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Tuesday’s Top Five: Inspired by the South

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As one half of team HEUCY visits family on the coast of Georgia, we’re reminded of some of the many things that we love about the South. Peel ‘n eat shrimp, people with manners, and – to put it simply – the natural beauty in this area of the world. Even on a cloudy day (and we’ve had a few since our visit started), the marsh and town “square” are gorgeous and remain seemingly untouched by the modern world.

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Right now is vacation time for a few of you, and some have a break coming soon…so we wanted to highlight our favorite movies that were filmed and take place on the Southeastern coast. Hopefully you can kick up your heels, reward yourself for surviving the worst winter (ever?), and relax in some eco-friendly HEUCY jersey while you curl up and enjoy some of these flicks. A few are also books, if you’re so inclined.

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The Big Chill. So much to love about this movie. The setting, an antebellum house in Beaufort, South Carolina (where HEUCY Gal Claire Nitze hails from and where The Great Santini was also filmed), is absolutely gorgeous and the soundtrack is awesome: Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations. The term “big chill dinner” is often used in my household to indicate the best type of cooking – when it’s paired with lots of wine, music and good company. Watching a bunch of baby boomer college friends reunite after their friend has passed away, and forcing themselves to confront their own thirtysomething issues, is pretty poignant. Fun fact: Kevin Costner was cast as the dead character Alex, but all scenes showing his face were cut…he’s made career strides since then, obviously.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This is one of the best books I’ve read, and it’s a pretty good movie, too. John Kelso, a “Yankee”, travels to Savannah, Georgia to write a feature about Jim Williams’ famous annual Christmas party. What Kelso discovers is much more – a cast of irresistible, hilarious yet incredibly real characters in Savannah and unexpectedly, a murder trial. Kelso’s dry descriptions of his new friends down South, amidst the beautiful architecture and setting of “old” Savannah, are spot-on in the book. The movie features one of Jude Law’s first performances on screen, and Jude demonstrates that he looks good AND he can act. We love seeing Kevin Spacey with a moustache too. Spacey’s southern accent in the film proves he was meant to play Frank Underwood one day.

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The Prince of Tides. I won’t lie. I never pictured Barbra Streisand as Dr. Lowenstein when I read Pat Conroy’s popular novel many years ago. But I have to say, she pulls it off (of course she does…I mean, Babs is a HEUCY Gal) and Nick Nolte is wonderful as Tom. This book is a great beach read – try to read it before you watch the movie.

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Forrest Gump. The scene in Forsyth Square in Savannah helped put that great town back on the map. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise play unforgettable roles in a movie that made me pine for the deep South even while I was living there. (Side note: Robin, if you’re reading this…PLEASE replace Claire Underwood’s wardrobe with some jersey).

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Glory. Filmed throughout Georgia and South Carolina and featuring a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Broderick. Denzel Washington is ah-mazing as a young, angry soldier, and Morgan Freeman – per usual – delivers a fabulous performance.

Okay, gals.  You made it through winter.  Throw on some HEUCY, relax and enjoy!  Whether you’re on vacation or not…

xx,

Team HEUCY

What Does “Being Chic” Mean to You?

DeanneYeeWhen we asked our friend and HEUCY Gal Deanne Yee, “What does being chic mean to you?”, she said, “Feeling confident in your own skin!” 🙂

We thought this was a brilliant answer.  And it led us to wonder, how can you feel confident…on days when you’re not feeling so great about yourself?  When you haven’t washed your hair, or you’re in a rut at work, or you’ve gained a few pounds after stress-eating during last night’s episode of “Homeland”.

I pulled up an article from The Huffington Post, posted on 9/1/14, which covers “8 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Feel More Confident (Even When You’re Not)”…it’s a great list to keep in mind on those feeling-not-so-hot days.  Here’s a synopsis:

1. Stand tall, with good posture.  To be honest, we’re not a huge fan of this one because it requires core strength and anyone who has had children knows how unrealistic this is.  But unfortunately, it does make sense.

2. Listen to music, specifically bass-heavy tunes.  Not a problem when your child has figured out how to operate Sonos and Spotify.

3. Think of a time when you were powerful.  This can include career success, childbirth…or doing something exceptional like keeping your calm while in line at the DMV.  Or Starbucks.  Don’t discount those little victories.

4. “Indulge in your morning ritual”…wow.  When is the last time you actually took time to be “mindful” in the morning, while getting dressed?  Truth be told (embarrassing disclosure), sometimes we are so frazzled in the morning, we forget to brush our teeth.  After washing down an onion bagel with a large cup of coffee.  But I digress.  At HEUCY, our goal is to create a collection that gives women more time to do this — to think about themselves, and their loved ones, and their day ahead…and to brush their teeth — instead of tearing their closets apart in the morning in an effort to find something appropriate/versatile/clean to wear.

5. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  Literally and figuratively speaking.  We take this one to heart at HEUCY.  If you want to look like like a grown up, you should dress like one.  Comfortable, versatile and chic clothes are a large part of the equation here.

6. Think of your favorite celebrities, and their best qualities.  Channel those.  Right now we are crushing on any celeb who chooses to grow old gracefully, has a sense of humor AND does something to help the environment and/or people in need.  Oh, and we like the really talented ones.  This narrows the list a bit, but Natalie Portman immediately comes to mind…and others who will hopefully be wearing HEUCY one day!

7. Yoga and stretching. If you can’t go to a yoga class, you can just lie down in child’s pose and pray that no one bothers you.  (Hiding in a closet works here).

8. Learn something new or pursue an interest outside of your day-to-day.  Spanish, Algebra, backgammon, an art class…anything.  I know, it’s easier said than done.  But getting out of your comfort zone can set you up for a lot of personal success.  And sometimes the best kind of success is the kind you feel, rather than what people immediately see.

Happy Monday!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

HEUCY Sightings…and Sandy

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This morning I ran into two women wearing HEUCY, looking amazing.  Then I received two more photos of gals in HEUCY…at the office and out and about.  It was like HEUCY meets “Where’s Waldo”…and it made me so happy, to see how my friends — and friends of friends — are embracing what we call #Heucylife.  Wearing chic, versatile and comfortable clothes and accessorizing them on their own terms.  And looking happy and confident!  We are absolutely LOVING seeing our merchandise on real women who inspire us…our #HEUCYGals!

Anyhoo, later this afternoon I was chatting with someone in my elevator about how unseasonably humid and warm it is in New York.  We were complaining and agreed that it should definitely be colder.  We should be wearing tights and scarves and camel coats, channeling Ali McGraw from “Love Story” (just the happy parts) and/or Anne Hathaway’s makeover in “The Devil Wears Prada.”  We were talking along these lines, when our lovely elevator operator chimed in, “You know, it’s the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.”

We stopped talking for a second.  That’s right, I thought.  This time two years ago, my family and I watched a gigantic green explosion happen (seemingly) right outside of our window.  It turned out, that was the Con Edison plant that supplied our electricity downtown.  We never imagined — in our wildest dreams — that we would be out of running water and without power for weeks.  And we had absolutely no idea that Sandy would completely devastate people’s lives in parts of New York like Red Hook, Staten Island and beyond.  My heart still goes out to people who experienced the aftermath in those areas.  We were able to escape until our power came back.  Some people had nowhere to go.

So today, my mind goes back to being incredibly thankful.  We appreciate that so many wonderful ladies have chosen to take a chance on HEUCY — and they’re looking (and feeling) amazing in the clothes!  And we are so grateful for all of the blessings in life, especially in the context of Sandy and its aftermath just two years ago.  A more worthy topic to write about today…than perhaps #nationalcatday and #nationaloatmealday (who knew?).  Although I do love a good oatmeal cookie.

Here’s to being thankful.

xx,

The HEUCY Team