3 Smart Reasons for a Makeup Splurge

What’s your favorite cure for The Blahs? Mine’s the beauty binge — and apparently I’m not alone: In 2013, women 50 and older comforted themselves with $4 trillion worth of beauty indulgences. That statistic confirms what I’ve long suspected: that shopping for cosmetics is like having a brief and wild love affair, with no complications. And let’s face it: Some especially virulent cases of “I feel fat/old/stressed out” moping — even though you and I both know they are utterly …

Eileen Ford: She Created Supermodels

The beautiful women who display designers’ new fashions on the runway and grace magazine covers are more than just celebrities – they’re brand names in their own right.  We even have a word for them: supermodels. To a great extent, we can thank Eileen Ford for making all those models so super. Ford, who died on July 9 at age 92 in Morristown, N.J.,  in 1947 cofounded – with her late husband Jerry – Ford Models, the agency that became …

Meryl Streep Worried She Was ‘Too Ugly to Be an Actress’

The greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep, admitted to a college audience in Indiana recently that back in her youth she thought she might be “too ugly to be an actress.” Unbelievable. I have no doubt that Streep’s admission is authentic – far too many young women are insecure about their looks when in fact they are goddesses who should be appreciating their youthful blush. But it’s both telling and frightening that a woman with such obvious and true …

Dazzle on Date Night: Flirty Styles for Any Age

Coco Chanel famously said, “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” For sure, if you’re going on a first date - especially one where kind friends made the introduction, or you’ve only met virtually thanks to the Internet - you will no doubt …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

In a few days Father’s Day (June 16) will be here. You still may be sure what to get dear ol’ dad or you’re pondering what you’ve already selected. Because no one has ever really admitted that shopping for Pops was easy, I’ve decided to help you skip aimlessly wandering in the mall by directing you to a few fashionable and novelty gift items that I’m sure he’d love. THE DAPPER DAD 1 | Swedish Dream Sea Salt ($6; West …

Designer Catherine Malandrino Turned 50!

New York magazine nailed it when it labeled fashion designer Catherine Malandrino as the “ultimate Frenchwoman in America.” And like her peer Marc Jacobs, she, too, turned the big 5-Oh this month (April 22). Malandrino’s design concept has always been “to bring softness and refinement to an urban, feminine wardrobe and to help the woman show her character and individuality through her unique clothes.” And it has worked for her as evidenced by her successful career both in her native …