May Mood Board

May Mood Board - Social Stylate

Hello! Julie here, Social Stylate’s Graphic Designer. Check out what’s inspiring us in May 2018 with this month’s mood board! The theme is: “Summer Is Coming, After All!”

April showers (and flurries) have finally brought us May flowers! We’ve had some beautiful and downright summery days since May started, and that has us ready for one thing: VACATION! Bring on the sandy beaches, the flip flops, and the wide-brim hats! Our very own Lauren Golt will be traveling to Italy and London this month, soaking up sun, local culture (read: amazing food), and rich history. We’re just a tint of green with envy.

No matter where you’re vacationing this summer, now is the time to prep your skin! From your backyard to the beach, protection is a must. Visit Houppette on 5/10 for their Girls’ Day event for expert skincare advice and deals on your favorite products. Not only will you get a great SPF, but your beauty and resortwear game will be on-point.

Staying local this month? Cultivate your inner peace for a good cause with the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Delaware’s “Vetitation” event on Saturday, May 19th. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in a guided meditation in Rockford Park in Wilmington, DE. You will also hear from a veteran with PTSD and learn the science behind meditation and how it’s saving lives. Support another great local cause at the Delaware Center for Justice’s annual “Celebrating Justice in Our Communities” event on May 17th at the Delaware Natural History Museum! The DCJ is dedicated to improving justice for everyone in the state. Details for the event can be found on their website.

Whether you’re spending your warm-weather downtime on the front porch or beachside, there’s nothing like slow, sunny summer vibes. Your getaway is just a cold drink with a little umbrella and a lawn chair away. Vacation is a state of mind, and we’re totally there.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month - Social Stylate

Erik Younger, a United States Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan, began suffering symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) after serving our country. He presented a TEDx Talk in Wilmington, DE where he candidly discussed his experience returning home and burying the memories of the trauma he’d witnessed. He talks about the emotional pain that turned to physical pain and the relief he never got. He talks about the various medications that didn’t help and told the room that at one point, he was losing the will to live if life was going to be so painful. His body continued to break down, and it was after this that he was introduced to meditation.

For the first time in a long time, he relaxed. His mind was calm, he started sleeping better, and his attitude became more positive. In researching and experiencing the beneficial effects of meditation on mental health, Erik founded Vetitation, a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping veterans find peace from PTSD by learning and practicing meditation.” Vetitation, Veterans + Meditation, offers a 3-day retreat for veterans to immerse themselves in the practice of meditation and learn to heal themselves from the memories of war.

On May 19, Vetitation will partner with the Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) for the first annual Meditate for a Vet Event to raise awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD. MHA is a non-profit organization that “promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.” Meditate for a Vet will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington and offers a large group meditation session. The registration fees will help fund programs related to mental health and veterans with PTSD.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’re invited to join us for this incredibly important event, Meditate for a Vet, to help veterans with PTSD to find peace in their daily lives.

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Jorge Luis Pacheco: Artes de Cuba May 8-20th at Kennedy Center

Celebrate some of Cuba’s finest artists and leading Cuban American creators May 8 -20th at Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The music of Cuba is the result of many cultures… overlapping, inspiring, and innovating.

Jorge Luis Pacheco is opening at the festival on May 8th and performing May 12th (Piano Marathon featuring Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco). Pacheco’s future perpetuates and propagates more roots & branches with his deep classical training & his free spirited, soulful, improvisation. Jorge_Luis_PachecoCuba has long shared its great cultural riches with the world, including some of the most incredible pianists on the planet.  A fresh, new face has emerged and is making waves with his “flying hands.” Jorge Luis Pacheco has a unique style that presents a new voice in jazz. His untethered creative, emotionally profound, technically virtuous artistry are steeped in his classical training and  hailing from Havana, Cuba – this fiery young talent is fast becoming a seasoned veteran, having performed at some of the most respected venues in the world.  From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York – the Jazz Capital of the World to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the legendary Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies presented to living legend Herbie Hancock.  Whether solo piano or with his quartet, Pacheco is staking his claim in the jazz world.

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Having collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O’Farrill, this young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy and respect in his ‘live’ performances.  Monty Alexander exclaims Pacheco “defies genre.”  Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist.  His Jazz is a confluence of Cuban jazz, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop to keep things up to date.

Pacheco’s original documentary scores are wide ranging, soulful explorations of lyrical, textured, emotional, and sometimes fast moving melodies, chords, and rhythms.  A new piano symphony he scored entitled “Andino” was inspired by the music of South America.

Con El Pache Me Voy (2018):  Available soon on  iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more! 

photography: Carlos Alejandro 

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Michelle Krusiec Point of Origin

As a mother of two, actress, and advocate of domestic violence Michelle Krusiec’s story is inspiring. Her kids and husband are a constant source of inspiration for the next chapter. She shares her life story on her blog.

Michelle Krusiec grew up in a domestic violence household and as a result, personally understands the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Her parents were also exposed to similar conditions in their youth. They too are also survivors.
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Now that Krusiec is a parent, abuse and trauma inflicted on children in unstable homes is something she hopes to help shed a light on. Abuse comes in so many forms. Silence is one of them. The Arts saved her life during a time where she did not have a voice. Helping give survivors a voice to their stories is one path towards healing.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of your voice and story. Read more

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