Find Your Best Fall Handbag

Call me a lazy schlepper, but all I ask from a handbag is that it carry everything I own, with nary a hitch or switch. The alternative — constantly dumping my infinite number of essentials and repacking them in various totes — is too horrific to contemplate. It’s also impractical, given my growing list of tech device take-alongs — iThis, iThat, Fitbits, noise-blocking headphones — and such new “must” items as bottles of hand sanitizer and extra pairs of glasses …

5 Steps to Cure Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder

I once had a dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t an online flirtation, a crush on actor Mark Rylance (that’s common knowledge) or a tendency for midnight fridge raids. It was a brief problem with BPSD, aka Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder, and it’s why online retailers such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Beauty.com are such a success. Women 50 and older are the biggest buyers of online beauty and fashion. Buy, try, return, repeat is a familiar but addictive habit. The revolving door …

6 Secrets of Ageless Women

Are you a snoop? I sure am. I can’t resist peeking in other women’s closets, bathroom cabinets and makeup bags. And when a friend says, “Watch my bag for a sec?” I’m always happy to oblige. Little does she realize how thorough the watching will be. Call me nosy, but I’m curious. She claims to be wearing Fracas, but what fragrance does she truly have on? Which drugstore creams or makeup is she into? What products does she consider splurge-worthy? …

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 …

The ‘I Hate My Legs’ Guide to Summer Styles

Peel off my skinny jeans and you’ll find some colorful secrets: blue ropy veins, red spider capillaries and brown spots. (As for those wobbly inner thighs that even my killer spin classes can’t seem to firm up, let’s not go there.) Every morning when I open my closet, my summer dresses glare at me accusingly from their hangers. And I’m still not ready to discuss wearing shorts — although I have to say the new cut-off Bermuda-length jeans do beckon. …

Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …