The New Black: Blue and Pink?!

And the award for color of the year goes to … rose quartz and serenity?!? When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance. The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels. Get discounts on prescriptions, health exams, eye care and …

Leave Turkey Neck to the Birds

When I’m not snapping the loose skin of my inner elbows or watching my upper arms jiggle in a sleeveless dress, you might find me anxiously scrutinizing my profile in my car’s rearview mirror. (Don’t worry — I pull over first.) Yes, Tech Neck — formerly known as Turkey-Wattle Syndrome — has struck. Its cause: Looking down all day long at that stupid screen that has taken over your life, doubling your chins and turning the skin on your neck …

Makeup Tips for Scrooges

Fed up with “holiday” promotions, “special” makeup kits and “limited edition” shades? I know I am, especially given that it’s barely mid-November. But the party push is on, and my neighborhood drugstore displays are changing faster than a Carrie Mathison mood swing on Homeland. Call it seasonal denial disorder, but I refuse to indulge in even the most muted shopping spree until Dec. 1. Until then, I intend to make the most of the beauty products I already have on …

Hemlines That Flaunt and Flatter

I lead a double life. My grounded suburban self — kids, grandkids, malls and all — saves me from making the sort of mistakes that my fashion-editor self might easily commit if I allowed myself to fall for every new trend that trots down a runway. Take this year’s hemline hash, for example: Mid-calf skirts and below-the-knee lengths are the next big thing? Not for me, honey! Popular games, new recipes, movie reviews — AARP Leisure Newsletter » Fortunately, today’s retailers …

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Neck This Fall

Other than you-know-what, nothing makes a woman’s face glow brighter than something lovely at her neckline. And if you happen to be amply endowed — either at your chest or at your middle — a collarbone distraction will draw the viewer’s gaze up toward your smiling face. Sure, a glamorous statement necklace is always in vogue. But let’s look at five other ways to turn a ho-hum outfit into a chic ensemble simply by sitting something cool at your clavicle. …

Glam-Ma Tricks and Treats

As little girls, my daughters, now 41 and 31, loved Halloween: It was the one day of the year their black-clad fashion-editor mom didn’t stand out in the burbs. Now it’s 2015, and I’ve been a “Glam-ma” for 11 years, but my style (right) is still a little bewitched — though it’s more Fiona Goode (played by Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven), I’d like to think, than Elphaba Thropp (from Wicked). With your own closet overflowing (my guess) …