Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall 2014 Purchases - Read It And Weep!

Fall 2014 Purchases
Top Row: Cacique Seamless Panty in Cafe Mocha, Sassy Panty in Pink, Smooth Satin Full Coverage Bra.  Middle Row:  J. Jill  Sloan V-Neck Pullover in Blue Bell, Sea Breeze and Gray; Cross-Town Coat in Red.  Woman Within Denim Jacket in Stonewash, Parka in Gray.  Bottom Row:  J. Jill Smooth Fit Straight Leg Jean in Atlantic Wash, Tried & True Slim Ankle Jean in Black Wash.  Coach Poppy Small Tote Signature C in Metallic Outline Fabric.  King Size Leather Belt with Classic Stitched Edge.

 In the interest of full disclosure, and also to keep me honest and reassure folks that I didn't go on a manic spending spree (though I know it looks like that from the Polyvore set above), I'm going to post the SHOCKING!!! results of online shopping excursions.  So you can judge for yourselves whether I made out like a bandit or got screwed with my pants on.  

The totals for the Cacique items are as follows:

Bras:  $93.16 for 4 (BOGO 1/2 off)
Seamless panties: $48.00 for 5
Cotton briefs: $37.50 for 5

Total spent at Lane Bryant:  $178.66

Totals for J. Jill items:

Sweaters in Blue Bell and Sea Breeze:  $116.55
Sweater in Gray: $59.25
Cross-Town Coat:  $66.49
Smooth Fit Straight Leg Jean in blue denim: $89.25
Tried & True Slim Ankle Jean in black, total for 3 pair: $79.77

Total spent at J. Jill:  $411.31

Totals for items:

Denim Jacket: $39.99
Parka: $22.20
Belts: $55.98

Total spent at  $118.17

Total for Coach Tote:  $89.00
Total spent:  $797.14

Excuse me, I have to lie down now.  I think I'm going to be sick.  At least I'll look good this fall and winter.  I guess we know what the verdict is ...

Therapy Day, and a Run to the Deli for Cookies

Therapy Day, and a Run to the Deli for Cookies
Top Row: Cookie Dough Oreos, J. Jill Tried and True Slim-Fit Ankle Jeans, Lane Bryant White V-Neck Tee, Nexxus Humectress, The Body Shop LOVE ETC, EOS Lip Balm.  Bottom Row: J. Jill Corduroy Jacket, LL Bean Floral Scarf, Pink and Blue Tote Bag, Cordovan Leather Belt, J. Jill Watercolor Scarf, Propet Walking Shoes, J. Jill Denim Shirt. 

Today was a fun kinda day.  I was sleepy during therapy, so she let me go early so I could go home and take a nap.  Then I proceeded to nod out everywhere:  while waiting for my cab, in the cab, and finally I crashed into a two-hour nap when I got home.  Such is the price of insomnia.

I wore the white tee and jeans today.  I wore the J. Jill Watercolor Scarf and Denim Shirt (working the Canadian Tuxedo) to my therapy appointment, and the J. Jill Corduroy Jacket and LL Bean Floral Scarf to the deli.  Good thing, too, since I ran into the neighbor downstairs and finally told him my real name.  For some reason, he's been calling me "Cathy" for the past four years.  He got my former roommate's name wrong, too.  He said he was all confused.  I just said, "Now you're not anymore."  Let that be a lesson to you, kids: Don't smoke weed.  You'll walk around in a perpetual state of confusion. 

The Nexxus Humectress conditioner is working out really well, but I've only used it twice and it seems like the tube is half-empty (or half-full, if you're an optimist).  Don't know if I'll be buying it again. 

The Cookie Dough Oreos are highly recommended. 

(Just did spell check.  How is it that "Oreo" is not a word in the dictionary?!)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shopping for the Fall Season

Shopping for the Fall Season
Top Row:  J. Jill Sloan V-Neck Sweater in Gray Merino Wool, J. Jill Smooth Fit Straight-Leg Jeans.  Bottom Row:  Men's Leather Belt with Classic Edge Stitching from, Cropped Denim Jacket in Stonewash from 

Tomorrow I'm planning on doing the seasonal switch from the summer wardrobe to the fall wardrobe.  These were some items I know I'm going to need, because I grew out of the old items (the belts and the denim jacket) and the other two I don't have.  

I'm feeling pressured to buy a classic white button-down shirt, but there really is no place for it in my current lifestyle.  I work from home most of the time, and while I do like to look nice when I go out to a meeting, or to run errands or attend events, those occasions never call for conservative business attire.  Woven button-down shirts irritate my skin, so it's going to be knits and soft fabrics for me, now that I don't have to dress conservatively for work.  

I also felt pressured to buy a leather moto jacket, just to say, "Look at me!  I'm trendy!"  Denim jackets are really more my style, though, and more versatile.  If it gets dirty, I can just throw it in the wash.  No dry cleaning involved.  

I'm actually looking forward to the cooler weather and wearing jackets again.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday Night Meeting - Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services

Wednesday Night Meeting - Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services
Clockwise from Left:  J. Jill Slim Ankle Pants, J. Jill V-neck Elbow Sleeve Tee in Mineral Blue, Lane Bryant Black Ponte Knit Jacket, EOS Lip Balm in Summer Berry, J. Jill Summer Scarf, Propet Walking Sneakers. 


This must seem like a bit of a strange blog to people, with its combination of mental health advocacy and fashion, but that's me!  

One of my volunteer jobs at NAMI NYC Staten Island is Program Coordinator, and it's my job to plan and organize the monthly information meetings we have, where people can come and learn about the mental health issues currently affecting the Staten Island community.  I come up with the ideas for inviting speakers (I get plenty of input from people, for which I'm grateful!), and I correspond by e-mail and phone with the speakers to plan and organize the event.  I also arrange for any personnel we need for technical assistance, for Powerpoint presentations or video.   

I'm the person with the fancy title, but I get a lot of help and support from many different people, including the President, the Executive Director and my friend Patty, as well as other Board Members and volunteers. 

This past Wednesday, 9/10/2014, we had an information meeting on Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services on Staten Island.  The three ladies who spoke to the audience did a great job!  Based on all the interest people had expressed by calling the office, I thought we'd have a big crowd, but there were only about 20 people.  For whatever reason they didn't come out - maybe because it was a school night.  

However, the people who attended got plenty of information about various services and resources for children and youth on Staten Island, and we all learned more about what the Affordable Care Act and the mental health parity laws can and cannot do.  Turns out that more people are covered by insurance, but the insurance companies limit how much they're going to pay for various services, so the providers aren't being compensated by the insurance companies adequately for the services they provide.  The result is that if you have Medicaid, you're very lucky, but if you have private insurance, which most Staten Islanders do, you're out of luck, because the private insurance companies limit how much they're going to pay for mental health care.  Of course, the people who suffer are the children and young people, as well as their families, because it's another hurdle to getting good mental health care.  

Anyway (steps off soapbox) ... on to the fashion!  It's getting chilly in the evening and in the early morning, so a jacket is necessary.  Air conditioning is still on in most places, so it's a good idea to bring a scarf to keep warm indoors.  I wore sneakers, even though the outfit was a bit dressy, because we had a lot to do to set up the venue - moving furniture around and setting up the chairs for the audience, and I didn't want to be encumbered by cute, but clumsy shoes. 

The evening was a success and the speakers were engaging and delivered great information.  When things go well, it makes all the hard work worthwhile! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Afternoon Group and Evening Meeting

Afternoon Group and Evening Meeting
Left to Right:  Coach Poppy Logo Tote in Magenta and Purple, Aerosoles Army Loafers in Black Croco, J. Jill Slim Leg Ankle Pants, Lane Bryant V-neck Tee in Pink and White Stripe, J. Jill Crinkle Scarf in Pink, LL Bean Trench Coat. 

Tomorrow will be an unusually busy day for me - I'm doing the Partial Hospital Program Support Group in the afternoon, and at night, I have a meeting to attend.  Rain is predicted; hence, the trench coat and loafers, otherwise I'd wear sandals. 

Of course, life being what it is, changes to the outfit may happen at the last minute.  We'll see how it goes.