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Sportin’ Spanx & A Little Black Dress On Election Day?

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Sportin’ Spanx & A Little Black Dress On Election Day?

Yesterday: Fixed hair and makeup. Saw no one. Today: Looked like Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Saw all the people I know. ALL. OF. THEM!šŸ™„šŸ¤£

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#1 Selfie

Can anyone else relate to the above quote? It’s amazing what a few decades can do to change your perspective. I used to go NOWHERE without my face on. Well, that’s not totally true. One time I went to my mom’s when I wasn’t feeling well. She took one look at me and said: “you should never leave home without your makeup on.” I was not amused.

To give you a little perspective on this mother/daughter exchange my mother ALWAYS puts on her face. Even now at 80 years of age, disabled, and a wheelchair user she still puts on her makeup. It’s the darndest thing that I’ll never understand because honestly, I just don’t have the strength. 

My appearance on most days makes Jack Nicholson’s The Shining character look like the sexiest man on the planet in comparison. And you know what? I really don’t give a gosh darn because my dog still loves me as I am. 

When The Spanx Fit…

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#2 Candid Shot

However, every great now and again I feel like I want to look fabulous. Election Day was such a day for me. I weighed myself, lost another pound, and was able to put on my Spanx!!!

Wearing Spanx might not seem like a big deal but for me, this was huge because I’ve gained weight. Case in point, earlier in the year, I wasn’t even able to get this garment past my knees.

So anyway, the magic of Spanx allowed me to squeeze my behind in my LBD (little black dress). This particular LBD is a sleeveless sheath dress that I haven’t worn in years. If that weren’t enough, I was able to get into my black tights. Uh, oh, I was on a roll!

Next, I donned my olive booties, with a beige lightweight jacket and topped it off with a fringed olive scarf. A quick word on the scarf, it’s older than dirt and one of my favorite pieces. The design on it is sort of a paisley pattern with sequins and intricate threading interspersed throughout. 

I threw on my pixie cut wig, put on my face, earrings, a bracelet and was ready to hit the polls. 

A Chauffeur, Polls & “I Voted”

My son and I got to the polls and wow I’ve never seen a line like the one on Tuesday. Everyone we encountered was so nice and accommodating to a lil‘ ole blind lady with her fancy white cane.

After I voted I asked the woman who assisted me if she had an “I voted” sticker. I was devastated when she said, “unfortunately we don’t have any here.” All I could think was, I did my civic duty and now I’m leaving here emptyhanded. Seriously?? Thankfully, she went on to say, “but I heard someone say the library down the road has them.” 

So I asked my son aka chauffeur, to take me to the library. Inside I go to the librarian and told her the word on the street is they have “I voted” stickers. She smiled and said, “we have buttons you can make.” Well, I was delighted, that is until my college graduate son couldn’t follow the picture directions šŸ˜¬ ugh millennials! Thank heavens a sweet older woman helped save the day. After a little chaos ensued (my son still had issues with the button maker) I finally had my shiny new button.

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My son took this photo of me outside my condo standing with my green and yellow “white cane.” Actually, the cane is white except for the green handle and the last segment nearest the rolling ball which is yellow. There are a ton of bright yellow/orange Autumn leaves all around me. I’m wearing the black dress, beige lightweight coat, olive paisley print oblong scarf around my neck and my “I Voted” button pinned to the scarf.

  1. A selfie I took outside on my balcony is a close up on my patriotic stars & stripes button. 
  2. Another standing pose that’s actually a candid shot. It was very windy when we were taking the pictures and I was trying to get my scarf to play nice.
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Coordinating Olive Pieces For A Smashing Fall Look

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Coordinating Olive Pieces For A Smashing Fall Look

“When I try an outfit on and it doesn’t make me look good, I just throw it on the floor. Like, No, you don’t deserve to be hung up, sit there and think about what you’ve done.”šŸ¤£

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#1 – Stephanae sitting on a wall

Don’t you just love it when everything falls perfectly into place? It’s like the planets have aligned and all the signs confirm you’ve made the right choice. This recently happened to me as I began transitioning my summer wardrobe to fall. 

Since I’m still adhering to my strict policy of limiting my clothing budget. Oh, who am I kidding here? The truth is when one has limited funds sometimes our choices must reflect our reality. Even though my cash flow may not be ideal, I decided a while back to downsize to make life easier. This made sense both from a financial and lifestyle standpoint. Let’s face it, having fewer things to choose from is so much easier on my defunct eyes.  

So it was with finances and lifestyle in mind that I’ve only acquired a few new items of clothing for fall. What was really fabulous about these purchases is how they fit in nicely with my existing wardrobe. 

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#2 – Stephanae is standing

What Did I Score?

Back in September I went on a little shopping adventure with a friend of mine and found some amazing deals. My little heart was furiously pounding as I shoved no less than 10 items (give or take) into my cart.

I was so excited at the prospect of new clothes my mind was racing with combination possibilities. However, once I got in the changing room only one, yes, you heard right, only. one. thing. fit! I was devastated. The saving grace here was:

  • Number 1 – Thanks to my limited eyesight, I couldn’t really see my extra poundage in the mirror. Perhaps this too was a sign that I need to lose weight?
  • Number 2 – I saved myself some money. See how the planets aligned?

In the end I walked away with an olive flyaway cardigan. 

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Then a few weeks ago one of my favorite shoe stores was having a $20 off purchase. And of course, being the self-respecting shoe lover I was honor-bound to buy these fabulous Fergalicious Wanderer Booties. Let me just stop here for one moment and tell you that these booties are so darn comfortable. This is not a plug for DSW as I am not being compensated for this post.

Putting It Together

As I mentioned earlier in this post transitioning the new pieces into my existing wardrobe was a piece of cake. I already owned an olive parka and coat. All I had to do was pull together a top and bottoms to make a complete outfit. The headwrap was an additional piece that requires a post of its own. The pieces:

  • Black leggings
  • A black top
  • An olive flyaway cardigan that hits around the hips.
  • Olive booties with 3-1/2 inch stacked block heel. These western style boots have an almond toe and tactile intricately woven detailing. 
  • An olive double-breasted coat with a wide collar and big cream colored buttons. 
  • Black vintage flower twist pleated headwrap accented with gold threads. The flower is on the left.

A pair of shades and my gold “white cane” finished off my look. 

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I’m standing in front of a wooden wall (railroad ties) surrounding an oak tree holding my cane in my right hand. In this photo, I’ve taken off my coat to show the cardigan and I’m holding my sunglasses in my left hand. 

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  1. In this photo, I’m sitting on the wall in my coat with my right hand on my right knee. My head is angled like I’m looking at something in the distance and I have my cane in my left hand. 
  2. Another photo of me standing with my cane in my left hand and right hand is on my hip.
  3. This last photo is another one where I’m standing wearing the coat. I’m trying to look all cool like with my left hand on my sunnies like I’m trying to see something interesting. 
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Industry Leader Creates Tactile Packaging

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Industry Leader Creates Tactile Packaging

“Inviting people with disabilities to the table at the concept stage increases the likelihood of creating inclusive products and services. When we design from an inclusive mindset, everyone wins.”

~Bold Blind Beauty

Inclusion is the word on the street

The buzz on the inclusion front comes in the form of tactile markings on hair care products. The markings will allow peopleĀ who are blind or visually impaired to identify the product.

Procter & Gamble’s Herbal Essences is leading the way to inclusivity with their new accessible bottles. My friend Holly over at Blind Motherhood did a review. Check it out here:Ā Herbal Essences Hair Care Creates Inclusive Bottle Design for Visually Impaired.

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The photo is of a chrome shower head that can be used as a handheld.Ā 

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Longing Luscious Lips? Here’s How

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Your lips donā€™t self-exfoliate, so you need to use a scrub to keep them exfoliated.

~Amy Wilson

Longing Luscious Lips? Here’s How

Even if you’re, not a makeup kinda woman I know you have worn lipstick before.Ā Lipstick is one of the most popular items in the cosmetic world, and it’s even recession proof, lol.

Shades of Lip Color

In Mary Kay we have our matte wear lipstick, True Dimensions, also, my personal new favorite is the Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick. It gives a little shine but not too much and it’s perfect for holiday parties or events.

So letā€™s break down the different types of lipsticks and why you would want to wear different ones together.

  • Lip Gloss
    • Lip gloss is one of the easiest ones to use and apply. You can generally get away with lip gloss when you are young all the way to your more experienced years.
  • Lipstick Tubes
    There are different types of lipstickĀ tubes ranging from a matte finish to a super shiny finish. Your skin type will depend on what type you would want to use.
    • For example. If you’re a super oily person and your skin feels shiny you might want to think about using matte wear lipstick.
  • Lip Stain Lipsticks
    There are some pros and also cons to lipĀ stains. Make sure you do your research before choosing this one.
  • Lipstick Additions
    • Lip Primer –Ā holds the color longer and provides protection forĀ yourĀ lips at the same time.
    • Lip Liners – used for outlining the lips and to keep lip color from feathering. For me as a blind woman, I findĀ lipĀ liners to be a pain so I donā€™t use them. That doesnā€™t mean you canā€™t if you want to.

Layering Your Different Products

When you layer or mix different colors it can give you a different look and it can be a lot of fun to mix and match. For example, you can start with a lip primer, then add a matte wear lipstick and then add a lip gloss to finish it all off.

What colors look best on you will depend on your skin tone. Reds and pinks are the most common for sure but now there are so many different ones its crazy.

Personally, I tend to be a red lipstick person. While I have tried pinks,Ā I just donā€™t think they are flattering on me.

Now I do mix it up for holidays or special events. Right now Mary Kay has four new amazing super popular lipstick colors (featured image). These colors will be seen in a lot of different companies but Mary Kay’s are the best. Not that I am biased, lol.

For My Non-Lipstick Ladies

I recommend using a lip balm that contains no alcohol. The alcohol in popular chapsticks will dry out your lips instead of hydrating them.Ā I like to put lip balm on my lips before bed to keep them moisturized.

Your lips donā€™t self-exfoliate, so you need to use a scrub to keep them exfoliated.

Tip: Using a sugar scrub once a day, especially during the dry seasons will keep your lips from getting dried and cracked.

WooHoo! That was a lot of info, lol. I hope it was helpful for you.

As always you can find me on Facebook or join my groupĀ 

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The image is a grid with four lips showing Mary Kay’s newest lip colors for fall.Ā 

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Grid of sample Mary Kay lipstick shades.