Lately, when I look in the mirror, I feel like I’m looking at a mole hill. The amount of moles on my face and body have exponentially exploded since I’ve gotten older.
When I was in my teens, a dark regular mole on your cheek was considered to be very attractive. Who didn’t want a beauty mole like Elizabeth Taylor had on her lower right cheek? So I relished mine, thinking it was the mark of beauty.
Wearing: Lafayette 148 NY double-faced wool jacket, J. Crew fit and flare glen plaid dress, Cole Haan Bernard StormCloud Suede boots with Portolano classic long black leather gloves from Gilt and J. Crew Factory muiltistrand pearl necklace.
Moles are one of the most common skin conditions in the world. However, I notice more moles on darker complexions especially elderly African Americans. Anyone seen actor Morgan Freeman lately? Sorry Morgan, but you definitely have a mole hill.
Having fun at Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho, creating my custom made lip color.
February is American Heart Month to bring awareness to the disease that causes one in three deaths each year. In honor of this, I am going to introduce a new series on the blog, Lady in Red, focusing on women’s heart heath. Meet Nina Forrest, an artisan jeweler living in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband. Unfortunately, she suffered a heart attack a few years ago and will share her story with us today.
Lady in Red, Nina Forrest wearing her original jewelry design, From the Heart Collection.
The Age of Grace fashion illustration by Nelly Aba.
What’s going on?
My blog post title is a 1971 Marvin Gaye hit about the goings on revolving around the Vietnam War veterans as they returned home from war. Fast forward to 2016, nearly every morning my BFF Cynthia asks me the very same question, “what’s going on?” as we both drive in our company cars to our first accounts in our respective territories. Me, in Central Pa and Cynthia, in the Philadelphia Collegeville area.
Every year, while the country celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this time in January is also a personal milestone for me: my blogaversary! 🎈
This year, my blog, The Age of Grace, turns three. This online space continues to be a labor of love, a creative outlet to express myself, and hopefully, impact other women who aim to age gracefully, too.
Many people resolved to improve their health at the start of the new year and exercise is the number one way to achieve measurable results.
I made the decision to exercise consistently when I was diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure. I challenged myself to do and be better. In 2012, I walked my first half-marathon. Two years later, in June, I bought a Fitbit to help me stay on track, encouraging to me exercise with measurable goals.
I no longer do New Year’s resolutions. I’ve found greater success creating vision boards that align with my goals for the upcoming year. Also, I’ve found that my blog makes it especially easy for me to recap my escapades and accomplishments while focusing on what’s to come.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been in off-duty mode, which allowed me to take a look back over the year.
Care to walk through the adventures (like the time I attended a photography class and Word Camp!) with me?
I truly relish my off (from work as a pharmaceutical sales specialist) between Christmas and the new year. It’s a great time for me to recharge and refresh before the new year, readying my goals for 2016.
Wearing Asos swing coat, Kate Spade leopard print fit and flare dress, Vince Camuto Raylan Ankle Booties and Fox Collar.
My holiday officially starts once my home is decorated festively and I’ve purchased all of my Christmas gifts. Since my daughter moved to New Year almost three years ago, the first thing I like to do on my (now free) calendar is to see those Manhattan lights. I also like to take the time to catch up with friends and family.
Christmas to me — blame my childhood — isn’t officially here until I hear Nat King Cole sing Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. Now as an adult, I am forging new memories: Visiting New York City for the past two years to take in all of the Christmas lights, and most recently, volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.
Since my daughter moved to the city almost three years ago, I’ve enjoyed making the trip to see the smashingly brilliant holiday windows. Bergdorf Goodman, with its rich history in window dressing (for 126 years running) always takes the cake.
When my children were very young, I was a member of the African American mother’s group Jack & Jill of America, One year, I organized an art auction to raise money for the community. The event not only donated funds for a local charity but it gave the children and parents an opportunity learn about art. Instead of a piece of art I purchased a cute merry-go-round for my daughter. For my son, I purchased a limited edition Negro League baseball photograph.
I dug out the packed away box with my daughter’s many other childhood memorabilia from my cedar closet. The beautiful merry-go-round conjured up the analogy of how life can sometimes have you going around in circles.
If you light one candle this holiday season, let it be a Bijou candle. I’ll tell you why.
Years ago when our kitchen was remodeled, my husband and I noticed a soot-like film on the walls. We quickly ruled out a gas leak and it wasn’t just a dirty wall. Little did I know that the candles that I love to burn everyday were releasing black fumes. Most candles, like the ones I burned for years, are made with a paraffin wax that contain arsenic and benzene. Who knew burning candles could be toxic?