Put On Your Red Dress Baby

Put On Your Red Dress Baby

And don't forget your high-heeled boots. Although these pictures were taken several weeks ago I wanted to use them today, post-Thanksgiving, to talk about some of the things I'm thankful for that may seem a bit trivial to some but mean the world to me. 

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Spashionista's Shopping Picks

Spashionista's Shopping Picks

It's here; the most wonderful time of the year. The time of year when everybody's doing what I do best - shopping! I want to encourage you to give small businesses, both locally and on the 'net, your support by shopping with them this season. 

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10 Questions With Megan Mae Daily

10 Questions With Megan Mae Daily

Here is another installment of "10 Questions With", featuring the lovely Megan Gann of Megan Mae Daily. I will be modeling one of Megan's very own Obi-belts in my next post so be sure to check it out. I'll also tell you how you can get one to give as a holiday gift - or, better yet, to keep and wear yourself! 

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The Liebster Award For 5 Special Ladies

I am honored that Alexa of Retro Spendthrift nominated me for a Liebster award! The award is meant to introduce readers to blogs they may be unfamiliar with.
Here's how it works:
1.    Answer the 11 questions from the one that nominated you. 2.    Choose 5-10 bloggers to nominate that have less than 300 followers. And show 'em some love by stating why! 3.    Give them 11 questions to answer. 4.    Go to their site to let them know you nominated them. 5.    Don't nominate the blogger that nominated you. 6.    Don’t forget to copy & paste the award pic!
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1. What's your favorite movie or tv show? It depends really. Historical movies or TV shows with great costumes always interest me. I love Game of Thrones for the same reason, but I also love the storyline. I also quite enjoyed watching Project Runway, and of course I was a fan of Sex and the City. As far as movies go that's an easy one. I love any movies Gary Oldman is in. I think I've seen Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy about 50 times now. Another quirky movie I love is The Women On the other end of the spectrum Shaun of the Dead, Dogma and Fight Club never get old for me. 2. How did you decide on the name of your blog? I wanted something that would sound like it was informative and entertaining at the same time. I thought "Spastic Fashionista" was too literal and just plain "Spashionista" was a little bit tongue in cheek so I came up with Spashionista Report. 3. How would you describe your fashion style? My style is very feminine even if I'm wearing clothes that are quite structured. I also love color and look best when I'm wearing something a little flirty. Most of all its very genuine. I'm not afraid to buck the current trends as long as what I'm wearing is comfortable and suits me. 4. What's your favorite accessory? That's a tough one to answer! Do shoes count as an accessory? If so then it would have to be my shoes. It's very difficult for me to find beautiful shoes that I can wear so I take great pride in my collection. I'm also into bracelets quite a bit and received several for my birthday. I'm venturing into the world of scarves as well. 5. What types of blogs do you read? I read blogs about interesting people. Most of them are fashion blogs but I do have quite a few disabled friends that write very compelling blogs. I enjoy reading about someone else's take on life, fashion, experiences, etc. I read blogs about street fashion and about couture. Some lifestyle blogs really interest me as well. The one thing that's for certain is I never have enough time to read every blog I would like too! 6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Believe it or not, I'm an introvert who is trying very hard to be an extrovert! At my age I don't really have time to waste so I want to be able to communicate effectively with people and be charming about it. 7. What do you think is the best thing about blogging? For me the best thing about blogging by far has been finding people who appreciate what I'm saying and can identify with my message. I spent a lot of years doing graphic arts, which is a very solitary pastime, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see how many people are interested in what I have to say. 8. If you could hang out with any fictitious group of people (from a tv show, movie, book) who would it be and why? Wow, that's a hard question! I would probably enjoy being a part of the Harry Potter World. There's a certain stylishness to it - not to mention the appeal of all the magic. I like magic and fantasy worlds and characters when they're well written. I love some of the Superhero stories, too, because they are our new mythology. Who wouldn't want that? 9. Peanut butter, creamy or crunchy? Not a fan of peanut butter at all. Sorry! 10. How long have you been blogging? Just a little over a year. 11. What is one of your favorite lines from a movie, song, book, poem, etc? "There's a fine line between an outfit and get up." from The Women. "The fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt." from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. "You've been all over - and it's been all over you." from It's a Beautiful Day.

Now it's my turn to nominate five bloggers that I think deserve this award. All of these bloggers share some form of limitation but it doesn't stop them from living and writing amazing blogs.
Stream of Caitlessness A blog about Caitlynn being one-armed and awesome. I adore this young lady!
In Search of It All Marlene's search for answers to help her move forward. She is thoughtful, insightful, and has a keen eye for the beautiful things in life.
Megan Mae Daily My local fashion blogging friend who is always interesting to read about and a pleasure to talk to in person.
Plus Black Blog Elle has impeccable taste and is determined - as am I - to transcend her disability and call attention to designers and products for women like us.
Do It Myself Blog Glenda also has Cerebral Palsy but her life and work really are inspiring. Although she has trouble speaking clearly Glenda has made it her mission to share her experiences. She has motivated me to take chances and tell my own story.
Here are my questions for these lovely ladies.

1. What motivated you to start blogging?
2. What do you get out of the blogging experience?
3. If time travel, both backwards and forwards, were a reality where and when would you go and why?
4. Which is more important, individuality or conformity?
5. Name three things you really love about yourself.
6. When dealing with others are you more kind than critical or vice versa?
7. What is your greatest passion in life?
8. What is your definition of true beauty?
9. Do you think women with disabilities are less likely to be thought of as beautiful?
10. If you suddenly had $5 million what are the first three things you'd do or buy?
11. What is the one thing you want to be remembered for long after you're gone?

Thanks again to Alexa for nominating me. I encourage all of you to check out the bloggers I nominated. I'm looking forward to reading their answers to my questions.

Shalom Y'All

Have you ever met any of your fellow fashion bloggers "IRL" - in real life? I hadn't, until last week.

When it comes to going to new places and meeting new people I'm not always entirely comfortable. It's difficult to be spontaneous in exploring little shops and boutiques if I don't know about their wheelchair access beforehand. It's not fair for me to expect my Mr to maneuver a chair over steps or into impassably narrow shop isles. Then there's the fact that most of my real-life conversations are with my dogs who aren't likely to tell me if I'm being too honest or socially inappropriate. I don't want to come off like Martha Stewart, but I don't want to be a pill, either.

Megan of Megan Mae Daily and I have been planning, and failing, to meet IRL for several months now. Megan recently began working part-time at The Flip Flop Consignment Shop and this past Saturday she invited me to a special event.

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The shop hosted a benefit for the Gallatin Shalom Zone and "Dress For Success." The Gallatin Shalom Zone is a non-profit organization that "works to transform negative forces within the community, focusing on spiritual renewal, economic development, race relations, health and healing". "Dress For Success" educates teens on career choices and gives them the ability to dress appropriately for job interviews. To that end the shop has relegated an entire rack of clothing for the cause, which are also for sale to the public, with all proceeds going to The Shalom Zone.

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In addition to the rack Country music vocalist Sarah Darling stopped by to perform a brief acoustic set, sign autographs, and donate several items of clothing to be auctioned off for the cause.

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I didn't really know I would be attending until the last minute so I think I caught Megan by surprise. She's such a warm person and a delicate beauty. She gave me a big hug and seemed very happy I had come. Megan promptly directed me to the appropriate racks for shopping and I purchased a few goodies for next to nothing. Be on the lookout for them in the future.

The afternoon went by too quickly and, even though we couldn't chat for long because Megan was busy working, we found a moment to snap a photo with shop owner Lacey Montgomery.

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I don't think I put my foot in my mouth once during the entire event. Wait; well, who knows? I'm fine with it either way. I had a great time supporting a Middle Tn independent shop and buying secondhand. My hubby and I even had lunch next door at The Baker's Rack and got free cupcakes!

More importantly I got to meet a very special young woman whom I only knew from the 'net and who exceeded all of my expectations. I look forward to getting together with her again when she isn't working and can have a good time doing whatever we want to do.

In other words, shopping.