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Style is for Everyone

Oh to be Young Again

I love the honesty of children their innocence is so pure and I believe they can teach us so much if we only let them. In losing the untainted innocence of childhood I think we lose that part of ourselves that accepts people at face value. The most recent two examples of this I can remember, is when a little girl approached me and asked me an innocent question and when my son, Devon, taught me and my co-workers a lesson I’ll never forget.

I just finished a day at the office, took the elevator to the first floor and upon entering the lobby of the building I worked at, a little girl approached me and asked why I use a white cane. I could have been irritated or indignant by her question (I think her mom was panic-stricken as she tried to explain when I interrupted and told her daughter that) “I can’t see very well and the cane helps me to get around.” We talked for a little while longer and it was such an enjoyable conversation cut short by the arrival of my paratransit service.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

The other incident was a number of years ago when I took Devon to work with me. An auditor was scheduled to come to the office but we didn’t know he was wheelchair bound. So while we were trying to figure out how we should behave, my son, unbeknownst to us went into the conference room and struck up a conversation with the auditor and served him a beverage. To say that I was embarrassed by my behavior is an understatement. It took this child to show us adults that this man in the wheelchair was no different than we were. It was one of the most proud and humbling experiences I can remember. Proud because my son could see past this man’s disability and humbling because it took a child to teach me that a person is so much more than their disability.

Don’t Believe the Hype

Wouldn’t it be great if the advertising industry encompassed everyone? I’d love to see commercials, print and virtual ads with people using mobility devices and speaking to hidden disabilities as well. Oh well, until that time comes we can still use our creativity to find deals even if they aren’t geared specifically to us and that includes those of us over 50.

Sweater & Skirt
Images from Forever 21

Take Forever 21 for example, while it appears to be targeted to younger women (they do have a plus sizes too), this retailer has some nice stuff at very reasonable prices. I was able to pull together an outfit for under $50.00 consisting of a blue shag sweater and a charcoal layered knit skirt. I would probably were my black/grey booties with a black handbag, long necklace, earrings and bracelets. Pictured right, at $22.80, is the Groovy Moves Shag Sweater, and the $17.80 Posh Layered Knit Skirt. The sweater is a lightweight eyelash knit with a round neckline, long Raglan sleeves and ribbed trim. The partially lined lightweight skirt features a layered front, banded waist, high-low hem and finished trim.

I wasn’t able to find jewelry at Forever 21 that appealed to me and again, what appeals to me may not necessarily appeal to you. However just like I was able to find a sweater, skirt and a few other items I would wear, I venture to say that you too could find something you like.

Be true to yourself!

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
~ Sophia Loren

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Winter Casual

Reflect, Resolve, Retreat?

The thing I like about the New Year is reflecting on the past year and the hope of better things to come. I applaud people who make New Years’ resolutions and stick by them because it takes determination to stay true to the promises made.

I do not and have not made New Years’ resolutions for several years because no matter how good my intentions, I would eventually revert back to old habits.

Being a goal-oriented person, instead of making New Year’s resolutions I periodically review where I am, where I want to be within a certain timeframe, then I do checkpoints and make adjustments as needed. Since this is a continual process throughout the year I’m able to see progress on my short and long-term goals. Keeping a running tally of goals achieved then crossing them off allows me to keep them current. Looking back and seeing in black and white just how far I’ve come is liberating.

Photo Credit Stylish Eve
Photo Credit Stylish Eve

In thinking of ways to evolve this year, the one thing that came to mind was ‘I’ve got to work on my casual look.’ I feel most comfortable in business/professional attire and even when I wear jeans I still opt to dress them up. So as I was looking for inspiration for today’s post I came across a jeans outfit that I would like to have.

Pictured is a camel colored long-sleeved cowl-neck sweater, blue jeans, brown suede boots, Michael Kors handbag with gold accents, gold bangles/long necklace and a pair of sunglasses. The jeans in the picture are low-rise so I would go with jeans that offer me a better fit. My accessories would be silver and the only things I would add is my faux fur vest and my white cane (with coordinated cane charm) for a sharp, finished look.

Hopefully, at least once a week, I can pull off a casual look that doesn’t look as if it was carefully planned. If I’m not able to do this it’s really no sweat because as I sit at my computer I can’t get any more casual than sweats, t-shirt, and bandana LOL.

“Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever. ” ~ Ralph Lauren

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2014 Color Of The Year Radiant Orchid

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky

It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone I talk to recently is so ready for this year to be over. 2013 was the first year in recent memory where I wanted each day to last a little longer.

Turmoil in the form of losing my joy, downsizing my apartment, and having two eye surgeries were a little stressful. Nothing beat the joyful moments of the birth of my first grandchild and treasuring the people in my life.

If there’s one takeaway from this year it’s this: I will continue to live in the present moment. So while anticipating the coming of 2014 I’m going to savor today, the last day of 2013.

How Can A Blind Person Appreciate Color?

Radiant Orchid, if you don’t know already, is the color of the year for 2014. According to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is described as: “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.

Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The description of Radiant Orchid is such a lovely portrayal of the color. However, what does this mean to someone who cannot see? When I think of explaining color to someone who has never seen it, I think of the adage “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

It’s true some of us with vision impairments can still see and appreciate color, It’s also true that some of us have no concept of color. For a person who is born totally blind (without light perception), color is an abstract theory. While there are no easy answers, I like how Tommy Edison attempts to describe color in this video: What color means to blind people.

If we can agree on feelings evoked by descriptions of color, this gives those of us in the blind community a starting point to appreciate color on a different level. Color plays a major role in fashion and being aware of colors can be helpful when buying apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories.

You can have so much fun enhancing what you already have in wardrobe with pieces that incorporate trending colors. While all colors and types of clothing do not work for everyone, you should go with what works best for you.

Next week I’ll continue the discussion on color and how you can include various colored pieces into your wardrobe.

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

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Easy 5-Step Skincare Regimen Before Makeup

Pre-Makeup Skincare Program

Picture of Mary Kay Skincare Products referenced in Steps 1-5.Last week I talked about my preference for Mary Kay skincare products because they work for me. This week I’m sharing the steps I follow for caring for my skin’s daytime needs.

Before I dive in, you need to understand what works for me may not necessarily work for you. I urge you to experiment and find products suited to your skin’s needs.

Timewise is the product line used in each step

Step 1: 3-in-1 Cleanser. I use a quarter-size amount, wet my skin with warm water then apply the cleanser and gently work it into a lather. then rinse and pat dry.

Step 2: Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 35. I apply one squirt from the spritzer bottle in my hand. Then dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 3: Age-Fighting Moisturizer. I use about a half of a dime size (a little of the moisturizer goes a long way). Then, like the Day Solution, I dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 4: Foundation Primer. A dime size amount applied like the same way as in steps 2 and 3.

Step 5: Concealer. I squeeze a little less than a pea size amount on the tip of one finger and apply to problem areas with a finger on the opposite hand.

After the above 5 steps, I apply my Mineral Powder Foundation and complete my look with eyeliner, mascara and lip color.