Thursday, May 26, 2016

Are you getting enough sleep?


Are you getting enough sleep?  New studies are shedding light on why people eat unhealthier food, and more of them, when they don't get enough sleep.

Researchers say insufficient sleep (6.5 hours or less) is associated with negative behaviors and physical consequences, such as:  increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, weakened immunity and an increased tendency to get sick, weakened cognitive functions including memory, alertness and decision-making, increased impulsiveness, risk-taking and addictive behavior, and eating more and eating more unhealthy foods.  

Dr. St-Onge, researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, found that what we eat may affect sleep quality.  When individuals were allowed to eat what they wanted, those who ate more fiber had more slow-wave sleep.  Those who had a greater sugar intake has more arousals in the middle of the night.  What you eat during the day can impact how you sleep.  AND your sleep at night  influences your appetite and food choices during the day.

Highlights from "Sleep" in Health and Wellness section, Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2016.

So give yourself a treat and turn in a little early tonight!

Excerpt in the Friday Broadcast from Ambassador and Queen Sunny Mathews, Jacksonville, FL.

Sunny is the Queen of the Virtual Fit ' Fabulous chapter which is made up of over 400 enthusiastic Members who share an interest in fitness.

A wonderful way to make new friends;
 The Red Hat Society.

There’s only one. Join the Fun!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


A "Hoot" is our word for an unstructured and extremely informal gathering of RHS Members. It's usually a one-day event. Sometimes (but not always) it involves a train with Members traveling from near and far to meet at one location. We pick a place and go there in mass, gather briefly to say hello, then go our merry ways to lunch or shop or meander. The key to a Hoot is that each participant is responsible for her own reservations, transportation et cetera. There can be a theme but definitely no formal program as such.

If you've never "hooted" before, don't miss this. Check the RHS Online Calendar for events in your area. If you don't find one listed, consider throwing one yourself.

Variety – Unless you're organizing the hoot around a specific event you'll want to pick a location that has lots of different options for fun. Shopping areas with a variety of stores, or downtown areas are good for this. 

Centrality – Try to pick a place that's central to all of the Hatters who will be attending. After all, you want as many people to come as possible!

The Red Hat Society has certainly been in the news lately. The world is taking notice; so let's all be ready! When the press or a potential new member asks what we gorgeous ladies are all about – and you know they will – just give them your best smile and say:

The Red Hat Society is the world's largest play group for women. WE encourage women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, sisterhood. We would love to invite you to become a member at Women join the Society and then they are free to participate in local chapters.

For the Press, please refer them directly to for the latest information. If you are interviewed, don't forget to email our PR department and send them the links to your articles and coverage. They want to give you the publicity you deserve.

Pick a date, time frame and location. Hoots feel spontaneous but they are planned in advance.

Location is important! Be sure to pick a good spot for your Hoot. The best locations have three features:
Transportation – Since Hatters may be arriving from lots of different locations, you'll need to take transportation into account. Find a gathering place that's near good parking for those arriving by car, a train station, or even bus routes. Make it as easy as possible to get there.

       Post it on the RHS Calendar
       Simply spread the word through an email or phone call
       Post it on Facebook or Twitter or QMB
       Run a free ad in your local online neighborhood publication
       Notify the press!

Remember to contact the city offices to let them know what you have planned. The Chamber of Commerce may help spread the word to local shops and restaurants to let them know you are coming. This way the shopkeepers can feature their red, purple, pink and lavender merchandise and the restaurants will have plenty of staff on hand.

On the day of the Hoot, trust that they will come!
The hostess will informally greet everyone at the arrival time and official start the festivities.  Then everyone is on their own to meet, greet, shop, and in general create their own fun-filled day.

We’re not quite done yet!
AFTER THE HOOT! Please send your pictures and stories to with the subject line of RHs World Wide Hoot. 

Good luck and don’t forget your KAZOOS!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sue's Corner

Dear Hatters,
A designer named Jessi Arrington once commented:  “It is almost physiologically impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re wearing bright red pants.
” My initial, knee-jerk reaction was to disagree with her.  Over the years I have often found myself suddenly feeling self-conscious about this or that item of clothing I had chosen to wear, fearing that I should have worn something less attention-getting.  And doing so wound up putting me in a bad mood, thus proving that donning bright red pants does NOT make it impossible to be in a bad mood.   But it was the “old me” who would have worried about those things.  Dear Sisters, please excuse my near lapse into stodginess!   We Red Hatters refuse to worry about such things!
The fact is, I have often worn bright red pants in public - when I was out Hatting!  I have also worn piles of fake jewels, towering, plume-topped hats, enormous cat’s eye sunglasses and even high-heeled red tennis shoes (although I caution all of you against wearing them, as I did, while marching in a parade).  But of course my outlook on a whole lot of things has been permanently altered by the Red Hat Society.
  It’s hard to believe it now, but in our early years many women were hesitant to join us because they thought that merely pairing purple clothing and red hats was pretty outrageous.  Inevitably that attitude changed and it was fun to see women who had formerly been quite shy and retiring venture out in ever-larger hats, ever-brighter colors and even pounds of fake jewels – in broad daylight!

Since then we have come to glory in our self-bestowed freedom to express our light-hearted, fun sides in all kinds of ways.  But nowhere is it more obvious than in our clothes.   So bring on the bra hats and the purses that look like corsets!  Bring on scads of purple petticoats worn with red tights and  outrageous outfits, each one crazier than the last!

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when we decide, on a whim, to gussy ourselves up in sophisticated finery, perhaps topped by the ultimate in sophistication, a Luke Song hat. I sometimes enjoy doing that; perhaps you do too – if only to demonstrate our unpredictability. What is more fun than surprising people – including ourselves?  The point is that we don’t consider ourselves obligated to conform to any particular stereotype.  As we have always done, we encourage every Member to choose her own sartorial path and we know that it may vary from day to day.   No matter what our outfit consists of, our colors will always serve to identify who we are and what we are about.
But, having said this, I have a confession to make: just yesterday I was shopping for a few new items of regalia that I need for San Antonio this summer,  and I lucked into a fabulous buy – on a pair of bright red pants!  I came home happy.  I guess that proves that Jessi Arrington was right!

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

Friday, May 13, 2016

Guest Blogger - Make a Sinamay Rose Fascinator with HATalk e-magazine

As the Editor of HATalk e-magazine I love that I get to spend so much time talking about, looking at and wearing hats – they are so much fun!

I hope that you enjoyed my overview of some of the main hat making materials last month. Different kinds of hats are made in different ways. The simplest kind to make are fascinators – small headpieces that really don’t require any special equipment.

I know that many of you are already expert crafters and are very eager to get busy making a hat so I wanted to share a great millinery tutorial for you to get started with…

What You Will Need:

1. A roll of sinamay ribbon (approx. 5 yards in length).  sinamay ribbon can be purchased from floristry supply shops or craft stores.
2. A needle
3. Matching thread

1) Unwrap the roll and fold the corner over at right angles to the length.
2) Turn the roll over and fold again.
3) Turn the foll over again and fold once more.
4) Continue this process, turning and folding. As you do, a square shape will begin to form.
5) Keep turning and folding until you have used the entire roll.
6) In the centre of the square, where the edges of the ribbon cross beside each other, there is a hole. You may have to lift the layers gently to get your finger through – just be careful not to lose the shape you have formed.
7) Turn the square over and take hold of the point which you formed as you created the first fold. Poke it down through the hole and pull approximately two inches (5cm) through.
8) As it pulls through, this folded ‘tail’ will form a twist at the centre of the other side. Take hold of this twist and twist it further round in a clockwise direction.

9) Keeping hold of the base of the shape (where you finished folding), continue to twist until all the squares have moved round a little and have magically begun to look like the petals of the rose.
10) Give each square corner a little twist to add interest to the petals and stitch through several layers of the sinamay ‘tail’ underneath to make sure that the rose holds its shape and doesn’t unravel. Cut off any excess sinamay, neaten the last fold and stitch it in place as well.

You can sew the rose directly onto a hair band or attach it to a comb and you have got yourself a fabulous sinamay fascinator. Or, you can use it to decorate one of your hats if you prefer.

This tutorial was originally featured in HATalk e-magazine Issue 41. For hundreds more great hat making projects, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today! Red Hat Society Members get an amazing 70% off the normal subscription price. Sign up now for just $19.95 a year!

Becky Weaver – HATalk Editor

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!  #sharethefunofRHS

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


If you feel lonely, or misunderstood by your current group of friends or partner, then it’s time to find your “tribe.”

Your tribe consists of like-minded people who understand you. They can be friends, business partners, your romantic partner or even Members of the Red Hat Society. They are gentle and respectful to you, and would never make fun of you. For that reason, you feel comfortable being yourself around your tribe members.

When you’re with your tribe (RHS Group), there’s no shame or embarrassment about yourself, because they support your positive healthy dreams and actions. They love you as you are, and they help you to be an even better version of your true self. There’s no need to pretend, or try to please. Your tribe enjoys being with you, especially the more that you are your authentic self.

1. Be yourself. The only way to find your tribe is to be your authentic self when you’re with other people and trust in the law of attraction. Your tribe will enjoy and love the genuine YOU, not some counterfeit version that you put on publicly. So, relax and stop trying so hard to please others or make them like you.

2. Be charitable. The social and environmental issues that are dear to you, are also dear to your tribe members. So, join a local charity dedicated to supporting this cause. You’ll meet lots of caring people, who put their principles into action.
3. Say hello from your heart. Once you attend these meetings and groups, have the courage to introduce yourself and talk. To turn acquaintances into friends or a romantic partner, there needs to be an energy exchange and conversation. So, speak from your heart, and be sure to give space for listening to the other person, too.
4. Become a joiner. You can find like-minded people at places dedicated to activities that you naturally enjoy. Doing activities that you love with other people creates a bond of shared experiences.

Life is too short to spend it with people who drain your energy, or who have little in common with you. Put your time and focus into building relationships that are mutually supportive with people you can count upon. 

(Excerpt from writings of Doreen Virtue)

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!  #sharthefunofRHS

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My candle burns at both ends

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Setting the world on fire comes with risks. Unfortunately, we usually don't realize this until the smoke gets in our eyes.

Burnout is a condition caused by unbalance: too much work or responsibility, too little time to do it, over too long a period. We've been cruising in the fast lane but we've been running on fumes rather than on fuel. Often we think that burnout is something that just happens to other people, to workaholics and perfectionists. But it happens to anyone who cares too much and over-commits. It's easy to do!
·       It's burnout when you go to bed exhausted every night and wake up tired every morning - when no amount of sleep refreshes you, month after month.
·       Burnout is when everything becomes too much effort: combing your hair, fixing a meal or even going out to dinner.
·       It's burnout when neither big thrills nor little moments have the power to move you.

What to do?

If you suspect that you are facing burnout and have that exhausted stressed-out feeling, take time throughout the day to stop and take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that in ten years this is not going to make a bit of difference.

Just slow down! You are more important that whatever is going on! Find a good book to read or rent a few movies and allow yourself at least an hour a day, every day, to relax and enjoy yourself. Or have coffee with a friend, or a massage, or go for a walk along the beach, or take a bubble bath complete with candles and aromatherapy and just soak up the soothing warmth. Taking time every day for yourself can head off that body-depleting, soul-snuffing case of burnout!

Now that you are ready to consider omitting activities from your busy schedule, we ask you to consider adding one more:  The Red Hat Society.  You won’t regret it.  Picture periodically claiming a few hours of girl-time for yourself, enjoying care-free chatter and fun with friends.  It enriches the soul. 

(Adapted from: Simple Abundance Day Book of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnauch)

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!