The recent death of comedienne Joan Rivers brings to mind not just her death but her catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Most people including myself do not routinely talk about suicide. What you normally get is silence when one hears about a suicidal incident. In 1987, Rivers second husband, Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide, earlier this year, the 6ft 3in fashion designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide and of most recently comedian/actor Robin Williams committed suicide.
Can we talk? Perhaps that’s the problem with suicide, we don’t want to talk when it happens to someone we know and love. We know celebrities aren’t immune to the pressures of life. Suicide. Why? What happened? Depression? Mental illness? Money problems? Health issues? What contributed to the suicide? Then we want to dissect why that celebrity would have committed suicide and may never know or understand the personal trauma they may have experienced.
Wearing old Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta plaid dress with Suzi Roher belt, J.Crew vintage denim jacket, J. Crew blue necklace, Mui Mui gold metallic pumps, my collection of Tiffany charm bracelet, Tiffany bead bracelet, David Yurman bracelet and my ever present FitBit Band.
Just a reminder that the focus of this blog is to address women of certain age, their health, wellness and staying fit while aging gracefully. We all realize the importance of exercise and eating properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially as we age. Which brings to mind data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control show that suicide death has risen nationally not just among those men “in the middle” of the lives (35 to 64 years of age), but among women as well.
Historically, the bulk of suicide risk has been on the ends of the age spectrum, younger and elderly people, but recent data from 1999-2010 show that suicide has risen 28% among this cohort of Americans. As a result, suicide has moved up the ranking for cause of death among American 35-64 years of age from the 10th leading cause of death in 1999 to the fourth leading cause of death.
Wearing NYDJ faux leather linen moto jacket, Piperlime lace full vintage skirt, Kate Spade licorice suede pumps, old J.Crew Factory pearl necklace, David Yurman bracelets and FitBit band
Napa rocks! Literally! Little did I know when I finally laid down to sleep at 1:30 a.m. after traveling nearly 3,000 miles for vacation to Napa, that I would be waken in less than two hours by a severe 6.0 earthquake in downtown Napa at 3:20 a.m. I thought Jesus was coming back! The 6.0 magnitude originated only 6 miles away from the beautiful home where we stayed, the strongest earthquake in 25 years.
Upon closer examination with a walk through downtown Napa, quake damage impacted a very small part of the valley, mainly the historic downtown area where the post office, library, a 141-room hotel, 150 homes, and buildings were deemed unsafe to occupy. The Belfor Restoration trucks were already busy restoring the historic buildings that were damaged.
Carpe Diem Restaurant/building in downtown Napa on August 25, 2014
Hubby and I recently motored through the Appalachian Mountains via four tunnels as we headed west on the turnpike, to Da ‘Burgh we went! That’s Pittsburgh. One would think Pittsburgh was an island with it’s 446 bridges. The City of Bridges connects the cities hills, ravines, and three rivers, is an interesting city, rich in culture and history. Many millions were amassed here with steel, coal and foods. The names jump off the history pages, you know them, Mellon, Carnegie, Heinz, and Frick, just to name a few.
Pittsburgh seems so far removed from everything. It was only because of me accompanying my husband on a recent business trip to the Three River City, that I found myself here and trying to occupy my time. I didn’t have to look far for a lesson in Pittsburgh history, we stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The nearly 100 year old historic art deco style hotel was by developed by Henry Clay Frick in 1916. I saw evidence of the old world charm all around the hotel, velvet settees, grand chandeliers, ballrooms, it reminded me of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the old money feel of everything elaborate.
Photo of Andy Warhol at Warhol museum entrance.
Usually by mid-August, many speak of the dog days of summer, however, it looks and feels like a taste of fall. I welcome the early seasonal change, it feels like September in August. Being a September baby, fall is my favorite time of the year. The summer of 2014 will go down in the weather annals as one of the mildest and coolest summers in the last ten years in some geographic areas of the United States.
It’s still a few weeks for the official fall season. Nevertheless, sure signs of the fall season are all around us, the crisp morning and night air, the dig your own mum signs along the roads, very tall corn stalks ready for harvest as feed for farm animals, and back to school supply sales. As a child I have sweet memories walking just to enjoy crunching fallen leaves and acorns on the ground.
The local grocery store reminds me of the time of the year as well. A stroll down the produce aisle, the ruby red healthy pomegranates, the caramel colored apple cider, caramel apples, and candy corn, these are my favorite taste of fall. As you can see I have a sweet tooth that I must keep under wraps.
Wearing Talbot’s lace dress from last summer, J. Crew vintage denim jacket, Stella and Dot gold tone lariat necklace, Kate Spade Licorice camel suede pumps, David Yurman bangle, Tiffany bead bracelet with my collection of Tiffany charms, Fit Bit bracelet with Rouge Louboutin nail color.
On the Upper East side in NYC.
You knew it had to happen. It’s been nearly eight years since the passing of iconic “Godfather of Soul” singer performer James Brown. The first-ever feature film, Get On Up pays tribute to the singer. Get On Up recently premiered at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. It’s hard to believe Brown’s career spanned six decades. The film takes us down memory land reminding viewers of his larger than life performances, his showmanship, intricate dance steps, even his pompadour hairstyles and my favorite: his regal cape routine.
“Please, Please, Please” performance wearing cape. photo credit: David L Segal photo
I forgot when I completed my first Nike Half-Marathon last year that music was what helped keep me motivated and cross the finish line to obtain my Tiffany necklace. However, little did I realize that my signature play list or um, soundtrack included any and all James Brown music from the iTunes James Brown radio station. The James Brown station features other artists big during the seventies music referred to as funk music. This is the music that helps motivate me to start and finish one hour nearly every day on my stationery bike.
My face mapping photo from Fiverr.com
As I entered into menopause, I heard about the classic symptoms from hormonal imbalances – hot flashes/night sweats, mood swings, insomnia and hair loss. Who knew that declining estrogen levels could cause acne? My experience has been the classic symptoms as well as skin changes, mainly facial skin with acne. I hope you had a chance to read my recent post on face mapping that showed why acne occurs on certain areas of your face.
It was during the perimenopause phase that I sought out a dermatologist to combat the fierce case of acne I developed–helping to get it under control. My esthetician recommended the latest and greatest at that time to combat acne scarring and reduce my large oily pores on my face. For many years, I happily endured microdermabrasion and chemical peels that brighten my acne dulled skin.
Now, no more harsh chemicals or lasers for me, enter in the newest skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing treatment in cosmetic medicine, the $60,000 dream machine that offers the HydraFacial. The Hydrafacial targets fine lines and wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily and acne-prone skin, hyper-pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. Sun-damaged skin can also be treated with HydraFacials. Sounds like this machine was developed for women like me, as this stage of my life, I seem to have a variety of skin issues the HydraFacial can address and repair.
Little did I know that my weekend trip to New York City to hang out with my daughter would help me achieve a step in the right direction on Saturday. 14,022 steps that is! Thanks to my wearable fitness device that tracks my steps and overall activity, I was able to easily achieve my daily goal of 10,000 steps by sightseeing by foot in New York City.
My FitBit Tracker reading for Saturday, July 26, 2014 from day of sightseeing in NYC
This weekend adventure included my first visit to historic Central Park. So far, my travels to Manhattan just allowed me to drive around, through or walk along the perimeter of Central Park on Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Museum. This visit I took the time to explore a small portion of the national landmark’s 843 acres, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.
Standing in front of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir looking to the West side of Manhattan. Wearing my pink FitBit band, J.Crew gold tasseled necklace, T.J. Maxx fit and flare Maggie London dress with (old) Seychelles sandals.
Our agenda always includes beauty stop at Sephora and mani/pedis at our fave nail salon, Blooming Nails. I opt for the back massage and mani while my daughter, the mani and pedi. I love the friendly greeting I always receive when I accompany Channing, their regular customer.
Next stop on the agenda included venture to Saks for view the Christian Louboutin windows on the debut of his nail polish line. It’s wonderful to see the creativity of the French footwear designer incorporate his signature red color into luxury lacquer, not sure what took him so long. The friendly salesperson while restocking the sold out display was gracious enough to share the “Loub” nail polish story about the exclusive debut at Saks and expansion of the nail polish colors to follow this fall.
Your skin can say a lot about your health especially about your face. It’s viewed as the mirror to our health. Can you tell I have a mild fascination with non-traditional alternative medicine? First, I mentioned the Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine method of dry skin brushing, and today, I want to talk about face mapping. This practice, falls under the umbrella of ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM.)
TCM is based mainly on the prevention of illness, uses herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, exercise, and diet to promote good health. It especially emphasizes changing lifestyle habits. The key to understanding Chinese medicine is to understand the idea of balance.
Since I launched Age of Grace, I have been singing the importance of protecting your skin in several articles. First skin protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, reminding you that is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. Secondly, my new beauty regiment - dry skin brushing, that remove toxins from the body, and lastly my personal story about controlling my ashy skin. Now it’s summertime, one great thing is the extended hours of sunshine, but with those supplemental hours of rays come additional UV rays upon one’s skin.
July is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and UV Safety Month on another health awareness calendar. No matter which calendar you follow, it’s makes sense to once again focus on the sunny side of skin care. Ladies and the few gents, if you remember nothing else about skincare, please know that unprotected exposure to the sun causes wrinkles and prolonged unprotected exposure skin cancer. Bad enough the we loose elasticity in our skin muscles so who wants to contribute to a faster downfall by not using sun protection factor (SPF.)
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blocky skin.
Wearing J.Crew pleated flare dress (on sale now), with old J. Crew Factory pearl necklace, J.Crew straw clutch and Mui Mui gold pumps
Because of the staggering statistics and the prevalence of skin cancer, the The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in December 2012 provided updated guidelines to help consumers select and use sunscreens appropriately, the final regulations include these additional labeling provisions:
You remember I shared with you last week how I fell off the exercise bandwagon and I sought wearable technology with an app to help me get back into my 10,000 steps per day routine with my FitBit Band? Now, not even two weeks later, I misplaced the FitBit charger and my motivation has somewhat dwindled. Mostly, because I can’t imagine where I put this charger.
I attended my older brother’s 60th birthday over the Independence Holiday weekend. It wasn’t a problem to take a trip down Memory Lane reminiscing childhood memories about my brother. Then I heard a sobering statistic–Alzheimer signs and symptoms can start occurring as early age sixty. Is misplacing my FitBit charger an occasional memory lapse, just forgetfulness or is it something more serious? I am not trying to claim early onset of Alzheimer’s but It’s worth examining Alzheimer’s awareness even if not for ourselves but those older friend and relatives.
Let’s start with the definition of Alzheimer.
Alzheimer’s disease is a common type of dementia, or decline in intellectual function. Once thought rare, Alzheimer’s disease is now known to affect as many as 5.3 million people in the Inited States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It afflicts 10 percent of those over sixty-five and as many as 50 percent of those over eighty-five. However, the disease does not affect only the elderly, but may strike when a person is in his or her forties.