NFW: East Meets West

NFW: East Meets West

Nashville Fashion is more than just a week. It's a daily celebration of our city and the designers that create and show here. I'm going to spend the Summer showing off Nashville's fashion shows and events - and, hopefully convincing you to help me make my own inclusive fashion show a reality this Fall. Today I'm featuring opening night of Nashville Fashion Week: East Meets West, with designers from London, Georgia, Missouri and New York

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The Fashion Is For Every Body Fashion Show

The Fashion Is For Every Body Fashion Show

I've have befriended so many of Nashville's talented fashion designers and boutique owners that fully support the idea of inclusion and body positivity. When I wear their clothing and accessories I am raising awareness that fashion isn't just for young, able-bodied supermodels. It's for all of us. To that end, I've partnered with my bff Krystle Ramos, of Pura Vida Vintage, to co-produce Music City's very first evening of inclusive runway segments featuring male and female models of all ages, races, sizes and abilities. And I need your help to make it happen.

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Shop Local: Nashville Fashion Love

Shop Local: Nashville Fashion Love

Nashville Fashion Week is April 5-9 and I'm excited to be a part of it for the third year in a row. Tickets are still available for individual events, purchase your tickets here. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to get highlights from each night's runways as they happen. If you can't make it to Nashville Fashion Week you can still shop Music City's boutiques and artisans to get what is becoming an iconic Nashville Boho vibe. In case you've been wondering where I've been, I'm getting ready for a big announcement about a personal project that is near and dear to my heart and will have a big impact on the fashion community. Come back on April 11th for the full story. 

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7 Wardrobe Essentials For Wheelchair-Dependent Ladies

7 Wardrobe Essentials For Wheelchair-Dependent Ladies

Check out my latest post for Disability Horizons, 7 Wardrobe Essentials For Wheelchair Dependent Ladies. Although it's written with wheelchair users in mind I think the advice is useful for any woman in finding core pieces to build a foundation for her wardrobe.

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Wear It Out By Manny Cuevas

Wear It Out By Manny Cuevas

Talent is not diluted by circumstances or eclipsed by someone else's shadow. It endures, waiting for the right moment to emerge again - because, of course, it never left. For Manny Cuevas that moment is back on the horizon. He will soon be re-launching his label, Wear It Out by Manny, with a fresh take on iconic wardrobe staples all with his trademark style. I've seen the sketches and the pieces are undeniably chic, yet retain that edginess so prevalent in the editorial runway lines.

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Five Reasons To Get A Beauty Makeover

Five Reasons To Get A Beauty Makeover

The older you get, the more you need to put your best face forward; literally. For many years I didn't wear any makeup at all, until I turned 50 and started to notice gravity and age starting to take it's toll on my face. I discovered Laguna Naturals Anti-Aging Serum - check the post for a special coupon code for you to try it, too - and decided to book a makeover at Sephora. It was one of the smartest things I've ever done. Here are five reasons why.

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Changing Perceptions

Changing Perceptions

The outfit, is basic, classic and neutral. That doesn't mean it's frumpy or boring. Neither am I, nor am I brave, lazy, or an opportunist because of my disability. These are perceptions that need to change. This is the year we change Nashville's perceptions about people with disabilities in a big, big way. I'm cooking something up, and I'll tell you all about it right after Nashville Fashion Week. Speaking of which, do you have your all-access pass yet? If not, get it here.

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Black White And Shades Of Grey

Black White And Shades Of Grey

The star of this simple outfit is the Margaret Ellis Jewelry beaded necklace. A beautiful string of shapes and shimmer in black, white and grey, this was a holiday gift that I will wear often. You can expect to see more stunning creations designed by McLaine Richardson - who owns Margaret Ellis Jewelry - in the future. I'll bet you thought my "shades of grey" title was a click-bait reference to fetishism.  Well, sort of. It's not meant to deceive. What I'm about to tell you really happened.

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Aladdin Sane

Aladdin Sane

I wasn't going to write about David Bowie. Not here, anyway; I figured it would just be overkill. There comes a point where too much attention, too much emotion is desensitizing. But there are tangible reasons why so many were moved by his passing. One of my friends wrote on Facebook, "He was more important than the music; he gave us permission to be unusual and be proud of it". Another observed that we mourn not because we knew him, but because he helped us to know ourselves. As someone who is unusual by default and not by choice, those words really resonate with me. 

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The Silence of Our Friends

The Silence of Our Friends

A guest post written by Clint Searcy

Today is Martin Luther King Day. Looking back it can be difficult for younger people to understand why any caring person would comply with the unfair rules of segregation that Dr. King worked to remove. If I told you today there was still a business in your neighborhood with a physical barrier outside it's door to prevent a minority from coming in you would most likely be outraged. Surely, you would refuse to do business in that establishment. So my question is this. Why do you?

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