Closet Clearing 101: Keep This, Not That

To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dark straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress). Having these on hand helps you create a timeless foundation. You can then build on this with trendy pieces from each new season, such as two of this year’s favorite items (so far!): animal-print scarves and slouchy slacks. Anytime you add …

The Confidence Collapse: Don’t Let It Happen to You

Ladies, are we undergoing some sort of collective “confidence collapse”? Maybe you’ve noticed what I have lately: So many grownup women — in meetings, on the street, wherever — hold their bodies in a way that fails to exude the confidence of their experience. It’s not our words but our body language: Too many of us seem to make ourselves smaller when speaking, as though we’re trying to fade into the background. What’s behind this loss of self-assurance? Any person, …

What Ideas@50+ Taught Me About Positive Living

As a blogger for AARP and the host of its Best of Everything video series on YouTube, I had an opportunity to attend the association’s recent Ideas@50+ event in San Diego. It was a fun chance to mingle with some of the attendees and speakers, and I managed to snag some keepsake shots such as the one at right with the very entertaining Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards star — along with another Hollywood president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s Veep …

Thinning Hair: What Women Can Do About It

Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair per day may sound catastrophic, but it’s actually the normal rate. If you’re shedding more than that, however, you may be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss. The result is hard-to-handle thinning hair. When should you start worrying about this particularly virulent strain of flyaway hair? Well, some hair loss is temporary: It may be brought on by stress, poor eating habits or a body trauma such as …

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 …

The No-Surgery Face-Lift

Plastic 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 …