This 10-Second Quiz Could Change Your Life

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You Won’t Be Able To Buy Just One

We met charming Pauline Durban one year ago, as she was about to launch her line of flattering tops, under the Covered Perfectly label. Happily, Pauline chose FabOverFifty to help her get the word out about her collection. Designed especially for those of us who wish to cover certain parts of our bodies (think jiggling underarms and pooching bellies), and look good, too, the tops lived up to their name.

We recently talked to Pauline about her entrepreneurial experiences.

What’s been the best, most rewarding thing about this first year as an entrepreneur?

So many great things have happened. If I had to pick one, it would be the amount of amazing feedback that I have received from happy customers. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving an email from a customer who loves my tops, the service, and the fact that I’m catering to a market that most designers seem to have forgotten. Just today, I received an email from a woman in Australia who adores her top, and couldn’t believe how quickly she received it. Covered Perfectly ships worldwide, so we are starting to have customers everywhere. Finding the right tops seems to be an international problem that I’m happy to solve!

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How To Get A Job After 50

Getting back to work after the age of 50 may seem daunting, even impossible, but it’s not. Women are usually faced with this challenge for two reasons: they left the workforce by choice and are now trying to re-enter it or they were laid-off and are scrambling to find a job.

“For those who left the workforce, the key ingredient to getting back in is computer skills.”

“You’re in trouble without them,” advises Elise Ambrose, President of Elite Personnel, a staffing agency in Bethesda, MD. It’s almost impossible for Elise’s staffing agency to place anyone without computer knowledge. Everyone relies on computers in the workplace, from the receptionist to those in the corner office who conduct business at the highest level. It’s not difficult or expensive to learn these skills, she stresses. Tutorials on YouTube and online can help everyone hone their computer and typing skills, she adds.

Before starting the job search, make sure to have a current resumé without a single mistake. “Ask a few friends to proofread it to ensure there are no typos or grammatical problems,” says Elise. Once your resumé is polished let everyone know that you’re looking for a job. Post your job search on Facebook, LinkedIn and Craigslist. Recruiters commonly use these resources.

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The 18 Most Irritating Men Over 50

Enough with these guys. They may be rich, successful, good-looking, talented, or even smart, but it’s time they change their acts or take lengthy sabbaticals.

1. Alec Baldwin

You’re just a blowhard, through and through.

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{FOF Woman of The Week} Annelie Nordström

Annelie Nordström, 57, has discovered the answer to Sweden’s gender wage gap—switch genders! Chairwoman of Kommunal, Sweden’s largest municipal workers’ union, Annelie released a powerful video, How to Get a Raise in 47 Seconds, on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Part of a ‘Be A Man’ campaign, it shows a team of makeup artists brilliantly transforming Annelie into a man before our eyes. While the video is a clever public service announcement created to expose the country’s wage disparity, Annelie means business and wants equal pay for women and men, now! Women in Sweden earn about $346,000 less than men over their working lives. Women in the United States earn about 77 percent as much as their male counterparts.

Annelie’s blog says she’s “a nanny by profession,” but started working in human resources and politics, ultimately landing her powerful position at Kommunal. Over 80 percent of its members are women. The ‘Be A Man’ campaign features an app inviting women to submit photos and transform themselves into men, dressed in a variety of outfits from business suits to construction gear. Try it yourself!

Annelie lives in Stockholm and has a son named Jens. For the movement she’s started in her country, and its potential impact around the world, Annelie Nordström is FOF Woman of the Week.

[Read: {FOF Woman of The Week} Helen Mirren]

10 Things To Stop Complaining About

1. The Weather

It snows in the winter, and it’s hot in the summer. Is either really a surprise?

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My First Time After Fifty

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By The Good of Grace Goes Rwanda

FOF Grace Hightower De Niro (yes, that De Niro), 58, told us there is more to our cups of coffee than cream and sugar. Not only is she a savvy businesswoman, but her company, Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda™, helps to create a more sustainable future for the people of Rwanda. FOF chatted with Grace about her business, and recently spotted her coffee truck in the heart of Manhattan, a few days before National Coffee Day. See what she had to say, and enter to win a set of Grace’s coffee!

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7 ways to step out of your comfort zone

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1. Splurge on something you really want when
you’re a tightwad

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Meet FOF restaurateur Sonia Zaldivar

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FOF Sonia Zaldivar grew up in the restaurant business. Victor’s Cafe, opened by Sonia’s parents, is celebrating its 50th year serving fabulous Cuban cuisine to New Yorkers, celebrities, and tourists from around the globe. After raising three children and managing Victor’s, Sonia now lives in Miami, but still travels back to New York to keep an eye on things.

How old are you?
I’m 62.

Where were you born?

Havana, Cuba.

Where is your restaurant?
It’s on 52nd Street in the heart of Manhattan.

What is it like being part of a family business?
I grew up as if the restaurant were my living room and my three children felt the same way.

What positions have you had at Victor’s?
I started working part-time in 1972 in the restaurant’s office, because I was raising my first child. Slowly and surely, I took on more responsibilities. I’m still the owner, but my wonderful daughter, Monica, handles the day-to-day operations. I fly back and forth monthly.

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 1.04.51 PMWhere does the inspiration for the dishes come from?
They’re all dishes that you’d find in any Cuban home. However, we have two versions of our menu– one features ‘healthy’ variations of classical dishes. Cuban food really hasn’t evolved as much as other cuisines during the last 50 years. The second version offers our own inventions and interpretations of Cuban food, had it evolved like other cuisines. Ropa Vieja (shredded skirt steak), Lechon Asado (roast suckling pig), and Camarones Enchiladas (shrimp in spicy Creole sauce) have been staples on the menu for many years. Dishes range from $19 to $42.

Who has been at the restaurant recently?
Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz. Pitbull comes in frequently and Jennifer Lopez gets take out!

With so many restaurants in New York City, how has Victor’s achieved 50 years of success?
Every seven years, we redecorate the whole restaurant so that it’s fresh, it’s clean, and there’s always something new to try. We’re always revamping the menu. When you walk into our restaurant, you can feel the gratitude that you chose us over other restaurants in New York. You feel the love, the enthusiasm and the Latin hospitality.

What’s the most challenging thing about owning a restaurant?
Keeping relevant with the times while maintaining the authenticity of a restaurant that’s been in operation for half a century.