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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #6

Sweater + Skirt + Boots = Classy

photogrid_1479767866787A couple of weeks ago I had a Care Plan Conference meeting for my mom at the nursing home. Not knowing what to expect I opted for my black Ann Taylor skirt, Old Navy black & white striped v-neck sweater, black knee-high boots, black tights, silver plated cuff bracelet & lacy statement earrings.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impact. Take this skirt for example. The material is a heavy wool, there’s a split in the back, the waist band is a faux leather and the best part are the three gold-plated zippers (on two front pockets, frontal closure and split which can be zipped closed). This is such a beautiful garment that it would enhance just about anything.

Even though it was very cold the day of the meeting I felt nice and toasty. As a matter of fact I felt so good I was able to pull out the faux fur vest since I would going directly from my place to the facility.

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The meeting was very productive and my mom had quite a bit of input. While many people tend to write off Alzheimer patients, the social services and nursing staff treated my mom with dignity and respect by listening to, and addressing her concerns. One of the more serious issues was a medication snafu which mom was able to detect because she still documents her doses, times, etc.

Being unafraid to speak up on her own behalf has worked well for my mother because very little gets by her. I guess we’re a family of advocates.

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #5

Spicing Up A Pair Of Skinny Jeans

img_20161203_152505-2You cannot go wrong accessorizing with an animal print. Even though this past Thanksgiving was going to be a simple affair, to add a little zing I wore my Ann Taylor animal print cardigan with a cami and jeans.

My brother and I ordered a takeout family thanksgiving meal from Boston Market then the two of us along with one of my sons had dinner with our mom at the nursing home. We had so much to be thankful for this year because we almost lost our mom. She not only survived but thrived and continues to be her feisty self. I’m so thankful we had the opportunity to show her she matters to us.

I’m always saying that we all have an expiration date, we just don’t know when it will occur. This past year I’ve become more aware of how fragile life is and we only have this one chance to make things right with the people in our lives. I think all in all this was one of the best holidays in recent memory.

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Outfit Description: Ann Taylor animal print cardigan with black sleeves and back, black cami, blue skinny jeans, black oxford heels. Accessories included a silver medallion necklace on a faux leather strap, drop earrings and two bracelets.

Happy Monday!

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1 Skirt, 3 Looks: Day 3

Advocacy & The White Cane

Two images of me standing with my white cane.When you feel good, you look good has been a personal mantra of mine for as long as I can remember. Confidence tells the world you feel good about yourself and your appearance reflects this feeling. When a person can walk in confidence, regardless of the status of their life—this is beautiful!

After I received the diagnosis I was legally blind, then later needed to learn how to use the white cane, it put a cramp in my confidence. “People will look at me” was my constant fear.

Remembering who I was helped me to not only overcome my fear but also opened the door to a new mission. So who was I? A lifelong advocate. The only difference now was learning to advocate on my behalf.

A larger image of the gray shoes with black heels and a smaller rear view image of me standing.

My message is one of hope and fortitude. Do I have bad days? Most definitely, but I refuse to be kept down and you can too! Through our network of encouraging women and men we lift one another up. So when we are down we can draw strength from our sisters and brothers.

I love this community and am so very blessed to have you in my life.

For today’s look I took the same skirt from the past two days and paired it with a black blouse, chunky statement necklace, wide black belt, black opaque tights, gray/black kitten heels and white cane.

Have a fabulous weekend!! 😃 

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1 Pencil Skirt, 3 Looks: Day 2

The Beauty Of Double Duty

Collage of 3 images of me in standing poses with my white cane.Continuing where I left off yesterday, today’s look has a couple of hidden features which are displayed in the second photo (description below).

When I was young I wanted to be a spy when I grew up. Disguises, secret codes, and covert communications greatly appealed to me. Considering my childhood dream it comes as no surprise that I love all things double duty including clothing and accessories.

The ‘choker’ is actually a long strand of faux pearls which I’ve doubled up and secured with a little clip at the back of my neck. To add extra pizzazz, at times I will affix a brooch to the front of the faux choker. The skirt has a hidden zipper in the split at the back which allows me to convert it to a non split. Cool huh?

Standing pose with an insert of the skirt displaying the open split/zipper, strand of pearls and necklace shortener.

I’ve had the silver plated clip for many years (an awesome purchase from Premier Design Jewelry). Unfortunately I can’t remember the formal name but you can search for a necklace shortener or clip.

Images: Gray Ann Taylor skirt, burgundy Ann Taylor, surplice (faux wrap) top, burgundy opaque tights, gray patterned faux suede ankle boots, faux pearl choker, chunky bracelet, and finally my white cane.