Epilepsy and seizure advocate Jewel blogs about the day-to-day challenges of navigating a seizure disorder.
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Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of two handsome boys, Jewel teaches English in Brooklyn, NYC. She aims to educate, empower and encourage those whose lives have been affected by epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
What’s the biggest mistake people make when shopping for clothes?
The biggest mistake is not finding items that fit their body type. Clothes look great on hangers and mannequins however not on the body sometimes. Once you figure out what shape and silhouettes look great on your body shopping and dressing yourself is waaayyy more fun.
“I love the durability these Bloom sneakers to handle our ever-changing seasons and the variety of style and colours to choose from.”
Who is your current style icon?
My style icon is Tracee Ellis Ross. I absolutely love her because her style embodies her personality, which I feel is similar to mine. She is bold and creative with her choices. She loves big glasses, funky and vibrant colors, elaborate designs and various designers.
Tell us something about yourself that people are usually surprised to hear.
People are surprised when I tell them that I'm not a fashion blogger. Once I tell people that I have a blog the first response is always "ohh fashion right" and I immediately respond with a subtle no.
While I love to dress myself, keep up with fashion trends and exhibit my personal style, blogging about my family, lifestyle and chronic illness has been my focus.
What’s the most important style item to invest in?
Shoes... hands down! You can have a plain outfit but the right pair of shoes make everything look amazing.
What’s the biggest change in the way you’ve shopped for clothes?
The biggest change for me when I had my second son was my size. I went from size 0/2 to a 10/12 and now I am a 6/8.
I had to figure out how to dress to feel comfortable and sexy. Which is important for any woman to feel when she is getting dressed. I learned how to accentuate my shape and the best features of my body.
You have $500 to spend on your wardrobe. What do you buy, and why?
$500 isn't a lot these days. However, I believe the foundation of an outfit is a good bra, seamless panties and a body shaper.You can have an amazing outfit but with the wrong undergarments it looks a hot mess.
I would then purchase a versatile purse and shoes. Something you can wear with multiple colors or style options. Then I would purchase a blazer, coat or jacket that can be wore multiple ways. Lastly, a pair of denim jeans. I love denim because it goes with EVERYTHING.
With these signature pieces any additional items like shirts can be purchased from the basics section of H&M, Zara etc.
“Y’all know I love a good heel however, it’s not ALWAYS practical when I’m on the go or out with the boys. So getting my hands on these Cruz Perforated Leather Slip-ons was a godsend!”
What’s your earliest memory of caring about how you dressed?
My earliest memory of caring about what I wore is when I was in college. I met my current husband and began wanting to look more like myself because I had been looking like a soccer mom (lol). I began figuring out what my style was, what colors I liked and what designers I preferred. Ever since my 20s I have remained conscious of my style aesthetic.
Check out Jewel's blog to learn more about living with seizure disorders (and see more great outfit inspiration!)
Photos courtesy of Jewel Gibson.