Fall into good health this season. During the summer warmer months, it’s easy to stay motivated to walk, run or exercise outside. As the days grow shorter and the grey months arrive–perhaps it’s the lack of sunlight--one may lose the motivation to stay focused on fitness and weight management.
Earlier this year, I invested in a FitBit wrist band to help me stay on track not just during the summer months but all year long. I use the FitBit to track steps taken, distance covered, and calories burned during the day – plus track my sleep cycle at night. We all tend to hibernate during the colder months, but we must set up ourselves up for success by planning ahead to exercise and eat healthy.
By now we have all seen or heard the play by play of the leaked elevator footage showing Janay Palmer Rice being punched and knocked unconscious by her then fiancé, now husband, NFL Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice.
October is highly recognized with the power of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness but that isn’t the only cause worth your attention this month. October claims another yet another national awareness yet worthy cause for the color purple, for Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The video was released by TMZ on September 8. Ray Rice’s NFL contract was terminated by the Ravens on the same date following the release of an additional video of the incident. He is suspended indefinitely from the National Football League.
In the time since the footage leaked, many discussions are happening: how should the NFL handle domestic violence? Why is Janay Rice standing by her man?
For the last nine years, you know when it’s October in Harrisburg. That’s when the power of pink is used to raise health and awareness for breast cancer at the State Capital complex.
Wearing Calvin Klein knit dress, with Kate Spade New York pink graduated jumbo necklace, J.Crew Everly suede pump with metallic gold heel with pink FitBit band, Tiffany and David Yurman bracelets.
The Capital’s East Wing Fountain water is tinted pink to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
East Wing Fountain at State Capital Complex in Harrisburg, Breast Cancer Awareness
In last week’s post, Another Meetup, I shared one advantage to social media was the opportunity to create a venue for like minds to meet and forge new friendships. Instagram has afforded me yet another option to meet, get to know, and feature a Women of Grace: Lesley Wolman.
The explore page of Instagram allows one to peruse the endless photo stream in hashtag heaven.
One of the goals of the Age of Grace is to meet and feature other women of a certain age that are living and looking fabulous as they age. Enter in Lesley Wolman.
Upon further inspection from Instagram, I learned of Lesley’s blog, so appropriately named, Fabulesley.com. The blog caught my eye with her classic style and fabulous (pun intended) photos. You may recollect other Women of Grace features where I highlighted blogger Jeannie of Gracefully 50, Lady Liz (who turned her health around by adjusting her diet and exercise regiment), and 2chicdesign bag designer/blogger, Cynthia.
The world of social media has many disadvantages regarding privacy but there is one advantage. It is a way to bring together women from different backgrounds and ages for the opportunity to network, socialize, and forge friendships. Four different women did this very thing at another meetup, this Polyvore Meetup in King of Prussia.
In May I shared with you my adventure to New York City not only to see my daughter but to attend a Polyvore Meetup. I was inspired to organize my own meetup, this time locally. I decided on King of Prussia Mall, the destination shopping mall to host the event.
My family and friends all agree that I love to plan events. I thoroughly enjoy getting involved in the intimate details of crossing every “T” and dotting every “I.” After a few months of planning, Saturday, September 19, was the date I selected for the Polyvore Meetup at the King of Prussia Mall.
With over 400 retail stores to choose from, I settled on contacting J. Crew, bareMinerals, and Spanx. All three stores welcomed the opportunity to bring in a small group to share the new styles for the fall. J. Crew welcomed the ladies with a continental breakfast and stylists were available to show us the latest and greatest that the retailer had to offer for fall.
The recent death of comedienne Joan Rivers brings to mind not just her death but her catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Most people including myself do not routinely talk about suicide. What you normally get is silence when one hears about a suicidal incident. In 1987, Rivers second husband, Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide, earlier this year, the 6ft 3in fashion designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide and of most recently comedian/actor Robin Williams committed suicide.
Can we talk? Perhaps that’s the problem with suicide, we don’t want to talk when it happens to someone we know and love. We know celebrities aren’t immune to the pressures of life. Suicide. Why? What happened? Depression? Mental illness? Money problems? Health issues? What contributed to the suicide? Then we want to dissect why that celebrity would have committed suicide and may never know or understand the personal trauma they may have experienced.
Wearing old Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta plaid dress with Suzi Roher belt, J.Crew vintage denim jacket, J. Crew blue necklace, Mui Mui gold metallic pumps, my collection of Tiffany charm bracelet, Tiffany bead bracelet, David Yurman bracelet and my ever present FitBit Band.
Just a reminder that the focus of this blog is to address women of certain age, their health, wellness and staying fit while aging gracefully. We all realize the importance of exercise and eating properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially as we age. Which brings to mind data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control show that suicide death has risen nationally not just among those men “in the middle” of the lives (35 to 64 years of age), but among women as well.
Historically, the bulk of suicide risk has been on the ends of the age spectrum, younger and elderly people, but recent data from 1999-2010 show that suicide has risen 28% among this cohort of Americans. As a result, suicide has moved up the ranking for cause of death among American 35-64 years of age from the 10th leading cause of death in 1999 to the fourth leading cause of death.
Wearing NYDJ faux leather linen moto jacket, Piperlime lace full vintage skirt, Kate Spade licorice suede pumps, old J.Crew Factory pearl necklace, David Yurman bracelets and FitBit band
Napa rocks! Literally! Little did I know when I finally laid down to sleep at 1:30 a.m. after traveling nearly 3,000 miles for vacation to Napa, that I would be waken in less than two hours by a severe 6.0 earthquake in downtown Napa at 3:20 a.m. I thought Jesus was coming back! The 6.0 magnitude originated only 6 miles away from the beautiful home where we stayed, the strongest earthquake in 25 years.
Upon closer examination with a walk through downtown Napa, quake damage impacted a very small part of the valley, mainly the historic downtown area where the post office, library, a 141-room hotel, 150 homes, and buildings were deemed unsafe to occupy. The Belfor Restoration trucks were already busy restoring the historic buildings that were damaged.
Carpe Diem Restaurant/building in downtown Napa on August 25, 2014
Hubby and I recently motored through the Appalachian Mountains via four tunnels as we headed west on the turnpike, to Da ‘Burgh we went! That’s Pittsburgh. One would think Pittsburgh was an island with it’s 446 bridges. The City of Bridges connects the cities hills, ravines, and three rivers, is an interesting city, rich in culture and history. Many millions were amassed here with steel, coal and foods. The names jump off the history pages, you know them, Mellon, Carnegie, Heinz, and Frick, just to name a few.
Pittsburgh seems so far removed from everything. It was only because of me accompanying my husband on a recent business trip to the Three River City, that I found myself here and trying to occupy my time. I didn’t have to look far for a lesson in Pittsburgh history, we stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The nearly 100 year old historic art deco style hotel was by developed by Henry Clay Frick in 1916. I saw evidence of the old world charm all around the hotel, velvet settees, grand chandeliers, ballrooms, it reminded me of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the old money feel of everything elaborate.
Photo of Andy Warhol at Warhol museum entrance.
Usually by mid-August, many speak of the dog days of summer, however, it looks and feels like a taste of fall. I welcome the early seasonal change, it feels like September in August. Being a September baby, fall is my favorite time of the year. The summer of 2014 will go down in the weather annals as one of the mildest and coolest summers in the last ten years in some geographic areas of the United States.
It’s still a few weeks for the official fall season. Nevertheless, sure signs of the fall season are all around us, the crisp morning and night air, the dig your own mum signs along the roads, very tall corn stalks ready for harvest as feed for farm animals, and back to school supply sales. As a child I have sweet memories walking just to enjoy crunching fallen leaves and acorns on the ground.
The local grocery store reminds me of the time of the year as well. A stroll down the produce aisle, the ruby red healthy pomegranates, the caramel colored apple cider, caramel apples, and candy corn, these are my favorite taste of fall. As you can see I have a sweet tooth that I must keep under wraps.
Wearing Talbot’s lace dress from last summer, J. Crew vintage denim jacket, Stella and Dot gold tone lariat necklace, Kate Spade Licorice camel suede pumps, David Yurman bangle, Tiffany bead bracelet with my collection of Tiffany charms, Fit Bit bracelet with Rouge Louboutin nail color.
On the Upper East side in NYC.
You knew it had to happen. It’s been nearly eight years since the passing of iconic “Godfather of Soul” singer performer James Brown. The first-ever feature film, Get On Up pays tribute to the singer. Get On Up recently premiered at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. It’s hard to believe Brown’s career spanned six decades. The film takes us down memory land reminding viewers of his larger than life performances, his showmanship, intricate dance steps, even his pompadour hairstyles and my favorite: his regal cape routine.
“Please, Please, Please” performance wearing cape. photo credit: David L Segal photo
I forgot when I completed my first Nike Half-Marathon last year that music was what helped keep me motivated and cross the finish line to obtain my Tiffany necklace. However, little did I realize that my signature play list or um, soundtrack included any and all James Brown music from the iTunes James Brown radio station. The James Brown station features other artists big during the seventies music referred to as funk music. This is the music that helps motivate me to start and finish one hour nearly every day on my stationery bike.