Posted on

Niki Bevins | Blind Beauty 62

Niki Bevins Blind Beauty 62 Featured image description is in the body of the post.

Niki Bevins | Blind Beauty 62

“Having been diagnosed at the age of 4 with Stargardt’s, I have known my whole life I was going to grow up to be “blind.” A lot of things have surprised me about vision loss along the way, but the thing that surprises me the most has nothing to do with vision at all. I have learned that I must speak up and advocate for myself. The most surprising thing along my vision loss Journey, has been how  it’s helped me find my voice!”

~Niki Bevins
#1 - Niki Bevins image description is in the body of the post.
#1 – Niki Bevins

Generally speaking, people seem to be fascinated by the capabilities of blind and visually impaired people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked who does my makeup or pulls together my outfits.

Sometimes I feel the questions are a test where my answer will prove or disprove my level of sight. As I’ve discussed many times on Bold Blind Beauty, blindness is a spectrum condition.

The number of people who are completely blind is roughly around 10 percent. What this means is the majority of blind people have some residual sight which varies greatly from person to person. Our remaining sight is severe enough to impact day-to-day living and requires adaptations.

Today’s Blind Beauty, Niki Bevins aka The Blind Avon Lady, is, well, an Avon Representative. Niki, who has Stargardt Disease, a form of Macular Degeneration, focuses on what she can do, not what she can’t. 

#2 Niki in a truck bed image description is in the body of the post.
#2 Niki in a truck bed

While Niki received her diagnosis at a very young age, she has to acclimate to declining levels of sight. Recently she decided to take Basic White Cane Training to maintain her independence and she shares her journey on Instagram.

Blind Beauty 62 Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Niki is on the cover in black and white. She is sitting at the entryway to a barn on a wooden step. Beside her are decorative corn stalks with a couple of Halloween pumpkins. In the entrance behind her are stacked bales of hay. Niki’s outfit is described under additional images.  

Blocks of text superimposed on Niki’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

Additional Images:

  1. In this color photo of Niki, she’s dressed for fall. She’s in a cream-colored jacket with tan pants and fashionable brown boots lace-up boots. Her look is completed with a burgundy/cream print scarf tied loosely around her neck.
  2. This photo of Niki in the same outfit described above is a closeup of her sitting in the back of a blue truck bed. Whisps of wheat/blond hair frames her pretty profile.

Connecting With Niki Bevins:

Posted on

Saving Time In Fashionable Headgear

Saving Time In Fashionable Headgear featured image description is in the body of the post.

Saving Time In Fashionable Headgear

#1 Saving Time in Fashionable Headgear image description is in the body of the post.
#1 Stephanae

Time has to be our most valuable commodity and it’s one where there can never be enough! As we age, our time is even more precious because we are aware of approaching expiration dates. 

When I began losing my eyesight I viewed time as the enemy. You see, when you experience a major life-altering event like sight loss it impacts Every. Single. Thing. You. Do. Every. Single. Day. Tasks that used to take minutes to accomplish can now take an obscene amount of time complete.

The urgency of carrying out time-intensive projects compounded by my physical disability can sometimes be overwhelming. Stress followed by panic attacks are typically the result of applying an extraordinary amount of pressure on myself to perform. 

Adapting to our disabilities, being flexible, and creative are critical steps in our ability to thrive within our circumstances. When we are able to identify and get rid of time-sucking elements in our lives, it can be a real game-changer.

What About Wardrobe & Makeup Tasks?

One of my guilty pleasures is watching YouTube makeup tutorials. I’m so fascinated with the amount of time spent and products used by many YouTubers to apply their makeup. The artistry involved in these makeup transformations is something to behold. In comparison, my makeup routine is child’s play but it’s one I’m completely at ease with. 

Personally, I do so much better working with less which is why I downsized a few years ago. Fewer items in my wardrobe, makes it easier for me to create combinations that I’ll actually wear. 

Keeping it simple with versatile pieces is another rule I follow. For example, take the decorative headgear I’m wearing in the featured photo. It can be worn in several different ways not to mention it saves time on hairstyling. 

Wigs, hats, scarfs, headwraps, are all, in my opinion, necessary accessories. They are also the easiest ways to create a quick fresh look. 

There are two vintage flower twist pleated stretch turbans in today’s post, one black, and one silver. What makes these pieces versatile are the placement of the flower. You can wear it on the right, left, front or back of the head. I got these ones from Amazon and they have several different colors from which to choose. The sparkly threads add a little extra pizzazz.

The Third Quarter

Seeing as I’m now in the third quarter of my life, my time is more valuable than ever. While I take pride in my appearance it’s no longer the most important thing to me. So being able to look nice while saving time allows me more time for those things that take priority. 

I think being protective of our time is the first step to making better choices in our lives. Once you realize what you are willing and not willing to allow into your life it’s freeing. 

Saving Time In Fashionable Headgear Featured Image:

A four-panel collage of mirror selfies. There is one big photo where I’m wearing the black headwrap with gold threads an the flower is over my left ear. Three smaller photos show me in the silver one with the flower to the left, front and back of my head. 

Additional Image:

Posted on

Sportin’ Spanx & A Little Black Dress On Election Day?

Sportin' Spanx Featured Image Description is in the body of the post

Sportin’ Spanx & A Little Black Dress On Election Day?

Yesterday: Fixed hair and makeup. Saw no one. Today: Looked like Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Saw all the people I know. ALL. OF. THEM!🙄🤣

Sportin' Spanx #2 selfie is described in the body of the post.
#1 Selfie

Can anyone else relate to the above quote? It’s amazing what a few decades can do to change your perspective. I used to go NOWHERE without my face on. Well, that’s not totally true. One time I went to my mom’s when I wasn’t feeling well. She took one look at me and said: “you should never leave home without your makeup on.” I was not amused.

To give you a little perspective on this mother/daughter exchange my mother ALWAYS puts on her face. Even now at 80 years of age, disabled, and a wheelchair user she still puts on her makeup. It’s the darndest thing that I’ll never understand because honestly, I just don’t have the strength. 

My appearance on most days makes Jack Nicholson’s The Shining character look like the sexiest man on the planet in comparison. And you know what? I really don’t give a gosh darn because my dog still loves me as I am. 

When The Spanx Fit…

Sportin' Spanx #2 image description is in the body of the post.
#2 Candid Shot

However, every great now and again I feel like I want to look fabulous. Election Day was such a day for me. I weighed myself, lost another pound, and was able to put on my Spanx!!!

Wearing Spanx might not seem like a big deal but for me, this was huge because I’ve gained weight. Case in point, earlier in the year, I wasn’t even able to get this garment past my knees.

So anyway, the magic of Spanx allowed me to squeeze my behind in my LBD (little black dress). This particular LBD is a sleeveless sheath dress that I haven’t worn in years. If that weren’t enough, I was able to get into my black tights. Uh, oh, I was on a roll!

Next, I donned my olive booties, with a beige lightweight jacket and topped it off with a fringed olive scarf. A quick word on the scarf, it’s older than dirt and one of my favorite pieces. The design on it is sort of a paisley pattern with sequins and intricate threading interspersed throughout. 

I threw on my pixie cut wig, put on my face, earrings, a bracelet and was ready to hit the polls. 

A Chauffeur, Polls & “I Voted”

My son and I got to the polls and wow I’ve never seen a line like the one on Tuesday. Everyone we encountered was so nice and accommodating to a lil‘ ole blind lady with her fancy white cane.

After I voted I asked the woman who assisted me if she had an “I voted” sticker. I was devastated when she said, “unfortunately we don’t have any here.” All I could think was, I did my civic duty and now I’m leaving here emptyhanded. Seriously?? Thankfully, she went on to say, “but I heard someone say the library down the road has them.” 

So I asked my son aka chauffeur, to take me to the library. Inside I go to the librarian and told her the word on the street is they have “I voted” stickers. She smiled and said, “we have buttons you can make.” Well, I was delighted, that is until my college graduate son couldn’t follow the picture directions 😬 ugh millennials! Thank heavens a sweet older woman helped save the day. After a little chaos ensued (my son still had issues with the button maker) I finally had my shiny new button.

Sportin’ Spanx & A Little Black Dress Featured Image:

My son took this photo of me outside my condo standing with my green and yellow “white cane.” Actually, the cane is white except for the green handle and the last segment nearest the rolling ball which is yellow. There are a ton of bright yellow/orange Autumn leaves all around me. I’m wearing the black dress, beige lightweight coat, olive paisley print oblong scarf around my neck and my “I Voted” button pinned to the scarf.

  1. A selfie I took outside on my balcony is a close up on my patriotic stars & stripes button. 
  2. Another standing pose that’s actually a candid shot. It was very windy when we were taking the pictures and I was trying to get my scarf to play nice.
Posted on

Ginger Anderson| Blind Beauty 61

Blind Beauty 61 Featured Image description is in the body of the post.

Ginger Anderson| Blind Beauty 61

“So many times I want to quit!! But TODAY is the day to begin! This song has brought me through so much these last years. We all have it in us to succeed but often we have to dig deeper than we ever thought possible.”

~Ginger Anderson
Blind Beauty 61 Ginger Anderson image description is in the body of the post.
#1 Ginger Anderson

I cannot say enough good things about the pretty lady I’m going to introduce you to today! I’ve been following Ginger Anderson’s health journey on Instagram and she’s one of the reasons I chose a healthier lifestyle.

Ginger is a wife, mom, knitter, all around powerhouse, oh, and did I mention she’s also legally blind? Earlier this year Ginger began her journey to a healthier lifestyle with a simple decision to just do it. She knew she was in a bad place and also knew she needed accountability. So the next logical step was to find a program to suit her needs. The journey hasn’t been a walk in the park and what I like about Ginger is her transparency about her challenges.

In Ginger’s Own Words

Y’all I am in tears right now!! I am legally blind and I see through a tunnel that is about the size of a quarter and in that tunnel my vision is very distorted and cloudy. I told myself that I couldn’t do the #shiftshop Shop program or #provinggrounds because of my vision and the chronic state of vertigo-like symptoms but you know what??

#2 Ginger Anderson

When @happyhealthyhumble shared Saturday morning before her speech about mindset, that little voice inside me said Ginger you CAN do this!! And I DID it!! It was hard, lost my balance quite a bit, and modified as needed. Tears of joy right now!!! Thank you Amy!!! And thank you @thechrisdowning.

The following video “Today Is Your Day” by Shania Twain is the song Ginger refers to in her first quote:

Blind Beauty 61 Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Ginger Anderson is on the cover in black and white. Her hair is styled in a fabulous asymmetrical pixie cut.

Blocks of text superimposed on Ginger’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

Additional Images:

  1. Selfie of Ginger with streaked brownish/blonde hair at a craft show. I neglected to mention that Ginger has one of the prettiest smiles and it can be seen in all of her photos. She’s wearing a black top and her makeup is flawless.
  2. Six-panel collage of Ginger in various stages of exercise. She’s decked out in black shorts, black sports bra and gray tank with a white headband.

Connecting With Ginger Anderson: