I recently returned from the lovely Hawaiian Island of Maui. So beautiful and in some places even exotic. Covered with lovely beaches, including those with black sand. Surrounded by majestic mountains that are taller than most of the clouds that filtered around the island.
Yes, Maui’s landscape and people are AMAZING but, throughout my visit I kept having a gnawing feeling of concern with this destination. For an island that has a huge tourism industry and thousands of residents that live within a mile to their shores, I saw no obvious disaster preparedness or safety information regarding evacuation routes in the event of an earthquakes or tsunami. At first, I thought I was just was in “vacation mode” and not taking note of area safety posts. So, I inquired about disaster preparedness plans to hotel staff, restaurant owners and people at tourism locations (including park rangers). The answer to my queries usually sounded like this… “Hmm.. good questions.. just head to the mountains- fast”.
One of our vacation apps did mention the yellow warning sirens on the north part of the island- but we couldn’t find any. After some searching I did find an evacuation map for Maui – online. And, there are considerable resources regarding earthquake and tsunami safety on official websites for Hawaii preparedness. But, if one doesn’t go seeking this information, then they could be caught off – guard and perhaps grossly unprepared.
One plus was that I did read in the local newspaper about the Maui CERT group meetings being offered. It was nice to see that they had an active community emergency response team.
So, Maui community leaders and hotel organizations – please be proactive and give information to your residents and visitors … just in case. And yes, I will be back … someday… as I did love this island.
2015. Numerology tells us that the numbers add up to 8 – meaning success and profitability (or so my friends who practice this art tell me!) While I am not one to count digits to decide my year’s path – I would like this new year to be one for turning the spotlight on everyday heroes instead of discussing ad nauseam those who use tactics to scare, bully or harm others.
I know that each reader of this blog can think of at least one person who they consider a “hero”. Many of my heroes are kids! They are the ones who collect blankets for the homeless, donate their time as peer buddies in schools, create cool science projects simply to challenge themselves, or perhaps author musical scores or books!
We often are so busy looking at those who provide “shock value” (“Calling all Kardashians”), that we forget some of the most unique individuals live in our neighborhoods. To me the local “folks” provide much more interest to me “IRL” (in real life) than any tabloid story.
In 2015 I plan on continuing the tradition I started at the end of 2014. Each week I carve out time to watch a few TedX Talks Youtube episodes. While there is a huge catalog of TedX topics and presenters, I often find myself watching kids via the TedX Teen Talks! There I have discovered many people who I would consider “heroes” – even if they have lived for less than two decades. If you have free time or simply want to use a few moments to expand your mind – check out these young entrepreneurs and enjoy the presentations of those who are dedicating their young lives to #SocialGood.
Have a groovy and safe 2015!
Looking for a fun AND educational gift this holiday season? Try this series of FINGER ALPHABET COOL KIDS WORD SEARCH PUZZLES. I received a set to review this week and must admit they are indeed creative and enjoyable! Note that the puzzle books are marked by levels and type of words- such as Verbs or Adjectives. Great for beginning ASL classes.
To learn more I would recommend clicking to AMAZON where they are sold for around $8 per book.
Say what?! There is actually a company that has designed a template for women’s pants so that each time you try on your “size” it will fit – no guess work involved?! Imagine that!
MEET the LITTLE BLACK PANT by FitLogic!
Cricket Lee imagined the concept of a world where women don’t have to try on pants anymore, and it’s taken her twelve years of testing and perfecting the product to go from the “drawing board” to market entry. A couple of weeks ago I saw @Fitlogic on TWITTER. I noticed that they were posting very interesting tweets that caught my eye. And, some of the tweets mentioned a sale – 30% off a pair of a pair of pants. After clicking through to their website and reading about how you can have a pair of pants “made for you” – I was convinced this was the company for me. I promptly ordered and within just a few days the Little Black Pant arrived at my door. Commence the test… would they truly fit like a “glove” without fail? YES INDEED! My pair of pants was perfect!
I was so thrilled that I connected with Cricket and asked if I could interview her for this blog. I learned so much about this dynamo, including her vision. Enjoy meeting Cricket Lee! Don’t miss the giveaway (details below) and the promotion link to get your Little Black Pants at 30% off the regular price of $59.95. Your price in the cart will be only $39.95 (good until December 30, 2014).
Louise Q1- Fitlogic is well … so logical… can you explain the concept and catalyst for this company?
Crickett A1– The concept is that Fitlogic is a true science and fits 95% of women. The fashion industry fits on one shape model and uses antiquated methods. It is designed and proven as a world patented operating system for apparel to ultimately create a fit standard. LittleBlackPant is the debut pant that holds the Fitlogic system so that women can experience the superior fit and join our movement. Our long term goal is to license the technology to all brands that want to please the consumers by carrying their personal Fitlogic fit.
Louise Q2- The Little Black Pant is PERFECT for just about ANYONE – will there be a little WHITE or KAKI pant soon?
Crickett A2: Yes, we are offering a stone off white color for spring, a coral and maybe more. We are going to be offering lengths and plus sizes as soon as we can. When we offered up to size 24 on QVC in Jones New York we sold out quickly, so we have the patterns developed – we just have to build the company a bit more before we can offer them again. We also tested successfully in Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Louise Q3- All good business owners / entrepreneurs have a 1-3-5 year plan. Where would you like Fitlogic to be in 1-3-5 years?
Cricket A3: In one year, I’d like to have a multi-brand platform including our first licensee Kym Gold (co-founder of True Religion). We plan to offer a range of prices and brands with Fitlogic so that women can shop by shape.
In three years, our plans are to be in all retail venues with Fitlogic in many brands, and be able to execute our geolocation feature where women will be able to download an app and find product that fits in their living area or online. 92% of apparel is still sold in stores, so it will make life so much easier. Our categories include tops, dresses and more for the future.
In five years, we want to see a global brand with Fitlogic showrooms where women can look and try on garments and then have them shipped direct. Most of us (unless it is a basic item) like to see and feel the garment before buying.
Louise Q4- Are maternity clothes in your future- I see a big market there?
Cricket A4- As we move into licensing to other brands, I see a maternity brand wanting to adopt the Fitlogic system and we can work with them to add the baby belly to the system. A woman’s basic shape doesn’t change. It really works for real body changes.
Louise Q5- How do you hope that social media will enhance your biz?
Cricket A5- Social media enables me to connect to women directly with the idea of never having to try on garments again. They like the LBP because it is a simple staple product and an easy way to identify their fit code. But the idea of finding pants and a system that moves with your shape no matter what size is the real magic. The future will enable a woman to try on and see if she likes the fabric or the leg width or the waistband. It’s a different kind of trying on – it will be fun!
LouiseQ 6- Anything else you wish to share?
Cricket A6- I was ahead of my time, and the fashion industry liked my ideas but wasn’t ready for a standard. I think with the fact that ecommerce is growing fast and that women don’t have time to shop or for endless try-ons and returns makes Fitlogic the next big thing. A purchase of a pant is a vote for fit freedom!
CLICK THIS LINK TO RECEIVE THE 30% PROMOTION (good until December 30, 2014 only) The price reduction is reflected at checkout.
The FITLOGIC GIVEAWAY! – COMPLETED
WINNER: Selected randomly – Juli Auclair Lipof
To enter to win the random giveaway of one pair of the FITLOGIC LITTLE BLACK PANT you must do the following TWO easy steps before December 15, 2015, midnight Pacific Time.
ONE randomly chosen winner will be selected on December 16, 2015.
Winner will be contacted via email by a Fitlogic representative and/or Louise Sattler. Must have a USA address and at least 18 years of age. Only one entry per person.
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
1- Comment below as to why you would love to own a pair of “LBP”
2- TWEET the following:
I entered @Fitlogic Little Black Pants #giveaway – You can 2 via @LouiseASL. Details: http://wp.me/pSDlj-a8W #LBPGiveaway Ends 12/15/14
Just a short blog to give you some ideas on where to #ShopSmall this week. Check out these suggestions that support the endeavors of family/ women owned businesses and projects. All unique and worth a “click through” to see if something catches your eye this holiday season. A special shout – out to Shara Lawrence – Weiss of MommyPerks who welcomes those with a family friendly product or service to post on her MommyPerks Facebook wall here . She does this annually and is just one great example of women supporting women in the small biz world! (Check out what many women have posted)
As usual my gift recommendations often have a secondary purpose- such as giving back to an organization or helping a national or international cause. In other words – I like my hard earned $ to be given to businesses with heart and pizazz.
BOOKS! What better gift to give a child than a BOOK! Two new faves made my list.
I know that giving a gift or pepper spray or other self defense items may seem to zap the holiday spirit… but, when all the holiday decorations are placed back in to their respective boxes it will be the safety items I purchased from small biz owner Linda Benecke that will help keep my loved ones safe. I want to give her a heartfelt thank you for introducing me to DAMSELS in DEFENSE. Personal safety protection products, especially for women who are the most vulnerable such as those who live alone, are seniors citizens, or are on college campuses. Interestingly, many of their products can cross over to other purposes such as keeping people with Autism or Alzheimers safe and indoors rather than wandering- this company has it all! Learn more, see the catalog and connect with Linda here.
HELP SANTA BRINGS GIFTS TO NEEDY CHILDREN
When Santa arrives at the San Pedro YWCA soon he will be bringing a “sled” full of stuffed BEARS. Sponsor a bear via Tracy Farman and her pals at Jockey Person 2 Person. This campaign is what the true meaning of the holidays is all about! Learn more here including how you can donate a bear to be distributed in your locale.
LASTLY- Louise’s List of Unique and Fabulous – “out of the box” ideas!
Give a night out for a cause by supporting the
Feminists What Were they Thinking Documentary
by Lynette Vandaveer
Steampunk by Beverly Holman
Vintage items repurposed to a contemporary art form!
Pocketbooks with Hobo Chic Style by Geri Dahl of Funky Pretty Designs
Can’t adopt an animal or no more room for another fur baby? Consider SPONSORING a dog or cat that is in foster care or in a shelter. I stumbled upon the ANGEL DOGS FOUNDATION – DEAF DOGS RANCH. I love the dog photos on this website. Check them out!
COMING SOON a Review of one of my new favorite products by FitLogic – the perfectly fitted pants every time!
THANKSGIVING WEEK 2014 and already we have had more snow in parts of the United States than might happen in a whole YEAR!
Photo credit: K Hartman
Who would have guessed that in the middle of NOVEMBER a lake effect snow disaster would have occurred in Buffalo, New York paralyzing many portions of the city for days?! Not me nor the dozens of native “Buffalonians” who were interviewed this past week.
And, who have believed that a half dozen feet or more of snow would be melting faster than it should resulting in FLOODS just in time for families to celebrate Thanksgiving! (Bring a pie and wet/dry vacuum?)
As if that was not enough … we don’t want to forget the scores of tornadoes that happened this past month or how the unexpected deep freeze caused many homes to have gone “up in flames” due to fires that started because of faulty chimneys or kerosene heaters.
The list of the disasters that happened within the past few weeks here in the United States can go on and on. It is a keen reminder that one day you may have your home or business and the next it could be gone. ALL GONE!
Bring in Sean Scott, author of the Red Guide to Recovery. Although Sean may not be able to help repair your home, he can assist with rebuilding your life! Sean graciously offered to let me post his most recent article – Creating an Inventory When Everything is Gone.
I have heard Sean speak to emergency responders on how to help families when their lives are the most vulnerable. He is dynamic and worth hearing – so learn more about his programs and assistance by simply going here:
Now for the article and thanks, Sean!
Creating an Inventory When Everything is Gone
By Sean M. Scott
Imagine if your home was hit by a tornado and as you emerge from the storm cellar, all that’s left is a bare concrete slab. Your yard is strewn with debris from your neighbors and you have no idea where all your belongings went, except for the pair of underwear hanging in the tree across the street. So, you call your insurance company and the adjuster shows up and tells you that in order for you to receive the full benefits of your homeowners insurance policy, you will need to provide a detailed inventory of everything you owned, including a description of each item, its age, replacement cost, and any supporting documentation in the form of photos or receipts. Then you’re told that if you can’t provide one, the adjuster will create one for you. However, since he or she has no idea what you owned, you will most likely receive only a small fraction of your policy limits and replacement value. Now you’re thinking to yourself, how am I supposed to create an inventory when everything is gone? On one hand you don’t want to commit insurance fraud by claiming items in your inventory that you are not sure you owned and on the other hand you have a considerable amount of money in your policy to cover what was lost. Whether you experience a tornado, earthquake, fire, or flood, this task of creating an inventory can be one of the most daunting, time consuming, and frustrating phases in the recovery process.
So, how can you document what you had and maximize the benefits of your insurance? You need something to help you remember. One way is to ask friends or family members if they have photos that may have been taken in your home during a holiday gathering, party, or family get-together. Oftentimes photos like these can reveal furnishings, decor, or other items in the background that will help jog your memory. Looking through store catalogs can also help, but this can be very time consuming and may not be very effective in getting you the level of detail you will need. If you are like most, you might jot down the obvious big ticket items like electronics, appliances, furniture, etc., and figure most of the smaller ticket items just aren’t worth the time and energy to deal with. But what about all the food that was in the refrigerator and pantry, the vitamins, spices, books, holiday decorations, cosmetics, hand utensils, toys, sports equipment, DVD’s, tools, and so forth? Items like these add up fast and if you have a way to document them, you will maximize the benefits of your insurance and expedite your recovery.
The Personal Property Memory Jogger
After witnessing the devastation caused by wildfires that swept through Southern California in 2003 and again in 2007, that destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and damaged countless others, it became apparent that a resource was needed to help people create their inventories. As a result, necessity became the Mother of invention and a new tool was developed called The Personal Property Memory Jogger & Home Inventory Tool. The Memory Jogger is a pre-populated Excel spreadsheet that contains over 6,000 of the most commonly found household items broken down into a room-by-room format. Once downloaded, you have the option to delete items that may not apply to you and/or add items that may not already appear in the database. The Memory Jogger takes much of the guess work out of creating an inventory by memory alone and is available free-of-charge at http://www.theredguidetorecovery.com/recovery-tools/personal-property-memory-jogger/. It can also be used as a disaster preparedness tool to determine whether or not you have enough insurance to replace everything if it was lost. Now individuals, families, and whole communities have a free resource that will help them rebuild their homes and lives.
If you would like to see the vast array of free disaster preparedness and recovery resources, visit www.theredguidetorecovery.com.
About two months ago I was asked to create a short video that would state, “ I AM A FEMINIST, WE ARE ALL FEMINISTS”. It would be used to help with the promotion of a new documentary, FEMINISTS – WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? I chuckled upon this request as I come from a long line of “feminists” and I would only be stating “the obvious”. After all, my family was known to have strong minded women, who are progressive with our thought and believe in equality, etc. So, making this declarative video was a “no brainer” for me.
BUT.. then I got thinking. Isn’t EVERYONE a “feminists”? Surely, there can’t be too many of my contemporaries that believe women should be “June Cleaver” and not have much of a role outside of the home? Or that if all else is equal that a man should be given a job- “just because”.
Let the research begin... So I decided to delve into this topic. Recalling where I was in the 1960’s when the feminist movement was really getting some power. And how DIFFERENT it would have been if social media was available! This is what I learned:
1- Most teens these days don’t realize that there was a time where women were not considered capable of tackling jobs that were traditionally given to men.
2- Most teens these days are confused as to why female students were not allowed to dress in pants, let alone jeans, in public schools. And how those rules didn’t change for me, at least, until the 1970’s!
3- Many teens these days are unfamiliar with what exactly transpired during the feminist movement and are unfamiliar with names such as Betty Freidan or Gloria Steinam.
Ahhh… I get it! FEMINISTS – WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? is an educational documentary.
So that our youth DON’T forget the hard fought battle women (and men) conducted to be sure that all had equal opportunities.
Then there is a question that still bugs me… why are women NOT paid in the workplace what a man is paid? In fact, many women are paid only 2/3 of the salary of a man. Say what??
As an educator, a woman and a mom to a grown daughter, I believe it is my responsibility to help our youth learn about the feminist movement from a historical and contemporary perspective. To do that I interviewed Johanna Demetrakas, the director and spirit behind the documentary- FEMINISTS WHAT WERE THEY THINKING! Johanna is a fascinating woman who knows her “stuff” when it comes to filmmaking! She clearly wants to preserve the historical aspects of the Feminists movement in a legacy film reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s SHOAH Foundation. What I found fascinating with Johanna is that she truly believes that the Feminist movement didn’t start in the 1960’s but at the start of World War II when women went to work in the place of men. This Johanna strongly cites was the catalyst for change in the societal role of women. Instead of being only a person who cared for home and family, women in the 1940’s were made an integral part of the workforce and demonstrated their extreme capabilities far beyond making the perfect apple pie!
History. Legacy. Equality.
That is what I believe has been Johanna’s vision for making this movie. She wants to tell a story so that people don’t forget or minimize the importance of the Feminist Movement.
Below Johanna and I discuss the catalyst for the movie
Now for the film specifics. First, it brings together voices past and present of known leaders in the Feminist Movement. The filmmakers had this to say about the “why” behind the making of this film:
In the late ‘70s, Cynthia MacAdams, an actress turned photographer, was roaming the streets of Los Angeles and New York photographing women. She did it, she said, becausesomething new was happening in women and she wanted to see if it showed up in photographs. Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Kate Millett, Patti Smith, Michelle Phillips, Judy Chicago, Marisol Escobar, Meredith Monk stopped what they were doing and looked into her lens. And many others, whose names and faces may not be so familiar but their struggle is–they stopped and looked too. And out of it came abook called EMERGENCE.
The film is currently in production but in need of a financial infusion of support. To help go to KICKSTARTER at this LINK. Join me in supporting this project! You will be glad you did!
Continue the conversation and follow all the news by using the hashtag #Feminists_WWTT if you are on TWITTER.