Solving the Mystery of Skin-Care Products

Every woman I know (including me) is confused by the sheer number (and price range) of skin-care products out there. Many of us haven’t a clue which products work best with others, which should be applied first or last, day or night…you get the (muddled) picture! I call that a beauty bummer. Do we need peptides? Retinol? Hyaluronic acid? All of the above? As we grow older, our skin-care needs become more challenging, thanks to all those years we turned …

Berlin Style: Made for America?

When my husband, Howard, turned 60 this fall, I gave him a trip to Berlin. Rivaling London and Paris, the German capital has emerged as a mecca for food, historical sightseeing (of course) and fashion. Did I have an ulterior motive? Absolutely! Though Howard’s primary interest is architecture, I hoped he would help me capture the clothing and accessory styles of fashionable older Berliners: Might we Americans be able to learn something from the way German women dress? >> No …

Power Color of the Month? Pink!

It may not be your favorite color. But won’t you consider wearing something pink — the color of health and hope — to get the word out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Watching breast-cancer survivor Hoda Kotb’s recent interview with Joan Lunden, who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last June, reset my heart to January 2012, when I lost my dear best friend, Charla Krupp, to the disease. Indeed, every woman I know says her life has …

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 …

A Newbie Grandma’s Tips for Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary, Congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild! That photo of you and Bill gazing adoringly at Baby Charlotte warmed my heart. As a rookie grandmother myself — I’ve got you beat by one week — I can totally relate. My life has turned upside down (in a good way!) since the arrival of my own little Charlotte two weeks ago. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take a break from your day job …

3 Smart Reasons for a Makeup Splurge

What’s your favorite cure for “The Blahs”? Mine’s the beauty binge — and apparently I’m not alone: In 2013, women 50 and older comforted themselves with $4 trillion worth of beauty indulgences. That statistic confirms what I’ve long suspected: Shopping for cosmetics is like having a brief and wild love affair — with no complications. And let’s face it: Some especially virulent cases of “I feel fat/old/stressed out” moping — even though you and I both know they are utterly …