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Issue #17 | Confidence & Self-Respect

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Abigale’s Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“Like most things in our lives, confidence ebbs and flows. Some days you may feel more confident than others. However, even on the days when you lack confidence, unless you’re saving lives, it’s not fatal.”

For me, confidence is an ongoing battle of accepting my quirks, flaws, and insecurities. During the moments when I don’t feel confident I remind myself of my value and this helps me to refocus. When I feel confident, I feel beautiful.

How does one become confident? Begin with self-respect. When you respect yourself, you are empowered to choose who and what you allow into your life. Your confidence will continue to grow when you have a mutual and healthy respect for yourself and others,

Take some time if you need to, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and then when you feel the moment is right, carry on. Be kind to yourself; be kind to others, and remember confidence requires constant maintenance. ~Abby

Abby’s Reflections Description: 

A white, teal, and gray template utilizing the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image of Abby sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

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Nothing To Wear? Abby Has An Answer

Abby is on the job sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

 The “I Have Nothing To Wear” Conundrum

etre cecile tee Quote reads "Women In History Shouldn't Be A Mystery"
Graphic Tee from Etre Cecile

We’ve all been there. We simply cannot deny that we’ve shared the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

The day dawns sunny and bright. A gentle breeze blows through the open window softly rustling the curtains. The golden rays of sun peek through landing a whisper of a warm kiss on your cheek. You roll on your back, lazily stretching your limbs while yawning, as you awaken to a beautiful spring day.

As the foggy haze of sleep gradually dissipates you come to the realization that today will be a great day. Almost as quickly as this thought emerges you swiftly bound out of bed with a song in your heart ready to tackle the world.

After you complete your typical morning routine while still smiling, you dance your way to your closet to scan its contents. Your smile fades into a frown as you dismiss one garment after another. It’s at this moment your anxiety begins to surface. Yes, you have a closet full of clothes yet the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” epidemic strikes.

Do Not Become Unraveled

The simplest answer to this aged old quandary of “I have nothing to wear” is one word—versatility. While there are many multifunctional pieces of clothing, the classic tee-shirt is one of my favorites.

With different necklines, designs, closures, and fits, the tee-shirt is one of the most comfortable wardrobe items. Depending on the need you can dress it up, dress it down, layer it, or wear it as a standalone piece.

Styling Alternatives

Typically when I buy tee-shirts, I buy multiples in a variety of colors which allows me to extend my wardrobe. So how can you vary the way you wear your tees? Let me count the ways:

  1. you can wear them with jeans, slacks, overalls, or skirt
  2. you can layer them under a sundress, vest, or open shirt
  3. you can wear them under a blazer, jacket, or cardigan
  4. you can wear them tucked in, untucked, or partially tucked
  5. you can knot them (loose-fitting tee)
  6. you can knot and layer them (loose-fitting tee)
  7. you can wear them off one shoulder (loose-fitting tee)
  8. you can wear them with a belt or without
  9. you can accessorize them with a scarf
  10. you can wear them with a chunky necklace or pearls
  11. you can wear them with heels, flats, and sandals
  12. you can wear them with a baseball cap or hat

The point is you can start with a tee and bottoms as the base and then build from there. For example a few weeks ago I went to a casual event and wore a pair of cuffed skinny jeans, white tee, white hoodie, and white canvas sneakers. Alternatively, if I wanted to go for a dressier look I could wear dress pants, tee, cardigan and accessorize.

Image Description: I couldn’t resist sharing this t-shirt I found on Polyvore. The tee is white with black lettering that says “Women In History Shouldn’t Be A Mystery.” The tee is available online at Etre Cecile. It was designed in collaboration with Stylist magazine to mark 100 years since British women gained the right to vote. All proceeds from sales of this t-shirt go to Women’s Aid

Have a fabulous weekend! ~Abby

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Issue #25 | Shaini Saravanamuthu

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“The best thing I ever did was come out and TALK about my disability/diagnosis!” ~Shaini Saravanamuthu

Shaini was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She is an accountant by day and a Sephora girl by night. Shaini loves learning new things and trying new projects, which have led her to several great opportunities and great friendships! She hopes her story inspires others and helps those who may be going through a similar situation.

Recently on Instagram, Shaini talked about her invisible disability, anxiety, and depression that sometimes manifests itself. Since so many of us can relate to Shaini’s message I wanted to share a lightly edited version of her post with you.

Having an invisible disability comes with its share of anxiety episodes! Initially, I hid those feelings because I was afraid no one would understand why I was feeling this way! So every time I was in a new place, I would feel the anxiety working its way up my body!

Depression & Anxiety aren’t the most welcoming conversation in our community, everyone just doesn’t want to accept that it is real and that it can happen to someone they love! This stigma is why I decided to open up about my story. I can now help others and most importantly help keep myself from living a lie!

So if someone you love comes to talk to you about how they are feeling, please listen to them. Help them feel better or help direct them to seek a professional!

The best thing we can all do is talk about it! Raise awareness and help get rid of the stigma around Anxiety & Depression!

Shaini Saravanamuthu’s Blind Beauty Description:

Description: Featured image is a Blind Beauty mock magazine cover. Shaini’s long dark hair covers her shoulders.  She is wearing a bindi (a gem worn on the forehead between the eyebrows) and pretty bright fuchsia lip color. Shaini’s vivid lip color exactly matches the small exposed portion of her fuchsia garment. She is wearing a long gold earring can in her right ear. 

Blocks of text superimposed on Shaini’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”

Shaini can be followed on Instagram: @shinez_

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A Valentine’s Day Greeting

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 “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of Hope.” ~Maya Angelou

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate quote for Valentine’s Day than this one by Maya Angelou.

Bold Blind Beauty is all about transcending barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. On this Valentine’s Day when we interact with others let’s err on the side of kindness and love.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Bold Blind Beauty!