Jeans and Tablets Are Top Items Packed for Travel – Teenagers or Boomers?

By Stephanie Miles The answer is boomers! Surprised? These may be top picks for teenagers as well, but in the new AARP Travel Trends Survey for the 50-plus, these were also two of the top items packed as the 50-plus head out for travel. I am excited to share some interesting observations from our new research on how people 50-plus will travel next year. Are you ready? Americans 50-plus spend $1.2 billion dollars a year on leisure travel, and it …

5 Smart (and Womanly) Buys for Fall

Am I the only one who witnessed Sharon Stone coming out this spring? Not sexually, mind you, but chronologically. Stone has been something of a refusenik when it comes to aging, so I smiled to myself when she told Shape magazine, “I’m not trying to make myself look like a girl because I’m not a girl anymore.” And I positively cheered when Stone went on to report that she’s “very happy” about being a grown woman: “I think there’s a …

5 Retro Fashion and Beauty Trends Return for Spring

In beauty and fashion, everything eventually comes back – but never the same way. Fresh details and an updated attitude make the difference. Before you say “been there, done that,” check out these five new-again trends. Each provides a de-stressing fix that’ll make spring and summer 2014 a breeze. COMFY JEANS. No, not “mom” jeans! I mean the new slim boyfriend jeans, pared down from the baggy originals with the same a-a-ah factor but with a feminine fit. Look for …

Fall Fashion: The 5 Best Buys For Us

Fashion is in big trouble. Labor Day is over and we’re just getting the itch to shop … maybe. After all, what’s in it for us? As a postmenopausal fashion expert and the former fashion director of two major women’s magazines, I attend the runway circus known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (the next one begins Thursday in New York City). Let’s be honest. Runway shows are about editors hooking up with advertisers (for financial partnerships), stylists hooking up celeb clients …

Behind the Seams: Costume Designer Debra McGuire

Meet Debra McGuire, the megawatt costume designer who with nearly 30 years of professional experience is a comedic director’s dream. She has designed theater, film and TV, and secured her place as one of the fashion industry’s most talented people. With two Primetime Emmy Outstanding Costume nominations under her belt and an undying passion to her craft, McGuire took a break from her current television project, The Exes (TV Land, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET), to reflect on her career and …

U.N. Report: 1 Billion Will Be 60+ by 2020; Global Action Needed to Protect Aged

The global population of over-60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a new report, the organization warns that discrimination, abuse and violence against older adults — and especially older women — are still common, even in wealthy industrialized nations.