If you are new here, once a month Elizabeth from the Vintage Contessa and I interview someone over 50 with great style.Today I am happy to introduce you to Heather Lindstrom from Curated Travel. I have not met Heather but have known her via blogging for many years. Heather is a retired school psychologist and now full time luxury travel advisor. She began blogging as a hobby and morphed it into a full time travel business. I love Heather’s polished resort style. She has a flair with accessories and can rock a hat like no other. Welcome to Ageless Style-Heather Lindstrom.
How would you describe your style?
I have a bit of a dichotomy in my personal style. Perhaps it’s the luxury travel advisor in me, but If I could live in a caftan, with a sun hat, gold bangle, cocktail ring, and sandals every day (like I did on the French Riviera and the Caribbean this year), I probably would. On the other hand, I tend to feel pretty fierce in a black silhouette with leopard print accents, a structured jacket (maybe in leather) and booties with a fabulous bag and signature watch. I suppose it depends on my mood at the time.
+Do you have a style muse?
I have style icons that I appreciate, but I tend to gravitate towards what makes me feel good in my skin. I also espouse to the less-is-more wardrobe design of Marie Kondo and continually refine my closet. At this stage, less is more. If an item doesn’t work for me I donate it to someone who can use it, and that feels good.
+What is your favorite accessory?
I love a cocktail ring! I’ve collected them from the flea market in Paris, beach vendors in the Caribbean, as gifts from loved ones, and from a talented jewelry designer friend. One of my favorite rings is from my sister who had one created for me with coins from France and Italy where I celebrated my 50th birthday.
+What are your favorite color combinations?
I’m a fan of the classic black and white combination, a bold animal print, and shades of the Mediterranean sea in turquoise blues and greens. I also love monochromatic dressing for the long and lean profile it creates. Long and lean is always a winner in my book!
+Do you have a signature piece that defines your style?
My suitcase! With 5 international trips under my belt for 2019, it feels like I’m either packing or unpacking for some exciting destination. I love it! Noise-canceling headphones, a soft pashmina, anti-bacterial wipes, Mario Badescu rosewater spray, and my TSA pre-check number are my musts for travel!
What are your favorite beauty products and why can’t you live without them?
Fragrances: I discovered Fragonard ‘Soleil’ last spring on the French Riviera. It smells like a splash of sunshine and takes me back to that trip with just a spritz. I discovered Le Labo several years ago and am a fan of Bergamote 22 for cooler weather (and I’m obsessed with Santal 33 – the cult favorite). I seek out local fragrances and oils while traveling as souvenirs, and they remind me of a beloved destination when I’m back home.
Skincare: I’m a fan of Caudalie skin care products from France. The Premier Cru line works well with my skin and the serums keep my skin hydrated and supple. I’m also a fan of Mario Badescu Rosewater spray. I keep it in the fridge for a cooling spritz. I use the Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 renewal system and my trusty Clarisonic keeps my skin smooth.
Makeup: I love all-purpose beauty products for travel like my recent find-the RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer. It’s the perfect sunkissed color for eyelids and cheeks, a hint of bronze from natural ingredients in a compact pot for travel. My current favorite lipstick is ‘Liberty Rose Gold’ by Laura Gellar, and Milani ‘Dulce Caramelo’, a pretty rose with a pale glimmer of gold, is an easy-breezy drugstore find. I use ‘IT CC cream’ with 50 SPF (one of my favs as well) in place of foundation every day.
+What are your favorite online or boutique sources?
I tend to explore and shop while I travel. It’s always fun to discover a new cosmetic line or designer brand that reminds you of a favorite destination. With the ease of online shopping, I find that I can frequently repurchase from a preferred brand once I’m home.
+Do you have a particular diet and or exercise regime that you follow?
My favorite forms of exercise are reformer pilates, yoga, and swimming. When traveling I allow myself to indulge in the local cuisine and wines to enhance the experience of the destination. It’s part of my research for my travel clients (at least that’s how I justify it). When I’m home we focus on fresh organic vegetables/fruits, grains, and lean proteins. I watch the carbs, sugars and white stuff at home. I’m a fan of daily lemon water and I’ve been recently flirting with intermittent fasting to rev up the metabolism. Moderation is truly the key at any age.
Do you have any anti-aging or destressing tools that are your go tos?
I indulge in a regular spa bath at home with my favorite candles, Diptyque Tuberose, plus a nourishing face mask from Caudalie. This ritual is a good stress reliever for me. I also drink lots of water and get as much sleep as possible sometimes with the help of melatonin. I try to do something every day that gets my blood pumping whether it’s exercise, an adventure, or a spontaneous dance party for one. Keep it sexy!
What Motivates You? I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions but I do tend to set a theme for each year. When I retired from my career as a school psychologist and started my own luxury travel business my theme was ‘Be Bold’. The next year it was ‘My Year of Yes’ to new travels, new clients and new opportunities. 2019 my theme was to ‘Explore’ as I’ve traveled the world with my many industry perks (hence the 5 international trips this last year). 2020 my theme will be ‘Savor’. To savor the moments, destinations, experiences, time with family, friends and preferred clients that I’ve cultivated over time.
+What advice do you have for women over 50?
I’m 58 years old now and thrilled to be the Gigi/Grandma to Charlie and Lilijana. Growing older has its challenges (where are my glasses? Where is my waistline? My own personal summer hot flashes!), but there are also many benefits.
One major change I made a couple of years ago was to grow my hair out to its natural shade of platinum (or more accurately blanc/white). I’d been coloring my hair since I was 20, so this was a scary but exhilarating move for me. My husband was all for it so that was encouraging. I love the low maintenance factor, not to mention the health benefits of reducing my exposure to the chemicals regularly applied to my skin. Other than using my Living Proof shampoo/conditioner I add a good purple shampoo (I use Joico Color Balance) to my routine every couple of weeks to get rid of brassiness. My hair looks shinier and feels healthier than it has in years and I get frequent compliments on it. If you are considering going natural, I encourage you to go for it!
Other advice: Play to your strengths! If you have pretty shoulders but don’t care for your bum, wear an off the shoulder number. My best advice (to get you through the worst hot flash or bad hair day) has always been ‘lead with a smile’. Others won’t notice our less flattering attributes if we are smiling and giving off great energy, and neither will we.
Thank you so much Heather for sharing your insights and your positive outlook on life. You are truly an inspiration to those of us over 50 (and way beyond!).
If you are in need of a travel agent that checks all the boxes and more, contact Heather at Curated Travel. You can read testimonials from all her satisfied clients here. If you would like to subscribe or follow along on her adventures (and there are many) read her Curated Travel Blog here ,and you can follow her on Instagram here, and facebook here.
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