Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wish

Today I’m having one of those days that will be familiar to anyone who has psoriasis.  A day when the skin just isn’t behaving … when the colder temperatures are starting to have an effect … when there is a danger of feeling just a bit fed up (oh how polite I am in print!) with the constant battle.

But then … ah then, you take a little look online and here’s what you find!. The cutest, shiniest, sparkliest boots that cannot fail to make you smile.  Today’s wish is completely and utterly for those of us who have psoriasis.  Because even if your skin is sore, these flat boots won’t add to your discomfort … in fact, they will cheer you up.  Wear with jeans and a sweater, just because!  Or wear with coated skinnies and a silk shirt for an evening out.  Who says you’ve got to wear heels?  These blue checked suede ankle boots from Opening Ceremony are dressy enough every occasion.  Just perfect in fact, for all us flaky fashionistas J

Monday, 20 October 2014

A Quick Hello ...

Just a quick post from me today … I am in the midst of trying to put a presentation together with the title ‘Clear Skin – What It Means To Me’.   Obviously, I could wrap this up very quickly with just two words; Hot Pants! ... but I think a little more is expected from me.  15 minutes more to be precise!  All part of the World Psoriasis Day activities taking place in Basel next week (yes, prepare yourselves for some more mirror selfies)  But I digress – during screen breaks I’ve been having a quick little look at what is on offer during the mid-season sales.  Sadly it’s all window-shopping right now for me, but for those whose budgets are more flexible, there are quite a few bargains to be had. 

Starting with my old favourite, Cos.  I just love this fine silk wool scarf (I don’t know why they call it wool, as the description just mentions a silk and cotton knit), offering a nod to the colour of the season and now reduced to €25.

good fabric scarf for anyone with psoriasis

Next up is the Split Back Printed Blazer now reduced to €50.  I’m not going to lie – I’m kinda’ struggling with this shape.  The whole unstructured look is so very ‘80s and I’m having difficulties getting my head around the shapelessness of the look.  But the colour is perfect for anyone with scalp psoriasis, and if it’s an on-trend jacket you want, well, this is definitely it!

great colour blazer for anyone with psoriasis

There is also a printed scarf, now €23, in a lightweight silk and wool blend.  A handy little number if you have a black coat or jacket lurking in the back of your wardrobe but are worried about escaping flakes!  This scarf could be the perfect camouflage.

ideal colour to camouflage scalp psoriasis

The Top with Contrast Sleeves has my name written all over it.  Slouchy, forgiving, white, sleeves, lightweight (please tell me I'm not the only one about to expire from heat on occasion ... in October??), pretty much perfect in fact for just €20

great top for concealing psoriasis

And who can escape Mango right now?  Constant reductions are keeping them to the forefront of every blog these days.  Having said that, the white jacket that I ordered a few weeks ago went straight back.  It looked as cheap as it was which rather defeated the purpose.

However, using the code 5MNG, you can now get 30% off cardigans, sweaters, coats and jackets until October 22nd so it seemed rude not to take a little look!  This Cashmere & Silk blend sweater is €29.99 (all prices pre discount) and in perfect colour choices also
ideal mix of yarn for someone with psoriasis

Or for something a little more snuggly, how about this cable knit cotton sweater for €29.99?

great winter sweater for anyone with psoriasis

And finally … because surely the weather is going to change at some point? This long feather down coat – €99.99 before discount.  I have one very similar to this which I’ve worn to death during the really cold spells of winter. Definitely worthy of a place in the wardrobe.
good colour & fabric coat if you have psoriasis

And now I must take my leave and return to my scribbling!  In the interests of research (and desperately searching for inspiration) what does clear skin mean to you?


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday Wish

I hate to be dramatic (she lied) but my wardrobe is seriously lacking (embarrassingly so in fact) when it comes to clutch bags.  And I’ve decided that having managed to snag a divine pair of Michael Kors leopard print courts in TK Maxx during the summer, I now need (life incomplete without it in fact!) a leopard print clutch.

The difficulty about leopard print however, is that it can look very cheap and nasty so it’s important to choose wisely.  We want to distract attention from our skin in a positive way after all!  So with Michael Kors on my feet, I think it’s only right that I should have a little Jimmy Choo under my arm.  (This is the Wednesday Wish after all; no room for reality here people!)  And would you look at what I’ve found!  Now who could resist this?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Flaky Goes Dutch

Last week I had a little adventure from the usual humdrum, as I was invited to go to Amsterdam.  I was asked by the pharmaceutical company, Novartis, if I would be happy to be interviewed on stage by a leading dermatologist, detailing not just the medical treatments I’ve used, but also the emotional and physical impact that this auto immune disorder has on sufferers.  With a new psoriasis biologic in the pipeline, they wanted to ensure that their Sales & Marketing directors had a true understanding of how their drug could potentially change the lives of patients.

Clearly, being filled with hidden shallows, my main concern was what would I wear?  I was conflicted between following my own advice and sticking to a paler palette on my top half … or revelling in the joy of a clear scalp and going with a darker jacket.  The latter won!  In fairness, I am now in the process of returning my third white jacket so the first option was never really a viable one.  (Still searching and still open to suggestions!)

Whilst travelling I did wear white, in the form of this cocoon coat from Marks & Spencer (no longer available online).  A very thoughtful gift from a friend who knows how much I love white.  It was ideal for the plane … am I the only one who finds airplanes really cold? (Not to mention scary .. but that’s another story!)

It was a quick 24 hour trip, starting with dinner on the Monday night.  Here I met the rather fabulous Rick Guidotti; a world famous fashion photographer who now devotes his time to photographing people with genetic differences in an attempt to effect a change in society’s attitudes.  Fascinating man; and responsible for the photography in the recent Novartis project, Skin Impressions.  Take a look; it's a remarkable piece of work.

The following day it was my turn, so I donned my Banana Republic jacket (purchased in the Trafford Centre last May, but not yet worn) and a new white top from Cos.  I teamed this with a pair of indigo skinnies from M&S and my Clarks Kendra boots. 
My eyes!  My eyes!  The Carpet!!!

Off I set to enlighten a room of over 120 people, of just how soul-destroying psoriasis can be.  It was an interesting combination – the rather serious German professor interviewing the relaxed Irish patient.  Suffice to say, there were some laughs (particularly when he misunderstood and thought I had given up alcohol in an attempt to clear my skin.  As if!)   The good news however, is that for psoriasis patients who think that they’ve reached the end of the road, or that they’ve explored all the options, well!  It’s not true.  There are still more options and they’re coming down the line quite soon.  So don’t despair!

And then it was time to do a quick bit of sightseeing.  And oh, what a pretty city Amsterdam is!  I was directed to the Nine Streets ('De Negen Straatjes') part of the city, which was filled with cobbled streets, boutiques, jewellery stores, cafes and of course, the canals.  So lovely!  For a change, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


‘Til Wednesday!