Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 20, 2017 IN: On the Road Again


Every year in March, I don’t miss the chance to awaken my senses to see and smell spring blooms at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s theme was Holland: Flowering the World. My BFF Cynthia and I got the chance to tip-toe through the tulips inside the Philadelphia Convention Center located on Arch Street between Broad and 11th Streets.
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The Fierce 50 Campaign: Eugenia Introduces Valerie

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Sunday, February 19, 2017 IN: #TheFierce50Campaign Blogging Videos

Today marks the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign.  As women over 50, we are coming together in a supportive, collaborative community to honor and celebrate one another and to share with the world what it means to be a woman at midlife and beyond. Through this collaboration, each woman has developed a unique bond with their blog partners, opening their hearts and sharing their stories in building authentic connections and relationships, we are forming a community of women who have within them over half a century of life experience and wisdom to share.  We are joining as one to begin shifting a common perception of this demographic.  We are here to show the world how powerful we are together and that we are only actually just starting.

Today, I’m going to introduce you to Valerie. She’s 52-years-old and blogs at Maple Leopard, fashion and travel website she started in Septemeber 2014. Val is married for 29 years and has two adult children.  

Please keep reading to learn more about the Seattle resident. 

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Hearts Actually Can Break

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 13, 2017 IN: Health Awareness Heart Health

Broken Heart SyndromeI remember paying close attention to the news when Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23.  I, like others my age, was alarmed that she died at 60 years old after suffering a heart attack, three days later. The shock continued when Carrie’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds’s, life expired too.  My question is, did Debbie Reynolds die from broken heart syndrome? It sounds like there is truth to hearts actually can break. Continue reading

I Discovered the Museum of the City of New York

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 IN: Family Matters I Love Museums On the Road Again

Did you know that New York City has a total of 83 museums among the five boroughs? I had the chance to discover one of them — the Museum of the City of New York.

For those of you who have been following the Age of Grace for the past four years, you know that I very much relish the chance to take a trip to any museum.  No matter the location, the Louvre in Paris,  the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, or the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C., I like them all. I’m already looking forward to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute’s, Spring 2017 Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons exhibit.
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Lady in Red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 30, 2017 IN: Health Awareness Heart Health Lady in Red

February is American Heart Month.  In honor of this, please allow me to introduce you to my latest lady in red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp. I met Merrill on social media, specifically Instagram, where I observed Merrill’s beauty from afar. I couldn’t help but notice her bio, which said she is a two-time stroke survivor.  

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

Lady in Red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp. Stroke Prevention. Image credit: American Heart/StrokeAssociations.

 Fortunately, we have the power to change that statistic with healthy lifestyle changes. How? Prevention is key. Be educated and aware. Please keep reading and allow Merrill’s story to motivate you to include a healthy diet and exercise in your lifestyle. 

(For further inspiration, please read about another lady in red, jeweler Nina Forrest, who survived a heart attack.)
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I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 23, 2017 IN: Style Icons Talking Fashion

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

In celebration of my 4th blogiversary, I salute former first lady Michelle Obama.  Today, I serenade Mrs. O because she represented style and substance.

I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t keep their eyes off of Michelle when she exploded on the scene back in 2007.  It was when Barack Obama, then just a junior Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

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The Breton Stripe Is Synonymous with Parisian Chic

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 IN: Bonjour, Paris Iconic Fashion Designers Talking Fashion


Is anyone else fascinated with the way Parisians appear impossibly chic?  When I packed for my recent trip to Paris, I was sure to include an iconic Breton stripe top because it’s synonymous with the Parisian chic look I was after.

I did my homework before my trip to Paris in November to learn of the key pieces to add to my chic essentials wardrobe list.
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