My name is Alicia, and I am a Spaz.

To be more specific, I was born with Choreoathetotic Cerebral Palsy. In other words, I have mobility issues and an overall lack of grace when I'm doing anything but sleeping. Actually, I'm just assuming the latter. I may spaz in my sleep, too. 

However unsteady and addled my movements may seem to others I am not an idiot and don't appreciate being treated like one. It used to frustrate me to no end when I left my house that the majority of people glanced at me quickly, dismissed any notion that I might be able to engage in any kind of meaningful interaction with them, and spoke to me through my able-bodied companions. I just wanted to be taken seriously and not be dismissed at first glance. So I cleaned up, dressed up, and started paying attention to how other people reacted. The difference was undeniable. They looked at me and not through me, spoke to me directly, and treated me like any other person. Sure, there's always a jerk that will be predictably narrow-minded but they've become the exception and not the rule.

When I started this blog in 2012 it was all about fashion, but it has evolved into a blog about fashion in the context of my life. It has evolved into a style blog. With Spashionista I hope to share all of my passions expressed in my town with my physical limitations at my stage in life. That includes fashion and food, venues and events, product reviews and accessibility issues, all from an inclusive perspective. It also includes a glimpse at life in Nashville, which is one of the fastest-growing cosmopolitan cities in the southern US, and my efforts in advocating for social awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities. I believe a narrative that advocates for positive, lasting social changes can be entertaining as well as enlightening.