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Glamour, confidence, and disability.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for checking in to see what’s new and exciting with Classy Little Fashions Foundation!

DSC_3488Being this unique organization’s spokesmodel provides endless opportunities to meet new people and engage in meaningful activities that enrich the lives of outgoing adults with disabilities. This is a welcomed change for me because I have not always been an active member of the disabled community.

Many years ago, when I was still trying to figure out how to be a confident and successful woman with a disability, I participated in the Ms. Wheelchair Ohio pageant. Although I didn’t win the crown, I made lasting memories and had a fabulous time. That was my first experience interacting with a group of women who were truly my peers. It was an empowering step toward becoming the woman I am today.

Now, I get to support other women with disabilities on their exciting journey! On July 28th & 29th, I will have the honor of being a judge at the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant, sponsored by the Dane Foundation. The mission of this pageant is to promote glamour, self-confidence, and community service…celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities.

Please come join in the fun and support these amazing women! If you can’t be there in person, do not dispair because it will be live-streamed on YouTube! For further details, visit Ms. Wheelchair USA on Facebook. Also, I will be debuting Classy Little Fashions Foundation’s hottest new exclusive designs!

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Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

Makeup Accessibility

Hey there, all you classy fashionistas!

As I am sure you know, an integral part of looking fabulous is feeling fabulous. We may not always be conscious of it but the way others perceive us is often a reflection of how we perceive ourselves. So, ask yourself, what makes you feel fabulous?

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photo by Alternative Noise Productions / Faux leather pants, exclusive CLFF design

For me, having tailor made clothes that showcase my best physical attributes definitely gives my self-esteem a boost. Another important factor that contributes to my soaring confidence level is the ability to do things myself. Simple things, complex things, all kinds of things! I find the feeling of independence to be empowering and sexy beyond compare!

Let me tell you a story. It may seem trivial to many makeup enthusiasts but those of you with physical impairments will likely understand. I accept the fact that I can’t open my front door, my refrigerator, or even a bottle of water by myself. However, not being able to open my shiny new makeup products irritates me to no end!

The ability to open and apply my own makeup without any assistance really helps me get in a confident state of mind to tackle my list of goals for the day ahead of me. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my favorite cosmetic manufacturer, Urban Decay, for helping me look and feel amazing.

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photo by Alternative Noise Productions Co-Founding Director, Jane Hash & her Hair Stylist…Jeremy from Skullz Salon

My trend-setting Hair Stylist is responsible for turning me on to this awesome company. He posted several photos of the products he uses to create his glam rocker persona on social media. Urban Decay was featured more than once. The products looked so amazing on him that I had to get my own stash!

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photo by Alternative Noise Productions

When I went scrolling through the Urban Decay website to make my selection, the 80’s teenager in me began to scream when I saw the Electric Palette! The heavily pigmented bright colors are amazing and I had to have it immediately! I turned into a giddy 13 year-old when it arrived at my door.

My PCA (Personal Care Assistant) took the beautiful palette out of the box and laid it on my dressing table before me. As I gazed at it I felt my frustration starting to kick in, assuming I’ll never be able to pick this bulky palette up or open it.

Like most things though, I gave it a try before admitting defeat. To my surprise, the palette is not as heavy as it looks. It is very light weight and durable. As I flipped it around in my hands, trying to figure out what I need to push, pull, or twist to get this treasure open, I realized it uses a magnetic closure. It takes very little effort to open it. I can do it myself! I have already dropped this beautiful palette four times and it still looks new!

Thank you Urban Decay for making an amazing and accessible makeup palette. I hope to see more makeup products designed with disabled customers in mind because everyone deserves the opportunity to feel beautiful!

Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

Inspired by Amy Schumer

Dear Friends,

We understand that being able to express one’s self through fashion can have a huge impact on a person’s life on many levels. For example, being comfortable and confident in the right outfit can:

  • make or break career opportunities
  • increase your self-esteem
  • positively influence the way others respond to you
  • give you the courage to talk to a potential love interest

Although Classy Little Fashions Foundation caters to adults with non-standard body-types due to physical disability, we recognize that people without disabilities have fashion challenges and body image issues too. We really are more alike than we are different.

In Maria Shriver’s interview with Amy Schumer on the Today show, Amy expresses sentiments about fashion and body image that most people can relate to but are too self-conscious to say. We are so moved and inspired by her openness that we want to keep these conversations going, without excluding anyone.

Hmmm, what is the best and most fun way to facilitate a global conversation about fashion and body image? We’re going to host a Twitter Party and everyone is invited! We’re going to talk about the clothes we love and why we love them! We’ll even talk about the clothes we’d love to love but just can’t and why.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00pm EST. Remember to use the hashtag #FashionWish when Tweeting. Check our Facebook and Twitter often to learn more about the impressive line-up of fabulous co-hosts who are going to help keep things interesting!

Tweet you soon!

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

Classy Little Fashions Foundation

We are fashionistas on a mission!

Dear Supporters and Classy Clients,

Since the very inception of Classy Little Fashions Foundation we have been flooded with support in the form of monetary donations, gifts of fabric, flattering mentions on social media, and excellent publicity from our local media outlets.

Although our organization’s headquarters are based in Ohio, we are quickly forging partnerships across the country and abroad to facilitate the fulfillment of fashion wishes for Classy Clients everywhere.

Most recently, Classy Little Fashions Foundation has been successfully making connections in Lubbock, Texas. To publically share details of this exciting news, we reached out to a newspaper in Lubbock for support.

Sadly, Classy Little Fashions Foundation is now in a position where we feel the need to apologize to our clientele and the general community of people with disabilities because of the language and tone of the article that was written.

We did not suggest nor condone the use of the word “patients”. In this context, “patients” is used inappropriately. We are not doctors; therefore we do not see patients. We are fashionistas on a mission to fulfill fashion wishes for people with non-standard body types due to physical disability.

We understand that many mainstream news outlets are not accustomed to reporting on non-medical disability related issues. This is why Classy Little Fashions Foundation provides educational resources for the Reporters we choose to work with. It is very unfortunate that the Reporter from the Lubbock, Texas newspaper disregarded the resources we provided. She also disregarded most of the information about Classy Little Fashions Foundation and replaced it with a very clinical interview she did with a doctor.

In closing, Classy Little Fashions Foundation is sorry that the disrespectful article was published in print and online. Our efforts to have it removed from their website were futile. However, our exciting news will be announced next week!

 

Respectfully,

Jane Hash, Carol E. Briney & Jess Wallace

KSU video project

Disabled adults teach body positivity

Fashion diversity. Body positivity. Self-esteem. These are just a few topics discussed when Classy Little Fashions Foundation (CLFF) brings their education and outreach program to your class, group, or organization. Participants are encouraged to embrace diversity…the impact is proving to be everlasting!

Over the past couple of months, fashion students at Kent State University and a local chapter of the Girl Scouts of America have been benefiting from Classy Little Fashions Foundation‘s education and outreach program. The outpouring of gratitude and the projects that the students are undertaking as a direct result are inspiring. thank you gs

See for yourself!

Fashion students blog and make a video about their experiences with CLFF.

 

Tailored Technology (includes video

 

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Contact Classy Little Fashion Foundation to inquire about their education and outreach program.

 

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Fashion needs of disabled adults inspires new partnership

cosmic outsideFulfilling fashion wishes for adults with asymmetrical, non-standard body types due to physical disabilities is the primary objective of the nonprofit organization, Classy Little Fashions Foundation (CLFF). Thanks to CLFF and its developing support system, this overlooked population of fashion consumers finally has a growing network of advocates and artists on their side, dedicated to meeting their fashion needs.

Most recently, Classy Little Fashions Foundation forged a partnership with Cosmic Bobbins. The proprietor, Sharie Renee, created Cosmic Bobbins to create jobs in underserved populations through arts-based entrepreneurship, sewing education and outreach. cosmic inside

The cosmically classy powers that be are rather tight-lipped regarding the full scope of what this partnership entails but they were willing to disclose the following exciting details.

  • Cosmic Bobbins will be a Classy Client fitting and clothing manufacturing location for Classy Clients in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
  • Cosmic Bobbins has also gifted a Classy Client with private sewing lessons to empower her with the knowledge to design and create her very own fashions.
  • Cosmic Bobbins and Classy Little Fashions Foundation will continue to inspire social good throughout their community.

Cosmic Jess