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Stylishly on Time

Here’s Something New

The Bradley Black
The Bradley Black
Eone-Time

What do you get when you merge technology, innovation, and fashion? The answer? Eone Timepieces.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that when I signed up for Twitter in May of 2012 try as I might, I just didn’t get it. I attempted to take a course or two to familiarize myself with the application but to compound my embarrassment I got nothing, zip, nada, zilch, naught, zero, diddly-squat. Why? Frankly, the courses were boring and served only to add to my confusion.

Two years later, though still a little green, Twitter isn’t as intimidating as I once thought. I’ve even connected with a few people (amazing I know) and today’s post is a result of one of those connections.

In early November of this year, Lis Malone, a disability rights advocate and woman after my own heart, connected with me. Liz then pointed me to Eone-Time whose timepieces could be a potential subject for Bold Blind Beauty and the rest as they say is history.

When I visited Eone-Time’s website and scrolled down I saw what appeared to be a watch but like none that I’ve ever seen. Introducing The Bradley Black was the title next to the image of the watch. Intrigued, I kept scrolling down.

Bradley Classic Mesh
Bradley Classic Mesh
Eone-Time

Universal Design

With each additional screen that appeared as I kept scrolling down the page, I was more, and more impressed. The information said things like “We believe that good design is not exclusive but inclusive” and “Good design is universal, considering everyone from all backgrounds and walks of life.”

‘You’ve got my attention’ I was thinking as I continued to peruse the site. Then I saw it: this sleek, beautifully designed silver-colored timepiece. Now I understood why it was called a timepiece as opposed to a watch. For a piece of jewelry this exquisite to be referred to as a watch would be the equivalent of comparing one who is tone-deaf to an opera singer.

What stopped me in my tracks was the unparalleled stylishness and universal design of Eone Timepieces. Universal design, with limited exceptions, takes into account everyone.

According to the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University

Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. ~Ron Mace

Eone-Time’s timepieces are named after Bradley Snyder a blinded ex-navy officer who won one silver, and two gold medals in swimming competitions at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The story of how Bradley lost his eyesight then went on to compete in the Paralympics can be seen HERE.

Eone Timepieces take tactility to a higher level. Below are descriptions:

  • On the circular face are tactile markers at each hour (major markers are textured to distinguish between minor markers)
  • In the center of the face is a ball bearing that indicates minutes
  • Turning the timepiece sideways there is a second ball bearing on the outer rim that coincides with the tactile markers on the face to indicate hours

Currently there are three timepieces from which to choose:

  1. Bradley Black – Black Titanium case with black stainless steel mesh wristband.
  2. Bradley Classic Mesh – Titanium case with stainless steel mesh wristband.
  3. Bradley Classic Canvas – Titanium case with canvas and soft leather wristband. Wristband comes in six different colors.

I’m going to show people that I’m not going to let this beat me. I’m not going to let blindness build a brick wall around me. I am going to find a way forward. ~Brad Snyder

Eone Time has this to say about the Universal Design of their timepieces:

“For the visually impaired, the Bradley makes day-to-day life possible without drawing attention to their disability.

For sighted users, the Bradley offers a unique and discrete way of telling time— whether you’re in a business meeting, social luncheon, or dark theater.”

In my opinion Eone and similar companies who are developing products and services with the needs of the masses in mind are outstanding. This forward thinking is the type of rationale that will move us closer to a more inclusive society.

At the bottom of this article you can find contact information and social media links to Eone Time.

“Because telling time shouldn’t require sight.” ~Eone

Contact info:
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Email: hello@Eone-time.com

Eone timepieces
1200 18th St NW, Suite 703
Washington DC 20036

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Fashion & Blindness?

I was blessed to be the recipient of an unexpected surprise from Australia in the form of the following post located At the Gateway to Blindness. The author of the post, Maribel Steel, is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. Her positivity resonates so clearly you can hear it in the manner in which she strings words together in her exquisite writing.

Maribel has graciously given me permission to re-post the article on one of my favorite topics. Remember how I mentioned the vast range of vision loss? To give you an example, if 1 is perfect vision and 10 is total blindness, (Maribel please correct me if I’m wrong) I would guess Maribel’s would be about a 9.5. In today’s post Maribel invites us to experience the world of fashion through the eyes of one who is almost totally blind.

Why be Fashionable if You Can’t See

Picture of buttons stored in cylinders - Photo Courtesy of Harry Williamson
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

When I give presentations to interested groups on what it is like to be visually-impaired, I can guarantee one question will ALWAYS be asked at the end of my talk – “How do you know what you are wearing?” Women especially, are surprised that I can be colour-coordinated from top to toe. There is no great mystery involved, there is no other person dressing me in the morning. The simple answer is – choosing one’s clothing is a matter of FEELING first, then seeing how it all fits together. When you feel good in what you wear, you will look great!

The other reason why I love clothes shopping is because browsing with my hands is an exquisite experience. Feeling textures of clothing or gliding my hands over jewellery is not always because I want to buy it but is a curious desire on my part to see the choices at my fingertips.

Here are some fashion questions I was asked recently, so let’s take a closer look why being fashionable is not just about seeing, but about feeling. Oh, and a little warning too, the photos, well, yes, they were taken a few years ago, funny how one can think one is being fashionable at the time!

How important is fashion and style to you?

Picture of Maribel wearing a rich colored top and accessorized with a scarf.
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

Fashion is fun and I enjoy feeling garments which allows me to visualise the world of ever-changing trends. I think it’s a ‘girlie’ thing – taking delight in touching clothes, lingerie, shoes, dabbing on perfumes or smelling leather hand bags because it is highly enjoyable to ‘see’ what’s in fashion.

The other reason for my ever-readiness to touch the world around me is because it is not normally permitted in galleries or museums so when I am in a store or market place, it allows me to touch all sorts of objects I can’t see and by doing so, I feel less excluded from the visual world.

What sort of fabrics do you enjoy the most?

Soft fabrics, satin trims, things with buttons and bows. I also enjoy knitting and making luxurious scarves for friends as winter gifts. In summer, I look for soft undergarments and layer my outfits with flowing chiffon tops. Lingerie is another one of my touchy-feely delights – as it is worn close to the skin, I won’t compromise the feel of luxury by purchasing cheap underwear – it has to be soft and silky (including hosery).

I believe that when you begin the first layer of clothing feeling feminine, you will wear the dress with an upright back and carry an air of chic – like a proud Spanish Lipizzaner!

What are your considerations when choosing garments?

Picture of Maribel wearing a pleated skirt, blouse that ties at the neck, patterned sweater vest and a tam. Colored coordinated in shades of tan, oranges & browns
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

Apart from seeking comfort and prettiness of garment, even in casual wear, I am fussy about colour and design. When on my own, I take quite a while to scout out an item as I examine the texture carefully and the cut by feeling the collar, shape etc. I know what styles suit me by past experience and many times, a garment falls off the hanger as if to grab my attention and often, it is a good choice – could this be intuition helping? Then I quiz the shop assistant for the colour and price and if it passes these two questions, I will buy it.

Colours seem to have a certain ‘vibe’ for instance, as soon as I put grey near my face, my skin begins to feel drained. My favourite colours are strong and bold as in red, orange, colbalt blue, sunshine yellow and hot pink as these tones not only feel ‘right’ for me, I can see them in natural daylight.

At home, I hang clothing in groups so that matching items are placed together to be colour co-ordinated.

What shops do you frequent the most and why?

I enjoy being independent and setting my own pace as well as going out with friends to meander into the odd gift or fashion store. I often end up buying things because my girlfriends or partner point out items on special I wouldn’t have seen.

Picture of handbags
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

I go to the same clothing stores because it is easier to get around the shop without feeling overwhelmed. I visit the local stores where the shop keepers know me and are quick to offer help – even though it might be more expensive, the price of being looked after is well worth it.

But I do have to be in the right mood as it takes a lot of concentration to keep track of my movement around the store, to avoid prams and other obstacles. Sometimes the bumping from one object off another can feel like being inside a live pinball machine and if I can’t cope I will leave the store.

I particularly love feeling shoes! As I have no idea what people wear on their feet, a shoe shop is a lovely place to wander. I get to understand the different types of heels, shape of shoes and just adore this sort of shopping.

My partner, Harry, takes a particular delight in bringing objects closer into my reach and we often take time to enjoy the experience together (unless it is a cactus plant, which he has accidentally done on one occasion, misunderstanding my fondness for feeling flowers!

What challenges do you face when shopping?

On the whole, people are pretty helpful and understanding if I ask for assistance. A few pointers however, when a person is training to work in a department store or fashion counter, it would be extremely beneficial to know not to do the following –  as the store assistant, don’t ask my friend, “Would she like this?” It is kinder to ask me personally.

Some of the main challenges are:

  • first is to locate the right shop and entrance, sometimes blaring music indicates a clothing store plus sense of smell helps me to sniff out the correct place
  • manoeuvring around a shop I have not been in before and avoiding the racks while keeping the cane tight in one hand, the other loose to stray over fabrics to give me some sort of clue as to what I am ‘looking’ for
  • main disadvantage is in not being able to see the size and price on tags, colour of garment
  • must be very careful that the clothing I am feeling is on a mannequin and not the clothing of another shopper!
  • have no idea where the ‘specials’ rack is unless I ask for assistance
  • indoor shopping centres are a nightmare to navigate through especially as there is a bombardment of clashing sound coming from all quarters that hinders my hearing and can be very stressful (so I tend to shop in places that I know or are on a street front)
  • a fashion item that is hard to choose on my own are sunglasses. Often whoever is with me will pick the style they like and then when I wear them, my family will comment “who helped you to buy those sunglasses?” which means – they wouldn’t have chosen them for me so needless to say, I have a few dead pairs in my drawer.

How important to you are the perceptions of others of you fashion wise?

Picture of Maribel posing with her cane, dressed in a black skirt, black lacy sleeved top, black flats and multi-colored handbag.
Photo Courtesy of
Harry Williamson

I like to demonstrate that blind or vision-impaired women can enjoy being colour co-ordinated, wear smart and trendy gear with high heels and enjoy fashion just as much as our sighted friends do. People are often surprised to see me turn up at a function with matching jewellery, fashionable dress with lovely bag and jacket and I am surprised by their reaction – why wouldn’t a vision-impaired woman be dressed well?

I also have a passion for smelling fragrances at perfume counters and put my nose to the test to pinpoint individual scent molecules from cleverly concocted blends. The art of wearing fragrance – mmm, that’s another story…

If you want to be bold and beautiful, you can – let Stephanae (Steph) McCoy, the Blind Style Blogger show you how to strut your stuff at:

Bold Blind Beauty: Style Concepts for the Visually Impaired

AND, in the UK, Emily Davison speaks the language of fashion That Comes From the Heart and Soul at

Fashioneyesta: Bridging the Gap between Fashion and Sight
fashioneyesta.com/

Copyright © Maribel Steel 2014

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” ~Rachel Zoe

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It’s Harvest Season

En Plein Air

Oct_2013_Fall at Northpointe1 (14)French is one of my favorite languages and though I am not a romantic, whenever I hear someone speaking in French images of Paris flit through my mind. In the open air is the English translation of En Plein Air the title of Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report.

The subject of color, as it relates to blind and vision impaired people can be a topic that strikes a nerve in some circles. However the outcome of an informal poll of my blind friends indicates that color is an important aspect of our world that cannot be easily dismissed. Since fashion, trends dictate garment styles and color palettes, these same friends reported that they enjoy being current.

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Admittedly it is difficult explaining the abstract concept of color to someone who has never seen it but I think the opportunity exists for us to step up to this challenge. Another area where technology can help create a more inclusive environment would be on color identifier apps available on Android and the iPhone. While the apps aren’t perfect, in time I believe their performance will improve to allow people the confidence in knowing they’ve chosen the right color.

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Minimalistic is the inspiration within The Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report. I like this intro to the report “This season, cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones follow a en plein air theme, taking a cue from nature.”

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll go into more detail on the 2015 colors but for now let’s talk about fall.

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It seems like only yesterday we here on the east coast were yearning for spring to come after enduring a horrid winter. Not unlike the colorful, aromatic, budding blossoms of spring, the turning leaves of fall ushers in a symphony of brilliant warm, rich, oranges, yellows and reds. When I think of autumn I can almost smell delicious hot cider, pumpkin spice and my favorite scent of the season is a crackling wood burning bon fire.

In the autumn of 2013 I was very fortunate to snap some lovely photos of the landscape where I lived. Included in today’s post are the three pictures:

  • Golden colored treetops against a puffy white cloud-covered, blue sky
  • Radiant fuchsia bush
  • Fuchsia bush next to a bright gold tree

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The temperature is considerably cooler than summer yet it is welcome. I like to take advantage of autumn’s cooler weather to layer my clothing with a light jacket, sweater or wrap. I’ve included photos of an outfit I recently wore to the doctors and this time I remembered to include my white cane and Checkered Eye pin because I never leave home without them. Who says one can’t be stylish with a white cane? Following are descriptions of my ensemble:

  • Kohl’s – Rock & Republic Racerback Henley Sleeveless Button-Front top in Cayenne. This top is a mixed-media design with a combined lightweight crepe front and jersey back. It features a raw-edge trim, 3-button placket, 2-pocket, trendy drop-tail hem and shirred racerback.
  • Kohl’s – Vera Wang Mineral-Washed Skimmer Zip Leggings (similar HERE). Vera Wang leggings are the bomb. These navy leggings were originally $40+ but I got them on sale for under $20. The elastic waistband makes for comfortable wear and the zipper detailing at the ankle gives them that little extra oomph.
  • Roxy Jean blue denim jacket. This jacket was given to me several years ago (thank you Margie) and it’s one of my favorite jackets.
  • 6pm.com – Nine West leopard print synthetic snake-skin pointy toe mid stacked heel pumps (similar HERE). I love my heels and as long as there is breath in my body I will continue to wear them. The neutral color of these pumps lets me pair them with a multitude of outfits from beige & white, to navy, red, black or green, the possibilities are endless.

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~Jim Bishop

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Style Word Association Part II

Boho, Glam & Casual Chic

Headshot of me and my "Edgy" hair.As promised in today’s post (a continuation from last week) I will talk about the 3 remaining styles (boho, glamorous and casual chic) referenced on Stitch Fix. To refresh your memory below are the 7 styles with one word that comes to my mind whenever I think of each style:

  1. Preppy – The Hamptons
  2. Romantic – Feminine
  3. Classic – Timeless
  4. Edgy – Risk-takers
  5. Bohemian Chic – Free Spirited
  6. Glamorous – Hollywood
  7. Casual Chic – Relaxed

I had so much fun with last week’s post that the very next day I was feeling “Edgy” and decided to dress the part. Now I’m not about spikes, studs or combat boots but when I turned 35 I did something so counter to my personality for me it was considered radical. Yup, I got a tattoo, leather biker jacket, and I was gonna sign up to learn how to ride a motorcycle but then I just settled for leasing my first new car (a five speed). No one could tell me I wasn’t cool – well no one except for my kids – and all because I had this thing for obeying the speed limit. Before I get into today’s three styles I wanted to take a quick moment to review my “Edgy” look:

  • St. John’s Bay White Keyhole V-Neck Tee (old) JC Penney’s
  • Style & Co. Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans Macy’s
  • Black Faux-Suede Jennifer Lopez Moto Jacket (similar) Kohl’s
  • Black Faux-Suede Rampage Kavi Wedge Mules DSW
  • Silver Accessories: Short pendant necklace on leather strap, medallion-like drop earrings, chain bracelets, 2 rings
  • Asymmetrical/tousled pixie cut wig (similar) wigs.com

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My hair was the edgiest part of my outfit and to test it out I posted a picture on Facebook and got all kinds of “I love your hair” comments. I like the way the hair falls across my left eye and has a tousled look on top (I feel radical whenever I wear it). Ok enough with edgy let’s move on to boho.

As a child in the 60s I remember the whole love, peace, flower children movement. While the bohemian style of today is not quite as hippie-like as in yesteryear whenever I hear boho it conjures up thoughts of a free-spirited, artsy, eclectic type individual. I have a few friends who fit into this category and they are the most creative, intelligent, easygoing, outgoing people with whom everyone wants to be around.

The boho style is carefree. Think layers and mix assorted textures like a tank or tee with a fringed cover-up or gauzy kimono. The look can be as simple as a breezy ethnic-inspired print dress, sandals and a hat. Prints range from paisley, florals, to fashionable and colorful patterns.

Boho outfit from Pinterest
Pinterest Boho

Pinterest has an endless supply of photos and information on anything under the sun. The boho look I selected from Pinterest features cutoff blue jean shorts, a peasant top complete with tassels, sandals, fringed handbag, colorful tribal print earrings, gold ring with turquoise stone and a brass cuff bracelet with turquoise, pink and brown beads.

Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Lena Horne, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Dandridge, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Diahann Caroll are among the most glamorous women to grace the silver screen. Glamorous to me is Hollywood and I swear I can hear Madonna singing Vogue in the background.

Glamorous Pinterest
Pinterest Glamorous

Sticking with the summer theme, the glamorous look also has shorts and sandals but it’s the colors and color coordination that makes this outfit look classy. I could see myself adding a summer hat but that’s just me.

The cuffed shorts, tote handbag, sandals and oversized sunglasses are all in shades of tan. The red tank with tiny white polka dots appears to be lace across the upper back and the gold jewelry – bracelet and ring (with the exception of the hoop earrings) also picks up the red of the tank in the stone on the ring and portions of the bracelet. The look is casual elegance and not overdone.

Casual Chic is that effortless yet very well pulled together look. For example a color coordinated jogging suit with coordinating running or other cute shoes, nice handbag and perhaps a scarf and don’t forget the I don’t care attitude.

Casual Chic Pinterest
Pinterest Casual Chic

In the casual chic picture are white jeans paired with a tan dolman sleeved loose fitting top, pink printed scarf, pink watch, gold/tan sandals and gold/tan clutch.

The other day a friend of mine sent me an email stating how much she liked a bit I wrote on style in last week’s post and I thought I’d end this one with that thought. Here goes:

Style like art, is a form of self-expression and communication which encompasses the whole person. An extension of oneself, style begins on the inside with our personality, lifestyle, values, likes, dislikes, mannerisms and it permeates all areas of our life. ~Steph