Fashion Is For Every Body: We Did It

Fashion Is For Every Body: We Did It

If you're reading this you probably know that I spend a lot of my time swimming upstream and contradicting stereotypes. I've been called fiesty, firey, bitchy, stubborn, ballsy, badass, leader and queen (among other things). Last week I got to add co-founder, co-producer and runway model for Nashville's first inclusive fashion show to the mix.

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ALTER UR EGO Jeans

ALTER UR EGO Jeans

The story behind Kentucky-based brand ALTER UR EGO is as remarkable as the jeans themselves. Designer Heidi McKenzie is a paraplegic who got tired of the lack of fashionable jean options for the wheelchair-dependent. The best thing about ALTER UR EGO jeans is they will be on the runway at the Fashion is for Every Body show. That's right, adaptive fashion will be right there in the mix with Nashville's designer clothing.

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IZ Collection Fall 2016

IZ Collection Fall 2016

First things first: Tickets are now on sale for just $20 for the Fashion is for Every Body runway show on 9/10/16. Purchase them here.  What would you say if I told you the dress I'm wearing is an adaptive piece of clothing? Do you even know what adaptive clothing is? Designers like Izzy Camilleri are changing the face of adaptive clothing forever with IZ Collection. Canadian couturier Camilleri has dressed some pretty impressive people - including David Bowie (talk about serendipity!) - so her designs are fashionable and functional. 

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Life: Sweet And Bitter

Life: Sweet And Bitter

Short and bittersweet this week. Links to articles by me in Disability Horizons and IZ Collection. Buy a Fashion is for Every Body T-Shirt at Couture for a Cause, and vote for Spashionista for Best Blog in the Tennessean's 2016 TOAST Reader's Choice Awards. Most importantly, please help me find my missing dog, Penny Lane.

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Xpandasox Revisited

Xpandasox Revisited

Last November I introduced you to a fabulously clever and stylish hosiery brand called Xpandasox. Read my original post about Xpandasox that I styled with an Amanda Valentine tunic, and this outfit is also featured in their 2016 lookbook. The concept of an expandable calf was originally conceived for plus-sized and athletic women with wide, muscular calves. But Xpandasox has earned a place in the adaptive clothing market as well.

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Baciano

Baciano

As big as I am on shopping locally whenever possible, sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise. Los Angeles based clothier Baciano recently contacted me to try two pieces - the Mallory and the Eleanor -  from their online collection and do a little show-and-tell for my readers. I received these pieces for free to showcase and review, but the opinions are my own.

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Details On Wheels: Shoes, Bags & Accessories

Details On Wheels: Shoes, Bags & Accessories

Lately, it seems the Universe is steering my message in a specific direction, so I'm doing my best to thankfully, joyously go with the flow. Check out my latest article as Disability Horizons resident Fashion Guru. This time it's about what accessories can do to add trendiness and personality to your outfits. As always, the advice is geared toward wheelchair users but can apply to anyone. 

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O'More Fashion Show 2016

O'More Fashion Show 2016

Connie Richardson, co-founder of Nashville Fashion Week, often reminds us that, "Nashville Fashion is more than just a week." So, before I show you any more of NFW2016 (and there are still scores of looks from gifted designers to peruse) I want you to see the kind of talent coming from Nashville's prestigious O'More college of design. This year they held their annual fashion show in a hanger at John C Tune airport - on my birthday. Talk about a party.

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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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