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Monday, April 17, 2017

Vlogging with Le Boo

Hello Loves

I have a new Vlog on my youtube channel and I wanted to post it here for those of you who aren't subscribed yet (Come on, get to it!)



The Pap I used for our Saturday Morning Breakfast in this Vlog is from @Yumfoods_MN
The facial Mask I used: CLICK HERE
Sunday Outfit style post: CLICK HERE
I Hope you guys enjoyed this Vlog.

Thanks for visiting,
Till Later, God Bless

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Styling: Off Shoulder Ankara Top

Hello world

I'm excited to have yet another style post on the blog today. 
I love ankara tops and I enjoy pairing them with regular plain bottoms/pants to break the pattern on the ankara. 

This top was gifted to me by a friend but it was made by EllaGrey. Tailored to perfection and the style is so modern and chic. 


I paired it with this black denim (which feels and fits like jeggings), a crossbody bag and this gorgeous shoes.

I find that I keep my accessories to a minimum lately, because I'm always wearing this bracelet Le Boo got me on our wedding day. Small pearl earrings and this gorgeous glasses were all I rocked.

I am seriously obsessed with ANYTHING that is "off shoulder"! 


I Love how this top has an off-shoulder AND a cold-shoulder peekaboo thing going on! The straps falling to the side of my shoulders are self-tie and they certainly makes this top something special. 


 


A smile is always a great accessory!


Here's a close up of  the shoes I'm wearing with this look. I can't stress enough how much I love shoes that have strings/ropes because I can adjust them to fit comfortably even as my legs swell from sitting on the wheelchair.





And that's it for now you guys. I Hope you got an idea or two from this style post.

Details
Ankara Top : By EllaGrey
Jeggings Denimv : Walmart
Shoes : Ross Dress for Less
Glasses: DD's Discount
Bag: Forever21

Remember, it doesn't have to cost much to look fabulous!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

On a Wheelchair because I don't have Faith in God

Hello you guys!

So if you read the title of this post and said to yourself "Uh oh, what is Lizzy on about now", well.... welcome and thank you.

I tried to give this post a different title but it just wasn't working out. So I decided to leave it as raw as it gets.

I sat down in a chit chat with one of my friends in my most recent youtube video and we got to talking about different things people say to me - as a wheelchair user, and what people say to her (and my other friends and family) - as friends to a wheelchair user.


The video is quite self explanatory, and you can watch it below.



But since I am a talker, I decided to back up this video with more words in this blog post.

As I mentioned in the video, I understand that human beings are created to be curious beings and a lot of people mean well when they approach ME (a wheelchair user) with certain questions or concerns or advice.
However, the fact that these people "mean no harm" doesn't take away from the fact that I still find some of their questions, comments and advice to be funny or downright.... ermm.... unnecessary. 

I have been blessed with what I believe is a great sense of humor, so I personally don't take offense (anymore) to the comments people make to me or my friends and family, but I still wanted to touch this subject because at some point in my life, they used to affect me.

I also wanted to discuss these things because I felt like I was in the position to bring them to light since some people can still be affected by them.

Life is already difficult enough for most people, and I believe that a kind word goes a long way than careless words that could hurt or make a person sad/depressed.

Before you say certain things to anybody - not just a physically disabled person - ask yourself, will this comment make their day a little brighter? Or could what I'm about to say hurt them?


Anyways, I hope this video helps you see how certain words could hurt and makes you more cautious of the things you say to people. You don't really know what somebody is going through no matter how "physical" or "clear" it seems their problems are.

That's it for now.
Till Later, God Bless.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gym Vlog : Exercises I do on and off the Wheelchair

Hello lovers,

Today I am sharing with you all a Vlog from the gym.
I don't always go to the gym, but I do my best to go especially when I notice that I am beginning to have less endurance or difficulties with transferring to and out of the wheelchair.


I'd like to mention that I am not a physical therapist and neither am I a personal trainer, but I hope that you guys enjoy this Vlog of me in the Gym. I hope this video helps any wheelchair user out there wondering what exercises to do in the Gym. As I mentioned before, I'm not an expert but doing some of the exercises shown in this video help me build strength and maintain my body weight.

While weight loss is a great reward for going to the gym, it's hardly ever my focus because I know that dieting is a big part of weight loss.

However, getting your body moving and ensuring that you're flexible and have good blood flow/circulation is a MAJOR part when you're a wheelchair user.

Personally, I enjoy being independent and being able to do just about everything I want to do despite "the wheelchair".

I had to learn to do certain things differently since I don't have full muscle control/use, and my balance is still kind of OFF. I also get help from the really big guys at my gym for certain transfers I can't do by myself.

I won't give everything away by typing too much.... so lets get into the video.






I hope you guys enjoyed this video, 
Please feel free to ask questions you may have. 

Thanks for visiting, God Bless. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPRING TIME

Hello lovers. 

Happy Second day of spring! 

I wanted to make this post on the first day of Spring but life happened and here we are today. 
It's just another fashion post showcasing all the beautiful colorful-ness that spring times brings. 

I'm also rocking this hair I shared with you all sometime ago, and in case you're wondering why it looks different, it's because I straightened it. Man, that hair REALLY keeps on giving! Once again, it's a beauty supply store hair! Just Amazing!




While I love spring and the blooming beauties it brings, I certainly cannot STAND Spring Allergies! My glasses look fashionable, but the truth is, they were hiding my very red eyes that wouldn't stop producing water from all the allergens in the air. 


I wore this gorgeous jumpsuit and paired it with a blazer I thrifted a while back. I'm sort of color blind and these colors seemed to compliment each other in my eyes. Lol


The blazer was necessary because it was still a very windy day. 


Looking forward to summer time so that I can actually wear my jumpsuit in all of its glory without a blazer. 


But the wind made my hair fabulous thooo... LOL




And That's it for now yall!!


Thanks for visiting,
Till Later, God Bless.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How I stream Music Using Google Chrome Cast Audio

Hello darlings, 

Today on the blog we are discussing music! Who doesn't like a good tune? 

Music can change my mood from bad to good within seconds, and while I enjoy listening to music on pretty much all my devices, I like the ability to be able to hear it more on my speakers. 

The google chrome cast audio makes playing music on your speakers very easy. Whether your speakers are new or old, you can wirelessly cast music from your phone, laptop or tablet.

Because Chromecast Audio uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream crystal clear hi res sound that will fill up a room with your favorite sounds. This device was from Best Buy and I certainly have plenty to say about it, so enjoy reading!



Having had this for over 2 weeks now, I can easily say it has made listening to music so much easier and seamless. 
Some of my favorite things about this device is that I can use my phone to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in our house without interruption. Also, while streaming, I can still text or call without interrupting what's playing or draining your battery.

The sound from this is AMAZING! The Wi-Fi  streaming has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality.


Once connected to the speakers, you can stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at chromecast.com/apps




Something else I love about this is that we can play music across rooms. You can easily fill every room in your home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.


The device comes with everything you need for great music really. 


And it's so small yet very powerful.


All you have to do is cast your music from your favorite music app, and your room will be filled with sounds of happiness. 




Using the google home app from the play store is highly recommended. 


To Buy or learn more about this device: Visit http://bby.me/bhxd

Thanks for visiting,
Till Later, God Bless

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How I drive + My Wheelchair Accesible Car | TheDIYLady

Hello lovers!

Today I will be discussing a topic I get so many questions about - Driving with Disability.




As most of you know, I make use of a wheelchair for mobility due to a spinal cord injury sustained in a car accident. I feel like I say this a LOT, but I have to mention it before I get asked AGAIN. Lol. Based on some of my VLOGS, a lot of people noticed that I drive and they've asked me how I drive. I get multiple emails on this, so I decided to do a detailed video for everyone interested. I also have more information below on how I got my accessible car.




After my car accident, I went back to school, graduated and wanted to begin working after graduation. Being transported by family and friends was fine until it came time to get to work and become more independent.

Talking to a friend of mine - Kemi (a wonderful artist)  - one thing led to another and she told me about how she has a wheelchair accessible car. I got all the way excited and found out that the state of Texas had many resources (a.k.a FREE Services for those qualified) that could help me get to work after university despite a disability. That was how I found out about DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services). DARS has since taken a new name and is now one of the vocational rehabilitative programs under the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

With the help of DARS, and my wonderful parents who bought me my car right after university, my car was modified by Lift-Aids and made fully accessible so that I can drive everywhere I wanted to go (especially to work).

Lift Aids accessed my abilities and there were a couple of options for a car modifications back then. After much deliberations and considerations for different circumstances (such as when it's raining or if I wanted someone else to drive my car), we settled on this version of modification.

Having a car was the icing on the cake of my independence and I couldn't be more grateful to God for everyone he used in making this a possibility. My parents are truly awesome and I know that it was not an easy task to buy me this car for it to be made accessible with the help of the state of Texas and Lift Aids.

If you have further questions about this, please ask in the comment section below.

Thanks for visiting,
Till Later, God bless.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Be Bold For Change: Impossible is Nothing

Hello loves!

In case you're wondering what the title of this post means, it's in honor of March 8th - which is known worldwide as International Women's day!!! The theme this year is  Be Bold For Change. 

Here's to all women! May God continue to strengthen and uphold us in all the many roles we play as daughters, wives, sisters, friends, mothers, and so much more.

As a woman who make use of wheelchair for mobility due to a spinal cord injury sustained from a car accident, it took courage before I became confident in myself. Choosing to have a platform such as this blog and my other social media presence was in part to encourage other women and people with disability that Impossible is Nothing. 
Being bold and making the decision to live my life despite the conditions and circumstances of life certainly didn't come easy, but now that I am where I am, I am so glad that I didn't let the voices in my head, or the mumbles of the outside world stop me from being the BEST me that I could be. 
I still have a long way to go and I hope to continue to share my message with the world. 
I hope someone out there reading this chooses to be BOLD for Change from this moment onward. There is greatness waiting for you in life. 


 We are all Wonderfully and fearfully made!





Outfit Details:
Skirt & Top - Ross. (The Top is actually a fitted dress I tucked into the skirt) *wink*
Shoes - Dillards
Hair Review: CLICK HERE

I hope you all have a splendid day!
Thanks for visiting, 
Till Later. God Bless. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Taking care of Children & Cooking | Vlog #5

Hello loves!

I have a new vlog on my YouTube channel. *Insert Cheering here* LOL

I love vlogging because it gives you a tiny glimpse into my daily living.

Remember to watch in HD with a cup of your fave beverage.

Hope you enjoy! Please note: comments are welcomed as I'm still trying to get the hang of this vlogging thing!




Thanks for Visiting
Till Later, 
God Bless.




Friday, February 24, 2017

Pink Hair Loving - Hair Details Included

Happy Friday lovely people!

I'm so excited the weekend is upon us because that's when the ultimate Fine Girl in me gets her time to shine. LOL... With little to no time to spend on hair and makeup during the week, I'm quite grateful  and thankful for my most recent hairstyle. It's low maintenance and keeps me looking like I tried to look good to work.  

Ladies on snapchat and instagram have been asking me to spill the beans on this hairstyle. I've been getting questions like: Is it a wig? Is it a weave? Did you dye it yourself? Is it Pink? Is it red? Lizzy, what is this hair and HOW CAN I get it? 


Well, wonder no more darlings, because TODAY, I have answers! 


Below is a pack of the hair I've been rocking lately and if you guessed it was a wig, YOU GUESSED RIGHT! 
This is the Freetress Equal Invisible L Part Wig in Chasty - Color number OF99J530BG.

I bought this wig from my local beauty store but a quick search on google shows me that you can buy this in a lot of online stores INCLUDING AMAZON! There are variety of colors to pick from but can I just say this color I got is my favorite? 


I like the part that the wig comes with but I think I need to tweeze some of the hair off and open up the part a bit more.

This hair is sooooo low maintenance and I seriously only have to run my fingers through it every morning. I've worn it every day for over 2 weeks now, and I brush it every other day. It's tangle free and I haven't used any heat on it yet. The curls are still as popping as when I first got them.


This wig is the real MVP and dare I say the best beauty supply store wig I've ever purchased. For it being under $30 and requiring no manual labor whatsoever, I am certainly IN LOVE. 
I didn't have to cut any lace off the front (Hairline) or do ANYTHING to it other than bringing it out of its pack and putting it on my head. 

It has a band on the inside and 3 combs to firmly secure the wig on your head. 

I believe I have answered the most common questions I've been asked about this wig, but please if you have further questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below. 

To view my post on the outfit I wore in this post, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Thanks for visiting,
Till Later, God Bless.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

#WheelchairFashion: Slaying On and Off the wheelchair

Howdy peoples!

It's a world full of slay queens and kings and while I'm not one to value outward appearance over inner beauty, I certainly think looking your best is a strong factor in FEELING your best. 

Expressing my style as a wheelchair user can be quite tricky but as I shared in my most recent video - My feelings about life on a wheelchair - I certainly enjoy expressing my style and never let anything hold me back. Watch the video if you haven't already, I also show how I transfer off the wheelchair in that video.

While I have managed to perfect the art of taking pictures ON the wheelchair, I love it even more when I transfer OFF the wheelchair for some extra poses. 

I somehow manage to still have the wheelchair in some of my pictures though, because it's certainly nothing to be ashamed of - I just enjoy variety in life.




Do not be fooled by my posture, it only lasted a few seconds and I mustered all of my strength to use my trunk muscle for this shot. LOL. 


I get a lot of messages from other wheelchair users asking me how I slay, and honestly, while it may not be the most inspirational response, the truth is, I JUST DO. I find outfits that work for my body type and try my best to get things that I can easily wear without getting pressure sores. 



Another common question I get from ladies on wheelchair is: How do you wear high heels?

My response to that is, if I want to wear heels for a long period of time, I generally go for wedged heels. They have more balance to them and I can prop my feet nicely on the wheelchair foot plate.

I also buy shoes that have lots of "spacing" in them because the spaces mean that there isn't much pressure from the shoe on my feet. And I usually also buy shoes with laces so that I can easily adjust the fit as my leg swells up (this is very common for wheelchair users).


The ultimate truth however is that, I DON'T WEAR MY SHOES FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. lol... Yes, just like ladies not on a wheelchair, I too can only handle heels for a short period of time before I take them off and either go bare feet, or change into flats. 





I Hope you have enjoyed my answers to some of the most common questions I get about styling and looking fashionable on a wheelchair. 
Remember, style should reflect your personality and what works for someone else's body type might not work for you. Do you, be you, and stay true to yourself. 

Thanks for visiting.
Till Later
God Bless.