Sunday, 12 April 2015

Supermarket Sweep!

Confession time!  I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to clothes.  This clearly, is in complete conflict with the bargain loving side of me who does a rapturous jig at the sight of a sale sign.   It’s a tricky juggling act.  But this snobbery is not related to cost (although I really dislike Primark.  #sorrynotsorry) It’s rather that I cannot abide cheap and nasty fabrics.  They set my teeth on edge.  In fact, if I weren’t already afflicted, I swear I’d come out in a rash!   But sometimes (and ‘tis rare, I’ll grant you) sometimes you’ll find a little gem in the midst of the polyester pile.

One such little gem is this paisley print bubble hem blouse from Tesco.  I had a wander through their clothes department a few days ago with my daughter, and I’ll be honest, most of them had that 'I’m just going to pop out to play Bridge now, dear' vibe about them.  But this one caught my eye.  It’s pretty yet provides full coverage.  If your d├ęcolletage is clear, you can leave the ties open and that extra exposure of skin gives a long sleeved top a more summery feel.  If your d├ęcolletage needs concealing, simply close the ties.  The light colour and chiffon sleeves will still look season appropriate.  And because of the little pattern on the sleeves, you can be safe in the knowledge that your skin is covered.  Perfect to wear with grey, khaki, white or denim jeans/trousers/maxi skirt.  This is one very versatile top for a mere €23.

Look!  I've finally mastered the Selfie Stick.  There'll be no stopping me now :)
A reader also very kindly sent me the link to these punch-out peep toe shoe boots, so I had a little look to check them out.  All hail the wonder of the peep-toe boot!  If you’re in the market for a bargain (at this price, not leather I’m afraid) then this pair at €32.50 should do the trick.  Loving the ventilation with the punch hole effect and all the while your skin is concealed.  Available in both black and grey.

A little run into Dunnes Stores to pick up some blueberries (Dieting is the most boring thing in the whole world and nothing, nothing, nothing will ever convince my taste buds that fruit and berries are a suitable sweet alternative to a stonking great bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk!) and I stumbled (ok, I diverted through the clothes section) across this long edge to edge cardigan.  At only €20, it is lightweight but so comfy and stylish.  Ideal to throw on as the summer evenings get chillier.  Great for those who work in air conditioned offices.  Indeed, an interesting alternative to the usual jacket or blazer.   The light grey would be ideal for anyone with scalp psoriasis and it’s also available in navy, black and chartreuse (that's yellow to you and me!) 



So there you have it!  My roundup of a few bargains I’ve seen in the past week.  For those who live near a TK Maxx, I also spotted these little gems on my travels.  The first pair are very similar to the ones I bought in the US a few weeks ago, but considerably cheaper at just €34.99.  Great coverage if that is what you need.
These Calvin Klein classic snakeskin courts were only €54.99 and there seemed to be quite a few sizes available.
And finally these Michael Kors sandals – a somewhat steeper €74.99 but gorgeous!

And now I must run.  I’m off to Davos (Switzerland) tomorrow to tell a group of pharma industry people all about the ‘joys’ of living with psoriasis.  I shall pack my selfie stick so keep an eye on Instagram!  Have a good week.   

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Wednesday Wish

The Wednesday Wish is all about escaping from reality for a few moments and today I’m doing just that!  The glorious weather of the past few days has demanded that sundowners be sipped each evening.  For some the chosen tipple is a gin & tonic, for others a cool beer.  But if money were no object and the choice was mine, then honestly?  It would have to be Bollinger.  Every day!  Happily!  Just call me Patsy Stone J

Monday, 6 April 2015

San Francisco - The Fun Stuff!

When not being really excited about the new advances in drug therapy for psoriasis, or equally being terrified by the stats on heart disease related to psoriasis, there were also some moments of relaxation and retail therapy during my time in San Francisco.

Of course there was work … I don’t want to you to think it was all fun and games!



I’m looking very serious for this dawn start to take part in a WebEx with dermatologist, Prof Thaci.  SIX O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING people!  Up, showered, dressed, make-up on and hair straightened by 6am!  Is it any wonder I look serious?  I’m just desperately trying to keep my eyes open. 



But there was also food!  The healthy …

And the not so healthy!  A chicken pot pie which was the size of my head …

My first ever Canoli!  I felt like an extra on The Sopranos.

And it was also my birthday while I was there.  So we took a boat across the bay to Sausalito (try saying that without sounding like an American!)



And overcome with tiredness, we became giddy as we dreamed up slogans for the Skin To Live In Instagram account.   ‘Don’t be imprisoned by your psoriasis’ we proclaimed … groan!  Yes, that’s Alacatraz!

And of course we celebrated my advancing years with champagne …


The combination of a DSW being one block away from my hotel and the online delivery of a birthday voucher from my sister, resulted in these little beauties …


And I was also introduced to a new brand (new to me!) Sperrys, renowned for comfort.  Sold!

I went shopping with the gorgeous Melissa, who managed to look good in everything!


And as nothing looked good on me, I resorted to taking pictures of my jet-lagged self in the dressing room, as ever delighting in my clear scalp and dark jacket combo!


We met a supermodel who is also a psoriasis sufferer and she took a selfie with Melissa. If these two don't inspire hope in psoriasis patients, I don't know what will!

We got free stuff at the exhibition halls – full sized too!  I’d forgotten how much I like Nutrogena.  The Teen was thrilled when I hauled it all home


The sun shone every afternoon although we didn’t see much of it.  I broke my shades before travelling, so splashed out a staggering $10 in Old Navy on this pair.  Last of the Big Spenders...


The streets were as steep as they say!


The trams really do exist!
And the Bridge!  I couldn’t leave without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge!


Farewell San Francisco!  It was enlightening, educational, fun and fabulous!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wednesday Wish

I’m tired.  It’s been a long week.  I know it’s still only Wednesday!  But jet lag is a pain in the wotsit and I’m devoid of inspiration this evening … so forgive me if this week’s wish is more than a little predictable.

Oh c’mon!  What’s not to love about these Michael Kors Odelia Black Caged Leather Sandals?  They’re cool.  They’re on trend.  They will help to make you look tall and willowy.  And if psoriasis on the front of your feet or ankles is an issue … well these will give the illusion of clear skin.  Excellent camouflage!

(Next week will be more inspiring, I promise!)