Countdown

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 23, 2016 IN: Beauty Fashion

Countdown

Every year in late May, right around Memorial Day Weekend, I look forward to our annual Club 21  dinner dance.

Similar to the fashionable crowd that attends the Met Gala in New York City, I want to look my best.  I start my countdown at least four-months before to prepare.

Countdown

I developed my own must-do checklist after twenty years of attending the soiree, that includes the following:
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Say What?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 16, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Say What?

I must admit, I occasionally consult the Urban Dictionary for a better understanding of terminology that I hear Millennials using, most recently I looked up “say what?” The website told me that saying derives from a video game and an MTV show that aired from 1998 to 2003 with the same name.
Say WHat?Today’s focus, however, is slightly different. Let’s talk about hearing loss. The health and wellness tips I feature on The Age of Grace are not only for you, the readers, but for myself as well.  My post, Just Do It reminded me that as an adult, I’ve never had my hearing checked.

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Just Do It

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Sunday, May 8, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Just Do ItToday, May 9th is Women’s Check-Up Day.  And what an appropriate reminder to Just Do It when it comes to scheduling those very important appointments.
Just Do It
Nike coined their trademark Just Do It slogan in1988, and today, it still has a universal appeal to motivate and encourage people of all ages in every aspect of life. It just so happens that catchphrase was aptly introduced during fitness craze in the ’80s.
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2016 Met Gala

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 IN: Fashion Fashion Is Art

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.  This wedding ensemble from Chanel’s fall 2014 haute couture collection.  It is made of scuba knot that was machine-sewn but finished by hand, while the design of the cape was hand-drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, then digitized to give it a pixilated feel.  Its rhinestones were heat-printed, then accented with hand-sewn pearls and gemstones. As described by Andrew Bolton, curator at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Every spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute holds one of the most glamorous and exclusive nights in New York City: an annual fundraiser that started in 1946. The Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night, took place on May 2nd.

80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum's Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila.

A 65-foot structure rises from the center of the space made up of 80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila.  Image credit:  Taylor Jewell.Vogue Magazine.

This year’s theme was Manus x Machina:  Fashion in an Age of Technology.  Andrew Bolton, the  curator of the Costume Insitute, explained the theme, saying “traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. Technology affects everything we do every day. This year’s exhibit will examine how fashion is celebrated with a tech theme.”
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Gut Check

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Gut Check
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that so many TV commercials seem to be about bloating, gas, and cramping? Perhaps, because April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month. A perfect time to remind you about a gut check.

Gut Check

First of all, let’s look at the facts: IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder of unknown cause, meaning it’s idiopathic. This syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States— so, that’s about 10 to 15% of the population.
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Diana Vreeland, Style Genius

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 18, 2016 IN: Bonjour, Paris Style Icons

Diane Vreeland, Style GeniusMy obsession with Paris isn’t much of a secret. My fascination with the City of Lights is endless. Today, I will continue that conversation with a new series on the blog called, Bonjour, Paris. The first post explores one particular French woman with a certain je nai sai quo: Diana Vreeland.

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All That Jazz

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 11, 2016 IN: I Love Museums Smooth Jazz

All That Jazz
Earlier this year, when I visited the Jacqueline De Ribes exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I ventured over to the special display Celebrating Sax Instruments and Innovation, where I learned about the Adolphe Sax. The rare saxophone collection reminded me of that jazz I enjoy.

All That Jazz

I really appreciate that when you go to see an exhibit at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, you get some much for your donation. There is always an amazing amount of displays to see in just one day, you just have to be  brave enough to maneuver the crowds.
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What I’m Seeing

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 4, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

C-ing

I hope you agree that the more we learn about nutrition and health the better decisions we will make regarding aging gracefully.  Everyone knows that exercise, a healthy diet, complete with essential vitamins and minerals, is a key part of living a long healthy life.  Today, let’s get the lowdown on the impact of what I’m seeing with Vitamin C.

C-ing

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Paris, State of Mind

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 28, 2016 IN: Bonjour, Paris On the Road Again

 

Paris, State of MindNovember 2016, Hubs and I will discover what river cruising is all about.  September last year, I was totally hooked when I stopped by the local AAA office.  I learned the most popular way to experience Europe are the river cruises, so I booked a ten-day Seine River Cruise.  SInce that autumn date, I’ve been in a Paris, state of mind.

Paris, State of MindLast year, hubby and I celebrated our milestone birthdays with low-key celebrations.  This year, we decided we did not want to overlook the opportunity to commemorate our mutual benchmarks.

Paris, State of Mind
My BFF Cynthia, and her hubby, decided they wanted to join us for the adventure with two extra days in Paris.  We even found a non-stop flight direct from Philly to the Charles De Gaulle Airport.  There are many promotional discounts when you book early.  We received a discount from AAA as well as from Ama Waterways because we booked by September 30.
Paris, State of MindWhen viewing the Christmas windows in New York City in December, I couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase the late french empress of fashion, DIane Vreeland’s Smashing Brillant perfume at Bergdorf Goodman.  Diana’s family is doing an amazing job carrying on her legacy with an exclusive line of DIana Vreeland perfume that is being carried by select retailer’s like Bergdorf Goodmans. Continue reading

Here I Go Again

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 21, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

 

Here I Go Again
Here I go again sharing my personal health information. It’s that time of the year again for my annual physical with my internist.  Once again my blood work detected a deficiency in my Vitamin D level.
Here I Go Again

I’ve talked about my levels of Vitamin D in my  Mighty D post.  Also known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is a water soluble mineral which is formed in the skin when the skin is exposed to UVB rays in direct sunlight.  The downside of this vitamin is that is not found in many that I foods that I like and enjoy.
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