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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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The Bloom is off the Rose?

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Bloom is Off the Rose?

I recently got together for lunch with some of my posse; you know the Flaunt Fab Forty group. The conversation seemed to be revolving around the many uses for Coconut oil. Some were using it because they had dry hair and claimed it made a fantastic conditioner, others were frying their eggs in it and lastly some of us were just smearing it on our hands and face at night before we went to bed because it is suppose to be great for your skin.

But then the question of age came up. Gawd it always has to rear its ugly little head! The Grand Dame brought it up. She said, she had been in Neiman's recently and a very young clerk came up to her and was trying to get her to come over to her counter where she was selling skin care products.

Well, this is not how to sell products!

Clerk: "Hello, I represent Blah, Blah, Blah skin care products." Meanwhile she is staring at the Grand Dame and then says, "You have the most beautiful skin for a woman your age. What products do you use?"

I can see the Grand Dame now as she slightly smiles and replied, "My dear that was a very left handed compliment. You need to Google that term, left handed. Oh and by the way, I use only soap and water plus a little coconut oil."

Well, we all started to laugh because we could see her now dismissing this little 20 something with just that comment and going over to look at St. John's knits.

But this got us all on the topic of when did you realize that you might be getting a little older. Yes, we know the new 30 is 20, 40 is 30, or the new 50 is 40 etc., but there are those moments when you all get a reality check!

For example, I was sitting on the jumpseat with another flight attendant while we waited in a long line for take-off. I was looking through my Vogue magazine and there was a picture of a model in a gorgeous pair of wide legged slacks, white blouse and a cable knit sweater. You know the picture where they are standing on a rock by the ocean, wind whipping their hair back, looking skyward.

So I casually say, "Oh that look just never goes out of style. I remember when I was wearing a cable knit sweater in high school." At which point I glance over at her. Well, she was sitting there looking like a dear in headlights! Obviously, white slacks and cable knit sweaters had never been on her radar!

After we got airborne the conversation turned to seniority and she said she had just started flying and how she loved it. I asked her what she had been doing before she started this job and she said she had just gotten out of college. Well, students do the math! I did! My little deer in headlights was probably still riding her tricycle when I was wearing my first cable knit sweater. Geesh, my first dose of reality with aging!

Then LB came out with this story. She was outside in her yard when the neighbor's daughter appeared. The child was around 10 years old. LB said she didn't much care for her because she was totally spoiled. For example, she had her "new" tennis racket and kept smacking it on their metal flag pole. But anyway, one day the little urchin comes over to LB and says, "You know you look older than my Mother." Now in some cases one would say out of the mouths of babes but in this case it is Daughter like Mother. Probably the Mother had said to her husband, "Do you think I look older than LB?" The guy wasn't an idiot and most assuredly replied, "Of course not." The brat daughter probably over heard this and could hardly wait to repeat it! But LB said it was her first reality check that she was getting a little older.

But the best story was from one of our group who had her first child at 40 and the second one at 42! No she really did. Brave woman! But here is her story; she started taking her children to Montessori school and realized that she was surrounded by 20 something's with their little ones. After looking in the mirror once too often she told her husband that she was having her eyes done. He was stunned and said, "Why?"

"I'm surrounded by twenty something's and I realized that my lids are starting to sag. This is not up for discussion. I'm getting my eyes done!" Yes another reality check!

Time does go by and all of the coconut oil in the world can't stop gravity but we still will cover ourselves in it at night and pray! Plus we have one another and laugh about this aging thing too.

And there is still some bloom left on our roses!


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