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Getting Toned in My 50’s

“You’re thin, but you’re flabby.” So spoke my 16 year-old daughter when we went on a beach vacation this summer. She was referring particularly to my arms. After years of running, my legs are decently toned. But even after I replaced running with swimming several years back, my arms still look like some sort of hastily improvised, white surrender flag: long sticks with loose marshmallow-like blobs of flesh swinging off them....
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My Ativan Summer

Have you ever taken Ativan? I’d been given the prescription right after my diagnosis of oral cancer. It takes the edge off of anxiety and calms jangled nerves. “Are you claustrophobic?” was one of the first questions I’d been asked. I am, not to the point where I can’t ride an elevator but I don’t like crowds and hate anything covering my face. That was unfortunate since I had to be fitted......
Denim Shacket $29.99

Add some Classic Blue to your Wardrobe for under $40

There are so many sales going on right now that it can be hard to justify paying full price for anything, especially clothes. For this article I challenged myself to find stylish, easy-to-wear pieces under $40. I chose to focus on classic blue, which is Pantone's color of the year for 2020. Classic blue is universally flattering on all skin tones and is a color that can be worn all four seasons, reducing cost per wear. ...
Pottery Barn Nottingham Faux Fur Plaid Throw $149

Cuddle Up Outdoors In These Warm Throw Blankets

Making our outdoor spaces as welcoming as possible right now includes having a basket filled with an assortment of blankets and throws for you and your guests to cuddle up in. There is something for everyone - tartan plaids, tie-dye, animal prints, faux fur, sherpa, down throws and even a travel one with a carrying case. Here is my roundup of throw blankets guaranteed to help you stay warm and be an A+ hostess at all your outside gatherings. ...
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The Chicest Snow Boots to Wear Outside this Fall and Throughout Winter

Even though winter is (thankfully) a couple of months away, it's time to start thinking about cold-weather footwear. Unsure of when we will be comfortably socializing indoors, many of us will continue to gather outside even if we need to be in our down parkas. Keeping our feet warm will be as essential as wearing a warm jacket....

How to Style Cozy Oversized Sweaters

We all love a cozy knit sweater with an oversized silhouette, but it is important to pay attention to proportion when styling one so it doesn't swallow us up. It's all about balance. To offset the volume on top, pair a tunic length sweater with leggings or skinny jeans. Add a heeled boot to make your legs appear longer. Here are my top 10 oversized sweaters you might want to consider adding to your wardrobe this fall....

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Couple in love drinking tea and enjoying winter holidays

Young Love: My Daughter and Her Boyfriend

I tried to keep my eyes on the puzzle but I couldn’t help observing my daughter—now a young woman—gaze at her lover. People say she looks like me with her turned up nose and heart-shaped face, but her coloring is all her dad’s side of the family: deep, deep auburn hair; creamy porcelain skin with a smattering of peachy freckles; and light colored eyes—one blue, one light brown. The soft light of the fire danced across her face, illuminating her happiness....

Featured on Fashion Friday

Pottery Barn Nottingham Faux Fur Plaid Throw $149

Cuddle Up Outdoors In These Warm Throw Blankets

Making our outdoor spaces as welcoming as possible right now includes having a basket filled with an assortment of blankets and throws for you and your guests to cuddle up in. There is something for everyone - tartan plaids, tie-dye, animal prints, faux fur, sherpa, down throws and even a travel one with a carrying case. Here is my roundup of throw blankets guaranteed to help you stay warm and be an A+ hostess at all your outside gatherings. ...
Denim Shacket $29.99

Add some Classic Blue to your Wardrobe for under $40

There are so many sales going on right now that it can be hard to justify paying full price for anything, especially clothes. For this article I challenged myself to find stylish, easy-to-wear pieces under $40. I chose to focus on classic blue, which is Pantone's color of the year for 2020. Classic blue is universally flattering on all skin tones and is a color that can be worn all four seasons, reducing cost per wear. ...