How to make sure your relationship survives tragedy

Any of you dear readers still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? I have some loved ones who have been displaced, and lots of my buds spent days in the cold without heat or power. It was terrible to watch on the news and feel like there was nothing to do to help. I hope that you felt the love that I was sending the East Coast’s way. In watching all of the coverage and listening to the experts talk about how to deal with the aftermath of the storm from governmental, economic and infrastructure perspectives, I thought to myself, I wonder how people are dealing from a relationship perspective? The holidays are here, and that may only be adding to your complicated situation. Extreme stress and unexpected situations can be trying on a relationship. Here are my tips for making sure your relationship can weather any storm, plus the stress and the tragedy that comes with it. Read more

Shaping up your outfit for an active date outdoors

Shapewear by Jill Zarin
If you have a sporty activity planned for your date, there are a lot of more flattering options available now then when I was dating Bobby! Just make sure that none of these options includes writing across your tush. Even if you have an amazing one, no one needs to know how “Juicy” it is. And we’re all familiar with the stone-washed, loose fitting, tapered, high-waisted denim nightmare that’s sole purpose is to give anyone who wears them the dreaded “mommy butt”. Just don’t do it. Read more

Get your glow on: Self-acupressure for the face

Acupressure is a Chinese finger massage technique that improves overall well-being and enhances beauty by balancing the energy, or chi, in the body. It’s been used for centuries as a natural facelift to firm up facial tone and improve the appearance of fine lines. Are you ready to learn how to give yourself a beautiful glow by pressing specific areas of your face? If you want to look your best on a date (or anytime, really!) with that healthy “glow” we all dream about, try these quick acupressure techniques that increase the circulation of oxygen and blood to your face. Read more

Tips for season’s eatings

November and December are tempting in every which way when it comes to dining. Between family meals, holiday parties and all of the treats that are bound to find their way into your office and home, the odds of overindulging and consequently packing on a few extra pounds are at their highest. I have a few rules of thumb I try to follow throughout Thanksgiving, December holidays and New Year's Eve so that I can kick off the New Year on the right foot. First off, apply the same rule to fruitcakes, Christmas cookies and other seasonal treats that you would to your Halloween candy — share! There is nothing wrong with “re-gifting” these sweets — to your doorman, your manicurist, your babysitter. Spread the joy! Read more

How to turn a fling into long-term romance

You met a guy and took him home and, well, you know... one thing led to another. No biggie. It’s just a fling. Every single woman needs to let loose once in a while, and if it comes from a fling or a one-time thing, that's your choice. But if you’re starting to think this fling could be the real thing, that’s when it starts to get sticky. It’s a tough transition from a fling to a long-term romance because you led with sex, but it can happen. Here are my tips. Read more

Find your “Why?”

Several times a week I have people ask me how I lost all the weight. Really, you’re in the gym and you want to know how to lose weight? Is there any subject in the world more analyzed than weight loss? The truth is that everybody knows how to lose weight and live healthier. Eat less, eat better, exercise more, blah blah blah. You've heard it all a million times before. Everybody knows how, and everybody is capable of doing it. So when people ask me how to lose the weight, I ask them, "Why?" Read more