WE GLADLY showed 2016 the door, but then the question, “What to look forward to in 2017?”
Here’s my own personal list of what I have my eye on to read, do and watch to get the new year off to a good start.
- Friends who know me very well gave me the perfect gift — Women in Clothes, a book that explores how women present themselves through clothes and what style means. There are original interviews, conversations, surveys and drawings from more than 600 contributors, including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Molly Ringwald, Rachel Kushner and Roxane Gay. Next up on my bedside table.
- In the past year I have learned to do
Pilates exercises that have worked wonders on my wonky back. And classes begun recently — frequently the highlight of my week — have given me a whole new appreciation of my anatomy and the resolve to continue. Furthermore, for the hypermobile among us, it’s highly recommended.
- 2017 is my year to put on masks — facial masks. You can scare the heck out of your partner when you come out of the bathroom looking like the phantom of the opera, but the dewy looks post-treatment from Lancôme‘s Génifique Sheet Mask are worth it. Florapy‘s Anti-Aging Mask with calendula and sage also gets a thumbs-up for a return engagement.
- It’s unfortunately true for most of us that lips get thinner with age, but I’ve always been reluctant to try an injectable because even thin lips look better than ridiculously pumped-up pouts. So, Juvederm Volbella, which is the newest hyaluronic acid filler to receive FDA approval, reportedly adds subtle volume to the lips, softens the appearance of those annoying lines around the mouth and lasts up to a year. Downside: it can cause bruising and swelling. Still, I’m tempted.
5. According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, “16 Reasons to Love Fashion in 2016,” fashion on TV hasn’t been the same since the 2015 finale of “Mad Men.” So, whoopee for the luscious costumes on a young Elizabeth II, her sister Margaret, the queen mother and Wallis Simpson on Netflix’s first 10 episodes of “The Crown.” Pearls, Peter Pan collars and fur abound. I’m only on episode 8, but enthralled. And, if you loved Lady Mary on “Downton Abbey,” don’t miss TNT’s “Good Behavior” starring Michele Dockery as Lettie Raines, a petty thief and ne’er do well blonde, redhead and brunette variously costumed in a curvy black sheath with cut-outs, oversize sunglasses and flowy-sleeve dresses. Ingenious.
— Janet Kelly