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Feel Great Your Way

Because I am premenopausal and prone to mood swings and their accompanying crises, this morning I was feeling bitterly angry about the increased time I have to put into my beauty routine in order to look presentable these days. The older I get, the more time I spend on makeup, the tidier my hair needs to be, and the neater my wardrobe. Twenty years ago I could walk out the door with a bedhead and wrinkled dress and it just looked like personal style. Now it looks like deranged older lady.

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Topics: sex, Mind & Body, mindfulness, beauty, lifestyle, heatlh

Feeling Good in All the Ways

I keep thinking and talking and writing lately about how much more confident and comfortable in my skin I am than I was 20 years ago. As a 40-something woman with a history of self-doubt and mild social anxiety, I am proud and happy that this is the case. Gone are the days when I'd freak out about my outfits or make trendy hair choices that did not at all suit me - I finally know what I like and don't care much what anyone thinks about it. Progress!

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Topics: couples, Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, beauty

Don’t Neglect Your Vulva and Vagina This Summer

Vaginal health concerns always seem to peak during the summer months. There are many reasons for this, including longer periods of time spent in a wet bathing suit, exercising in warm weather, and increased sexual activity. Along with these behaviors, we see an increase in various gynecologic conditions, including vulvar eczema/psoriasis, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. There are several preventative measures that a woman can take to try and avoid these pesky annoyances of summer:

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Topics: lubricant, health, vulvodynia, beauty, education

Self Love is the Key to a Healthy Relationship

A friend of mine recently went through a tough divorce. It was one of those ugly breakups where one person was fine, relieved even, and the other, my friend, was shattered. I’ve known her for years and watched her marriage go from happy and loving to just plain dysfunctional.

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Topics: better marriage, couples, improving your marriage, relationship, Mind & Body, marriage, Maintaining the Spark, mindfulness, love, beauty

Style Tip: Find Your Uniform


When I was in my 20s, I was totally that girl who tried on 15 outfits before work every morning and lived in a clothes-strewn jungle of indecision. By noon I hated what I was wearing half the time and longed to go home and change. This crippling ambivalence about my wardrobe did nothing for my self-confidence (not to mention my work ethic).

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Topics: Modern Woman's Guide, aging, Mind & Body, mindfulness, beauty

Embracing Your Age


I am an HGTV addict. I confess, though, that I what I enjoy most about it is how enraged it makes me. I get so exasperated by what my mother calls “amenity creep”—the prevailing sense that no decent person could possibly survive these days without granite countertops, an “en suite” master bath with his-and-hers sinks, and a dedicated laundry room. (Seriously, how much space does one need to ball socks?) My own house is 200 years old and full of quirks and limitations that I live with because it has tons of charm and character. I might not have an “open concept” floor plan, but I have six fireplaces and a cobblestone driveway.

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Topics: Modern Woman's Guide, aging, Mind & Body, beauty

Getting Older

I don’t watch a lot of horror, but my wife does, and the other day, on a show I was definitely not watching, I caught a glimpse of what was obviously meant to to be a horrifying image. The music and lighting told me I should be horrified, but what I saw on the screen was just a naked body, the naked body of a woman. She wasn’t getting attacked. She wasn’t getting slashed up. She was naked. What could possibly be so scary about that?

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Topics: sex, aging, Mind & Body, Fiera Experts, mindfulness, beauty

Start With Yourself


Why does it sometimes seem that the most basic, fundamental truths about life and love are the easiest to forget? We spend a lot of time searching for quick fixes to our relationship problems, when the answers are often right there in front of our faces. Of course, they’re not usually magic bullets or quick fixes, but processes we need to engage in over time.
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Topics: better marriage, Mind & Body, marriage, mindfulness, beauty

Tips for Aging Hair Care

It’s probably not news to you that menopause affects your hair, but as someone blessed with a thick, blonde mane, I am in particular denial of this sign of aging. No doubt, my hair is thinner and showing some streaks of silver, though, so I am reluctantly coming around to the idea that I might need to change my hair routine in order to keeping it looking its best. Here are a few tips I’ve pulled together to handle my hair proactively. 

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Topics: Modern Woman's Guide, aging, Mind & Body, beauty

MENOPAUSE, YOUR ADOLESCENT DO-OVER

The heat rose up from my gut, to my chest, to my face, and I felt embarrassed, knowing I looked all red and sweaty. I could smell myself. My sweat never used to smell like this. I don't know what's worse—the emotional rushes or my crazy periods. I wish I could just go back to how I used to feel. 

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Topics: aging, menopause, beauty
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