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Stylishly on Time

Here’s Something New

The Bradley Black
The Bradley Black

What do you get when you merge technology, innovation, and fashion? The answer? Eone Timepieces.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that when I signed up for Twitter in May of 2012 try as I might, I just didn’t get it. I attempted to take a course or two to familiarize myself with the application but to compound my embarrassment I got nothing, zip, nada, zilch, naught, zero, diddly-squat. Why? Frankly, the courses were boring and served only to add to my confusion.

Two years later, though still a little green, Twitter isn’t as intimidating as I once thought. I’ve even connected with a few people (amazing I know) and today’s post is a result of one of those connections.

In early November of this year, Lis Malone, a disability rights advocate and woman after my own heart, connected with me. Liz then pointed me to Eone-Time whose timepieces could be a potential subject for Bold Blind Beauty and the rest as they say is history.

When I visited Eone-Time’s website and scrolled down I saw what appeared to be a watch but like none that I’ve ever seen. Introducing The Bradley Black was the title next to the image of the watch. Intrigued, I kept scrolling down.

Bradley Classic Mesh
Bradley Classic Mesh

Universal Design

With each additional screen that appeared as I kept scrolling down the page, I was more, and more impressed. The information said things like “We believe that good design is not exclusive but inclusive” and “Good design is universal, considering everyone from all backgrounds and walks of life.”

‘You’ve got my attention’ I was thinking as I continued to peruse the site. Then I saw it: this sleek, beautifully designed silver-colored timepiece. Now I understood why it was called a timepiece as opposed to a watch. For a piece of jewelry this exquisite to be referred to as a watch would be the equivalent of comparing one who is tone-deaf to an opera singer.

What stopped me in my tracks was the unparalleled stylishness and universal design of Eone Timepieces. Universal design, with limited exceptions, takes into account everyone.

According to the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University

Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. ~Ron Mace

Eone-Time’s timepieces are named after Bradley Snyder a blinded ex-navy officer who won one silver, and two gold medals in swimming competitions at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The story of how Bradley lost his eyesight then went on to compete in the Paralympics can be seen HERE.

Eone Timepieces take tactility to a higher level. Below are descriptions:

  • On the circular face are tactile markers at each hour (major markers are textured to distinguish between minor markers)
  • In the center of the face is a ball bearing that indicates minutes
  • Turning the timepiece sideways there is a second ball bearing on the outer rim that coincides with the tactile markers on the face to indicate hours

Currently there are three timepieces from which to choose:

  1. Bradley Black – Black Titanium case with black stainless steel mesh wristband.
  2. Bradley Classic Mesh – Titanium case with stainless steel mesh wristband.
  3. Bradley Classic Canvas – Titanium case with canvas and soft leather wristband. Wristband comes in six different colors.

I’m going to show people that I’m not going to let this beat me. I’m not going to let blindness build a brick wall around me. I am going to find a way forward. ~Brad Snyder

Eone Time has this to say about the Universal Design of their timepieces:

“For the visually impaired, the Bradley makes day-to-day life possible without drawing attention to their disability.

For sighted users, the Bradley offers a unique and discrete way of telling time— whether you’re in a business meeting, social luncheon, or dark theater.”

In my opinion Eone and similar companies who are developing products and services with the needs of the masses in mind are outstanding. This forward thinking is the type of rationale that will move us closer to a more inclusive society.

At the bottom of this article you can find contact information and social media links to Eone Time.

“Because telling time shouldn’t require sight.” ~Eone

Contact info:
Blog eone-time

Eone timepieces
1200 18th St NW, Suite 703
Washington DC 20036

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2014 Blogging Year in Review

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2014 Blogging Year in Review

“When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.” ~Author Unknown

A Look Back

After 207 posts, 12,217 hits, and visits from 110 countries, I am thrilled with this year’s outcome. Today I wanted to review the past year to gauge how far I’ve come since beginning this blogging journey.

To say I was afraid would be an understatement because I was terrified to share my thoughts with the universe! It will be a year on December 16, 2013, since my first post. Prior to this, I took some online WordPress courses, then spent several months doing behind the scenes work.

I adore quotes and was pleased to find one that I felt summed up this past year. “When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.” ~Author Unknown

Feeling confident one moment, then in the next, fear and self-doubts, it’s been an emotional roller coaster ride. However, there were some unexpected surprises, like the diversity and kindness of all the bloggers I’ve come to know. Receiving emails from people all over thanking me for sharing my insight and then the incredible connections I’ve made.

Bold Blind Beauty’s Purpose

The purpose of Bold Blind Beauty is three-fold:

  1. provide women who are blind/vision impaired tips across the broad spectrum of cosmetics and fashion;
  2. challenge society’s viewpoint on what defines beauty;
  3. encourage my readers to carry themselves with confidence.

Word Cloud containing the following words confidence certainty courage determination poise spirit tenacity boldness fearlessness fortitude

From the beginning, I said, “when you feel good, you look good.” With the emphasis being on ‘feeling’ confidence is the end result. Confidence conveys to the world that you feel good about yourself. This is especially true when you are blind or vision impaired because lacking visual cues, we have to use creativity to achieve a certain look.

Researching for hours on end, taking pictures, writing content, all while learning WordPress technology is an all-consuming task. A task that has led to a fulfilling labor of love. When I find the information I believe will be beneficial to my readers, I get so excited I can’t wait to share it with you.

Without losing sight of the blog’s purpose I have to say my favorite articles are highlighting the women I feature on Fridays. I love introducing these women to help the world become more aware of the capabilities of people who are blind/vision impaired. This leads me to the main reason for today’s post.

Beginning next Friday through the end of the year I will be publishing updates on many of the women that I’ve previously featured. Since all of these women are people I admire I can’t think of a better way to end the year on such a high note.

Happy, Happy Friday!!

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The image is of a blue bar chart with 4 bars gradually increasing in size. There is an arrow  pointing upwards above the bars from left to right.

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Fashion & Blindness?

I was blessed to be the recipient of an unexpected surprise from Australia in the form of the following post located At the Gateway to Blindness. The author of the post, Maribel Steel, is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. Her positivity resonates so clearly you can hear it in the manner in which she strings words together in her exquisite writing.

Maribel has graciously given me permission to re-post the article on one of my favorite topics. Remember how I mentioned the vast range of vision loss? To give you an example, if 1 is perfect vision and 10 is total blindness, (Maribel please correct me if I’m wrong) I would guess Maribel’s would be about a 9.5. In today’s post Maribel invites us to experience the world of fashion through the eyes of one who is almost totally blind.

Why be Fashionable if You Can’t See

Picture of buttons stored in cylinders - Photo Courtesy of Harry Williamson
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

When I give presentations to interested groups on what it is like to be visually-impaired, I can guarantee one question will ALWAYS be asked at the end of my talk – “How do you know what you are wearing?” Women especially, are surprised that I can be colour-coordinated from top to toe. There is no great mystery involved, there is no other person dressing me in the morning. The simple answer is – choosing one’s clothing is a matter of FEELING first, then seeing how it all fits together. When you feel good in what you wear, you will look great!

The other reason why I love clothes shopping is because browsing with my hands is an exquisite experience. Feeling textures of clothing or gliding my hands over jewellery is not always because I want to buy it but is a curious desire on my part to see the choices at my fingertips.

Here are some fashion questions I was asked recently, so let’s take a closer look why being fashionable is not just about seeing, but about feeling. Oh, and a little warning too, the photos, well, yes, they were taken a few years ago, funny how one can think one is being fashionable at the time!

How important is fashion and style to you?

Picture of Maribel wearing a rich colored top and accessorized with a scarf.
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

Fashion is fun and I enjoy feeling garments which allows me to visualise the world of ever-changing trends. I think it’s a ‘girlie’ thing – taking delight in touching clothes, lingerie, shoes, dabbing on perfumes or smelling leather hand bags because it is highly enjoyable to ‘see’ what’s in fashion.

The other reason for my ever-readiness to touch the world around me is because it is not normally permitted in galleries or museums so when I am in a store or market place, it allows me to touch all sorts of objects I can’t see and by doing so, I feel less excluded from the visual world.

What sort of fabrics do you enjoy the most?

Soft fabrics, satin trims, things with buttons and bows. I also enjoy knitting and making luxurious scarves for friends as winter gifts. In summer, I look for soft undergarments and layer my outfits with flowing chiffon tops. Lingerie is another one of my touchy-feely delights – as it is worn close to the skin, I won’t compromise the feel of luxury by purchasing cheap underwear – it has to be soft and silky (including hosery).

I believe that when you begin the first layer of clothing feeling feminine, you will wear the dress with an upright back and carry an air of chic – like a proud Spanish Lipizzaner!

What are your considerations when choosing garments?

Picture of Maribel wearing a pleated skirt, blouse that ties at the neck, patterned sweater vest and a tam. Colored coordinated in shades of tan, oranges & browns
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

Apart from seeking comfort and prettiness of garment, even in casual wear, I am fussy about colour and design. When on my own, I take quite a while to scout out an item as I examine the texture carefully and the cut by feeling the collar, shape etc. I know what styles suit me by past experience and many times, a garment falls off the hanger as if to grab my attention and often, it is a good choice – could this be intuition helping? Then I quiz the shop assistant for the colour and price and if it passes these two questions, I will buy it.

Colours seem to have a certain ‘vibe’ for instance, as soon as I put grey near my face, my skin begins to feel drained. My favourite colours are strong and bold as in red, orange, colbalt blue, sunshine yellow and hot pink as these tones not only feel ‘right’ for me, I can see them in natural daylight.

At home, I hang clothing in groups so that matching items are placed together to be colour co-ordinated.

What shops do you frequent the most and why?

I enjoy being independent and setting my own pace as well as going out with friends to meander into the odd gift or fashion store. I often end up buying things because my girlfriends or partner point out items on special I wouldn’t have seen.

Picture of handbags
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

I go to the same clothing stores because it is easier to get around the shop without feeling overwhelmed. I visit the local stores where the shop keepers know me and are quick to offer help – even though it might be more expensive, the price of being looked after is well worth it.

But I do have to be in the right mood as it takes a lot of concentration to keep track of my movement around the store, to avoid prams and other obstacles. Sometimes the bumping from one object off another can feel like being inside a live pinball machine and if I can’t cope I will leave the store.

I particularly love feeling shoes! As I have no idea what people wear on their feet, a shoe shop is a lovely place to wander. I get to understand the different types of heels, shape of shoes and just adore this sort of shopping.

My partner, Harry, takes a particular delight in bringing objects closer into my reach and we often take time to enjoy the experience together (unless it is a cactus plant, which he has accidentally done on one occasion, misunderstanding my fondness for feeling flowers!

What challenges do you face when shopping?

On the whole, people are pretty helpful and understanding if I ask for assistance. A few pointers however, when a person is training to work in a department store or fashion counter, it would be extremely beneficial to know not to do the following –  as the store assistant, don’t ask my friend, “Would she like this?” It is kinder to ask me personally.

Some of the main challenges are:

  • first is to locate the right shop and entrance, sometimes blaring music indicates a clothing store plus sense of smell helps me to sniff out the correct place
  • manoeuvring around a shop I have not been in before and avoiding the racks while keeping the cane tight in one hand, the other loose to stray over fabrics to give me some sort of clue as to what I am ‘looking’ for
  • main disadvantage is in not being able to see the size and price on tags, colour of garment
  • must be very careful that the clothing I am feeling is on a mannequin and not the clothing of another shopper!
  • have no idea where the ‘specials’ rack is unless I ask for assistance
  • indoor shopping centres are a nightmare to navigate through especially as there is a bombardment of clashing sound coming from all quarters that hinders my hearing and can be very stressful (so I tend to shop in places that I know or are on a street front)
  • a fashion item that is hard to choose on my own are sunglasses. Often whoever is with me will pick the style they like and then when I wear them, my family will comment “who helped you to buy those sunglasses?” which means – they wouldn’t have chosen them for me so needless to say, I have a few dead pairs in my drawer.

How important to you are the perceptions of others of you fashion wise?

Picture of Maribel posing with her cane, dressed in a black skirt, black lacy sleeved top, black flats and multi-colored handbag.
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

I like to demonstrate that blind or vision-impaired women can enjoy being colour co-ordinated, wear smart and trendy gear with high heels and enjoy fashion just as much as our sighted friends do. People are often surprised to see me turn up at a function with matching jewellery, fashionable dress with lovely bag and jacket and I am surprised by their reaction – why wouldn’t a vision-impaired woman be dressed well?

I also have a passion for smelling fragrances at perfume counters and put my nose to the test to pinpoint individual scent molecules from cleverly concocted blends. The art of wearing fragrance – mmm, that’s another story…

If you want to be bold and beautiful, you can – let Stephanae (Steph) McCoy, the Blind Style Blogger show you how to strut your stuff at:

Bold Blind Beauty: Style Concepts for the Visually Impaired

AND, in the UK, Emily Davison speaks the language of fashion That Comes From the Heart and Soul at

Fashioneyesta: Bridging the Gap between Fashion and Sight

Copyright © Maribel Steel 2014

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” ~Rachel Zoe

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WOTM 23 Featuring Audrey Demmitt

Endless Possibilities

Audrey & Sophie (her guide dog)
Audrey & Sophie

I find it so exhilarating talking to people who are making a difference by sharing their stories of hope and inspiration. If you’ve lived long enough you know life is not only uncertain it’s sometimes challenging to endure some of the difficulties that come our way.

So it wasn’t surprising I would be captivated by the blog-Seeing Possibilities, Navigating through life with Vision Loss. The title reminded me that in life regardless of our circumstances, there are endless possibilities at our disposal. However, we have to take the first step by making the choice to overcome.

At age 25 Audrey Demmitt, the Support Group Advisor for the American Foundation for the Blind and a Peer Advisor for, received her diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) though she lived with the disease years before the diagnosis was made. RP is a genetic condition that causes retinal degeneration and eventual vision loss.

The diagnosis of RP didn’t stop Audrey from graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in nursing. She went on to practice as a registered nurse with a visual impairment for 29 years before retiring last year.

“Though my retirement was premature due to my vision loss, I am enjoying it!” ~Audrey

A number of years ago due to her declining vision Audrey experienced a major impact on her life when she lost her driver’s license at age 30. As she steadily continued to lose vision Audrey realized the critical need to get help. It became increasingly difficult moving about safely, reading normal print, using the computer, doing activities of daily living, and coping emotionally.

It was through vision rehabilitation that Audrey learned about assistive technologies, orientation, and mobility skills, and adapted ways to cook, clean and do other household activities. She learned how to use a white cane to enable her to safely navigate and eventually got her first guide dog, Sophie in 2011.

“My visual acuity is about 20/300 and my field of view is 6-10 degrees now. Recently, I was diagnosed with cataracts. I have been legally blind since 1994.” ~Audrey

Audrey, her husband Kevin, and two dogs Lucy (a pug) and Sophie (a golden retriever guide dog) reside south of Atlanta, Georgia. The mother and father of 3 very successful adult children, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, when speaking of her children Audrey says: “they are, by far, my greatest accomplishment in life and my pride and joy!”

Raising a family while having a successful career, leading a support group for the visually impaired in her local community, speaking to groups on vision loss, living with a disability, and using a guide dog are just a few of the things Audrey has and still is achieving. Since retiring she is exploring lots of new interests and learning to adapt them to low vision. She is enjoying getting “healthier”, exercising, learning yoga, tandem bike riding with her husband etc. and she loves the freedom to go on trips and spending time with family and friends.

I am just another gal trying to figure out this “life with low vision thing! ~Audrey

A well-rounded person, Audrey loves to read, travel, cook and try new and exotic foods. She loves words, word games, writing and has even dabbled in professional and creative writing. Recently her latest crafty passion is making rag rugs. She enjoys the great outdoors and if you check out her blog at she talks about her latest hiking adventure in Pennsylvania.

Finally, Audrey likes sharing her story in the hopes of providing encouragement and empowering others who are experiencing the loss of vision. Her goal is to educate and build awareness around the issues the visually impaired face on a daily basis.

Thank you, Audrey, for allowing me the pleasure of writing about you. You are a dynamo and seeing everything you’ve done has been encouraging to me.

“I wish you all a rich and meaningful life…it is possible even with vision loss! Life is “in-session”…live it!” ~Audrey Demmitt