Are You Fit? Five Ways to Find Out

It’s that time of year when party hosts bid us to hit the dessert table, but the weather bars us from hitting the gym. If you’re like me — eager not to feel guilty about skipping your health routines and perhaps hoping to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions — try asking yourself this simple question: “Am I fit?” And why would you do that? Because your current degree of fitness is a key indicator of how well …

Roar Into Fall With a Moto Jacket

Want to add zip to your fall? Get a moto jacket. It’s one of the most versatile pieces you’ll ever own. Most people think “leather” when they hear the term “moto jacket,” but its defining characteristic is actually its silhouette: short, zippered and with attitude to burn. Indeed, some of this season’s most intriguing motos contain not a stitch of leather: suede, knits, coated cotton — the list is fairly inexhaustible. One of my favorite recent finds is a moto …

Surrender to Pink

Lighten up. That was the message at this fall’s fashion shows, where tastemakers urged women to abandon the season’s traditionally somber colors and make pink their go-to shade. And why not? Pink is one of the most flattering colors a woman can wear. Whether it’s blush, lipstick or a luxurious cashmere sweater, pink makes women feel pretty and powerful — the best possible combination. We’re seeing all shades of ladylike pink — magenta, rose, fuchsia, bubble gum and more — …

The Fanny Pack — No Laughing! — Is Back

When the fanny pack was introduced to American consumers in 1988, AdWeek hailed it as “the hottest product of the year.” From there to laughingstock, alas, was a short slide. But now the fanny pack is back — would someone ple-e-ease come up with a less-goobery-sounding name than that? — and this time it’s got both edge and sophistication. You can now have the function, ease and style of a small bag at your waist without feeling like a cluelessly …

It’s Back — the Pack, That Is, as a Trend This Fall

Backpacks seem to grow on students, but I didn’t buy my first one until I was 28. I made up for the delay by splurging on the then-überhip black nylon version from Prada, which became a cult accessory of sorts  and put the company on the global fashion map. Now the backpack as fashion accessory is back in a big way. And why shouldn’t it be? As fashion and beauty editor Jacqui Stafford put it, “They are ideal to carry everything you need, but conveniently …

You Can’t Hide Your Dryin’ Eyes

Dry eyes have been my “beauty bane” since I turned 50 some … Cough! Cough! … years ago. My peepers naturally water whenever they get irritated, leaving me with unlovely makeup. But older women aren’t the only ones suffering this dry spell; the condition affects older men nearly as much. A new you within reach — Visit AARP Life Reimagined » Marguerite McDonald, an ophthalmologist on Long Island, N.Y., calls dry-eye disease (DED) “a progressive condition that represents a huge unmet …