5 Reasons French Women Look Terrific

Just back from Paris with a fresh take on an old myth – the one that says French women know secrets about beauty, style and aging well.  Let’s not forget a big part of their mysterious allure is the language and culture.  Living in a society that’s not youth oriented 24/7 is certainly a shot in the libido. Even asking a shop assistant if you look fat in a pair of pants sounds OK – Est-ce que ce pantalon me …

5 Beauty Secrets of Good Sleepers

Getting beauty sleep is no fairy tale. Sleep deprivation accelerates aging according to a new study sponsored by Estee Lauder at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Bad sleepers showed more wrinkles, saggier skin and uneven pigmentation than good snoozers. Funny thing. Many women 50 and older say they hardly sleep. We doze on and off between other night activities such as reading, snacking, sex, checking our emails and shopping online. Here are five tricks to outsmarting the …

5 Beauty and Style Secrets to Steal From Younger Women

If not for us, where would younger women be? We broke glass ceilings (and all the rules), burned our bras (to end gender discrimination and sexual harassment), freed our reproductive rights and reversed traditional roles (so we could have families and become millionaires without marrying or inheriting money). Thanks to us, younger babes have vintage clothing from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and a whole category of preventative de-aging solutions. Let’s see how they deal with wrinkles, menopause, saggy skin …

The Money Secrets We Keep

Although it’s probably safe to assume that financial infidelity wasn’t a culprit in the Shriver/Schwarzenegger split, irreconcilable money differences do play a role in many couples’ break-ups. According to a recent study, the number who ‘fess up to keeping their other halves in the dark about certain spending decisions is quite high – 80%, in fact. Keeping spending secrets from your spouse, partner or significant other doesn’t have to lead down the road to splitsville if you’re willing to do …

Secrets of Outsmarting the ATM

I still remember how proud I was to open my first checking account. Even better: getting my work permit when I turned 16, and then going to the grocery store and saying, “I’d like to cash a check.” Pre-ATM days required some planning. Omnipresent ATMs make it easy to grab $20, but it’s the classic case of both blessing and curse. Personal finance writer Donna Freedman clearly believes that curse is more accurate — and for more reasons than you’d …