Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday Wish with a Christmas Twist

This is the last Wednesday Wish before Christmas. (No, I will not be doing one next week.  It’s Christmas Eve … there will be presents that need wrapping and bubbles that need drinking!)  So if someone could please explain where exactly 2014 disappeared to, that would be just great thank you!

But on with the show, and starting off with an orange boucle coat that I tried on today.   Dee-vine!  I’m now playing the waiting game (all of three hours so far) and wondering if I am strong enough to hold off purchasing until sale time.  (Unlikely I’d say)  This is a gorgeous coat; the fabric won’t irritate your skin; the colour is cheering and bright; and frankly it has my name written all over it!  So that’s Wish Number One!

Ramping up the cost now with my next wish.  I recently read an article by Sali Hughes who said that when buying gifts, she always buys the smallest item within her allotted budget.  Which kinda’ makes sense if you think about it, as these are generally luxury items that nobody buys for themselves.  So if your budget is in the realm of €120, then believe me when I say that these luxurious silk lined lambskin leather gloves would be the perfect treat for anyone in your life who has psoriasis. And better still, they've been specially treated with some sort of technology (blah, blah) which means you can use them on your smart phone ... and not a silly grey or white tip in sight!  Yes please!

And finally, this utterly gorgeous Marc Jacobs Electro Q Lil Ukita handbag.  YUM!  I have seen this in reality.  A friend purchased it recently and I have drooled. But hers is even more gorgeous as it is black with a grey handle and trim.  If it is a sin to covet a pal’s handbag, then believe me, I have sinned!  Oh dear Santa, puleeeeze ...

I’ll be back at the weekend with a quick video post.  But from the Wednesday Wish, that’s it folks for this year!  Hoping all your wishes come true this Christmas x 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Faux Fur from Bonmarché

This season’s faux fur trend has taken the high street by storm and there seems to be an endless selection to choose from.  I wasn’t entirely sure as to whether I would invest – on the one hand there is the possibility that this is just a one-season wonder, but equally every coat looks so snuggly and comfy and is pretty much guaranteed to be psoriasis-friendly.  'Twas a dilemma, I tell you! 

Luckily, the nice people at BonmarchĂ© helped to make up my mind, by asking if I would like to review this black faux fur coat from David Emanuel.  (How many of you are old enough to remember him as the designer of ‘that’ wedding dress?  My teenage self would be utterly star struck as the thought of owning one of his designs).  But I digress.  The coat arrived and I decided to give it a whirl whilst spending the day on Dublin’s Grafton Street doing some last minute Christmas shopping.  This is a tricky one to dress for; freezing cold outside; overly heated shops; and skin that still needs lots of TLC.  Comfort has been the by-word of my life recently and last Saturday was no different.  So here I am (in dire need of a haircut as I’ve just noticed)

I paired it with my new outrageously comfortable & Other Stories shirt, black jeggings and my flat black boots (the love affair with these is now over my friends ... I've moved on to lusting after a pair of over-the-knee boots.  Fickle? Moi?)  Anyhow, this coat works for me!  It’s warm and snuggly and as the collar comes right up around my neck, there’s no need to faff around with a scarf.  And wow, it’s warm!  Which as the temperatures plummet, is essential. 

These photos show a very casual styling, but that night I wore it with heels, my faux leather jeans and a silk shirt.  It completely changed the look and I received lots of compliments which is always a bonus!  The good news is that this coat is currently on sale, and is also available in other colours.

And also in grey ...

There are also lots of other styles to choose from on the high street, so a quick perusal online came up with these.  One of the bloggers favourites at the moment and also ideal if you need a paler colour, is this Oversized Pocket Teddy Coat from Warehouse

And one couldn't do a faux fur blog post without a 'Bet Lynch' special … the Faux Fur Animal Print Coat from Topshop. 

So have you embraced the faux fur trend this season?  And if so, what did you buy?
See you on Wednesday.



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wednesday Wish with a Christmas Twist

So many lovely things!  So hard to whittle down to a wish list!  But sticking with the idea of steal through to splurge, I think I’ve managed to find a few little gems this week. 

Starting with an item that, rather than putting on a wish list, I actually bought for myself last weekend (patience really, really not a virtue of mine!)  These Kerry Cuff wrist warmers from Avoca are just perfect if, like me, your hands are affected by psoriasis.  You can conceal your skin yet show off your manicure; you can still use your smart phone (vital!); and if it’s really cold, you can wear them over gloves.  Perfect!
a perfect gift for someone who has psoriasis on their hands

Continuing the theme of comfort from my last post, I just love the bright, vibrant, Christmassy colours of this silken cashmere throw.  For those days over the holidays when your plans involve little more than a tin of Quality Street and a movie marathon, what better than to snuggle up on the couch under this?
a lovely gift for someone with psoriasis as won't irritate skin

And then finally, for a touch of equestrian glamour (complete with suede elbow patches) this Paul Costelloe Living Studio Silvia jacket certainly delivers.  I’ll be honest … the price is somewhat galling for an item that can be bought in Dunnes Stores, but having seen it, there is no arguing with the quality.  One to earmark for the January sales!
good colour jacket for anyone with scalp psoriasis
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, 8 December 2014

'Tis the Season to be Comfy!

It may be the season of glitz, glamour and sparkle, but for me right now, Comfort is key!  So if your skin is sore, irritated, inflamed or just giving you gyp, then come sit by me whilst I throw out a few ideas of how to look suitably festive whilst still being kind to your skin this Christmas.

Today I am going to focus on my old faithful uniform of a pair of skinnies and a blouse/shirt/top.  But not just any old skinnies!  Faux leather skinnies!  I know, I know!  You’re going to regale me with tales of plasticky fabric sticking to your legs, uncomfortable heat and unbecoming sweatiness.  But I have a question!  Have you tried them yet?  I was that person who nay-sayed her way through every article about this season’s must-have faux leather jeans.  Not for me!  They would look cheap and nasty and would undoubtedly just irritate my skin even more.  Instead I decided I would invest in another pair of my beloved coated skinnies (my last pair came to a sorry end thanks to an over-enthusiastic tailor) and so I made my way to Vero Moda to buy these

A truly lovely jean and if you’re in the market for some coated skinnies, then I can certainly recommend them.  However I was intercepted by a very persuasive sales assistant who insisted that I try the faux leather, PU jeggings.  Well!  What a revelation!  They are gorgeous.  They’re not stiff and shiny, but rather butter soft and so gentle on the skin.  I adore them – I quite simply adore them!  They look fab.  They are completely on trend.  I swear your legs will thank you. 

So, these are going to be my staple legwear this Christmas.  My skin is responding slowly (soooooo slowly … I’m not renowned for my patience) to my new treatment but it still has quite a bit to go. Hence I’m all about the comfort right now.  However, style is never off the agenda, so I’ve been having a little look at what could be paired with these for an effortlessly glam ensemble.

Off to my old favourite Massimo Dutti, who don’t just have a wonderful selection of shirts, but have even styled them exactly as I want!  I just love the look of this low cut frilled shirt teamed with some faux leather skinnies
Perfect top for someone with psoriasis

Or perhaps the motif print shirt for an injection of colour?  This isn’t dissimilar to one I bought in Chicago during the summer … an outfit coming together in my head as I type!
Great shirt to conceal psoriasis

Or to really get a bang for your buck, this would look super for a laid back day with your pleather skinnies and some biker boots and then for the evening, swop over to some heels, add some bling and you’re good to go.  A simply stunning cashmere cape. (That’s what they’re calling it.  I’m thinking sweater … but hey! What do I know?!)
an ideal top to wear on skin that is inflamed or irritated

Inspired by my recent purchase of the incredibly comfortable psychedelic print shirt in & Other Stories, (I've already worn it four times in two weeks - that's what I call a successful purchase) I would also suggest their polka dot version.  This is quite sheer so would need a vest underneath, but the fact that it’s a darker colour will mean that an unsightly plaques will be well concealed.
Conceals psoriasis without irritating skin

Slightly more expensive, but pure silk this time, is another variation of the psychedelic shirt I bought.  Again, this would be so gentle on the skin and the pattern is not just forgiving of the scalp, but also of a figure that might just be carrying a few extra lumps and bumps (*coughs*)
Lovely top to conceal psoriasis

This I didn’t see when I was there, but if I had, I’m pretty sure it would have been amongst my selection for trying on.  I like the quirkiness of this silk print shirt and combined with a bit of bling and some heels, this would be a very cool and comfy party look
Quirky top that would be easy to wear for people with psoriasis

A shop I should go into more often is All Saints as over the years I’ve purchased a few nice pieces from there.  This Lucas shirt would be lovely, perhaps with some long, layered gold chains for a very elegant party look
Good shape & colour for anyone with psoriasis

And of course, we can’t forget Whistles (although I’ll be honest – I only ever shop here when their sales are on).  I love this snake print blouse and this is one that I think you’d get a lot of wear out of.  It would look fab with some distressed denim also.
Excellent fabric and colour for anyone concealing psoriasis

So there you have it.  My recipe for an easy-to-wear Christmas outfit …

One pair of faux leather jeans

One long sleeved shirt in a gentle fabric

One pair of heels

Add one bling necklace, or if preferred layer some gold chains in different lengths.  Combine with an elegant manicure and top with a faux fur jacket or camel coat.  Decorate with a stylish clutch.

Best served with bubbles!