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Lynn Toomey

Confessions of an Almost Retired Mom

My twin girls left for their freshman year in college just about a month ago and all I keep thinking about is that I didn’t get a chance to teach them my personal finance class. I’m a personal finance and retirement coach and educator for crying out loud. Teaching is what I do. How could I possibly let my girls escape the nest without imparting this critical knowledge? We were supposed to use the extra time they had doing remote senior year to go through my curriculum....

Casualize Your Fall Wardrobe With These Effortlessly Fashionable Essentials!

rom breezy button downs to timeless sweaters, its officially time to wind down with our casual styles as they are simply fabulous without trying too hard. We love these chic essentials to be the statement making basics of your fall wardrobe. Easy to thrown on, easy to style, and looks that you'll never get tired of. What more could you ask for? Here are the top wardrobe essentials to make your fall style casual yet cool! Shop our picks here. ...
Loran Sandal $69.30

5 Hip Outfits with Denim Skirts for Fall

Remember that favorite long denim skirt you had back in college or in your twenties that you wore everywhere? This fall they are BACK in a big way. They can be found in dark, faded or colored denim, and some styles have seamed detailing or are pieced together with different fabrics for a 70's vibe. Read on for 5 chic outfit ideas styled with fabulous denim skirts you will reach for all season long....
Antique clock

What’s Really Important is Time After 50!

I went in to buy a vacuum years ago and listened as the salesman tried to close a deal, assuring a woman my age that the appliance had a twenty-year guarantee. “I don’t care about that,” she answered. I felt sad for her. Last weekend the scene repeated itself verbatim when I went to purchase a new mattress. After a split second of recognizing “yep, that’s me now,” I flipped the message and bought the most luxurious mattress I’ve ever owned....
Nightrose PJs

PJ’s, Girlfriends and Sleep Overs

“Deb, You want to do a home to home?”

“Love to."

“Really, seriously?”

My feet start twitching and I am out of my chair -- I’m so excited.

I am suddenly 12 years old again, and a little giddy with the idea. That beastly Covid has ruined our annual sleepovers for too long. 

Like a rebellious pre-teen, we feel courageous and agree to a date.

I had been at her place last time, so we were going to start this round at my place. It was my turn now.

I wanted to get her something special to commemorate the sleepover re-launch.  My British friend had told me about these amazing PJ’s and so I went on-line to check them out. They were fabulous looking and frankly looked a little British. 

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Herno Bracelet Sleeve Puffer Coat $855

Stylish Puffer Jackets are Everywhere This Season

Who doesn't love a fun, comfy, warm puffer jacket? As most designers realize comfort is king, puffers can be found in almost every collection this season. Puffers come in so many silhouettes, some of which are packable in their own pockets and others with dramatic, oversized collars, metallic fabrics or interesting stitching. I have scoured websites and stores and found great puffer options for every style and budget, from Mango, Herno, Uniqlo, The North Face, Free People, Athleta and Avec Les Filles. ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Antique clock

What’s Really Important is Time After 50!

I went in to buy a vacuum years ago and listened as the salesman tried to close a deal, assuring a woman my age that the appliance had a twenty-year guarantee. “I don’t care about that,” she answered. I felt sad for her. Last weekend the scene repeated itself verbatim when I went to purchase a new mattress. After a split second of recognizing “yep, that’s me now,” I flipped the message and bought the most luxurious mattress I’ve ever owned....
Nightrose PJs

PJ’s, Girlfriends and Sleep Overs

“Deb, You want to do a home to home?”

“Love to."

“Really, seriously?”

My feet start twitching and I am out of my chair -- I’m so excited.

I am suddenly 12 years old again, and a little giddy with the idea. That beastly Covid has ruined our annual sleepovers for too long. 

Like a rebellious pre-teen, we feel courageous and agree to a date.

I had been at her place last time, so we were going to start this round at my place. It was my turn now.

I wanted to get her something special to commemorate the sleepover re-launch.  My British friend had told me about these amazing PJ’s and so I went on-line to check them out. They were fabulous looking and frankly looked a little British. 

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Featured on Fashion Friday

Skincare products

My 10 Daily Favorite Face and Hair Care Products

Our BA50 Fashion & Beauty writer Sharyn Greenstein shares her daily beauty routines. We love her rituals. Her skin looks fantastic so perhaps she is onto something. "While I am blessed with "good Italian skin," when I turned 60 this past year I realized I needed to rethink my skincare routine. Since college, I had used Oil of Olay face moisturizer morning and night, just like my Mom and Grandmother. But I kept reading and hearing about all kinds of "potions and lotions" that might help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize dark spots and add needed moisture and hydration to aging skin....."...
Loran Sandal $69.30

5 Hip Outfits with Denim Skirts for Fall

Remember that favorite long denim skirt you had back in college or in your twenties that you wore everywhere? This fall they are BACK in a big way. They can be found in dark, faded or colored denim, and some styles have seamed detailing or are pieced together with different fabrics for a 70's vibe. Read on for 5 chic outfit ideas styled with fabulous denim skirts you will reach for all season long....

Casualize Your Fall Wardrobe With These Effortlessly Fashionable Essentials!

rom breezy button downs to timeless sweaters, its officially time to wind down with our casual styles as they are simply fabulous without trying too hard. We love these chic essentials to be the statement making basics of your fall wardrobe. Easy to thrown on, easy to style, and looks that you'll never get tired of. What more could you ask for? Here are the top wardrobe essentials to make your fall style casual yet cool! Shop our picks here. ...