Breakfast Paris style with my Auntie Dina

Energy Infusion: 24 Hours In NYC

Like a fair weather sports fan who had given up on their team in a down season, I guiltily admitted that I had forgotten how much I adored the buzz of the city and felt badly that I didn't think NYC could feel like this again. And for the first time in 2 years, I felt the fear of being in the city melt away and the allure returned. Breakfast Paris meets NYC style with Auntie Dina, a cultural immersion and the charge one gets from walking miles and miles with my friend in NYC ...
Kori Block Heel Bootie $595

The Style Power of a Perfect Pair of Classic Booties

A well-crafted pair of booties that fit your personal style has the power to transform any outfit you wear from good to great. There are a few key pairs you should consider having in you wardrobe. A flat everyday Chelsea or pointed toe boot, a water-resistant bootie, a dressier block or kitten heel, and some type of lug sole, combat or lace-up hiker are the four I strongly recommend....
Girl looking into mirror

The Only Time I Feel Pretty

The only time I really feel pretty is when I am looking in the small bathroom mirror from the shoulders up. There I can focus on just my top half, and I am pleased with what I see: a cute woman with still youthful features, a wide smile, warm brown eyes, and a nice décolletage.  Get me in front of a full-length mirror, staring back at the big picture, and I lose all perspective. My hips are too wide, my legs are too short, and my big breasts hang too damn low.  My face doesn't fit with my body, my hair is the wrong length, and everything looks mismatched. The gestalt of me is askew....
Dad and I

Dad’s Girl

"Hello Dad" I smile as his hand covers mine.  Just like that I am transported back to being Daddy's little girl, his beautiful first daughter.  Never mind that his hand covering mine is gnarled and arthritic; and that my hair at fifty-nine is a white as anyone else's in the room. I pretend not to hear the murmuring "That's Charlie's Daughter, isn't she lovely?"…and laugh when I hear him gleefully telling his Bridge cohorts as we leave the card room: "She drives that electrical car thing and, you know, they have to stop and charge halfway…"  Of course, I parked by the window. Dad.  He's always been one of the one of two people on Earth (the other my Husband) who always makes me feel loved, cherished and beautiful....
Felice Shapiro

Avoiding Transition

"When are we leaving? It's already mid-October and we are the only ones on our street who are still here." My husband has been ready move on from our island home of almost 6 months and back on the mainland of life. "Wow, really, you're ready? I have so many writing projects. I'm starting my Podcast. I will get distracted by life if I leave here. It's so cozy and quiet here. I can think here. All the tourists have left. I love it." "You mean you just want to stay for another month or two?" "That would be awesome." What a gem of a guy I think. "Nope, that's not gonna happen." "Holy, shit he's really ready."...
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....."...
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....