Fashion Friday: Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping can actually be fun if you do it right, and that starts with wearing the right outfit for the task at hand.

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It's really important to be comfortable if you're shopping for bargains and fighting the crowds, but you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort.

I find wearing layers easier than trying to juggle a bulky coat or jacket along with a bunch of bags. Start with a pair of jeggings, these are Oasis animal print in oxblood. Pair it with a long-sleeved sweater (or lighter weight tee if weather permits) like this white basketweave cowl neck. Add a black sweater with cable knit front,  oversized neck and sleeves, and front buckle detail. If it gets too warm you can always take it off and tuck it into this classic backpack. Finally, I can't get enough of this year's studded trend, and these taupe studded combat boots are perfect for an all day mall stomp.

This outfit is suitable for just about anyone, disabled or not, but I've chosen to highlight a Tru-Motion walking cane as the "disabled accessory" of the week. Now go forth and shop 'til you drop!

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!

'Tis The Season

For shopping intelligently and giving generously. Let's talk about some great deals and perfect presents.Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App As you know I did venture out on Black Friday. I have a definite plan - to hit several discount stores and head straight to their clearance racks. Aside from the already great deals on Black Friday offers, clearance racks are great place to shop on that day. Retailers are anxious to get rid of their clearance stock to make room for seasonal clothing. Stein Mart's clearance rack yielded a Calvin Klein oxblood studded tank from one of these racks for $5. I also bought a pink leatherette jacket that was on sale for 40% off, making its final price $22. I raided the clearance racks in several other stores and found a black studded tank and a solid pink tank for $7 and $5 respectively. I also found a wool blend black, gray and pink sweater for under $20. When it was all said and done I had five items of clothing for under 70 dollars. Not a bad day's haul. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App Over the years I have taken good care of my clothes. Even before the flood thinned out my wardrobe  I have been good about gifting or donating garments that no longer fit me. Rarely do I hang on to an item for sentimental reasons but, as I was going through my closet about a month ago, I came across the first leather jacket I ever owned.  A beautiful red jacket from Petite Sophisticates, it has been with me for the better part of 10 years. Alas, the jacket is a Medium and my bust can no longer be accommodated by anything that small. Nobody within my circles of friends was small enough to wear it, but I hung onto it hoping to find a perfect new owner for it. Then I remembered my new adopted "Little Sister" Glenda Watson Hyatt. Like me, she is petite, has Cerebral Palsy, and she lives in Canada so she would get many opportunities to wear the jacket. On a whim I asked her if I could send it to her. She consented and the jacket is a perfect fit on her. It made me feel great to see a wonderful jacket being appreciated all over again by someone new. Glenda

She rocks it well, don't you think? More importantly, she makes me so happy I hung onto it, because it's obvious the universe meant for her to have it. Giving, especially on this level, from one friend to another, is every bit as gratifying as receiving.

Have you hung onto something valuable just for it's own sake? Is it time to find a dear friend, or make a new one, to give it to?

Fashion Friday: Pumpkin and Oxblood

This week I'm styling a pumpkin colored jacket similar to the one I purchased at Stein Mart a few weeks ago.

This shade of orange looks much better on me than Pantone's Summer 2012 color, Tangerine Tango. Here it is in a shawl-collared version of my trench jacket by 89th & Addison from Stein Mart.  It's paired with treggings in the season's trendy color, oxblood. The bag is a D Lisk Zip Detail Bar Handle Bag in the same color and can either be carried or worn crossbodied. In looking for shoes to pair with this outfit I found two pairs of oxfords that were almost identical save for the heel. Both are by Sperry and I thought it was worth using both heel heights as a styling option. The Merona Olive Self-Tie Felt Cloche hat from Target picks up on the green in the shoes and the leopard crutches from Cool Crutches add a little animal print to the equation.

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!