So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner ...”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother.
Sporting a black blazer and skinny jeans, Vega (now 55) looked, sounded and moved like her 25-year-old self. As she shared funny stories about being the mother of a 20-year-old daughter, I couldn’t help wondering: Is Suzanne Vega this cool offstage? Or does she occasionally catch herself spouting EMMs — Everyday Motherly Myths — just like the rest of us?
“Stop frowning or you’ll need Botox!” is in heavy rotation at our dinner table these days, my two grown daughters will tell you. Indeed, we all carry around some version of this “beauty baggage,” don’t we? And we all wonder how much of it is true. So if your mother ever told you:
“Don’t cross your legs …” Mom’s almost right. Although genes may increase your odds of developing visible shin veins and broken capillaries behind the knees, the real culprits here are being on your feet all day (teachers, I’m looking at you) and clothing choices that block your circulation. Your veins pump blood from your legs up to your heart, so wearing anything that constricts them all day — tight, knee-high boots, for example, or extreme skinny jeans — keeps your blood from the swift completion of its rounds. The same goes for sitting with your legs crossed for hours on end every day. To boost your vascular vitality, try ankle boots, slim “boyfriend” jeans or ankle pants. Oh, and move your butt — that is, get up and move around as much as you can during the day.
For more beauty and style tips for women 50-plus, check out my Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age.
Photos: Gus Stewart/Redferns/Getty Images (Vega performing); walmart.com; lorealparisusa.com; sephora.com; Frank Hoensch/Redferns/Getty Images (Vega in top hat)
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