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Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Good Vibrations – A New Kind Of Luxury Lifestyle Brand

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 7:51 am

Do you know what a Pocket Rocket is? A Rabbit? A LELO? I do now. The other day, I went with a friend to an adult toy store. An adult toy store – I am whispering now. Just writing this story I’m turning red.

A selection of flowers snapped by Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Environment, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Universe: The Sexiest, Most Beautiful Flowers

Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:46 am

I love to take photos of flowers. I started about a year ago when I bought a decent camera to really capture the amazing details of nature. I feel like I go into another world when I am doing it, and I’ve taken some amazing shots.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Must-Do Weight Bearing Exercises For Women Over 50

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:06 am

I have been consistently weight training for more than a year now. I tried it when I was younger, but it never really worked out.

Barbara Bishop and her rescue Maltese Zoey.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Hot Flash

Find A Best Friend At Santa Monica Animal Shelter

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, 9:16 am

It lowers your blood pressure. It helps you to stave off depression. You can also lose weight while having fun. Sound like a miracle drug? This drug happens to be a furry, four-legged friend.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Meditate To Calm “Waves Of Evil”

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 8:56 am

Do you ever have those days where you’re so stressed that your insides feel like they’re bubbling up and are about to explode? I have. I call them “waves of evil.” I usually get them right before my period, or when I’m really tired. And it seems as if nothing can stop them. And I feel sorry for anyone who happens to cross my path when I’m in this state. Until recently. I discovered mudra and meditation.

Barbara Bishop’s rescue dog, Zoey.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: A Santa Monica Staycation

Posted Jul. 9, 2014, 9:03 am

Recently, I had to move out of my house for a week. We were getting our hardwood floors redone, and the refinishers highly recommended we leave the house while the work was being executed.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Best Tan In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

So, I know I have been preaching endlessly about staying out of the sun. But I have to admit, a golden tan looks so much better than white, pasty-looking skin in a sleeveless dress, top, or shorts.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Health, Santa Monica, Women, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Happy 55th Birthday To Me

Posted May. 29, 2014, 7:53 am

This week is my birthday. I turn 55. This means a lot of things. I now can buy a 55-plus home at a Del Webb development. My AARP card is more meaningful to me now, entitling me to a plethora of discounts - hotels, restaurants, car rental, cruises, prescription drugs, movies, you name it.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Health, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: How Best To Tan

Posted May. 15, 2014, 8:26 am

It’s almost summer. Time to capture that deep, golden tan. What’s the best way to do it? Fake-bake or lying in the sun?

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Health, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Safe, Natural-Looking Alternatives To Surgery

Posted May. 1, 2014, 8:21 am

Did anyone watch the Academy Awards? I did. I do every year. I especially love to see what everyone is wearing, and how everyone looks.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: How To Burn That Big Belly

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:13 am

It was a Monday. I woke up and looked in the mirror. Aaaaaahhhhh! I was turning into my Granny Annie – in the belly at least. I turned 50, and wham! Didn’t even see it coming. I rushed to squeeze on the Spanx. Oh-oh, even those were not helping much!

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Are Women Over 40 Too Old For Body Piercings?

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:27 am

Are we too old for body piercing? I say no! And it’s not like a tattoo; if you don’t want to wear the piece of jewelry, or bone or ring or whatever you put in the area of you body that’s been pierced, you can just take it off when you don’t want it. Or put it back in if you do.

The story of 51-year-old friend 'Susan' – who was without a steady boyfriend for several years.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash, Dating

Finding The One - A Love Story

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

I have a good number of friends who are over 40 and single. All are adorable, in reasonably good to great shape, successful, interesting, funny and have great personalities. But they still have trouble finding “The One.”

A look at the most common overuse injuries on women over 50, and what you can do about them.

Fitness, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

A Look At Overuse Injuries For Women Aged 50+

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, 9:02 am

I have to thank my former trainer, Adriane, for giving me the confidence to begin running for the first time at 50 years old. We started by running in a little circle in Palisades Park, then the circles got bigger, and then they turned into one mile and before I knew it, I was running three to five mile sessions with him. It was so fun!

There are plenty of items that can get you “in the mood“ this Valentine's Day for anyone who opts to stay in opposed to visiting a restaurant.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Food, Hot Flash

Food To Get In The Mood This Valentine's Day For Anyone Cooking At Home

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:15 am

It’s Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s kind of like New Year’s Eve. Every person in the city who never goes out any other time goes out to dinner.

School of Martial Arts is located at 12113 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 201, Los Angeles.

Senior, Fitness, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Punching, Kicking & Breaking Arms: Learning Self Defense In A Safe Place

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:13 am

Tuesday – one hour of weight training. Thursday – three hours of Naam Yoga. Friday – one hour of weight training. Walk Zoey every day for at least a half-hour. I am finally incorporating exercise permanently into my life. One New Year’s resolution down – many others to go.

Columnist Barbara Bishop: "When I realized there was no such thing as fear, I was not afraid of anything any longer."

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Have No Regrets When You Are Old

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:02 am

I was surfing the internet and ran across an article that totally got to me. It was about things you’ll regret when you’re old. I scanned the list. The more I read, the more inspired I was to NOT regret them.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Fashion, Hot Flash

Wear Make Up For Working Out Or Errands? I Say Yes!

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:31 am

Several months ago, I was at my weight trainer’s studio, finished with my workout, and ran into his next client. We exchanged a quick smile and a hello, and went about our day.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Santa Monica, Hot Flash, Dating

The Weekly Hot Flash: Dating Tips For Over 50s

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, 8:30 am

I’m married. Usually happily. But if I wasn’t, where does a woman over 50 who looks more like 40, that is attractive, successful, financially stable, a great cook, well-traveled, funny, semi-athletic, spiritual, an animal-lover, generous, and well-connected find their soul mate? (What, a little too specific?)

The MGM Grand’s “Wellness Wing.”

Health, Travel, Santa Monica, Hotels, Hot Flash

My Wellness Resolution Week 1: Las Vegas

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:31 am

So I am sitting in my hotel room in Las Vegas. In the Wellness Wing of the MGM Grand. I did not specifically ask to stay in this wing. Didn’t even know they had it. The universe comes through for me – again!

Sgt. Mike from the Santa Monica Animal Shelter and Barbara Bishop on set at City TV.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Hotter In 2014

Posted Jan. 8, 2014, 9:09 am

They say that New Year is a time for reflection on the things you’ve accomplished or did not this year and for setting new goals and expectations for the next year.

One of the more 'controversial' Hot Flash columns of 2013.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

My First Year Of Hot Flashes

Posted Jan. 1, 2014, 6:00 am

What a year 2013 was for Hot Flash Universe! My column was conceived on my birthday – May 28, as a source of information for women of all ages, particularly over 40, to keep us sexy, youthful, and smart, with a healthy dose of humor.

Attitudes about tattoos and techniques have changed, opening up a new market.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Tattoos At Any Age

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, 8:58 am

The other day at a Santa Monica gathering, I was talking with friends about my column, and they suggested I write a story about tattoos. Tattoos? I don’t know too many women our age that have tattoos.

One Night Affair houses more than 1,500 wedding gowns, 1,200 evening gowns, hundreds of bridesmaids styles, and a collection of short cocktail dresses, complimented by a full line of accessories.

Santa Monica, Fashion, Hot Flash

Look Like A Million Dollars Without Spending It

Posted Dec. 12, 2013, 8:17 am

I had three black-tie galas to attend in the last month. Two major hospital galas, and one County Government black tie affair.

The Birds of Paradise in Palisades Park.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Photography, Hot Flash

Hold The Camera Steady, Fill The Frame, Keep The Sun Behind You

Posted Dec. 4, 2013, 9:18 am

While some might swear by sudoku or word puzzles, there’s evidence that something much more near and dear to our hearts could help prevent cognitive decline: photography. In a study published in Psychological Science, a group of senior citizens who took a three-month photography course saw a significant increase across a number of mental tasks.

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