Category Archives: Interviews

This is where you can find and read all of the interviews in my ‘Women of Grace’ series featuring women over the age of 50 who are doing their part to age gracefully.

Women of Grace: Meet Anita by Design

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 24, 2017 IN: Interviews

Women of Grace: Meet Anita By Design
Please allow me to introduce you to the latest Woman of Grace: Anita Morris, the blogger behind Anita By Design.  I met the lady of the hour via social media, through our involvement in The Fierce 50 Campaign.

Anita fits the Woman of Grace profile. She is a woman of faith, over 50, is aging gracefully, looks fit, healthy and stylish. By the same coin, she reminds me of some of the other Women of Grace I’ve profiled here: my bestie Cynthia, singer and actress FabuLesley, and bluegrass musician Julia Chatwell. They all have that certain je ne sais quoi! You may not be able to describe what they have, but you know it’s definitely something special.

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The Fierce 50 Campaign: Eugenia Introduces Valerie

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Sunday, February 19, 2017 IN: Fashion Interviews 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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Lady in Red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 30, 2017 IN: Health Interviews

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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Lady in Red: Nina Forrest

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 1, 2016 IN: Interviews

Nina Forrest First Photo


February is American Heart Month to bring awareness to the disease that causes one in three deaths each year. In honor of this, I am going to introduce a new series on the blog, Lady in Red, focusing on women’s heart heath. Meet Nina Forrest, an artisan jeweler living in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband. Unfortunately, she suffered a heart attack a few years ago and will share her story with us today.

Lady in Red, Nina Forrest wearing her original jewelry design.

Lady in Red, Nina Forrest wearing her original jewelry design, From the Heart Collection.

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Women of Grace: Meet Julia

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 27, 2015 IN: Interviews

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.

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The Whitney

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 IN: Interviews

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!



Women of Grace: Meet Minister of Style, Cathy

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 IN: Interviews

Minister of Style, Cathy Witter
Women of Grace Does being a minister mean you have to dress in black, boring clothes and subdued colors especially if you are a woman? I think not. Cathy, Minister of Style defies the odds in what you think a minister should look like. In her words, she’s saved and stylish, I agree!

So far in the Women of Grace series, I introduced you to  blogger Jeannie, Gracefully 50, Lady Liz, who overturned her diabetes diagnosis with weight lost and exercise,  Cynthia, 2ChicDesigns, BFF, blogger and handbag designer, and Lesley, blogger, singer, and actress, of FabuLesley.

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Women of Grace: Meet Lesley Wolman

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 29, 2014 IN: Interviews


Leslye Wolman,

Women of Grace

In last week’s post, Another Meetup, I shared one advantage to social media was the opportunity to  create a venue for like minds to meet and forge new friendships. Instagram has afforded me yet another option to meet, get to know, and feature a Women of Grace: Lesley Wolman.

The explore page of Instagram allows one to peruse the endless photo stream in hashtag heaven.
One of the goals of the Age of Grace is to meet and feature other women of a certain age that are living and looking fabulous as they age. Enter in Lesley Wolman.

Upon further inspection from Instagram, I learned of Lesley’s  blog, so appropriately named, The blog caught my eye with her classic style and fabulous (pun intended) photos.  You may recollect other Women of Grace features where I highlighted blogger Jeannie of Gracefully 50 Lady Liz (who turned her health around by adjusting her diet and exercise regiment), and 2chicdesign bag designer/blogger, Cynthia.

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Women of Grace: Meet Cynthia of 2Chic Designs

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Saturday, June 28, 2014 IN: Interviews

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It’s been sometime since I shared a Women of Grace.  You may recall Jeannie of Gracefully 50 and of course, Liz.   Please allow me to introduce my wonderful friend Cynthia.  I provided some insight into my friendship with Cynthia when she and her hubby attended our annual black-tie event last month.

To remind you of what this series is about, I select a woman that is not afraid to share her faith while doing her best to age gracefully.  Not only aging gracefully, but healthy, fit, stylish yet age appropriate.

I recently interviewed Cynthia and want to share with you her story with a few questions about her health, maintaing a health weight and her beauty secrets.

Once again, let’s get up close and personal.  Cynthia is a wife, happily married for 25 years, mother of two wonderful grown children.  I met Cynthia seventeen years ago when we both were hired by the same pharmaceutical company, she, in the Philly area and I, in the Central Pennsylvania area.


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Women of Grace: Meet Lady Liz

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, November 25, 2013 IN: Interviews

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LizPicMonkey CollageEarlier this year, I introduced the Women of Grace  series.  I debuted the series with Jeannie of Gracefully 50.  The reason I started this blog was to highlight spiritually mature ladies that are aging gracefully and healthy while looking great yet dressing age appropriate.  I am sorry to say that too many women especially African American females are leaving this earth too soon, some because of poor choices in their diets, lack of exercise and not being tuned into their body. No big surprise that as we age the body functions decline and do contribute to poor quality of life.  However,  I believe it is possible to slow down the aging process and we can look to women of grace to see how it should be done.

Everyone, Meet Liz:

I recently reconnected with Liz at a fundraiser, she reminded me of the reason why I started this blog.   Liz is managing her weight, not on boatload of medications and she looks fabulous.  I met Liz nearly 20 years ago when we attended the same church, I was in awe of how well Liz has stopped the aging clock, she looks the same as I remembered 20 years ago.

I want to share with you through a series of questions about how Liz is aging with beauty, health and grace.

She See’s the World:
Lady Liz, retired for nearly 10 years, has become a world traveler, not just international travel but extensive United States travel as well.  Liz has enjoyed over fourteen Caribbean cruises with a love for Aruba, adoring the friendly people, beautiful colors and true blue water.  Her 15-day Paris trip was another highlight of her travels where she enjoyed the sights and shopping. Extensive travel in the United States with Key West, Florida, being her fave in U. S.,

Pre – diabetic diagnosis a few years, How were you able to reverse the diagnosis and come off medications?

The symptoms were there for being pre-diabetic but Liz fought the diagnosis.  Once admitting the signs and symptoms were there for being pre-diabetic, it was recommended by her medical professional to see a nutritionist.  Liz made the appointment with a nutritionist, who recommended some life changing simple things to do to ward off advances to be a full blown diabetic.
The nutritionist taught Liz how to interchange foods to maintain proper calorie and sugar balance daily. Over the last 20 years, Liz doesn’t eat red meats or pork which contribute greatly to high-blood pressure and diabetes if eaten in excess.  Lady Liz eats nothing fried,  no butters, or margarine.  Her only issue is with a sweet tooth, she was on one medication which she no longer takes medication but still is monitored by medical professional to make sure under control.
Additional recommendations by the nutritionist was to join a gym.  Lady Liz started going to the gym 5 days a week.  Lately she goes to gym at least 3 days every week but now walks 3 – 4 days a week, works in her garden in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

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