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 …

Marc Jacobs Turns 50!

It’s official: Marc Jacobs, the iconic American design darling who helms three fashion brands –  Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton  - can become an AARP member as of today. Jacobs, who made Time magazine’s “Time 100″ list in 2010, continues to add notable lines to his resume. In addition to elevating his gift of forecasting and conceptualizing trends for his clothing collections, he’s also assumed the role of Creative Director for Diet Coke (he appears topless in some …

FDA Warns Avon About Antiaging Creams

Maybe the government can’t quite protect us against injections contaminated with deadly fungal meningitis, but beauty hype — that’s another story. The Food and Drug Administration has warned Avon that it must stop advertising its Anew skin-care products using language that makes them sound as if they have medical effects, Reuters reported. In a letter dated Oct. 5 and posted on the FDA website, the agency objected to antiaging claims made about Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night …

Anti-Aging Skin Creams: FDA Warns About Label Claims

It’s a dark jar with a silvery top that holds a skimpy 1.7 ounces of Lancí´me night cream for a hefty $98. If you use it on your face nightly, the label promises the cream will “boost the activity of your genes” and “stimulate cell regeneration to reconstruct skin to a denser quality.” The product even cites an in-vitro test that screened “over 4,000 genes” so Lancí´me could create the cream’s skin-regenerating formula. Other Lancí´me products mysteriously claim that they “improve …

The Miniskirt: Warming Up to a Hot Fashion Trend

Short and sassy, it’s style with an attitude.  And after all these years, I’m just now really embracing the ever-popular miniskirt. You can say my relationship with the fashion icon, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has been more of a you’re-no-good-for-me-but-I wish-you-were type of thing. Back in the 1960s, when the mini was making a huge fashion statement, I was a reed-thin girl with long birdlike legs and this must-have piece didn’t flatter my frame at all. Yes, …