Take Your Frump Somewhere Else

Take Your Frump Somewhere Else

Back in June I wrote a guest post called Get Out Of My Space for my new friend Kimmie Jones' blog, That Girl In The Wheelchair. She was good enough to return the favor and give us some insight into her own thoughts on fashion from a disabled perspective.

 

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Visible Monday: Renewal And The Promise Of Spring

This week's Visible Monday is brought to you by the letters P and T, as in Physical Therapy. Here's the big surprise - it's for my Mr, not for me. After years of back problems the poor guy finally pulled his lower back so severely he needs a few weeks of Physical Therapy to sort things out. It's going to be rough going for him because he's going to the same place I went to several years ago when I hurt my leg and they still remember me as their "model patient".

With Spring right around the corner it seems appropriate to want to work out the kinks, clean out the cobwebs, and make whatever adjustments are needed to move forward. So my theme for March is renewal. Renewal requires us to know who and where we are in life so we can keep the things that work, discard the ones that don't, and learn how to make up the difference gracefully and joyously.

So on this dreary, chilly day I took these photos on the roof of the Physical Therapy building with the ever-expanding Nashville skyline as the backdrop.

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Not a lot of new pieces here. Denim Max Edition jeggings and Stephanie Rogers indigo wool blend tunic are both from Ross circa 2010. The tunic is actually short-sleeved but it's plenty warm and very easy to wear. Six years ago I bought the brown leather jacket from now-defunct Petite Sophisticate. As you can see I still wear it and it still looks fab, so there's no doubt I've gotten my money's worth out of it. Only the boots and the bag are new. I love these White Mountain Foxhole boots I bought this past Fall. When you have wide calves finding boots that fit can be a challenge, but these have both laces and a side-zip closure so they fit beautifully and comfortably. I also purchased the red Urban Expressions bag the same day at the same place, T J Maxx.

Once my better half completes his Physical Therapy I will have to go through Occupational Therapy for the tendonitis in my hand. It's going to be an interesting couple of months.

I'm ready for Spring.

Visible Monday: Target Practice

A few weeks ago on a cold, damp afternoon I decided to check out the Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 capsule collection for Target. Because I knew I'd be swimming in a sea of colorful garments I decided to stand out by wearing black and white.

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Take a five-year old John Paul Richard zebra striped trench jacket, two-year old black Nine West Vintage America jeggings, and add this season's pink Cynthia Rowley cashmere sweater and Dollhouse black studded motorcycle boots from Shi at Galleria. Finish with an Anne Klein watch and a bargain boutique bangle to go with my Medic Alert cuff. The result is a mix of retro and modern, classic and edgy. The only caveat is the jacket, which was a bit big 20 pounds ago, is now huge on me. I was hoping to find a suitable replacement that very day.

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While I loved the color palette I found the designs to be very unflattering for petite "girls who eat lunch" like me. This is a typical problem for me at Target, but just to be certain I did try on several of the Gurung pieces that caught my eye with no success.

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As I handed the garments to the fitting room attendant she confessed that most people were having the same problem. "Everybody says they [the clothes] look better on the hangers."

Better luck next time.

Thanks to Not Dead Yet Style for the Visible Monday linkup.

By the way, I didn't forget last week's teaser in my post about The Wild Hare. I will deliver on my promise but it may not be for several weeks. You'll just have to keep reading. It'll be worth it.

Fashion Friday: Sugar Coat-ed

Got the winter doldrums? Then cure them with a stroll in the park and a pop of color.

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Winter wardrobes are all too often as dreary as the weather. The antidote is strategic use of color. Unlike last week's Fashion Friday, this week a little color goes a long way.

Start with the basics, black jeggings and a white cowl neck merino wool sweater. Both can be had very affordably from a multitude of places. The black microfleece gloves from dorothyperkins.com are only $5. The boots are Timberland Authentics Teddy fleece  fold-downs. They're warm and easy to walk in and list for $88 on zappos.com. The hobo bag is a black multi diamond stud for $40 from newlook.com.

Now for a little color. Who could resist this Planet Ruby Port pea coat in - what else - purple? It sells for $95 at johnlewis.com. How about a Hollister Co winter scarf in emerald, 2013's color of the year?  It'll set you back $30. Finally, the chevron crew socks from Target are only $8. You're all set to brave the elements in style with your Nova Cruiser Deluxe walker.

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!