A Lil’ Inspiration #37

The Art Of Style

Style like art is a form of self-expression and communication which encompasses the whole person. An extension of oneself, style begins on the inside with our personality, lifestyle, values, likes, dislikes, mannerisms and it permeates all areas of our life. ~Abby B.

Image: www.boldblindbeauty.com template with Abigail (Abby) in the background. Abby is an illustration of a stylish fashion icon who walks in confidence, handbag in one hand, white cane in the other, her exquisite hairstyle floats about her head. She is wearing heels and her dress is made of individual panels resembling overlapping banana leaves. The dress panels gently curve from her nipped in waist to just above the knee.

Abby’s Top 5…

Favorite Summer Sneakers

Who’s ready for the weekend? I am sure am!

I love my heels but when it’s leisure time my footsies enjoy the soothing comfort of a good pair of sneakers. Today I’m going to share a few of my favorites and a couple of outfit ideas. Let’s get to it.

Collage: 1) Arctic pink (nude) sneaker 2) "Nike Mayfly Woven Sneaker" 3) "Outdoor Cafe Dining" 4) image of a round dining table with chairs at an outdoor cafe.

First up we have the lace-up Nike Mayfly Woven Sneaker, a perfect run about town shoe. After doing some window shopping with a couple of friends on a beautiful Saturday morning how about lunch at an outdoor café? The unique looking Arctic pink (nude) shoe in the picture features woven details on the upper to allow for breathability.

Outfit Idea 1

  • Casual navy & white striped dress
  • Denim jacket
  • Nude sneakers
  • Straw fedora
  • Straw tote bag
  • Shades

Collage: 1) "Hitting the Gym" 2) A row of treadmills and exercise bikes 3) "Adidas Superstar Classic Sneakers;" 4) image of white sneaker

There is no better way to begin the day, after coffee, than a trip to the gym. Who am I kidding? These solid white leather low-top Adidas Superstar Classic Sneakers with striped sides and workout outfit are strictly for fashion purposes.

Outfit Idea 2

  • Black shorts
  • Black tank
  • White sneakers
  • White ball cap
  • Drawstring backpack
  • Shades
  • Water bottle

Collage: 1) Silver/Tan Naturalizer Morrison Classic Lace-Up Sneaker. 2) "Naturalizer Morrison Classic Lace-Up Sneaker" 3) "Visiting The Zoo" 4) Stone wall with a giraffe peeping over it. All that can be seen is the giraffe's head from the eyes upward.

One of the things I like most about HSN (Home Shopping Network) is they way they describe their products. More retailers could take a page from their book.

As soon as I saw these silver/tan Naturalizer Morrison Classic Lace-Up Sneakers I knew they were meant to have a new home with me. So naturally, I had to take them on an outing to the zoo.

Outfit Idea 3

  • White skinny jeans
  • B&w striped top
  • Silver crossover bag
  • Silver sneakers
  • Shades

Collage: Two pair of white sneakers (Reebok Classic & Adidas by Raf Simons)

Who doesn’t love a crisp white pair of sneaks? The Reebok Classic Sneakers and Adidas By Raf Simons both fit the bill. Keeping several pairs of white sneakers ensures that I’ll always have pristine shoes.

What are your favorite types of sneakers? Do you go for prints and funky colors? I’d love to hear about your faves.

Have a nice weekend!

If Variety Is The Spice…

Then Simplicity Is The Entrée

White tee, white jeans, striped yellow & white wedges, long gray hooded vest and white cane.Today’s world is moving at such a hectic pace it’s getting increasingly harder to keep up. Even though all of us operate within the same 24-hour parameter it can feel like there’s never enough time to do all we need or want to accomplish.

Since dealing with family situations, health related issues, financial problems, and just life, in general, can be overwhelming scaling back can be a helpful solution. Simplicity makes it a little easier by taking stress levels down a few notches and retaining sanity.

Tribal print sleeveless top, white jeans, striped yellow & white wedges, and white cane.I used to buy into the whole “variety is the spice of life” theory until I began to feel bogged down. It’s been almost a year since I started the process of getting rid of things I don’t want or need. While thinning out my wardrobe was a challenge I eagerly looked forward to, limiting the number of shoes I would keep caused me a bit of anxiety but I continue onward.

In today’s photos, I’m wearing two separate outfits with my favorite white jeans (the only pair I own) and yellow & white striped wedges. The only difference between the outfits are the tops. By the way, I’m not ashamed to admit I wear these jeans at least once a week.

It really isn’t necessary to have a ton of different clothes, shoes, and accessories to mix things up. Using a couple of key pieces, in this case, the jeans and shoes with different tops and handbags create different looks.

Life is difficult enough without the added worry of what to wear. Style doesn’t require a vast assortment of things.

Collage Descriptions:

  1. Posed standing in three photos wearing a white tee, white jeans, striped yellow & white wedges, long gray hooded vest and white cane.
  2. Seated on a bar stool wearing a black/white/tan tribal print sleeveless top, white jeans, striped yellow & white wedges, and white cane.

 

 

As Long As My Cane Will Unfold I’m Good!

A Life Changing Q&A With Sherry Ingram

"I think there are plenty of us who refuse to let our blindness lead us and want people to see us as attractive even sexy women first."You know how you can meet someone for the first time and automatically hit it off? From the moment Sherry Ingram shared her philosophy on beauty and blindness, I knew we would get along. So I asked her if she would be willing to do a Q&A with me for Bold Blind Beauty and she said yes.

Hi Sherry, during our first discussion we agreed that living with blindness isn’t sunshine and roses and we also agreed that prior to sight loss every day wasn’t sunshine and roses.

 1.  You seem to have struck a healthy balance after your accident and subsequent loss of sight, can you share with us what happened and how you were able to rebound?

Sure, It was 1987 and I was 26 at the time. I won’t bore you with details but I was involved in an accidental shooting and the result was I lost both my eyes. The shock of it is indescribable not to mention the physical injury you go through.

I was extremely lucky in that I was shot from the side of my head by a small-caliber bullet and it passed through both my eyes just millimeters from my brain. I suffered instant blindness but only minimal damage otherwise. I lost some sense of smell and I do have some short-term memory loss at times along with migraines they attribute to it.

My first thoughts were that this can’t be happening to me and there was no way my life could ever be worth anything again. There were those early days of depression over it but I never really felt anger in a heavy way. More frustration than anything.

I was a pretty fun-loving going all the time person before. I began to realize that I had lived through something I probably shouldn’t have and started to think, ok, there must be some reason I’m still here so I began to assess just what I was dealing with and began to want to be able to be independent and do things on my own again.

I decided I wanted a life even though it was going to be a much different one than I was used to. I decided I wanted to learn everything I could about how to be blind and I made that my challenge and started to accept it and recover.

I think realizing the fact that I was still alive, I was able to somewhat diminish the impact of becoming blind. I began to feel it was the lesser of two evils and doable compared to the alternative. This attitude allowed me to rebound and move on with my life.

2.  You told me that you believe just because we cannot see doesn’t mean we should let ourselves go. How were you able to adjust to maintaining a nice appearance after the loss of your eyesight?

At first, I felt a loss of my human side and with that my feminine side as well. I felt more like a statistic than a woman, much less an attractive woman as I had felt about myself before when I was sighted.

I enjoyed dressing nicely and doing the things that made people notice me and made me feel good about myself. I had lost that in my mind. I was very self-conscious at first about appearing different to people.

As I went through rehab and training several of my counselors were always alluding to making sure I kept a positive appearance both mentally and physically and that started to ring a bell in my head. I thought, ok if I feel I look nice to others again then my blindness might not be the focus of everyone’s attention.

I will admit it was a defensive move and yet it definitely put me in a better state of mind about how people saw me so I continued to try to better my appearance in every way I was capable as far as dressing in style and coordinating my clothes. Keeping my hair in style. Learning to apply makeup without a mirror (certainly a hit and miss trip at first) and even down to finding nice accessories and a few pairs of stylish sunglasses, not to hide from anything but to protect my face around my eyes if I run into anything and enhance my facial appearance at the same time.

I started getting compliments on how I looked and I could sense they were genuine and not condescending and it made me realize that even though I could not see myself and what I looked like anymore that other people certainly were taking note and in a positive way so that has made me continually strive to keep my appearance in the forefront. It’s so nice and such an ego boost to hear folks compliment me on how I look rather than asking questions about my blindness. It makes for a better day and mood knowing in my mind I look nice to others.

3.  Do you have any tips that might benefit some of our blind friends?

I think the best tip I can give is the one I always keep in my mind. Care about yourself! Just because you don’t see yourself doesn’t mean you should not care about how you look because others notice you.

Being a part of the sighted world for 26 years, I’m well aware it’s a visual world and that’s how most impressions are made. When I think in those terms I know I want people to see me in a good way and have a positive impression of me. I think it allows them to relax and interact with me much easier than if I didn’t keep a positive appearance.

4.  What is your favorite fashion accessory?

I enjoy going casual anytime I can, but I like some of the following things depending on how dressy I feel I should be. I like simple earrings. Posts, hoops. I will wear pendants and necklaces.

I will sometimes wear a single bracelet on my non-cane arm above my watch. I like colorful scarves. I like my bag to be a crossover strap bag but not too large and smooth, not ornate, just enough to carry my purse and my folded cane and a few items. And I mentioned earlier a nice stylish pair of sunglasses. I prefer the darker lenses rather than partially tinted ones.

5.  Do you have a favorite makeup or skincare line that you use?

I like some of the St. Ives skin care products, especially their facial scrubs. I don’t use a lot of makeup on my face but I do like the Revlon products. I use their complexion makeup and the powder blushes mostly. I like neutral color lip gloss. I do very little around or directly with my eyes.

Thank you, Sherry, for sharing your remarkable story of survival, the power of the human will, the importance of feeling good and the role it plays in how we interact with others. You’ve demonstrated so perfectly how life can be treasured and lived well after coming out on the other side of tragedy. I am so blessed to have connected with you and I treasure our newfound friendship.

Image Descriptions With Sherry’s Quotes:

  1. Several orchids | “I think there are plenty of us who refuse to let our blindness lead us and want people to see us as attractive even sexy women first.”
  2. Makeup mirror, lipstick & brush | “I’m a firm believer that we should not let our appearance go simply because we don’t see ourselves anymore.”
  3. Ballerina | “It’s very satisfying to me when I receive compliments on how I look from people. It makes me aware that they notice me for something other than just a blind woman.”