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.

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Well hello.  My name is Hilary and I'd like to reintroduce myself... It's been a little while since I've posted.  One month to be exact.  There was the Style cover photo shoot:

black water

And the cover:

style cover

Two Phelps' covers in November!

Phelps covers

The Subway campaign:


run panel

Thanksgiving (Herman loves turkey)

herman thanksgiving

The Annual NYC Girls trip

Pure Food and wine

Christmas parties:

Christmas party

Christmas Day...


Happy 2013 (Spent in sparkly sweatpants while sick)

New Years

And last, but definitely not least... RAVENS Football!


Officially all caught up on this end... Now, it's your turn. Tell me about your last month of 2012. Did you think 12/21/12 was the end? What are you most looking forward to in 2013? Whatever the year brings, it's sure to be the Best. One. Yet!


Friday Favorites - Debbie Phelps

Today, Genuine Joy is introducing a new segment called "Friday Favorites" where each Friday, we'll introduce someone new and talk about their most favorite items within the pillars of: Culture, Culinary, Fashion and Fitness.  First up, is Director of the Baltimore County Education Foundation (and World's Greatest Mama), Debbie Phelps.

Culinary: Hailing from Maryland and living in this great state for the majority of my life, I really enjoy seafood.  Salmon, shrimp and especially hard shell crab, it's far and away my favorite type of food.

Fashion: I enjoy clothes that are fun and easy, make me feel good from head to toe and those that put on and get out the door easily.  I mostly wear Chico’s because of the ease of wear, sophistication and pizzaz of the clothes.  I had the honor of wearing a Adrianna Papal dress, in my favorite color, for the Red Dress Fashion Show in February

Culture: In all of my travels, I have to say that Barcelona and Athens have a special place in my heart.   The Gaudi apartments and design elements of Barcelona were incredible and the authenticity and history of Athens were breathtaking and found in every corner of the city.  A fond memory for our family was eating dinner at the base of  the Parthenon in 2004.  Locally I enjoy the Smithsonian properties in Washington, DC, which are full of interested elements such as the Hope Diamond, dinosaur bones and Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.

Fitness: That’s a area in which I’m re-exploring now.  I grew up as a cheerleader and also played basketball. I want to find something that is beneficial to both my health and my wellbeing, so I've been asking myself  “Should I take sailing lesson, water aerobics, yoga or a zumba class?“ The jury is still out!

What is a quote you enjoy or one by which you live your life: The greatest contribution one can make is in the way they touch another person's life.