A Taste of New Mexico…

K. Lorraine’s

No Shoes Required Blog

In New Mexico, we’ve mastered the art of individual expression. Fashion focuses on practicality. After all, we are a desert. In New Mexico, we’ve mastered the art of individual expression. It’s balanced with the demands of professional panache.

There is only one rule. The bolder the better. New Mexico offers plenty of reasons to celebrate, ranging from a Chile Fest to an alien bash to a duck race. No place in the universe has a more beloved, and specific, local cuisine than New Mexico. It’s a land whose state question is “red or green (chile)?”

Some of the most unique events, involve New Mexico’s undeniable culture. This is an adventure that feeds the soul. And it all begins here, in the Land of Enchantment.

I invite you into my world of fashion. I’m a fashion conscious woman with a disability. But, my disability doesn’t stop me from enjoying one of my passions. And that is to be a fashion icon… or better known as a Fashionista. I love design, color and being feminine.

One of my favorite on-line sites to shop is Zulily. But, I have a hang-up on spending more than twenty dollars on any clothing item. I often browse through the website on the invitation. My favorite time to shop is when they offer $9.99 and under sales. Otherwise, the Last Chance section offers designer categories with bargain prices. You just need to narrow the search to find something that you just can’t live without.

Today, I’m ready to go to church. I’m wearing a turquoise and black tie-dye, Bohemian scoop neck dress. The colors are subtle and blended well on this nature-loving printed fabric. I bought the dress in December, 2015, under $9.99. In fact, it cost $8.99.

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The morning was a bit cool. So I paired my ensemble with a light blue, light weight, open cardigan sweater with a feminine touch. The open front framed my outfit underneath. To complete my Fashionista look, I wore a vintage pearl safety pin brooch. This kept the sweater front closed. I don’t often wear a lot of bling, but I chose to wear a beautiful pair of vintage earrings. The color was perfect and I thought they were a great addition to my ensemble.

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One of my many fashion mottos is… if you need to wear compression stocking then be fashionable about it. I’ve found compression stockings on-line at Amazon. I bought up a variety of colors so I could match my dresses. They aren’t cheap, but mine did come in a package of six, for about $24 plus shipping. And my stockings are lightweight compared to most.

On this particular day, I chose black stockings. I wore black flats with criss-cross elastic straps. The outfit came together nicely.

I’ve added a few more items I thought might interest you. The patchwork Kimono with tassel trims, reminded me of the New Mexico colorful sunsets. I also thought it was festival chic. And it only cost $12.99. Not bad for a year around cooler weather cover-up.

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I loved the bubble gum pick socks. Who says you have to wear shoes to be fashionable? These adorable socks could double for a sport shoe. And when you sit all day – comfort and style are a necessity. The deep heel pocket ensured a precise, secure fit. So there wasn’t  any pressure point discomfort or slippage. And on Zulily, the discounted price was only $6.99.

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Boho (Bohemian, is a comfortable style for me. I need a style with a breezy flair. This blue Batik midi dress was a dress after my own heart. My pick was blue, but it came in other colors too. But the price… wow, just $9.99.

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So, I hope you enjoyed your shopping trip with me today. And I hope you learned a little more about me as a woman with a disability. But, foremost, I’m a writer and a Fashionista.

I know there are some ladies out there just dying to come out and share bits and pieces about your life challenges. We would love to hear your story and see pictures of you too. We are in this journey through together. You might think you don’t have anything valuable to share. But, I assure you that the simplest things are the greatest tricks.

All you need to do is, email me your story & pics to punken1947@lve.com. And I’ll post them on the No Shoes Required website.

You might enjoy reading my general weekly blog ‘Funn Stuff.’ This blog is http://klorraine.com. It’s also posted on WordPress. You’ll find a lot of good stuff there, so be sure to look around.

My book of the month for March was ‘Broken, Crisis of Faith.

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A reader wrote. “I believe in love regardless if you are a person with a disability, or not. In the novel, Broken, Crisis of Faith. Mia Perez worked through her adversities with trial and triumph.”

Another reader wrote. “If you are a human being who cares about others and what life throws at them, then this book will open your eyes. You will gain insight to what some people with a disability goes through.”

In the revised story, Broken, Crisis of Faith. The author changed the protagonist’s name to Mia Perez. Along with changing the protagonist’s name, She’s given the book new cover art. She did this to give the novel a facelift.

As the author, “I wouldn’t dissuade you from reading the original book, Overcoming. But, the 2017 version, Broken, Crisis of Faith, has a slight plot twist. All-in-all, whichever version you choose, the book will have you turning pages.”

Broken, Crisis of Faith, is an emotional, inspirational, trial & triumph story. Broken is an emotional, inspirational, trial & triumph story.

All my books are available in the Amazon Kindle E-book store. If you prefer a paperback book, you can find them on CreateSpace, and in Barnes & Noble. Most of her books are also listed in the Book Depot.

I want to thank my husband, Ed, who is becoming quite the fashion photographer.

Until next time, be Flirty, Feminine and Full of life.

 

Author’s Message:

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Disability has no boundaries. Creativity and imagination come from the mind, not of the limbs. Anything is possible.

Creativity, talent, artist+ disability = Handicapable.

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A Circus of Colors

 

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In keeping with the theme of my new book, The Traveling Dingleberries, I sorted through my closet.

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I pulled together some dresses of vibrant colors.

Seated in a scooter all day, I want something comfortable. But, I also want to look feminine and trendy. I love color. I guess that’s the artist in me. So, when I find a dress style that floats my boat, I buy several in various colors.

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The dresses pictured in this blog are from an online website. I bought my dresses in 2015. But, I looked again on the site (Amerimark) and the dress is still available. The price has gone up a bit, but what hasn’t?

I shop online. I find it a convenient way to shop and I don’t need to have my husband take me from store-to-store. He’s not a fun shopping companion. I don’t think most men are. His comment is, “Don’t you have enough clothes?”

My usual answer is, Nope. Girls love to shop and we girls love fashion.

I’m proud to be a Fashionista. Clothes and the bells and whistles that go with fashion, defines me.

So, now I want to explain how these colorful dresses fit into the theme of my new book. ‘The Traveling Dingleberries,’ is a book of humor/satire.

There are several settings in my book. You see, the plot was about time travel. Through an error with Walter Shuster’s elbow, he sends his companions back to the 1800’s. This was the period of cowboys and Indians in the wild west.

Now, you need to open your mind and think about how the folks back then would perceive a metallic clad foursome. I think this might raise a few eyebrows. This is where the ‘No Shoes Required,’ BLOG comes into play.

Ms. Lorraine is the fashion coordinator in the story. Her job is to find clothing that works in their geographic locations. And of course, for the period of time they happen to be in.

Now, my job in writing this blog is to find clever ways to introduce fun, trendy and easy to wear fashions. The idea behind this blog is to share clothing options for women with disabilities.

My disability is a physical one. I use a mobility device and I sit all day. I also work from home. But that doesn’t mean I want to wear my sleepwear all day. I feel better about myself and I’m more productive when I look nice.

My husband comments every time the mailman brings me a package. But, he’s okay with it. Because he likes my style. A happy wife makes for a happy life.

So, now back to my book, ‘The Traveling Dingleberries, Time Travel.’ Walter & Katy Shuster are in the company of Commander, Mr. Ed who is a genius. He’s the glue that holds the eccentric couple, Walter & Katy together.

As I said before, Ms. Lorraine is the brains behind the plot. She is a writer and her creative mind is what the other characters depend on. The Shusters are misfits. They create havoc and misguide the foursome. It’s up to Ms. Lorraine to push the story forward with her ingenuity. She is also the wardrobe coordinator throughout the book.

The primary setting in the story comes about in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The time, period is in the 1960’s. And they are in desperate need of money.

So, Ms. Lorraine changes the time travel pod into a circus tent. Of course, what happens in the story is full of laughs and costume changes. This is when I thought about my dresses. I had always called them… my colorful circus dresses. Perfect!

Now, my lady friends. I’ve started this blog by sharing bits of my life. I want you to come out of the woodwork and share your thoughts, ideas and pictures about you. Tell the readers about the tricks you’ve learned to make your disability a fun adventure.

Send them to me, K. Lorraine at my email punken1947@live.com. I look forward to reading and posting your story on the ‘No Shoes Required,’ webblog. http://www.noshoesrequiredblog.wordpress.com.

Author’s Message:

Disability has no boundaries. Creativity and imagination come from the mind, not of the limbs. Anything is possible.

Creativity, talent, artist+ disability = Handicapable.

Until next time,

Be the Fashionista you want to be.

P.S. My new book is available at the Kindle ebook store for $5.99. If you prefer a paperback format, the book is available on Createspace at the cost of $9.59. Please take a look. Thank you…

K. Lorraine

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Creativity, talent, artist+ disability = Handicapable.

Email: klorraine@klorraine.com or punken1947@live.com 

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Author’s Message:

Disability has no boundaries. Creativity and imagination come from the mind, not of the limbs. Anything is possible. 

My Motto is. Creativity, talent, artist+ disability = Handicapable.

This webpage is not for political or religious views. It is a website for social fun. It can only be found at noshoesrequiredblog.wordpress.com

I wrote up a whole page of notes before I started this new blog.  My first blog is about a NEW blog site where people with physical challenges can learn new things. It’s also a place where you can share your stories. And please do. It’s not my purpose to make this weekly blog all about me.

We’d like you to share pictures of yourself. We would like to hear your story. Hear about your hobbies and things you like to do. Share your family with us. Share your hopes and dreams here too. You can write about anything you like. You can even share a poem or short story you’ve written.  And that is, as long as, you stay within the requirements of this blog. No POLITICS or RELIGIOUS VIEWS.

Send your thoughts, ideas, comments, anything positive to klorraine@klorraine.com or punken1947@live.com.

I’m excited about this blog. It’s taken me a long time to get to the place where I could share my own disability. I’ve never wanted people to feel sorry for me. But even though I’m in my 60’s, I still get people who come up and hug me. Or, they lay a hand on my shoulder and with their puppy dog eyes say, “Oh, you poor dear.”

This situation happened to me the other day in the supermarket. I was polite to the woman. I showed my pearly whites in a big, bright smile, and said, “God Bless you too. But let me share with you that I’m a successful woman who is a published author. I’m an artist, a wife and a mother. I’m a college graduate and I was the Director of a nonprofit for several years until I retired. And, oh, I have an exceptionally high I.Q.”

I smiled again and said, “Have a nice day.”

Needless to-say, her jaw hit the floor.

I don’t spend my days planning a ‘pity party.’ I do spend some days, though, planning a house party with friends. My husband Ed, of twenty-five years plus, and I love to entertain.

So, I thought, maybe the time was right to write my weekly blog about people with disabilities. I know that my calling and purpose in the world is to inspire, motivate, educate and empower. And that’s what I hope reading this blog will do.

I am a creator who wants to change the way people think. And I want to challenge those with a disability to read this blog. This blog is also a makeshift poll to get an idea if it’s something that’s needed. 

I’ve challenged myself to do what matters to me. But I need to do first things first—before I let the rest of the world in. And now it’s the weekend. I could skip the weekend and not write. It’s a gorgeous day here. The temperature is in the 80’s. But, writers don’t get to take days off. And I write a weekly blog that comes out on Monday. I feel like this is a nudge from the Universe for you to jump into the challenge and write a comment. You can instant message me on Facebook, or email me at punken1947@live.com.

Here’s the thing—a writer can’t separate herself from an idea. Because I’m the idea. It’s me and me alone.  My idea is to have a website where you can come. You can read what others write about.  After all, they might have similar problems. You can get information that might be just what you are looking for. You can also share your thoughts and experiences as a person with a disability.

I’ve researched this idea. There are websites dealing with products and services. But, I didn’t find anyplace like the one I have in mind. When I first started out online in 2011, I just had a blog. It was simple, but I did gain hundreds and even thousands who read it.

Back then,  I was struggling with just doing the writing. But I kept going. Years later, my computer guru, Jeannie (with a disability of her own), and I got together and created the K. Lorraine website. Http://klorraine is my other website that is used to promote my books and other good stuff to read. You might want to check it out.

And then I realized that I wanted to be a successful fiction book author.  I spent years on writing and publishing books. I’ve spent over six years in promoting my brand. I’m proud of myself for the ground I’ve covered over the years. It’s been a lot of work for little pay.

I wrote my New Year’s Resolution and posted them in the January blog. I was excited and wanted to take action in this new year. But here’s the thing—I’m me. Which means everything that I create, every idea I have, everything I write… that’s all me. And I copyright everything.

It’s the first part of March now, and I’m so close to meeting a few of my resolutions. But, I’m a multi-passionate writer. I’m a big-dreamer and believer in magic… I’ve always been. And my words are my legacy. I’m a believer that I CAN do all the things I have planned to do this year.

And that clarity forced me to see what I wanted to do. I want to have an impact on the world. I’m a writer, and it’s inbred in me. But now, I’m allowing myself to let out that other side of me. I want to inspire, motivate, educate and empower you. I’m a person with a disability and I’m proud of my accomplishments.

THAT is what I’m here to do… So that’s what I’m going to do. I hope with the help of Jeannie, a computer whiz, we can create another dream that I have. Before I hang up my computer, I’m going to be the writer and author I want to be.

And I’m going to write about it. I’m going to share my thoughts on it. I want to blog about the things I’ve learned living a life using a mobility device. I hope that my new blog will inspire, motivate and empower you to create your own version of your dream life.

Now this isn’t unlike most of what I’m already doing. It’s just now I’ll be doing it with a new vision and purpose.  I’m finally giving myself permission to cut back on the stories I write.

I want to focus more on my blogging. I want to focus on the artistic side of me. I’ve always loved fashion and design. And now, I want to share the Fashionista in me with you.

I don’t know if you realize that as age sets in, my disability becomes more challenging.  I’ve spent years of searching the world for fashion ideas that work for a seated lifestyle. I even rolled down the runway, modeling fashions that I designed. Simply because off-the-rack clothes just didn’t ‘cut it’.

There’s no point in waiting. I know the type of writer that I want to base my legacy on. I know disability. I know how to shop on a budget. I know where to find on-line trendy fashions. I know how to be comfortable at home, and I know how to be comfortable in the workplace.  I know how to be fashionable regardless that I have a physical disability.

The truth is, I’d never be ready to make this leap. Invest in the course, or step into the work is my heart’s desire to do in the world. So that’s why I have to just jump, right now.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed. All anyone has is right now. And right now, is the time that seems right for me. I’ve given myself the permission to go for it, and trust that what I feel inside is real.

It’s time to go after my dreams. So, please respond to my blog/poll and give me your thoughts about the new blog called “No shoes required.”

Happy shopping Fashionistas,

K. Lorraine

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