Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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, …

3 Ways to Get in Shape — Fast!

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy husband calls me the Queen of Empiricism: I don’t believe something works until I try it myself. For example, I didn’t think my body would ever bounce back after I turned 50. By that milestone birthday, I was almost 15 pounds heavier than I am today at 57. I was depleted of energy. I felt less than happy with how I looked. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  I was also worried about the likely health effects …

The Best Fashion Advice I Ever Got

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionFashion should be fun, not frustrating. And it should definitely not be frumpy. But once I hit my 50s, I started feeling confused about what I should — and shouldn’t — wear to look fresh, modern and confident. In the course of researching The Best of Everything After 50, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of a group of fashion-savvy women, among them Diane von Furstenberg, Ginny Hilfiger (Tommy’s younger sister) and a personal shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue. …

5 Things That Probably Look Better on Your Daughter

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter 50, certain styles you once threw on with abandon should probably be abandoned. Too many women continue to sport outfits and makeup in midlife that would look much better on their daughters (or on other young women) than they do on them. But the cause may not be what you think: It has little to do with size and everything to do with elegance. So even though I often wear the same brand of jeans as my two teenage …

Sugar As Face Scrub? Yes! Plus More Kitchen Beauty Tips

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionDid you know there are products just sitting on your kitchen shelves and waiting to be used for more than sweetening your tea or making lemonade? I went nosing around in my kitchen recently to see what I could use for better health and beauty. Here are a few of my favorite homemade health and beauty aids. None has artificial ingredients or chemicals. They’re good for you and good for the environment. 1. Facial and Body Scrub: Exfoliating is one …

Can Meditation Stop You from Looking Older Than You Are?

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionHow many of these stressors have you encountered this week?: * Work obligations * Deadlines * A family member in need * Bank-account angst * Any front-page headline! Now, how did you react to those forces? Did you succumb to the stress, letting it do its dirty work on body, face and soul? Or did you consider a different path altogether? A new study shows that a simple technique for calming your mind — anytime, anywhere — can alter the …