This Day in 1955

Sometimes it can be fun to look back several decades and reminisce on the “good old days,” as it were. Today, we’re going to explore what it was like about 60 years ago, in 1955, just for fun. Some of you may have fond nostalgia of this era as children, while some of you could be too young to remember it outside history books and stories from your parents or grandparents. Either way, though, fun facts from the past are always interesting, so stick around and learn some recent historical trivia, or wax nostalgic about your childhood.

1955 Chevrolet

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Cars Were Gaining Popularity
Personal automobiles had been around before 55, of course, but it was in this year that they started gaining real widespread popularity. In fact, 7.9 million cars were sold that year, and by the end of the year, 7 out of 10 families in the U.S. owned motor vehicles. This was also the decade in laws requiring seat belts were put in place, mandating seat belts be included in all new cars that were built from then on.

Rock-N-Roll Baby!
The 1950s also saw the continued rise of rock-n-roll music in popularity. Idols of the era included Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Chuck Berry and the Platters.

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The McDonald’s Legacy Began
The fast food giant McDonald’s had its humble beginnings this year as the first ever McDonald’s was erected in 1955…kind of. It actually had even humbler beginnings in 1940, when Richard and Maurice McDonald started a barbecue restaurant, only to turn it into a hamburger stand in 1948. 1955, however, was when it became a corporation, and when the first restaurant that would be at all recognizable as the McDonald’s we know today was built.

Coca-Cola Came in Cans for the First Time
The Coca-Cola company had been alive and well for some time, but 1955 was when they first began selling the iconic bubbly brown beverage in cans. Up until then, it was only available in bottles.

Disneyland

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Disneyland Opens
The Disneyland resort and theme park opened in Anaheim, California in July 1955, the construction of which had started in 1954, and been originally planned earlier that decade.

First Guinness Book of World Records Was Published
The year of 1955 was the beginning of a grand tradition as the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published August 27th, 1955 in the U.K. (the U.S. got it a year later).

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Celebrating 60!

Who says getting older has to be a bad thing? Every decade is like another chapter in your life, the beginning of a new era of you, a…you get the idea. The point is, aging is natural and it happens to everyone, so why not celebrate it along with everything you’ve survived and accomplished so far? Cherish it, fondly remember all the years past, and toast to the ones to come. Reward yourself for sixty years well-lived, relax, and maybe treat yourself a little… or a lot! You only turn sixty once, after all! So let’s talk about some fun ways you can make your 60th a blast, and a day you’ll remember fondly for years to come.

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Take a Mini-Vacation
One fun way to commemorate the milestone that 60 represents is to travel for a few days or a week. Go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go but never got around to it or head to a favorite spot you’ve visited dozens of times, and bask in the nostalgia.

Some more specific ideas? Consider a romantic few nights in Paris alone or with a loved one. It’s cliché, but for a good reason? If you love wine, consider traveling to Venice and going on an evening tour of little cafes that serve tiny “shots” of wine so you can try a lot of varietals without getting terribly intoxicated. Or, head to Hawaii and find a topless beach to sunbathe on; who says older means less attractive? If you’ve got it, you’re entitled to flaunt it, and trust us, you’ve still got it; try not to second-guess yourself. You could also head to southern Florida, New York City, San Francisco, or another great shopping destination and treat yourself to an indulgent shopping spree. Alternately, maybe you’d like to help out people in need in a developing country for a week or two; that’s the kind of thing that’s both a gift to others and yourself. Consider it self-care of the soul combined with an exercise of compassion, a sadly undervalued trait these days that deserves vastly more consideration than it gets.

Family lunch

Stay in with Loved Ones
Another fantastic idea is to simply stay in! Sound boring? It’s not. Think of it this way. Think about what’s really important in life, what makes it worth living. Family, friends, lover(s)…the people we’re close to, the people we share our lives with, the people we share time and laughs and tears with, the people we tell our secrets, the people we want to be around in our best moments and darkest hours alike; they are what matters. Gather them close. Cherish them. Quietly celebrate all the time you’ve shared with them, toast to their heath, thank them for being in your life.

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Stylish at 60

If you think that once you start getting up there in years, you’re no longer able or allowed to be fashionable, you’re severely misinformed. If you or someone you love is 60 or older and needs some encouragement and fashion advice, read on. We’re about to detail a few golden rules for fashion after 60, and how to best implement them.

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Wear What You Like
Before we go any further, though, we need to hammer down one very, very important caveat here: anyone, of any age, can and should wear whatever they want—feeling good about yourself and what you wear is the most important edict here above all else. Forget any lists that tell you not to wear certain items after a certain age; if you want to wear it, go for it.

That said, it can be quite useful to learn a few tips and tricks that tend to be especially flattering on older women. Today’s youth-oriented culture would have you believe that you’re doomed to be ugly after a certain age, because age itself is seen as ugly, societally speaking, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re about to give you some killer tips on how to rock your style with confidence in spite of it all.

Consider Some Monochromatic Outfits
The term “monochromatic” tends to conjure up images of boring black, white, gray, and nothing else. Now, to be fair, there’s nothing wrong with black, white, or gray, and they don’t have to be boring, but that’s not what we mean by “monochromatic” here. A monochromatic outfit is one that sticks to a single color, possibly with lighter or darker shades of that color as accents. A forest green dress with a pale green handbag and pendant necklace, for instance, is a monochromatic outfit. Sticking to one simple color tends to feel classic and elegantly simple.

Embrace Color
There is absolutely no reason to stop being colorful just because you’re a bit more “seasoned” now. Try starting by getting something in the color of your eyes, and then experiment from there.

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Denim is Just Fine
But you may want to reconsider what type of jeans you buy, simply because your changing body shape means the most flattering jean cuts may not be what you were used to growing up. Trouser cut, straight leg, and wide leg jeans all tend to look great on most older women. Further, note that if you have gray hair and you don’t dye it, dark navy jeans with a brightly colored tee or fitted sweater look amazing with gray hair, so if you’re self-conscious about gray hair, remember that gray is beautiful too, and can give you advantages with color coordination in many cases.

A Few Good, Versatile Wardrobe Items to Consider
Leather skirts are always a classic. And regarding skirts, straight or A-line cuts are especially flattering. Remember that shoes with a slight heel can be both comfortable and stylish, and so can flats! A good pair of tailored black pants in a light fabric are a great wardrobe workhorse. Fitted t-shirts and tanks worn under blazers are also great.

Now Get Out There and Be Amazing!

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Tips for Dropping 10

Whether you are looking to lose those last ten pounds before hitting the beach this summer or you’re finally ready to make a lifelong change, the following tips can get you on the track to real weight loss. Always remember to listen to your body and check with a doctor before making any major changes to your diet or exercise routine (particularly if you are being treated for a medical condition).

Weightlifting

Lift Some Weights
If you’ve ever spent countless hours doing cardio and been disappointed by its results, you should give weightlifting a try. When we build more muscle mass by lifting heavy, we increase our metabolic rate, which means we burn more calories all the time, even in our sleep. Lifting heavy is a relative term; what is heavy for you when starting a strength training program may be light as you get stronger, but women especially tend to underestimate their strength. If you need help getting started, seek advice from a trainer, read some books on the subject, or use resources available online.

Ditch Processed Foods
When you eat highly processed foods, you consume excessive amounts of sodium (which causes your body to retain extra body weight in the form of water), sugar (which causes uncontrollable cravings), and all sorts of chemicals like artificial sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives. Opt instead for whole foods like meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and healthy fats.

Get Some Rest
It’s widely accepted in the fitness world that sleep is just as, if not even more, important as regular exercise. Your body needs adequate sleep in order to recover from exercise and a lack of sleep is a huge contributor to unhealthy cravings. Plus, without enough sleep, you’re less likely to have the energy you need to exercise! If you have trouble falling asleep at night, start turning off your electronic devices at least 30 minutes (or more!) before bed, engage in relaxing activities such as reading a book or sipping herbal tea, and make sure your bedroom is a relaxing place to sleep by keeping it dark, cool, and quiet.

Manage Your Stress
Chronic stress not only disrupts our sleep, but is also related to elevated blood pressure, decreased physical performance, and an increase of abdominal fat. Take time out of your day, every day, to do something that brings you joy. It could simply be going for a walk with your dog or lighting some candles and taking a bath. Make sure you aren’t over-committing yourself in your work or personal life and consider starting a gratitude journal to remind yourself of all you have to be thankful for.

HIIT

HIIT
High-Intensity Interval Training has received a lot of attention recently and for good reason; if you’re looking for an effective fat burning workout, HIIT is the way to go. Not only can you effectively burn more calories in a shorter amount of time, but by utilizing both your body’s aerobic and anaerobic systems, you can create a greater after burn effect. 1-2 sessions per week of HIIT is typically all you need to see great results.

Moderate Cardio
While HIIT is certainly effective, it shouldn’t replace regular, steady-state cardio. Moderate intensity means you are working hard enough that holding a conversation would be difficult, but not impossible. Some examples could include swimming, walking on an incline, or riding a bike.

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Enjoy a Makeup Free Beach Day

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A day at the beach should be relaxing and fun. If you’re spending the whole time worrying about whether or not your mascara is running or if you have enough bronzer in the right places, you won’t be having much fun. Your bare face is beautiful and the following tips will help you feel good about going makeup-free at the beach.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It may be the most important aspect of any skincare routine; make sure your body is properly hydrated so your skin glows from the inside out. The general guideline, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is helpful but make sure to drink more if you’re losing a lot of water through sweat or other factors such as breastfeeding. Also, be sure to avoid drinks that dehydrate your body (and skin), such as coffee, alcohol, and sodas.

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Exfoliate
When skin cells die, which they frequently do, they leave the skin looking dull. Exfoliating at least twice a week removes the dead skin cells to reveal vibrant, healthy skin. You can purchase a number of scrubs, enzymes, and acids to slough away dead skin. If you’re looking for a DIY option, try combining just enough fresh-squeezed lemon juice with baking soda to form a paste. Using your fingertips, apply the scrub to your skin and in a circular motion, gently massage it around your face, and then rinse clean.

Use a Toner
After cleansing your skin, a toner can help close your pores and remove any remaining residue from your skin. Some toners can contain alcohol so be weary of those as they can be drying. Toners with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera or essential oils can be wonderful for the skin and provide a pampering experience.

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Moisturize
Skin needs moisture to look its best. Dry skin can keep skin cells from turning over as frequently and allows fine lines and wrinkles to settle in. Morning and night, apply a moisturizer that’s suited to your skin type. If you find that after five minutes of application, your skin is greasy try a lighter (maybe even oil-free) formula. If your skin is still dry after applying moisturizer, look for a richer formula.

Use SPF
You already know sunburn isn’t pretty. It’s painful and causes irreversible skin damage, along with premature aging. Some moisturizers contain SPF but it’s important when you’re in the sun to use an SPF of at least 30 and to reapply it every 2 hours.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep
While you’re sleeping, your body performs all sorts of necessary functions but it’s also when skin cells turnover and rejuvenate. A lack of sleep can also contribute to higher stress levels in the body which often leads to lackluster skin and breakouts. Help yourself fall asleep faster at night by unplugging at least 30 minutes before bed, sipping some herbal tea, and maybe diffusing some sleep-promoting essential oils in your bedroom.

Your Best Accessory
Remember, you’re at the beach to have fun, so relax and smile! When you’re confident in your skin, it shows and you’ll radiate beauty from within.

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Florida’s Cuban Influence

Little Havana, Miam

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Cuba is America’s Caribbean neighbor that most forget about unless, of course, you live in Florida. Many would scoff at the idea that Cuban influences can be found in American culture, however, these people scoffing probably live in the northwest. The food, music, language, and even buildings of Cuba can be found in traces around America, and most prominently in Miami. Cuba and Miami seem to be the only places on earth where one can order a colada, snack on a guava pastelito, all listening to salsa at the coffee window of a Cuban cafe. Throughout the United States though, Cuban goods such as cigars and rum are coveted and prized despite the fact that up until very recently were illegal.

Cuba has a special place in America’s history that many have forgotten. It was once a land of inspiration for great authors like Ernest Hemingway and also a thriving tropical island. During the Cuban revolution, though, hundreds of thousands of Cubans came to the United States and were granted asylum, along with all their culture and ways. Singer and songwriter, Gloria Estefan’s hits of the 80’s are the most notable of Cuban influences seen in music and no one can forget Jose Conseco, however, Cuban jazz and the music of Havana can be heard all over the eastern seaboard of the US. Famous Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes performed a number of concerts in New York and the Orchestras from the US have been known to visit Havana.

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Along with Cuban bread, pan con bistec, and other simple but amazing dishes that are staples of Cuban cuisine, America also received some of Cuba’s incredible baseball talent. The MLB has accepted nearly a hundred Cuban defectors into their league from as early as 1960 during the cold war; most recognizable is Orlando “ El Duque” Pedroso who defected in 1995. Many other notable players are the sons of Cuban immigrants. It is no doubt that the Cuban culture of baseball raised the Cuban-Americans with the same lust for the sport as kids that grew up in the streets of Havana.

As arrogant as American’s are when it comes to the freedom provided by our government and politics, even Cuban leaders have had a major effect on the pop culture and US policy. Che Guevara’s role during the Cuban Revolution has made him a pop icon. Shirts with pictures of his face and the Cuban star can be found on celebrities and in clothing stores all across the U.S. Even Fidel Castro, a name that is infamous, is still widely known around the country.

Cuba, while being a rather small country, has exerted an enormous amount of influence on the culture of the United States, especially throughout Florida and the east coast. As relations continue to improve, it is obvious that the influence of Cuba on the America way of life is only going to increase.

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Barely There Summer Makeup

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With summer upon us, every woman strives to look natural and fresh, which means a look that is minimal in approach and a ‘natural face’ that leaves it as bare as possible but retains your beauty aesthetic. Armed with the necessary information and the right tools, women can now forego all of the extras when it comes to makeup and still have a healthy, beautiful glow that resonates.

Preparing Your Skin for Minimal Look
In order to achieve that great look, your skin will have to be properly prepped to optimize the final result. Exfoliation is an absolute must, and it is imperative to choose a great cleanser that leaves skin glowing. In addition, a weekly face mask can also remove any of the additional toxins that are on your face.

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The Eyes Have It
Now that your face has been thoroughly cleaned and prepped, the eyes are the next features that need attention. For the barely there look, only a bit of makeup is necessary to put your best face forward. For your eye makeup to last and leave an impression, apply a bit of mascara as well as primer under your eyes. That, in addition to a bit on the brow line and your lids, should be sufficient enough for a minimal yet glam look!

86 the Foundation
Going for the ‘almost natural, barely there’ look for summer means going without certain aspects of makeup and that means foregoing foundation. In order to keep a face that is lighter and free of extras, skipping the foundation is probably the best way to maintain a light, refined look.

Concealer Is Your Friend
Looking flawless is all about enhancing your best attributes and minimizing the rest. For many women, learning how to best achieve this dynamic takes some time and research, but in the end is worth it. Using concealer for any pimples or small imperfections is the best way to help you feel confident even while wearing the bare minimum of makeup during the summer months.

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Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize!
The best skin care involves maintaining a consistently moisturized base and when your skin is at its healthiest, it feels hydrated, which should come immediately after a clean and exfoliation regimen. Once you find the right moisturizer for your skin type, you are well on your way towards a great summer look.

May The Force Be With You
No one will know your skin better than you and it is important to follow the path to beauty that specifically works for you instead of what someone else you know may be using. Since your skin is a canvas, it is up to you to take into consideration how you paint it and present it to the world. The most important thing to remember for summer makeup is to keep it light and breezy, but always with enough to keep you feeling as beautiful as ever.

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