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The Blind Gypsy, A Makeup Artist & BBB

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.

The Blind Gypsy, Makeup Artist & BBB

Image #1 The Blind Gypsy aka Eileen Robinson image description is in the body of the post
Image #1 The Blind Gypsy aka Eileen Robinson clowning around at the pet store.

You know the old saying “when the boss is away, the mice will play solitaire?” No? Really? Well, allow me to elaborate. Stephanae aka the ‘boss lady’ is away and I’m in charge. What this means is, I get to make executive decisions. Well, maybe executive decisions might be a little over the top but I digress.

So my boss lady is nice but wow can she be intense. I mean on good days she’s like an over-caffeinated Energizer Bunny. And on bad days? Well, on bad days her energy level is equal to that of a sloth on Xanax.

I’ve told Steph for the longest that she needs to chill and find balance. Finally, after weeks of begging and pleading to my astonishment, she relented and we’ve finally begun building our team.

Now For The Secret:

Please meet our Beauty Advisory Team Leaders. Makeup Artist, Emily Metauten, and Eileen Robinson aka The Blind Gypsy have both been featured here on Bold Blind Beauty. Please, and I can’t stress this enough, please do not let Steph find out that I’ve let the cat out of the bag, okay?

Image #2 Emily Metauten - description is in the body of the post.
Image #2 Emily Metauten – cotton candy/trix yogurt color schemes now and 4ever!!

While I can’t share all our secrets I can tell you that Emily is a freelance makeup artist/licensed cosmetologist and an amazing artist. She is passionate about diversity, advocacy, and is so excited to work with Bold Blind Beauty. Likewise, Eileen, a free-spirit with an excellent sense of humor is so energetic I know we are in good hands with the two of them at the helm.

Both Emily and Eileen are beautiful women who are legally blind. They also share a desire to change societal perceptions about blind and visually impaired people. They’ve got some fabulous things coming down the pike and I know Steph can hardly wait to get started.

Image #3 Eileen Robinson description is in the body of the post.
Image #3 Eileen Robinson

Photo Descriptions:

  • Image #1 The Blind Gypsy, Eileen Robinson – a collage of four photos with Eileen making funny faces in a pet store. Eileen is hilarious while pointing at different animals with her wide open mouth and crossed eyes. I couldn’t resist sharing this one because it so accurately captures her magnetic personality. It should be noted she is an animal lover who advocates pet adoption and she recently adopted a new kitty.
  • Image #2 Emily Metauten – Emily is wearing a pink button-up shirt with a white bird all-over pattern and a baby blue bow tie. For her makeup, she is wearing bold black and blue glitter smokey halo eyeshadow, false lashes, baby pink lipstick, and contoured & highlighted skin. Her hair is a light blonde.
    • Makeup:
    • Eyes: @katvondbeauty x @billiejoearmstrong Basket Case eyeliner, blue shades in the @nyxcosmetics Ultimate Brights palette, Gonzo and Chaos in the @urbandecaycosmetics Electric palette, Carly in the @shopvioletvoss Ride or Die palette, Dalla and Zola in the @juviasplace Masquerade palette, @makeupforeverofficial Diamond Powder in White 1, Violet Voss lashes
    • Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow Pomade and Powder in Blonde, @glossier blonde Boy Brow
    • Face: @katvondbeauty Lock-It Foundation & Concealer Creme and Sombre in the Shade and Light Contour palette, @tartecosmetics Amazonian Clay Bronzer & Blush in Glisten, @anastasiabeverlyhills Gumdrop in the Sugar Glow Kit
    • Lips: @maccosmetics Spice lip liner, @katvondbeauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia
  • Image #3 Eileen Robinson – Eileen is wearing a white textured top with a pink scarf hanging around her neck. She is wearing dark frame eyeglasses that coordinate with her very dark hair. Her bright pink lip color is a very nice contrast to her ivory complexion dark brows and dark wisps of hair on either side of her face.

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White Cane-Friendly Handbags

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.

White Cane-Friendly Handbags

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Handbags are a gal’s best friend, am I right or am I right? Like an extension of ourselves, we are practically one with our handbags.  On the rare occasions where I’ve misplaced or left home without my bag, I’ve nearly had major panic attacks.  

While handbags are necessary to carry our essentials they can also be a trendy fashion statement. Those of us who use handheld mobility devices need to keep in mind, portability, and practicality when selecting a bag. One of my faves, the fold over clutch, for example, may not be practical for the following reasons:

  1. Size restricts the number of contents
  2. This type of bag needs to be held in hand or under the arm
  3. The lack of straps or handles increases the likelihood of accidentally misplacing the bag
  4. When walking my focus needs to be on navigating safely with my white cane and not worrying about my bag

Thank heavens there are oodles of fashionable yet functional bags for us blind or visually impaired gals to choose from. Given the combination of handbag characteristics, there is no need to sacrifice style over function.

Seven Styles Of White Cane-Friendly Handbags

  1. Crossbody – These bags feature a strap long enough to hang on your shoulder and across your body. The shoulder strap allows you to be completely hands-free.
  2. Backpack – A bag with shoulder straps to carry on one’s back. Many of today’s backpack styles are chic and convertible.
  3. Bucket – A round or oval bottom with a drawstring closure, resulting in a shape similar to a bucket. They usually have an open top, but may have a magnetic closure for added security.
  4. Fanny Pack– A a small pouch on a belt, for money and small articles, worn around the waist or hips. Fanny packs used to get a bad rap but some of today’s styles are extraordinary.
  5. Hobo – Usually a large crescent-shape, slouchy bag with a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. Hobo bags consist of soft, flexible materials that tend to slump or slouch when setting down.
  6. Satchel – Typically has an interior frame, rectangular shape, flat bottom, double handles, and a hinged or zippered opening.
  7. Tote – Totes are large handbags, usually with double handles and an open top.

With the exception of backpacks and fanny packs, I recommend handbags with a long strap to wear crossbody style. This gives you the hands-free option to safely use your white cane while your bag is secure on your person.

In addition to style, sizes, colors, materials, textures, designs, closures, and decorations, all make for a plethora of handbag choices. It’s great to know we can have sophisticated looking bags with all the bells and whistles while remaining safe.

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Three mini textured handbags (brown, black. and purple). Each has a flap with brass hardware closures on the front, handle on top and a flat bottom.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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Easter Greetings From Abby & Alexis

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.

Easter Greetings From Abby & Alexis

Abby with her signature explosive hairstyle is dressed in a teal tank top and gray exercise pants. She is on her knees hugging Alexis, a golden lab with a teal collar around her neck and an Alexis medallion.
Abby & Alexis image credit: Jessica Marano

On this Good Friday afternoon, I wanted to take a moment to wish you Happy Easter greetings. I’m relaxing and spending time with my baby Alexis. Even though at 55 pounds she’s hardly a baby, Alexis is my retired guide dog and hence my family.

A Little Interesting Tidbit About Alexis’ Name

From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant “helper” or “defender”, derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) “to defend, to help”. This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. Alexis came by her name honestly as she was the most loyal guide dog a girl could ask for.

Our Easter Message

We wish you not to lose the beautiful Easter feeling of new beginnings. May this spring bring you new hope, new friendships, and new perspectives.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Featured Image And Abby & Alexis Description:

Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). Her laptop on her laps has a teal Abby logo on the cover. Atop her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone. Her white cane is propped up next to her.

Abby with her signature explosive hairstyle is dressed in a teal tank top and gray exercise pants. She is on her knees hugging Alexis, a golden lab with a teal collar around her neck. And since Alexis has her own fashion sense she has a silver “Alexis” medallion on her collar.

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Nothing To Wear? Abby Has An Answer

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 The “I Have Nothing To Wear” Conundrum

etre cecile tee Quote reads "Women In History Shouldn't Be A Mystery"
Graphic Tee from Etre Cecile

We’ve all been there. We simply cannot deny that we’ve shared the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

The day dawns sunny and bright. A gentle breeze blows through the open window softly rustling the curtains. The golden rays of sun peek through landing a whisper of a warm kiss on your cheek. You roll on your back, lazily stretching your limbs while yawning, as you awaken to a beautiful spring day.

As the foggy haze of sleep gradually dissipates you come to the realization that today will be a great day. Almost as quickly as this thought emerges you swiftly bound out of bed with a song in your heart ready to tackle the world.

After you complete your typical morning routine while still smiling, you dance your way to your closet to scan its contents. Your smile fades into a frown as you dismiss one garment after another. It’s at this moment your anxiety begins to surface. Yes, you have a closet full of clothes yet the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” epidemic strikes.

Do Not Become Unraveled

The simplest answer to this aged old quandary of “I have nothing to wear” is one word—versatility. While there are many multifunctional pieces of clothing, the classic tee-shirt is one of my favorites.

With different necklines, designs, closures, and fits, the tee-shirt is one of the most comfortable wardrobe items. Depending on the need you can dress it up, dress it down, layer it, or wear it as a standalone piece.

Styling Alternatives

Typically when I buy tee-shirts, I buy multiples in a variety of colors which allows me to extend my wardrobe. So how can you vary the way you wear your tees? Let me count the ways:

  1. you can wear them with jeans, slacks, overalls, or skirt
  2. you can layer them under a sundress, vest, or open shirt
  3. you can wear them under a blazer, jacket, or cardigan
  4. you can wear them tucked in, untucked, or partially tucked
  5. you can knot them (loose-fitting tee)
  6. you can knot and layer them (loose-fitting tee)
  7. you can wear them off one shoulder (loose-fitting tee)
  8. you can wear them with a belt or without
  9. you can accessorize them with a scarf
  10. you can wear them with a chunky necklace or pearls
  11. you can wear them with heels, flats, and sandals
  12. you can wear them with a baseball cap or hat

The point is you can start with a tee and bottoms as the base and then build from there. For example a few weeks ago I went to a casual event and wore a pair of cuffed skinny jeans, white tee, white hoodie, and white canvas sneakers. Alternatively, if I wanted to go for a dressier look I could wear dress pants, tee, cardigan and accessorize.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this t-shirt I found on Polyvore. The tee is white with black lettering that says “Women In History Shouldn’t Be A Mystery.” The tee is available online at Etre Cecile. It was designed in collaboration with Stylist magazine to mark 100 years since British women gained the right to vote. All proceeds from sales of this t-shirt go to Women’s Aid

Have a fabulous weekend! ~Abby

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Scarves | Effortless Casual Elegance

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.

Scarves are a timeless multi-functional accessory. From headwraps to belts the only limitation to what you can do with a scarf is your imagination. 

Assorted lightweight colored scarves balled up on a white table The versatility of scarves cannot be denied. Here are just a few fun ideas:

  1. From Scarves To Neckties

    Long scarves work really well knotted like a necktie. I like to wear mine with knot midway down my chest. Here are tying instructions:

    • Drape scarf around your neck (one side longer than the other)
    • Cross the long end over the short end
    • Pull the long end behind the short end
    • Bring the long end around. It should be facing off to the opposite side
    • Pull the long end up under the loop around your neck
    • Pull the long end down through the knot at the front of the scarf
    • Tighten the knot by sliding it up the short end
  2. Scarves As Jewelry

    To create a necklace take a long lightweight scarf.

    • Fold the scarf in half and tie a knot in the center
    • Tie 2 more knots evenly spaced between the center knot and the ends on both sides
    • Tie the ends together behind your neck and you’ve got a knotted scarf necklace
    • To spice things up a bit you could add wooden beads
  3. Handbag Accessory Scarves

    To repurpose an old handbag or a clutch with a fold over flap, create a scarf purse strap.

    • Remove old strap
    • Fold the scarf lengthwise
    • Twist
    • Tie each end to the strap holder
    • For a clutch, tie scarf ends together and insert flap through the loop voilà purse strap
    • Just want to add a little zing to your bag? Tie a small colorful scarf where the bag and strap meet
  4. No Infinity Scarf? No problem

    • Take a long scarf
    • Tie the ends of the scarf together
    • Place the loop over your head
    • Let it hang as a singular loop
    • Twist and place the second loop over your head
  5. The Scarf Belt

    • Twist or fold scarf lengthwise
    • Tie around your waist
  6. The Loose Square Scarf

    • Fold oversized square scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
    • Hold the upside-down folded triangle in front of you like a bib
    • Take the two ends along the fold and place under your chin
    • Cross the ends behind your neck
    • Bring the ends to the front and let them hang loose

Scarves with fringes, metallic threads, or other embellishments can really make your entire outfit pop. Have fun experimenting and don’t strive for perfection. Remember, effortless is the keyword.

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Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). Her laptop on her laps has a teal Abby logo on the cover. Atop her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone. Her white cane is propped up next to her.

Have a great weekend! ~Abby

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Ultra Violet In A Visual & Virtual World

Abby is 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.

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” ~Pantone

Fully blossomed water lily violet with a gold and voilet center.If you haven’t already heard, Ultra Violet is 2018’s color of the year. Pantone, the color people, are the premier authority on all things color.

Being born sighted one of the things I was most grateful for was seeing color. While I can still enjoy colors, with my diminished eyesight I have problems distinguishing shades.

We live in a visual world and thanks to the internet we also live in a virtual world. When visual and virtual worlds merge together, it creates an opportunity to engage with others on an unimaginable level.

Being able to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world at any time is nothing short of magical to me. Yet the ability to fully engage in the virtual world leaves many people out in the cold.

You Really Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Ultra Violet, a reddish blue, is an abstract idea to a person who has never seen it before. Unfortunately engaging in the virtual world doesn’t stop at just color. Recently I read an article that said every day 2 billion photos are shared on Facebook alone. Imagine how many total images this would be if we included Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging platforms.

Now consider descriptions are not on the majority of images on all social media. When you have little to no sight this is the reality for many of us. Every. Single. Day. Developers are working hard to make artificial intelligence better at describing images but we still have a long way to go.

In the interim, skillfully painting with words, to describe images and colors can help engage our senses. Similar to a writer making stories come alive in our imaginations, for those of us who cannot see, words fill in the blanks.

Back to Ultra Violet

Color plays a major role in our lives. In fashion, being aware of color is helpful when buying apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. ~Leatrice Eiseman

While Bold Blind Beauty cannot restore sight to a blind person, it’s our hope we can become more mindful of others and together work towards a more inclusive world.

Have a great weekend Everyone! ~Abby

 

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You’ve Scored A Job Interview What’s Next?

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.

Abby Tackles How To Dress For The Interview

Interview Attire: Black Dress Pants; Tan & Black Tote Bag w/Gold Accents & Orange Tassel; Black Oxford Heels
Black Dress Pants, Tote Bag & Oxford Heels

You’ve done it!! You scored a job interview for your next dream position. There’s only one thing; as a blind or visually impaired woman, how are you going to make a great first impression? Let’s begin with these five tips:

  1. Understand your goals – know the difference between a job or stepping stone to a career
  2. Focus on your qualifications – keep the focus on your skills and abilities
  3. Know your worth – you are more than your disability, you are competent and valuable
  4. Carry yourself with confidence – your posture and how you walk, talk, and sit speaks volumes
  5. Dress the part – the way you dress tells a story so think about how you want to present yourself
Interview Attire: Tan Dress Pants; Tan & Black Tote Bag w/Gold Accents & Orange Tassel; Cream Pumps
Tan Dress Pants, Tote Bag & Cream Pumps

Generally speaking, today’s workplace environment is more relaxed than in years past. Likewise, depending on the position, interview apparel has followed a similar trend.

Before planning your interview outfit you need to take into consideration the company culture and how to dress for the specific role you are seeking. If you’ve followed a job search plan you’ve already researched the firm and/or spoke with the hiring manager to get an idea of what to wear.

Think of the word balance when it comes to dressing for an interview. You don’t want to be over the top like you’re going to a nightclub or so casual to qualify as raggedy. The same could be said for colors, fragrance, makeup, and accessories – balance.

Beginning with the basics a pair of black dress pants, black shoes and a tote bag can be paired with a tailored top, sweater or blazer. In the sample photos, I used the same tote bag with a pair of black and a pair of tan dress pants each with matching shoes.

Whatever you choose to wear make sure you’re comfortable and your mobility isn’t negatively affected by your clothing. For example, if you have problems walking comfortably in heels don’t wear them for the interview go with something lower yet polished.

Final Thoughts: 

If you have a guide dog or other household pets be mindful of any pet hair on your clothing. Keeping a small lint brush in your bag can be a lifesaver.

When you walk into the interview keep your head up, shoulders back and remember your reason be being there: you are competent and valuable. The only discussion about your disability should revolve around necessary accommodations to enable you to perform your duties. Now go out there and knock ’em dead! ~Abby

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Abby’s 14 Job-Seeking Tips For B&VI People

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.

Job Hunting Is Hard Work

Image is if a person icon standing and their reflection is the nationally recognized symbol of disability (wheelchair icon). White text says "not every disability is visible"

The numbers of unemployed people with disabilities in the U.S. have always been higher in comparison to those without. Among the blind and visually impaired (B&VI) the numbers are bleaker.

According to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), 75% of the approximately 4 million B&VI persons are unemployed. Compared with 3-4.4% unemployment of our sighted colleagues.

Creating a job search plan can help you overcome many of the hurdles in your path.

Multi-colored post-it notes each containing a word or two like potential, mentor, coaching, ability, strategies, process, customer, guide, tactics, participation, team, projeects, development, etc.

14 Steps To Help You On Your Road To Employment:

  1. Familiarize yourself with Title 1 Employment ADA guidelines.
    • Title 1 essentially prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified people with disabilities throughout the hiring process. “The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including State and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations.” For more information see A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment
  2. Check with your local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). OVR counselors have a number of services to offer job seekers.
  3. Research mentors/mentoring programs for PWDs. A quick internet search will yield a number of results. Here are just a few:
  4. Expand your network on LinkedIn.
  5. Clean up your social media accounts. Employers Google potential candidates to check their digital footprint.
  6. To disclose your disability or not is up to you.
  7. Rehearse through mock interviews to become more confident.
  8. Be sure to have both electronic format & hard copies of your résumé.
  9. Do in-depth research on each company. To check out the culture and develop questions.
  10. Get the lay of the land. Prepare ahead of time by visiting the employer’s location.
  11. Dress professionally and leave the perfume at home.
  12. If you plan on taking notes or recording the conversation ask permission first. Or if you prefer, use your braille note taker or other technology to for notetaking.
  13. At the interview stay focused on your qualifications needed to do your job.
  14. My favorite tip is to interview the interviewer. The interview process should be a two-way communication.  Come ready with questions about the company.

Final Thoughts

Job hunting is not for the faint of heart. It will take time, effort, and disappointment. Know your worth, sell yourself, keep moving onward, and above all, keep it professional.

 

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Abby Takes On Underwear, Shapewear & Body Shapers

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.

“Sometimes when my underwear matches my outfit it makes me feel like I really have my life together.” ~Unknown

Underwear from panties, and bras to pantyhose, and more, there are many styles of shapewear to choose. What is shapewear, what does it do and how does it work?

Shapewear is underwear designed to temporarily alter the body to achieve a specific outcome. It’s like sculpting the body without a scalpel. Slimming the thighs, accentuating the waist, lifting the breasts, or sucking in the stomach, are typical areas to target.

Think of shapewear or any underwear for that matter, as the foundation to enhance your appearance in your clothing. Ill-fitting undergarments (shapewear included) can wreak havoc on that cute little number you just bought for the date of your dreams. Sagging or bagging in all the wrong areas does nothing to increase your self-confidence and can ruin the look you are aiming to achieve.

Some shapewear can be an exercise in frustration as putting it on is a workout. However, if you are going for a sleek, smooth appearance shapewear is a reasonable solution.

What Are the Different Types of Shapewear?

  • Body Shapers – body suit or slip that can extend to mid/lower-thigh to flatten, squeeze and support the body by redistributing the jiggle.
  • Bust Shapers – bodysuits or camisoles that shape, smooth, lift, and support.
  • Camisoles/Tanks – slim, smooth, and accentuate the waistline; some lift and support breasts.
  • Control Panties – slim, smooth and support the tummy and rear.
  • Control Pantyhose – slim, smooth and support the tummy, rear, and legs.
  • Leggings – as the name implies, smooths, shapes, and slims from the tummy on down.
  • Slips – focus is on the tummy/waistline, hips, and thighs.
  • Thigh Slimmers – flatten tummy, waistline, hips, and thighs; some are high-waist
  • Waist Cinchers/Trainers – slim the waist and tummy.

Over the years I’ve tried several types of shapewear and I have to say my favorite piece is the corset. Do you have a favorite? What are your thoughts on shapewear?

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Abby’s Reflections #13 | Holiday Loneliness

Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

One of the loneliest places to be during the holidays is in a roomful of people when you’re not feeling the gaiety. It’s okay to acknowledge how you feel and to seek guilt-free solitude. It’s also okay to reach out for help. You are not alone.

There are many people who struggle with feelings of loneliness during the holidays. The challenges of daily life are real even in the midst of the most joyous time of the year. If you’ve experienced a recent loss of a loved one, job or are having serious health-related problems these things can impact how you feel. Try to remember this is one moment in time and though difficult it may be, you will pull through.

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Abby’s Holiday Nails With Feeling

Paradise Is A Pampered Princess

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Nail Art #1 found on Pinterest

I’ll never forget my first professional manicure. The only word to describe the experience was sublime. When the manicurist massaged my hands I seriously felt like royalty, in fact, I was so relaxed I may have nodded off.

After she finished cutting, filing, buffing, shaping, and polishing my nails looked spectacular and I felt so good you’d have thought I was on my way to check out my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If I must say so myself I was slaying.

Over the past several weeks I’ve talked about fashion from a tactile perspective and how we can thoroughly enjoy creating fabulous looks by focusing on texturing. Likewise, the same principles of engaging more of our senses can be used in nail art beginning with shape, length, matte or glossy polish, to using glitter, gems, and other items.

To give you an idea of how this can be done I’ve chosen several designs which incorporates multiple tactile methods to delight those of us with little to no sight.

Nail Art #1 Description:
This design uses both deep burgundy matte and gold glitter polish. Thumb, middle and pinky fingers are solid burgundy matte, the index finger is solid gold glitter and the ring finger is a combination of the two polishes with a golden Christmas tree shape extending from the bottom of the nail towards the tip.

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Nail Art #2 Wrapping Paper

Nail Art #2 Wrapping Paper
Solid Metallic green polish is on all the fingernails in this picture and tiny gold accents (gems) are at the base of each nail. See more on Paintbox Nails.

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Nail Art #3 Metallic Magic

Nail Art #3 Metallic Magic
A classic solid red polish is on all the fingernails. A band of golden beads is centered lengthwise on the accent nail (in this picture, the middle finger). Demelza’s World

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Nail Art 4 Glitter Dipped

Nail Art #4 Glitter Dipped
Elevate a white mani by sprinkling festive red and green glitter on the bottom of your nails. (This is also a great way to hide any chips or imperfections before a last-minute soirée.)

While I wouldn’t recommend it, many nail art designs can be achieved on your own however it takes a steady hand a great deal of practice to become proficient. The cool thing here is you are only limited by your imagination. For example, you could use different colors to do a French manicure or use a glossy polish with a matte tip.

Do you have any tactile decorative nail tips to share? We’d love to hear from you.

 

Images: Pictures 2-4 were found on Good HouseKeeping. The first image was found on Pinterest.

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How To Add Some Sparkle To Your Holiday Ensemble

‘Tis The Season To Shine

Who doesn’t like to feel and look glamorous? As we’ve touched on many times here at Bold Blind Beauty, even us blind ladies care about our appearance and for us, the holidays are no exception. Right now is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner diva and you can do it in a subtle yet stunning way with a skirt and sweater combo.

There is so much we can do to mix colors, textures, and pieces to create a sophisticated look guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks. For today’s look, I took a luxurious holiday red velvety soft sweater and paired it with a body-hugging black midi skirt adorned with large buttons down the left side.

If metallic apparel isn’t your thing you can get your sparkle on with a pair of silver pointy toe pumps and finish off with a silver faux fur jacket. A red mini tote bag, black onyx stud earrings, oversized shades and faux leather driving gloves round out this outfit. All that’s needed now is a red lip, festive manicure and you’re good to go.

Holiday gatherings can be a little unsettling when you aren’t aware of your surroundings and when you use a white cane it can get a tad dicey navigating a room full of people while balancing food, drinks, and handbag. I opt for a bag with a shoulder strap so I can wear it cross-body to free up a hand in addition to going sighted guide especially in dense group settings.

Cashmere & Fur

 Description (clockwise from the top left):

Holiday/winter collage with white/silver snowflakes and three white/silver slim unadorned trees each in a dark wooden base. Clothing and accessories are on top of this festive background.

  1. Cashmere Sweater – red, round neck, long sleeves
  2. Stud Earrings – black onyx
  3. Leather Driving Gloves – black, embellished with bow accent hardware at the top of the wrist
  4. Luxe Faux Fur Coat – silver faux fur jacket with a wide collar
  5. Metallic Pumps – silver, pointy toe, stilettos
  6. Mini Top Handle Tote – red mini tote bag with a handle on the top and a long shoulder strap and gold hardware
  7. High Waisted Bodycon Button Design Skirt – black midi skirt with buttons along the left side

How do you like to get dolled up for the holidays?