Saturday, 30 August 2014

Shopping in the Windy City

If you were to look up the word ‘moron’ in the dictionary right now, there is a very large chance that my name would be the definition.  Because only a moron would fly to Chicago … show official letters permitting her to carry biologics through all the various customs and US pre-clearance checks … hand over her precious injections to the air hostess … and then swan off the plane at the other side, forgetting all about them.  By the time I remembered, the plane had been cleaned, the injections destroyed and the aircraft was en route back to Dublin.

Ye Gods!

To compound matters, I had just finished a week long dose of antibiotics to clear a throat infection that had caused my psoriasis to flare up.   Not my finest hour!

Suffice to say, I’m now home and two injections later, my skin is already improving dramatically.  Proof, if I needed it, that the biologics are definitely working for me.  So with all this in mind, you will have to be content with photographs of the items that I bought, rather than photos of me attempting to model them! 

So, onto the more interesting stuff … the loot!  I was looking for three things.  Some black ankle boots, a black handbag and a white blazer.  Hmmmm.  Can we paraphrase and say ONE out of three ain’t bad?!

First stop was the Designer Shoe Warehouse and I may have become slightly distracted from my quest for ankle boots.  OK fine then!  So I completely forgot about ankle boots in the excitement of all the glory in front of me.  First purchase was a classic shoe that I reckon should be in every wardrobe, the BCBG Paris patent black court. Beautiful on, easy to walk in, fits like a dream.  Tick!

And then, oh my!  It was love at first sight when I saw these DV by Dolce Vita Noralie wedges.  The combination of tan and black works for me and my wardrobe, and I quite simply adore wedges in the summer.  Despite the fact that summer is pretty much ended (I’m trying not to get too excited about this, but don’t you just LOVE Autumn?!) I knew that these would be perfect for next year.

And finally, these Kelly & Katie flats were from the clearance section.  My nod to the flat sandal that is being sported by one and all.  How much wear I will get out of them is debatable, as I usually prefer some sort of height, but at less than $30, it was worth a shot.  And although it looks very open, the leatherwork actually covers a lot of the foot.  Plus there is the added bonus that they’re not ugly! (I never really got on board the 'fugly' shoe trend this year)

So ignoring the fact that I clearly didn’t purchase any boots here, we shall move swiftly on to the next item on my list.  A black handbag.  I almost, very nearly almost, bought a patent Michael Kors bag in TJ Maxx.  But then I remembered a witticism that I had read on Twitter (I think by stylist and fashion blogger Rosemary MacCabe) ‘I almost bought a Michael Kors handbag today but then I remembered I have taste’ (Apologies to all MK fans, but LOL!!  Apologies also to my 13 year old daughter who informed me that I am way too old to be using the term LOL.  So that's me told then!)  That and the fact that my sister curled her lip in pure distaste, persuaded me that I was just getting carried away by all the MK hype.

So instead, I ended up in Macys and this is what I bought.  The Calvin Klein Geneva Pebble Tote

Truthfully?  I’m no longer sure about it.  I adored it when I first saw it.  But now, I think I hate the Calvin Klein logo on the front and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get rid of the tassel.  But I love the quilting and guess what?  It will do just fine until such time as I can afford to buy a Mulberry Daria!

And then the white blazer.  Nope!  That didn’t happen.  Not for want of looking I might add, but I couldn’t find one that fit properly.  As much as I loved the one I bought in Mango earlier this year, it certainly hasn’t stood the test of time (but in fairness, for €40, it doesn’t owe me at this stage) and so I’m looking for something more substantial that will last a few years.  All suggestions welcome.

The clothing purchases were confined to this scarf from Anthropologie

Reduced from $175 to $40 (*punches air*) and also this scarf print shirt from a small boutique.  Despite the fact that my scalp has been clear for more than six months now, I think I'm automatically drawn to patterns that will conceal psoriasis if needed.   You’ll just have to trust that I’m telling the truth when I say the top looks much better on than it does on the hanger

I also spent a fortune replenishing my make-up stock – Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Benefit; all of which are so much cheaper in the US.  And finally I’m hoping there’s a special place in Heaven for mothers who spend consecutive days trawling through Hollister, Abercrombie, American Eagle, Aero Postale and Pink.  Dear. God.

So I’m back home again.  A touch of Groundhog Day if I’m honest, as I’m back to square one in trying to clear my skin … and I’m still searching for that white blazer and black ankle boots.  But lots of great memories of a really great holiday … a lesson well learned (I will never forget my injections again!) ... happy that I only bought things that I will definitely wear/use  … and still an excuse to go shopping.  Result I’d say!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday Wish

Have you ever suffered from Reverse Shopper’s Regret?  I don’t mean the type where you survey your purchases (and your bank balance) and wish you hadn’t bought?  I mean the type where you try something on, love it … and then decide to put it back on the rail.  Well!  That’s what I did last Friday in Chicago and I’ve been regretting it ever since!

So what was the item?  It was this silk and cashmere Snake Infinity Scarf by Henri Bendel. It’s as soft and luxurious as it sounds, and in this colourway, suited most things in my wardrobe.  Go ahead and drool … I’m off to smack myself around the head again! Duh!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday Wish

Due to the wonders of technology, I have pre-scheduled this post and all going well (touching wood and saying a quick prayer) I will be enjoying the sights of Chicago as you read this.  So I felt it was only fitting that in honour of my holiday I should choose something American to wish for this week. 

Good old Michael Kors!  Beloved by so many but also despised by quite a few!  As often as I read a glowing review, there will always be a sniping comment about vulgar bling.  Well hey!  I’m not averse to a little bling, so this week I’m wishing for a Sparkle Front Blouse.  I think we all have those occasions where a little dressing up is nice, but full on sequins would be a tad over the top.  Drinks with the gal pals; supper at a neighbour’s house; even Date Night with Himself.  This is where this top would be a great addition to any wardrobe.  It keeps the skin covered without sacrificing glamour.  The price might seem high, but I’m pretty sure you’d get your value per wear pretty quickly. It’s on the Wish List!
Ideal dressy top for someone with psoriasis

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday Wish

Every few weeks I receive emails from Harvey Nichols and in the subject line they announce ‘We’ve chosen this just for you’. To be honest, I’m never quite sure whether I should be flattered by this or whether it has a rather sinister ‘Big Brother’ ring to it.  And given that (sadly) my Harvey Nichols shopping is usually limited to some Space NK candles, I’m reckoning their ideas of what I might like are either based on this blog (highly unlikely) or random choice (most probably)

However, this week they got it right.  And I really don’t care if the fringe displeases you all.  Let’s face it … we are trying to distract the eye from flaking skin.  People!  Do not try to tell me that these boots don’t perfectly fulfil the brief.  They’re high, they’re sassy, they give tremendous foot coverage and by golly!  Wouldn’t they do the most fabulous job of distracting the eye??   Stetson and chaps, optional!

Perfect sandals for anyone who has psoriasis on feet

PS  I’m heading to Chicago in the morning for ten days, so apart from a Wednesday Wish next week, I will be taking a break from posting.  I will be back in two weeks with reports of my (here’s hoping) shopping successes.  Wish me luck!