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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Discover Chic Activewear at Chadwicks of Boston

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 9, 2017 IN: Collabs Fitness Talking Fashion Videos

As we seasoned ladies advance in age, let’s not lead a sedentary lifestyle which can lead to obesity.  It’s a new year and an excellent time for a new you in 2017. Do you have health or wellness goals? Are you actively inspired? Then you need to discover the chic activewear at Chadwicks of Boston.

As I shared in my post last week, I prefer to utilize a vision board versus annual resolutions. I find this relatively new practice helps me to stay focused as well as accomplish my short and long-term goals.

My wellness goals still include doing at least 10,000 steps daily. However, this year, I plan to incorporate more cardio activity into my exercise program explicitly. You know, with simple tasks like taking the stairs and parking farther from the store while running errands.

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It’s Vision Board Time Again

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 2, 2017 IN: Goal Setting


You know it’s the end of any year when you see and hear all the television commercials for gym memberships and weight loss opportunities. For me, the end of the year signals its time to make another vision board.

Each year, nearly 50 percent of Americans vow to change their behavior come January 1st, resolving to lose weight, get more organized or whatever they pledge to rectify.
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My First Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again

On September 24th, 2016, the 19th Smithsonian Museum opened its doors to the public. And finally, last week, I was able to visit the National African American Museum of History and Culture (NMAAHC).

My First Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Location: Italian Lake, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing: Vince Camuto Ruched Sequined Sheath Black Dress, ASOS Oversized Faux Fur Scarf in Chocolate similar here, Metallic Bronze Leather Gloves from Portolano Sample sale similar here, Metallic Heels from Mui Mui sample sale similar here, Chanel Quilted Mini from Fashionphile similar here.

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