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Glasses Turn Grandmas Into Glam-mas

Posted on 07/30/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionWhat do granny panties and mom jeans have in common with eyeglasses? Until 2012, all three were items you’d rather don at home than in public. That’s the year Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, Demi Moore and a raft of other elderbabes started showing up in bold, black, geek-chic glasses that made them look sexy and smart. Boomeristas nationwide swarmed their local optician, and a trend was born. Rather than sporting the same old rimless or wire frames, everyone suddenly wanted …

Best Quick Fix for Puffy, Dry Eyes

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be tormented by some evil twins: puffy eyes and dry eyes. These two common conditions make your eyes look irritated and anything but beautiful. But here’s the good news: Both can be addressed with a few simple steps. One of the best ways to deal with puffiness and dryness is to close your eyes, apply a cold compress and relax — maybe even take a nap! >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Chin Up! It’s Time We Felt Good About Our Necks

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionI rescued my neck from the aging-lady shelter five years ago. Now, after years of neglect — no sunscreen, only occasional swipes of moisturizer — “she” appears to be responding well to treatment. Thanks to her, I can literally and figuratively hold my head high. If you’re anything like me — a “late-neck-care boomer” — then chicken skin, wattles and age spots on your once-swanlike stalk may be driving you nuts. Do you look in the mirror and re-create what used to be by pulling …

Lose Weight—and Keep It Off for Good

Posted on 07/19/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionObesity is on the rise in the United States. In fact, almost 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight.  And that’s not good. Being overweight can contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers — ailments that range from debilitating to disabling to fatal. What steps can we take in our own lives to stop this dangerous trend? It’s simple: Eat less — and move your body more. I turned 50 a few years back — seven years …

My Lunch With Eileen Ford

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionI was at my desk at Ladies’ Home Journal one spring morning in 1996 when the phone rang. “It’s Eileen Ford,” said a cultured voice. “I’d like to take you to lunch.” At first I thought it was my office assistant, playing a practical joke. Why would the godmother of the supermodel (who died July 9 at 92) be calling me? As a young editorial assistant, I had done photo shoots with some of Ford’s top discoveries — Cheryl Tiegs, …

Eye-Makeup Tricks in 5 Minutes

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionTake off your sunglasses. Stop dreaming of an eye-lift. And for God’s sake, get over your “too messy, too difficult, too time-consuming” excuses for skipping shadow and liner. Eye makeup is going to be your new best friend. Yes, we older babes generally do not have surgically sculpted celebrity peepers. Ours are naturally aged — and often “embellished” with lined or sagging lids. But giving up is not in a boomer’s DNA, so give my five-step solution for tired eyes a …