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Cozy, Comfy & Cute – Autumn Wear’s 3 Cs

Cooler temperatures dictate chunky sweaters and one of my personal faves, a reversible cape.

Tri collage consisting of two photos of me standing and one sitting posing with my white cane in front of my counter.In the collage I’m wearing a tan dolman sleeve sweater and a leopard print scarf, with black leggings, black patent tasseled loafers, and a navy/gray cowl cape. The snaps which create large armholes enables even greater versatility of the cape as I can wear it as a wrap. The wool blend keeps me nice and toasty in the autumn chill.

Opting for flats instead of heels made this outfit even more comfortable without compromising the fabulous feeling I get from wearing a cape. Additional cute combos can be achieved by pairing with jeans & over the knee boots, long skirt & ankle boots, dress pants & heels. Whatever you choose, with the right bag, shades, or optional hat, you’ll be ready to conquer the universe.

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Holiday Fashion Engages Senses From Head To Toe

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.

Turn Heads In Blue Velvet & Ivory

What I love most about autumn and the approaching holiday season is the assault on the senses. From the sound of leaves delicately dancing across the ground on a breezy fall morning to the mesmerizing crackle and sizzle of logs in the fireplace, I can’t get enough.

I don’t know what it is about the onset of cooler temperatures, but it’s as if my senses come alive. It’s during this time of year when I especially take notice of the multitude of bold textures and I enjoy incorporating soft, smooth, plush, material with fabrics ranging from warm and heavy to hard, shiny, and sparkly.

Since the holidays are upon us, during the next few weeks I’ll share examples of outfits that offer tactile, pretty, and functional features that are especially pleasing to my bold, blind, and beautiful friends.

This week’s outfit is a classy combination of ivory and blue with red accents.

Blue Velvet
Description (clockwise from the top):
  1. Bejeweled flat – navy pointed smoking slipper enhanced with sparkly crystals at the toe.
  2. Reversible wool cape – solid navy one side, gray and blue striped on the other side.
  3. Ivory corduroy trousers – soft corduroy with zipped cuffs and shiny silver-tone hardware.
  4. Red patent round shoulder bag – metal feet, jewel details, tassel zip pull, convertible can be worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
  5. Cream lattice back knitted chunky sweater.
  6. Red graduated beads make up these drop earrings with post closure.

What types of special features do you look for in clothing and accessories?

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #17

Keep It Understated & Uncomplicated

Collage containing a picture of me sitting on my barstool with white cane in hand, a picture of the outfit described in the post and a picture of the denim trench coat.I’ve been battling bronchitis for the past couple of weeks. What began as a sore throat morphed into laryngitis which led to bronchitis. As a lifelong asthmatic, let me tell you any additional respiratory issues can make life a wee bit uncomfortable.

When you’re under the weather the last thing you want to be concerned with is what to wear, am I right or am I right? I felt like crap the other day and my preference would have been to remain indoors, I had errands to run. My go-to outfit when I’m not feeling well is simple: jeans or leggings, flats, tee-shirt, and earrings.

In the spirit of full transparency, I’ve been known to forego makeup by hiding behind some chic shades and no matter where I have to go or what I have to do you won’t catch me without earrings. Unless I’m feeling particularly grungy, just doing these minor things can help to make me feel better and appear put together.

Back to what I was saying the other day. Since the weather was so nice I put in a little extra effort by throwing on some makeup, pulling out these cute satin taupe ballet flats accented with a petaled pouf, a tee with long sleeves (shirred at the wrist), my black leggings, and topped it off with my denim trench coat.

I shared the following quote on Facebook this morning and with a couple of minor tweaks, I think it fits nicely with this post.

The Fashion Formula
=
1 Basic (jeans, skirt, top)
+
1 Interest Piece (color, pattern, texture, shine)
+
1 Completer Piece (jacket, cardigan, belt)
+
Accessories (bag, jewelry, shoes, scarf)

Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Footwear Fit for a Princess

Glitter Glitz & Glam

What do Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty all have in common? If you thought they were all princesses you would only be half correct. Though I can’t confirm with 100 percent accuracy on Sleeping Beauty’s status, for argument’s sake, and purposes of today’s discussion, let’s agree they all wore heels when they were dressed in their princessy finest.

The gold sequined bodice is sort of a brocade-like design and the flared skirt fabric looks like satin.
Princess for a Day

So the other day during an email exchange with one of my blogger friends, Khaya Ronkainen, we talked briefly about wearing flats with evening attire. While we know that every single woman on the planet does not wear heels, generally speaking, for many fancy soirees we typically see women in heels. So today I wanted to share a few cocktail party/formal combinations featuring pointy toe flats.

This dress is a form-fitting bodycon dress with a boat neckline.
Sizzling Sequins

Our first look that I affectionately refer to as Princess for a Day consists of velvet-looking navy flats with wraparound ankle laces. A regal navy skater dress with gold sequined bodice works nicely with the shoes and gold glittered minaudiere (clutch).

The fabric from the form fitting v-neck bodice and softly draping skirt of this dress is gathered together to create a swirl-like effect at the waist. The skirt also has a slit in front giving it a faux wrap around look.
Silver Red

Black suede flats adorned with gold-embroidered butterfly wings that covers the entire toe (half butterfly on each shoe, when placed together form a complete butterfly) compliment a black long-sleeved, sequined cocktail dress. The clutch is black suede with a tassel zipper, and gold accents including.

This dress is a shift with a crew neckline. The lace along the hemline is scalloped.
Lace Champagne

Silver holographic glittered d’Orsays detailed with a tiny bow atop a mini t-strap are stunning with an elegant long red sleeveless gown. A small pewter hard case clutch encased in silver cutout shell finishes this ensemble.

The rhinestone/jewel embellished blush colored metallic flats with, thin ankle strap, lace champagne cocktail dress and camel colored snake-embossed box clutch make for a pretty neutral combination.

All of these examples demonstrate how you can were flats for dressy occasions. Who says you can’t be stylish, elegant or sexy when wearing ballet flats? With a myriad of colors, styles, textures, buckles, straps, laces, and embellishments from which to choose you can be dressed to the nines.

So there you have it!! With the holidays just around the corner now you have some pretty foot-friendly options that will ensure your comfort without compromising your sophistication.