About Ruth

Do you know Ruth Kobin? 

She is an enviable woman. She has an elegant style, with glowing skin under polished yet subtle makeup. Never a dieter, she maintains her weight by eating sensibly, staying active and never say no to ice cream or pies. In the past 10 years, she discovered a new passion, Pilates, that results in better posture, flexibility and muscle tones.

And oh, Ruth is 101 years old.

Source: Advancedstyle.blogspot.ca

Ruth first appeared on Advanced Style and it did not take long for the world to notice. Naturally, next came the question “How does she do it?”

Life and Style Tips
(from Advanced Style)

“I never go to bed with my makeup on. That is number one. At night you must let your skin breathe.”

“I use a lipstick brush to paint on my lipstick–It stays on longer that way. I can also use a lipstick longer than anyone else because I can dig into it.”

“Every night before I got to bed I use Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour beauty cream on my lips. You must keep your lips moisturized.”

“When it comes to fashion you must be aware of your skin tone. You don’t wear orange lipstick with a red dress.”

“I make myself go out everyday, even if its only to walk around the block. The Key to staying young is to keep moving. You are never too old to exercise.”

“Invest in Quality pieces, they never go out of style.”

“Don’t look at the calendar, just keep celebrating everyday.”

“I dress up everyday and I don’t wear blue jeans. I dress up even to mail a letter, you never know who you will meet along the way.”

I have been active my whole life. An old Elizabeth Arden Ad said,”If you want to look like this when you are 40 start when you are 20.”

“I wake up every morning and say, “This is the day the lord has made.”

How she feels

Maintaining physical and mental health
(from Huffington Post)

There’s no excuse not to move. If you’re able to move, you’re able to do some form of exercise.

If you want to look like this when you’re 40, start when you’re 20

I talk to myself! I say: “Just get down there on the floor and exercise. Just do it!”

Keep busy, keep crossword puzzles going.

I’m a big football enthusiast. I scream for the Giants on Sunday.

I love reading.

I write letters and send out birthday cards in my own handwriting, and I attribute that to keeping my brain going. Don’t be passive.

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Lifting weight

…in her favourite gloves!

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A few thoughts from me….

We all want to be like Ruth. It is not just how she looks or dresses, but that zest for life with no limits.

However, I don’t feel that I know her enough. What’s her life story? Did she work in her younger years, and if so what did she do and what was the world like back then?  What were the major events and decisions that led her to who she is today?

While you should not judge the book by its cover, I believe there is something you can tell from a face. I have seen faces that are prematurely-aged from decades of hardship, and I have seen wrinkle-free women who are blessed with a secure, worry-free life. On the other hand, I have seen seniors who maintain a zen-like countenance despite life did not hand them the best deal; I know of some whose sad and bitter attitude is in disproportion with their financial blessings.

From what I can find, all mentioning of Ruth revolves around her ageless style and fitness advice.  Little glimpses into her life, through Huffington post, is that she studied dancing from 9 till 23, has 2 daughters and 16 great grandchildren, with whom she appears to be close. She celebrated her 100th birthday by going on a cruise to Bermuda with Al, 89, a 20-year companion in travels and dancing (she is a widow). As a senior who lives alone in a Manhattan apartment, and is knowledgeable about skincare (she likes Elizabeth Arden) and makeup, I presume she must live or has always lived quite comfortably.


I want to know more.

Regardless of Ruth’s history, one thing for sure is that there must have been ups and downs in her life. I would love the opportunity to ask her what was her lowest point and how she dealt with it. For I believe one’s ability to deal with the worst situation is a pivotal indicator for how one travels towards an advanced age.

I am sure Ruth got all of us thinking. What came to your mind?