Chill Out: 5 Easy Ways to Deal with Hot Flashes

You know when you’ve got one. There’s a feeling of intense heat that builds slow and steady or suddenly jumps you like a lion on an unsuspecting gazelle. It’s a hot flash, and symptoms often include tingling in your fingers, a prickling feeling along the hairline, fast heartbeat, hot or red skin, and those damn,…

Show Off Your Arms like Anna Wintour

Feeling self-conscious about sagging skin on your arms? Take a page from Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and let it all hang out. As I write this, the 65-year-old style-setter is sitting in Serena Williams’ players box at Wimbledon, wearing a sleeveless dress that shows off the folds on her otherwise toned upper arms. Exercise…

No Reading Glasses for Me!

The first time I noticed it was in a dimly lit restaurant. I grabbed for the candle on the table thinking, “Gee, the type on this menu is awfully small.” In the next few weeks I found the same thing happening when I read the newspaper or sought ingredients on a package label in the…

Journal of My 49th Year: A Funeral Suit

(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number six. Find the series here.) I managed to make it through the first 40 years of my life without having to attend a funeral.…

Exercises We Love: Leg Extensions

Leg Extensions strengthen your thigh muscles, providing protection for your knees and extra stamina for rolling around in bed. This is another simple exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime. How It Works: Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, hands touching the floor on either sides of your legs…

Exercises We Love: Side Lunge

The side lunge does double duty for your thighs, toning both the inner and outer regions. How it works: Stand with your feet together and hands on your hips. With your right leg, lunge as far as you can to the right, bending your right knee and pushing your hips back as far as you…

Exercises We Love: Star Jumps

I recently tried this crouching form of Star Jump for the first time and was impressed with the multiple muscle groups it involves and the great cardio training it offers. You can also do it anytime and almost anywhere (it involves jumping up and down.) How It Works: Start in a standing position with your…

Journal of my 49th Year: What To Do About My Skin

(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number five. Find the series here.) I’ve accepted the fact that no matter what I do, whether it’s exercising, eating right or praying to the…

Product Review: John Masters Shine On Treatment

My hair has been going through some changes lately. I’m shedding a lot more of it and because of the increasing amount of gray hair I have, I’m getting it colored more often. So it’s really important for me to use hair care products that are all natural and gentle. John Masters Shine On Leave-In…

Dressing for Internal Climate Control

Lesson learned this week: Don’t sit near a restaurant’s wood-burning pizza oven if you are a woman of a certain age unless you have frostbite. I was having dinner with my good friend S. when we noticed the temperature rising. Luckily, we had both dressed in layers and started shedding them one at a time.…