Sunday, April 20, 2014

Out and About, Saturday, 4/19/2014

Out and About, Saturday, 4/19/2014
Left to right:  J. Jill Tried and True Fit Jeans - Vintage Wash; J. Jill V-neck Elbow Sleeve T-shirt; J. Jill Corduroy Jacket; EOS Lip Balm; Pelle Leather Shoulder Bag; Mary Jane Sneakers. 

Finally, Spring is here!  Flowers are popping out, trees are turning green, and the pile of snow that was in front of my apartment all winter has finally melted.  When I went out yesterday to do some makeup shopping, I had my jacket unbuttoned, it was that warm.  

I'll be doing a post on my recent makeup purchases within the next few days, so stay tuned! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Speaking at an Event, 4/9/2014

Speaking at an Event, 4/9/2014


Lane Bryant Ponte Knit Jacket, Lena Trousers, V-neck T-shirt.  Aerosoles Army Loafers.  Coach Black Satchel Handbag.  LL Bean Trench Coat.  Red Coral Pendant, Black Socks.  

Tomorrow night, I'm going to be speaking at community event, "Living with Co-Occurring Disorders - Substance Use and Mental Illness" at a local hospital.  I'll be representing NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Staten Island affiliate.  Hope I do a good job! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

What NOT to Wear ... to a health fair

What NOT to Wear ... to a health fair


Friday I went to the Special Needs Health Fair organized by NYS Senator Andrew Lanza.  I was working the table for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), with my friends Patty and Dwight, and Patty's friend Doris.  Dwight was to give an In Our Own Voice presentation.  In Our Own Voice is a presentation given by people living with a psychiatric diagnosis where they talk about their experiences.  It covers five sections:  Introduction, Dark Days, Coping, Treatment, and Successes, Hopes and Dreams.   Usually the presentation is accompanied by a DVD, but since there was no equipment available for us to show the DVD, and the presentations were limited to 5-10 minutes, we had to keep it short.  

Now I had imagined that Dwight was just going to do his thing in front of our table, but this turned out not to be the case.  Unbeknownst to me, the presentations had to be scheduled ahead of time, and they were being held in a large cubicle.  The presenters spoke into a microphone, and everyone at the fair, which was going on outside the cubicle, could hear them.   Someone else had canceled, and Dwight was able to go on in their spot.  However, I had to go up to the speaker's podium and introduce NAMI and Dwight to the audience.  As you can see, I was not dressed for appearing in front of an audience.  Everyone else who had presented before us, and all the staff at the fair, were all dressed in business suits or dresses.  Dwight was dressed in a shirt and tie and dress pants.  I didn't know I was going to be speaking at the event, though, so I had dressed more casually.  Nevertheless, I did my job, which was to introduce NAMI and Dwight to the audience.  Patty told me we both did a good job, and that's the main thing.  

However, now I know for future reference, always dress at least business casual when I'm going to these events, because I never know when I'll have to talk to an audience.  It's better to be prepared! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Schedule of Recycling Events in New York City

Here's a link to New York City's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education events for Spring 2014:  

You can recycle electronics, textiles, and kitchen scraps at these events.  There are also Stop 'n Swap events, where you can drop off something you no longer need or use (in good condition) and pick up something you can use.  In addition, there are Fix-It events, where you can bring in something that needs to be repaired.  It's a great way to build your skills and meet new people with similar interests!  

Spring is finally here!  I haven't worn my parka in a few weeks, now.  Still too cold to go in shirt sleeves.  Soon, soon!  

I took this last year on May 1 at a park in my neighborhood. 

I'll be cleaning out my closet and armoire this month, seeing what can be worn, what needs to be repaired or tailored, and what needs to be donated or recycled at the SAFE event.