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Scarves | Effortless Casual Elegance

Abbys Corner image is fully described in the body of the post.

Scarves are a timeless multi-functional accessory. From headwraps to belts the only limitation to what you can do with a scarf is your imagination. 

Assorted lightweight colored scarves balled up on a white table The versatility of scarves cannot be denied. Here are just a few fun ideas:

  1. From Scarves To Neckties

    Long scarves work really well knotted like a necktie. I like to wear mine with knot midway down my chest. Here are tying instructions:

    • Drape scarf around your neck (one side longer than the other)
    • Cross the long end over the short end
    • Pull the long end behind the short end
    • Bring the long end around. It should be facing off to the opposite side
    • Pull the long end up under the loop around your neck
    • Pull the long end down through the knot at the front of the scarf
    • Tighten the knot by sliding it up the short end
  2. Scarves As Jewelry

    To create a necklace take a long lightweight scarf.

    • Fold the scarf in half and tie a knot in the center
    • Tie 2 more knots evenly spaced between the center knot and the ends on both sides
    • Tie the ends together behind your neck and you’ve got a knotted scarf necklace
    • To spice things up a bit you could add wooden beads
  3. Handbag Accessory Scarves

    To repurpose an old handbag or a clutch with a fold over flap, create a scarf purse strap.

    • Remove old strap
    • Fold the scarf lengthwise
    • Twist
    • Tie each end to the strap holder
    • For a clutch, tie scarf ends together and insert flap through the loop voilà purse strap
    • Just want to add a little zing to your bag? Tie a small colorful scarf where the bag and strap meet
  4. No Infinity Scarf? No problem

    • Take a long scarf
    • Tie the ends of the scarf together
    • Place the loop over your head
    • Let it hang as a singular loop
    • Twist and place the second loop over your head
  5. The Scarf Belt

    • Twist or fold scarf lengthwise
    • Tie around your waist
  6. The Loose Square Scarf

    • Fold oversized square scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
    • Hold the upside-down folded triangle in front of you like a bib
    • Take the two ends along the fold and place under your chin
    • Cross the ends behind your neck
    • Bring the ends to the front and let them hang loose

Scarves with fringes, metallic threads, or other embellishments can really make your entire outfit pop. Have fun experimenting and don’t strive for perfection. Remember, effortless is the keyword.

Abby’s Corner Image 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.

Have a great weekend! ~Abby

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #30

Scarf Vest Adds Zest To Jeans & Tee

Photo description is in the body of the postAfter downsizing your wardrobe having less to choose from allows for more creativity. A fun way to spice up your jean/tee outfit is making a lightweight summer vest from a long scarf. It’s as simple as one knot.

The scarf I used in the pictures is a long 72″ x 38″ blue and white decorative paisley pattern.

1. Fold lengthwise in half
2. Tie ends together (the short loose ends and the short folded ends)
3. Open up to show armholes
4. Slip arms through armholes
5. Presto chango you now have a long chic vest!

Image: Tri collage of me posed standing in front of my counter holding my white cane. I’m wearing black crisscross strapped heels, cuffed skinny jeans, black tee topped with scarf vest, silver-toned long beaded fringe necklace, silver-toned cutout cuff bracelet, silver-toned beaded embellished hoop earrings.

Happy Friday!!

Steph

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #27

Date Night Style Emergencies 101

Picture this, after months of playful flirting back and forth you’ve finally gotten the courage to ask your neighbor down the hall out on a date at a popular jazz club in the city. He said “yes” now it’s a mad dash to the beauty salon to get hair and nails done.

After you’ve been beautified, you carefully select the perfect outfit, black midi pencil skirt, off the shoulder white top, strappy black heeled sandals, teardrop post earrings, bracelet, crossover bag, and white cane. Now the fun begins as you transform into the glamorous, enchanting creature residing inside you. Then 10 minutes before “Go Time” the unthinkable happens…

On the way to do one last makeup check you trip over Fluffy, your adorable little rescue mutt. Landing with a thud on the bedroom carpet not only did you snag a fingernail, you’ve lost the back to one of your earrings, your top is slightly askew, and worse yet your black skirt is now covered in Fluffy’s white hair. Drat!

With no time to waste you hurriedly grab your emergency kit and get to work. The lint remover sheets do a remarkable job getting rid of the dog hair on the skirt. Next, you pick up your missing earring find the tiny hypoallergenic earring back, reinserted the post and secure with the clear back. Using the double-sided tape on the inside of your top ensures it will remain in place.

The miniature emery board makes quick work on the snagged fingernail but as time counts down, because everyone knows women don’t sweat, your underarms begin glistening. Not to worry though, your kit has adhesive garment shields. Yet another emergency averted.

Two minutes left before your dates comes a calling you’re finally standing at the bathroom mirror applying your mineral veil to set your makeup and none too soon as you hear a knock at the door. Snatching your white cane, and bag (complete with the emergency kit) you glide to the door appearing cool as the proverbial cucumber.

When you open the door standing before you is the man of your dreams. Taking his proffered arm the two of you head to the car. Once you’re belted in and he prepares to start the car he gazes at you then slightly bends his head as you part your lips and you hear him gently whisper “you’ve got something on your top.” Hmm, you didn’t see that coming but no worries because you’re prepared with your Tide To Go in your emergency kit.

Contents In Fashion Emergency Kit Photo:

  • Hollywood Fashion Double-sided Clear Tape
  • Deodorant Removing Sponge – for removing deodorant, makeup or powder smudges from clothing
  • Adhesive No-Show Concealers (shaped like a clover) are used to create a smooth appearance by deperkifying
  • Breast Lift Tape – similar to fashion tape for when a bra isn’t required
  • Adhesive Garment Shields
  • 2 Safety-Pins
  • 2 Instant Self-Adhesive Buttons
    3″ x 3″ Lint Removing Sheets
  • Clear Rubber Hypo-Allergenic Earring Back
  • Clear Rubber Hair Band
  • Small Emery Board
  • 1 Round Blister Pad
  • Shoe Shine Sponge
  • Vial of Static Guard
  • Tide To Go
  • Silver Crystal Embellished Wristlet

Hollywood Fashion Secrets come as individual components or premade kits. Aside from the actual site you can find the products at the following stores: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Beauty.com, Amazon, and others.

In can neither confirm nor deny whether the events in this post actually occurred. But the moral of the story: Never let ’em see you sweat!😉

Have a very nice weekend!

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #26

Creating A Theme With Details

Posed standing holding my white cane in front of my counter As an analytical person, I like details. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’d have a fondness for details in my clothing.

When I got the workout capris I’m wearing in the photos I envisioned wearing them with sneakers, casual, and dressy shoes. The determining factor in the look I want to create relies heavily on the shoes. So when I found these fabulous strappy criss-cross strappy heeled pumps I knew they’d work with the capris.

The lattice hem feature on my capris gives them that little extra oomph while adding a long-sleeved light knit sweater with the heels takes them up an added notch. Did I mention the sweater also has lattice detailing on the shoulders?

Posed half seated on my bar stool with my white cane in my right hand. Rear shot of me standing displays the lattice hem on the back of capris Posed standing next to my counter holding my white cane in my right hand.

The combined pieces, capris, sweater, and pumps all share strappy features that work well together. Adding a silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace was the perfect accent.

What I wore:

  • Heather gray, long-sleeved, ribbed lattice detail sweater | Macy’s
  • Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s
  • Black faux suede black pointed toe pumps with crisscross straps | DSW (link is to a comparable pair)
  • Silver-toned medallion on a faux leather necklace | ancient
  • Silver-toned cuff bracelet | ancient
  • Small embellished hoop earrings | Vera Wang Kohl’s
  • White cane

Have a nice weekend!