Karl Lagerfeld Calling Angela Merkel Fat?

by Linda Franklin

Karl Lagerfeld Calling Angela Merkel Fat? Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanKarl Lagerfeld is at it again!  When is he going to learn to keep his mouth shut?  A designer who amassed great wealth from dressing women, sure doesn’t have much respect for the female population.

Recently he had this to say about German chancellor Angela Merkel – “she should dress ‘according to her special proportions’.  How dismissive is that cutting statement? And, remember he previously called Adele too fat, Michelle Obama’s fringe haircut a bad idea and Pippa Middleton should only show her back.

This 79 year old fashionista is either losing his marbles or needs a few lessons on how to charm the population who has buttered his bread for so many decades.  Come on Mr. Lagerfeld get with the program.  Perhaps you need to take a long look in the mirror.

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Callista Gingrich Aging More Every Day

by Linda Franklin

Callista Gingrich aging before our eyes  Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanAt just 45, Callista Gingrich is the youngest of the Republican presidential candidates’ spouses. But while many other women might be making efforts to look younger as they step into the media spotlight, the third wife of Newt Gingrich, appears to be determined to do the opposite.

Callista has become stuck in a style rut looking more like 60 than 45. 

Her efforts to look like first lady material alongside Newt who is 68, have found her relying on a fashion formula that consists of boxy power suits, a triple-stand pearl necklace and sensible pumps.

Her make-up is even more dated and unflattering.  Garish pinky-purple blush adds little warmth to her naturally pale skin, nor  do her lipsticks, always in a blue-ish shade of red, rather than more flattering orangey hues.

But most distinctive is of course her gleaming helmet of white-blonde hair – the subject of much media fascination, it is believed to take up to 90 minutes to coif into shape, and even has its own Facebook page (albeit with only 13 ‘likes’).

Mrs Gingrich is clearly trying hard to look appropriate, attractive and elegant. But if her husband does end up running against Barack Obama, she will prove little competition for Michelle Obama in the wives’ fashion runoff.


The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Michelle Obama’s Extreme Makeover

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman 

 Extreme makeoverMichelle Obama will be filming a segment for Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  She will join the Makeover crew as they build a two-story boarding house and resource centre for destitute female veterans. It's called the Steps and Stages Jubillee House.  This effort is linked to the 'Joining Forces' initiative that she began with Dr. Jill Biden in the Spring.

Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who runs the non-profit shelter which provides transitional and permanent homes, has been recruiting local construction workers and volunteers over the past week.

Marshall, a former chaplain, has accommodated hundreds of women since opening the complex a little over a year ago – unsurprising given that the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

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Combat Cougars Get Support From Michelle Obama

Military womenMichelle Obama was on Oprah yesterday talking about new support for the military and I was glued to the set.  As all of you know, supporting our combat cougars has become very important to me.  Too often, they are not recognized for the unbelievable sacrifices they are making to keep us safe. 

On the show yesterday, Tom Brokaw made a very interesting point.  He said, "one percent of the population are putting their lives on the line to protect 99% of the population".  That's pretty amazing!  He asked Oprah how many Americans know the name of one person serving in the military.  Oprah admitted she didn't. So there you go. These heroes are taken for granted, because for us, it's business as usual.  We have to unite our country in support.

Another forgotten group are the wives and mothers of the men serving.  They are heroes too and have the herculian task of taking care of the home, finances, children and being there for other military families when they are needed. And, of course, there is the everyday concerns, wondering if their husbands, sons, & daughters are safe. One woman put it this way - we bear no rank but have one of the hardest jobs in the military.

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Real Cougars Running Away From Marriage

Why does anyone want to get married?  All the hopes and dreams we have about happily ever after seem to be nothing but a fairy tale illusion.  It's very possible, the "hard work" it requires to make a marriage work wrings out all the passion and joy from this union.  The public bust-ups and sexual escapades of numerous celebrity marriages makes it very obvious we currently inhabit a vast and bleak landscape of marital discontent. Brides running away

In a much-discussed survey of 35,000 American women, published in Woman's Day, 72 percent of married women said they had considered leaving their husbands. Seventy-nine percent said they'd like sex more often, and 52 percent said they have no sex life to speak of.

Most of us have not consciously or categorically banished passionate love from our lives, we just can't seem to make it fit. Indeed, if being in love is such a stimulating and gratifying state — and can be, of course — why would we do without it unless we had to? 

Talk to almost any therapist, and he or she will tell you that the primary reason people aren't happy is they are too tired to have sex and have built up a little mountain of resentments over the difficulty of running a household together.  This is in part why we are so fascinated with marriages that appear, from the outside at least, highly functional and romantic: How do the Obamas make time for date night when Barack has a country to run? 

It's interesting that even as heterosexual women are sounding the death knell for their nuptials, homosexual men and women are fighting for the right to marry traditionally. It may be that you can't properly relate to an institution until you become a member.