Leaving in Eight Days…

I’m leaving for the Clinic of St. Jude in eight days, and besides being really nervous, now I’m worried that I’m not going to have enough time to get everything done on this end. I think that’s a complicated side effect of trying to stay distracted before I go.

Anyhow, I accomplished a few things today that make me feel a little more ready.

I bought this shirt at Old Navy. It’s symbolic for me of my journey and my thoughts on the future!

I bought a new pair of glasses — my first new pair in four years. It’s been a long time coming, especially since my current glasses are about to fall into pieces. Fortunately, the technician replaced the nosepads on my current glasses, so they have a new lease on life. But seriously, how long should one wear glasses where the finish is coming off the lenses? Especially if her insurance covers glasses??? They’re scheduled to be ready in 7-10 days. Let’s hope that’s more like 7-8 and less like 9-10!!

And I bought new nail polish in “sunset bronze“. I’m going for subtle understatement in a Valentine’s color. Plus it goes with the new shirt.

Sense of accomplishment? Check. Status of bedroom?? Aftermath of hurricane Abigail.

I guess there’s still work to be done!


an Eeyore day

It’s been an Eeyore day. Which somehow translates into shopping for vintage or unique Eeyore stuff online. (What can I say? I love shopping.)

Anyhow, the find of the day: the Hundred Acre Wood yarmulke:

Unless I have the desperate need for some jelly jars from the 1990s…

these could be yours...
these could be yours…

with love,

Virtual Shopping Trip II

I have to say. I love shopping. It’s really relaxing for me. I love finding the perfect gift or the perfect dress or the perfect whatever. I’m on the road these days and I hit a few outlet malls. Here’s what I snagged.

mod_toomuchfun1. I already purchased this beautiful dress from Emily & Fin. But I forgot that I’m wearing it for an outdoor wedding in October. Sleeveless is probably daring, especially for someone with fibro. So I needed something to go with it. I tried on a million sweaters in a million different colors and concluded that I don’t like big, baggy sweaters that look like potato sacks. Which means that I like semi-fitted clothes. Anyhow, finally, one clerk came up with a green sweater, which makes the dress. I would have never come up with it on my own but it’s the perfect shade to bring out the blue flowers without taking away from it. Otherwise, there was a grey sweater but it just toned down an already chill dress.

2. I found some really nice camis for just under $5 each. These come in super handy when clothes don’t fit because you have chest and breast inflammation. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

anntaylor_blue3. I found a super adorable top that I already have as a sleeveless shirt. I got it for only $12 as a short-sleeve black shirt!! Super cute.

4. I found a super amazing skirt that’s really well made. It’s a bit too big because (ahem!) someone keeps losing weight, but I’m pretty sure that I can alter it to make it fit. Plus it was 85% off. Who can pass up that deal???

bgosh_418-0955. I found a really cute bib set that I’m going to give to Grace for her baby. It will be perfect. And it was only $4!!

All in all, I had a blast!! Sorry I don’t have more pictures but that’s the downside of buying stuff from an outlet. No lookbooks!!! Next time. 🙂

Until later,

P.S. I seriously almost bought a shirt like Pick #4 from last time. The only difference was that it was in a Cranberry color (much better for my skin tone) and cotton and still on pretty heavy on the pocket book!! So I passed.

Things I Miss about the Grad School Era

It hit me today. I miss shopping. Like at the mall. Or at the outlet mall. When I was in grad school, I used to save up all this energy to go mall shopping about once a month. And I loved it!! I loved knowing what colors were in fashion, I loved having new clothes and being able to wear them (occasionally). I loved being part of a crowd and doing what everyone else was doing. I loved the satisfaction of finding a good deal.

Today I was paging through a clothing catalog and realized how much I miss shopping.* So I’m showing you my top picks from this catalog.

ch_68480_pistachioPick #1: A Shawl Collar Sweater. This looks pretty for loungewear. It also looks like something that would be okay if you’re having extra breast inflammation (ahem). It’s in this fall’s colors: dusty pastels. It has long arms and it’s heavyweight which tends to be good for fibromyalgia.

ch_41110_heather-charcoalPick #2: Draped Neck Knit Dress. I don’t know if this would look good on me. It would definitely have to be for an indoor event with air conditioning or an early evening outdoor event. That’s when I need sleeves that are tight for the fibro pain but still giving me access to the breeze. This would definitely have to be for a good day since it’s fitted, but it’s only available in dark colors so it ought to be fairly forgiving.

ch_40097_3Pick #3: Convertible Infinity Scarf Dress. This dress is awesome. I also have a thing for knit pullover dresses with A-line skirts. It comes with the belt. And the scarf is removable so you can do all kinds of cool things with it. I’ve always wanted an infinity scarf and now’s the perfect excuse. See #2 for the sleeve explanation. And the colors are black and plum heather are pretty forgiving. I’m not sure about the Toast. First, what kind of color name is that? And, second, I’m opposed to full body clothing that’s skin color. Just saying. Having the belted waist can be hard with digestive disorders but I find that the empire waist is flattering on me and that sometimes it helps to have a little bit of structure there.

ch_40969_very-berryPick #4: Pleated Neck Blouse. Very adorable. I like clothing that’s comfortable and loose. There’s enough embellishment that it looks businessy. But it’s also comfortable. And can go with pretty much anything. The button closure might be a pain. In fact, it’s almost certain to be a pain. But I have long hair. And I can ask pretty much anyone walking down the street to close it for me. Plus, I like the color Very Berry. Let’s hope it looks good with my skin tone.

Thanks for joining me on this virtual shopping expedition. I hope you found it slightly entertaining. I know I had fun. Picking stuff out is half the fun. (The other half is actually wearing it!) Will I actually buy these clothes? Hard to say. Not sure I like any of them enough. But at least I know what’s in fashion.

From the heart,


*: I’ve also realized that I’ve done a lot of shopping for loungewear in the last few months. That can be fun. But it’s more fun to plan what to wear to work or to the symphony or to a wedding. After a while loungewear gets boring.