The Summertime Blues

Blues Come In All Forms

#1 - Black & Navy Striped Dress and Chambray Shirt
#1 – Black & Navy Striped Dress and Chambray Shirt

Earlier this year one of my goals for this blog was to talk about dressing stylishly while on a fixed income. So true to my word I’ve made very few clothing purchases over the past six months because frankly I don’t have the same resources at my disposal as I did prior to my retirement.

Like most women, I enjoy the feeling I get when I put on a new pair of shoes, dress, blouse, jewelry, you get the point. Not being able to afford such luxuries gives me the blues then I recall being on the struggle bus when my children were young and how I resorted to creatively mixing and matching outfits—there were times I felt like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat because some of my combinations were pure magic.

#2 - Chambray Shirt & White Textured Pencil Skirt
#2 – Chambray Shirt & White Textured Pencil Skirt
#3 - Chambray Shirt, Gray Cami and Blue Jeans
#3 – Chambray Shirt, Gray Cami and Blue Jeans

So it is with magic and the color blue in mind that I was able to create the three ensembles pictured in this post (descriptions at the bottom). The best part of pulling together these outfits is none of the pieces are new. As a matter of fact the cute second-hand fabric Etienne Aigner slides with the kitten heels, from ThredUp (an online consignment store-see comment at the bottom), ended up costing me nothing because I used credit received from selling some of my clothing last summer.

NYPD Blue & Abigail

While the tragic events of the last few days have been on everyone’s mind, I want to share something positive. In one of my recent posts, Mug In A Box, I announced a hashtag campaign that goes hand-in-hand with the message of this blog and that is acceptance by helping people to understand that people with disabilities are people who have the same feelings as everyone else.

#4 - NYPD Police Cruiser with Abigail Style Mug
#4 – NYPD Police Cruiser with Abigail Style Mug
#5 - #‎AbbyOnTheMove‬ Abby in the Big Apple | New York City
#5 – #‎AbbyOnTheMove‬ Abby in the Big Apple | New York City

Currently Abby has shown up in a few places and the one that made me smile big time was some of the locations in New York City. One of my very good friends is married to a New York City Detective and he was so thrilled to help in #AbbyOnTheMove campaign that he took a number of photos, including one of his police cruiser, because he recognizes the importance of how we perceive people, with and without disabilities. Thank you Joe for your part in putting Abby on map and for all you do to serve and protect.

Image Descriptions:

#1 – Black & Navy Striped Dress and Chambray Shirt | A navy & black striped tank midi dress goes well under the chambray shirt (I would tie the ends of the shirt at my waist) and Etienne Aigner mules. This looked is completed with a hombre navy & natural straw floppy hat, large shades, silver necklace, earrings and black rhinestone cuff bracelet.

#2 – Chambray Shirt & White Textured Pencil Skirt | This outfit includes a white textured pencil skirt with a navy/white paisley oblong scarf which I would use as a sash tied around my waist. Accessories include silver and blue statement necklace and earring set, silver cuff bracelet and a blue glass ring.

#3 –  Chambray Shirt, Gray Cami and Blue Jeans | The chambray shirt and mules are paired with skinny jeans and gray cami which would be worn under the shirt. Accessories are a faux leather necklace with a silver medallion, silver & turquoise Aztec inspired earrings and silver cuff bracelet.

#4 – NYPD Police Cruiser with Abigail Style Mug that says “My Friend Is Bold Blind And Beautiful”

#5 – Image Tri-photo collage: “Together we are breaking down barriers and revealing common ground!” Abigail Style Mug in NY on a CitiBike, Metro Kiosk, NYPD Police Cruiser

Note on ThredUp: While I was able to navigate the site using magnification I found the descriptions could be enhanced for people who cannot see very well or at all. One of my friends who uses JAWS had an extremely difficult time trying to navigate the site. 

Wishing everyone a nice weekend! ~Steph



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👩🏾‍🦯 | INTJ | HSP | Collector of knowledge | Alpaca Fanatic “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee Hi, I'm Steph! I'm a highly sensitive proud introvert and a recovering people-pleaser. These traits or quirks used to bother me because I always felt out of place until I began a recent process of self-acceptance. While I'm still a work in progress, I view my quirks as my superpowers and am grateful that they contribute to who I am today.

16 thoughts on “The Summertime Blues

  1. I think a trip is definitely in order!! I stay away from your site way too long!! And I think that every time I stop by!! xo

  2. Yeah, I was just telling a friend of mine the other day that we have several Goodwills here in Pittsburgh but there is one particular location that I used to love visiting. It’s huge and like you say many times I would find brand new clothes with the tags still on them. I haven’t been there in years but a trip may be forthcoming in the new future. Thanks for popping over Deb! 🙂

  3. A friend of mine shops at Goodwill a lot and she said that a lot of the clothing still have the tags on them. She recently traveled to NY and stopped in a Goodwill in Manhattan or near there and they had brand new designer clothes for like $20 and then they would discount it too. I love all three outfits but #1 is my fav, love the dress!! So having the summertime blues is a good thing. Love seeing Abby in NYC too!! 🙂

  4. Thank you Caroline!! The scarf is one of my faves that I’ve had for a few years but have only worn it a few times I thought the cruiser was such a nice e touch!

  5. Great combos! I especially like the Aztec earrings. My charity shop find of the week was a pair of lovely red drop ear-rings for.. wait for it… $1. Yep, ONE DOLLAR!

  6. Lovely combinations Steph. That beautiful chambray blue is a favourite. Like you, I need to be creative to be stylish. Challenging but satisfying too. It can be done.

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