Rhonda Recommends

Here you’ll find a list of blogs, websites, and other resources wherein I have found inspiration, wisdom, guidance and other good things. Enjoy!

General Wisdom

Here’s the blog of a dear old friend from high school. You’ll enjoy her wry humor and deep thoughts on a variety of issues, from stripping for a living, to family relationships, to keeping zombies at bay.


Fashion Follies

One of my role models for living a snazzy, spirited life at this certain âge, this stylish 50-something writer explores and applies French savoir faire to her travels, wardrobe, and everyday life. Her blog is a delight – especially to a dedicated Francophile like me.


Food, Glorious Food!

I first came upon Lisa’s Snack Girl website during a search for recipes for healthy crackers. Forget the sweets – salty crunchies are my downfall. Her blog on healthy cooking and eating, geared toward weight loss and avoiding junkie fake food, is truly delicious.


Book Recommendations

My mission is to live my midlife stage to the fullest and have fun along the way. Here are some books that I’ve found inspirational, in case you’re on the same mission.

Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage by Raquel Welch.

How can you resist that title? I figured that if anyone has something to teach me about how to be an older woman with style and panache, it’s Raquel Welch, who is in her seventies and looks fabulous. At first, I figured t

his book must’ve been written with the help of a ghost writer, but she claims not, and I believe her; Ms. Welch’s frank, funny voice comes through loud and clear. Part memoir, part advice tome, and part life philosophy, this entertaining, informative book is definitely worth a read.

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude by Mireille Guiliano.

Another book of advice for mature women, from a mature Frenchwoman with admirable style and success. I’ve enjoyed her other books, and this one continues in the same vein as French Women Don’t Get Fat, her first bestseller. Full of interesting, sage advice and anecdotes from Madame G’s own life and those of her very interesting friends.

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange, with Sophie Gachet

This lovely, photo-stuffed book contains valuable wardrobe and style advice (complexion, makeup, hair, deportment), as well as long sections of Madame de la F’s recommendations for shopping – online and in Paris. A great book for a rainy day – take a virtual shopping trip to the City of Lights. C’est charmant.

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