Aging gracefully

You can’t hide your true colours as you approach the autumn of your life.– Author Unknown

There is little to be said in the media about the beauty of aging. Instead the media promotes botox treatments and anti-aging creams.

So when I recently came across a blog that delivers the message that whether we are 40 or 80, we are beautiful, I had to know more about the blog and the person behind it.

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Louise Cady-Fernandes of Lexington,Ma via email. Louise is author of the blog ‘Lines of Beauty.’ Her blog, Lines of Beauty, encourages women to celebrate and embrace aging.

Let’s see what Louise has to say about the beauty of aging shall we.

Interview with Louise Cady-Fernandes

Rose DesRochers: First begin by telling us a little about yourself:.

Louise Cady-Fernandes: I have a blog called Lines of Beauty ( “lines” meaning wrinkles). I’ve been a knitwear designer for twenty years and am the creator of a felted wool clothing and accessory line called the THE HOLE THING. I’m also a mom.

Can you us about your blog ‘Lines of beauty?’

Lines of Beauty is about embracing the aging process, instead of dreading it. It’s a conversation about the beauty of growing older. It’s an honest look at aging gracefully.

When did you start this blog and why?

It was launched this past April. I started the blog because I’ve always loved and admired older people and the stories they have to share and their aging faces. But all around us, wherever we turn, the messages are about pushing back aging & trying our hardest to not let it happen. We were born to age, and there are so many great things about growing older.

Hardly anyone talks about the beauty of aging. Why do you think that is?

I think a lot of it has to do with the media’s effect on us. People have become fearful of aging which I don’t believe is how previous generations felt. Anti-aging is a gazillion dollar industry- just have a look at the face cream aisle in your local pharmacy. The truth is that aging is as natural as getting our baby teeth was, and is rich with the wisdom of growing older. If we let ourselves, we become fine wines. There are so many new things to discover about ourselves when we can let go of the anti-aging paranoia.

How do you think the forever looking young, never aging women do it?

With botox. But truthfully, there aren’t any women who don’t age, some just age better than others. Taking care of ourselves by doing what we love, exercising, eating well, resting when we’re tired, loving ourselves, and connecting to other people goes a long way to helping us age well. To age well we really need to be our own best friend.

With media’s image of the ideal woman it is hard enough for a woman to love herself, but it’s even more difficult when aging women are absent from media. Thoughts?

I think a lot of it is about changing the channel on the negative chatter in our own heads. We all need to be more conscious and notice what stories we are telling ourselves that aren’t really true that the media constantly flashes at us. Luckily, in recent years, aging women are starting to make their debut in the media. Many products like Dove now feature older women which is very refreshing. Older women are also popping up in many of the catalogs and even some actresses like Julia Roberts are taking a stand against Botox.

What advice would you give someone who is having a hard time dealing with their fading youthfulness?

Aging beauty starts on the inside. Fuel your soul and stop the negative conversations you are having with yourself and others about aging. Also come be supported and join the conversation at Lines Of Beauty.

If there is a woman who wants to be featured on your blog as an Aging Beauty of the week what do they have to do?

All they have to do is send in a head shot and any thoughts or words of wisdom they have about growing older. They should also include their website if they have one, or any charity that they like. Send info along to

Thank you for speaking with me. Any last words?

Enjoy growing older. It seems sad to me that so many people are having a difficult time with what is very natural, and are missing out on enjoying some of the best years of their life. Aging is really an honor that not everyone gets to have.

Be sure to check out Lines of Beauty …aging gracefully, one wrinkle at a time.

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