Birkenstocks: Awful or Awesome? Weigh In!

I do my darnedest to ignore articles in trendy magazines and style blogs about this shoe or that shoe being suddenly back in vogue. (If you ask me, everything eventually becomes a “must have” again.) So when a girlfriend dropped by recently to show off her “new” Birkenstocks, I had my hands full trying to hold my tongue. Am I the only one in America who remembers that these funky-comfy sandals were introduced to the U.S. market in 1967? There’s …

This Week in Boomer History: Remember the Bicentennial?

Notable events from our shared experience On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison of the Doors joins Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix as rock icons who die at age 27. Sam Walton and his brother, Bud, open the first Walmart store (called Wal-Mart Discount City) in Rogers, Ark., on July 2, 1962. Today, the company is the world’s largest public corporation and, with over 2 million employees, the world’s largest private employer. Ernest Hemingway, 61, shoots himself to death July 2, 1961, at his home in Ketchum, …

How to Survive a Summer Wedding

An outdoor wedding – on a beach, in a garden – sounds tantalizing when we first RSVP. But then we recall the likely gate-crashers: Steamy weather. Sweat. Hot flashes. Hormonal bloat. Relax and sip a glass of ice water with lemon, for we’ve devised a three-step survival plan: Panic-proof with primers. Like Spanx for your face, a primer smooths out flaws and holds your makeup in place, letting you say goodbye to those hot-mess days. Face primer follows moisturizer; eye …

Wear the Best Colors to Brighten Your Look

My go-to cold-weather color has always been black. Since forever, it occurs to me now, my preferred way of dressing in fall and winter has been to pair a black sweater with a pair of blue jeans, or slip into a little black dress that hovers just above my knees. Is it because I’ve gone Goth? Or gone into perpetual mourning? Nothing of the sort; it’s simply that I’ve always thought the color black looks good on me (and, yes, …

To Prevent Leg Clots on Long Flights, Don’t Just Sit There

Planning a vacation this summer? If it means you’ll be sitting for long hours in a plane or car, you could be increasing your risk of developing dangerous leg clots. Often called economy class syndrome, especially now that airlines are cutting down on legroom and squeezing in more seats, the actual medical term is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), for clots that form in deep veins, usually in the leg, due to immobility and poor blood circulation. Swelling, redness, warmth and …

Top Summer Travel Scams

As you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print – and between the lines – for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …