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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #23

Easy Peasy Run About Town Look

3-panel collage with me posed standing by my counter with my white cane. Outfit description is in the body of the post.
Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s, Silver Sketchers | DSW

So last week my doctor calls with the results of my bloodwork. It’s mostly good news although while my good cholesterol is high my bad cholesterol is also high. He suggested statins I said, “no, what else can I do?” I already knew the answer I just wanted to see if there was a loophole.

You gotta understand, I have nothing against diet and exercise except, I really, really, really want it all my way, is this too much to ask? Apparently so because now I have to grow up, act like an adult, and take my health seriously.

3-panel collage with me posed standing by my counter with my white cane. Outfit description is in the body of the post.
Black lattice hem capris | Kohl’s, Silver Sketchers | DSW

Motivation to return to the gym means I had to invest in some new workout gear. After scouring some of my favorite online stores I settled on Kohl’s where I found these cute black lattice hem capris. They are so cute I wore them to my mother’s doctor appointment the other day.

Today’s exercise apparel is chic enough to wear while running about town. For the look in the photos, I added a black workout tank top, white hoodie, and silver sneakers. Since the goal is to create a casual appearance my jewelry was at a minimum (remember, I always wear earrings) but I got to sport some of my new hair – YAY!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #22

The Chambray Shirt & A Little Pop Of Color

I'm posed standing with my right elbow on my counter, chin resting on my hand holding my white cane in my left hand.

Busy, busy, busy. Between dental appointments, shopping for new hair, and taking my mom to the eye doctor I’m exhausted.

Where has the week gone? It seems like yesterday it just started and here we are now on Friday.

Since I’m typically at home attached to my computer, if you were to visit, you’d find me looking like a castaway on some deserted island. So what an exhilarating change of pace to grab the opportunity to coordinate outfits and full makeup for four days in a row.

Even though temperatures were in the mid to upper 60s earlier in the week, for me this range is a little too cool for sleeveless yet a little too warm for a jacket. The solution was a chambray shirt atop a sleeveless top with jeans and yellow & natural striped espadrille wedge mules. The bonus here (this is totally accidental), is the yellow in my shoes matches the yellow on my white cane.

Wearing a button down shirt open, partially buttoned, or tied as a cover-up is a nice, simple, easy-going look in comparison to a blazer.

Description On What I Wore:

  • Ann Taylor sleeveless navy with tiny white polka dots top
  • Old Navy chambray shirt, unbuttoned with rolled sleeves
  • Ann Taylor dark denim jeans
  • Nine West yellow & natural striped closed-toe wedge espadrilles

 

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #21

Lose The Hypercriticism

I'm posing for the camera standing with my white cane prior to leaving for the evening.Like a little kid anxiously awaiting Christmas morning, I was so excited to launch personal preparations for an upcoming gathering with friends. I carefully selected an outfit including a couple of baubles, had a mani/pedi, updated my makeup, and dare I say this here? Eh, why not? Ordered a new wig.

Everything was lining up pretty nicely as my online orders began arriving last week. So what if the larger of the two same pair of jeans I ordered fit? At least I had the presence of mind to order two different sizes (just in case).

Then it happened. On Tuesday stuff started going haywire.

I’d received just about everything except for the wig but I thought ‘no worries’ I still have two days left to get it in time for my outing. This was the first of several annoyances.

On the way home from my spa day I examined my newly manicured fingernails and thought they didn’t look quite right. Throughout the balance of the day, night, and into the next morning disappointment mingled with thoughts of disgust (because of money forked out) flitted in and out of my mind on my nail situation. It got to the point I had to call the nail salon to request a redo for the following morning.

So, yesterday afternoon with nails redone and still no wig I begin getting ready for the evening. Even though I was bummed about the hair situation I was still excited to use my new makeup that is until I began applying my eyeliner. One eye was done, then I go to twist the liner pencil only to hear the sickening sound of a click indicating it was empty. But because I do denial extremely well there I am at the bathroom mirror continuing to twist the pencil with the expectation that mystically magically more product would appear-drat! Time to break out the emergency backup liner pencil even though it’s not the right color it would have to do.

While my final look wasn’t exactly as I imagined just as soon as my phone rang I was all grins. It was Margie and she was outside waiting for me. As soon as I get in her car thoughts of increased size, wigs, nails, and eyeliners flew out the window. We were on our way to meet ‘The Gang.’

‘The Gang’ includes extraordinary people with whom there are no pretenses. Nothing is ever off the table because we can laugh, cry, share and talk about contentious topics like politics, race, religion while respecting differing opinions. This is what it’s about—life is about people. It’s about a mutual appreciation for one another and loving unconditionally.

I began this post to demonstrate that appearance isn’t everything and when we place too much focus on those minute things (many which are barely noticed by others) we lose sight of what’s really meaningful.

Outfit Description:

  • White boyfriend jeans (I talked about these last week in Tip #20) | Macy’s
  • Heather grey, long-sleeved, ribbed lattice detail top | Macy’s
  • Nude lace-up block heeled sandals | DSW

Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #20

Preparing for Spring/Summer

Jessica Simpson Tinnay Sandal in Nude: The Tinnay sandal has a block heel and ghillie styling to add a trendy touch to your look.
DSW | Jessica Simpson Tinnay Sandal

If you’ve been a part of the Bold Blind Beauty Community for the last few months I’ve shared tips from downsizing to making the most out of what you have. Today I’d like to tackle how to update your wardrobe and save money at the same time by using technology.

Use a spreadsheet program like MS Excel or my favorite, Google Sheets:

  • Unsubscribe from all retail mailing lists. This eliminates the temptation to buy. Use a spreadsheet program to document favorite retailer’s hyperlinks to update or replenish makeup, skincare, wardrobe, shoes, and accessories.
  • Create and update a list of wants/needs. I use Google Keep a simple note-keeping app that syncs to all of my devices and has some cool features to allow for ease of organizing notes/lists by color or tags.
  • Create and maintain a spreadsheet containing a current inventory of wardrobe and accessories. This allows for ease of seeing what is needed down the road.

Use money-saving browser extensions for online shopping:

  • Honey – automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout with a single click.
  • Amazon Assistant – helps you make better decisions wherever you shop online by providing order updates, cost-saving product comparisons, can save products from any website to your registries or lists.
  • Ebates – Once activated the Ebates cash back button finds coupons and promo codes, and automatically apply them when you checkout.

Exercise Discipline

This last tip isn’t technology related but is important in helping you to stick with your minimalist strategy. An example of how I do this is planning ahead of time. My spring/summer wardrobe

Here’s my spring/summer wardrobe list:

Mustard colored, pointed toe flat slingbacks from Zara with metallic piece detail on the sole and elastic strap at the back for a better fit.
Zara | Flat Slingback Shoes

Fashion jewelry – I’m swapping out older pieces for a choker, earring cuffs, hoops, drop earrings, bracelet, necklace.

Shoes – One pair each: slides, sneakers, slingbacks, sandals (flat & heeled), flats.

Clothing – Denim dress (this has been on my list for a couple of years because I haven’t found one that speaks to me yet), white jeans, utility jacket, caftan, 3 tops.

Accessories – sunglasses and a ball cap.

It should be noted that for each new item, I get rid of an existing item. I’ll share my fall list in an upcoming post.

Do you have any fashionable cost-saving techniques to share? Please do tell.