Each month, The Fine Line features a special guest — a woman who thoroughly embraces her age and lives her life to the fullest. Our first guest for 2017: Dorrie Jacobson, the 82-year-old fashion blogger behind Senior Style Bible. She gets up each morning and puts on a full face of makeup and a traffic-stopping outfit, whether she has a reason to go out or not. This lady runs circles around many of us — and she does it in designer stilettos. We are truly inspired by her.
Want to shame Dorrie Jacobson about cosmetic enhancements? Can’t be done. Jacobson is an advocate for women taking care of themselves and looking as good as they can for as long as they can, and if that means a bit of surgery, Botox, and fillers, then so be it. She’s done it all, and she’s not afraid to say so. She’s also not afraid to defend other women who choose that path.
When one of her nearly 16,000 Facebook fans takes issue with a celebrity who has altered her appearance, Jacobson gently reminds her to “be kind and remember to support a woman’s right to use cosmetic enhancements if she wants to — free of criticism or judgment from others.”
She goes on to ask, “Why do women think it’s OK to judge one another so critically? Maybe the choices that we make regarding our looks and what we do to them are not the right ones, but they are ours, and as such, should be respected, not dissected and questioned. … If changing the way we look makes us feel more confident and elevates the spirit, then that”s all that matters.”
That attitude — infused with the deep wisdom of eight-plus decades on this earth — is just one reason we love the diminutive redhead.
Jacobson, who was a bunny at the original Chicago Playboy Club in the 1960s, has always been a looker. Though she will tell you that she has never considered herself beautiful, she will admit that she’s caught the eye of many over the years. And the petite fashionista has no plans of stopping — in fact, it’s her ability to turn heads with her wardrobe choices that led to the launch of her blog, Senior Style Bible.
Her philosophy on beauty hasn’t changed that much with age, Jacobson says. It’s always been important to her that she look her best all the time, and she’s always been committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that. Here, she shares thoughts on some of her favorite beauty products, muses on the importance of staying current with your hairstyle, and reveals her trick for keeping fit and trim.
Jacobson calls herself a “product junkie,” saying, “I try everything.” A few things she swears by: a Clarisonic face brush and a regular routine of Retin-A cream. Recently, she says, she discovered the Beverly Hills MD line of cosmeceuticals and is “very pleased and impressed.”
For a temporary facelift, she finds that the power of DermaSilk cannot be beat. “The results are immediate and last about eight hours,” she says, though after that “you’ll probably need to hurry home like Cinderella.”
Her best advice to anyone at any age is to start a maintenance routine sooner rather than later — and to always wear sunblock (“the sun is the worst thing”).
Jacobson wears her hair in a spiky pixie cut. It’s a style that in a single glance conveys her youthful energy and contemporary edge. She stresses the importance of a good haircut for older women and says that going gray is simply not for her. Instead she gets her hair colored a reddish brown every four weeks. It’s not easy to maintain, she says, “but I never take the easy way out.”
Other than that, she says, she thinks biotin helps keep her hair healthy and advises women to “go easy on the blow-drying.”
A lifelong water aerobics enthusiast, Jacobson confesses that she hates to exercise but realizes it’s something she must do. Recently, in addition to her three-times-per-week pool classes, she began working out with a personal trainer. “I am a little nervous about it,” she says — but this is one lady who has never been shy about trying something new.
For Jacobson, maintaining a healthy weight has always been more about diet than exercise. “I am careful about what I eat,” she says, adding that she watches carbs and has never been a big fan of dessert. For her, the trick is to hop on the scale every morning and make an immediate adjustment if the number has ticked up. “If I have gained a pound, then that day I lose a pound,” she says.
That kind of determination is something that has defined Jacobson’s life. And it’s something that we have no doubt will propel this charmer into her ninth decade.