The New Black: Blue and Pink?!

And the award for color of the year goes to … rose quartz and serenity?!? When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance. The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels. Get discounts on prescriptions, health exams, eye care and …

Are Girlfriends the Best Gift of All?

“Cyber Monday” may have come and gone, but sales-alert season is just getting started. So how can you keep your credit cards from lapsing into a coma by New Year’s Day? Prioritize, girlfriend! Or, if you’re like me, rephrase that to “make your girlfriends a priority.” They’ve been with you through thick and thin — which I define as kids and careers, dating and divorce — so they deserve to be at the top of your gift list (and mine). …

Look Like a Star for the Holidays

Here’s a ratio that prevails at far too many holiday parties: 99 percent vanity, 1 percent fun. Well, what did I expect? ’Tis the season for obsessing about extra pounds, flab, wrinkles, brown spots, dingy teeth and thinning hair — not only mine but those of the people I hold dear (or simply happen to be near). My voyeuristic proclivities, fanned by 30-plus years as a beauty editor, turn every kiss and hug into a chance to surreptitiously look and …

Leave Turkey Neck to the Birds

When I’m not snapping the loose skin of my inner elbows or watching my upper arms jiggle in a sleeveless dress, you might find me anxiously scrutinizing my profile in my car’s rearview mirror. (Don’t worry — I pull over first.) Yes, Tech Neck — formerly known as Turkey-Wattle Syndrome — has struck. Its cause: Looking down all day long at that stupid screen that has taken over your life, doubling your chins and turning the skin on your neck …

Makeup Tips for Scrooges

Fed up with “holiday” promotions, “special” makeup kits and “limited edition” shades? I know I am, especially given that it’s barely mid-November. But the party push is on, and my neighborhood drugstore displays are changing faster than a Carrie Mathison mood swing on Homeland. Call it seasonal denial disorder, but I refuse to indulge in even the most muted shopping spree until Dec. 1. Until then, I intend to make the most of the beauty products I already have on …

Hemlines That Flaunt and Flatter

I lead a double life. My grounded suburban self — kids, grandkids, malls and all — saves me from making the sort of mistakes that my fashion-editor self might easily commit if I allowed myself to fall for every new trend that trots down a runway. Take this year’s hemline hash, for example: Mid-calf skirts and below-the-knee lengths are the next big thing? Not for me, honey! Popular games, new recipes, movie reviews — AARP Leisure Newsletter » Fortunately, today’s retailers …