Still Need Holiday Gifts? Here Are Some of My Favorites.

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenEach summer I attend the NY NOW Show – The Market for Lifestyle, Home + Gift – at the Javits Center in New York City. It’s fun to walk the aisles filled with jewelry, housewares, artisan crafts, paper goods, and a whole lot more. Since it’s the gift giving season, I thought I would share some of my favorite things from the show. I’ve included items only where I know you can purchase them online.

Also included in this year’s gift guide, are a few products from my basket of blogger swag — I receive so many different and unusual items throughout the year.

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, perhaps you’ll find an idea for the perfect gift for a loved one or maybe a treat for yourself. Plus read down all the way, as I’m giving away some holiday gifts during JudiBoomergirl’s December giveaways! Be sure to enter this week’s Rafflecopter for Camille Beckman English Lavender Glycerine Hand Therapy!

For Those Who Love Jewelry
 These necklaces from bennyandezra.com will inspire you with their wearable mantras that evoke determination, self-worth and grace.

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Benny & Ezra jewelry.

 Maya Angelou: The Legacy Collection caught my interest at the show. You can order the jewelry at dogeared.com. There are bracelets, necklaces, and totes with Angelou quotes such as “One must nurture the joy in one’s life so that it reaches full bloom.”

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Maya Angelou inspired jewelry and gifts.

Founded by actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, thegivingkeys.com tells you to “embrace your word, then pass it on to a person who needs it more than you.” Words like brave, courage, faith, are engraved on keys. There are gender neutral necklaces, keychains, bracelets and more. Each sale helps the homeless.
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Learning How To Browse and Binge In A Great Big TV World

I’m pleased to be working with Comcast on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenI remember when I was growing up in the Bronx, NY, and my family used to watch TV shows on a small black and white (and eventually color) television. Back in the 1960s there were primarily three networks ABC, CBS, and NBC. My dad would watch the evening news and then we would watch variety shows with hosts like Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, and Ed Sullivan. (The cute mouse puppet Topo Gigio was my favorite guest.)


(Note: If you cannot see the video of Topo Gigio on The Ed Sullivan Show, click here.)

Rarely would there be an evening where we would watch with ease. There was no remote so either I or my sister would get up off the couch to change the station. Oftentimes the picture would start flipping – yes, just flipping around. My mom would adjust the antenna atop the television, moving it in one direction or another to see if she could stop the flip. Or she might wrap the antenna in aluminum foil to improve connectivity. Sometimes it worked, other times it proved futile.

A Great Big TV World
Wow-o-wow has life changed since I was a kid. Now there are hundreds of networks, multiple streaming services, and content can be viewed on computers, tablets and mobile phones.  Plus with my Comcast X1 Xfinity subscription, for which I pay a hefty price, I can: Continue reading

Janes Wellness Gowns Cover With Comfort For The Medical Journey

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellness“My note is to tell you about Janes Wellness Gowns, something wonderful, that offers women over 50 comfort, style, and dignity when they need it most,” wrote Sharon Linder, the founder of GetJanes.

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Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would take Sharon up on her offer to showcase her social entrepreneurial efforts that help women during their medical journey. (And offer a giveaway for a Janes, see below!)

It’s also an approrpriate time to remind you, dear reader, to make your appointment (if you haven’t had one) for your yearly mammogram. Boomer women are often caregivers to others, yet when it comes to nurturing themselves – they tend to let it fall to the bottom of the list. Am I right? Admit it! Last week, I wrote about getting a bone density scan to help take care of your bone health. That’s important too.

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Female entrepreneur Sharon Linder created Janes Wellness Gowns.

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Your Post 50 Feet Will Love These Comfortable Shoes

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenIt was around the time I reached my late 40s that I started having issues with shoes. Before then, I couldn’t wait for Lord & Taylor to have their fall sale. Each year, I would race to the store to pick out three pairs so I could get 30% off. Sometimes I would buy more than three. My closet racks were filled with shoes.

As I approached my early 50s, finding shoes to fit proved more difficult. I went from heels to ballet flats. In the winter I wore Uggs for casual wear and high black leather boots when I was going to the office.

When I retired from my full-time job I started doing lots of yoga without shoes or socks.

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I have flat feet from aging and going barefoot so much during my life after 50.

A Visit To The Podiatrist
“I used to be able to walk all over New York City, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and now my feet hurt after a short distance,” I told the podiatrist during my appointment last winter. “You have flat feet,” said Dr. L. “Your arches can flatten out as you age, especially if you are going barefoot all the time. You need more supportive shoes.” He also recommended orthotics.

The Hunt For Comfortable Cold Weather Shoes
I bought Dr. Scholl’s orthotic inserts which worked well in my sneakers. But I couldn’t find comfortable shoes. That’s when I turned to SAS also know as San Antonio Shoemakers. I went to the shoe store in town where I used to take my kids when they were toddlers. Unlike many department stores, the saleswoman measured my feet and brought out several pairs of shoes. I felt like Goldilocks.

“This pair is too tight,” I said about the first shoes I tried on.
“This pair is too lose,” I said about the second.
“I have narrow heels. My foot is slipping out of this pair,” I said about the third.
“The arch is too high in this shoe,” I said about the fourth.

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I wore my SAS Freetime shoes with jeans to the NY NOW Show in NYC this winter.

Finally after trying on about 15 different shoes, the saleswoman brought out a pair of SAS shoes — the Freetime style, with a removable, cushioned foot bed and a soft sole for shock absorption. I have to admit that they weren’t the most glamorous shoes I ever owned but my feet felt like they were walking on a cloud. I wore them all winter with jeans, leggings, even tights and a skirt and was able to walk all over NYC on multiple occasions. My feet were so happy and my boyfriend L said I looked cool in my Freetime black Nubuck shoes, like a fashionable hipster.

Not Just Your Nana’s and Papa’s Shoes
As the weather warmed up, I had a new dilemma. I couldn’t  wear my Freetime black Nubuck shoes during the summer months. Oh no, oh no, oh no – not another search for shoes!

Then I saw an ad on Facebook. It featured a new stylish collection of SAS shoes. Could it be possible that the same company that inspired an ardent customer-base of elderly nanas and papas was now targeting boomer women? I was so excited.

I quickly contacted the marketing team and told them I would love to learn more about their 40th anniversary line. The nice marketing manager offered to send a pair of their casual shoes to me in collaboration for a blog post.* (Did I say I love being a blogger? I do! I do!)

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I wore my Breezy shoes to the shore.

I picked out the Breezy casual with genuine moccasin construction in trendy Periwinkle. I liked that these shoes had side perforations to vent heat, and a foam foot bed topped with striped microfiber for all-day comfort. I bought a size 8 so I could add my orthotics. Continue reading

“Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie” Is Fabulous, Fashionable, and Fun

This post is made possible by support from Fox Searchlight Pictures. All opinions are my own.

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenThe crowd cheered as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the stars of Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie, walked into the Chelsea Bowtie theatre in New York City on Tuesday evening for an advance screening of their new film. Not knowing much about the British series of the same name, I was eager to learn more about their characters Edina and Patsy. Edina runs a PR agency and Patsy is a magazine editor.

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Crowds cheered when “Absolutely Fabulous -The Movie” stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley entered the theatre at the screening in NYC.

An Hilarious Twosome
My friend J and I quickly became Edina and Patsy fans, laughing our way through the hilarious twosomes shopping, drinking, clubbing, and escapades around London’s trendiest hotspots. The two are post 60 women with attitude and not afraid to pop themselves with Botox, wear outlandish designer outfits, and say whatever they feel like saying, whenever they feel like saying it. Maybe that’s why I found myself cheering on this dynamic duo for the entire 90 minutes. Having worked in PR for most of my previous career, I could empathize with Edina’s and Patsy’s outrageous behavior to win a prized client or placement.

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Edina and Patsy are cohorts and best friends in “Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie.”

A Fabulous, Fashionable, and Fun Movie

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In the movie, Edina and Patsy push their way into an uber fashionable launch party to gain access to model Kate Moss as a potential PR client. When Edina happens to push Kate into the river and potentially kill her, all hell breaks loose and they are relentlessly pursued by the media and paparazzi. Penniless, they escape to the French Riviera, planning a way to make their stay there permanent so they can live the high life forever. Continue reading

My Foodie Favorites At The 2016 Fancy Food Show

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A few weeks ago, I went to the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center NYC. As a post 50 foodie, I gravitate toward wellness trends. In my mind that includes dark chocolate (which BTW is supposedly filled with healthful benefits) and frozen treats (Okay some were low fat ice pops. However, I couldn’t resist the full fat ice cream too. Boomer girls gotta live a little.)

“Judi The Foodie” Shares Food Trends
After sipping and nibbling my way through 363,000 square feet filled with 2670 exhibiting companies (I clocked 6+ miles in my comfy Breezy shoes provided by SAS Shoemakers), I’m pleased to share some of the food trends and favorites from the show. You may find these products in your local supermarket. If not check Whole Foods, Amazon, or online links provided.

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I walked 6+ miles around the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. Glad I wore my comfy SAS Shoemaker Breezy shoes. I could have eaten this entire barrel of Romano cheese.

BEVERAGES
♥ Tons of Teas:
According to The Tea Association of the U.S.A., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. No wonder there were many cold-brewed and hot varieties. I drank:
* Thea’s English Standard Tea, the proper iced tea, sugar-free, sweetener-free, and calorie-free — the Wonderberry flavor is decaf.
* ASI Tea, brewed from Wild Picked American Yaupon Leaves, the only significant native source of caffeine in North America. (I try to stay caffeine-free, but there are many high caffeine products out there.)
* SenCha Green Tea + C, sugar-free with natural vitamin C. They offer Green Tea mints and  Matcha Powder. Numi organic Tumeric teas were available. Turmeric is a BIG trend in wellness.
*CHAM cold-brewed wellness teas, which claim to calm, revitalize and provide defense.
* Tea Forte TEA OVER ICE Steeping Tea Pitcher — a neat idea that looked pretty.

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Tea is trending with hot and cold brewed varieties.

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It’s Like Magic! Entertainment and Home Security at My Fingertips

Wow! Xfinity has a lot more to offer families than I knew! A big thanks to them for partnering with me to bring you this post. Also enter the group Rafflecopter giveaway from Xfinity for a NEST Learning Thermostat (ASV $249). Entry at the end of this post. #XfinityMoms

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenLast week, my boyfriend L was talking into the television remote asking it to find a show that he wanted to watch. “My remote doesn’t listen,” I said to L. “Well my new one does,” L replied. “You should get one.”

A few days later, I was invited to attend a blogger event in Lawrenceville, NJ, put on by Comcast to introduce their Xfinity stores. I was eager to learn more about the Xfinity services, especially since I am a long-time customer who is paying a lot for many of these services and not utilizing them to the fullest.

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The presentations left me in awe of the entertainment that is available at my fingertips. And it isn’t even a coming attraction – it’s already here, right now in my house. The technology was fascinating – almost like magic! For those of you who are Xfinity customers, I encourage you to read on. Continue reading

An Easy Way To Shop For Stylish Eyewear

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50“Mom, you can’t buy anymore frames,” said my daughter A during our travels to Paris a few years ago. I had never seen so many optical  shops in one city. We were in the Jewish Quarter where I purchased two tortoise-shell frames that I later filled with my progressive and computer lenses.

As a post 50 fashionista, I do believe that eyewear is an important accessory and sends a statement about your style. “Because people generally recognize you by your face, the eyeglasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity,” says Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business.

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Stylish Eyewear: I’m sporting black frames from Felix + Iris and tortoise shell frames from my trip to Paris.

Today there are many online shops for stylish specs and readers. It’s good to know what styles look best for your shaped face (see my blog post about this tip). Many of the shops let you try on frames before you buy and provide measurements for each frame. You can use a ruler to determine the size of your current glasses and compare. Some shops require a faxed prescription from your doctor prior to ordering. I also recommend having your PD (pupillary distance) properly measured by an optometrist. This measurement is used to make eyeglasses, but not usually included in your prescription.

A Range Of Readers
Being a boomer blogger, I frequently receive emails from online shops that sell readers. Readers are a trend I noticed at the Winter 2016 NY NOW Gift and Lifestyle Show. It’s no surprise that there are more reader options available to midlife women, with Eyecessorize reporting that there are now 30.9 million Americans wearing over-the-counter readers.

Although I don’t personally wear readers, I know many of my blog readers do. If you’re one who likes to have a pair to match every outfit, here are some sites to check out:

Readers.com offers hundreds of inexpensive bifocal reading glasses including no-line bifocals, fashion styles, and sun readers. My friends at readers.com provided a 35 percent discount  if you want to order a pair. The code is ENJOY35OFF and is valid until May 31st. In addition, they are offering one lucky blog reader a free pair of their Bouquet glasses – so be sure to enter the giveaway below. (Note: Also check out my blog post about their online sister company Felix + Iris, where I was treated to a pair of frames that I wear all the time.)

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You can win a pair of Bouquet readers from readers.com

Peepers.com readers were an Oprah “O” List favorite for 2016. These colorful specs come in all shapes and sizes. Continue reading

A Behind The Scenes Look At The MET Costume Exhibit And Gala

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenDespite the fact that Vogue editor Anna Wintour did not invite me to the Tribeca Film Festival’s kickoff, or that she declined to send an invite for the 2016 MET (aka. The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Costume Institute Gala which is happening on May 2 (mind you there is still time for an invitation to arrive), I could not wait to watch the new documentary, The First Monday in May. The film is a mesmerizing look at the creation of the MET Costume Institute’s 2015 exhibit “China: Through The Looking Glass,” and the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening.

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A Preview of The First Monday In May
Thanks to the nice people at Magnolia Pictures, I was able to preview the film on my iPad last week. And I’m here to say that If you’re a fashionista like me, and you missed last year’s exhibit, sadly like me, I encourage you to see The First Monday in May, which opened in select theaters on April 15. While watching the film, I felt like I was an insider on what the former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley says, “has become the SuperBowl of…fashion events.” Continue reading

A Cute Chick Flick Sure To Warm The Mature Woman’s Heart

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenMuch has been written in the media about the post 50 invisible woman. It’s been said that women of a certain age fade into the woodwork or fall out of favor as they age.

In the new movie, Hello, My Name Is Doris, I bet you’ll do the opposite and fall in love with the endearing post 50 (actually post 60) female character named Doris. Played by two-time Academy award-winning actress Sally Field, Doris is far from invisible. You’ll also warm to Doris’ handsome co-worker John, the much younger man she pursues, played by the charismatic Max Greenfield.

My BFF L and I went to a special preview of this grownup chick flick this week, which opens nationwide March 18th. It’s a great movie to see with your girlfriends and equally good to take mom to. (Wish my mom was still around, she would have enjoyed this movie.)

Sally Field does a superb job as the eccentric, ever-single Doris, who works as an administrative assistant at a design firm by day and goes home alone to her Staten Island stuff-filled home each night.  When we meet Doris, she is engulfed in grief after losing her mom. Unlike her brother who married and had a family, Doris remained a caregiver to her mom during her entire adult life.

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Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions. Credit: Aaron Epstein

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