“World’s Most Beautiful Woman” Is 50 — What of It?

Hats off to the editors of People magazine for naming Sandra Bullock “2015 World’s Most Beautiful Woman.” Bullock wouldn’t have been my choice — I don’t consider her a “classic beauty” — but I find it intriguing that the ensuing media conversation centered on the idea she’s both beautiful and 50. Yeah. So? Showcasing Bullock in this fashion is an improvement over People’s previous stance, I suppose. In February 2014 the magazine put a swimsuited Christie Brinkley on its cover with the …

Summer Shoes: Achilles Heels?

Shoe shopping is my favorite aerobic sport: Stand up. Sit down. Twirl and strut at the mirror. Sprint from one display table to another, racing along the sales rack to snatch that rare size-5 find before the competition can their hands on it. I’m telling you, it’s a major workout! It’s also one I’d gladly do every day, yet this stylish exercise is fraught with danger: Choose unwisely when shoe shopping, and you’re headed for bunions, blisters or even a …

Don’t Rain on My Prada!

I remember Woodstock even though I was there. Still, I have no plans to mosh my way through any rain-soaked music festivals this summer. Instead, all I want for May Day is a watertight beauty-and-style plan. Why’s that? Because, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’ll be needing a rain check or three for the hot, humid months stretching ahead. If you’re like me — wondering, that is, how to prepare for “air you can wear” — consider these four protective …

Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …

Vive la Vie en Rose at 50!

Hydrangeas, lilacs, gardenias: Just name the flower, and I’m probably crazy about it. Ah, but roses — from cheapo supermarket buds to pricey florist-shop blooms — now those are my faves! This spring, happily, everything from skin care to watches seems to be coming up roses. If you’re a fellow blossom-head, here are five ways to boost your flower power: Meddle with some petals. Rose extracts and rosehips (the fruit of the rose) are super rich in vitamin C. Face …

How to Dress for a College Tour

Any high-school junior or senior about to accompany her or his mother on a college tour will feel understandably nervous about fitting in. Not about how they’ll fit in — they’re going to be just fine — but how can they keep Mom invisible in the crowd while touring each campus? In other words, how do they put their best foot forward when a parent’s feet are clad in purple Crocs? Having just survived (and actually enjoyed) a college tour …