Top Dog

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 23, 2015 IN: Give Me Grace

Top Dog
The late Charles Schultz Peanuts comic strip character, Snoopy is not the only famous and beloved beagle.  The top dog, Miss P won best in show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The 15-inch beagle reached the pinnacle of the dog world as the second beagle to take to win the prestigious dog show recently held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Wearing H & M Scuba-look stripe top over Lafayette 148 grey wool dress, Seychelles suede shoes.  Jewelry:  Daivid Yurman charm bracelet/cable bracelets and Stella and Dot silver lariat necklace.

Wearing H & M Scuba-look stripe top over Lafayette 148 grey wool dress, Seychelles suede shoes. Jewelry: Daivid Yurman charm bracelet/cable bracelets and Stella and Dot silver lariat necklace.

Did you know there are health benefits to owning a pet?  The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.

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Training Day

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 IN: On the Road Again

Training Day
I remember my first day as a pharmaceutical sales rep with AstraZeneca over 17 years ago.  I temporarily relocated to Da’Burgh, Pittsburgh, that is. I was housed in my own one-bedroom apartment in North Hills near the regional office of AstraZeneca.  Way back in 1998, the training day included not days, not just weeks but three months of classroom study face to face with trainers.
Training Day

Wearing Portolano Wool wrap with rabbit pom poms , Ebby top, J. Crew Factory faux leather-stripe Gigi pant, J. Crew black suede bootie, Portolano classic black leather gloves, Tiffany & Co bead necklace worn as double bracelet.

Wearing Portolano Wool wrap with rabbit pom poms , Ebby top, J. Crew Factory faux leather-stripe Gigi pant, J. Crew black suede bootie, Portolano classic black leather gloves, Tiffany & Co bead necklace worn as double bracelet.

My, how things have changed. Technology has exploded in a major way that affects our daily lives in how we communicate, shop and learn. I recall when I interviewed for this sales position, I was asked many times over about my ability to maneuver the different programs of the computer.  I asked myself how hard can this computer be? Speaking of technology, my first cell phone was the Motorola bag phone with an external antenna. Anyone else remember that cell phone?

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Had Enough Already?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 IN: On the Road Again

 

Ladies Night

I was hoping to escape the winter gloom when I recently journeyed to New York City to help my daughter celebrate her 28th birthday.  New York isn’t so much fun when you have to trudge through the slush, dirty snow and the prospect of yet another Monday storm. Can I get a show of hands? Have you had enough already?

Wearing old iresident trench jacket, Lafayette 148 NY wool navy a-line dress with Seychelles suede pumps, vintage necklace.

Wearing old iridescent trench jacket, Lafayette 148 NY wool navy a-line dress with Seychelles suede pumps, vintage necklace.

However, I enjoyed the pleasure of my daughter’s birthday celebration with eight other millennials that are truly rising stars.  As a Mom I admire Channing’s “Martha” skills.  You know the Martha Stewart skills that lay dormant until you realize you have a panache to create the perfect ambiance. Her humble abode offered flickering scented candles, flowers and the menu included a nice selection mostly healthy treats:   fresh fruit, olives, homemade pizza and Caprese salad.

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Well Red

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 2, 2015 IN: Give Me Grace

 

Well Red

I’d like to believe women of a certain age are well red (pun intended) about heart disease.
Hats off to the American Heart Association for their Go Red for Women national campaign to help educate women about heart disease.  The number one killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

Well Red

The first Friday in February is the special day designated to bring attention and awareness to heart disease in women by wearing red.  With over a decade of success,  the American Heart Association’s research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, the AHA is proud that:

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Dress Code

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 26, 2015 IN: Formal Affair

Dress Code
Every four years I take a political plunge with the election or re-election of the governor of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Last week, hubby and I attended the newly elected Tom Wolf’s “Let’s Get Started” themed inaugural celebration at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.  Interestingly enough, the governor requested a low key event that not be black-tie but celebratory attire. So what is the dress code for celebratory attire?

Dress Code

Wearing: Vince Camuto faux fur black cape, Teri Jon (old) cocktail dress, Kate Spade evening bag, Wolford Neon 40 black tights, Stuart Weitzman Elegant black satin evening pumps and Portolano long classic leather gloves.

Just when I thought I mastered the attire for black-tie affairs. That someone, Governor Wolf starts confusing matters with the term “celebratory attire.”  What dress code is to appropriate to attend the new governor’s low key historic event?

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Happy Two Year Blogaversary

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 19, 2015 IN: As I See It

Happy Two Year Blogaversary4
For the last two years, the federal holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday reminds me of my momentous occasion when I launched my blog, The Age of Grace.  Like Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have A Dream,” too.  However, my dream is to inspire, connect and remind women over the age of fifty that we can age gracefully.  Happy Two Year Blogaversary toThe Age of Grace for continuing on that mission.

Happy Two Year Blogaversary2

I was inspired by my daughter and many others blogging their story. I didn’t want to miss out by not voicing my concerns, thoughts and opinions. We all have an account that needs to be told whether it be success or failure.  I believe we all have a sphere of influence with our family, friends and social media that we need to impact.

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Red Alert

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 IN: Collaborations

Red Alert with ModCLoth

Red Alert with ModCLoth

It’s a red alert at ModCloth for the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.  Officially, its marsala, an earthy wine red. It’s not too soon to start planning a few key pieces for spring transition looks (you know they sell out early on the new colors every year).  I was approached by a ModCloth stylist to showcase my ideas for layered pieces for spring 2015.  I was able to highlight the color marsala using ModCloth clothing.

Pantone 2015 Color of the year: Marsala

Pantone 2015 Color of the year: Marsala

What I love about ModCloth is that the online retailer specializes in vintage, vintage-inspired and indie clothing, accessories and decor. The husband and wife duo sell items from numerous different brands, and every day they offer new products.  In addition to original items, they sell single authentic vintage items from various eras past.  The company is headquartered in San Francisco with ties to Pennsylvania when founded in Pittsburgh when couple attended Carnegie-Mellon. Be sure to check out the ModCloth site if you have a love for vintage-inspired clothing.

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Frozen

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 IN: As I See It

Frozen
I couldn’t resist the temptation to title this blog post Frozen.  Not so much for the highest grossing Disney animated movie but for the frigid temperatures we are experiencing.  Tsk Tsk to me for using the term polar vortex in my last blog post.  I just learned the popular term is currently a banished expression as per Huffington Post.  Apparently, the Banished Words List 2015 is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, who knew there is such a dubious list!

Wearing Lafayette 148 double faced wool jacket (old), J. Crew blanket wool plaid scarf, J.Crew wool Minne pant, Banana Republic grey suede bootie (old)

Wearing Lafayette 148 double faced wool jacket (old), J. Crew blanket wool plaid scarf, J.Crew wool Minne pant, Banana Republic grey suede bootie (old)

Generally, during the first few weeks of January, many people are focused on the typical resolutions for being healthier and happier.  However, it’s hard not to focus on the weather network’s polar plunge temperatures.  In Central Pennsylvania, we know it’s January when the annual Farm Show, the largest agricultural exposition in the nation arrives the second weekend in January.
I know the 50,000 people that visit the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show during the one week run are happy that it is an indoor event in the complex.

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Can Fitness Be Fun?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 5, 2015 IN: Give Me Grace

Can Fitness Be Fun?
You can always tell when it’s the beginning of a new year. The endless television commercials for weight loss, gym memberships and new ways to tackle and keep resolutions.  I gave up doing New Year’s resolutions years ago, I found better success utilizing vision boards. Check out my story, I am answering the question, Can fitness be fun?

Yes, fitness can be fun, if you make it enjoyable.  First, one must make the commitment to stay and be healthy with some type of consistent exercise. Then find what works for you. What I found is, easy ways to keep moving and stay motivated as a priority by doing the basics in exercise. I keep reminding you how I use the Fitbit Flex, a modern day pedometer to track my 10,000 steps per day.  In addition, I like my weighted hula hoop and hand weights.  I have a stationary bike that I used when I trained for the Nike half-marathon. The steps are important since I sit in my company car driving all day.  I turn every step into my daily exercise.

My fitness equipment: water bottle, arm weights, weighted hula hoop, sneakers and Beat By Dre ear buds

My fitness equipment: water bottle, 3-lb dumb bells, weighted arm hula hoops, weighted hula hoop, Mizuno Running Wave Rider 16 sneakers, Beats By Dre ear buds, exercise ball and Gold’s Gym Cycle Trainer Recumbent exercise bike.

June 2014, I started following the National Institute of Health recommendation of ten thousand steps per day to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of heart attack. That’s when I purchased my Fitbit Flex wrist band. It’s all about the app that helps me track my daily steps.   Generally, I average about 4,500 steps by parking far from the front door and taking the steps instead of the elevator, By now, I formulated my plan of attack to get in the ten thousand daily steps.  On a nice day, I take a walk around the block.   When it is polar vortex cold or inclement weather, I just step in place in the comforts of my warm home with my James Brown iTunes playlist until I reach my goal.

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The Final Course

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, December 29, 2014 IN: On the Road Again

The Final Course, 2015
No more counting down to Christmas, the holiday season is officially upon us and perhaps over by the time you read this post. Now that I am no longer knee deep in holiday preparations, onto the final course of enjoying time with family and friends.

I purposely plan to take off the twelve days of Christmas annually.  I use this staycation time to relax, reflect, plan for the new year with my vision board, organize a few things, make one last Goodwill donation and at least one road trip. This year I journeyed to New York City, I love how they decorate and celebrate!

Every year New York City draws 54.3 million visitors to the five boroughs.  I believe all those annual tourists were all in Manhattan when I visited on Saturday. It’s no surprise over the twelve days of Christmas that many people want to hike to Manhattan to enjoy the Christmas cheer.  This year, a flood of blue and white fans headed to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the Penn State versus Boston Bowl added to the mayhem. Side note:  PSU won in OT by one.

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