#SeeSummertimeBetter

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 31, 2015 IN: Collabs

#SeeSummerBetter
All tell-tale signs that the season is changing are here: the farmers markets are selling mums, the crisp temperatures in the morning and late evenings, ragweed season started. Not to mention, the sun now sets around 7:45 p.m.

And even though I see fall creeping in with acorns already falling from the oak trees (during my 13,000 steps a day walks through my neighborhood), there is still plenty of time to #SeeSummerBetter.

Thanks to Warby Parker.

#SeeSummer Better

In New York City; Wearing random black dress with J. Crew necklace, J. Crew print pumps and Fashionphile vintage Chloé Calfskin Aurore wallet on a Chain Clutch Pebble

In New York City; Wearing  Warby Parker Banks Ginger Crystal Tinted sunnies, Cynthia Rowley TJ Maxx black dress with J. Crew necklace, J. Crew dusty sky printed fabric slingback pumps and Fashionphile vintage Chloé Calfskin Aurore wallet on a Chain Clutch Pebble

Continue reading

A Vested Interest

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 24, 2015 IN: Fitness

A Vested Interest
2015 marks nearly 18 years working in the pharmaceutical industry.  During that nearly 20 year span of time, I developed a vested interest in the healthcare especially as it pertains to women.

A Vested Interest
Continue reading

The Mighty D

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 17, 2015 IN: Health Awareness

The Mighty D
What I love about my job is that I do not sit in an office all day.  I can’t complain about not getting fresh air and sunshine everyday. During my annual physical earlier this year, my complete blood count (CBC) showed I have an insufficient level of vitamin D.   We hear all the time about the benefits of being outside in the sunlight.  From my research for my personal challenge, please read on to see why Vitamin D is the mighty D.
The Mighty D
Continue reading

A Sure Shot

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 10, 2015 IN: Blogging On the Road Again

A Sure Shot
Anyone else lured into online discount deals offered by Living Social? I was!  A photography class offered by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center was a sure shot (pun intended) for me.

Wearing Banana Republic draped vest, with Banana Republic lace black top, J. Crew Minnie black pant, J. Crew ballet flat.

At the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Philadelphia, Wearing Banana Republic drapey vest, with Banana Republic lace black top, J. Crew Minnie black pant, J. Crew Kiki cap toe contrast ballet flat.

A Sure Shot
Continue reading

Watermelon Man

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 3, 2015 IN: Nutrition

Watermelon Man
Since it is summertime, I picked a great time to talk about watermelons. Why!  Because August 3 is National Watermelon Day.  Before there were Farmer’s Markets or street vendors selling fresh produce, there was the watermelon man.
In the inner city neighborhoods of Philadelphia, I can recall during the hot summer months especially on a Friday. This man, perhaps a farmer driving his loaded-down truck through our Germantown community singing his song about watermelons, fresh fish and eggs.  I can still hear in my mind his mantra, “wardeemelon, fresh fish and brown eggs.”  Maybe this was the peddler’s way of stirring up business to get rid of his perishables.
Continue reading

Women of Grace: Meet Julia

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 27, 2015 IN: Women of Grace

Julia Chatwell Women of Grace

Today’s Women of Grace: meet Julia McNair Chatwell, 56. Julia, is wife to Richard, mother to Richard, Jr (Rocky) and Sarah, and, grandmother to Emma. Julia lives in a beach house in a small town on the coast of Texas. Instagram provided me the opportunity to discover Julia. Julia truly fits the profile of a Women of Grace.

Looks like I am on a roll with the Women of Grace series. I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of other women featured: Blogger Jeannie, Gracefully 50; Lady Liz Jones who overturned her diagnosis of diabetes with weight loss and exercise; fellow blogger, Etsy business owner and my BFF Cynthia; Singer, actress and blogger, Lesley Wolman; and just last month, blogger and Minister of Style, Cathy.

I started the Women of Grace series when I launched The Age of Grace blog in 2013 to highlight other women that I applaud.  These ladies all have that je ne said quoi that makes them stand out— that certain something; an indefinable elusive quality. More importantly they fit the Women of Grace profile being over the age of 50, maintain a healthy-size, living a faith-filled life that is evident in not just themselves but how they inspire and encourage others.

Continue reading

The Whitney

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 IN: On the Road Again

The Whitney
On my road trip last weekend to visit my daughter, we ventured to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District to see The Whitney.  As in The Whitney Museum of American Art, it is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. Founded by sculptor and arts patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The WhitneyThe museum is brand spanking new at this location.  It opened May 1, 2015, now home to more than 19,000 works of modern and contemporary American Art.

The Whitney

The Whitney

In 1931, Whitney approached the famed Metropolitan Museum of Arts to house her twenty-year collection of 700 modern art works.  Upon rejection from The Met, it was then that she founded The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Wearing J. Crew punched-out eyelet dress, with Seychelles blue suede sandals and carrying Mansur Gavriel Black Flamma Tote. My collection of Tiffany charms, David Yurman cable bracelet, J. Crew Factor necklace with Prada sunnies.

On the rooftop of the Whitney Museum in NYC; Wearing J. Crew punched-out eyelet dress, with Seychelles blue suede “Play Along” heels, carrying Mansur Gavriel Black Flamma Tote. My collection of Tiffany charms, David Yurman cable buckle bracelet with gold, J. Crew Factor statement necklace with Prada sunnies.  The first photo you can see the Freedom Tower in the skyline.

Vanderbilt! You may recall the name from the prominent United States Vanderbilt family.  As in her daddy was Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Cornelius built his wealth in shipping and railroads during the Gilded Age. Just a reminder, the Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth in the United States’s industrialization.

This portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney is featured in the first-floor gallery devoted to Gertrude in the Whitney Museum. Whitney commissioned this portrait in 1916 from Robert Henri, leader of the urban realist painters.

This portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney is featured in the first-floor gallery devoted to Gertrude in the Whitney Museum. Whitney commissioned this portrait in 1916 from Robert Henri, leader of the urban realist painters.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9,1875 – April 18,1942) was a prominent social figure and hostess who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the also prosperous Whitney family.

The building was designed by architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the New York Times Building, The inaugural exhibit, “America Is Hard to See,” is drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of Art’s collection.  The massive collection covers most of the eight floors. The well-curated art is reflective of the period of time as listed below:

Floor Eight:  1910 -1940
Floor Seven:  1925 -1960
Floor Six:  1950 -1975
Floor Five:  1965 – Present
Floor Three: Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater and Education Center and Laurie M. Tisch Education Center
Floor One: 1900-1935 The early history of the Whitney is examined

Some of my favorites pieces:

The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939 by Joseph Stella (oil on canvas)

The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939 by Joseph Stella (oil on canvas)

 

The Buffalo Hunt, 1933 by Horace Pippin (1888 - 1946) oil on canvas

The Buffalo Hunt, 1933 by Horace Pippin (1888 – 1946) oil on canvas

"Barack and Michelle" by Elizabeth Peyton.

“Barack and Michelle” by Elizabeth Peyton.

The exhibit runs until September 27, 2015. The admission fee is $22.00 per person. The museum offers Friday night pay-as-you-wish program from 7 to 10 pm like the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers everyday. Looking for a new and interesting place for a date, a fun day with the girls or art appreciation? The Whitney is the place.
Museum Hours:
Monday:  10:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday:  10:30 am – 6 pm
Great accommodating hours for the latter part of the week – Thursday through Saturday when the museum hours are 10:30 am – 10:00 pm.
Non-flash photography is allowed however selfie-sticks and tripods are prohibited.

The Whitney

My daughter, the soon to be Mrs.Yazy and I enjoyed the eighth-floor rooftop Studio Cafe small-bites restaurant as did everyone else for the scenic skyline views. Our aerial visual enjoyment included the massive Google building, the tip of the Empire State Building on one side and the Freedom Tower on another side.

The title, " America Is Hard to See," comes from a poem by Robert Frost and a political documentary by Emile de Antonio.

The title, ” America Is Hard to See,” comes from a poem by Robert Frost and a political documentary by Emile de Antonio.

My trips to NYC aren’t complete until we do what’s become the new normal.  The girls and I spent a lovely neither rainy nor cloudy day walking to brunch at a little Italian restaurant on the upper east side, manicures at our fave Blooming Nails, taking the dreaded Metro downtown to the Whitney and finishing off the night with dinner in the Union Square area. With all this strolling, I was able to get in 14,000 steps in my flats that I brought along (the heels were just for my outfit photo).

I walked 6 miles with 14, 497 steps. My goal is at least 10,000 per day as monitored by my Fitbit App.

I walked 6 miles with 14, 497 steps. My goal is at least 10,000 per day as monitored by my Fitbit App.

Thumbs Up 👍🏽 for The Whitney Museum’s new location on the Hudson River and the well-curated “America Is Hard To See” exhibit. America is actually easy to see at The Whitney. If you are planning a visit to Manhattan be sure to include this stop.

A special thank you to my daughter Channing for my wonderful photos.

Have a fabulous week!

eugenia_siggy

 

Bonne Bouche

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 13, 2015 IN: Collabs Fab Food

Bonne Bouche

Bonne Bouche!  Wait, let me get this phrase correct since I have vague memories of my French classes in high school.  Better yet, let me get the correct definition so I don’t mislead you. According to the Webster, bonne bouche is a dessert being supremely delicious or appetizing. The definition goes on to say a choice morsel.

Bonne Bouche

Just so happens, July 14 is Bastille Day, the French National Day commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution. It started with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of French people on July 14, 1790.

Wearing:  J. Crew chevron striped fit and flare dress with J. Crew Factory crystal statement necklace and Vince Camuto Karsten perforated  metallic sandal.

AT the Historic Grace Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA;  Wearing: J. Crew chevron striped fit and flare linen dress with J. Crew Factory crystal statement necklace and Vince Camuto Karsten perforated metallic sandal.

Continue reading

It’s Monumental

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 6, 2015 IN: On the Road Again

It's Monumental

It’s Monumental! What? My recent trip to Washington, D. C.  All the classic sights that most people have explored over the years. The  monuments dedicated to people who made American history, you know them – The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, The newest one, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to name a few.

Wearing:  J. Crew Factory strapless knit dress, Stella and Dot necklace and All Hail Ceri Espadrille Slingbacks from Gilt.

Wearing: J. Crew Factory strapless knit dress, Stella and Dot necklace and All Hail Ceri Espadrille Slingbacks from Gilt.

The Extra Mile- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is a national monument in Washington D.C. I am standing on one of the 34 bronze medallions honoring people who 'through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their owns dreams into movements that helped people across American and throughout the world".

Frederick Douglass’ Bronze Medallion – The Extra Mile- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is a national monument in Washington D. C. I am standing on one of the 34 bronze medallions honoring people who ‘through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their owns dreams into movements that helped people across American and throughout the world”.

Continue reading

Go Purple

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 29, 2015 IN: Health Awareness

Go Purple
It is time to go purple! Why? Because June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month.  I missed the June 21 date that is set aside to wear purple and alert people about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s. However, it’s never too late to learn more about this disease.
Go PurpleJust what is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease that affects the ability to remember, think and plan. Worldwide, 47 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and this number is set to rise dramatically unless we do something about it.
Continue reading