Are You Fit? Five Ways to Find Out

It’s that time of year when party hosts bid us to hit the dessert table, but the weather bars us from hitting the gym. If you’re like me — eager not to feel guilty about skipping your health routines and perhaps hoping to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions — try asking yourself this simple question: “Am I fit?” And why would you do that? Because your current degree of fitness is a key indicator of how well …

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Neck This Fall

Other than you-know-what, nothing makes a woman’s face glow brighter than something lovely at her neckline. And if you happen to be amply endowed — either at your chest or at your middle — a collarbone distraction will draw the viewer’s gaze up toward your smiling face. Sure, a glamorous statement necklace is always in vogue. But let’s look at five other ways to turn a ho-hum outfit into a chic ensemble simply by sitting something cool at your clavicle. …

It’s Back — the Pack, That Is, as a Trend This Fall

Backpacks seem to grow on students, but I didn’t buy my first one until I was 28. I made up for the delay by splurging on the then-überhip black nylon version from Prada, which became a cult accessory of sorts  and put the company on the global fashion map. Now the backpack as fashion accessory is back in a big way. And why shouldn’t it be? As fashion and beauty editor Jacqui Stafford put it, “They are ideal to carry everything you need, but conveniently …

You Can’t Hide Your Dryin’ Eyes

Dry eyes have been my “beauty bane” since I turned 50 some … Cough! Cough! … years ago. My peepers naturally water whenever they get irritated, leaving me with unlovely makeup. But older women aren’t the only ones suffering this dry spell; the condition affects older men nearly as much. A new you within reach — Visit AARP Life Reimagined » Marguerite McDonald, an ophthalmologist on Long Island, N.Y., calls dry-eye disease (DED) “a progressive condition that represents a huge unmet …

Look Cool and Current This Summer With These 3 Hair Trends

What is it about the top of a woman’s head that can send her into a tailspin? Almost every woman I know feels bad about her locks: They’re too frizzy or too straight — according to her, that is — too thin or too untamed. It’s a fact of female life that a bad hair day can tempt us to cancel appointments or torment us to the point where we’re snapping at our house pets. And I needn’t look far …

Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …