3 Quick Fixes for Holiday ‘Beauty Bummers’

’Tis almost the season — of overreach, that is, when your already busy life gets even busier. From meal planning and preparation to getting together with far-flung family and friends — and, of course, trying to look radiant through it all — the last thing you need is to be thrown off your game plan by an unforeseen “beauty bummer.” >> 10 Must-Have Wardrobe Items for Women at 50+ But don’t stress — you’ve got enough of that in your life …

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 …

Sweat Your Way to Younger-Looking Skin

By now we’re all familiar with the golden rules for keeping our skin from aging prematurely: Use sunscreen (at least 30 SPF), exfoliate, moisturize, use a retinol product, get enough sleep, eat well and don’t drink too much alcohol. Now it turns out that regular exercise might be as helpful to keeping skin from aging as it is to keeping the body youthful. A New York Times report about a recent study stopped me in my tracks – literally. I was …

The New Face of Friendship: Has Facebook Replaced the Backyard Fence?

I grew up in Brooklyn at a time when there were many sets of parental eyes watching over us. Riding bikes, playing stoopball or jumping rope on the sidewalk, we knew, without having to think about it, that we were safe. We also knew that if any of us did or said something deemed less than civil, it would get back to our mothers (or whoever was waiting at home, and there was always someone waiting at home) before we set …

How to Get Your Arms in Shape for Summer? Push-ups!

It seems the older I get the more difficult it is to get certain body parts back in shape. This is especially true of my arms. But, here’s the good news: I have found an easy way to make arms strong and lean again in a few minutes a day: I do push-ups. Even if you’re already engaged in a regular exercise program (and I hope you are), you should give serious consideration to adding push-ups to your routine.  There’s …

In 2014 I Will…Embrace Positive Aging!

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, many of us are scribbling lists of ways to improve ourselves in the New Year: Lose weight. Change jobs. Spend less. Save more. But why not try something completely different this year? Rather than resolving to change yourself, how about embracing  yourself? It starts with your age: Once you’ve embraced your age, work your way toward embracing and loving your shape…your looks…everything about the way you are now. That’s the essence of positive …