Beauty Folktales

So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner …”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother. Sporting a black blazer and skinny jeans, Vega (now 55) looked, sounded and moved like her 25-year-old self. …

True Confession: Billy Bob Thornton Wears Girls’ Jeans

Billy Bob Thornton is known for many things: his roles in movies like Armageddon and Monster’s Ball, his highly publicized marriage and subsequent divorce to actress Angelina Jolie, his recent portrayal as Lorne Malvo in the television series “Fargo,” and his singing. But following a recent interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” Thornton may be known for something entirely different. He wears girls’ jeans. “I’ll go to Old Navy and get girls jeans ’cause I’m kind of bony, and they fit me …

5 Retro Fashion and Beauty Trends Return for Spring

In beauty and fashion, everything eventually comes back – but never the same way. Fresh details and an updated attitude make the difference. Before you say “been there, done that,” check out these five new-again trends. Each provides a de-stressing fix that’ll make spring and summer 2014 a breeze. COMFY JEANS. No, not “mom” jeans! I mean the new slim boyfriend jeans, pared down from the baggy originals with the same a-a-ah factor but with a feminine fit. Look for …

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Notable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

Your New Fat-Free Summer Look!

When the craving for white jeans hits and our lifelong fear of “looking fat” kicks in, we cave and stick to dark denim or black capris because they’re “thinning.”  This is irrational, as Christie Brinkley 59, Elle Macpherson, 49, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 48, clearly prove. Forget low-fat frozen yogurt. All you need are the right white jeans – the ones that flatter 50+ bodies regardless of size, shape and age. They’ll brighten every cloudy day and take 10 years …

Aging Differently in Good Jeans

Jeans – the iconic American clothing item found in most closets – continues to dominate the apparel world in all age categories.  From stonewashed to true indigo, ripped or creased, skinny to boot-cut, the 1873 clothing invention comes in whatever style your heart desires. You can dress it up with a blazer and a button-up woven shirt for casual Fridays and dress them down by adding a blousy top for dinner with friends.  Jeans that fit right and styled with …