The Mother Lode

My daughters, Alexandra and Jennifer (right), sure hit the gene jackpot: As heirs to my beauty and fashion sense, my steely self-confidence, my quick wit and collection of Chanel bags, these are two lucky babes, let me tell you. Along with those desirable traits, though, I worry that I’ve passed along some questionable ones: We share an addiction to eye makeup, over-the-top bling and I-could-smell-you-coming-a-mile-away perfumes. Look up “subtle” in the dictionary and there’s not a Johnson family photo in …

12 Mother’s Day Scents for Deserving Divas

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s a great excuse to start spritzing: Every 50-plus woman I know has a to-do list at least a decade long. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, now seems the perfect time to rejuvenate the senses of any marvelous moms in your life (including yourself!) with the gift of a new fragrance. Here are my picks of the best …

5 Ways French Women Stay Sexy – And You Can Too!

I’m not done with my trip-to-Paris rant. Yes, our French peers do get aging right, but they also stay sexy. I’m not talking about the few Catherine Deneuve and Carla Bruni clones one spots on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Rather, I’m talking about everyday women over 50 – women like us. Somehow in France they all make being grownup a sensual experience 24/7. Why not make every day just a little bit steamier with their five tips? KEEP IT …

Newly Divorced? Get Gutsy and Gorgeous

Bouncing back from a relationship split looking better, happier and more confident is the ultimate revenge. Just ask Tipper Gore, Susan Sarandon, Maria Shriver and Robin Wright. All have never looked sexier and more self-assured. As more  longtime marriages and boomer relationships, high profile or not, end, “grey” divorcee may be the sociological trend of the decade with women initiating the quit despite looming concerns over retirement  and social security benefits, alimony and other financial issues. The prospect of going solo and …