50+ Celebs: Just Like You and Me(ish!)

Stop turning green when you look at photos of famous people! They have the same — OK, almost the same — body flaws, sun-damaged skin, skimpy hair and anxieties about looking good that we do. And who am I to talk? Well, from 1997 to 2008 I served as the beauty and fashion director of MORE magazine, a gig that introduced me to a British supermodel world-famous for her stick figure in the 1960s. Now it was 1999, the global …

Find Your Best Fall Handbag

Call me a lazy schlepper, but all I ask from a handbag is that it carry everything I own, with nary a hitch or switch. The alternative — constantly dumping my infinite number of essentials and repacking them in various totes — is too horrific to contemplate. It’s also impractical, given my growing list of tech device take-alongs — iThis, iThat, Fitbits, noise-blocking headphones — and such new “must” items as bottles of hand sanitizer and extra pairs of glasses …

5 Steps to Cure Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder

I once had a dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t an online flirtation, a crush on actor Mark Rylance (that’s common knowledge) or a tendency for midnight fridge raids. It was a brief problem with BPSD, aka Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder, and it’s why online retailers such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Beauty.com are such a success. Women 50 and older are the biggest buyers of online beauty and fashion. Buy, try, return, repeat is a familiar but addictive habit. The revolving door …

6 Secrets of Ageless Women

Are you a snoop? I sure am. I can’t resist peeking in other women’s closets, bathroom cabinets and makeup bags. And when a friend says, “Watch my bag for a sec?” I’m always happy to oblige. Little does she realize how thorough the watching will be. Call me nosy, but I’m curious. She claims to be wearing Fracas, but what fragrance does she truly have on? Which drugstore creams or makeup is she into? What products does she consider splurge-worthy? …

5 Fast Eyebrow Fixes

From last winter to this July, I grew out my bangs — and was appalled to discover “what lies beneath”: misshapen eyebrows of multiple colors, missing tails and long, wiry hairs boinging this way and that. Brow makeup, which I loathe (and had successfully avoided until that moment), suddenly became a daily necessity. Indeed, some onlookers suggested even more extreme measures: A makeup-artist chum, for example, recommended I get permanent brow tattoos. No way! Feeling kind of naked without them, …

5 Fashion Fireworks for July Fourth

I live in suburbia — home to barbecues and book clubs, malls and multiplexes, country clubs, cul-de-sacs and Costcos the size of Connecticut. The occupants of those precincts will be out in force this Saturday, as SUVs all over town disgorge 50-plus types eager to communally celebrate our national birthday. (Cause to feel festive: We’re only 239 years old!) Whether you’re an empty nester, a “Glam-ma” or a dating divorcee rocking ankle tattoos, statement glasses and a monster-size handbag, you …