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Giving Month at Sound Styles, November 2018    

National Awareness

Do you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness month? And that World Diabetes Day occurs annually on November 14 in honor of the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin in 1921? In the US alone 1.2 million people have diabetes. It is a slow, steady, insidious disease which damages any and all parts of the body.

The theme for World Diabetes Day in 2018-19 is “Family and Diabetes”. My brother Glen is the one highlighted.

Diabetes is Personal

This month is especially important to me this year as my brother Glen just had his second leg amputated due to complications from Type 1 Diabetes that was discovered when he was just 11. I am 14 months younger than Glen and I often think that it could have been me with diabetes instead of him. Imagine being an 11 year old boy having twice daily injections in his arm or stomach. Come Halloween he’d trick or treat and sell his candy to my other three brothers and me if he didn’t succumb to eating it himself (which he also did). Then he would be sick, ashamed and angry at himself.

Glen would tell you that back in the early days he didn’t have the medical tools to properly control the disease. Thanks to medical research and great advancements, diabetes today is easier to manage. Glen is actually alive today due to transplant technology. In March of 2000 he received a kidney-pancreas transplant.

Then there is the psychological side. Glen has experienced a lot of bodily damage and depression, yet he has survived and has worked hard to come to better terms with diabetes and it’s effects both physically and psychologically. After 5 decades of being diabetic Glen has learned that relationships, proper attitude and perspective are among the most meaningful things in life. Developing such inner qualities has made it easier for him to accept his physical disabilities.

“My brother is a truly amazing guy. Through his medical struggles he has developed such a depth of character. We’ve shared many meaningful conversations together. He is simply the best listener I know.”

Sound Styles Gives

So, while there is tons of media coverage used to raise awareness this month, one social media campaign, Project Blue November, shares a meme each day of the month to raise awareness. In conjunction, we at Sound Styles will donate a buck to the ADA any time you purchase something blue during November.

Also, Glen is on permanent disability, and below the knee amputations are very costly surgery. Follow up rehab and eventually a new prosthetic will also be expensive. You can click here for his Go Fund Me account and help Glen pay his medical bills. Any amount helps.

Thank you for reading this rather long post. The subject is just so near and dear to me.



Additional sources for information about diabetes and opportunities to contribute:

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Research Institute

Project Blue November


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🌞Remember when Memorial Day was the launch of white pant season? No one dared to wear white before that. For me, Memorial Day means summer is right around the corner (even though I turned the heat up this morning when I got to work), and that means all kinds of fun events are coming up. I thought I would share just a few of them with you.
🥕First of all, the Edmonds Garden Market is already in full swing every Saturday at 5th Ave N & Bell from 9am to 2pm with the Full Summer Market starting June 16th. According to their website “the market features local farmers selling a wide variety of Washington produce and farm products as well as some of the finest artisans and craftspeople our region has to offer”.
🖼Third Thursday Art Walk (the 21st this month) is another popular, ongoing event that helps make Edmonds a special destination. Art-loving downtown businesses host emerging and established artists and their art. In June we will be featuring Nick Baker, a blind singer and piano player who is naturally gifted with incredible musical ability. He plays from a broad repertoire of music, from classics to jazz to original pieces, and is a delight to listen to. When I saw him last he knew I was a classical pianist and without even requesting it he played Moonlight Sonata for me. He’ll be playing my new Steinway.🎹
🎨And, don’t forget the Edmonds Arts Festival June 15-17.
🇺🇸July brings us The 4th of July and Edmonds Parade Festivities, and this year we need your help. Come “march with us for fashion” in the parade along side our Sound Styles float. Next time you are in let us know you are interested. Stay tuned for details. Sure to be fun!
Then we’re into August when we will be hosting a Seahawks Tailgate Party. We’ll have the new 12th Man collection of 💎Swarovski crystal sweatshirts & tees, and we might even serve hot dogs.🌭
So, we do hope you’ll join us for some or all of our events this summer. And remember…Style Never Goes out of Fashion.👗
Warmest Regards,
Jenny 😍

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Fancy Pants

Did you know that in 2013 the future Queen of England’s sister, Pippa, landed a “fancy pants” new job as a Vanity Fair contributing editor?

OK, so none of us are going to be contributing editors, but Sound Styles has a lot of “fancy pants” for Spring that can indeed take you on your next adventure. Embellished pants are a major trend this Spring.

And, may I encourage you to never say never. Last Saturday a customer came in requesting a plain pair of jeans and left with a pair of embroidered jeans by JAG and a big smile.

Check them out. They’re fun!

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Click here to visit the Silent Light Studios photography home page for detailed information about the variety of photographic services available to you

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the 12th woman


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click here to see and hear more of our surprise

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Birds of a Feather


see our little flamingo movie by clicking here

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Marjorie Baer



Over 45 years ago, on the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, began the artistic career of Marjorie Baer. If fashion truly is art, then Marjorie’s jewelry designs are sought after for their unique and eye-catching appeal. Inspired by forms in the natural world, details of both African and Asian art, each piece is comfortable, versatile and made to enhance the style of the wearer. You become the canvas for her creative use of mixed metals, her attention to both comfort and detail and her originality in form and function.

All Marjorie Baer jewelry is made sustainably and ethically in her San Francisco studio. Marjorie works with a small group of innovative and skilled craftsmen to ensure the quality and wearability of each piece. Every item is constructed and assembled by hand with great care and attention to detail. Marjorie Baer jewelry is designed to be worn, so not only is it comfortable but it is hypoallergenic to avoid irritation even on the most sensitive skin.

We’re pleased to say that Marjorie Baer is featured at Sound Styles.

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Here she is in front of their hotel about to take the train to Porto to begin the fifteen day walk.  On the Portugese Camino Marilyn walked past terraced fields, lush forests, vineyards and peaceful sleepy villages until, fifteen days later, they reached Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region.  It’s known as the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and the alleged burial site of the apostle St. James.  His remains lie within the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, consecrated in 1211, whose elaborately carved stone facades open onto grand plazas within the medieval walls of the old town.

“Altogether we walked over 220 miles in 15 days.  My scarf was worn nearly every evening when we went out to dinner – it was both stylish (everyone wore scarves!) and practical, keeping my neck warm in the cool night air.  I also wore it frequently during the sightseeing phase of our trip when we visited Bilbao, San Sebastian and Barcelona.  Best accessory ever because it was no fuss, went with everything and dressed me up a notch or two!”

Thanks Marilyn for sharing your picture and adventures with us and we couldn’t agree more.

“Best Accessory Ever!”

How about it?  Grab your favorite scarf and let’s go for a walk!

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