What I Wore to VidCon

Late last month I packed my bags and headed to Anaheim, Calif., to attend VidCon, the fifth annual gathering for YouTubers (or “creators,” as they prefer) and their adoring fans. As you can tell from the shot below, however, I’m not sure “adoring” quite covers it. Why, many people asked, would I put myself in the path (literally) of thousands (nearly 18,000, to be exact) of mostly teenage girls who frequently screamed as they ran after the newest, hottest, cutest, …

How to Be a Sexy Grandma at the Beach

My daughter was horrified and my grandsons hysterical when Glam-ma Lo (me) showed up for a swim at the pool in a bikini: “Mom! Are you kidding?” “Glam! You look like Miley Cyrus!” I thought Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Jessica Lange had sexed up grannyhood to the point where anything goes, but apparently France remains the only place on the planet where it’s OK for grandmothers to bare a little boob or tush. If you, too, have felt the …

Wear the Best Colors to Brighten Your Look

My go-to cold-weather color has always been black. Since forever, it occurs to me now, my preferred way of dressing in fall and winter has been to pair a black sweater with a pair of blue jeans, or slip into a little black dress that hovers just above my knees. Is it because I’ve gone Goth? Or gone into perpetual mourning? Nothing of the sort; it’s simply that I’ve always thought the color black looks good on me (and, yes, …

Fashion Watch: Now, It’s All About the Dress

On Monday in New York City, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon to open the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both Obama and Wintour wore dresses. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is: Dresses have almost completely replaced suits as the go-to fashion solution for most work/life situations, even for heads of state and CEOs. (Here’s hoping Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton catch on soon!) Dresses are showing up in …

Old Clothes We Can’t Quit: It Still Fits!

For my book The Cheapskate Next Door, I surveyed hundreds of proud “cheapskates” about – among other things – the oldest piece of clothing they own and at least occasionally still wear.  The answer, on average, was one or more apparel items dating back roughly to the time when Jimmy Carter was President (1977-1981). That was far from the winning response though:  One of my fellow cheapskates from Pennsylvania took the prize, because he still owns and quite often wears …