Mouth Matters

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Mouth Matters
I escaped into classic elegance earlier this month when I explored the lives of the ultimate costumer, Edith Head and one of fashion’s greatest couturiers, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Now, it is time to get back to health awareness. Let’s look at mouth matters, specifically flossing.

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Chanel’s Iconic Bags

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 15, 2016 IN: Fashion Iconic Fashion Designers

This month one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century has a birthday: Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel.  In honor of what would have been the designer’s 133rd birthday on August 19th, let’s look at the allure of Coco Chanel’s iconic bags.

Chanel's Iconic Bags

 

Chanel's Iconic Bags

Wearing: Old Teri Jon Little Black Dress, Vintage Opera-Length Silver Pearls, Vintage Peau de soie Evening Bag with Lulu Frost pin, Vince Camuto Nappa Metallic Caged Heels with Dita Cat-Eye Sunnies

I thought my fashion passion bucket would be overflow during the summer of 2010 when my daughter and I visited Chanel’s New York flagship store on 57th Street, to see The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag, an exhibit demonstrating the construction and history of the company’s iconic
2.55 handbag.
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Edith Head

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 IN: Fashion Iconic Fashion Designers

Edith Head

What do the following memorable Alfred Hitchcock films, Notorious, Read Window, To Catch A Thief, Vertigo, Marnie, and The Birds’  have in common?  Edith Head an accomplished costume designer for over 400 classic motion pictures.
Edith Head

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Lip Service

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 IN: Beauty

Lip Service
Friday, July 29th was National Lipstick Day!  One of those dubious recognition days on the calendar that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give some lip service.

Lip Service

By now you know that I like to go back in time to learn the history of things. Let’s dive into the history of lipstick.
Lip Service

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade "Licorice" coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban orange Aviators

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade “Licorice” coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban oOange Aviators, and Suzi Roher Cinch Elastic belt.

Guerlain created the first bullet lipstick in 1870. It was called Ne M’oubliez Pas.

1870 Guerlain Ne m' oubliez pas

1870 Guerlain Ne m’ oubliez pas

Guerlain, a French perfume and cosmetics and skincare house, among the oldest in the world, was founded in 1828 by Monsieur Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain. I plan to visit the Guerlain boutique on the Champs – Élysées in Paris when I visit in November.

 

Ne m' oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Ne m’ oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Check out these three beauties  from the movie, The Women, perfecting their pouts in the lady room.  This movie is one of my favorite black and white comedy drama.

Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the movie, "The Women."

Lip Service.  Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the 1939 movie, “The Women.”

According to Ladies’ Home Journal, 65% of women use lipstick daily and 25% won’t leave the house without it.  How about you? Is lipstick your one item you wont leave home without?

Elvis Presley couldn’t resist the opportunity to lend his name to lipstick for his teenage fans.

Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

Lip Service.  Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

90% of women believe that wearing lipstick makes them feel better about themselves and don’t do it to attract men.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

Coty, Yardley, Max Factor,  and Helena Rubenstein were the major manufacturers of cosmetics but many are no longer producing products or were absorbed by larger corporations.  Avon is still ringing up sales door to door and office to office.

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As we age, our lips thin, they can become more wrinkled and lines may develop around our mouths. There is such a thing called wrinkle lip syndrome which is more evident on long time smokers and people that don’t protect their skin with SPF (sun protection factor.)  Help yourself age gracefully by not smoking, getting exercise, limiting alcohol, wearing sunscreen, and keeping yourself hydrated.

My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lippy last year for my milestone birthday.

Lip Service.  My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lipstick on a silk ribbon last year for my milestone birthday.

There are no limitations to how you can color your lips.  There are many choices and styles, crayon, lip cremes, gloss and even custom lipstick.

This post isn’t just lip service but some fun information about lipstick, I hoped you enjoyed it.  Let me know your thoughts!

Don’t forget to be fabulous 💄 💋

Siggy

Bison Men

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 IN: Men's Health On the Road Again

Bison Men

Recently, hubby and I motored to Washington, D. C. for a dinner date with some Bison men and their wives.  I call them Bison men because they all matriculated at the Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  The bison is the school mascot.

I chose a fit and flare sleeveless dress to defy the heat dome that evening.

Bison Men

At this stage in our respective lives, it’s an excellent time for rekindling college friendships.  With all four couples being empty-nesters, it’s now easier for all of us to make time on our schedules to get together.
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Shoulder-Baring

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 IN: Age- Defying Style Fashion Videos

Shoulder-Baring

Ladies, you know the focus of The Age of Grace is mainly about creating awareness so that women baby boomers can age gracefully (and healthy!).

Shoulder-Baring

That’s still the case but today, I want to show that the off the shoulder fashion trend can work for women over the age of 50.
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Sneaky Creatures

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 11, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Sneaky Creatures
My recent Colonoscopy follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist (GI) revealed interesting information: I had some sneaky creatures inhabiting my stomach called H.pylori.

Sneaky Creatures

Before my actual Colonoscopy, the bowel preparation was worse that the actual procedure. In fact, I don’t remember the process.  Anyone remember Propofol? I can see why Michael Jackson used that drug to get to sleep. You quickly nap and wake up at a moment’s notice.
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Cherries Jubilee

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 IN: Nutrition

Cherries JubileeDo you love cherries and are smitten with Cherries Jubilee? Did you know that it was a special dessert prepared for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in 1897?

Cherries Jubilee

Since then the dish, made with fresh cherries, liqueur and flambéed, then served over vanilla ice cream, has grown into one of America’s favorite desserts.
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New View

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 IN: My Home

New View
When i started college back in the late 70s, I wanted a new view in terms of my eyesight — I wanted a clearer focus for all of those books that needed to be read. Plus, I didn’t want to look like a high school student anymore! I was a college student.

A new view: The completed landscape home project with window boxes and new shrubbery.

A new view: The completed landscape home project with window boxes and new shrubbery.

Fast forward to 2016, at my annual eye exam, I informed my optometrist that I wear my contacts only on weekends.  At this stage of my life, computer work and reading glasses, I found it easier to just wear my eyeglasses. Especially since I purchased very chic pairs of blue and purple eyeglasses.
New View

When the optometrist questioned me about comfort and duration of wear, I told him that the lenses are uncomfortable probably because I don’t wear them everyday like I did in the past.  He recommended I consider the soft contact lenses for a new view, a crisper vision.  I’m happy to say I see many improvements with  the clarity of soft lenses. Continue reading

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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