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Month in Review: May

Happy Friday!!

CollagesI cannot believe that it’s been two years since I’ve been laid off from my job yet I still look forward to the weekends.

Where has the time gone? It seems everywhere you turn someone is talking about “living in the moment” and here I am struggling to keep up with my moments because they’re so fleeting.

At any rate it’s been over a year since I started my blog and one of the things I’ve learned is  as I’ve changed, the blog has evolved as well and that’s okay. Lofty desires to do a post a day had to be adjusted to accommodate life and those fleeting moments I mentioned.

So another change that I’m trying out is a “Month in Review” where I’ll provide a summary of the current month’s highlights. I thought this would be a great way to promote my guest bloggers and to give you a quick overview.

I’ve mentioned on a number of occasions how I’m so impressed with the work of other bloggers. Developing friendships with many of you has been the best part of my blogging experience.

One of my friends from the West Coast, Glenda Harrison, is a style guru and was the first blogger I reached out to as I was beginning my journey into this kind of virtual world. Glenda’s unique style and extensive knowledge of fashion weren’t the only reasons why I connected with her. As an accomplished writer, many of Glenda’s posts are very inspirational and thought-provoking.

The Dressing Your Shape Series began in April and the focus was on the curvy woman. In this series I talked a little about each shape and gave some tips on the most appealing clothing for the specific body frame.

In Health & Fitness I shared my concerns with the possibility of dealing with a premature Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis and a worldwide study being conducted to test the effectiveness of new experimental drug.

I’ve featured guest blogger Mel Scott several times to promote her eyes-free fitness program. This revolutionary exercise program is one that hugely benefits the blind and vision impaired community but can also be used by people who are sighted as well.


The Rancher

Accessories shouldn’t be viewed as simply filler pieces, rather, they are, in themselves, major players in the game of Fashion. One bad move and your accessories can cause you to lose the game. Make the correct play and you’re winning (as Charlie Sheen would say). Continue Reading…


 Dressing Your Shape Series

The Exquisite Inverted Triangle – “You have a magnificent, statuesque and very well proportioned figure! Your bust is fuller and shoulders broader than your defined waist, and your waist can be fuller than your narrower hips and longer legs. All these are fabulous assets as many styles look great on you.” ~IGIGI Continue Reading…

The Dazzling Hour Glass – “Your voluminous curves are striking and proportionate! Your clearly defined waistline, harmonious bust and full hips, create a beautiful, feminine curvature.” ~IGIGI Continue Reading…

The Gorgeous Rectangle – “Your exquisite frame has exceptional balance! You have proportionate hips, balanced thighs, shapely legs, slightly fuller arms, and a body frame that’s perfectly in line with all the body parts.” ~IGIGI Continue Reading…

The Alluring Oval – “You have an ample and voluptuous figure reminiscent of ancient goddesses! Your waist is fuller than your bust and hips. Your face, neck, and bust are beautifully proportionate to each other: and your slender lower legs and amazing arms accent your voluptuous assets.” ~IGIGI Continue Reading…

The Captivating Triangle – “You have a gorgeous, goddess-like frame! Your many assets include your bust and upper body being relatively smaller than your hips and defined waistline that creates a distinct curvature accented by your pronounced lower half.” ~IGIGI Continue Reading…


 Health & Fitness

I Can’t Remember What I Forgot – There are days when I wish so badly that I could understand so much more than I know. Take the human body for example, when everything is working as it should, or as normal for me, I don’t think about it at all. But let something be out of whack, like the excruciating neck pain I had yesterday, then I’m immediately thrown into a tizzy. Continue Reading…

Back to Basics – Have you ever started a project with high hopes? Maybe you’ve done something like it before, and you just knew this new endeavor would be successful. Then, before you’ve barely started, things go wrong? Unfortunately, I had just such an experience, and I’d like to tell you about it.  Continue Reading…

While I’m not posting as frequently as in the beginning, it is my goal to continue with my mission of sharing cosmetic, style, and fashion tips with women who are blind or vision impaired while simultaneously challenging the societal viewpoint on the definition of beauty. I also hope to inspire and encourage you to walk in confidence.

Have a super weekend!!

~Steph

 

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Guest Post: The Rancher

 The Rancher by Glenda Harrison

The following article is being republished with permission from Glenda Harrison who has graciously agreed to collaborate with me so that I could share her phenomenal style with my readers. For those of you who cannot see I will add a detailed description in the Alt Text on the first picture. Enjoy!

Navy blue midi dress is sleveless with an empireist. Natural straw  flappy hat has a navy band that complements the dress. The silver sandals are thong styled with straps that wrap around the ankles.  A beautifully pulled together look.Accessories shouldn’t be viewed as simply filler pieces, rather, they are, in themselves, major players in the game of Fashion. One bad move and your accessories can cause you to lose the game. Make the correct play and you’re winning (as Charlie Sheen would say).

My love affair with accessorizing began at an early age. As a young girl, I enjoyed our annual visits to rural Arkansas to visit my grandparents. My mother’s father was a reverend, which meant my grandmother was the first lady of the church. Even in rural America, being the first lady required careful attention to one’s wardrobe. In her bedroom she kept an arsenal of jewelry, hats, scarves and handbags. Come summer, when we visited, my grandmother would go into her private collection and bring out a wide assortment of pieces for her grand-daughters to take. Though there were many offspring, myself and one other cousin named Gina were the two who found such a profound thrill in having our pick from our grandmother’s collection.

Decades later, accessories still remain a vital part of my wardrobe oeuvre. Often times I come across a piece so succinct to my lifestyle, I can close my eyes and visualize how it will meld into my life. Such is the case for the rancher I recently purchased from Anthropologie. Perched on a rack in my bedroom, though I’ve only had the hat for a little over two weeks, the topper has already made two appearances on the blog (the first time seen on Loud & Clear). Like the other accessories and items in my wardrobe, the rancher has an interesting point of view while still managing to remain polite without over-stepping its boundaries. When I dawn this headpiece I feel adventurous, clever, earthy, and bold in a quiet sort of way. But most importantly, I feel like Glenda. Enjoy!

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Today’s Look – Dressed in a navy blue, 100% linen dress, the Rancher manages to capture the true essence of this laid-back but adventurous ensemble. In this outfit I am reminded of the great Australian Outback or the Chagra of Ecuador (Ecuadorian cowboys). The voluminous dress and hat make a bold statement, so I decided to decorate only one arm with a variety of sterling silver bangles. The other arm I chose to leave bare with only a simple quartz ring on a finger. With the wide brimmed hat, I wanted the earrings and necklaces to have a quiet voice – simple silver hoops and delicate chain necklaces are all that is needed. On my feet, the earthy vibe continues with a pair of silver sandals to compliment the jewelry and a nice contrast against the deep navy blue.

Outfit Details – Abroad Rancher: Anthropologie; Dress was purchased via Etsy (Options HERE); Silver bangles purchased in Mexico; Quartz ring purchased in Solvang, California;  Mirrored Silver Sandals: Zara (Old but options on Shopstyle)

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Glenda’s Accessorizing Secrets:

(Remember, these secrets are how I choose to dress myself)

  1. It is not necessary to accessorize every part of the body or outfit. Meaning, too many pieces (belt, hat, scarf, gloves, jewelry, etc) worn at the same time make for an over-produced and often junky outfit.
  2. Since I’m petite, I only make one bold accessory statement at a time. In this case, it’s the hat. I would never wear the hat, a chunky necklace, bold earrings and large sunnies together.
  3. Use the 2 or 3 color rule when dressing. Meaning, when wearing a multi-colored dress, it isn’t necessary to wear accessories that match every color in the dress. If the dress is bold, then keep your accessories simple by selecting one color to coordinate with. Or, stick with the metals.
  4. Accessories come in a wide range of prices – from inexpensive to very expensive. I always try to seek out quality. Poorly made pieces will cheapen the overall look of an outfit.

Dressed for the great outdoors, I enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon of shopping and lunch in one of our beautiful outdoor shopping plazas. My Rancher provided me with the sun coverage I needed, but most importantly, I felt like my entire look was quintessential Glenda and a concise representation to the California way of living{wink}

Glenda has such fabulous style and when you get to know her you can comprehend the true artistry of style and how it really is so much more than what or how you wear your wardrobe. When you have a chance you can get to know Glenda better by visiting her blog So What to Twenty.

Glenda, thank you for allowing me to showcase your personal style on my blog and I look forward to sharing more articles with my readership. ~Steph

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.  Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” ~Albert Camus