Best of Everything After 50

Birkenstocks: Awful or Awesome? Weigh In!

Posted on 07/10/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI 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 …

The No-Surgery Face-Lift

Posted on 06/27/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionPlastic surgery, Botox, fillers — anything (and everything!) to help us look prettier and perkier is on the rise. Why? It’s simple: We’re living in a society that puts a premium on being young, or at least looking that way. This can sometimes cause even the most levelheaded and prudent among us — men as well as women — to take drastic action. Let’s not rush to judge those who choose to have surgery or less-invasive procedures. Because, as we …

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. …

Superfood Kale Fuels Good Health

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI’ve recently discovered something new about myself: I have an addiction to kale (well, at least that’s what my husband tells me). I eat it, drink it, write about it. I’ve been known to dream about a particularly delicious kale salad that’s served at a fab restaurant I go to in Manhattan. I especially love kale lightly sautéed with sliced almonds and organic dried cranberries, with just a drop of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt (see recipe below). I …

Losing Weight After 50: Is “Intermittent Eating” Right For You?

Posted on 03/28/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI don’t believe in dieting. I do believe in eating well: lots of dark, leafy greens (kale is my favorite!); small amounts of red meat; as little of the “white stuff” (sugar, white potatoes, white rice) as possible; nuts (especially calcium-rich almonds); legumes; and huge amounts of water and green tea (with some coffee in the morning and a little heart-healthy red wine in the evening thrown in for good measure!). What has this way of eating done for me? …