Vive la Vie en Rose at 50!

Hydrangeas, lilacs, gardenias: Just name the flower, and I’m probably crazy about it. Ah, but roses — from cheapo supermarket buds to pricey florist-shop blooms — now those are my faves! This spring, happily, everything from skin care to watches seems to be coming up roses. If you’re a fellow blossom-head, here are five ways to boost your flower power: Meddle with some petals. Rose extracts and rosehips (the fruit of the rose) are super rich in vitamin C. Face …

How to Dress for a College Tour

Any high-school junior or senior about to accompany her or his mother on a college tour will feel understandably nervous about fitting in. Not about how they’ll fit in — they’re going to be just fine — but how can they keep Mom invisible in the crowd while touring each campus? In other words, how do they put their best foot forward when a parent’s feet are clad in purple Crocs? Having just survived (and actually enjoyed) a college tour …

Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …

Blondaholics, Unite!

Recently I spent an afternoon at the L’Oréal Paris Tech Center on Fifth Avenue in New York, watching a Diane Keaton video and learning about the company’s new “home hair color” for women over 50. To my surprise, Keaton — who “came out” as gray last year — looked blonder than ever. As she told the camera, “We can grow old gracefully or gorgeously — I pick both.” As something of a blondaholic myself, I second that emotion. Yes, this …

Going Gray the Right Way

I was tired of the cycle: Color my hair, and one week later, there were already the little bits of white popping up at my scalp. By week three, I was in dire need of a touch-up to maintain my once-natural brown locks. This every-three-week ritual was really getting to me. Coloring my hair was stressful. And expensive. And a total pain. So I decided it was time to surrender to nature — and go gray. It seems that I’m in good company. More and more Hollywood …

Eileen Fisher and Epsom Salts Changed My Life

Maybe it’s that the news has become an everyday nightmare, but lately I’ve been yearning for a little peace and quiet. So I was happy to walk into an Eileen Fisher store this week and find my island of calm: Quiet colors. Soft, easy throw-on clothes. And no high-pressure salespeople pushing me to buy. You and I can’t turn off world events. And we probably can’t untangle the complex politics that spark so much strife. But we can seek solace …