How to Avoid the Cellulite Blues this Summer

May 17, 2013

I swear bathing suit season comes around sooner with each passing year. In an effort to leave my board shorts behind on my next trip to the beach, I’m working on boosting my defenses against my cellulite earlier than usual this year. I’ve discovered there’s quite a collection of foods that help banish cellulite and leave skin with a smooth baby’s bottom feel. Who would ever say no to that?

See below for some suggested foods:

Bananas- Potassium, potassium, potassium. A great water reduction food, bananas help support the lymphatic system rid the body of excess fluids and water weight. An excellent choice during that special time of the month too.

Cranberry Juice- I could drink cranberry juice every day for the rest of my life, but if you’re not as big of a fan as me that’s alright too. Just try adding some water to kick that extra bite or maybe consider using it as the base to your evening cocktail. Cranberry juice shows those fatty deposits who’s boss by helping flush out toxins built up in the lymphatic system.

Whole grains- Give me more FIBER! Whole grains are packed with fiber to help the body speed up the detoxification process and exposing of built-up waste in the body.

Fish- Stock up on fish and get your dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Not only will the oils make your skin look smooth and silky, but they’ll also aid in inflammation reduction. Consider adding some salmon to your next salad.

Berries- The key to the berry is it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help keep skin firm and battle unwanted cellulite buildup. Load up on berries by adding them to your morning smoothie or slicing a few for your yogurt snack.

Asparagus- Work week got you stressed? Or maybe life in general is making you a worrywart? Asparagus’s folic acids help curb the stress and stabilize your mood, a big plus when trying to rid the body of cellulite. Too much stress hinders the body’s ability to excrete waste and causes fat storage in all the wrong places.

Leafy Greens- We’re talking spinach and kale here, I don’t imagine a salad full of iceberg is going to do the trick. So stick to the darker green leafs that are nutrient rich and help the skin retain its moisture.

And my personal favorite… drumroll please

AVOCADO- So your skin is starting to realize the effect of gravity, but your soul’s not ready admit you seen quite a few blue moons? Consume more avocados and soon enough you’ll have everyone fooled- who knows the local postman might even mistake you for your thirty-year-old daughter. Avocados are rich in essential fatty acids which keep the skin strong and elastic. Cellulite flourishes under thinning skin so remember essential nutrients, like those found in avocados, and you should be able to keep cellulite at bay.

 

Avoid the Cellulite blues

Not quite ready to go out in public sans cover-up? Consider upgrading your typical workout pants to Solidea’s Silver Wave Legging or Capris to help give you that extra boost in courage. The garments are specially designed to help curb cellulite build-up and aid in the reduction of fluid buildup. Wear them a couple of workouts and I bet you’ll be reconsidering that new suit with the cute ruffled bottoms.

Join the pledge to come out from under the towel and show off your legs this swimsuit season! I promise you won’t regret it- a little hard work and dedication goes a long way.

 

Finding Inspiration in Costume Design

April 19, 2013

It’s easy to get lost in a movie.  From a soppy ending to an everlasting romance, we are sometimes left imagining our lives in the perspective of our favorite character and wondering what it would be like to “walk in their shoes.”  Although our imagination only takes us away for a moment, we’ve decided to go beyond that and attempt the looks from some of our movie favorites in real life.

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Memorable quote: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” – Johnny Castle

In the summer of 1963, the preppy, Peace Corp bound, Daddy’s girl – Frances “Baby” Houseman – vacations with her affluent family at Kellerman’s, a resort in the Catskill Mountains.  After making friends with a bellboy, Baby finds herself  “carrying a watermelon” into the company of dirty dancing resort employees and immediately develops a crush on the “entertainment” bad boy, Johnny Castle.  When his dancing partner becomes unable to perform at a show, Baby steps in and takes her place.  Long story short, the two complicatedly fall in love and live happily ever after dancing (and lifting) their way into the night.

Get the Look: In the last scene, Baby is wearing a conveniently unplanned chiffon dancing skirt, leotard and natural colored nylons.  Life isn’t always that easy – but attempt the look by trying the Medi Sheer and Soft Pantyhose.

 

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

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Memorable Quote: “I said to myself, ‘Go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl.’” –Miranda Priestly

Andy Sachs, a recent college graduate and aspiring writer, lands the job that “a million girls would kill for” as co-assistant to the most powerful fashion magazine editor in the world, Miranda Priestly.  As Andy soon finds out, the job is much more challenging than she anticipated. The fashion-illiterate, naïve young woman gradually begins to learn her responsibilities and starts to dress more stylishly.  With her personal life spiraling out of control and her motives becoming more and more skewed, Andy decides to take a stand against Miranda after an eye-opening trip to Paris for fashion week.

Get the Look:  Andy’s wearing a chic black and white outfit with some sheer pantyhose and heels.  So you don’t have access to the best fashion closet in the world…no big deal.  Attempt the look by trying the Solidea Naomi 140 French Lace Sheer Pantyhose.

 

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Memorable Quote: “Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.” –Cher Horowitz

Cher Horowitz, a superficial – although good-natured – high school girl is beautiful, popular and fashion obsessed.  Always on a quest, she and her best friend, Dionne, take the “clueless” new girl, Tai, under their wing, teaching her their ways.  When Cher’s debate teacher, Mr. Hall, gives her a “C” on her report card, she acts as matchmaker to him and the sweet, lipstick toothed Miss Geist. Cher manages to shop, talk and charm her way out of anything, all the while surviving the ups and downs of her Beverley Hills adolescence…including her first love (uhhgh, as if!).

Get the Look:  In this scene, Cher and Dionne are rocking some extremely fashionable knee-highs.  Although these mini skirts may be a little too “mini” for your liking (gotta love the 90’s), attempt the look by trying our RejuvaHealth Opaque Diamond Knee High. Be forewarned though, our socks aren’t intended to go that high.

Effective (and Weird) Ways to Recycle Your Pantyhose This Spring

April 2, 2013

Tired of just throwing away pantyhose after they wear out? Interested in getting a little more use out of them? US TOO! We’ve discovered that together we can help the Earth and prevent the immediate landfill disposal of compression garments by taking a different perspective on recycling.  We’ve listed a few, effective repurposing tips that are perfect for using around the house this spring.

 

Dish Scrubber

This trick is easy.  Start by bunching up a clean, old pair of pantyhose, adding a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water, and begin scrubbing away at your nonstick cookware.  They can also provide for a great everyday scrubber for dishes.  Simply cut out the toe of the garment and cover an old sponge. You’re now ready to wash away!

Secure trash bags

If you’ve ever had issues with the trash bag liner slipping down into the trashcan, this is a perfect solution for you.  With an old pair of pantyhose, you can firmly secure the top of the garbage bag to your trashcan by taking the elastic waistband of the garment and tying it around the top part of the trashcan.

Dust under the fridge

Tie an old pair of pantyhose to a wired clothes hanger, and then secure it with a rubber band.  The pantyhose will help pick up the dust by simply doing a quick sweep underneath those hard-to-reach places, like the refrigerator.

Prevent soil erosion in houseplants

It’s a great feeling seeing how well your house plant is thriving and surviving! However, we all know the plant eventually outgrows its pot, forcing you to transfer it to a more comfortable abode. Use a pair of pantyhose as a liner for the new pot.  This will allow for excess water to flow out without dehydrating the rest of the soil.

Keep deer out of your garden

Spring brings new life to the natural world around us.  As much as we love it, the animals typically don’t mind their manners while feasting away at the blossoming garden you put so much work in to.  Prevent this from happening by filling the foot portion of pantyhose with human hair and placing it around the outer parts of the garden. The smell is very unappetizing to deer, preventing them from coming back for seconds.  Over time, the hair begins to lose its scent – be sure to refill the pantyhose with new hair once every week.

Cover a kids’ bug jar

Childhood is all about those warm nights of catching fireflies in a mason jar.  Keep those magical bugs safe by covering the top of the Mason jar with an old pair of pantyhose.  Simply cut a large square from the garment, and then secure it safely to the jar with a rubber band. This will prevent you from the daunting task of cutting holes in the aluminum top.

Test a sanded surface for snags

Thinking of starting a new project that involves woodwork?  Test the surface of the wood by placing an old pair of pantyhose over your hand and running the garment along the surface.  If the nylon catches at any point, the wood still needs to be sanded.  Continue the test until the garment smoothly runs along the surface.

Clean your pool

Want a more effective way to skim the debris off the surface of your pool water?  An old pair of pantyhose serves as the perfect self-made pool net.  Simply cut off the leg of the garment and attach it to a pool skimmer basket.  This will help catch the pesky dirt particles and hairs that typically clog the pool’s filter unit.

Make a paint strainer

Use an old pair of pantyhose to filter and remove the lumps of paint that form in an old paint can.  It’s as simple as cutting the pantyhose then stretching the fabric over a clean bucket or other recyclable.  Hold the garment in place with a rubber band or the waistband.  Check to see if the garment is secure then slowly pour the paint over the piece of pantyhose and into the paint bucket.

Buff your shoes

Bring out the shine in your freshly polished shoes by buffing them with a medium-length strip of pantyhose. It works so well, you may retire that chamois cloth for good.

Keep your hairbrush clean

There is nothing pleasant about cleaning out a hairbrush covered in hair.  Cut a piece of the pantyhose in unison to the shape of your brush, the push it through the bristles of a clean hairbrush.  Next time you go to clean the hair off, simple pull up the pantyhose for easy removal.   Replace it with a clean strip.

Hold mothballs or potpourri

Looking for an easy way to store mothballs in your closet or to make sachets of potpourri to keep in your dresser drawers? Pour either ingredient into the toe section of your recycled nylons, knot off the contents, and then cut off the remaining hose. If you plan to hang up the mothballs, be sure to leave several inches of material before cutting.

 

 

Sources:  Reader’s Digest

Spring Into Compression

March 13, 2013

Spring is just around the corner and with the change in weather comes a change in wardrobe.  While most woman make a quick trip to the mall to brush up on this season’s latest trends, those of us compression wearers find the trip to be more difficult.  We’ve listed below a few outfits below for the versatile, modern compression garment wearer as the Spring season finally begins.

The Working Woman

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With today’s versatility in fashion, it’s become more and more feasible to balance professionalism with a chic sense of style.  Having said that, many working women have come to find this to be a bit difficult, especially when trying to incorporate compression hosiery and the stereotypical limitations that come with it.  RejuvaHealth’s signature collection throws out all of the stereotypes and simplistically allows for a fashionable and sophisticated look that’s perfect for the workplace.  Pictured below are the RejuvaHealth Sheer Dot Pantyhose, a crisp white, classic and casual tuxedo dress and some strong heals.

The Wedding Guest

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With wedding season fast approaching and the temperature outside rising, finding an outfit to wear can be quite the dilemma – especially if you’re restricted to compression hosiery.  It’s always important to remember comfort when choosing your outfit of choice.  Weddings require a lot of sitting, a lot of eating and a lot of dancing – the last thing that you want to worry about is a wardrobe malfunction halfway through the buffet table.  Keep things simple and feminine while at the same time being seasonally appropriate.  Pictured below are the Solidea Magic 140 Sheer Pantyhose, a beautiful lace blouse, an adorably printed skirt, a simple clutch, and a pair of black pumps.

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Running a quick errand is easier said than it is done.  Sure, you could just jump in the car in your sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt.  Although, any casual trip to the grocery store can turn into one of the biggest social events of the month.  It’s worth the extra effort of looking a bit more presentable in account of the unavoidable.  With the right outfit, you can actually pull off the effortless look with your compression knee highs.  Pictured below are RejuvaHealth’s Opaque Diamond Knee Highs, a cozy pair of loose slacks, a denim button up (with a slight front tuck), a comfortable pair of flats and the perfect tote.

 

**All of these items can be purchased online at Net-a-Porter or at RejuvaHealth

On Your Mark…Jet Set…GO!

March 7, 2013

Traveling can be a very transportal experience — literally.  Regardless of where you are headed, your trip begins the second you walk out of your front door… so, why are you still wearing your beat-up sweats to the airport? To make your adventure feel all the more special (and save space in your suitcase!),your traveling outfit should be as put-together as what you’re going to be wearing on your trip. No need to sacrifice comfort, though — there are plenty of strategically cozy pieces that are mega stylish, as well. Now, put down those shearling boots and step away from the velour: We’ve put together a mini lookbook to satisfy your traveling needs.

International

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Cozy, comfy pants and loose V-Neck, a bomber jacket, a light scarf, RejuvaHealth’s travel friendly knee highs, the perfect rollaway, and a classic pair of flats – this outfit has the potential to take you anywhere, while at the same time keeping the changing climates (and cultures) in mind.

 

 

Domestic

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A light carry on is a must, a pair of boyfriend jeans, a soft striped shirt, a lightweight jacket, converse sneakers and RejuvaHealth’s travel friendly knee highs –  this outfit is just enough preparation for some kind of delay (knock on wood).  It comfortable yet still cute enough to wear for two days!  What better than way to show your patriotism with some stripes, converse and a (less obnoxious) red jacket?!

Here are some helpful travel tips:

  • Always pack the essentials in your carry on – toothbrush, change of clothes, face wipes, deodorant – you can never trust estimated time of arrivals…for you OR your luggage.
  • Wear compression socks – during a long flight, your legs can get restless and achy from the poor circulation you’re getting from sitting too long (not to mention the altitude).  This is an easy and preventive measure for health issues that can be sparked when flying.
  • Bring some type of entertainment (I.e. a book, headphones, i-pad).  The flight magazines get boring after a while – trust me.
  • Choose your seat ASAP – the instant you book your flight, choose your seat.  Flights are becoming more crowded now and the only thing worse than getting stuck beside a smelly person is getting stuck in between two smelly people.

Valentine’s Day Suggestions for Any Relationship Status

February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day (aka Single’s Awareness Day to those of us less fortunate) is the day most people love to hate, hate to love, or love to…well, love.  We’re no expert on the subject, but we know not to leave anyone out.  Having said that, we’ve listed a few suggestions below for every kind of girl….attached or not!

 

For the Single Girl – Love to Hate

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Suggestions:

1)      Stock up on chocolate…tomorrow.  Don’t give in to the temptation of buying those overpriced, heart shaped boxes [for yourself] just yet.  Fact – tomorrow everything will be half price and just as adorable as the day before.  Everyone deserves a box of chocolates around the hol-love-days.

2)       Carpe diem!  Go out and have fun.  Embrace being single and free and have a martini with some of your girlfriends (or guy friends).  Don’t have any takers?  Be independent and go out by yourself.  Confidence goes a long way and says a lot about your character.  There will be lots of singles out – you never know who you might meet!

3)      DON’T get on Facebook or Instagram.  Trust me on this one.  (see below)

What to Wear:

Something that exudes confidence and is fun – Try RejuvaHealth’s Lavish Leopard Pantyhose

 

For the Dating Girl – Love to Love

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Suggestions:

1)      It’s okay to be cheesy – everyone (really, everyone) is doing it!  Brag about the flowers.  Enjoy the breakfast in bed.  Try the weird shaped chocolate without looking at the box.  This day was designed for you… at least pretend to like the putt-putt golf and make an attempt to tolerate the hand holding in the movie theatre.  Love is in the air!

2)      Can’t afford anything an expensive gift?  We’ve all been there.  Good news is that some of the best gifts you can give are home-made.  They show that you put thought and time into the person you care about.  Make some heart shaped strawberry shortcakes or tell him the 52 ways you love him through a deck of cards.

What to Wear:

Something a little dressier than usual and a bit flirty – Try RejuvaHealth’s Sheer Dot Thigh High

 

For the Married Girl – Hate to Love

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Suggestions:

1)      Romance, romance, romance.  Today is the day to rekindle the flame between you and your lover (Yes, I said it). In layman’s terms, send the kids to Grandma’s house for the night.

2)      Be sure to clarify the gift giving this year and stick to it.  There’s nothing worse than disappointment on expectations.  If you decide not to give gifts, don’t give gifts and don’t expect to get anything either.  If you decide you want to exchange gifts, be sure to set a price point and stay within budget.  It’s never good to be upstaged in the gift giving arena – although, you’ll gladly accept the diamond!

What to Wear:

Something sexy and out of the norm – Try RejuvaHealth’s Floral Pantyhose

 

Thirsty Thursday – A Cosmopolitan Cocktail without the Calories

January 31, 2013

Whoever said that Thirsty Thursday was a “dude’s thing” was seriously disturbed.  Okay, so you may not be interested in whatever sports game is playing on the big screen television or the dollar beer on draft – but, a tasty beverage and Sex and the City re-runs on Style Network is exactly what you need before ringing in your [happy] Friday.  Enjoy a cosmo with Carrie and Samantha in the skinniest way possible.  How, you ask?  Our newest discovery (and obsession) is an all-natural, zero-calorie, stevia-sweetened concoction that will without a doubt be a top runner to your previously favored drinks!

Cosmos are usually made with super-sugary cranberry juice, but Refine Mixer’s Cosmopolitan Mix eliminates all of the sugar and none of the flavor. Simply add Voli Light’s low-cal vodka and start sipping! A delish drink we can enjoy without the guilt? Hello, lover!

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Cosmo Driver

1 part Voli Light Vodka (Original)
2 parts Refine Cosmopolitan Mix
Splash of freshly squeezed orange juice
Glass: Rocks or Martini
Garnish: Orange Peel
Approx. Calories: 76

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Prepping Yourself (Mentally) for a Healthier You in 2013

January 4, 2013

Like much of the population, you’ve probably made a New Year’s Resolution.  Similarly, like much of the population, you probably end up breaking it after a few months.

At RejuvaHealth, we’re all for helping you renew yourself – whether it’s by providing you with your favorite new compression legwear or just offering some helpful lifestyle tips.  So, for the many of you whose resolution is to “lose weight” or “get healthier”, we’ve comprised a few tips that will help you to mentally stay strong throughout the entire year.

Declare the New Year as a Fresh Start

You only get this chance once a year.  It’s like being able to press the reset button on your life (well, almost). This seems easy, right?  That is, until you head back to work with six additional pounds of holiday weight and can’t think of anything better than the couch and Breaking Bad on Netflix when five o’clock rolls around. Envision your life the way you want to see it – active and happy.  The option is solely up to you.  Empowering, right?  Open up the windows, power up your record player, pour a glass of wine (singular), relax, and cook a delicious and healthy meal.  It’s time to break free of habit.

Work Up to Something

For the lucky few that are still college, spring break is just around the corner –go join an aerobics class. For the rest of us…what the heck is spring break?  If you’re looking to make a sharp three-sixty turn on your work out regimen, one of the simplest things you can do is sign up for a 5K race, color run, or mud run.  Running is a great way to increase the circulation in your legs and is a great cardio source for burning fat. An actual event will allow you to mark an official start and end date, making it possible to easily plan a day-to-day work out plan.  Once it’s complete, set a time goal for your next race and continue to work your way up.

Find a Workout Buddy

 Whether it be your partner, best friend, or random person on Craigslist (we don’t judge), having someone to work out with causes you to become more accountable and makes your work out more enjoyable.  Cheating was a thrill in grade school, but this is your work out we’re talking about here…pretty serious.  This person will keep your head in the game and give you a reason to get up in the morning.  They will push you to your limits and you will do the same for them.  It will be your most productive social hours, ever.

Stay (Almost) Away from the Scale

 Keeping up with your weight can be extremely discouraging at first and, in some cases, can cause you to give up.  Our advice is to start with an initial weigh-in to get familiarized with where you are and set your goals for where you want to be.  It’s then a good idea to put the scale away for the first month of your workout and/or diet.  You sometimes don’t see the numbers go down on the scale, but after a few weeks of sticking to the schedule, you will feel it.  After the month is up, weigh yourself again.  If you’ve been strict on yourself, you’ve lost a pound or three.  This will give you the extra boost you need towards reaching your weight loss goal.  From there on out, gradually start to bring the scale out more often to keep you on track.

In 2013, we challenge you to finally become the person you want to be by being one of the few to stick with your New Year’s Resolution.  It won’t be easy, but before you know it, this challenge will begin turn into a lifestyle and you will be exactly where you’re supposed to be.

Natural Remedies for Improving Leg Circulation

November 2, 2012

It’s Friday.  Apart from the occasional incoming call and the constant ticking of that annoying clock hanging on the wall beside your desk, the office is completely silent.  Unavoidably, your mind wonders away with conversing thoughts:  “What am I going to wear tonight?”, “Is Bigfoot real?”, “Wow, I should really shave my legs.”, and finally “These peanuts are making me thirsty!”.  Immediately, you jolt up from your miserably uncomfortable chair and attempt to make your way to the water fountain to refill your glass.  About .25th’s of a second later, your legs give out and you fall completely on your face.  “Asleep.  My legs are asleep!” you think.  Miserably embarrassed, you shake it off and try to play it cool in front of the rest of your co-works.  For the rest of the day, Barb, the older receptionist, insists on checking in on you every hour to see if you’re “doing okay”.  Sweet gesture, but can everyone just forget about it?  No chance.

Although most people think that their leg falling isn’t a big deal, it can be, especially if it happens often.  Sitting down for long periods of time can cause a loss of leg circulation and affect the nerve endings in that general area.  To prevent any serious medical issues from arising, compression legwear is always a good option.  But, if you don’t want to be confined to anything for the sole purpose of prevention, there are a few other options to improve your circulation.  Hold the drugs–these suggestions are “au natural” and everyone knows that’s soooo “in” right now.

Exercise

Pretty obvious, right?  Mmm hm.  In the wise words of Nike, “Just Do It.”. Get up early before work and take in the beautiful day that’s ahead of you by going on a small run or walk.  Not a morning bird?  Good news, the time is about to change, making it brighter earlier, so you won’t be able to sleep in anyway!  Believe me, you will feel so much better about yourself mentally and physically, making your day that much better.

 

 

Herbs

Two words: Butcher’s Broom.  I know what you’re thinking–Halloween’s over, right?  Yes, it is…but this is no hocus-pocus!  The herb Ruscus Aculeatus, taken three times a day, can be just as effective as prescription medication without any of the side effects.  Herb-a-liscious!

Supplements and Food

Although the Flintstone vitamins are delicious, they just aren’t going to cut it.  Try taking vitamins C and E along with an anti-oxidant.  They specifically help to reduce the symptoms of poor circulation throughout the legs.  Not too fond of taking a vitamin?  Head to the farmers market and pick up fresh peppers, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, blueberries and beans!  Definitely a random list, but with a few additional ingredients you can really turn things around!

 

Style Your Stockings: Date Night 101 for your 60′s +

October 26, 2012

Date Night 101

You have worked hard to get to where you are today.  Now is the time to enjoy yourself and be proud of what you have accomplished in life.  For the past couple years, you and your husband have been donating to the ballet.  In return, you receive spectacular seats to all of the performances.  It’s opening night of Coppelia, and you and your husband have been really looking forward to attending.  But, your legs have been bothering you all day.  You know that you won’t be able to wear just any compression legwear with your evening outfit.  Thankfully, there’s RejuvaHealth.   Start with the RejuvaHealth sheer dot pantyhose.  They grace the overall outfit with taste and style while giving it a touch of youthfulness in the pattern (you don’t feel old…why dress like it?).   Keep things comfortable and classy with a flared black skirt that hits right below the knees.  Go with a beautiful white blouse to tuck into the skirt.  This allows for versatility when accessorizing the rest of the outfit.  Because it’s an evening affair, we decided to dress things up with the color gold.  A belt really brings the totality of the look together.  Because the rest of the outfit is so simple, we’ve chosen a pearl-encrusted belt that will fit right at the waist line, allowing for a slim, sleek and fashionable finish.   We are in the midst of fall, so the nights tend to get fairly cold.  Therefore, a lovely gold-buttoned cape will work perfectly since it’s easily accessible if you are planning on removing it once you get inside.   If you are looking to keep the height of your shoes at a minimum, a pointed black ballet flat is the ticket; you are at a ballet after all.  Although they add no height, they are still elegantly dressy and comfortable.  Finish off the outfit with a gold purse.  Don’t forget to bring your binoculars; you may have the best seats in the house, but you never know if you’ll need them. Sure, you’ve lived a lot over the past sixty years…but you’re not done yet!