What Can Blue (Nails) Do for You?

This whole blue-nail-polish “trend” is nothing of the sort. About six years ago, my cool cousin (and style muse) from Germany, Barbara Haspel, blew into New York City with her nails painted cerulean. Quickly gathering that I just didn’t get it, she dragged me to my local nail salon so I, too, could “work blue.” How long could it be, she wondered, before every woman in America was clamoring for blue, purple and other exotic shades? “It’s all about bold …

5 Ways Better Posture Can Brighten Your Day

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine To act respectful and read good books To take care of what was mine” Carly Simon may have resented the advice her grandmother gave her in “The Carter Family”  (one of my favorite tunes), but her gran was correct on all counts — especially the one about standing up straight. Good posture improves your mood, your health — even how well your clothes fit. Slouching, by contrast, makes you …

Hot Shoes to Make You Look Cool This Summer

It’s time to kick off those wintry black booties and fuzzy Uggs and put a little spring — OK, summer — in your step! Unless you live below the 35th parallel, last winter was cold, wet, dreary and long, making us extra eager to shed our heavy clothing and lighten up. Now that we’ve celebrated Memorial Day — the official start of Fashion Summer — a great place to begin your seasonal transition is with your own two feet. Before …

Mom’s Best Beauty Tips

One of my most vivid childhood memories is sneaking into my mother’s room to behold the wonders of her makeup kit: the glamorous gold Helena Rubinstein mascara wand the Max Factor pancake makeup she applied with a few drops of water and a sponge the red Maybelline combo eyebrow/eyeliner pencils in light brown, which she used down to the nubs and, of course, Pond’s Cold Cream to take it all off at the end of a long day   Quite …

Look Cool and Current This Summer With These 3 Hair Trends

What is it about the top of a woman’s head that can send her into a tailspin? Almost every woman I know feels bad about her locks: They’re too frizzy or too straight — according to her, that is — too thin or too untamed. It’s a fact of female life that a bad hair day can tempt us to cancel appointments or torment us to the point where we’re snapping at our house pets. And I needn’t look far …

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 …