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Lois Joy Johnson in Paris
Just back from Paris with a fresh take on an old myth - the one that says French women know secrets about beauty, style and aging well.  Let's not forget a big part of their mysterious allure is the language and culture.  Living in a society that's not youth oriented 24/7 is certainly a shot in the libido. Even asking a shop assistant if you look fat in a pair of pants sounds OK - Est-ce que ce pantalon me grossit? But that's not all it takes. Mostly the "secrets" boil down to five things they do and we mostly don't. Want to have a certain je ne sais quoi? Make these switches and you will.
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Getting beauty sleep is no fairy tale. Sleep deprivation accelerates aging according to a new study sponsored by Estee Lauder at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Bad sleepers showed more wrinkles, saggier skin and uneven pigmentation than good snoozers. Funny thing. Many women 50 and older say they hardly sleep. We doze on and off between other night activities such as reading, snacking, sex, checking our emails and shopping online.
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If not for us, where would younger women be? We broke glass ceilings (and all the rules), burned our bras (to end gender discrimination and sexual harassment), freed our reproductive rights and reversed traditional roles (so we could have families and become millionaires without marrying or inheriting money). Thanks to us, younger babes have vintage clothing from the '60s, '70s and '80s, and a whole category of preventative de-aging solutions. Let's see how they deal with wrinkles, menopause, saggy skin and thin hair. But let's not knock them. After all, they do have style. Here are five things they do that we can benefit from, too:
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Although it's probably safe to assume that financial infidelity wasn't a culprit in the Shriver/Schwarzenegger split, irreconcilable money differences do play a role in many couples' break-ups. According to a recent study, the number who 'fess up to keeping their other halves in the dark about certain spending decisions is quite high - 80%, in fact.
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I still remember how proud I was to open my first checking account. Even better: getting my work permit when I turned 16, and then going to the grocery store and saying, "I'd like to cash a check." Pre-ATM days required some planning.
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