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?

It was easy to attend former Gov. Ed Rendell’s inaugural event, the then governor held a black-tie gala with performance by Bon Jovi.  While most recent Gov. Tom Corbett held a soirée with a 22-piece orchestra.  Both of these governors had their late-night inaugural parties at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

 

January 20, 2015 Tom Wolf Inaugural Program for swearing in ceremony

January 20, 2015 Tom Wolf Inaugural Program for swearing in ceremony

Tom Wolf, former businessman who won’t live in the governor’s mansion, now the 47th governor of Pennsylvania chose a different route to celebrate his momentous occasion. Who knew those who attended needed to decipher the dress code to figure out what to wear?

Hats off to the inaugural planners that pulled off the massive undertaking of planning and executing an evening to celebrate with 4,000 people.

Hubby and I commenced the evening by taking advantage of the shuttle from the nearby Giant Stadium parking lot to the Hershey Lodge.  The shuttles quickly boarded guests then onto the ballroom-sized room to house all the outerwear of the attendees.  We were all corralled through security to be wanded, thank God no pat down.

At the January 20, 2015 Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Moi, at the January 20, 2015 Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

I say all the 4,000 people that attended the event were all on the Great American Ballroom dance floor at once. I recall Katie McGinty, Wolf’s chief of state greet my husband and I as she sashayed by us on the dance floor.  Whether Democrat, Republican or other, the dance floor is no respecter of person when it comes to kicking up ones heels.

After figuring out what celebratory dress code meant and choosing not to purchase anything new. I chose one of my Teri Jon cocktail dresses, this navy number is five years old. To amp up my evening look, I wore my new black faux fur cape with my long classic leather gloves. Every girl needs to keep  chic accessories to help propel her into that celebratory mode at a moment’s notice.

I found it interesting to see other interpretations of what celebratory attire meant. I saw a few gowns, but mostly very chic cocktail dresses in not just black but fun colors.  A few men wore their tuxedos but most men appropriately wore dark suits.

The $100 a ticket included featured Pennsylvania-themed food served through the night, prime rib, elk meatloaf, pierogies and mushrooms.  Later in the night, snacks included hot dogs, potato chips and ice cream were available.

Empty Great American ballroom before the inaugural celebration of Governor Tom Wolf.

Empty Great American ballroom before the inaugural celebration of Governor Tom Wolf.

I don’t remember the name of the band for the celebration but they surely kept me on my feet, I was able to get in my 10,000 steps on the dance floor.

Crowed dance floor of the Great American ballroom the night of Governor Tom Wolf's inaugural celebration.

Crowed dance floor of the Great American ballroom the night of Governor Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration.

Governor Wolf, we the people congratulate you as you get started in new job as governor of the Keystone State. Best wishes and great success in the next four years.

 

January 20, 2015 Tom Wold Inaugural Celebration at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. HIs theme "Let's Get Started."

January 20, 2015 Tom Wold Inaugural Celebration at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. HIs theme “Let’s Get Started.”

Happy Two Year Blogaversary

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

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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.

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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.

Wearing Long Knot Sweater, Lafayette 148 rabbit fur neck warmer, Lafayette 148 beige silk blouse, Piperlime Collection navy faux leather midi skirt with Kate Spade New York Licorice camel suede pumps

Wearing:  Diaologue Long Knit Sweater Coat, Lafayette 148 rabbit fur neck warmer, Lafayette 148 beige silk blouse, Piperlime Collection navy faux leather midi skirt with Kate Spade New York Licorice camel suede pumps and Nars limited edition Barents Sea nail polish.

Blogging has been not a journey but a marathon over the past two years.  Just recently, I’ve sprinted into many bloggers dream of been noticed with brand collaborations. No letters written, no major campaigns, just consistent once a week blogging. And of course, my blog’s name being included with the over 40 – 50 blogger lists. My pièce de résistance, being featured on Fabulous After 40 blog, and The GIT Girl online Mag, such an honor.

A look back at the different areas I focused on during 2014, health awareness remains my passion. No surprise here since I have been in the pharmaceutical industry for nearly 20 years.

Health Awareness:  Health Risks, Women and Heart Disease, Incontinence, Bowel Movements, Allergies, Omega-3, Alzheimer’s Disease, Suicide Awareness, Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, Lung Health, COPD/Great American SmokeOut.

Fitness: Fitbit, Exercise/Movement, Drop 5 Pounds, Sacred Heart Soup

Beauty:  Dry Skin Brushing, Face Mapping, Hydra Facial, Ashy Skin, SPF Protection

Collaborations:  Lover.ly, eShakti, Covered Perfectly, Lucky Magazine Smile Contest

Women of Grace:  Cynthia of 2ChicDesigns and Leslie, FabuLeslie

On The Road Again: Philly Flower Show, Tea at the Plaza,  PSU, Charles James Met exhibit, Andy Warhol Museum, Napa Valley, Christmas in NYC

I know you know by now but just a reminder, The Age of Grace started as a dream that commenced two years ago this week. I keep on track with annual goal setting and determination using my vision boards (and much prayer and belief).

I may not have accomplished what Dr MartinLuther King did but each and ever person has opportunities every day to be better, do better and accomplish dreams in your circles that include family, friends and the social media networks.

Are you keeping your dreams alive? Are you fulfilling your dreams?

So Happy Two Year Blogaversary to The Age of Grace!  Thank you for taking the time to read The Age of Grace, I do appreciate you.

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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On the Horizon

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 IN: As I See It

On the Horizon, 2015
As the year 2014 closes out, on the horizon I see new visions and dreams that abound for the year 2015.  This time of the year, I like to reflect upon my goals that I set forth with my vision boards.  Just to remind you, a vision board is a tool  that I use to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal.  Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
On the Horizon, 2015

To successfully navigate the new year, I like to consider the big picture and put everything into perspective for present and future.  If you follow Age of Grace, you know I utilize vision boards to visually challenge myself to accomplish my personal and professional goals since 2012.

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Spot-On

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 IN: Collaborations

Spot-On With Covered Perfectly
One of hottest trends right now are the oh so chic, leopard prints.  This big-cat print is showing up everywhere in the latest clutches, coats, skirts, tops and scarves.  I am spot-on today wearing a light-weight faux fur leopard print hooded vest by Covered Perfectly.

Spot-On With Covered Perfectly

Spot-on is what Pauline Durban had in mind when she created Covered Perfectly apparel for women over 40.   In May 2012  Pauline invested her life savings into Covered Perfectly.  It was out of her personal frustrations with sleeves not covering the unflattering part of her arms, tops too short revealing too much and styles geared toward younger slim bodies.  She began designing her own line of women’s tops.

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Bling on the Holidays!

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 IN: Collaborations

Bling on the Holidays with eShakti
Maxed out your LBD? Are you interested in a quick easy new option? Consider a new alternative to bling on the holidays.

It’s not too soon to contemplate something different this festive time of the year.   By different, I mean consider ordering in the comforts of your home, an affordable custom shimmer dress, top or skirt for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Your own blue-print for glamour in less than two weeks.  How? With whom?  One can bling on the holidays with eShakti.

Bling on the Holidays with Eshakti

The eShakti tagline is “We design. You customize.”  eShakti, the only e-commerce women’s apparel company offer standard sizes:  0 – 36 W and specializes in mass-customization on designer clothes for women.  Since 2001, eShakti is #1 in women’s fashion clothing in USA for custom-clothing.
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#SmileStyle

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 IN: Collaborations

#SmileStyle
This time of the year, it’s all about the holidays and entertaining!  It is the season for wonderfully planned events for family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  The clock says to come together to celebrate life and love for one another.  It is said, the best gifts are the ones that make people happy-and don’t have to be wrapped.  I say the best gift is a smile.  A smile is the most powerful gesture that we can all easily give one another anytime of the year, not just during the holidays. Who or what makes you smile? What is your #smilestyle?

#SmileStyle

#SmileStyle

I ask the question what is your #smilestyle because we live in a world linked by social media, where we connect with photographs and smiles matter.  By now, with the popularity of selfies, many have mastered their smiles. According to scientist, Andrew Newborn, the smile is the symbol that was rated with the highest positive emotional content.

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