Arms and the Woman: 3 Cool Ways to Cover Yours When It’s Hot

If you haven’t quite achieved Michelle Obama’s super-toned arms, is there a way to veil yours with style and confidence? That’s one of the most frustrating beauty challenges for women of any age. Even if you’re at your ideal weight, your arms may be, uh – let’s just call them “less than buff,” leaving you reluctant to show them off as the weather warms up. What to do? Here are three easy ways to look cool and stylish, no matter …

5 Women Over 50 Who Lead and Inspire

Life after 50 can definitely have its challenges. I try to follow my own advice about working out, eating well, getting enough sleep, and staying engaged and positive about aging. But sometimes life throws curve balls that make you want to pull the covers over your head  - and stay there. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That’s not possible. So, instead of giving in to these moments (however long they last), I often find myself turning to …

Are Women Over 50 Too Old to Wear Braids?

When we think of braids we usually think of schoolgirl pigtails. Perhaps Cindy Brady, Pippi Longstocking or Dorothy  in the Wizard of Oz come to mind. Braids long have been the exclusive domain of youth, but the truth is, if done right, braids are an interesting-and free-hair accessory, even for women over 50 and especially in summer. Many women have grown tired of boring buns and predictable ponytails, and are looking for chic and hip ways to style hair to look cool …

5 Top “Best of Everything After 50″ Beauty Picks for 2013

A new year is here . . . the perfect opportunity to throw out the old and bring in the new (beauty products, that is!).  If you don’t usually wear makeup, maybe it’s time to harness the power of a few well chosen beauty products to brighten our faces and polish our looks. And, it’s fun! Remember: embracing your age and wanting to feel pretty are NOT mutually exclusive. To that end, I’m always on the lookout for the best …

Your New Best Holiday Cookie Recipe!

Traditions and rituals –particularly when they’re connected to food –are an essential part of life and can often be the glue that keeps families from drifting too far apart, especially during one of the busiest times of the year. Every December, my family, along with some friends, gather for a day of baking holiday cookies in my home. However, these are not just any cookies culled from one of my favorite recipe books. These cookies are the exact same ones my …

Study Proves Women Over 50 Have the Biggest Hearts

It’s the holiday season: a time of year when most of us think more about giving than receiving. And of all the demographic groups, which one do you think gives the most? If your answer is “American women over 50,” you’re right. A recent study shows that our hearts just might get bigger with each passing year. The stunning study -Women Give 2012 -was conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., …