My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fashion Fun

I recently was asked to spend some time helping a friend choose an outfit for an event. We had so much fun!   My friend said she was asked by a friend of hers (are you following me?) ... but how does she (meaning me) do it if she doesn't see much.   My friend laughed and said - I don't know but she was really helpful and asked me how I felt a lot :).   Inspite of not being able to see much, I am a real visual person.  When I learned braille, I first visualized it before learning to read it through my hands.  When I decorate, I get a real visual of the area in my head before deciding what to hang where.  I have my yard visualized in my head.  My favorite grocery store layout is visualized.   I do the same with an outfit I am wearing.  I start with thinking of the 'mood' that I am in - do I want something fun, colorful, or classy?  Then, I generally decide on one item of clothing to begin. For example, in this outfit I decided I wanted to wear this orange and tan sweater and designed the rest of my outfit around it. I thought something a little lighter color as a jacket would work and then something a little darker for the pants. Rolling sleeves is a fun option for a jacket to dress it down a bit.  I generally go to my  jewelery last to pull it together.  I decided to wear some metallic accents which then led me to my shoes to match. 
When I get my haircut, I feel how they have styled it and then if I like it (have good feedback) -- then I duplicate that 'feel' when I style it.  I remembered this purse had the same colors as my sweater so I opted for the purse as a little bold accessory.  When I shop with my daughter, Natalie , I learn in a few minutes what is the fun new trend (love it).  Because the mirror is not helpful, I do a quick visual in my mind from top to bottom of what I am wearing to make sure it all matches.  If I've tried something a little creative, I try to get someone who is sighted to give me their opinion.  If no one is available, I often just take a risk!


S.DAY said...

You have more style and fashion sense than I do. I love that you and Nat always look so cute and seize the day by wearing darling clothes that make you "feel" good! Often getting dressed for me is a matter of "ugh, what should I wear today." I need to start visualizing an outfit :)
Thanks for inspiring me always!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I have wondered at times how you plan your outfits and shop! Your visualization sense is top notch. My dressing questions are more along the lines of "should I wear blue jeans or black jeans today" and "am I going to feel too hot/cold in this shirt". And even though I could have/make a different purse for every day of the year, I pretty much use the same one every single day of the year!

3 labs 4 me said...

You are such a fashion plate Becky.
I could really use a few pointers from you. Living in the northwest, I find that most of my clothes are earth tones in color. With my love of dogs & the outdoors, I find I'm usually wearing hiking pants or jeans & some sort of fleece top or outdoor wear. How boring is that?

Divina Joy said...

That is so inspiring!

Toni Rose said...


It is really true when one sense becomes weaker

Another sense becomes stronger

I feel that I'm regular in everything. I don't have an edge :(