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Impacting Positive Change

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February is National Heart Healthy Month

Today there is so much going on in my brain I don’t know where to begin so I’ll start with an article a blogger friend of mine, Alicia Searcy, passed on to me yesterday. Alicia has an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Her blog Spashionista, focuses on “the trials and tribulations of a 50+ fashionista with cerebral palsy who wants women of all ages and abilities to look and feel beautiful.”

The article Alicia shared was about the first model in a wheelchair to ever take to the runway at New York’s Fashion Week on February 6, 2014. I love what the model, Danielle Sheypuk, had to say about how she felt as she approached the runway. “I felt sexy and glamorous. Most importantly, I felt like all of the other models there. We were all women who have achieved significantly and made outstanding contributions to our community. I just happened to use a wheelchair.”

Model Danielle Sheypuk 'People with disabilities are consumers of fashion' Photograph: Peter Hurley
Model Danielle Sheypuk
‘People with disabilities are consumers of fashion’
Photograph: Peter Hurley

The designer, Carrie Hammer debuted her collection with “Role Models, Not Runway Models” which, when you think about it, the majority of women out here are not runway models. I needed to share this with you today as it speaks to the heart of my message which is simply impacting positive change. I really do “trust my vision of possibilities regardless of universal skepticism.” If you would like to check out the article on Danielle and Carrie you can see it

Jessica Howard Sleeveless Dot Collar Shirt Dress - JCPenney this mock wrap dress is ideal for the pear shape.
Jessica Howard Sleeveless Dot Collar Shirt Dress
JC Penney

Remember on Saturday’s post how I was telling you about my miserable attempt at a radio interview? Well, today I get confirmation that I needn’t worry so much as Bold Blind Beauty and another fantastic blog were featured on VisionAware. This was so unexpected and wholeheartedly welcome I can’t adequately express how good it felt to receive the news that my blog is gaining some traction. To read the post you can get to it by clicking this link Meet a Bold Blind Beauty and a Deafblind Mother.

Bisou Bisou® Cowlneck Knit Tank - Fashion - JCPenney. This sleeveless cowl-neck also works very well for the pear.
Bisou Bisou® Cowlneck Knit Tank
JC Penney

The Pleasant Pear

Now I can focus on today’s body shape which is the Pear or sometimes referred to as Triangle of which I am one. Roughly 20 percent of women fall into this category. The simplest description of the Pear shape is narrow shoulders and full hips/thighs.

Black & White Striped Pocket Dress front
Black & White Striped Pocket Dress front

Since looking good in your clothes is a matter of highlighting your positives and downplaying your weaknesses it’s really all about illusion. Wearing clothes for your specific body shape help to maintain the illusion as well as proper fitting clothes help you to look good in your chosen outfits.

Black & White Striped Pocket Dress
Black & White Striped Pocket Dress

How do we camouflage our hips/thighs while at the same time draw attention to our upper body?

  • Tops: Scooped and square necklines visually widen the shoulders, as will embellishments along the neckline. Exposing one or both shoulders also draws attention to your upper body. I have 2 very comfortable ruched cowl-necked tops that I typically pair with a cami underneath and expose one shoulder.
  • Waistlines: The empire waistline displays your small waist while minimizing the hips. Choose dresses that gently taper at the waist and slightly flare out over the hips and thighs. An A-line or pleated skirt, nipped at the waist will balance out your bottom half and give a leaner look.
  • Pants: Pants that minimize hips by slimming or elongating as well as tailored darker colors are ideal for the pear shape.
  • Jeans: Boot cut with a slight flare at the bottom work best for our shape.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a note in the comments section or you can email me direct at

“People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

2 thoughts on “Possibilities

  1. Congratulations on your feature in VisionAware!


    1. Thank you Alicia!!

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