Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Ode to the Buchanan's~
What else belongs to Aunty in this picture
besides the vivacious spirit?

Sunday, May 12, 2013


She danced on table tops and jumped into fountains…she was reckless. I have had a long-time fascination with Zelda Fitzgerald (the wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald). And, as far back as 1974, when as a young girl I saw the movie version of his book The Great Gatsby, I have dreamed of lavish parties, and over-the-top living, exactly like you see in that film. Vintage champagne glasses (that were raised throughout that movie) appeared over and over again in many of my own fantasies and still do. Ever since being exposed to that film I have been drawn to everything first-class and spectacular!  Over the years I tried to understand my true desire for a lifestyle like Gatsby. When I dream of a house it’s a mansion in Newport, and the only cars that excite me are a Rolls-Royce or a "Duesy."  I longed to throw parties like Gatsby.
living out the pages of the jazz age 

I can remember renting hotel suites and filling the bathtubs with champagne. I am no shabby dreamer and a person who does whatever she can to live out her fantasies as best she can. Why not go for full-throttle living (ever so often). With the release of the new film Gatsby I had an opportunity to attend a colorful Great Gatsby theme party. Due to some pretty bad allergic reactions I couldn’t wear any make-up or heady perfumes (like my favorite from Paris) but, I didn’t let that stop me. I stepped out in thigh-highs, a boa and beads! I let my inner Zelda party girl (minus the heavy drinking) come to life! My friends and I danced all night and sipped Drambuie, while an impeccable band played music right out of the 1920’s. Songs like Five Foot Two and Shimmy like My Sister Kate truly brought that era right to my heart again. There was a moment, with the smell of liquor on my lips, a fast turn on the dance floor, and tickled by a passing boa, the 20’s were back and roaring! My entire being enjoyed the wonderful sensation of bringing such a high-spirited fantasy to life.  It was my Midnight in Paris moment. Zelda was there….Where were you?
Will someone pass the Absinth?
Stay tuned. In the coming months I will be blogging about Picnics and Tea Parties! You gotta have em…..

Friday, May 3, 2013


Author of Ageless (left)
Today is May 3rd. That means it's my birthday. And, at my age all the numbers are BIG. If I had any other lifestyle and attitude those #'s could be scary. But, have no fear AGELESS IS HERE! In this above photo I am posing with my much younger sister who happens to be (by all accounts) stunning! Let's face it, she's down right gorgeous. However, I can stand next to her and smile, hopefully holding those seven years I have over her because of what THIS BLOG is all about. I am fortunate that I have connected with my inner child and keep up my zest for life. When you scroll around any and all prior posts on this blog you will see why I can smile brightly and confidently even when I am standing next to my beautiful baby sister. As the author and advocate of Ageless with Aunty I feel like the numbers really don't matter. Go back to my very first post for proof.

So, my birthday gift to anyone who follows Ageless with Aunty is this post and all the others. I hope I am clearly showing that with a change in attitude and some healthy lifestyle changes like drinking green tea and more water, or adding extra green vegetables to your shopping list can and do make a difference. And, when friends or family ask you to join them in any activities...well, just do it. Getting out and about is the best thing you can do for yourself. That was surely our late Aunty's secret.

Last, but not least... wear your sunscreen! I just came back from seeing one of Boston's top dermatologists. She told me the best thing anyone can do to stay younger looking longer is to "continue to wear your sunscreen..."
it's fun to wear a faux tattoo sometimes
The moral of this Birthday tale is if you don't want to fear the large number of candles on the cake simply make it a point to have a healthy diet and let your inner child out any chance you can. For help with the latter we are here!

P.S. please don't forget to meditate....that's a gift we can give ourselves any time, any place! For exceptionally busy people five minutes a day will do and fear will start to dissipate.