Too Old for Leopard Prints or Black Leather? Not Us!

I may be over 50 on the outside, but in my mind I’m still a fun, wild, youthful babe. A lot of us must feel the same way, too; why else would we get tiny tattoos, or wear navy polish and black bras (instead of nice-girl nude ones)? Inevitably, however, there comes that MFR (Moment of Fashion Reckoning) when we wonder, “Am I too old for this?” If you have recently experienced an MFR of your own, here’s how to …

What Ideas@50+ Taught Me About Positive Living

As a blogger for AARP and the host of its Best of Everything video series on YouTube, I had an opportunity to attend the association’s recent Ideas@50+ event in San Diego. It was a fun chance to mingle with some of the attendees and speakers, and I managed to snag some keepsake shots such as the one at right with the very entertaining Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards star — along with another Hollywood president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s Veep …

3 Smart Reasons for a Makeup Splurge

What’s your favorite cure for “The Blahs”? Mine’s the beauty binge — and apparently I’m not alone: In 2013, women 50 and older comforted themselves with $4 trillion worth of beauty indulgences. That statistic confirms what I’ve long suspected: Shopping for cosmetics is like having a brief and wild love affair — with no complications. And let’s face it: Some especially virulent cases of “I feel fat/old/stressed out” moping — even though you and I both know they are utterly …

What Joan Rivers Taught Me at Tea

You don’t say no to Joan Rivers when she calls to ask, “Can we talk?” In 2000 the queen of scream — screamingly funny one-liners, that is — invited me to tea at her Versailles-like New York City apartment to talk about her latest QVC fashion line. Expecting to meet the Rasputin of the Red Carpet, instead I was greeted at the door by an elegantly dressed, soft-spoken blonde with a strong New Yawk accent. In person, you see, Joan …

Arianna Huffington: Life Is More Than Power or Money

Arianna Huffington’s message for older Americans: Don’t define yourself in terms of money and power because someone always has more, she says. What’s way more important is your sense of well-being, wisdom and wonder. Huffington spoke to an overflow crowd of attendees today at the AARP Ideas@50+ conference in San Diego.  “I love what happens when we age,” says Huffington, who started the Huffington Post after the age of 50; we stop listening to that inner voice of self-criticism that only saps …

Cut Your Hair, Already!

You know that change is in the air when even the young and the restless start saying “Buh-bye!” to long hair. The last time a tonsorial trend this major swept through, we all ended up with Meg Ryan shags. But if there’s one thing the recent Emmy awards show proved, it’s that bobs have snatched the spotlight: Julie Bowen, Kristen Wiig (right) and Julianne Hough went with textured bobs, while Christine Baranski and Jodie Foster rocked classic smoothies with a …