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How to Build Lean Muscle After 50

The older we get, the harder we have to work out to maintain our muscles. Men seem to have an easier time than women in maintaining muscle mass after age 50, but they too experience a loss of lean muscle as they grow older. It turns out our bodies don't… Read more

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Inspirational Women in Their Prime: Cheryl Roth

Cheryl Roth went to college at Ohio University. She was a stay-at-home mom of twin boys for 15 years until almost 20 years ago when she started working for Soft Surroundings with the founder Robin Sheldon. Although not having much experience in the corporate world, Cheryl  loved fashion and art and… Read more


The Little Black Dress

Inspired by utilitarian uniforms of maids and shop-girls, Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress in the 1920s, now informally the 'LBD.' At the time, Vogue magazine likened its invention to that of the Model T. Rechristened the “cocktail dress” in the 1950s, it was immortalized in the 1961 movie… Read more


Midlife Happy Dance: Women in Their Prime

For every women, midlife is a unique time of life filled with challenges and  opportunities. For women in the corporate or business world it can sometimes be either brutal because of gendered ageism and perimenopause, or liberating. Either way, it is a deep and profound time in our lives when,… Read more

Food and Wine

Here’s to Choosing the Best Champagne Style For You

The pop of opening a bottle of Champagne can gather the attention of an entire room. Sparkling wine is used in celebrations around the world. When it comes your turn to select which Champagne to drink, do you know what style you prefer? Before we explain the Champagne styles, let’s… Read more


Top 10 Skirts for Autumn

This autumn, it is easy to embrace the boldness of your femininity through fashion; skirts have exploded on the runways, and in stores in a wide variety of shapes and fabrics. There are so many trends in skirts right now you could throw a dart, blind, and still not miss… Read more


Is Water Fasting Safe or Not?

While fasting is enjoying a dramatic surge in popularity, the process has actually been practiced by various cultures for centuries. At its core, fasting involves restricting the amount of food you eat. In the past, fasting has often been tied to the observance of certain religious holidays. Today, however, fasting… Read more

Family & Friends

Mondays with Margaret

There comes a time in one’s life after children are raised and careers are grounded in success that one wants to give back. While there are numerous organizations that welcome volunteer help, there are also those smaller, somewhat unheralded situations that often provide a special, heartfelt gift of enduring friendship… Read more