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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 #3

Transitional Pieces: The Vest/Sweater

A collage of me sitting and standing outside with my white cane at the nursing home.I find having a summer and winter wardrobe with a few transitional pieces thrown in to get me through spring and fall is easier than maintaining clothing for four seasons. This works really well since I only have two temperatures anyway—hot and cold, seldom am I just right.

A short time back a long sleeve mock neck sweater with a faux suede/shearling vest was perfect for a brisk morning and cool afternoon. On this particular day one of my sons took me to the nursing home to visit with my mom. Afterwards we took a few pictures outside with some harvest decor.

What I wore: Blue jeans, black long sleeve mock neck sweater, white faux suede/shearling vest, black suede wedges, red handbag, shades, and my ever-present white cane.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

 

 

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Confidence And Beauty Found In Insecurity

Confidence And Beauty Found In Insecurity

“Beauty is the opposite of perfection–it’s about confidence, charisma, and character.” ~Unknown

The Plan

Confidence and beauty, or rather how we are perceived was the plan. I was going to talk about it from three perspectives:

  • How we see ourselves
  • How others see us
  • How we want to be seen by others

Yet as I sat with fingers poised above the keyboard nothing, absolutely nothing came to me.

The Early Years

Standing in front of my counter with my white cane. The full description of what I'm wearing in all of the photos is at the end of the post.

I wanted to write about how as a child I didn’t fit in and wanted to be like everyone else.

I was gonna write about my insecurity of growing up poor.

I was gonna write about valuing secrets when you come from a dysfunctional background. You learn early on to put on a mask because you can’t let people know about your home life.

Young Adulthood

I wanted to write about the lines I would not cross. The lines I chose to cross sickened me as it was contrary to my character.

I was gonna write about how having children of my own gave me the strength to fight. To fight for them, to fight for my integrity, to fight for myself. To become me.

I wanted to write about how it’s not my concern when someone prejudges me. It’s theirs, they can have at it.

I was gonna write about how the word ‘label’ is just a word. Ultimately we are the ones who ‘choose’ to give this word power, we can choose differently.

Rear view standing at the counter with my white cane.

For far too long I strived to be perfect, I failed miserably. I was overly concerned with the viewpoint of others and how they perceived me.

Confidence is an on-going battle of accepting my quirks, flaws, and insecurities. Beauty is not perfection. Beauty, real beauty embraces the whole person; our actions and character are in synch.

What I wore description:

  • Winter white dress pants
  • Light gold lamé long-sleeve tunic top (mid-thigh length) with a light-colored tank underneath. A nice detail is a slit at the wrist of the sleeves.
  • Long (just above the knee) cream-colored loopy tasseled sweater vest. The loops are more like individual tassels covering the entire front of the vest.
  • Navy ankle boots – three-inch chunky heels with a silver zipper on the front of the boot.
  • Jewelry – chain drop earrings with rhinestone ends, pendant fringe necklace with several rhinestones immediately above the fringe, cut-out pavé open bangle.