Category Archives: On the Road Again

My travel adventures to New York City, with my hubby and girl friends.

Paris, State of Mind

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 28, 2016 IN: Bonjour, Paris On the Road Again

 

Paris, State of MindNovember 2016, Hubs and I will discover what river cruising is all about.  September last year, I was totally hooked when I stopped by the local AAA office.  I learned the most popular way to experience Europe are the river cruises, so I booked a ten-day Seine River Cruise.  SInce that autumn date, I’ve been in a Paris, state of mind.

Paris, State of MindLast year, hubby and I celebrated our milestone birthdays with low-key celebrations.  This year, we decided we did not want to overlook the opportunity to commemorate our mutual benchmarks.

Paris, State of Mind
My BFF Cynthia, and her hubby, decided they wanted to join us for the adventure with two extra days in Paris.  We even found a non-stop flight direct from Philly to the Charles De Gaulle Airport.  There are many promotional discounts when you book early.  We received a discount from AAA as well as from Ama Waterways because we booked by September 30.
Paris, State of MindWhen viewing the Christmas windows in New York City in December, I couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase the late french empress of fashion, DIane Vreeland’s Smashing Brillant perfume at Bergdorf Goodman.  Diana’s family is doing an amazing job carrying on her legacy with an exclusive line of DIana Vreeland perfume that is being carried by select retailer’s like Bergdorf Goodmans. Continue reading

A Walk in the Park

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 14, 2016 IN: On the Road Again


A Walk in the Park

Every March, I wipe away my winter blues and get a dose of spring when I attend the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.  This year, my BFF Cynthia took in the aptly-themed exhibit, “Explore America,” celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service.

A Walk in the Park

Wearing: J. Crew Factory Vest, Ebby Knit long sleeve top, J. Crew Minnie pant and J. Crew Bronson black suede booties (BFF sunnies.) Sephora Beauty products:  Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick Bauhaus 5 and NailsInc GelEffect Regents Place

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that was created in 1916 to manage all our national parks, monuments, among other conservation and historical properties.

Each exhibit was inspired by a national park at this year’s 188th show like  the large-scale displays of the quintessential Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park, to name a few.
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One Stop

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again Style Icons Talking Fashion

One Stop

When you live in Small Town, USA like I do, a trip to New York City is the ultimate one stop destination for style inspiration, great food, cultural enrichment, and of course, shopping.

One Stop

My hubby and I motored to New York City for a belated birthday celebration with our daughter, Channing, a fashion journalist.  Upon our arrival on Friday evening, we commenced the weekend’s festivities with a literary-themed dining experience at The Writing Room in her neighborhood.

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Manhattan Lights

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, December 21, 2015 IN: On the Road Again

Manhattan Lights
Christmas to me — blame my childhood — isn’t officially here until I hear Nat King Cole sing Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life.  Now as an adult, I am forging new memories:  Visiting New York City for the past two years to take in all of the Christmas lights, and most recently, volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.

Manhattan Lights

Since my daughter moved to the city almost three years ago, I’ve enjoyed making the trip to see the smashingly brilliant holiday windows. Bergdorf Goodman, with its rich history in window dressing (for 126 years running) always takes the cake.
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Custom Made

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, October 26, 2015 IN: On the Road Again Talking Beauty

Custom Made
Ever at a loss to find the perfect shade of lipstick? Are you growing tired of the same old same old selections to add a pop of color to your lips?  Looking for more natural options? As fifty-plus boomers wanting to keep up our beauty game.  BFF Cynthia and I traveled to Manhattan recently to meet up with our fave millennials for custom made lip colors at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho.

Custom Blend

In 2009 Susanne Langmuir, after 16 years designing and formulating beauty products,  Susanne began to develop sensitivity to non-natural ingredients and fragrance chemicals.  When her search for a natural, high-performing lipstick left her disappointed, she headed into her own lab to formulate something better.  In 2011, Bite Beauty Lip Lab debuted in Toronto, Canada.  In October 2013, the Bite Beauty summer pop-up shop converted into a permanent store at 174 Prince Street in Soho.
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Looking East

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 7, 2015 IN: Fashion Is Art I Love Museums On the Road Again

Looking East

Standing in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC to attend the Costume Institute’s exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass.  Outfit: On repeat with J. Crew linen  chevron-striped dress, Mansur Gabriel black leather large tote with Fashionphile Chloé Aurore wallet on chain and Nine West heels.

In case you don’t recall at this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the May 4 Costume Institute Benefit Gala, Rihanna was queen of China. I never paid attention to this red carpet event probably not until I started to attend the Costume Institute exhibits three years ago when my daughter moved to New York City. I say Rhianna was looking east for her fashion inspiration for this year’s Met Costume Ball’s Exhibit China:  Through the Looking Glass.

NEW YORK, NY - Guo Pei Gown. A view of atmosphere at "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – An awe-inspiring Guo Pei gown embroidered with gold an silver silk is displayed amid ancient Buddha figurines. A view of atmosphere at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala – Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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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
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The Whitney

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 IN: I Love Museums 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!

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It’s Monumental

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 6, 2015 IN: I Love Museums 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”.

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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 23, 2015 IN: Afternoon Tea On the Road Again

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton, New York City

Wearing old Lafayette 148 New York brocade dress, Mui Mui metallic gold pumps with J. Crew Factory pearl necklace and Fashionphile pre-owned Chloė Sally Flap bag

At the Ritz Carlton, New YorkCity;  Wearing old Lafayette 148 New York Indochine jacquard dress, Mui Mui metallic gold pumps with J. Crew Factory pearl necklace and Fashionphile pre-owned Chloė Sally Flap bag

For as long as I can remember, I like tea parties. Perhaps it’s the inner girly girl in me. There’s something special about indulging in a spot of tea.  Don’t we all want to have an air of sophistication and indulge in afternoon tea? I know I do, my great friend Cynthia,  so do my daughter and her BFFs.  It looks like my daughter, her millennial New York friends and I started our own mid-day tea experience. This year afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton, lest we not forget last year at the landmark historic Plaza Hotel.

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