Saturday, May 24, 2014

Evening Event

Evening Event
Left to right:  J. Jill Slim Ankle Pants in Citron, Blue Lace Agate Pendant, Aerosoles Loafer in Tan and Cream, J. Jill Black 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt, Lane Bryant Ponte Knit Jacket in Black, Shoulder Bag in Black, LL Bean Trench Coat. 
 


I had a big event this past Thursday.  May is Mental Health Month, and my local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for whom I work as a volunteer, had three community education events, the last of which was this past Thursday.  Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, of the New York State Office of Mental Health came to speak at South Beach Psychiatric Center.  I was one of the people who worked on the planning committee, and it was my idea to have him present a talk for the NAMI NYC Staten Island members.  

He gave a talk entitled, "Helping a Family Member Receive Mental Health Care."  The audience wasn't exactly large, and the media didn't show up.  It was raining and cold, and people don't usually come out in the rain.  I had arranged the media coverage, and all the news outlets (NY1, the Staten Island Advance, and Staten Island Cable) had said they would come if they could spare the staff.  So it wasn't definite that they would show, and I guess they couldn't spare the staff.  

However, this turned out to actually work in favor of the audience, because they were more comfortable talking to each other and making connections during the question and answer session, than they would have been if there had been a larger crowd and a media presence.  As it was, there was a warm, friendly atmosphere in the audience, and people had a lot of questions for Dr. Sederer.  If he wasn't able to answer the question, somebody in the audience was sure to connect with the person and offer information and support.  I saw a lot of that going on, and it made me feel good that people are always willing to reach out and help each other in time of need.  

I was having my own mini-crisis before I got ready to go to the event.  I got a bad case of the pre-show jitters, and I started shaking and got very nervous and I started thinking I wouldn't be able to go.  So I called my brother John, who knows me very well, and knows how to motivate me.  I told him that I needed him to get me to go and do what I needed to do, without telling me to do it, because that would make me feel more anxious.  Tricky, right?  Well, he came through.  The first question he asked was, "What are you going to wear?"  I told him I was going to wear my new citron J. Jill ankle pants, with a black t-shirt and black jacket and tan shoes.  He had no idea what color "citron" was, so I explained it to him.  Then he asked me what I was nervous about.  I said I was afraid of something going wrong.  He said, "Edie, it's the 21st century.  Something is always going to go wrong.  It's a miracle if nothing goes wrong."  He ended our conversation by saying, "Get out there, have a good time, and rock those citron pants!" 

As usually happens, he made me laugh at myself and my needless worrying.  I realized everyone had taken care of what they were supposed to do, and if there were any problems, we'd be able to deal with them, which is what happened.  The guy from Staten Island Cable didn't come, but two of our members, Pete and Rachid, were able to film Dr. Sederer's presentation.  So it all worked out, and I was worried for no reason.  I told Mary Ann, another member of the planning committee, that I was anxious before getting ready, and made a joke of it, saying, "I was worried about the usual ... things going wrong, unpredictable weather, cataclysmic events, vampire attacks ..."  She said, "That last one, that's a definite possibility."  Those sneaky vampires, they're everywhere! 

It turned out to be a good event, and we were all pleased with the results.  It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Sederer.  Thanks to everyone who worked to make the event a success:  Dr. Sederer and his staff at NYS OMH, Mary Ann and the staff at South Beach Psychiatric Center, and the NAMI members who worked on the planning committee and helped at the event:  Linda, Pete, Rachid, Patty, and Jack.  You folks are the best, and I'm pleased and proud to work with each of you. 

Here is what I looked like in the outfit:

 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Vacation ... And The Evolution of Women's Underwear

Summer Vacation
Clockwise from top left:  Black Skirt from OneStopPlus.com, J. Jill Airy Stripes Scarf, J. Jill Live-in Chino Ankle Pants in Citron, J. Jill Tried & True Slim Ankle Jeans in Moon Shadow Wash, Birkenstock Birki Flor in Silver, Sealed With A Kiss Lulu Chiffon Skirt in Black.  Center:  Ulla-La Short Panties. 



I did a little shopping late last night/early this morning.  I need bottoms for summer, having *ahem* mostly grown out of last year's clothes.  I have some bottoms I can use from last year, but not many.  The Lane Bryant pants that I bought earlier this month don't fit properly.  I realized the sooner I admitted that, the better off I'd be, so I'm sending them back.  I'm keeping the jacket, which fits and looks good.  

I'm hoping everything fits when I get it, and that it will all be comfortable and look good.  That's what we all want from our clothes, right?  Some of these choices were a bit off-the-beaten-path for me, like the citron pants, chiffon skirt and the silver shoes.  I think silver is a great neutral for summer.  I bought the citron chinos because they were priced lower than the other colors, but when I thought about it, I realized they would go with a lot of the tops and accessories I have better than the more classic tan neutral color I first thought of purchasing.  My friends on Facebook were unanimous that I should buy the chiffon skirt.  Cute summer skirts are good to have. 

I'm so glad women's lingerie manufacturers have been making panties with longer legs.  They are a boon to those of us who suffer The Chafe in the warmer months.  Back in the bad old days (the 80's), we used to have to buy men's boxer shorts to protect against chub rub.  Then the problem became boxers that rode up with the friction of the skirt, creating an ugly bunched-up look in an area where we ladies want to be smooth.  Awkward!  This is probably the #1 reason why capris, crops and other short-but-not-too-short pant-type garments have become popular.  They're just easier to wear in the warm months for those of us who are plus-size than skirts or shorts.  However, now manufacturers have responded to this need with the proper garments, and retailers have wised up to this need, and have begun carrying them.  

You might be wondering, why didn't my friends and I wear girdles?  Surely, that would've prevented the dreaded Chafe?  Well, it would have.  We were too cool to wear girdles, though.  We were also too cool to wear pantyhose with our skirts and went bare-legged (we were rebels!  This is back in the decade of the Power Suit, remember).   So we elected to go around wearing men's boxers under our skirts.  What can I tell you, it was a look! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Visiting a Friend on a Chilly, Rainy Spring Day

Visiting a Friend on a Chilly, Rainy Spring Day
Top Row: J. Jill Ballet Sleeve U-neck T-shirt, LL Bean Casual Floral Scarf, LL Bean Trail Model Vest, LL Bean Trench Coat. Bottom Row: J. Jill Tried & True Vintage Wash Jeans, EOS Lip Balm in Summer Berry, Propet Walking Shoes, Body Glide, Elle Magazine.  








I love rainy spring days, as long as I don't have to be out in the rain for long. 

The Propet walking shoes are a new purchase - they just arrived today!  I got them from OneStopPlus, the online fashion mall for plus-size women and big & tall men.  I'm very satisfied with my purchase.  There was no breaking-in period, they were comfortable right out of the box and my feet had not one complaint all day.  

The other recent purchase is the Body Glide, which comes in handy in warmer weather, to prevent chafing.  No one likes to talk about it, but we all get it from time to time.  This stuff was awesome.  Kept me comfortable all day, and no bad skin reactions.   I bought it from drugstore.com which is a great resource for hard-to-find personal care items.  My roommate said she was glad I had introduced her to the concept of Body Glide.  She thought the only thing she could use for chafing was talcum powder or corn starch, which, let's face it, is pretty messy and not guaranteed to work.  There are other similar products - one is called Skin-Dura, and another one is called Chub Rub, but I figure Body Glide is good because it's used by athletes, who are really hard on their skin, with all the sweating they do, and damage caused by using equipment, sun damage and exposure to chlorine and salt water, etc. 

As to the magazine, I actually brought the June issue of People StyleWatch, but we didn't do our usual dissection of celebrities' outfits.  Instead, we just had an enjoyable visit. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Going to the Deli on a Rainy Day

Going to the Deli on a Rainy Day
Denim Jacket, J. Jill V-neck Elbow Sleeve T-shirt, Vera Bradley Carry-All Wristlet, House Keys and Coach Heart Charm, J. Jill Tried & True Vintage Wash Jeans, Mary Jane Sneakers, EOS Lip Balm in Summer Berry. 
  


I didn't get out very much during the winter, due to bad weather and treacherous conditions, so now that the weather is warmer and there's no snow or ice on the ground, just mud, I'm going to try to get out more often.  Thursday I went to the local deli.  I wore a faded denim jacket, a t-shirt and jeans.  Very simple.  The denim jacket is a staple item in my wardrobe.  They're so versatile and comfortable, and they provide good protection from the elements, unless you're caught in a downpour.  The jacket in the Polyvore set is from the Gap, but my jacket is actually from Coldwater Creek. 

The Vera Bradley Carry-All Wristlet is a gift from my brother and sister-in-law from Christmas.  They gave me a Kindle (which I will start using, once I get it to work) and a Vera Bradley e-Reader cover for the Kindle, in addition to the Wristlet.  I use the wristlet on a daily basis.  It's so useful!  It holds change, bank cards and ID, cash, and a cell phone.  And unlike a black wallet, it's easy to spot in the depths of my tote bag.  Thank you, and good call, J&D! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Makeup Purchases

Makeup Purchases

   

 
1.  CoverGirl TruBlend Fix Stick Concealer in Fair.
2.  CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup in Classic Ivory.
3.  L'Oreal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Gray. 
4.  Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara in Black. 
5.  Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Summer Twilight. 
6.  Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Facial Cleansing Wipes.

I haven't tried this makeup yet.  I bought it about two weeks ago.

When I finally work up the courage to make an effort to put it on, I'll let you all know how it goes.