Got Menopause?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 26, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Got Menopause?
September is National Menopause Awareness Month. But I bet women who are also a part of the baby boomer generation don’t need this reminder. I first experienced menopause symptoms almost twenty years ago. Are you a baby boomer who is embracing “the change?” Have you started menopause?

Got Menopause?

The dictionary defines menopause as “the end of monthly cycles.”  A better description is a natural decline in reproductive hormones when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. Both accounts are accurate, and no two women are alike. My mom, who is  soon to be eighty,  has never had a hot flash.
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Chocolate Goodness

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 IN: Rejuvenate

Chocolate Goodness
Every September, I purposely remind myself of all the chocolate goodness you can find in Hershey, Pennsylvania — “The Sweetest Place On Earth.”

Chocolate Goodness

This obession with chocolate goodness dates back to September 8, 1984, when I married my husband at the Hershey Gardens.  Thirty-two years later, the historic landmark, four-star hotel has expanded with two major additions, including a full-service spa called, The Spa At The Hotel Hershey that opened in 2001.
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The History of Wearing White

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 IN: Talking Fashion

Fashion History, Wearing WHite
Who mandated wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas? When I started to research the history of wearing white, I found little in writing regarding this no-no of sporting the color after the first Monday in September.

Fashion History, Wearing White

Perhaps it was a petty distinction initiated with the snobby upper class looking to establish their golden rules of fashion.
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Hello, Fall 2016

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 IN: Talking Fashion

Hello, Fall 2016
Hello, Fall 2016!  My favorite season has unofficially arrived.  You know once the end of summer celebration, Labor Day comes and goes, it is fall.

Hello, Fall 2016

All the tell tales sign are here, including crisp mornings, chilly evenings, shorter days with less sunlight, my allergies begin remind me the mold and ragweed counts are high, and I hear the school buses zooming by early in the morning.

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New York Calling

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 29, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again Talking Fashion

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rooftop Garden, standing at British artist, Cornelia Parker's recreation from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho.

Perhaps it my annual trips to New York City when I was a child with my grandmother and or with the private all-girl’s high school I attended but it seems that the city that never sleeps is always calling me back. This time to see latest curated exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
New York Calling
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Mouth Matters

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Mouth Matters
I escaped into classic elegance earlier this month when I explored the lives of the ultimate costumer, Edith Head and one of fashion’s greatest couturiers, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Now, it is time to get back to health awareness. Let’s look at mouth matters, specifically flossing.

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Chanel’s Iconic Bags

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 15, 2016 IN: Bonjour, Paris Iconic Fashion Designers Talking Fashion

This month one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century has a birthday: Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel.  In honor of what would have been the designer’s 133rd birthday on August 19th, let’s look at the allure of Coco Chanel’s iconic bags.

Chanel's Iconic Bags

 

Chanel's Iconic Bags

Wearing: Old Teri Jon Little Black Dress, Vintage Opera-Length Silver Pearls, Vintage Peau de soie Evening Bag with Lulu Frost pin, Vince Camuto Nappa Metallic Caged Heels with Dita Cat-Eye Sunnies

I thought my fashion passion bucket would be overflow during the summer of 2010 when my daughter and I visited Chanel’s New York flagship store on 57th Street, to see The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag, an exhibit demonstrating the construction and history of the company’s iconic
2.55 handbag.
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Lip Service

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 IN: Talking Beauty

Lip Service
Friday, July 29th was National Lipstick Day!  One of those dubious recognition days on the calendar that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give some lip service.

Lip Service

By now you know that I like to go back in time to learn the history of things. Let’s dive into the history of lipstick.
Lip Service

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade "Licorice" coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban orange Aviators

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade “Licorice” coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban oOange Aviators, and Suzi Roher Cinch Elastic belt.

Guerlain created the first bullet lipstick in 1870. It was called Ne M’oubliez Pas.

1870 Guerlain Ne m' oubliez pas

1870 Guerlain Ne m’ oubliez pas

Guerlain, a French perfume and cosmetics and skincare house, among the oldest in the world, was founded in 1828 by Monsieur Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain. I plan to visit the Guerlain boutique on the Champs – Élysées in Paris when I visit in November.

 

Ne m' oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Ne m’ oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Check out these three beauties  from the movie, The Women, perfecting their pouts in the lady room.  This movie is one of my favorite black and white comedy drama.

Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the movie, "The Women."

Lip Service.  Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the 1939 movie, “The Women.”

According to Ladies’ Home Journal, 65% of women use lipstick daily and 25% won’t leave the house without it.  How about you? Is lipstick your one item you wont leave home without?

Elvis Presley couldn’t resist the opportunity to lend his name to lipstick for his teenage fans.

Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

Lip Service.  Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

90% of women believe that wearing lipstick makes them feel better about themselves and don’t do it to attract men.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

Coty, Yardley, Max Factor,  and Helena Rubenstein were the major manufacturers of cosmetics but many are no longer producing products or were absorbed by larger corporations.  Avon is still ringing up sales door to door and office to office.

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As we age, our lips thin, they can become more wrinkled and lines may develop around our mouths. There is such a thing called wrinkle lip syndrome which is more evident on long time smokers and people that don’t protect their skin with SPF (sun protection factor.)  Help yourself age gracefully by not smoking, getting exercise, limiting alcohol, wearing sunscreen, and keeping yourself hydrated.

My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lippy last year for my milestone birthday.

Lip Service.  My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lipstick on a silk ribbon last year for my milestone birthday.

There are no limitations to how you can color your lips.  There are many choices and styles, crayon, lip cremes, gloss and even custom lipstick.

This post isn’t just lip service but some fun information about lipstick, I hoped you enjoyed it.  Let me know your thoughts!

Don’t forget to be fabulous 💄 💋

Siggy

Bison Men

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 IN: Men's Health On the Road Again

Bison Men

Recently, hubby and I motored to Washington, D. C. for a dinner date with some Bison men and their wives.  I call them Bison men because they all matriculated at the Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  The bison is the school mascot.

I chose a fit and flare sleeveless dress to defy the heat dome that evening.

Bison Men

At this stage in our respective lives, it’s an excellent time for rekindling college friendships.  With all four couples being empty-nesters, it’s now easier for all of us to make time on our schedules to get together.
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