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Easter Greetings From Abby & Alexis

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.

Easter Greetings From Abby & Alexis

Abby with her signature explosive hairstyle is dressed in a teal tank top and gray exercise pants. She is on her knees hugging Alexis, a golden lab with a teal collar around her neck and an Alexis medallion.
Abby & Alexis image credit: Jessica Marano

On this Good Friday afternoon, I wanted to take a moment to wish you Happy Easter greetings. I’m relaxing and spending time with my baby Alexis. Even though at 55 pounds she’s hardly a baby, Alexis is my retired guide dog and hence my family.

A Little Interesting Tidbit About Alexis’ Name

From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant “helper” or “defender”, derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) “to defend, to help”. This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. Alexis came by her name honestly as she was the most loyal guide dog a girl could ask for.

Our Easter Message

We wish you not to lose the beautiful Easter feeling of new beginnings. May this spring bring you new hope, new friendships, and new perspectives.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Featured Image And Abby & Alexis Description:

Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). Her laptop on her laps has a teal Abby logo on the cover. Atop her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone. Her white cane is propped up next to her.

Abby with her signature explosive hairstyle is dressed in a teal tank top and gray exercise pants. She is on her knees hugging Alexis, a golden lab with a teal collar around her neck. And since Alexis has her own fashion sense she has a silver “Alexis” medallion on her collar.

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Ultra Violet In A Visual & Virtual World

Abby is 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.

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” ~Pantone

Fully blossomed water lily violet with a gold and voilet center.If you haven’t already heard, Ultra Violet is 2018’s color of the year. Pantone, the color people, are the premier authority on all things color.

Being born sighted one of the things I was most grateful for was seeing color. While I can still enjoy colors, with my diminished eyesight I have problems distinguishing shades.

We live in a visual world and thanks to the internet we also live in a virtual world. When visual and virtual worlds merge together, it creates an opportunity to engage with others on an unimaginable level.

Being able to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world at any time is nothing short of magical to me. Yet the ability to fully engage in the virtual world leaves many people out in the cold.

You Really Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Ultra Violet, a reddish blue, is an abstract idea to a person who has never seen it before. Unfortunately engaging in the virtual world doesn’t stop at just color. Recently I read an article that said every day 2 billion photos are shared on Facebook alone. Imagine how many total images this would be if we included Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging platforms.

Now consider descriptions are not on the majority of images on all social media. When you have little to no sight this is the reality for many of us. Every. Single. Day. Developers are working hard to make artificial intelligence better at describing images but we still have a long way to go.

In the interim, skillfully painting with words, to describe images and colors can help engage our senses. Similar to a writer making stories come alive in our imaginations, for those of us who cannot see, words fill in the blanks.

Back to Ultra Violet

Color plays a major role in our lives. In fashion, being aware of color is helpful when buying apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. ~Leatrice Eiseman

While Bold Blind Beauty cannot restore sight to a blind person, it’s our hope we can become more mindful of others and together work towards a more inclusive world.

Have a great weekend Everyone! ~Abby

 

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Abby Takes On Underwear, Shapewear & Body Shapers

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.

“Sometimes when my underwear matches my outfit it makes me feel like I really have my life together.” ~Unknown

Underwear from panties, and bras to pantyhose, and more, there are many styles of shapewear to choose. What is shapewear, what does it do and how does it work?

Shapewear is underwear designed to temporarily alter the body to achieve a specific outcome. It’s like sculpting the body without a scalpel. Slimming the thighs, accentuating the waist, lifting the breasts, or sucking in the stomach, are typical areas to target.

Think of shapewear or any underwear for that matter, as the foundation to enhance your appearance in your clothing. Ill-fitting undergarments (shapewear included) can wreak havoc on that cute little number you just bought for the date of your dreams. Sagging or bagging in all the wrong areas does nothing to increase your self-confidence and can ruin the look you are aiming to achieve.

Some shapewear can be an exercise in frustration as putting it on is a workout. However, if you are going for a sleek, smooth appearance shapewear is a reasonable solution.

What Are the Different Types of Shapewear?

  • Body Shapers – body suit or slip that can extend to mid/lower-thigh to flatten, squeeze and support the body by redistributing the jiggle.
  • Bust Shapers – bodysuits or camisoles that shape, smooth, lift, and support.
  • Camisoles/Tanks – slim, smooth, and accentuate the waistline; some lift and support breasts.
  • Control Panties – slim, smooth and support the tummy and rear.
  • Control Pantyhose – slim, smooth and support the tummy, rear, and legs.
  • Leggings – as the name implies, smooths, shapes, and slims from the tummy on down.
  • Slips – focus is on the tummy/waistline, hips, and thighs.
  • Thigh Slimmers – flatten tummy, waistline, hips, and thighs; some are high-waist
  • Waist Cinchers/Trainers – slim the waist and tummy.

Over the years I’ve tried several types of shapewear and I have to say my favorite piece is the corset. Do you have a favorite? What are your thoughts on shapewear?

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Episode #30 | Real Beauty

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“Real beauty is recognizing the awesomeness of being human and the willingness to experience this remarkable, miraculous, journey called life.” ~Abigale

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Episode #2 | Confidence

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Insights On Beauty & Sight Loss

“When we can assertively communicate our confidence in the way we carry ourselves, other’s perceptions of us others becomes less important.” ~Abigale

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Episode #9 | Advocacy In Beauty

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“Extending my advocacy efforts into beauty and fashion made sense to me because we need more resources in this area for blind women.” ~Abigale

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Episode #22 | Shopping

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Insights On Beauty & Sight Loss

“Before going wardrobe shopping, read about and discuss the latest trends, styles and seasonal colors with friends and family who have similar tastes and interests and try to have some ideas about your preferences before you arrive at the store.” ~Abigale

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Episode #5 | Victorious

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“It is not a tragedy to learn how to use the white cane. It is a VICTORY to reclaim independence.” ~Abigale

Sometimes I feel like many people aren’t concerned about the issue of sight loss because they aren’t personally affected. I think being part of such a small demographic adds to this but here’s the thing, before 2005 blindness wasn’t really on my radar either.

You need to care for your eyesight. If you wear eyeglasses you need to care. If you are nearsighted you need to care. If you are farsighted you need to care. If you have diabetes you need to care. If you have an autoimmune disease you need to care. If you are alive, you need to care.

It’s true eyesight is a gift and it’s one to treasure and not take for granted. It’s also true that the loss of eyesight is not the end of the world however I don’t recommend risking the loss of this gift by following silly trends like eyeball tattoos, cosmetic contacts not prescribed by a physician or other careless acts.

For 44 years I loved my sight. Since becoming partially sighted I still love my dim, hazy, and at times, very strange remaining vision and I also see this as a gift. Being one to not be content when there needs to be change who better than to lose their sight than someone who won’t be silenced. As long as I continue to think and breathe I will fight to change perceptions on blindness and sight loss. ~Steph

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Episode #3 | Beauty Industry

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Insights On Beauty & Sight Loss

“One need not look too far to see little representation of blind people in the world at large and in the beauty industry there is a tremendous opportunity for positive change.” ~Abigale

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Holiday Fashion Engages Senses From Head To Toe #2

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.

Houndstooth, Fur & A Little Sparkle

While you may not be able to see the forest for the trees, you can be a vision in an ensemble with multiple textures. In my second installment on engaging the senses through holiday fashion I’ve taken three knit separates added faux fur, velvet, reptile texture, and gemstones to create an overall glamorous vibe.

When we view the world through the narrow lens of the majority we can miss out on brilliant nuances. The beauty in being able to see can hinder our ability to fully engage with our environment.

Being born without or losing a sense like sight exposes us to a whole new world of sensory experience. The environment which the majority of us can see with our eyes is viewed very differently from a person who is blind or visually impaired.

Take today’s outfit for example, looking at it with physical sight we can take in the bold black and white houndstooth pattern. The sparkle of the gemstones would catch our eye but how about the shape, cut, edges, and smooth facets on the crystals?

From the perspective of blindness or visual impairment imagine how delightful the feeling is of running the fingertips through the fur on the vest or how this texture differs in comparison with the knit top. Taking in the smooth, bumpy surface on the handbag provides us with an added sensory experience by hearing the jingle of the adjustable shoulder chain or the magnetic closure.

Then we have the soft, luxurious feeling of velvet ankle boots against the warm and cozy opaque tights. Yes, there is no denying that seeing with our physical eyes is awesome but even when we cannot see we can still, and in some cases even more so appreciate the beauty surrounding us. The difference is in our perception.

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  1. Black rib knit sweater with gem embellished neck – funnel neck and long sleeves.
  2. Black and white houndstooth skirt – wrap-effect front, patch pockets, black trims.
  3. Shaggy vest in jet-black crimped faux fur – three-quarter length.
  4. Black opaque tights.
  5. Black velvet heeled booties – chunky heels.
  6. Silver-colored shoulder bag – silver chain strap.

Here’s a little something to think about: Many people view blindness as a loss but there is another perspective seldom considered, the minority’s view.

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Episode #24 | Focus On Abilities

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

Through sharing some of my personal accomplishments and highlighting the achievements of my blind and VI sisters this will help to shift the conversation from what people think we “can’t do” to place the focus on what we “CAN and ARE doing.” ~Abigale

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Episode #1 | Loss & Moving Forward

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Insights On Beauty & Sight Loss

“Early on in my sight loss journey, I felt very exposed. I hesitated to use my white cane because I didn’t want people to know I was blind. Thankfully I reached a point where I had to keep moving onward, past people’s assumptions about me.” ~Abigale

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