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The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

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The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

“Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & twice as BEAUTIFUL as you’d ever imagined.” ~A.A. Milne

Make Doing Without, Do!

If a situation caused you to lose most of your worldly possessions what would you do? How would you cope? More importantly, how would you recover?

About 20 some years ago I was in such a predicament. Due to the seriousness of the situation, I immediately went into survival mode. I had three small children who were wholly dependent on me to get us through. When cornered I’ve always relied on 3 key things:

  1. My resourcefulness
  2. My ability to not only adapt to but thrive in just about any given situation
  3. My belief that there is always a way

During this particular situation, I had to look at the big picture, project out into the future and ask myself if I could honestly continue on the current path. Once I had the answer to this question the planning began and then the most critical piece was the execution. My plans may not have been perfect but as problems beyond my control arose I adjusted it accordingly.

When you’re in a difficult place, it sometimes seems like there is no way out. You can be so overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that you want to give up. This was the place where I eventually landed after getting me and my boys out of our difficulty. I managed to keep a few personal possessions but everything else (including some precious mementos) was gone.

Losing Everything Changes Everything

Things take on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost just about everything you worked so hard for. Some of the smallest, then, become the most important. A navy suit, my grandma gave me in the mid 80’s was one of the items I was able to keep and I still have it to this day. While it no longer fits, I treasure it as a small reminder of my grandma who bought it for my first real job interview.

One of the other items was a black blazer given to me at the women’s shelter. Anyone who has lots of resources can make themselves look like a “million bucks” but it takes creativity and a smidge of attitude to pull it off with very little.

Versatility is the thing I like most about the black blazer. Following are some of my favorite ways to wear it:

  • Wear it with black slacks, white button-down shirt, black pumps (I love wearing red pumps with this outfit) and subdued jewelry for a classic business look.
  • Wear it with blue jeans, white T-shirt, boots, a long necklace and scarf for a dressy/casual look.
  • Wear it with just about any dress, roll up the sleeves, add bracelets, necklace, earrings, and pumps for a chic look.

Your options when pairing a black blazer with anything are limitless. I wear mine buttoned, unbuttoned, sleeves up, sleeves down or any combination. I like to wear it with different colored tank tops (which can average anywhere between $5.00 on up), button-down shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, slacks, leggings, skirts, and dresses. 

Provided you have a well-fitting black blazer there is almost no way you can go wrong.

Have a wonderful day!

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My Top 3 Foundation Musts

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My Top 3 Foundation Musts


A natural born skeptic, I live by the “if it sounds too good to be true…” motto. Just because everyone loves a new anything, this is my cue to question it first, especially if it’s editable or topical.

Bold Blind Beauty

To Believe or Not to Believe

So when BB Creams (beauty balm) began hitting the US market in 2011 and everyone raved, I was skeptical. While the major selling point was the products are an all-in-one to save steps and time I still wasn’t sold.

When choosing a foundation, I look for 3 things:

  1. Does it cause a negative skin reaction? If I’m allergic to a product it’s a deal-breaker. I’ve had situations where initially the product didn’t cause a reaction only to find out later it didn’t work for me.
  2. Is it easy to apply? I’ve had cream, liquid and pancake foundation formulas some of which were a pain to blend in evenly. On an occasion or two even after testing the foundation I would end up with a formula that I didn’t like. When you lose your sight, many things become challenging and I for one prefer my make-up to be one less challenge. Ease of application is a MUST.
  3. Does it give me good results? Depending on several factors like humidity or my skin’s condition, if the foundation is too sheer it won’t give me the desired coverage. If it’s too heavy and I can feel it on my skin or if it doesn’t properly match my skin tone then I either change the formula or the brand.

A Little BB Cream History

BB Creams, technically known as blemish balm or blemish base, is a multi-tasking product that has skin care and coverage properties. Many consider this all in one cream a tinted moisturizer that works as a primer, concealer, and protectant. While overall the benefits of BB Creams seem to outweigh the negatives there are some tips that could ease the application process. 

  1. For example, at the moment the range of shades/colors are more applicable to light and olive skin.  For darker skin, one could add a little foundation to the cream to achieve a blended look.
  2. Since BB Creams are somewhat thicker in consistency than regular moisturizers you might want to use a moisturizer prior to applying the cream.

My first BB Cream (Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream SPF 42 No. 27) is okay but it’s a thick consistency. Since this is a new product for me I’ll consult with one of my friends to see if I’m applying it for proper coverage. Because this is a new product for me, there will be a learning curve. I’ll have to give it some time to learn an application process that works best for me.

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Have a fabulous day!

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” ~Kate Angell

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WOTM 3 | Featuring Susan and Sherri Rodgers

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WOTM 3 Featuring Susan & Sherri Rodgers

“I was born profoundly deaf with a double hare lip & cleft palate. When I was 3 years old, I attended DePaul Institute where I learned how to talk & lip-read.” ~Susan Rodgers

Women On The Move x2

For as far back as I can remember I have always been fascinated by identical twins. I imagined it would be so cool to trick parents, teachers, and friends with shenanigans by trading places. Throughout my life, I’ve befriended several sets of twins and I also appreciated the differences among each set. Enter Susan and Sherri Rodgers two of the most remarkably fierce ladies I’ve had the pleasure to call my friends.

When facing a new situation do you ever get that stomach-churning feeling that triggers the flight or fight response? That’s how I felt in 2011 when I attended my first local Council of the Blind meeting here in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t sure what to expect and thought maybe this wasn’t one of my best ideas. Even so, I ventured forward into the unknown. Of course, my fears were unfounded and I was thrilled to meet the remarkable Rodger sisters.

Susan and Sherri both have a hereditary condition known as Usher Syndrome. Usher syndrome is a double whammy and is described as “the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision.”One would think a person who is sight and hearing impaired would have great difficulty navigating in a sighted world. However, after meeting Susan and Sherri, both of whom are very active members of the community, one’s thinking would change.

“I’ve been a member of the Western PA Association for the Deaf/Blind (WPADB) for at least 15 years, being a part of the group I knew a few people but had to talk to them through an Interpreter. If you’ve never had this experience it can be quite challenging.” ~Sherri Rodgers

Being visually impaired myself, one of the main issues associated with sight loss is the general lack of access to information. With the advances in technology, access to information has greatly improved but there is still room for improvement. Take for example Sherri’s experience of talking through an interpreter to some of her deaf/blind friends. Or Susan at 3 years of age learning to talk and lip-read; these services and skills are critical to communication.

If not for social services, assistive technology, and mobility devices, people who are blind, deaf or deaf/blind would live life in a vacuum. For example, when a sighted person is suddenly unable to see faces or interpret body language, this becomes a barrier. Without the visual cues of body language, this can hamper how we communicate with one another. So imagine what it must be like for a person lacking two of their major senses. The idea here is not to invoke pity but awareness.

Susan and Sherri did not let Usher Syndrome stop them from living a fulfilled life. Both of them got an education, work, and actively advocate on behalf of blind, visually impaired and, deaf/blind people. They are extremely computer savvy supporters of the disability community.

Susan and Sherri’s Community Activities

The sisters serve in different capacities in the above organizations and if that weren’t enough, each of them, are employed. Susan and Sherri, are powerhouses who work to eliminate obstacles in their day-to-day living.

This post is not intended to minimize the challenges Susan and Sherri face in their lives. Rather it is to honor them as fierce bold blind beauties. I cannot imagine what it would be like to walk a day in the sister’s shoes. However, I can tell you that to walk along-side them is, in a word, amazing!

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Sherri Rodgers & Friend Bill Newland

1 For additional information on Usher Syndrome visit www.ushersyndrome.nih.gov

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Helping Others Achieve Their Success Angela Winfield

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Helping Others Achieve Their Success Angela Winfield

“…and I wanted to be a lawyer but I’d never seen anybody out there, practicing law that looked like me a blind, black woman.”

~Angela Winfield
Woman On The Move 2

When I think of what it means to be a fierce person I imagine people who are bold, passionate, and fearless. The blind/visually impaired women who fit this description on Bold Blind Beauty are those who face life’s obstacles with a tenacious spirit.

We all face situations in life that can bring us to our knees or cause us to want to throw in the towel. Major life-altering events like, losing eyesight, for example, and learning to navigate the world without sight can be daunting. Yet there are many people who, despite how challenging it might be, do this every day with grace and dignity. Angela Winfield is one of these people who, not only achieved personal success, but she helps others do the same.

“I help people get what they want out of life. I help them achieve success and experience happiness both personally and professionally. If you’re feeling stuck, unsatisfied or unfulfilled in your job or inability to find a job, I’m your gal. I’m a certified professional coach, motivational speaker, author and attorney.”

~Angela Winfield

Setting The Example 

On Angela’s website, www.myblindfaith.com, she talks about how we can take steps to live a life we “absolutely love living.” Angela, who’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive, voted a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star, and recognized as a Zeta Phi Beta Woman of Courage is a fellow peer advisor on www.visionaware.org. On VisionAware Angela shares with us the Four Master Keys to achieving what we want out of life.

“I’ve done it for myself and, now, it’s time for me to show others how to do it too. That’s why I started Blind Faith Enterprises LLC. I believe to get what you want out of life you have to move from self-consciousness to self-awareness. Regarding being and feeling beautiful, I believe the same holds true there. It comes from the inside out and then from the outside in.”

~Angela Winfield

Angela is an excellent role model who is giving back by helping others make a positive change in their lives. When you have a moment check out her website at www.myblindfaith.com.

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