Hi, I’m Elle from Stiletto Wheels where I write about my lifestyle change from busy and ambitious finance professional in stiletto heels to that of wheelchair user on [metaphorical] stiletto wheels with tears, tantrums and laughter along the way.
Used to the all-encompassing nature of severe ill-health, I need more than ever a space to relax, have fun and focus on the beauty and fabulousness of living the very best life that I am capable of and I’ve created this, Plus Black (+Black), blog to be that space.
Plus Black is my lifestyle forum. A place of delightful and inspiring impulses, exploring ideas and interests which I hope will be of appeal to others, like me: women who get that it’s normal for unexpected things to happen in life, some of them not pleasant. Women who understand that life is there to be lived well, whatever the darkness of circumstance and with as much style as is possible. Women who may, like me, be plus-size – it’s the medications and paralysis, honestly – and who find the wearing of, and living in, black to be the perfect backdrop for the coloratura of a ‘sparkling’ mind.
The late Sonia Rykiel who had Parkinson’s Disease for many years said in her book:
My own style has not changed in 40 years, no matter how tired or ill I feel. I try to wear dark green, dark brown, dark navy, but I prefer black. I hate wasting time getting dressed. I like to put something on and just think: “Yes. That’s it.” When I’m tired I like to dress very simply…
That’s making a choice and living: Life, Plus Black.
I am passionate about sharing information on adding quality to life, in both a cerebral and practical manner. A fabulous mind, personal style and an interesting life seem to me to be essential in providing the self-assurance that enables us to cope with events when our lives, and our lifestyle, are changing about us.
If you have ideas and information that might inspire and enable grown-up women to transition life change with confidence and laughter, I’d love to hear from you.
Use any of the social media options on the blog, follow the +Black blog for updates or pass comment on any of the issues raised within individual posts. I’d love to hear any feedback you’d like to give.
Thank you and best wishes, Elle.