Closet Clearing 101: Keep This, Not That

To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dark straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress). Having these on hand helps you create a timeless foundation. You can then build on this with trendy pieces from each new season, such as two of this year’s favorite items (so far!): animal-print scarves and slouchy slacks. Anytime you add …

Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …

The Confidence Collapse: Don’t Let It Happen to You

Ladies, are we undergoing some sort of collective “confidence collapse”? Maybe you’ve noticed what I have lately: So many grownup women — in meetings, on the street, wherever — hold their bodies in a way that fails to exude the confidence of their experience. It’s not our words but our body language: Too many of us seem to make ourselves smaller when speaking, as though we’re trying to fade into the background. What’s behind this loss of self-assurance? Any person, …

What Ideas@50+ Taught Me About Positive Living

As a blogger for AARP and the host of its Best of Everything video series on YouTube, I had an opportunity to attend the association’s recent Ideas@50+ event in San Diego. It was a fun chance to mingle with some of the attendees and speakers, and I managed to snag some keepsake shots such as the one at right with the very entertaining Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards star — along with another Hollywood president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s Veep …

Thinning Hair: What Women Can Do About It

Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair per day may sound catastrophic, but it’s actually the normal rate. If you’re shedding more than that, however, you may be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss. The result is hard-to-handle thinning hair. When should you start worrying about this particularly virulent strain of flyaway hair? Well, some hair loss is temporary: It may be brought on by stress, poor eating habits or a body trauma such as …

Fit in Five Minutes

The way Gretchen Reynolds kicked off her recent New York Times article made me jump for joy – then jump into my jog togs: Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed.” My happiness stemmed not from the realization …