Tuesday, April 3, 2012

World Autism Day

As you guys may or may not know, yesterday was World Autism Day. The colour for Autism Awareness is blue, so yesterday I was dressed all in blue to show my solidarity for those with Autism, and their families.

According to a recent study in the United States, 1 in 88 children will develop some form of Autism. Just in the not too distant past the number was 1 in 10,000. That means two things are happening, the Autism disorders are being better diagnosed, but also there may be something happening in our environment that is causing Autism to develop. And no, vaccines do not cause Autism, that urban myth that swept the world is untrue. But we do know that Autism develops after birth, between the first and third year of a child's age, as the brain is developing at rapid speed, again according to the latest research. We don't know for sure. My sister's Autism was diagnosed 25 years ago, and back then nobody knew anything about it. I have to credit my parents for handling the challenging news with the good attitude they approach everything with. We didn't know what my sister's life would be like, but she's a bright, capable young woman, independent, a partner in a co-op, and although she probably doesn't know it, she has played a definitive role in shaping the person I am. Thank you Nazia. And God bless all the miracle children who live with Autism. 

Thanks for stopping by and reading this.

~ Photos by Ori ~
Outfit Details:
Blouse and Jeans thrifted at Double Take
Suede Boots from Urban Outfitters
H&M Belt
Earrings courtesy of t + j designs
Bracelet from Suzy Shier

I'm submitting this outfit in the InFB - Neon Party which you can check out here.


  1. You look absolutely gorgeous, and I love the color scheme in your outfit! :)
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  2. Love the blue themed outfit. The neon jeans caught my eyes!

  3. Love the colour combo, perfectly put together.


  4. Nice color, love the pants and blouse too.


  5. Loove the blue for Autism theme!!
    You look amazing!!!

  6. Hi Natasha, I come across to your cute blog. I have an autism nephew. he's 14 now. I love him dearly since he's different. It breaks my heart sometimes to see how different he is than other kids. I'm just sad to know what he feels inside.

    Thanks to support the world autism day.

    I really love your blue polka dots top and blue jeans. It's a great find .


    1. Thanks for your comment Suzana and for telling me about nephew. I'm sure he's a wonderful kid, and with love and support, like kind your offering, there is no limit to what people with autism can achieve.

  7. Hi Natasha :)
    I've come across your blog on the InFB page and you are doing such a great job with it! Following you right away!
    I love your shirt so very much <3

  8. I enjoyed browsing in your blog, it's amazing.
    > www.blog-anapaulaxavier.com
    Ana, from Brazil.

  9. Great colors you choice! Compliments!



  10. love the colors in your outfit today!!

  11. Love your outfit! I believe that Autistic individuals are smarter than the average person. Thanks for putting some facts out there as well. I worked with autistic youth in the past, I learned so much and had some good times.


    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. My sister's honesty and authentic perspective on the world, has been the greatest gift in my life. We're lucky to know that amazing people we do, who happen to have autism.

  12. I heard about autism day but I didn't know it was a day of blue! You are looking super cute in all those brights :) And those statistics are a little scary but comforting at the same time. I mean, if they have a cure, YAY! But if there's some unknown thing causing autism more frequently, than that is scary

    Lovely Little Rants

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Candace. There is no cure for autism, only treatment and therapy and programs for integration. The numbers are troubling, but together I know we can work on this and offer support the people who need it.

  13. I didn't realize so many children will develop autism. I have a cousin who has a high-functioning form . . . .

    I love that shirt!

    1. Thanks for your comment Ashley. Yes, the number has been dramatically increasing, but fortunately so are the means to help those with autism live wonderful, full, independent lives.

  14. This is such a great outfit! I love the jeans I almost bought some in this color the other day. Last semester in school I learned so much about autism and I even got to spend some time with autistic children. I learned so much from them like to be happy with what you have because I see that they can be happy with just about anything. The smallest things make them happy & make them smile.

    1. Thank you for this insightful comment Adriana. Yup, my sister has always helped keep me grounded and always remind me where real joy comes from. We're lucky. :)

  15. Love this blue on blue... and more importantly, how you're discussing autism. The increasing statistics are staggering; scary.

  16. No doubt you have great style but your smile is your best accessory!

    I'm having a giveaway, an awesome Tote from H&M. come and get it!

  17. I love your beautiful style, but more importantly, how you're using your beauty for a good cause.

    Follow each other?



    1. Now following you! :) I'm excited to see your new beautiful & inspirational looks! :)

  18. nice pics!


  19. adore this combo. you look so stunning. fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, Lauren Conrad has picked me as one of her 3 favorite bloggers. It would mean the world if you could take a second to vote. Thanks, love. xo


  20. Hi sweetie,
    I checked your blog and I liked it so much: nice style!!!
    In this post I love your pants!!!!

    Follow each other!?!? Let me know on my blog...:)
    Hope to see you on my blog....


    XOXOXO, Francesca

  21. Beautiful outfit for a fantastic reason! Blue looks great on you - amazing blouse!

  22. Love that you wore blue for the cause...and I adore the print of that top!!

  23. I like the colors and your style.

  24. What a touching story! At the end of the day, we are all the same. Lovely outfit for a great cause. =) Thank you for sharing


  25. Thank you for sharing a small slice of your sister's story. I know I am ignorant to autism and what it really means to be autistic. It's wonderful to have people like you raising awareness!

  26. Love the blues here! You look so pretty! kudos to your parents for dealing with the autism at the age where people didn't have a name for it! Hope your sister is doing great!
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  27. Love the neon blue :) You look stunning :)

  28. your pants are so fun! i love that bright blue xo


  29. I really like that blouse! It is gorgeous!

  30. Thanks for sharing your skincare regimen with me, but what I realized after looking at these pics that you're just a natural beauty <3 Love your outfit, it's so easy, effortless and chic

    It's incredible how long it's taken people to acknowledge autism as a serious and widespread condition, the statistics are startling but I'm so glad that we're finally coming around. I hope they find a solution any day now.



  31. Aye. Aye. Loveee the blouse and the prints :P Definitely digging the coloured pants :)


  32. Loveeeee tha jeans !! stumbled upon your blog through Infb !!
    Finding it awesome, can't resist following you :D

  33. That is really thoughtful of you :)
    I love the blue outfit!

  34. awesome..really I am feeling blue to see you !(:
    Loved the denim !


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