About Andrea Pflaumer

Author of Shopping for the Real You, Andrea Pflaumer, is a non-fiction writer in the San Francisco Bay Area and host of the video series, Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50. She has written extensively about fashion for local and national publications and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Better After 50, Sixty and Me, She Savvy, and Prime Women. Her free ten-lesson course, A Lazy Person's Guide to the Perfect Wardrobe, is available on Highbrow.com.

Couture vs. Real Life: Handbags

Years ago a friend of mine who lived in Manhattan rationalized buying a cheap knockoff of a designer handbag from a street vendor on Canal Street: “They charge ridiculous amounts for the real thing. I don’t feel bad buying one that looks pretty darn close.”

I think a lot of us can relate.

Now, there is a difference between a knockoff and a counterfeit. A counterfeit is simply illegal. It’s a direct copy of an original, including the logo and details. The culture surrounding the sale of counterfeit merchandise is both sleazy and slightly dangerous. But a knockoff is something that has a similar design to an original, but with a bit less refinement, and without the cache, the […]


Why Street Style (and Fashion?) is Dead

If you’ve been following the fashion week shows recently you might come to the conclusion that a lot of  designers have lost their minds. I don’t know if the “street style” influencers swayed them or vice versa. I just know that they have collectively engaged in fashion murder/suicide.[...]


Guess I won’t be invited THERE again…

About three weeks ago I got invited to participate in special event at Saks Fifth Avenue called "Ageless Beauty." A panel of four women at different age groups (I would be representing the baby boomers, of course) were invited to give their reviews of nine beauty and skin care products. I was a little bit wary but it sounded like fun so I said, “yes.” [...]


Ask Me Anything event online Monday

Folks, I got invited to participate in a website called Ask Me Anything (www.amafeed.com) It's a cute site that invites people to post a topic and then be available to members as they write in questions. Next week they are hosting a week of fashion discussions and my AMA will start on Monday, February 26th at 11:00 PST.[...]