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 …

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 …