Women of Grace: Meet Lesley Wolman

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 29, 2014 IN: Women of Grace


Leslye Wolman, Fabulesley.com

Women of Grace

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.

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Another Meetup

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 22, 2014 IN: On the Road Again

Polyvore Meetup at the King of Prussia Mall, outside of Nordstrom's
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.

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Can We Talk?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 IN: Give Me Grace

Wearing Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, J. Crew necklace, J. Crew vin
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.

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.

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Napa Rocks

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 IN: On the Road Again

Napa Rocks

Wearing NYDJ faux leather linen moto jacket, Piperlime lace vintage skirt, Kate Spade licorice suede pumps, old J.Crew Factory pearl necklace, David Yurman bracelets and FitBit band

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 building in downtown Napa

Carpe Diem  Restaurant/building in downtown Napa on August 25, 2014

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Da ‘Burgh

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Thursday, August 28, 2014 IN: On the Road Again

Da'Burgh Andy Warhol

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.

Andy Warhol

Photo of Andy Warhol at Warhol museum entrance.

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Taste of Fall

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 18, 2014 IN: Amazing Grace

Taste of Fall Pomegranate
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 denim jacket, Stella and Dot gold tone lariat necklace, Kate Spade Licorice camel suede pumps, David Yurman bangle, Tiffamy bracelet with my collection of charms, Fit Bit bracelet

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.

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Get On Up

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 11, 2014 IN: As I See It

On the Upper East side in NYC.

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.


David L. Segal photo of James Brown wearing his famed cape.

“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.

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The Dream Machine

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 4, 2014 IN: Saving Grace

My face mapping Fiverr.com photo

My face mapping photo from Fiverr.com

As I entered into menopause, I heard about the classic symptoms from hormonal imbalances –  hot flashes/night sweats, mood swings, insomnia and hair loss.  Who knew that declining estrogen levels could cause acne? My experience has been the classic symptoms as well as skin changes, mainly facial skin with acne.  I hope you had a chance to read my recent post on face mapping  that showed why acne occurs on certain areas of your face.

It was during the perimenopause phase that I sought out a dermatologist to combat the fierce case of acne I developed–helping to get it under control. My esthetician recommended the latest and greatest at that time to combat acne scarring and reduce my large oily pores on my face. For many years, I happily endured microdermabrasion and chemical peels that brighten my acne dulled skin.

Now, no more harsh chemicals or lasers for me, enter in the newest skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing treatment in cosmetic medicine, the $60,000 dream machine that offers the HydraFacial.  The Hydrafacial targets fine lines and wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily and acne-prone skin, hyper-pigmentation, and uneven skin tone.  Sun-damaged skin can also be treated with HydraFacials. Sounds like this machine was developed for women like me, as this stage of my life, I seem to have a variety of skin issues the HydraFacial can address and repair.

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A Step in the Right Direction

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 28, 2014 IN: On the Road Again


Little did I know that my weekend trip to New York City to hang out with my daughter would help me achieve a step in the right direction on Saturday.  14,022 steps that is!  Thanks to my wearable fitness device that tracks my steps and overall activity, I was able to easily achieve my daily goal of 10,000 steps by sightseeing by foot in New York City.

My FitBit Tracker reading for Saturday, July 26, 2014 sightseeing in NYC

My FitBit Tracker reading for Saturday, July 26, 2014 from day of sightseeing in NYC

This weekend adventure included my first visit to historic Central Park.  So far, my travels to Manhattan just allowed me to drive around, through or walk along the perimeter of Central Park on Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Museum.  This visit I took the time to explore a small portion of the national landmark’s 843 acres, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Wearing T.J.Maxx fit and flare Maggie London dress with Seychelles sandals

Standing in front of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir looking to the West side of Manhattan. Wearing my pink FitBit band,  J.Crew gold tasseled necklace, T.J. Maxx fit and flare Maggie London dress with (old) Seychelles sandals.

Our agenda always includes beauty stop at Sephora and mani/pedis at our fave nail salon, Blooming Nails. I opt for the back massage and mani while my daughter, the mani and pedi. I love the friendly greeting I always receive when I accompany Channing, their regular customer.

Next stop on the agenda included venture to Saks for view the Christian Louboutin windows on the debut of his nail polish line.  It’s wonderful to see the creativity of the French footwear designer incorporate his signature red color into luxury lacquer, not sure what took him so long. The friendly salesperson while restocking the sold out display was gracious enough to share the “Loub” nail polish story about the exclusive debut at Saks and expansion of the nail polish colors to follow this fall.

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About Face

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 IN: Give Me Grace

AboutFace-Face Mapping
Your skin can say a lot about your health especially about your face. It’s viewed as the mirror to our health. Can you tell I have a mild fascination with non-traditional alternative medicine?  First, I mentioned the Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine method of dry skin brushing, and today, I want to talk about face mapping. This practice, falls under the umbrella of ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM.)
AboutFace - Face Mapping

TCM is based mainly on the prevention of illness, uses herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, exercise, and diet to promote good health.  It especially emphasizes changing lifestyle habits.  The key to understanding Chinese medicine is to understand the idea of balance.

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