Finds

World’s Best Balsamic. Really.

 

Confession: I now regularly spend upwards of $40 on balsamic vinegar, but don’t judge me. Dammit, it’s worth every penny.

About 10 years ago, a friend presented me with a bottle of Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar as a hostess gift. I must have had a what-no-candle? look on my face, because she proceeded to take out the cork (yes, cork), and drizzle some of this intense, gloriously molasses-like stuff onto my salad.

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You Tell Us

Cosmetic Procedures? You Said No-Nonsense, No Judgment

 

The knife? Injections? Or what? That’s what we wanted to know when we ran our survey a few weeks ago: Where you drew the line on cosmetic procedures?

The largest group of you—23 percent—said you were just planning to stay natural and avoid both non-invasive treatments, such as Botox and fillers, and cosmetic surgery.

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News

Who’s Flipping Out About This Flipping Off?

Next Tribe flipping off president

 

Regardless of your political affiliation, these days it’s easy to feel angry and agitated. Which may explain why Juli Briskman, 50, is in the spotlight right now. A couple of weeks ago, she chased down the Presidential motorcade on her bicycle and flipped off the Commander in Chief after he played golf. Briskman says she was teed off over the state of the country and our President indulging in leisure time versus taking care of business.

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Culture

Listen Up: The Sound of Joy

 

What does a woman do after lending her brilliant vocal and keyboard talents to the likes of Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson and Joe Jackson? If she’s singer-songwriter Joy Askew, whatever she pleases! Askew, who made her mark performing and recording with other artists, also puts out her own music independently — her stuff, her way. And her quirky new release, Queen Victoria, is the jewel in her crown, with praise coming from the likes of Bonnie Raitt.

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You Tell Us

We Know It’s Early But…What Do You REALLY Want for Christmas?

 

How did it get to be November already?! It’s time to put together our first annual NextTribe Gift Guide, and we need your help. We want to create a guide that’s specially designed for fun, engaged women like us. Not some lame list that will stock January’s trip to the Salvation Army. Tell us:

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Work & Money

Is It Time to Downsize? Or Stay Put?

Next Tribe when to downsize

 

NextTribers are probably used to hearing friends talk about moving to the shore, to the mountains, to that cute college town, to the city, or to foreign soil. Retirement dreams come in all shapes and sizes, but they usually involve a fantasy of making a fresh (often minimalist) start – and cashing in on our home’s value, which is often a significant portion of our portfolios.

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Culture

Joan Didion: A Writer’s Life and Loss

Next Tribe Joan Didion documentary

 

Now playing on Netflix is Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, a remarkable documentary about the writer whose work has defined more than a generation.  Many of us know Didion’s name, whether from her wrenching 2005 book, The Year of Magical Thinking which explores her grief upon her husband’s death, or perhaps from seeing our own mothers read 1970’s Play It As It Lays.

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Finds

The Waist Rises Again: The Return of Mom Jeans

Next Tribe mom jeans comeback

Sometime around the year 2000, low-rider jeans (and I mean, How low can you go?) became the denim of choice, and I chose to spend the last two decades with the peaks of my pelvis exposed. Apparently, to be fly, your fly could be no longer than your pinky.

Despite being a Pilates fanatic, I never felt comfortable letting so much of my core go commando. Fortunately, knowing how fickle fashion can be, I told myself: “The waist shall rise again!” And it has. High-rise jeans are back (aka “mom jeans”) — and I couldn’t be happier.

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Outrage

Bring Back the Slap?

 

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, it occurs to me it might be time to resurrect the good old-fashioned slap in the face. I’m not talking about the bitch slap (defined, per urban etymology, as woman on woman). I mean what I call the beast slap — what a lady would deliver to any individual who dared to physically affront her. Grab, grope, or otherwise touch me without permission? Meet my five stinging friends, squarely between cheek and jowl.

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You Tell Us

Where Do You Draw the Line on Cosmetic Procedures?

Next Tribe Botox survey

“I never thought I would submit. I admit that deep down I might have even judged other women for doing `it.’ At the very least, I haven’t defended other women who’ve taken artificial measures as vehemently as I should have, or maybe not at all.

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Culture

Film Review: Good for Goodall

The new documentary “Jane” is a must-see for everyone, but it’s especially moving for us NextTribers who came of age with warm, hazy memories of the English primatologist Jane Goodall.

While our younger selves may have thought Goodall was a trained academic doing field research, this film reveals her true story. Spliced together are recent candid interviews with Goodall (now in her 80s and a conservation activist) and 100 plus hours of newly discovered, color-saturated footage from the 60s. Interestingly, this film belonged to the late Hugo van Lawick, who became Goodall’s first husband and father of her son.

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Style

Fun Way to Cover Gray: Rainbow Roots

These days, gray is starting to creep through my hair. I know, I know: It’s a natural part of aging. But I just can’t embrace it, so please don’t waste your time lecturing me — I’m not ready to go all-the-way, Eileen-Fisher-model gray.

But I am bored silly with the usual process of covering up my roots. So instead of cursing them, I wondered if I should light up my life and turn my roots into a source of fun and joy. The possible answer: rainbow roots.

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