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 …

Spring Things: 3 Style Items to Add Now

Shopping for new spring clothes was a pre-Easter treat when I was a kid. My mother and grandmother would take my sister and me, and I can still remember the thrill of finding a perfect pair of patent leather shoes: white the first few years — and oh, the trauma of those first few scuff marks! — then shiny black when we hit the magically mature age of 8. If we were lucky, we might also score a new spring …

5 Retro Fashion and Beauty Trends Return for Spring

In beauty and fashion, everything eventually comes back – but never the same way. Fresh details and an updated attitude make the difference. Before you say “been there, done that,” check out these five new-again trends. Each provides a de-stressing fix that’ll make spring and summer 2014 a breeze. COMFY JEANS. No, not “mom” jeans! I mean the new slim boyfriend jeans, pared down from the baggy originals with the same a-a-ah factor but with a feminine fit. Look for …

Shake Off Winter With 5 Spring Superfoods

This year’s unrelenting winter makes it feel like spring weather will never get here, but eventually there will be a new crop of nutrient-packed spring foods to boost your health and help you shrug off those winter doldrums. Here’s what should be showing up in your local market soon. Artichokes California, which supplies 80 percent of the country’s chokes, has a glut of them this year, thanks to that state’s unseasonably warm winter, reports the Los Angeles Times. So savor …

5 Lipsticks to Look Fresh and Pretty This Spring

One of the best ways to brighten your face is to dab a bit of color on your lips, even if you wear nothing else. While I usually don’t spend a lot of money on makeup, I’m willing to splurge on lipstick if it truly makes my face glow. The tricky part, though, is finding those shades that do just that. In her book, Beauty, boomer makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown suggests: “If I had to teach someone just one thing …

Spring Cleanout? Beware of Seasonal Scams

After a polar-vortexing bear of a winter, spring has sprung (finally!) – at least according to the calendar. So now’s the time to prepare for scammers who spring into action, trying these perennial ploys: Home Repair Scams They may promise deals on asphalt paving, roof work or other “needed repairs” they happen to spot from their pickups or by going door to door. But beware of any “con”-tractors who then request upfront payment under the guise of having to buy materials; …