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Hilary Phelps is the founder and creative director of Genuine Joy Media Group, LLC. She is a lifestyle consultant and media analyst, as well as an Ironman finisher, a certified yoga instructor, a regular attendee and columnist during NYC Fashion Week, an accomplished baker, a vegetarian, and was the first in her family to begin competitive swimming at the age of 5, prompting her sister, Whitney and younger brother Michael, to follow the same path as they got older. 

Genuine Joy Blog

As an interactive lifestyle website, HilaryPhelps.com features diverse content covering the four central tenets of the Genuine Joy concept: fashion, fitness, culinary and commerce. As creative director, Hilary either pens or hand-picks third-party content from outside contributors. Whether interviews, TV pieces, streaming digital content, or short form editorials, the GJ Blog is your go-to source for diverse, interactive content, that is updated on a daily basis. 

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Recent Posts

Sending Wine Back

While I am far from a shy person, I often find myself having a hard time standing up and voicing my own opinion (I’m reading Lean In and working on it). Anything from telling a retail associate that I don’t want to buy that dress, to telling a friend that I disagree with them, is hard for me. Recently I decided that it was finally time to share my voice. I’ve only exercised this practice a few times lately, but I am particularly proud of one time that I did.

-Briana Berg

7 Tips for Maximizing Restaurant Week

Across the country, cities are gearing up for one of the most wonderful times of the year! And no, I don’t mean Christmas. I‘m talking about summer restaurant week – a week (or sometimes two weeks) where cities and towns host restaurant deals and specials for diners. Three course dinners and two course lunches are offered for a set price with a set menu. Basically, a foodie’s paradise. Here are my seven tips for getting the most out of RW in your favorite town or city.

Leftover Vino Becomes Dessert

Pouring wine into a glass and drinking it is not new nor is it creative :: After a dinner party last week I had a few leftover bottles of red wine. Typically I save them and drink them later, but in an effort to save counter space I was determined to find a way to use them in a new and creative way. With the temperatures soaring and the humidity high, I decided to make a granita, or an Italian ice dessert, using the red wine

Kids :: Setting Goals for the School Year

Being an athlete I learned at a very young age that you set goals and revisit them from time to time.  If you meet all of them, or just one of them, you adjust what you had written down and set new ones.  This past weekend I decided that it would be good for the kids to make some goals of their own.  Last year was an interesting year and I honestly felt that we flew by the seat of our pants, at times barely getting things accomplished in terms of schoolwork.  Read on for our adventures in goal setting:

So Long Summer

The summer months always fly by; I swear the winter months drag in comparison. But, nonetheless, back to school and football are in full swing (with the first game of the NFL season happening tonight). August was a bit of a blur, but September is here and full of potential.

Photos :: Australia

Of all the trips, in all the years I've been traveling, this was very high on the list as one of the most challenging.  Lost luggage, missed connections and an outdoor swim meet, hosted on the tail end of the Australian winter.  Yeah. But, I held a koala! Read on for photos and more Australian adventure.

Wearable Technology

Yesterday I went on-camera with Fox and talked about my recent trip to New York City for Fashion Week.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time and weren’t able to touch on the last, but very important topic, wearable tech.  Just as it sounds, the up and coming industry is technology that you wear on your body.  This trend includes everything from Google glasses to Apple watch to Lady Gaga’s costume when she performs onstage and the category is growing.  

On Camera :: Recap of NYFW

Earlier today, I was on Fox45 to talk about Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week.  The TV segments always go by quickly and today was no different.  There were four key elements from Fashion Week that I wanted to touch on, but we ended up cutting the fourth, which was wearable tech.  In tomorrow's post, I'll recap the last bit from our show today. Read on to see the video:

Outside the Show :: NYFW

New York Fashion Week is buzzing with stylish women (and men) and buyers from all over the world.  You can go online to sites such as Style.com and see snapshots from each show, but often it’s the show out in front of Lincoln Center that is the most extravagant.

Conversation :: Sadie Lincoln, Founder of barre3

A couple weeks ago, I sat down at my desk and dialed the number in front of me.  On the other end of the line, Sadie Lincoln, founder and creator of barre3, answered my call and we spent the next 45 minutes talking all about her creation, the future of the program and barre3 as a fitness program that works for everyone.  Read on for the second part of our barre3 conversation.

Written Conversation :: Regan Nelson, Instructor barre3

This is the first interview in a three part barre3 series, during which we talk to three women involved with the fitness brand: an instructor, the founder and a studio owner, to hear their unique perspective on the evolution of the brand and it's outstanding growth over the last 6 years.   Regan, who is both an in-studio and on-line instructor, shares with Genuine Joy how she started with the brand, what she sees for the future of online classes and why this is a fitness program that EVERYONE can enjoy!

Australia's Active Wear

Move, Nourish, Believe: Those three words stand for the company and the woman behind the brand, Lorna Jane, an Australian company that launched 20+ years ago has grown into the country's favorite active brand.  And for good reason. The clothes are comfortable, on trend and inspiring.