Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hot, Hot Summer Night

Hot, Hot Summer Night
Dressing to Stay Cool:  J. Jill Black V-Neck Elbow Sleeve Tee, Ulla Popken Shorts, SWAK Designs Lulu Black Chiffon Pleated Skirt, Birkenstock Arizona Birko Flors in Silver.   Body Care for a Hot Night:  EOS Lip Balm, Body Glide, The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel, Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Moisturizer, The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter.  

Last Monday night, I was asked to speak at a NAMI Family-to-Family meeting.  It's been hot here lately, so I decided to wear my new pleated chiffon skirt from Sealed With A Kiss Designs.  It was so deliciously cool and light!  It's longer than it looks in the picture - more of a midi-length than knee length, so it provides good coverage without being heavy.  Proper undergarments were necessary, of course, so the Ulla Popken shorts were called into service, and they did the job of keeping me cool and dry without revealing too much skin.  The black J. Jill V-neck elbow sleeve tee kept me cool and covered up, which was necessary later in the evening, when we were in an air-conditioned room.  The silver Arizona Birko Flors are good for short walks, but uncomfortable for long distances. 

Family-to-Family is a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Signature Program.  It's an education class where family members and loved ones of someone living with a psychiatric diagnosis can learn to improve their communication skills, self-care skills and coping skills when helping their loved one.  It has helped countless families and improved the lives of the family members and the people living with the diagnosis.  Towards the end of the class, peers living with a psychiatric diagnosis come to speak to the class about their experiences with their families - what helped, what didn't help, what their family members could have done better, and what made a difference in their recovery.  That's where I come in - I talk about how my family helped me through my difficult times.  Sometimes they provided tough love when I needed it, and sometimes they provided gentle, loving support.  My family, as well as my friends, have definitely made the difference for me, and I'm grateful for that. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Coach tote bag

Coach Poppy Small Tote In Signature C Metallic Outline Fabric

Coach Poppy Small Tote In Signature C Metallic Outline Fabric (see more coach handbags)

I bought this tote yesterday online at the Coach semi-annual sale.  50% off!  I need a professional-looking tote bag for my work days and for the winter months.  One can get away with carrying around a canvas beach bag only at certain times of the year. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Boardwalk Bash Health Fair

Boardwalk Bash Health Fair
Top Row, left to right: Ultrafino Panama Fedora, Body Glide Anti-Chafe, Carmex Lip Balm.  Second Row:  Lane Bryant Black and White Striped V-Neck Tee, J. Jill Pull-On Linen Pants in Black, Banana Boat Kids Spray Mist Sunscreen SPF 50, La Roche Posay Antehelios Sunscreen SPF 60.  Bottom Row:  Chaco Sandals, Walgreens Aloe Vera Sensitive Skin Gel, Contigo Water Bottle. 

Friday, June 27, 2014, I was at the Midland Beach Boardwalk Bash, which is a health fair for senior citizens, but obviously anyone can come.  I was staffing the table for NAMI NYC Staten Island, with my friend Patty, and her friend Tiffany.  Many people came to the table and we gave away plenty of literature and helped dozens of people. 

Since we were going to be out in the sun for several hours, and both Patty and I are fair, I took a supply of sun care products with me:  Banana Boat Spray Mist Sunscreen for Kids, SPF 50; La Roche Posay Antehelios Sunscreen, SPF 60, for the face; and aloe vera gel, to help with any sunburn.  The sunscreen came in handy, because I had to reapply, and a woman came to the table, asking for sunscreen for her child.  Patty thoughtfully packed a good amount of water and fresh fruit, which we needed to cool down and fortify ourselves. 

I have to be careful in the sun.  Even though I enjoyed being at the beach and outdoors, I found myself getting irritable and restless, at which point I would either go for a walk, or I'd drink some water, and then I would feel better. 

It was a successful day, even if I did get too much sun.  It's for a good cause!

Here I am at the NAMI NYC Staten Island table.   Patty was nice enough to put up the umbrella so we wouldn't bake out in the sun. 
Be careful out there when you're having fun in the sun!  Remember to apply sunscreen every two hours and after perspiring or swimming.  Stay hydrated with water, and fresh fruit that has a high water content, like watermelon, peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, etc.   Don't stay out in the sun too long - take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors and remember to drink water.   

Here are some links with tips for taking care of yourself in the sun this summer:  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Film Viewing: Here One Day

Film Viewing: Here One Day
Top Row:  Lane Bryant Double Weave Fitted Jacket in Sandy Beach (no longer available), Lane Bryant White 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Tee, Rose Quartz Pendant, J. Jill Refined Ankle Pants in Black.  Bottom Row:  Birkenstock Arizona Birko Flors in Silver. 

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of viewing the film, "Here One Day," a film by Kathy Leichter, which was the story of her mother's life and death, by suicide at age 61.  I was there, tabling for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NYC Staten Island, along with my friends Pete and Patty.  We handed out literature and talked with people before and after the film.  

"Here One Day" chronicles the life of Nina Leichter, from her marriage to the day of her death.  She lived with bipolar disorder, and was active in her local NAMI and Mood Disorders Support Group chapters.  She was also an active chronicler of her own life, through journals that she kept, and tape recordings that she made, which her daughter, Kathy, discovered after her death, when she moved into the apartment where her parents lived after her mother's death.  The story of her life and death is told through excerpts from the recordings and journal entries, as well as interviews with family members and friends.  

I found the film to be very moving and profound.  You never know the impact a person's life has had on the people around them until after they've died.  

To get DVD's of the film to show to your organization, or to stream the film, or to learn more, here's the website:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Therapy Day

Therapy Day
Left to right: J. Jill Refined Ankle Pants, Blue Lace Agate Pendant Necklace, J. Jill V-neck Elbow Sleeve Tee, Birkenstock Arizona Birko Flors in Silver.

As the headline says, Thursday, 6/12/2014, was therapy day.  It was a productive session.  

It was my first time wearing the J. Jill Refined Ankle Pants, and they are DEEE-LIGHTFUL!!!!  They fit like a dream, they don't sag out (I've worn them several times since then, and they stay put, with no southern drift) and they are so comfortable!  I can't say enough good things about these pants.  They are $89 for the women's sizes, $79 for misses, but they are so worth it.  And they look good on me!  They don't have pockets.  That's my only complaint.  And it's a small one.  If you're looking for a nice alternative to the ubiquitous crop or capri pant, this is it.  They come in three colors: white, black and stone, in sizes up to 4X.  Snap 'em up.  I have a feeling that by the time they go on sale, there won't be many of them left.  

A long time ago, when I was shopping in the Staten Island Mall, they had a holiday fair, and they featured artisans and craftspeople who sold their various wares.  One man's booth caught my eye.  He was Native American, and made jewelry from gemstones.  It was very plain gemstone jewelry, on leather cords, with minimal metal fittings, which is good for me, since my skin reacts badly to metal jewelry.  The price was right - $10 per necklace, so I bought quite a few.  He put a little blurb about the spiritual properties of each gemstone in the box with the item.  Obviously, that's not the necklace pictured here (that one's from Polyvore and costs a lot more than $10).  But I love my necklaces, and I wear them whenever possible.  

The Birkenstock Arizona Birko Flors are taking some getting used to.  But I love them, so I will get used to them.  They're very comfortable, but because they're an open-toe sandal, debris tends to get in them, and irritate my feet, which isn't good when you have diabetes.  I think I may end up wearing them when minimal walking is required.