It was the last long weekend of the summer, and catching that last gasp of summer called for creative measures, to be sure. Hair totally frizzed out after all of that sun and salt water? Many were seen wearing a floppy or straw hat, and some even had a beautiful scarf wrapped adorningly around their hair so you had no idea what was going on underneath. After all, we’re all waiting for our hair to calm down after the dog days of August.

Just because it’s past Labor Day doesn’t mean you can’t continue to wear some of your summer frocks. Old Navy has just the thing: a beautiful ocean blue caftan available for only $30 (sorry guys, this one is for the ladies, but I’ll find a good deal for you). With a deep v-neck, a full bodice and sleeves and an empire waist drawstring to show just a little bit of shape, the caftan is perfect for the in-between season; when it’s not too hot, you will definitely look cool.

Guess what else is in: handheld fans. No, not the electronic kind, but the old-fashioned ones that open and close like an accordion. Check out Luna Bazaar ( for fans in a variety of colors and designs. They make a perfect filler for a goodie bag or something to put on the table for guests if you’re having an end-of-the-summer soiree. Once you get to partying, it gets a little hot. Luna Bazaar is a great site for all of those artsy craftsy items. They’re appealing to the eye and economical; what more could you ask for?

On Monday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m., Dr. Michele C. Reed will be receiving one of the highest awards from the New York Institute of Technology. The name of the award is the Riland Medal of Public Service and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the enhancement of the health care workforce, medical education, health policy, community advocacy, osteopathic philosophy, research, academic leadership and graduate medical education. The award will be presented at the Osteopathic Medicine and Health Professions Student Convocation that will be held at the Tilles Center, located on the Long Island University/Post Campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Old Brookville, N.Y. At the convocation, we will welcome the members of the medical school class, the class of 2017 and the student members of the School of Health Professions who are entering into the clinical phase of their education.

I usually don’t go for these things, but I found this particular website has some good bargains that you can actually use, so quite naturally I just had to share. Groupon ( only asks for your email address and ZIP code. I always enter my Central Harlem ZIP code to see what they will come up with. To my surprise, mixed in with a 52 percent off “comfort food” coupon at Miss Maude’s Spoonbread are a variety of spa packages that are so reasonable that the stress starts to fade away at the mere thought of them. Restaurant offerings run the range from Brazilian to Italian to Tonnie’s Minis for dessert. Just to show that it’s not all about food, there are a number of services that are offered at an incredible discount, from the evening dinner cruise on the Hudson to the fishing charter and resume cover letter service. Hey, why not? Take a peek; it’s irresistible.

Kevin Thompson and young son Carter joined the spectators at the 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, which is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular hunter/jumper horseshows in the country. Featured were more than 1,600 horses and almost $1 million in prizes. The competitions are all held within six show rings, so that it’s easy to accommodate the close to 50,000 equestrian lovers who traveled in from far and wide to see those ponies do their thing.

Interested in some good end-of-the-summer reading? Try “Brag, the Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It,” by Peggy Klaus. Another book by Klaus, “The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner,” is an interesting read, as is “Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why: 10 Things You’d Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead,” by Donald Asher. Because September is basically get-back-to-work-month, a little knowledge and a lot of motivation goes a long way.

What good is a good book without a good scoop of ice cream? The latest flavor of the month—in ice cream, not people—is vanilla chai.  While I’m pretty simple—just give me chocolate or strawberry—my husband, Charles, loves chai anything. Whether it’s a tall chai latte from Starbucks or chai ice cream in a cup, chai is in, and plain old vanilla is out. Check him out just waiting for someone to serve it up on Gay Head beach in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard.

Until next week … kisses