The New Black: Blue and Pink?!

And the award for color of the year goes to … rose quartz and serenity?!? When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance. The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels. Get discounts on prescriptions, health exams, eye care and …

Are You Fit? Five Ways to Find Out

It’s that time of year when party hosts bid us to hit the dessert table, but the weather bars us from hitting the gym. If you’re like me — eager not to feel guilty about skipping your health routines and perhaps hoping to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions — try asking yourself this simple question: “Am I fit?” And why would you do that? Because your current degree of fitness is a key indicator of how well …

Are Girlfriends the Best Gift of All?

“Cyber Monday” may have come and gone, but sales-alert season is just getting started. So how can you keep your credit cards from lapsing into a coma by New Year’s Day? Prioritize, girlfriend! Or, if you’re like me, rephrase that to “make your girlfriends a priority.” They’ve been with you through thick and thin — which I define as kids and careers, dating and divorce — so they deserve to be at the top of your gift list (and mine). …

Look Like a Star for the Holidays

Here’s a ratio that prevails at far too many holiday parties: 99 percent vanity, 1 percent fun. Well, what did I expect? ’Tis the season for obsessing about extra pounds, flab, wrinkles, brown spots, dingy teeth and thinning hair — not only mine but those of the people I hold dear (or simply happen to be near). My voyeuristic proclivities, fanned by 30-plus years as a beauty editor, turn every kiss and hug into a chance to surreptitiously look and …

Holiday Weight Gain: 5 Easy Pieces (of Advice)

Thanksgiving is all about getting together over food — and I’m fine with that. But then comes that killer five-week stretch of yet more parties and food, with plenty of festive (and fattening) drinks thrown in. Knowing that a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner can easily exceed 3,000 calories, how can health-conscious types survive the holidays unscathed? Many people succumb to temptation (the average holiday weight gain is 1 to 3 pounds, says the NIH), then repent — or at least …

Leave Turkey Neck to the Birds

When I’m not snapping the loose skin of my inner elbows or watching my upper arms jiggle in a sleeveless dress, you might find me anxiously scrutinizing my profile in my car’s rearview mirror. (Don’t worry — I pull over first.) Yes, Tech Neck — formerly known as Turkey-Wattle Syndrome — has struck. Its cause: Looking down all day long at that stupid screen that has taken over your life, doubling your chins and turning the skin on your neck …