Author Archives: Esmée St James

EVER wonder why the 50‘s catchphrase ‘Only her hairdresser knows for sure’ became so famous? It’s mission impossible to resist revealing your deepest secrets to someone who is gently stroking your hair and listening to you. As a former professional model I’ve spent many happy hours sharing my own gory details with hair and make-up artists I barely knew because, well, there they were rhythmically coaxing it all out of me, hairbrush in hand… For a while I thought it was just me, but after finding myself at the other end of the blow dryer as a professional hair and makeup artist, I discovered I could not be more mistaken. Simply being in a person’s personal energy field really does turbo-charge that trust/intimacy connection. I was astonished at the juicy tidbits total strangers were spilling just because, well, there I was leaning in, sweetly smoothing on shimmery powders. How could I resist following my natural passion for helping women empower themselves when so many have entrusted me, allowing me a glimpse through the doorway to their inner selves. By default I have kind of become a personal confidante and quasi-coach. Add to all that a long stint as a portrait photographer, just me, my subject, the camera and that brush again… imagine the stories! Why, I could write a book, er, blog. Being a baby boomer chick who’s been around both the block and the mulberry bush and is still turning heads I thought it only fair to continue doing what I love most. Only this time I’ve traded my tools of the trade for the power of words, sharing my passion for inspiring fellow boomer chicks who want to keep their mojo. After all, turning heads is not about being forever twenty-one (how dull), it’s all about style and attitude. I hope you’ll enjoy reading and participating in Hotwire Your Life™, Mojo For Boomer Chicks™ as much as I enjoy writing it! Esmée St James

Beauty Tip: Say ‘No’ to Joan Crawford Eyebrows

Joan Crawford

I’VE JUST FINISHED DOING A BEAUTY MAKEOVER for my friend, Sue and since three quarters of the cosmetics in her makeup bag didn’t make my discerning cut, we happily trot off to the local mega beauty supply store. There’s something about shopping with a girlfriend that just bears the promise of a good laugh. The…

Goodbye Emily – Hello New Favorite Novel

Reading Novel

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE curling up with a good book to get your mind back. The problem is I have the hardest time sitting still, much less read anything. No, I don’t mean reading the odd magazine at the hair salon, I’m talking an entire book. Scary commitment, Huh? It is for me. Then a challenge arrives…

Why Vacations and Internet Don’t Mix

Salt Island

IT’S CRAZY HOW HARD IT CAN BE to unplug from the internet for a vacation and even crazier how hard it is to jump back into the stream afterwards. We’re two days into our first Caribbean sailing trip and finally I’ve let go of posting blogs and tweeting. I have no choice, the internet service we…

Why Shoe Shopping Is Good Therapy for Your Ego

Sperry Bliss Leopard™

Friday Funnies: I’LL DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING for a new pair of shoes, they don’t even have to be sexy heels, pretty much anything will do. I’m addicted you see. Over the years I have become a master… make that mistress Imelda of finding excuses to purchase new shoes. This time I’ve got a really good…

Social Media Time Warp – Is Keeping Up Keeping You From Your Work?

Social Media Monopoly

SOCIAL MEDIA IS SOMETHING RELATIVELY NEW to me and I am in the process of embracing it as a necessary evil. Reminiscing wistfully on the days when all phones were black and you could make prank calls to your heart’s desire, I am painfully aware that as an entrepreneur it is quite impossible to survive without…

How I Broke Through My Biggest Fear Barrier – Public Speaking

Microphone

Friday Funnies: IT’S 7:00AM AND I’M LYING IN BED WONDERING why this hard knot in the pit of my stomach won’t leave me alone. This morning is the going away party for my boss, Theresa and I’ve got a really short and sweet speech planned for her. It’ll be witty, entertaining and I’ll project that…

All Hot and Bothered… Is the Gym Working Out for You?

Wrist Weights

ALAN, OUR BUCKY BODY SCULPT class instructor at the gym makes me do bad things. After my 5,000th lunge at the cardio sculpt class I’m dripping sweat and trying desperately to refrain from panting and grunting too loudly. Luckily I’m not the only sweat soaked Boomer Chick trying to keep her mojo in this 7:00am stupid o’clock…

How Was My First Time? Oh Behave…

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 Belly Dance Solo YouTube Video Friday Funnies: OUR BELLY DANCE TROUPE IS UP FIRST and before I can say “shimmy this”, the next troupe is already on stage and halfway through an aerobic Macedonian jig.  We’re doing a benefit for the Martin Luther King Diversity Day show at a church and I’m enjoying the show…