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 …

How to Dress for a College Tour

Any high-school junior or senior about to accompany her or his mother on a college tour will feel understandably nervous about fitting in. Not about how they’ll fit in — they’re going to be just fine — but how can they keep Mom invisible in the crowd while touring each campus? In other words, how do they put their best foot forward when a parent’s feet are clad in purple Crocs? Having just survived (and actually enjoyed) a college tour …

Take a Deep Breath – and Possibly a Food Supplement

Do you feel swamped by “Eat This, Not That” advice? I love today’s instant access to all kinds of nutritional information, but sometimes it merely leads to confusion. Every morning, it seems, yet another expert pops up on national television, claiming to possess the very latest research on nutrition — specifically, “What’s Best For You Now.” Some exhort us to consume more protein, while others insist we must go vegan. Still others burble over with dire warnings along the lines …

Fit in Five Minutes

The way Gretchen Reynolds kicked off her recent New York Times article made me jump for joy – then jump into my jog togs: Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed.” My happiness stemmed not from the realization …

Birkenstocks: Awful or Awesome? Weigh In!

I do my darnedest to ignore articles in trendy magazines and style blogs about this shoe or that shoe being suddenly back in vogue. (If you ask me, everything eventually becomes a “must have” again.) So when a girlfriend dropped by recently to show off her “new” Birkenstocks, I had my hands full trying to hold my tongue. Am I the only one in America who remembers that these funky-comfy sandals were introduced to the U.S. market in 1967? There’s …