What Can Blue (Nails) Do for You?

This whole blue-nail-polish “trend” is nothing of the sort. About six years ago, my cool cousin (and style muse) from Germany, Barbara Haspel, blew into New York City with her nails painted cerulean. Quickly gathering that I just didn’t get it, she dragged me to my local nail salon so I, too, could “work blue.” How long could it be, she wondered, before every woman in America was clamoring for blue, purple and other exotic shades? “It’s all about bold …

5 Ways Better Posture Can Brighten Your Day

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine To act respectful and read good books To take care of what was mine” Carly Simon may have resented the advice her grandmother gave her in “The Carter Family”  (one of my favorite tunes), but her gran was correct on all counts — especially the one about standing up straight. Good posture improves your mood, your health — even how well your clothes fit. Slouching, by contrast, makes you …

Look Cool and Current This Summer With These 3 Hair Trends

What is it about the top of a woman’s head that can send her into a tailspin? Almost every woman I know feels bad about her locks: They’re too frizzy or too straight — according to her, that is — too thin or too untamed. It’s a fact of female life that a bad hair day can tempt us to cancel appointments or torment us to the point where we’re snapping at our house pets. And I needn’t look far …

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 …

Exercise Trend: HIIT Me With Your Best Shot!

Walking. Indoor cycling. Yoga. Older Americans continue gravitating to these activities as a favorite way to burn calories, but now there’s a new kid in the town gym: It’s called high-intensity interval training, and it seems destined to become a HIIT. Never heard of HIIT? Based on studies conducted by Martin Gibala, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, HIIT is showing the world that less is more when it comes to exercise. There couldn’t be better news …

Can High-Tech Gadgets Get Us in Shape?

Think of all the excuses you give yourself not to exercise: No time Working late Too cold Too rainy With my hair in this state? You must be joking!   Now counterbalance that with all the reasons why moving your body should be as automatic a part of your day as brushing your teeth: Better health Lower weight Less disease Sounder sleep Health numbers — for cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. — that put a smile on your doctor’s face.   …