5 Tips To Destination Fabulous For Blind & VI Women

The Harmony of Beauty & Blindness

It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.” ~Diana Vreeland

Living in a culture that places a great amount of emphasis on physical beauty, as blind and VI women we can often feel left out. However, in some ways, I believe we are better equipped to appreciate the beauty in the world around us since the lack of sight helps us to filter out those things that do not enhance our lives.

    1. Be You – Delight in your femininity. Love you. Validate you. Trust you. As you begin each day remind yourself that you are enough. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and reject the notion that you have to fit in. Be courageous, be authentic, know your worth. 
    2. Grooming – Think of yourself as a work of art. Treat yourself as the masterpiece you are by prepping the canvas that is you; bask in the practice of daily personal grooming.
    3. Cosmetics – Let go of the belief there is something wrong with you that needs to be fixed. Choose to wear cosmetics because you want to experience the feeling of a physical transformation and not because you feel pressured to conform.
    4. Clothing– Wear what you like; like what you wear, and above all else wear it with confidence. If it doesn’t make you feel good, ditch it. Your wardrobe is an outward reflection of you, it requires great care and attention. 
    5. Accessories – Indulge in accents to supplement your outfit and unleash your personality. From jewelry, bags, belts, footwear, headwear (including wigs) and let’s not forget our white canes.

Beauty is so much more than a shiny exterior. Beauty, real beauty, is deep, passionate, and resides in the essence of you; your character.

Being real is fabulous!

Image: Real Beauty Transcends Barriers | “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive one another.”  Sexy red midi dress, black heels, black handbag and the white cane. Image is the property of http://www.boldblindbeauty.com and http://www.abigailstyle.com

Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #27

Date Night Style Emergencies 101

Picture this, after months of playful flirting back and forth you’ve finally gotten the courage to ask your neighbor down the hall out on a date at a popular jazz club in the city. He said “yes” now it’s a mad dash to the beauty salon to get hair and nails done.

After you’ve been beautified, you carefully select the perfect outfit, black midi pencil skirt, off the shoulder white top, strappy black heeled sandals, teardrop post earrings, bracelet, crossover bag, and white cane. Now the fun begins as you transform into the glamorous, enchanting creature residing inside you. Then 10 minutes before “Go Time” the unthinkable happens…

On the way to do one last makeup check you trip over Fluffy, your adorable little rescue mutt. Landing with a thud on the bedroom carpet not only did you snag a fingernail, you’ve lost the back to one of your earrings, your top is slightly askew, and worse yet your black skirt is now covered in Fluffy’s white hair. Drat!

With no time to waste you hurriedly grab your emergency kit and get to work. The lint remover sheets do a remarkable job getting rid of the dog hair on the skirt. Next, you pick up your missing earring find the tiny hypoallergenic earring back, reinserted the post and secure with the clear back. Using the double-sided tape on the inside of your top ensures it will remain in place.

The miniature emery board makes quick work on the snagged fingernail but as time counts down, because everyone knows women don’t sweat, your underarms begin glistening. Not to worry though, your kit has adhesive garment shields. Yet another emergency averted.

Two minutes left before your dates comes a calling you’re finally standing at the bathroom mirror applying your mineral veil to set your makeup and none too soon as you hear a knock at the door. Snatching your white cane, and bag (complete with the emergency kit) you glide to the door appearing cool as the proverbial cucumber.

When you open the door standing before you is the man of your dreams. Taking his proffered arm the two of you head to the car. Once you’re belted in and he prepares to start the car he gazes at you then slightly bends his head as you part your lips and you hear him gently whisper “you’ve got something on your top.” Hmm, you didn’t see that coming but no worries because you’re prepared with your Tide To Go in your emergency kit.

Contents In Fashion Emergency Kit Photo:

  • Hollywood Fashion Double-sided Clear Tape
  • Deodorant Removing Sponge – for removing deodorant, makeup or powder smudges from clothing
  • Adhesive No-Show Concealers (shaped like a clover) are used to create a smooth appearance by deperkifying
  • Breast Lift Tape – similar to fashion tape for when a bra isn’t required
  • Adhesive Garment Shields
  • 2 Safety-Pins
  • 2 Instant Self-Adhesive Buttons
    3″ x 3″ Lint Removing Sheets
  • Clear Rubber Hypo-Allergenic Earring Back
  • Clear Rubber Hair Band
  • Small Emery Board
  • 1 Round Blister Pad
  • Shoe Shine Sponge
  • Vial of Static Guard
  • Tide To Go
  • Silver Crystal Embellished Wristlet

Hollywood Fashion Secrets come as individual components or premade kits. Aside from the actual site you can find the products at the following stores: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Beauty.com, Amazon, and others.

In can neither confirm nor deny whether the events in this post actually occurred. But the moral of the story: Never let ’em see you sweat!😉

Have a very nice weekend!

When Style Is Cramped Go With It

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

On Friday night my breath was nearly taken away by an asthma attack. Being unable to breathe normally while frightening is not unfamiliar to me as I’ve been an asthmatic all my life. When I have an attack that can’t be regulated by my rescue inhaler it’s off to urgent care or, depending on timing, the ER which is where I ended up on Friday night.

I try to delay seeking medical help, especially the ER, because of copays, long wait times, and frankly, when I’m not feeling well I can’t be bothered getting all dolled up. As a matter of fact, the extent of my beautification process this go round was eyeliner and throwing on my hair.

Thankfully this ER visit was one of the most pleasant I’ve ever experienced. The staff was uber efficient and the total amount of time for two breathing treatments, a dose of steroids, and a chest x-ray was less than 1-1/2 hours.

During one of my breathing treatments I was so wrapped up in my Kindle, I didn’t notice my brother taking a picture of me in all my glory on a hospital gurney, wearing a hospital gown with the breathing treatment contraption hanging out of my mouth. To his credit, he waited until Saturday when I was feeling considerably better to show me the evidence of his unspeakable crime. Even though he did it to get under my skin I actually thought it was kind of funny and looked at it as an opportunity to share a less than flattering photo.

Today I’m feeling much better and followed up with my primary care doctor who prescribed a nebulizer which will enable me to do breathing treatments at home going forward.

 

 

 

Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #26

Creating A Theme With Details

Posed standing holding my white cane in front of my counter As an analytical person, I like details. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’d have a fondness for details in my clothing.

When I got the workout capris I’m wearing in the photos I envisioned wearing them with sneakers, casual, and dressy shoes. The determining factor in the look I want to create relies heavily on the shoes. So when I found these fabulous strappy criss-cross strappy heeled pumps I knew they’d work with the capris.

The lattice hem feature on my capris gives them that little extra oomph while adding a long-sleeved light knit sweater with the heels takes them up an added notch. Did I mention the sweater also has lattice detailing on the shoulders?

Posed half seated on my bar stool with my white cane in my right hand. Rear shot of me standing displays the lattice hem on the back of capris Posed standing next to my counter holding my white cane in my right hand.

The combined pieces, capris, sweater, and pumps all share strappy features that work well together. Adding a silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace was the perfect accent.

What I wore:

  • Heather gray, long-sleeved, ribbed lattice detail sweater | Macy’s
  • Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s
  • Black faux suede black pointed toe pumps with crisscross straps | DSW (link is to a comparable pair)
  • Silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace | ancient
  • Silver-toned cuff bracelet | ancient
  • Small embellished hoop earrings | Vera Wang Kohl’s
  • White cane

Have a nice weekend!