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Month In Review: September

Marcel the man of the hour with drink in hand smiling at the camera
Marcel the man of the hour

September was one of the busiest months in recent memory. My friend Lori, from New York, visited with me early in the month and we got to hang out with a couple other good friends. My air conditioning decided to konk out during the hottest days of the summer (and while I was hosting Lori no less). With indoor temperature around 90 degrees, seasoned with a glob of humidity it was a rather uncomfortable few days.

I got to attend my first product launch soiree and I almost forgot about the surprise birthday party of my good friend Marcel – what a blast. The party was at a dueling piano bar called Howl at the Moon and it was so good to see some awesome people that I used to work with. We had such a great time and while I wasn’t able to do a post on the party the very least I could do is share a couple of photos.

Marcel in front and center with me and a bunch of people sitting behind him
Marcel (front center), his buddy Wayne 2nd from the left and me with my white cane

Then how could I forget the issue with my wonky eyes? I’m so glad I made the decision to share my plight on the blog. Receiving so many well wishes and positivity really helped to calm my nerves. To receive a good prognosis was the icing on the cake. Now all that’s left to be done is to get this laser surgery out of the way in early November. I can’t thank you all enough for your words of kindness and encouragement – I am so blessed.

Following are a few of this month’s highlights: Enjoy!

Guest Post Featuring Glenda Harrison: Snake Charmer

Last night I had my third gathering at The Intersection on Periscope called, How to Make Accessories Werk. During the broadcast, I styled a basic LBD with several different accessory options, with each look having its own personality… Continue Reading

Dare to be Inspired!

Earlier this week I was so excited I just couldn’t stand it!! Even though I didn’t have access to my computer for most of last week, something extraordinary happened... Continue Reading

Guest Post Featuring Mel Scott: Blindness, Anxiety, and Humor

It used to infuriate me because I had no intention of ever stopping anything I wanted to do. My sister died two years ago, and I think she was just worn out with living with her regrets of what she might have become if she could have seen Continue Reading…

When You Pause, The Music Is Still There

I’m scared, and over the course of the past week or so I have been almost paralyzed with fear because I wasn’t totally sure that what’s occurring is real or just my anxiety taking hold. My first indication that something was wrong was when I began having difficulty… Continue Reading

Until I have my surgery in early November, it’ll be a bit of a struggle to keep up with blogging and visiting with you all but I give you my word I will do my best because I so enjoy chatting with you. ~Steph

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Month In Review: August

It seems like only yesterday we were ushering in summer yet now the days are shorter, children are returning to school, and Autumn is almost upon us. Is it just me or is time really flying by? I mean I still had several items on my to-do list for August that I didn’t get to complete and here we are three months away from Christmas, oh well…

Once again during the month of August, guest blogger Glenda Harrison of So What to Twenty, took us on a pleasant excursion to the past in Black Down Memory Lane with her take on a Jackie Kennedy inspired look. While guest blogger Mel Scott of BlindAlive tackled a fascinating question posed to her by an inquisitive youngster. In addition to my guest blogger’s posts are several of my more popular articles from the past month. Enjoy!

Black Down Memory Lane

In the Elle presentation, called Jackie Kennedy’s 6 Essential Style Rules, slide #5 was dedicated to a few looks Jackie wore which had interesting collar or neck detail. During her years as First Lady, legendary designer, Oleg Cassini… Continue Reading

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Raising the Blind on Sight Loss

The range of vision loss is so enormous and differs so greatly from one person to the next that there really is an immense gray area. Imagine yourself in a dense fog with visibility being only a couple of inches in front of your face. Your equilibrium is off… Continue Reading

HELP!! I’ve Gone From a Walk-In to a Hole in the Wall

Your wardrobe is an investment in you, so shouldn’t your closet reflect the care of this important asset? Say goodbye to chaos in the closet. Continue Reading

Is It Boring Being Blind?

Join me as my guest, Mel Scott, Founder of BlindAlive, answers a thought-provoking question on blindness posed to her by a young girl. Continue Reading…

Mel Scott
Mel Scott

Taking Control Of Personal Finances

Among the packets of information that Tammy gave us was a list of helpful financial apps that are all free and compatible with Android, iPhone, and iPad operating systems. The first two apps operate on the envelope system… Continue Reading

Do You, No One Else Does It Better

What defines you? When asked “so tell me about yourself,” what do you say? Do you know who you are? Continue Reading

I will more than likely be out of commission at least part of this week as I have an out-of-town guest staying with me for a few days but I promise to catch you up. Toodles.

~Steph

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Month In Review: July

Trees and lawn in front of my condo against a blue sky.I cannot believe that this is the last day of July. The shorter days have become more apparent as the sun rises later in the morning thus slowing the recession of the tree’s shadows from the front of my building. Oh how I miss the warmth of the bright sunshine during me and Mollie’s early morning walk.

July was a fabulous month. There were cookouts, pedicures, open houses, outdoor concerts, hanging with old friends and meeting new friends. Though I still haven’t made it to the pool yet (I’ve put this on my to-do list for August), once we made it through some pretty nasty weather near month’s end it was pretty decent.

I was also excited to reach a couple of notable milestones on the blog including my 30th post and over 26,000 visits. In view of this I went through the month’s stats and highlighted below some of your favorite blog posts for the month of July:

The Other Side

Death – it comes for all of us. As we get older we are moving further away from the promises and dreams of a fulfilling life and inching ever closer to the end of our own. Continue Reading…

Inspiration

The key to living an inspired life is knowing thyself. When you know yourself, you trust your instincts, or what some say…trusting your gut (that feeling from deep within). You’ll no longer feel the need to mimic what others are doing because you’ll feel confident in yourself. Continue Reading…

What is Your Dress Code Personality #2

Broadly speaking, people who are mostly exuberant, fearless, adventurous, and optimistic aren’t afraid to take risks. Also, these folks typically exude a confidence that allows them to journey through life without concern for what others think… Continue Reading.

It’s Not Just for Makeup Artists Anymore!

When I first heard the word strobing I thought to myself “am I crazy or is that just another word for highlighting?”  Continue Reading…

Make Money, Create Safety

Have you ever tripped over shoes, clothes, or anything on the floor that you did not know was there? If you are blind, then you have done this for sure.  Continue Reading…

Observing 25 Years of the ADA

…as one of the largest minority groups in the U.S., even with the ADA in place, the struggle for equality for people with disabilities is ongoing. Could it be because the majority of us are not, and perhaps never will be affected by disabilities, that the insensitivity and mistreatment of people with disabilities continues? Continue Reading…

Destination Success – You’re At The Wheel

What differentiates successful people from people who remain in a constant state of failure is perseverance and resilience. Successful people fail, we all fail. It’s how we respond to our failures that determines if or how we will rise. Continue Reading…

I’ll leave you with one more personal observation/question on late summer – what is with the katydids, cicadas and crickets? Is it my imagination or do they get louder towards summer’s end?

Have a wonderful weekend!!

~Steph

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Month in Review: June

The Best June Ever

Lace and Black 034Ever experience situations when you feel like you’re being punked? Today, or more accurately the entire month of June was either one huge punkfest or I’m living in an alternate universe.

It seems like June just started barely a week ago and here were are headed into July. Add to it the torrential downpours and cooler temperatures I’m feeling like spring passed us by and summer has yet to make a serious appearance.

Though this June has been a soggy one there were pretty awesome highlights:

Following are summaries of some of my favorite blog posts for the month of June:


Perfect Beauty

So what are the benefits to using only 4 cosmetics? #1 it’s quick, #2 it’s easy, and #3 I don’t feel like I’m enveloped in sausage casing. Continue Reading…

Strength

In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn’t gravitate towards people who are real? Continue Reading…

How Style & Vision Loss Intersect

I cannot believe it’s been 10 years since I began losing my eyesight but it occurred to me today that it all started the latter earlier part of June, 2015. July 5 12th of the same year was when I had my first vitrectomy surgery. For this surgery the doctor inserted a gas bubble into my eye… Continue Reading.

A Day At The Park

Comfort rules the day when dressing for a day at the park but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a chic look. My 5 essential pieces for the day… Continue Reading.


Health & Fitness

Creating Your Home Fitness Area Guest Post – Getting and staying fit in your own home is easy. Home fitness is all the rage these days with hundreds of different exercise workouts for sale in athletic stores and online. Working out in your own space has many benefits and is certainly less stressful for many of us. Continue Reading…

June is Cataract Awareness Month – I have Retinitis Pigmentosa and two years ago my retinal specialist noted on a regular checkup that I had developed cataracts on both eyes. The cataracts were sitting right in the center of my only remaining window of vision. Continue Reading…

Pushing Boundaries – Even though Kangoo Jumps and similar footwear has been around for some time more research has to be done to determine the long-term health benefits of this form of exercise. However current data supports the low impact bounce is good for the joints, the heart rate increases faster leading to burning more calories quicker than standard fitness footwear. Continue Reading…

While I am sorry to see June leaving us so soon I am looking forward to a hot, sunny, fun-filled July!

Have an outstanding week!! ~Steph

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keonig