Posts Written On October 08, 2012

@alzassociation @#ENDALZ Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Please support and continue to support the Alzheimer’s Association, the memories we made, good or bad, is still apart of us; not to be lost or forgotten.

Last weekend, I participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Reston, VA (Metro DC area) and it was great. It started off raining/ pouring on us but we had ABC7s meteorologist Bob Ryan there and he perfectly predicted that the clouds would pass us by in about 5-10 minutes and it did. We started and finished the walk successfully! Throughout the walk, it felt like we were running a marathon…the volunteers cheered us on at each corner and crossing, “keep going! You’re doing great! Thank you!” all we were missing were the bottles of water they’d hand to you as you’re sweating through that 10K.

I had been a supporter of the Alzheimer’s association since my senior year of High School. My grandma had past away from it on this day, 6 years ago, Columbus Day. I remember that I was at my computer in my room, chatting away on what I haven’t used in ages; aim, and then hearing a call. I just felt that it was something bad, something inside of me just knew it so I eavesdropped into that conversation that my grandmother had picked up on. I knew but I was in denial, I prayed, but I was in denial, I had fought hard to think that it was something else; it had to be something else. I was wrong. My grandmother didn’t know how to tell me, but she did somehow and…I don’t think I processed it, to be honest. I didn’t feel much, I didn’t cry, I was fine. Or so I thought. The time came for the wake and we were all gathered with our group of 48 family members along with a pastor and the guests, at the funeral home all dressed in black. My cousin and I were in charge of looking after the kids because they didn’t know what was going on and our family didn’t want them to know too much either, after all, they are still just kids. I stayed strong or so I thought, till it was our family’s turn to say our last goodbyes to our beloved grandma. We walked up together and I still remember this day, tears would not stop falling as I took my last steps to her, it was so hard that I couldn’t stop those tears it just kept running and I think that was the first time everyone in my family had seen me that way. I remember my aunt coming up to me and patting me and hugging me and my tears continually streaming down my cheeks 5 minutes after, 10 minutes after, 30 minutes after. I should’ve been dehydrated by then at that rate. Anyway, my point is, this is the grandma who raised me, who I lived with all my life, who cooked dinner for me every night, who signed my parental guardian papers, who signed my hw every night, who was there to stand by my side when no one else was. Grandma, it was you. When she started to forget everyone because of Alzheimer’s me and my brother were one of the last few that she still kept on and remembered till the end, because she raised us, because she loved us. That debt I can never repay, that love I can never show her again, that woman who was and is the person that I will always look up to will always still be here, in my heart and in my thoughts. These memories that we all create with our loved ones are so precious, are so cherished, are so sacred that we shouldn’t ever lose them. It’s what creates us, it’s what makes us strive for more so we have to fight for everyone, for us, this disease that threatens to take that all away. We have to fight and stand strong. Support the Alzheimer’s Association if you haven’t already, let us remember and cherish what’s in us and what made us.

 

 

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The beloved bootie: Fashion-forward looks for fall

For many women, autumn brings happy thoughts of crunchy leaves, crisp fresh air and – of course – boots! For maximum versatility, add an ankle-high boot to your wardrobe. Booties complement a variety of outfits and can easily transition from the office to a night on the town. Here’s what you need to know about booties this season:

Fresh looks 
At New York Fashion Week, top designers showed wave after wave of ankle boots in their fall collections. From Michael Kors’ suede caramel-colored Rosalyn bootie to Alexander McQueen’s bow-embellished stiletto ankle boot (also in suede – and hot pink!), this style was paired with dozens of fall outfits. This versatile shoe looks great with skirts, jeans or pants; it’s tough to go wrong with a great pair of booties! No matter what your personal style, there’s a sexy ankle boot to complement your look this fall.

Darling details
In keeping with the rich, dark colors and luxe fabrics that characterize fall 2012, look for a pair of booties with a fresh twist. Vogue recommends ankle boots with fur trim or python skin to add a touch of drama to your look. For those who like to rock a tougher look, add a touch of biker babe to your fall wardrobe with booties featuring studs or buckles.

If the thought of squeezing your feet into 4-inch stiletto ankle booties fills you with terror, fear not. Booties don’t have to be uncomfortable to look great. For example, the Buffy ankle bootie from Dansko Shoes is both fashion-forward and comfortable enough to wear all day long.

What to wear
The most exciting thing about the bootie trend for fall is its versatility. A great pair of booties can be worn to work with tailored trousers and a blouse, then worn with a miniskirt and tights for a night out on the town. Just choose wisely to make sure your booties are office-appropriate; animal prints or strong metal detailing may be too bold for conservative workplaces.

Remember a few simple rules when choosing an outfit to feature your ankle boots. Booties look best with ensembles that show off your legs. Whether you pair them with a short skirt or skinny jeans, this style can seriously elongate your silhouette. Wearing booties with tights, a cute dress and a structured blazer also creates a long, lean look that’s fabulous for fall. The biggest no-no when wearing booties is pairing them with skirts or pants that stop at mid-calf. This creates an unflattering proportion that can make your legs look short and stumpy.

Ankle-cut boots are a wise investment for your fall 2012 wardrobe. With a variety of bold colors and luxe details, it’s easy to find a pair to suit your personality and style. Wear your booties with nearly anything in your wardrobe to create a bold, sexy silhouette that will stop fellow fashion-lovers in their tracks.

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