all the women (aged 50+) who gracefully wear high heels without the need of a trainer to teach them how to keep their balance in their high heels.

This article also seems complete nonsense to me as a 45-year-old French woman, who has been wearing heels since I was 16 years old. I understand both Heidi and her mother’s issues with high heels, but I also wonder if there were any steps that could’ve been taken before reaching the extreme. Although narrow shoes and high heels can contribute to bunions (hallux valgus) there is also a hereditary factor and choosing the right pair of shoes is really important. (jump to read more!)


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Unless a shoe has perfect balance, I stay away from it. Pointy and very tight shoes are also a big no no. Being married to a fashion designer and a shoe maker, I can tell you that brands like Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Roger Vivier, Brian Atwood, to name a few, don’t use a generic last. The lasts are handmade in their factories in Italy. It takes a long time to come up with the perfect last. There are a lot of steps in the process involving over 100 technicians and designers. First a piece of wood is sculpted and carved to become the last. The heel is created in different materials, but it has to come together perfectly with the last. Then the upper, made of soft leather, fabric, or any material, is stretched to mold to the last. The lining is then stitched to the inside of the leather. The sole is sewed to the upper. Once these processes are completed, the shoe is transferred to a machine that simulates walking. The shoe is tested for at least a whole day before being approved.

Besides buying quality shoes there are a few things you can do to help your feet. Massaging your feet daily with oil right after a shower can help by reducing inflammation (which also can be a form of arthritis). There are also a large selection of padded inserts readily available on the market that will provide a tremendous help. We really like Foot Petals. Regular pedicures and the use of a foot cream at bedtime are a must. My favorite is QTICA Overnight Intense Foot Repair Balm. Also don’t hesitate to take off your heels and slip into a cozy pair of slippers as soon as you get home. Your feet will thank you!

I am not too worried about the future of high heels because even if bunions are a major issue that should be addressed seiously, women are not ready to give up the beauty and elegance of a fabulous pair of killer heels.

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As I grow older, my deepest fear is that I will lose my ability to wear high heels. If you take a look around, you will notice that most women over the age of, say, 50 have turned in their hot Nicholas Kirkwood skyscrapers for more “sensible” shoes. My mother, at 85, hasn’t been in a pair of heels for at least 30 years. I am now 55 and my fear runs so deep that I actually instruct my trainer to make me do exercised specifically designed to keep me balanced in my excruciatingly high heels. It’s all about the core and leg strength. Even though I train diligently 5 or 6 days a week, I still feel like I’m teetering on the edge of disaster every time I go out in a pair of my beloved Fendi’s or Lanvin’s.

I only wear killer shoes, as a rule, in the evenings and I usually need two spotters to get me safely from my car to a bar stool where I can then swing my beautifully clad feet around in an amusing manner. The beginning of this downward spiral began three years ago when I had massive foot surgery. Because of my life-long love of fabulous footwear, I developed two bunions and eight hammer toes. (Heredity and years of slamming my feet on the aerobics floor may have hand a hand in this disaster as well). Post-op I was given the most hideous booties and a walker. Honestly, just having a walker made me feel like an old lady.

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I will never forget Tina coming to visit me, bearing a bottle of Cristal (though I was in excruciating pain for months, that and a couple of Extra Strength Tylenols were the only pain-killers I needed). I wanted to go out with my husband that evening, but just couldn’t see myself making an entrance with a walker. Tina and I tried to make it work by draping Hermes scarves on it, but it didn’t help. Exasperated, I gave the damn thing to my son who promptly dismantled it and made weapons.

When Bill and I arrived at our favorite restaurant, I had to be carried in. It took six months for the swelling to go down enough just to get into a pair of sneakers and awful looking Taryn Roses’ that I purchases especially for the occasion. Every day I sat in my closet looking at all of my beautiful shoes and cried. A year post- op I was back in my highest heels. Now, most days, I wear my Nikes or flats and save the heels for evening. I pray the day never comes that I have to give them up all together.

Heidi Dillon is the founder of The Fashionistas

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Haute Thoughts by Heidi Dillon- Winter Clothes in May?!

I have fond recollections of the days, long ago, when summer was at an end a nip in the air would bring a rush of excitement and my shopping juices would start flowing.  After three months of bathing suits and shorts, I couldn’t wait to wrap myself in fur trimmed coats and chunky sweaters.

Life had order then. We purchased spring clothes in the spring, summer clothes in the summer and winter clothes in the winter. You could go into any store and know what time of year it was by looking at what was on the racks.

Retailers are in the business of selling clothes and they are always looking for new ways to sell more, so they got creative and decided to change the fashion clock. As a result, we are always confused. Sometimes I fell like I’m suffering from a type of fashion jet lag. Spring clothes are shown on the runway in September and start to arrive in November. Fall shows are in February and the merchandise starts shipping in May.


Technically, until December 21, it’s still fall and in most parts of the country it will be winter for a few more months but pre-spring and resort collections have already hit the sales floors. At least I get the resort thing, a lot of people take off this time of year for beach destinations and might need to pick up another caftan or whatever, but do we really need to look, at let alone purchase, a spring cocktail dress in December? What if I don’t want to go to any cocktail parties this spring?

My family and I spend the summer in Malibu where we never get dressed up, never think of clothes, and enjoy the company of good friends. Every summer beginning in June, I start getting phone calls from my sales people at my favorite boutiques, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Balenciaga, etc., telling me that the most “amazing” fall pieces have just come in. I’ve caved in in the past and agreed to let them ship some things to me on approval in Malibu. When the stuff arrived my skin started to itch just looking at all those wools. Last summer I put my foot down and refused to buy fall clothes until it was actually fall. While I may very well have missed out on some “amazing” things, at least my fashion clock was properly set.

This is a hot topic right now. On 12/11 there was a piece in WWD by Stephano Gabbana. He was complaining about the same thing I am. The department stores started that whole crazy schedule so that they could have a constant flow of new merch in the stores but the designers hate it because it forces them to have unreal production schedules and to design clothes that are sub-standard. They really want to stick to 2-3 seasons a year and ship clothes when it makes sense.

I hate the department stores. They have had a strangle hold on designers and customers for too long. In Dallas they actually run the social scene. Enough is enough.

Originally published in Snob Essentials. December 15, 2008

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Haute Thoughts by Heidi Dillon: Miraculous Weight Loss Program

Losing weight and keeping it off is a life-long battle for most women. For women over 50, it’s not just a battle, it’s all out war. After I had my baby, at the ripe old age of 44, I was, shall we say, a little zaftig. When I gave birth, I weighted a whopping 185 lbs. I was BIG. It took me a couple of years, but with a good diet (1200-1500 calories a day), hard exercise program (weight training, Muay Thai kickboxing, yoga) and a little plastic surgery (tummy tuck), I got the blubber off and ended up with a hard, lean body and was very proud of the fact that I had a 6-pack when I hit 50. Those were the days when we all wore low-rise jeans, midriff -baring tops and tight Gucci dresses, and, believe me, my abs butt being what they were, I worked those looks like crazy.

Fashions changed, as they always do, and our eyes adjusted to the new unstructured looks of Marni and Dries. I embraced these looks for their comfort and ease. When I donned a Marni dress to go out with my husband he would say, “that looks comfortable”, which was not a compliment. He never did adjust to my attire going from hot to slop. Like most things that I embrace, I went off the deep end, buying up every sack dress I could get my hands on and I gained 10 lbs. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not blaming Consuela Castiglioni for my weight gain, but, let’s face it, when you put on something baggy, you never have those “oh-oh” moments that you get when pulling on your tight jeans that are a little too tight from stepping off your diet program. Nope. Everything is always roomy and comfy. (Jump for more!)

Fortunately those days are now behind us and my Marni and Dries have hit the resale shops. But, to make matters worse, I spent the summer in Malibu where I drank 2 bottles of wine every night and enjoyed the remarkable cuisine of a private chef, so when I returned to Dallas in the fall, I my body was a mess. I felt so awful about my appearance that I really didn’t want to go out or wear anything other than my stretchy exercise clothes.

Then I got a call from our producers at the Style Network saying that they were going to come to town to shoot some stuff for the TV show we may be doing (more on that later). Now I was desperate. I had been working with a great nutritionist and she let me in on a little secret. She and her new business partner, an internist, were doing hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) injections for weight loss and getting incredible results in just 2-3 weeks. Most people were losing 5-7 pounds of pure fat a week. I’m in!! I went to see the internist and he gave me 14 syringes that I was to inject in my subcutaneous fat daily. He explained that hCG is substance that is made by the embryo right after conception and that if women didn’t pig out during pregnancy, they would actually get leaner. I told him that was the weirdest statement I had ever heard and he obviously didn’t know anything about being pregnant.

The injections cause your body to secrete 2500 calories per day of pure body fat into your blood stream – the lumpy, blubbery fat that we all loathe – and you subsequently rid yourself of all of that nasty cellulite. He explained that during the two weeks, I would have to stick to a 500 calorie a day diet but he assured me that I wouldn’t be hungry. The next day I checked in with my nutritionist to get the details of my diet. I was instructed to eat five 100-calorie meals – that means 1 non- fat yogurt, or 1/2 of a chicken breast and some green vegetables, 8 of these horrid dried-up crackers, a small apple,etc. I was advised not to use fatty lotions on my body.

The first day on the diet I was starving and stayed hungry the entire time. However, I lost almost a pound a day! After the two weeks, I had dropped 10 lbs. and was back to fighting weight. I have been off the program for 3 weeks now and have continued to lose weight by sticking to my good old diet plan. The weight that I lost was definitely body fat and not just water and it does seem like I have less cellulite. The cost for this miraculous plan – $2,000. I don’t quite have my 6-pack back yet, but I can now see a lot of definition in my abs. My energy is way up and I feel incredible and most importantly, can fit into my old jeans.

**Beautysnob.com does not endorse hcg injections.  Please consult a doctor before commencing any new diet program.

Originally published in Snob Essentials. November 8, 2008