Longest Day

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 20, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Longest Day
Monday, June 20th is the summer solstice — the official start of summer and longest day of the year.  The sun will rise early and set late. Today will be a  great day for fun in the sun: some yard work, a day at the beach or a perfect time for me to get in at least 10,000 steps.

Longest Day

Actually, because of my commitment to health and wellness, the focus this month is Alzheimer’s disease. I am doing my part to fight Alzheimer’s by educating myself and others in my age group and participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day.

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Getting the Blues

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 6, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Getting the Blues
Why is the color blue associated with depression?  Does anyone know why this color is affiliated with being in a funk?  Let’s examine what ‘having the blues’ really means.

Getting the Blues

In my Just Do It post, I shared the checklist for important screenings and check-ups.  When I compiled the list, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of notations associated with mental health. That’s because physical and mental health are closely connected.

Location: Fort Hunter, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing Lafayette 148 New York Silk Tunic Top in Azure Blue, J. Crew Minnie Pant in Royal Blue and Boden suede slide.

Location: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing Lafayette 148 New York Silk Tunic Top in Azure Blue from Gilt.com, J. Crew Minnie Pant in Royal Blue, Boden Thelma suede slide and Mansur Gavriel black leather tote  with royal blue lining.  Jewelry:  J. Crew bead tassel earrings, My Tiffany and Company collection of charms and my Fitbit.  Sunnies: Prada Linea Rossa PS 50RS Rimless Pale Gold w/Blue Mirror Lens.

According to the LiveScience color wheel, different colors describe happiness versus depression. Colors are often used as metaphors for moods.  Everyone loves blue because it’s nature’s color for water and sky but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. Blue has very few connections to taste or smell.

Getting the Blues

Anime girl with crying eyes.

An interesting tidbit from Wikipedia, Blue is associated with the fifth chakra, located in the throat.  It is therefore connected to communication.  Someone who speaks the truth and is faithful in all ways is ‘true blue.’  When communication is lacking, we can talk to someone until we are “blue in the face.”

Depression Glass

Blue Depression Glass

The color blue, particularly in American culture, represents depression and sadness.  Perhaps it’s origins are deeply rooted in the folk music popular among former slaves living in the Mississippi Delta following the Civil War.  Or perhaps, B.B. KIng’s (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015) songs of misfortune, betrayal, and regret. Even “father of modern Chicago blues singer”, Muddy Waters (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983) name evokes thoughts of personal adversity.

The Old Guitarist, 1903 from the Art INstitute of Chicago. During Pablo Picasso's Blue Period. During this time he painted somber works, essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green

The Old Guitarist, 1903 from the Art Institute of Chicago. During Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period. During this period he painted somber works, essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green

No single person invented the musical genre, the blues, but many people claimed to have discovered the genre.  For instance, minstrel show bandleader W. C. Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) insisted that the blues were revealed to him in 1903 by an itinerant street guitarist at a train station in Mississipi.

Keep yourself from getting the blues by following these suggested tips:
•   Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night
•  Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
•  Eat a balanced diet.
•  Take time to do something you enjoy, like connecting with a friend or reading.
•  Try yoga – it can lower stress and help with anxiety and depression
•  Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.
•  Volunteer!  Helping others makes you feel good.

Have a fabulous week💙

Siggy

 

Oh, What A Night

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 IN: Formal Affair

Oh, What A Night

To me, Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about remembering the heroes who served our country but also my annual Club 21 dinner dance, after months of preparation.
Oh, What A Night

The guests filed into the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center to find cocktails and light bites in the reception area. The men looked like a sea of penguins in their tuxedos while the women wore mostly floor-length gowns.

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Countdown

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 23, 2016 IN: Beauty Fashion

Countdown

Every year in late May, right around Memorial Day Weekend, I look forward to our annual Club 21  dinner dance.

Similar to the fashionable crowd that attends the Met Gala in New York City, I want to look my best.  I start my countdown at least four-months before to prepare.

Countdown

I developed my own must-do checklist after twenty years of attending the soiree, that includes the following:
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Say What?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 16, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Say What?

I must admit, I occasionally consult the Urban Dictionary for a better understanding of terminology that I hear Millennials using, most recently I looked up “say what?” The website told me that saying derives from a video game and an MTV show that aired from 1998 to 2003 with the same name.
Say WHat?Today’s focus, however, is slightly different. Let’s talk about hearing loss. The health and wellness tips I feature on The Age of Grace are not only for you, the readers, but for myself as well.  My post, Just Do It reminded me that as an adult, I’ve never had my hearing checked.

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Just Do It

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Sunday, May 8, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Just Do ItToday, May 9th is Women’s Check-Up Day.  And what an appropriate reminder to Just Do It when it comes to scheduling those very important appointments.
Just Do It
Nike coined their trademark Just Do It slogan in1988, and today, it still has a universal appeal to motivate and encourage people of all ages in every aspect of life. It just so happens that catchphrase was aptly introduced during fitness craze in the ’80s.
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2016 Met Gala

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 IN: Fashion Fashion Is Art

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.  This wedding ensemble from Chanel’s fall 2014 haute couture collection.  It is made of scuba knot that was machine-sewn but finished by hand, while the design of the cape was hand-drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, then digitized to give it a pixilated feel.  Its rhinestones were heat-printed, then accented with hand-sewn pearls and gemstones. As described by Andrew Bolton, curator at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Every spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute holds one of the most glamorous and exclusive nights in New York City: an annual fundraiser that started in 1946. The Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night, took place on May 2nd.

80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum's Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila.

A 65-foot structure rises from the center of the space made up of 80,000 red roses, 200,000 red silk roses and laser-cut ;ace for the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall by benefit event designer, Raul Àvila.  Image credit:  Taylor Jewell.Vogue Magazine.

This year’s theme was Manus x Machina:  Fashion in an Age of Technology.  Andrew Bolton, the  curator of the Costume Insitute, explained the theme, saying “traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. Technology affects everything we do every day. This year’s exhibit will examine how fashion is celebrated with a tech theme.”
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Gut Check

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Gut Check
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that so many TV commercials seem to be about bloating, gas, and cramping? Perhaps, because April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month. A perfect time to remind you about a gut check.

Gut Check

First of all, let’s look at the facts: IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder of unknown cause, meaning it’s idiopathic. This syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States— so, that’s about 10 to 15% of the population.
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Diana Vreeland, Style Genius

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 18, 2016 IN: Bonjour, Paris Style Icons

Diane Vreeland, Style GeniusMy obsession with Paris isn’t much of a secret. My fascination with the City of Lights is endless. Today, I will continue that conversation with a new series on the blog called, Bonjour, Paris. The first post explores one particular French woman with a certain je nai sai quo: Diana Vreeland.

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All That Jazz

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 11, 2016 IN: I Love Museums Smooth Jazz

All That Jazz
Earlier this year, when I visited the Jacqueline De Ribes exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I ventured over to the special display Celebrating Sax Instruments and Innovation, where I learned about the Adolphe Sax. The rare saxophone collection reminded me of that jazz I enjoy.

All That Jazz

I really appreciate that when you go to see an exhibit at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, you get some much for your donation. There is always an amazing amount of displays to see in just one day, you just have to be  brave enough to maneuver the crowds.
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