U.S. Capitol Check out the article I wrote for O&P Edge a trade magazine for the Orthotic & Prosthetic community. While I wrote it, I did so with the input from several experts who provided me with their tremendous insight on all things marketing. It’s about working together to change things for the better, isn’t it?

Enjoy the read!

http://www.oandp.com/articles/2013-09_09.asp

KATE SPADEKate Spade knows how to work color and style all amalgamated into timelessly modern pieces, doesn’t she?  Always drawn to her fantastic color choices and her modern twist on classically retro styles, I am especially adoring her new Spring collection with the vibrant prints and full spectrum of all things pink.
While I am also drawn to classic tweeds (though not too classic), I am smitten with this bright, boucle topper.  I mean, look at it!  Who wouldn’t love this little number with a simple black (or pink, or grey, or white) sheath dress?  Or paired with a crisp cotton shirt, an oversized pearl choker, and a pair of black cigarette pants?  

The possibilites are limitless!  How would you wear it?     

Heel Envy No More.For as long as I can remember I have loved, loved, LOVED all things related to fashion. I love clothes. I love skirts. I love dresses. I love blouses. I love boucle jackets, wool blazers, and cashmere sweaters. I love textured nylons. And I love printed Italian tights. When it comes down to it, when it comes to fashion, I am an addict.

But what I don’t love about fashion are shoes. Having been a person who uses a prosthetic leg as one of my many fashionable accessories since I was 6-years-old, finding shoes, rather CUTE shoes, has been a bit of a heel.

For those non-prosthetic wearers in the world: prosthetic feet are pre-made with a fixed heel height, usually between 1/2″ to 3/4″. Without going into great detail about the physics of prosthetic feet, suffice it to say that the purpose for low heel heights is to most mimic a non-prosthetic foot and to replicate a non-prosthetic gait and alignment.

So when it comes to shoes and having a closet-full thereof, I am an atypical woman. Until recently, for me, shoes were a functional item and fashionable shoes were just not an option. Besides, we would all rather spend our money on things we love, right?????

Then it all changed!

Although fashionable flats have made their episodic Fall debuts throughout time immemorial, I have to hand it to Tod’s and BCBGirls, and now, Michael Kors for consistently introducing fashion-forward, and prosthetic-foot-friendly shoes in the last 3 seasons(but who’s counting???). Not only have they created lower heeled options for women, in general, but they keep producing fashion-forward, prosthetic-foot-friendly shoes, as well.

So like the millions of other women looking for fabulously fashionable flats, I am loving the new options that come out, season after season. And with that, I suffer from heel envy no more.
Here’s to many seasons of fashionable flats and to the shoe designers who make them.

It’s official! The onelifeonelimb shirts are in! Having been an idea swirling around this blonde head of mine for a really long time, I am so excited to see these shirts. And since tomorrow is a day of filming b roll of Pilates, Kettlebell, and TRX, their world-wide premier will forever be recorded in this little documentary film thingy that I’m doing (but more to come on that topic, later ;-)).
So, with me being a fan of promoting something wonderfully exciting, namely onelifeonelimb , I’m thrilled that the shirts promoting onelifeonelimb, are hitting this fan.
Be the good!

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So long summer, Hello Fabulous Fall!

Don’t know about you but I LOVE fall. I love the newness that it brings as summer winds itself down into a slower, more meaningfull pace. I love the cooling of the days and the crispness of the air. I love the transformation that I always undergo, whether it’s going back to school or starting a new adventure.
And while I have dedicated 20+ years of my life to going back to school, I am finally comfortable with the need to delight in the education I have, and leave it at that. I mean, let’s face it: a law degree is good enough for me.
And while I say good-bye to my academic yearnings, I say hello to my new adventures. But with any new adventure, I have to be in the right “zone”. For me, my new “zone” is my newly redecorated study and desk.
What was once a well-loved armoir, I picked this piece up at a second-hand store and converted it to my desk.
This is the desk where I earned my law degree with countless hours spent studying during the four years I attended law school. (Four years since I went to school part-time while working full-time and tending to my ailing grandmother).
With life’s chaotic circumstances prevailing my thoughts and time when I started law school, I never had time to make my desk my own. Sure, it was adorned with pictures of Boris (my cat) and other things that make me smile, but it never had the right “feel”.
And as my life is metamorphosizing into something newly different, I figured it was time to finally make this desk what I had always imagined it to be-a calming sanctuary in which I can dream, create, and write.
So, viola, I introduce my inner sanctum to the world. Not for the purpose of seeking praise, but rather for the purpose of showing you the epicenter from which the “new and improved Leslie” will launch.
So, here’s to out with the old and in with the new. Here’s to welcoming another fall with the newness that it will bring. And here’s to saying good-bye to experiences that brought me where I am today.
And as the saying goes,
“Just when the catepillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
Fly, butterfly, fly.