The Martian in Me

Today’s high-tech beauty world was 50 years in the future when model Jean Shrimpton (right) peered from a pink space helmet for the April 1965 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Now it’s 2015, and as I watched Matt Damon plot a strategy to survive being marooned on the Red Planet in The Martian, I felt a kindred spirit: We’re both charting a course for self-preservation — though my scheme unfolds on Earth and involves neither poo nor potatoes. And unlike the …

5 Fashion Fireworks for July Fourth

I live in suburbia — home to barbecues and book clubs, malls and multiplexes, country clubs, cul-de-sacs and Costcos the size of Connecticut. The occupants of those precincts will be out in force this Saturday, as SUVs all over town disgorge 50-plus types eager to communally celebrate our national birthday. (Cause to feel festive: We’re only 239 years old!) Whether you’re an empty nester, a “Glam-ma” or a dating divorcee rocking ankle tattoos, statement glasses and a monster-size handbag, you …

Don’t Rain on My Prada!

I remember Woodstock even though I was there. Still, I have no plans to mosh my way through any rain-soaked music festivals this summer. Instead, all I want for May Day is a watertight beauty-and-style plan. Why’s that? Because, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’ll be needing a rain check or three for the hot, humid months stretching ahead. If you’re like me — wondering, that is, how to prepare for “air you can wear” — consider these four protective …

Wanted: Members for My ‘Not-Ready-for-Botox’ Club

I’m launching a new support group for 2015: a clan of women who will resist the urge to freeze and fill every nook and cranny with a syringe of neurotoxin or filler. Want in? If nothing else, it’ll save you some serious coin. But how do you decide which serums and creams come closest to performing “low-cost Botox”? As a beauty editor, I’m accustomed to fielding all sorts of boasts from cosmetic-company insiders. But I have to admit I put …

Beat the Big Chill

This boomerina is no fan of cold weather, but she does love winter sports — the indoor variety, that is! The frosty season can’t give me too many excuses to layer on cozy sweaters, wrap up in scarves, wear Uggs, drink multiple mugs of hot chai and take hot, steamy showers. (I know the latter is bad, but hey — if that’s my worst vice, I’m happy!) >> 10 Must-Have Wardrobe Items for Women at 50+ Here’s how I survive, thrive …

Beauty Folktales

So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner …”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother. Sporting a black blazer and skinny jeans, Vega (now 55) looked, sounded and moved like her 25-year-old self. …