Beauty Quickie: The Ice Facial

Woke up a little drawn or puffy? Actor Paul Newman used to swear by this trick and so should you: Fill your bathroom sink with cold water and add a couple of ice cubes. Then dunk your face, holding still for up to 10 seconds. Repeat a few times to tighten the skin and reduce…

Cocktail Quickie: The Mojito

Come dusk on summer Saturday nights, I know I will find my friend Michael at his dining room table lining up a bag of sugar, a bottle of rum, some mint leaves and a perfect pyramid of limes. Whoever stops by first will be recruited as assistant, tasked with cutting and juicing the limes. Michael…

Cool Looks for Hot Weather

One summer when our children were small, we rented a beach house with another couple. My friend Gwen was between jobs that July and offered to stay with her kids and ours during the week while the other adults headed back to our desks in the city. We spent a great first weekend together, then…

The No-Show

Here’s the secret to breaking in a new pair of shoes without blisters: just choose the right socks. Foot coverings have come a long way in the last few years, and with the exception of sandals, designers are now sewing up socks that protect toes and heels in every style of shoe, even foot-cleavage models…

Fashion Quickie: The Wedge Heel

My friend Lisa showed up for dinner the other night suddenly towering over the rest of our short girl posse. The source of her newly gained five inches – yes, five – was a jaunty pair of strappy black wedges. The wedge, also known as a wedge boot or a “liftie,’ is a shoe or…

Cocktail Quickie: The Lemon Drop

Here’s a girlie drink that works equally well for guys. A flavored martini in disguise, the Lemon Drop gets its pucker from citrus and its sweet from superfine sugar. Mix up a batch and watch the world turn candy colors. Ingredients for 1 drink: 1 1/2 ounces frozen vodka 1 teaspoon superfine sugar ¾-1 ounce freshly…

Beauty Quickie: Self Tanner

I grew up in South Florida in the days before sunscreen was considered necessary. Baby oil was the only thing my friends and I rubbed on our beachy skin. Over 30 years later, I still live down here but I don’t leave the house without putting sunscreen on. Sometimes though, I want a little glow.…

Fashion Quickie: Summery Shirtdress

My summer travel plans are starting to come together and I’m going to be spending time in some urban areas. Warm urban areas. So I’ve been going through my closet to see what items I’m missing. And what I’m feeling I want for my travels is a shirtdress. Easy to wear, comfortable and more polished…

Cocktail Quickie: The Margarita

Tequila is hot, and not just because George Clooney is part owner of a company that makes the stuff. Good friends of mine who are big tequila drinkers swear it gives them energy and a happy buzz, without the comedown that other spirits can leave behind. A classic tequila drink is the Margarita, and here’s…

Sex Quickie: Why You Should Masturbate

In the last few years, the world has finally acknowledged that, yes, women do masturbate. (Loud cheering.) And we should. Often. There are many reasons why masturbation is beneficial to us. Here are some of my favorites: Masturbation feels good. Falls in to the use it or lose it campaign of anti-aging. Keep those vaginal…