Once upon a time, there was girl named Steph and from the moment she laid eyes on the ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz she was enchanted by their spell thus setting her on a journey to her personal style.
As with most storybook heroines Steph reached the pinnacle of her existence. Her three boys grew into exceptional young men, she was fashionable, earned a prominent position within a big four accounting firm, bought her first home, and owned her dream vehicle. Then one day her life was turned on its head—she lost her eyesight—her life was over.
After a considerable period of adapting to her disability, with special adaptations Steph continued on with her career, found ways to maintain her fashion sense, and stepped up her advocacy efforts.
Because there was a lack of general awareness around the issue of sight loss/blindness and those who experience it, our heroine tapped into her alter-ego Abigail.
Abigail has sight loss and uses a white cane yet she is fabulously chic and confident.
The stigma of sight loss/blindness now has a powerful adversary with a passionate message to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive sight loss.
Nah, It’s Only The Beginning
The past few weeks have been pretty intensive with building Abigail Style, my online boutique, while trying to manage everything else in my life. As one of my readers commented yesterday, “learning along the way” has become my new motto—Thank you Denise<3
Abigail Style is a real labor of love and I want to share some of her messages with you today from images included with this post.
Granted since confidence is key among women who are blind or have sight loss, most of Abigail Style apparel and novelties speak to these women. Being able to project sense of humor while communicating tenacity is critical.
Of equal important is the voice of our largest group of advocates: family, friends, colleagues and those who know us and believe in our capabilities. Because blindness/sight loss is such a personal experience that impacts the affected individual, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that while others may not totally understand sight loss they do have a personal investment in us and they care about our well-being. With this in mind Abigail Style also carries a line of apparel and novelties for our greatest supporters—YOU!
If I thought the last few weeks were hectic the upcoming weeks, months, and hopefully years will be equally frenzied yet fruitful as Abigail gears up for her #abbyonthemove campaigns. Stay tuned…
Happy April Fool’s Day and Have a Wonderful Weekend! ~Steph