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What I Wore to VidCon

Posted on 07/3/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionLate last month I packed my bags and headed to Anaheim, Calif., to attend VidCon, the fifth annual gathering for YouTubers (or “creators,” as they prefer) and their adoring fans. As you can tell from the shot below, however, I’m not sure “adoring” quite covers it. Why, many people asked, would I put myself in the path (literally) of thousands (nearly 18,000, to be exact) of mostly teenage girls who frequently screamed as they ran after the newest, hottest, cutest, …

Oh, Grow Up! Four Ways to Fight Ageism

Posted on 07/1/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionFuming fashionistas and bitter beauties, I feel your pain. Yes, it’s 2014 and ageism continues to plague the fashion industry. Older women may be driving much of today’s growth in social media and online shopping, but I dare you to find a single model who resembles us on any major retail site. (We do pop up in commercials and ads for sexual dysfunction, diets, probiotics and luxury cruises — big whoop!) A few forward-looking companies are bucking the trend. So …

The No-Surgery Face-Lift

Posted on 06/27/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionPlastic surgery, Botox, fillers — anything (and everything!) to help us look prettier and perkier is on the rise. Why? It’s simple: We’re living in a society that puts a premium on being young, or at least looking that way. This can sometimes cause even the most levelheaded and prudent among us — men as well as women — to take drastic action. Let’s not rush to judge those who choose to have surgery or less-invasive procedures. Because, as we …

How to Be a Sexy Grandma at the Beach

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy daughter was horrified and my grandsons hysterical when Glam-ma Lo (me) showed up for a swim at the pool in a bikini: “Mom! Are you kidding?” “Glam! You look like Miley Cyrus!” I thought Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Jessica Lange had sexed up grannyhood to the point where anything goes, but apparently France remains the only place on the planet where it’s OK for grandmothers to bare a little boob or tush. If you, too, have felt the …

How to Survive a Summer Wedding

Posted on 06/24/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAn outdoor wedding — on a beach, in a garden — sounds tantalizing when we first RSVP. But then we recall the likely gate-crashers: Steamy weather. Sweat. Hot flashes. Hormonal bloat. Relax and sip a glass of ice water with lemon, for we’ve devised a three-step survival plan: Panic-proof with primers. Like Spanx for your face, a primer smooths out flaws and holds your makeup in place, letting you say goodbye to those hot-mess days. Face primer follows moisturizer; eye …

Wear the Best Colors to Brighten Your Look

Posted on 06/20/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy go-to cold-weather color has always been black. Since forever, it occurs to me now, my preferred way of dressing in fall and winter has been to pair a black sweater with a pair of blue jeans, or slip into a little black dress that hovers just above my knees. Is it because I’ve gone Goth? Or gone into perpetual mourning? Nothing of the sort; it’s simply that I’ve always thought the color black looks good on me (and, yes, …