Outfit of the day 19/09/17

I am not really sure how I feel today and apologies if some of this is a bit TMI, but I need to write this down. This morning I had an appointment with my wonderful lead consultant who has overall charge of my many health issues. As I have written many times in this blog, I am very upset about my weight and shape, particularly over the last few months. In fact, this morning I couldn’t do up my bra! I don’t usually wear a bra because I have hardly ever needed them in the past and I find them so uncomfortable, but I do wear one when I go out of the house. So it has been a while since I last tried to do one up and it just wouldn’t. Even if I had managed it, it would have been excruciating to wear for more than a few minutes.

So I arrived at the clinic, already feeling down. The first procedure is always to check my blood pressure, weight and BMI, and my weight shocked me. I have never been so heavy in my life, even when nine months pregnant. I felt awful and really miserable.

My consultant is lovely and really listens, so when I told him how I was feeling about my weight issues, he understood and immediately came up with some ideas. I have known for some time that the steroids I have to take are contributing to my weight gain and the stereotypical “moon face” I now have. He suggested that the dose should be lowered and that, if this still works for me, I should begin to see an improvement in a couple of months. Of course, I also need to try to watch what I eat and do more exercise. Anyway, lets see what happens. I am going to measure myself all over and then try to track how it goes.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

There was also some better news that I may be eligible for a new cough drug that will be available for its final trials after Christmas. It would be great if I could stop taking some of the cocktail of pills and potions that sit on my dressing table.

Anyway, I decided to wear some nice items today in honour of leaving the house for a few hours. I don’t look my best in the photo below, but I love this little gavroche so much and it cheers me up.

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk scarf, gavroche size, in turquoise, green, blue and yellow – Appaloosa des Steppes – Hermès.
  • Bright teal cotton mix short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright teal cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Teal leather and gold wrap bracelet – Aspinal of London.
  • London blue topaz and silver earrings – Blue Nile.
Outfit of the day with Hermès' Appaloosa des Steppes gavroche

Outfit of the day with Hermès’ Appaloosa des Steppes gavroche

Now for some reading!

Best wishes,

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Update 18/09/17

Apologies to my readers, but I am too ill to post properly today. The weekend was very stressful with Elder Son fully exercising some of his more negative behaviour, to put it mildly. ASD meltdowns are very challenging, especially when the parents are ill and disabled themselves. The effect on my health is awful and I am having real difficulty in functioning properly. Lovely Husband is also very shaken.

I have an appointment with my lead Consultant tomorrow and I am hoping for some good news. This will be in tomorrow’s post, if I am well enough to write.

As I have no self-control at all, I will post here a photo of an item that I am very excited about:

But you will have to wait to find out the details!

Best wishes,

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Update 15/09/17 and a birthday!

It is Lovely Husband’s birthday today! We bought him a commemorative volume of historic newspaper headlines about his favourite football team, Hull City. I thought that this would be a special gift for his landmark birthday – 65. There have been the expected jokes about state pensions and bus passes, but even so I find it hard to believe how fast the time has gone. He was 34 when we started going out together.

I was hoping to be well enough to have lunch out, but it was not to be, so we stayed in and watched TV and chatted about this and that. During our talk, I remarked that it was great that we still have so much that we want to say to each other. It is true, we are never the couple sitting at the pub table with nothing to say. We do drive each other mad sometimes as neither of us can stop talking over TV programmes, even if we try really hard. In fact, it was one of the things that attracted me about him – the fact that he could out-talk me, and still does so!

I had bought this new dress from Lands’ End and intended to wear it this lunchtime, but it will keep for another day. It is made of a lovely fine, soft merino wool with a cowl neck and elbow length sleeves, which will nicely show off a bracelet. It comes in three colours: plum, charcoal and this navy. If you like it, then wait until there is an offer on (there is 25% off at the time of writing), as it is quite expensive.

Navy merino wool dress - Lands' End

Navy merino wool dress – Lands’ End

I think it will look great with navy leggings or opaque tights and ankle boots. Either these:

Tan ankle boots by Ted and Muffy

Tan ankle boots by Ted and Muffy

Or these:

Tan ankle boots by Clarks

Tan ankle boots by Clarks

Or my black knee boots (I still have some footwear in black, although it is not one of my colours):

Black leather boots by Clarks

Black leather boots by Clarks

Another parcel came this morning containing a gift for my birthday, when it arrives in November. I opened it and was thrilled with the contents. But the parcel has now been put away and I will do the reveal after the day. It came from Italy, not France, and is not a Ferragamo item! So no-one will be able to guess 😉.

Elder Son has been at work today after some time off due to a holiday and then illness. So I hope that he comes back in a good mood. Younger Son should be home over the weekend after his holiday abroad with his friends. So I hope that he has had a great time.

Also I hope that all my readers have a good weekend, wherever you are in the world.

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 14/09/17

It was a miracle that I was able to write the Reading Roundup post yesterday as I woke up really early with the most horrendous pain from acid reflux. The pain did go away in the end, but it took hours before I felt even slightly comfortable. Thank goodness for reading! Reading can distract me from just about anything.

So, I was very pleased to feel able to go out today for a visit to the garden centre – we haven’t been to one for ages. I wanted to go because I needed to buy a birthday card as it is Lovely Husband’s birthday tomorrow. It would be great if I could be well enough to go out for a meal with him to celebrate – I hope so.

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk scarf, gavroche size, in navy, turquoise, pink and lilac – Bateau Fleuri – Hermès.
  • Bright navy cotton mix short-sleeved top – Lands’ End.
  • Bright navy cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Klass.
  • Turquoise, red and green earrings.
  • Oxford blue leather and rose gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
Outfit of the day 14/09/17 with Hermès' Bateau Fleuri gavroche

Outfit of the day 14/09/17 with Hermès’ Bateau Fleuri gavroche

The app I use to make these collages appears to have upgraded with new features, so I will have to see what I can do with them to make my collages more interesting.

Best wishes,

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Reading roundup 13/09/17

Thank goodness for ebooks! I finished my pile of library books a week ago, but have been too ill since to visit the library and choose some more. Luckily, their ebook service, using BorrowBox, has a pretty good selection so I have been reading my choice from this.

Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

I have read most of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, but there are still a few to go. This week I have been reserving the rest on BorrowBox and reading them as they have become available. The first was Night School (Jack Reacher #21). These more recent publications have moved the story timeline to a period when Reacher was still in the military. In many ways, they are not as good as the ones set after his army days:

I think that these Jack Reacher prequels are rather marmite, judging by the other reviews on Goodreads. Personally, I enjoyed the book as a thriller, although it was not one of Child’s best. I am still trying to read all of the books in the series, with not many more to go!

I gave the book three stars on Goodreads, maybe it deserved more.

The Hard Way by Lee Child

The Hard Way by Lee Child

My next read was Lee Child’s The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10), which I gave fours stars and then wrote this review:

I seem to be working my way through the last few books that I haven’t already read in this series. They are available as ebooks from our Public Library service and I have reserved the ones that are currently being read by others. This one was a classic Reacher with a good teasing and twisting plot leading to a violent ending. Some plot holes, as ever, but I don’t really mind those. Suspension of disbelief is essential in reading this series. Good stuff!

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Whilst waiting for the next Jack Reacher reservation to be ready, I downloaded this book on BorrowBox: Godblind by Anna Stephens, her first book and part one of a trilogy. I was looking for a fantasy novel and chose this one almost at random. And it was a fantastic choice! This was given a full five stars as I really enjoyed it:

Wow! Well that was a book and a half! Darkest, grimmest fantasy. Violence, horror, and traitorous, evil characters. Courage, guts, determination and brave, heroic characters. Strong women and caring men. First book of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next one. I was even reading this at 6.30 in the morning and it was an ebook from the public library that I could read for free. It doesn’t get better than this. Well, if it does please give me the book 😂.

I think you get the picture – I loved this book. Well, as much as you can love a book where you read in trepidation waiting for the next character to either turn into a traitor or be killed in a particularly nasty way!

Make Me by Lee Child

Make Me by Lee Child

I am now about a quarter of the way through another Jack Reacher, Make Me (#20), which I will review on Goodreads as soon as I have finished. I love keeping track of my reading in this way and it is good to see that the site has just celebrated its tenth birthday! All of those books and readers 😍.

Until next week’s Reading Roundup,

Best wishes,

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Outfit of the day 12/09/17

I have managed to grit my teeth and do something useful today. Over the weekend, we had quite a few things to sort out: the washing machine gave up the ghost after ten years, my car wouldn’t start and Elder Son developed a terrible retching cough which meant that he couldn’t go to work. So, yesterday, Lovely Husband and I had a lot to do and I overdid things and ended up in bed with exhaustion.

Today has been better, even though I again tried to do as much as possible to take tasks away from LH as he has been so overwhelmed lately. The washing machine could not be repaired so it is being replaced today, my car was mended and serviced, ES was taken to the GP and then the local hospital for an X-ray and I did my part.

I am feeling very autumnal now and have been ordering a few items, clothing and accessories, both to fill gaps in my wardrobe and also for my birthday. Well, my birthday is quite a few weeks away, but I purchase things that catch my eye and then give them to my chaps to give back to me – if you see what I mean! I know it is cheating, in a way, but that way I get what I want and they don’t have to go shopping, so everyone is happy with the result! I will show readers my presents after my birthday – yes, you will have to wait. And I promise that I won’t wear them until then either, although restraint is not one of my strong points.

I noticed a need for some casual dark brown trousers for the colder months and ordered these stretchy jersey cords from Lands’ End. They do feel a bit like “old lady” trousers, of which my Mum seemed to own hundreds. But they are comfortable and look OK with the right clothes and accessories. I will continue to look out for some slightly smarter ones, although my current weight and size makes fitting somewhat awkward these days.

Dark mahogany sport knit cords - Lands' End

Dark mahogany sport knit cords – Lands’ End

Today’s outfit:

  • Silk scarf in green, blue, pink, brown and gold – TeresaMare via Etsy. This is a pretty Autumn scarf in a light silk with a hand painted pattern of falling leaves.
  • Marine teal cotton mix top – Lands’ End.
  • Marine teal cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Dark mahogany cotton mix sport knit cords – Lands’ End.
  • Brown faux lizard and gold tone bangle – Wallis.
  • Bronze art nouveau style earrings.
Outfit of the day 12/09/17

Outfit of the day 12/09/17

I also swapped my Massaccesi handbag in navy for this caramel hobo bag from the now defunct Peony and Moore. The outfit seemed to pull together as a whole and I felt both comfortable and nice in it.

Georgia in caramel and brown leather by Peony and Moore

Georgia in caramel and brown leather by Peony and Moore

I will now go back to reading so that I am ready for the regular Reading Roundup post tomorrow.

Best wishes,

❤️💙💚💛💜

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Update 11/09/17

No post today, I’m sorry to say, because I have had to do too much and, as a consequence, had a bad relapse. I hope to resume a normal service tomorrow.

I have uploaded this image for your amusement – are these Donald Trump’s spare wigs?

Best wishes,

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