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Abby’s Wind Down Wednesday Tip #3 | Makeup

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ABBY’S CORNER | FALL MAKEUP TIPS

L-A-D-I-E-S!!!

It’s Abby, and today we are talking about the game of make-up! Bring on the color! Where are all my BOLD statement girls? Do you love the lift of mascara to those lashes?!? I sure do! It makes me feel like I have butterfly flutter eyelashes that are fun and flirty!

No matter your style, make-up does not need to be scary. I say this, as a blind woman because this used to send me freaked out and up-side-down! How do I apply? How do I know if this is lip or eyeliner? Wait, what? Did I put on the darker color all over my eyelids or the base color?

We are going to not only shout out the Fall trends but put you at ease to experiment and find your BOLD statement. We ALL have one. This is what I want to really drive home to you! You are BOLD and how you rock your own individual power is all you! It is what makes you unique and fun!

Check out this link to see the top 20 trends for the Fall: 20 Fall Makeup Trends That Will Make You Feel Like a Straight-Up Icon. I LOVE the range of NEON to bronze, the mix of ’80s and ’90s and so much more!!

Much like we saw from the Pantone color report from last week, we see the bronzes, pops of red, gold, blue, plum, and green!! What I want to highlight here is you can give a dramatic look that is confident and calms your fears of application.

What I do for a “run out the door look”:

  • I love the all-in-one powders for my base. It is a powder that sets and acts like a foundation, concealer, and powder finish in an easy compact. Also, here’s a shout out to foundations that have color-matching technology! If powder is not your thing and you need a liquid, for those of you that want to add a bit more moisture to your face, you can finish it off with loose translucent powder! Tip: translucent powder is awesome! It has flecks that pick-up the lighting to give a radiant glow!
  • I swipe my cheeks with a bronzer, making sure I take the brush from the top of my cheekbone, stopping at the apple of my cheek. This contours and creates depth to the cheekbone. Added bonus, it brings attention to your eyes!
  • For my shadow, I am, to quote Megan Trainer, “All about that base!” For my skin tone, I use a neutral cream eyeshade all over my entire eye, let it set, and then use a darker color like a rich plum, gold, green, to make my eye pop and give a smoking effect!! This is easy to achieve with a sideways  “V” motion.
  • Then, I swipe on mascara to get my butterfly lashes rocking.
  • Here is the added touch…lipstick! I love my bold lips! Lipliner is your friend! And the swipe of my favorite color and add a touch of lip gloss in the middle of my bottom lip to give a pouty look!

My friend Melody has agreed to show up in the Bold Blind Beauty Facebook group this weekend to address make-up fears no matter the level of comfort you are at right now! Btw, if you haven’t already joined our group ALL are welcome!

Keeping it real, keeping it natural, keeping it lovely one cane tap at a time! ~Abby

#WindDownWednesday, #HumpDay

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Abby’s Wind Down Wednesday Tip #2 | Fall 2020

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ABBY’S CORNER | TIPS

Editor’s Note:

Hey, guys. It’s me, Abby. I hope you’re all having a fabulous Wednesday!

I’m so excited to let you know that I’ve been working really hard finding all kinds of tips and tricks to share with my beauties! So set a reminder for every Wednesday, I will be coming out to share my wonderful hump day finds!

The Color of Fall

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Passage Cardigan

As the sunsets on Summer, we carry the memories we created with us and enter into the wonder of Fall. Personally, it is one of my favorite seasons! We get to experience new textures, mix long sleeves into our wardrobe, and bring out our own personal style. What about color? Have you ever wondered how the runway is able to showcase different expressions through color and design?

Let me introduce you to the Pantone Institute! Each year the Pantone Institute sets the stage for the trending colors for their creative minds to set the stage for the runway! This Fall, you can expect to see a range of reds, from mandarin red to a burnt red, that gives a earthy feel without losing the classic statement of red. We can also expect to see softer colors like almond, oatmeal, and muted blues and greens. It is a time for us to explore our personal style with mixing and matching. I have included a great article here to give you an overview of Fashion Fun:

What does fashion mean to me as a blind woman?

Fashion is an expression and I love that it is a place where I have full control of how I want to “show-up.” When I step into my closet I have a range of suits to active gear that still gives me the bounce in my step! How did I get here? Well, I started by checking in and seeing how I am feeling when it is time to build on what I need that day to match or elevate my mood. If you see me decked out in a range of sparkle and bold colors, you can bet I needed a lift in spirit. In our current climate of zoom and mask-wearing, how does one get that expression of fashion? All questions I have asked myself along the way. I come back to the same answer prior to COVID 19. What I wear has a direct effect on my production at work, my mood, and my confidence level. Trust me, I love my yoga pants, but do I need them every day? Personally, no, as I have fun jeans and colors that are feeling neglected. Yes, I just gave my clothes feelings! Smiles!

The point being, we live in a world that is so full of color and we all have our own unique style that we can harness and elevate to the next level. What does color mean to you? Lets get a lively conversation on this topic!

Keeping it real, keeping it natural, keeping it lovely one cane tap at a time! ~Abby

#WindDownWednesday, #HumpDay

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  • Image credit Cindy Jancich Cabi Stylist
  • Our lovely model, Melody Goodspeed is posing in a CABI Jacket. The Citizen Jacket looks like it is the Pantone color Saffron
  • Melody Goodspeed is wearing a CABI sweater. The Passage Cardigan looks like it is probably the Pantone color Flame Scarlet
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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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The Color of Reciprocality

Connecting at the Junction

Standing in a three-quarter pose with left hand on left hip and right arm leaning against my counter.This morning when I was walking Mollie (my furkid), a small group of people walked by on their way to their daily destination. I knew who they were by the sounds they made so I turned towards them, smiled and waved “good morning,” to which the one young lady waved in return.

After our brief interchange I began thinking about communication and how our disabilities can play a pivotal role in how we connect with one another. It also occurred to me that I probably never would have given this aspect of communication another thought had I not lost my vision however I am grateful for this bit of enlightenment.

If you’re introverted you understand how uncomfortable social situations can be when you meet new people. I can tell you from first-hand experience there have been times I literally would have preferred the floor to open and swallow me whole as opposed to putting myself out there – it’s a downright scary predicament.

Body language and eye contact speaks so loudly but when you can’t see it becomes a whisper at best, and mute in the worst case scenario. The same could also be said of audibly communicating without sign language or speaking directly to a person who is deaf, blind, nonverbal or a combination of these three.

 Lost in the translation

I’ve always been fascinated with the complexity of communication and how people understand one another. When we all speak the same language and share common characteristics, for example culture, the odds of our understanding what we are communicating greatly increases.

However when we encounter a person who doesn’t speak our language what do we typically do in an attempt to get our point across? Out of habit I do this even when I’m talking with my friends and that is, pantomiming or gesturing wildly. But what about the person in this same situation who has no arms? Just something to think about.

Frontal standing pose looking as if I'm getting ready to sit on my counter stool.

Communication in the digital age has significantly increased the likelihood of being misunderstood not only because of the oodles of acronyms on all social platforms, but even the way we look, speak or write can have a major impact on what we are trying to convey. Just turn on the TV or look on the web and there are many instances of someone saying something that was intended to mean something else entirely.

The Method of Delivery

Intention is at the heart of communication. What is the objective you hope to achieve?

I began this post by talking about the group of what I think are young people (this is just a guess because I can’t see them) who happen to be deaf/mute. Though I do not know sign language, the universal gesture of hello, a simple wave of the hand along with a friendly smile, is my way of saying “hi, how are you, have a great day.” When I get a reciprocal response I’m assured that my message was received and understood.

When I’m getting ready to go to an event or just a simple outing I take great care in how I’m going to present myself. I do this for two reasons: 1) I need to feel good about how I look and 2) I want to project an “I care” attitude to others.

Why should I care what other people think of how I look? Because how I dress is partly a reflection of how I feel about people.

Being unkempt would certainly be an indication that I don’t care about myself but it also says that I don’t have much respect for those around me. When I used to take public transportation and would see regulars getting on the bus to go to work looking a hot mess, I got irritated.

Though there is a segment of the population who really don’t care how they portray themselves, for the rest of us, people do notice. Now I’m not suggesting that you break out the Sunday’s Best, rather I am proposing putting a little thought into the message you want to transmit through your appearance.

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In the pictures included with today’s post I’m communicating my *Ahem* vitality (admittedly I am not a colorful person but I have my moments) by wearing a vivid orange top with white capris and orange slingbacks. I topped the look with my white Nike ball cap and a few accessories then I was good to hang out with one of my gal pals on a recent Saturday afternoon.

The sheer, lined, crepe top is almost halter-like with braided straps and button keyhole closure at the back of the neck. Since the top is flowy I opted to wear it untucked over the rhinestone-embellished (at the outer hem) capris.

The toe of my slingbacks is orange, accented by thin purple straps. I also wore a black and silver pendent necklace, silver cuff bracelet and silver drop earrings.

Bright colors and whites  immediately lift my spirits and make me feel more energetic. If you want to get noticed or lighten your mood, just add a pop of color, be it a top, bottoms, dress, shoes, or accessories.

So what are you communicating today? You can respond by leaving a comment or emailing me directly at boldblindbeauty@gmail.com.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

“I nod to a passing stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two human beings go off, feeling a little less anonymous.” ~Robert Brault,