By Whitney Carpenter
New Orleans actress and veteran advocate Kerry Cahill is taking on a new demanding role, this time, it’s off-screen as she steps up to help veterans across the U.S
Cahill, well known for her recent role in last year’s blockbuster movie Terminator Genisys is now the national spokesperson for The American Veterans, Inc.
Cahill’s father a veteran was shot six times during the Fort Hood, Texas shooting in 2009; she says joining with AMVETS lets her continue her father’s good work.
“The mission is tons of style with a tiny closet,” says Jennifer Mapp Bressan from Mappcraft.com.
“I am hoping we can get to veterans before they hit their crisis so that we can prevent suicides before they even think about it. I'm excited about how AMVETS can help veterans navigate their healthcare, and I'm hoping I can help more veterans get the care they need,” adds Cahill.
She once described the lack of gun control on assault rifles and clips and the lack of access to mental health support as a “sinking ship, and we need to find a way to fill the holes before it’s too late.”
Cahill says, “Approximately 1% of our country connects to the military in some way. I can't think of a more incredible group of people to help. I always say; you fought for us now let us fight for you.”
It’s every woman’s nightmare cleaning out her closet!
Buzzfeed got to take a personal tour of the home and wardrobe of “Walking Dead” actress Ann Mahoney.
“As a working mom, it’s a balancing act between looking stylish and being practical.
I haven’t had time to go through my clothes this summer between working on “Million Dollar Quartet” and “The Walking Dead” as I have rarely been home. Cutting down on the clutter and keeping the clothes that are my style means I can spend more time with my kids and less time choosing what to wear,” says Mahoney.
“It's a little surreal and a great honor. I'm of course anxious to do a good job, but I'm also excited because this will help me help more veterans and soldiers. It's going be a great year coming up, and I'm looking forward to it,” says Cahill.
AMVETS is a volunteer lead organization formed by World War II veterans in the U.S.
Cahill says, “One of my passions is suicide prevention and the other major one is making sure soldiers get the best care. Those were things my dad was passionate about as well, and I want to continue that mission.”
Jenn, a self-confessed shopaholic, says the capsule closet changed her life, and now she is inspiring others to take the plunge.
“Ann is easy to work with as she has a clearly defined personal style, ample body confidence and she knows what she likes.” says Jenn.
Mahoney says, “I like whimsical clothing, with intricate details but I don’t like them to be overwhelming. I knew I had a lot of black clothes, but wow – I do.”
Jenn says, “A goth girl at heart Ann loves black. I challenged her to take a hard look at the black assortment, and together we eliminated several items that she once loved but had run their course.”
The MappCraft capsule wardrobe should have between 35-40 items for each season. Everything should fit, be versatile to wear in different ways and make you feel great!
“We started with 50 items and narrowed it down to 38. Don’t tell yourself you will fit into ‘those jeans’ one day, or that you can’t throw something away as it was expensive or has sentimental value—you can do it,” says Jenn.
While the goal of the capsule wardrobe is to reduce the number of garments, it’s also to create lots of different outfits.
“I confess I did put a couple of black casual shirts back in my closet when Jenn wasn’t looking,” adds Mahoney.
Jenn says, “If it doesn’t serve you then ditch it.”
“If you don’t wear an item of clothing, but you think you can’t live without it, store it out of sight for a few months.”
As each season passes look back at the clothes that you didn’t wear or that you weren’t comfortable in and donate, consign, or simply ditch them, this will help keep your closet clutter free.
“The great thing about evaluating the productivity of your closet and cutting the clutter – is that you can then shop to fill the gaps.”
“Accessories are the key to a capsule wardrobe. Step 1, chose your ‘base’ outfit like a dress, Step 2, add some texture, color or print. Step 3, pick out some jewellery and then the shoes!”
“The secret to looking stylish and effortless is the comfort. If you are comfortable, then you are confident, and that’s the secret to great style,” adds Jenn.
Mahoney says, “I had fun going through my closet, and I learned that it is ok to give things away. If you aren’t responding instinctually to a piece of clothing, it doesn’t belong. Like everything else in my life, there are things I have a passion for. The things I am not passionate about—should be given away to someone who might love them!”
Actress Kerry Cahill is set to hit the stage alone in "Grounded."
The show will run from November 2 through 20, 2016 at Loyola University-Lower Depths Theatre.
Cahill says,” I am deeply honored that I have been selected for such a challenging role and I am looking forward to working with the director, Larissa Lury.”
Grounded is a full-length drama about a fighter pilot who is sidelined due to an unexpected pregnancy. She is then reassigned to operate military drones from a trailer outside of Las Vegas. She pursues terrorists during the day and then rejoins her family at night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the dessert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.
"Babies don't take notes compare them with their baby friends," says Ann Mahoney.
Cahill will launch the regional premiere of Grounded at the Lower Depths Theatre. “I feel a little bit nostalgic, says Cahill, “I am Loyola University alumna and for the first time, I am performing professionally on the same stage that I learned on as a freshman in college. It feels surreal to say the least.
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