Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #25

How To Achieve Casual Monochromatic Look

Selfie of me with my shades on in my son's car.When I’m feeling blue and my energy levels are down a monochromatic outfit is in order. Adding just a smidge of bling and some new shades helps to lift my spirits. I created yesterday’s low-key vibe by going with several shades of gray.

The ensemble consisted of a charcoal gray tank top, gray capris, light gray hoodie tied around my waist, and gray sneakers. Earrings, cuff bracelet, shades, and white cane made me appear as if I hadn’t a care in the world. It’s worth mentioning that I got the capris and shoes on sale, added stacked coupons, and used Ebates to accumulate cash back on my online purchases.

Trio collage of me posing in a standing position with my white cane.
Capris | Kohl’s; Sneakers | DSW

After I uploaded the collage in this post it occurred to me this look serves another purpose as well. The range of gray from light to dark and shades in between is a simple example of sight loss. The similarities, although on a grander scale, demonstrate what the loss of sight looks like from vision that is sharp to no sight at all. It’s anywhere in between these two where varying degrees of sight loss occur.

Blindness is not simply seeing vs. unseeing. This is why we have to use great care in assumptions. Many people, myself included, use a white cane or guide dog even though we have residual vision. We need this mobility tool(s) to navigate safely and to let others know we cannot see very well.

Have a very nice Friday and a fab weekend!

 

Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #24

Appreciate The Beauty That Is You

Beauty is a summation of the parts working together in such a way that nothing is needed to be added, taken away or altered. ~Elio Carletti

Collage of two selfies and a standing pose with my white cane. Being true to yourself is the beginning of confidence. In a world of imitators and unjustifiable judgments, being able to wholly embrace yourself for the unique individual, you are is a powerful thing.

As a woman, there is no better feeling than when hair, makeup, and outfit all come together to create a beautifully cohesive look. As a woman who can no longer see, the feelings are identical. Lack of eyesight does not and should not prevent anyone from feeling and looking their absolute best.

Tri collage of my standing posed with my white cane.
GUESS Off-The-Shoulder Choker Top | Macy’s Style & Co. Boyfriend Jeans | Macy’s
  • Begin with a firm foundation – Know who you are, hone your strengths, and do not compromise your principles.
  • Plan, plan, plan – Plan your wardrobe, cosmetics, and accessories. Having a rough idea of your favorite ensembles and what to pair them with makes getting ready for the day easier by eliminating the “what to wear” stress.
  • Throw on some of your favorite music & let the magic begin – Never underestimate power music.
  • Remember – Underneath the shiny exterior is one of the most beautiful people in the world and no one else is like you!

What I wore:

My favorite color combination black & white in this case was a black off-shoulder long sleeve choker top, white boyfriend jeans, black high-heeled pumps. Silver tone accessories included a long crystal embellished necklace, earrings, ear cuff, cuff bracelet, and white cane.

At the end of the day we can look ever so good on the outside but if there is nothing beneath the exterior we are no more than fancy looking shells.

 

 

 

Spring Blooms New Makeup

From Nude to Pink to Red

Lip palette & brush is atop the hot pink pouch and is open displaying the 6 shades Today was such a lovely spring day made all the more beautiful with the arrival of my latest cosmetics purchase. In the famous words of the Pointer Sisters—I’m so excited!!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been updating my makeup arsenal for spring/summer 2017. One of the things on my list were new lip colors and thanks to a video I saw on Instagram I went with the Mis Amores Lip Palette created by makeup artist and blogger, Iris Beilin, exclusively at e.l.f. Cosmetics.

Collage of the different products mentioned in the post.The six vibrant shades offer me a nice selection and with the purchase of the palette, I got a hot pink pouch which will come in handy as a makeup bag. Cruelty-free with zero animal testing is one of the best features of e.l.f. products. However, I recommend checking them on Beautypedia, a skincare and makeup review site, who base their reviews on published medical and scientific research for details on specific products.

Along with the lip palette, I got a new lip and brow brushes, eyebrow stencils and, heaven help me, false eyelashes. I’m quite confident in using everything except the eyelashes because every time I try to put them on I just can’t seem to get the placement right but “nothing beats a failure but a try.”

What I Bought:

Have an outstanding week!!

 

Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #23

Easy Peasy Run About Town Look

3-panel collage with me posed standing by my counter with my white cane. Outfit description is in the body of the post.
Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s, Silver Sketchers | DSW

So last week my doctor calls with the results of my bloodwork. It’s mostly good news although while my good cholesterol is high my bad cholesterol is also high. He suggested statins I said, “no, what else can I do?” I already knew the answer I just wanted to see if there was a loophole.

You gotta understand, I have nothing against diet and exercise except, I really, really, really want it all my way, is this too much to ask? Apparently so because now I have to grow up, act like an adult, and take my health seriously.

3-panel collage with me posed standing by my counter with my white cane. Outfit description is in the body of the post.
Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s, Silver Sketchers | DSW

Motivation to return to the gym means I had to invest in some new workout gear. After scouring some of my favorite online stores I settled on Kohl’s where I found these cute black lattice hem capris. They are so cute I wore them to my mother’s doctor appointment the other day.

Today’s exercise apparel is chic enough to wear while running about town. For the look in the photos, I added a black workout tank top, white hoodie, and silver sneakers. Since the goal is to create a casual appearance my jewelry was at a minimum (remember, I always wear earrings) but I got to sport some of my new hair – YAY!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!