Mental Health Awareness Month

mental Health awareness month

We are approaching the end of the month of May, and if you knew it or not, May is officially, Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are so many things that could be address or discussed regarding this issue, however I feel that it is important to note one simple thing:  Mental Health Matters.

No matter you race, color, creed, religion or financial status, Mental Health Matters.  We all have moment of the need for mental health treatment, and the real issue is that not many of us seek that treatment when we need it.  We turn to substances, people, things or we go into avoidance mode.  Because we don’t know how to deal with things, we choose to simply not deal with them.  This serves no one.  It definitely does you no good.

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I too have had moments where I have been depressed, down, extremely sensitive and unable to adequately express my emotions.  I have been to counseling, and as a therapist and coach I have counseled others.  I know hurt pain, loss, rejection, loneliness,  sadness and grief.  I have watch loved ones die, I have seen the effect of addiction and I have had to make medical decision for my parent not knowing if he would live or die.  At some point in time we all endure some or most of these things and it takes a toll on our mental health.

As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness month, I want to let you know that you are not alone on this journey.  There are people who are here to listen to help and to just be there if that is what you need.  I have some amazing friends, those who will just hold the phone while I cry, those who take me out for ice cream, and those who know those things I may be ashamed or embarrassed to share with anyone else.  Other than going to see my therapist, who may not always be available when I need her, these people help me to survive.  They are my life line.

mental health matters

My advice would be to seek help if you need it.  If you don’t feel like yourself, if you feel loss, down, discouraged, if you lack the energy or the desire to do anything or go anywhere, you need to consider talking to someone.  You do not always have to go and find a high priced prestigious therapist.  There are lots of free resources that can get you started on your journey to healing.

The first place to start is with your health insurance.  If you have health insurance, contact you insurance provider and ask about mental health services.  For most employer provided insurances the information may be on your insurance card.  If you are uninsured or if your employer does not provide mental health services organizations such as NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health have locations around the world that can assist you.

The second thing I would suggest is to build a support system.  Find people who will avail themselves to you, people who will listen and people who will be encouraging but not participate in a pity a party.  People who will help you move past the rut you may find yourself in.  And also be ready when you can to reciprocate when needed.

Finally, do not let stigma keep you from receiving the help and assistance you deserve.  Know that there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with mental illness or asking for help.  Millions of people suffer daily and while many do not receive the care or treatment they deserve, millions are speaking up and speaking out daily.  You are not alone on this journey.  It is absolutely ok to ask for and receive help.  Most of the time it is only a phone call away.

Be Blessed! Be Fabulous!

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The MET Gala

If you are a fan of fashion as I am, you were probably waiting with baited breath as the photos and red carpet looks from the MET gala were rolled out last week.  I was so excited to see who was wearing what and the looks came together.  From the makeup to the fashion to the drama from the looks that was created it was a great night for fashion and an even greater night for fashion fans.

The Met Ball or the Met gala is a fundraising event where designers, celebrities and models come out to show the world their fashion choices and fabulosity.  The event has been ongoing since 1946 and has become the fashion event of the year.  The event is always held on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The theme for this year was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” introducing the newest exhibition to the museum curated by Andrew Bolton. The fashions for this year were right on point with this theme.   The hosts for this years gala were Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour, and Stephen and Christina Schwarzman.

I am going to show my picks for the following categories:  Black, Gold, Men of Met and Legs for days, Aging Gracefully and I will close with my favorite look of the night.  (Images from vogue.com)

Best in Black

Bella
Bella Hadid wearing Chrome Hearts Official.
Met 2018-Solange
Solange in Iris van Herpen
Met 2018-Miley Cyrus-Stella McCartney
Miley Cyrus Looked Amazing in this dress by Stella McCartney 
Met 2018-Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner in Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Met 2018-Taylor Hill-DVF
Taylor Hill in Diane von Furstenburg

 

 

Met 2018-Andreea Diaconu
Andreea Diaconu stunning in Michael Kors Collection.

 

Goddesses in Gold

Met 2018-72-cardi-b
Cardi B and baby looked amazing in Moschino

 

Met 2018-69-emrata
Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

 

Met 2018-68-kkw
Kim Kardashian West, Sleek and sultry in Versace.

 

Met 2018-Olivia
While not a fan of the headpiece, the dress by H&M is stunning.  

 

Met 2018-44-sjp
SJP looked amazing but the makeup was a miss for me.  She looks like she just had bad plastic surgery.  This Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress looks fabulous on her. 

 

Met 2018-48-gisele
Gisele’s gold Versace dress was life. And Tom looked good in his Versace too.  
Met 2018-37-katy-perry
Without the wings this would have been a miss.  Katy Perry is wearing this angelic look by Versace.

Met 2018-30-rosie

 

Met 2018-21-ashley
Ashley Graham rocking her curves in Parabal Gurung.  
Met 2018-08-jasmine
Another stunner by H&M.

Men Of Met

 

Met 2018-Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa in Dior Homme

 

Met 2018-77-kylie-jenner
Sorry Kylie, Travis owns this moment!
Met 2018-Trevor Noah Balmain
Trevor Noah looked very chic in Balmain

 

Met 2018-Sean Combs
Sean Combs wearing Musika Frere

 

 

Met 2018-56-chadwick
This Versace ensemble seems a little Elvis inspired.  Chadwick has no problem taking a risk.  The shoes are making this a win for me.   
Met 2018-Migos
A lot of FLAVOR! Migos in Versace.
Met 2018-Idris Givenchy Haute Couture
Idris is always nice to look at.  He looks dapper in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

Met 2018-Colbert and Fallon
Jimmy Fallon looks like he just left the bar.  Both me look great.  Both men are wearing Ralph Lauren.  
Met 2018-05-daniel
This Prada suit, color and cut works well for Daniel.

 

Met 2018-Jeremy Scott_
Jeremy Scott perfectly matching Cardi B in Moschino

 

 

Legs for Days

 

Met 2018-54-jlo
No one shows leg like J.Lo in Balmain

 

Met 2018-43-gabrielle
Slay Gabrielle Union in Parabal Gurung

 

Met 2018_Alek Wek
Alek Wek was absolutely gorgeous in her H&M dress with the tribal pattern. 

 

Honorable Mention

Met 2018-Sienna Miller Louis Vuitton
I adore this Louis Vuitton look on Sienna Miller 
Met 2018-59-gigi
GiGi and this Atelier Versace dress…perfection
Met 2018-Rihanna
In true Met style Rihanna looks amazing wearing custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano
Met 2018-Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson looked great wearing Stella McCartney

 

Met 2018-Lena Waithe
Love this statement by Lena Waithe in Carolina Herrera. 

 

Met 2018-34-kerry
While the dress was a NO for me the hair is giving me life!

 

Met 2018-Katie Lee
Love this look.  This is so my style.  Katie Lee is wearing this Danielle Frankel dress. 

 

Met 2018-Jourdan Dunn-Diane von Furstenberg
This Diane von Furstenberg dress is beautiful and so is Jourdan Dunn wearing it.  

 

 

 

 

Aging Gracefully

These women are aging gracefully.  Well let me be specific, J. Lo never ages at all.  Kris Jenner is always classy so is Sarah Jessica Parker.  Cindy Crawford is ageless.  Linda Carter will always be Wonder Woman to me and she looks great as does Brooke Shields.

My Favorite Look of the Evening

Met 2018-51-kendall

Kendall Jenner was simply stunning.  I loved everything about this top to toe white.  Complimented by the sleek hair, diamond earrings and gloves.  It was just the right amount of everything.  Simple yet bold and classic.  Hands down my favorite look of the evening.

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

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