Lisa from Respect the Shoes has inspired me to HDR those tough indoor pics more often.
Shhhh, I initially bought this dress for my oldest and then kept it for myself.
Heh, she doesn't read my blog :P
The Deets: Merona dress (GoodWill); Draped-neck blouse (old); Miz Mooz Tillman pumps (50% off Amazon); Button flowers (Megan Mae Daily)
Being that this is a blog for regular women with regular jobs and modest clothing budgets, and I see big name style bloggers sharing everything from how they handle excess body hair to dressing that odd spare tire 'round the middle that hits some of us at middle age, and doesn't go away no matter how much we exercise, I figured some of y'all could relate to The Itch.
For me, The Itch started about four months ago, causing mild discomfort when my tightie whities touched me. And I wouldn't be sharing this story on th' Internetz if it was anything seriously embarrassing, so let's forge on shall we? Mild discomfort was bearable, but acute discomfort when any of my clothes touched me became a misery. I assumed it was a combination of very dry winter skin and/or chemical allergies.
What did I do? Quite a lot actually:
- Bought baby detergent and re-washed ALL my clothes and sheets
- Bought all cotton tightie whities (I thought I might be allergic to the nylon in, er, intimate undergarments)
- Bought completely dye and chemical free deodorant, shaving cream, body lotion, body wash, and fabric softeners
- Slathered on great buckets of moisturizer for itchy, sensitive skin
- Raced home to get my real clothes off, and put on the loosest cotton lounge wear I own
- Ate benydryl and Tylenol like candy - and then refused to go anywhere outside of work that wasn't a drive-thru
- On my worst day ever, managed to dress for the office - without tights or a bra. That was super tricky, and no, there are no pictures
- Pretty much lost my mind
When things finally settled down with The Teen, I broke down and saw my family doctor. Nothing to see here, folks, no rash, no shingles, no hives from stress, no chemical allergies, nothin' but really lovely and highly moisturized skin. Nope, turns out, it's just a new symptom of neurological issues that have plagued me since 2009, good ol' neuropathic hypersensitivity and pain. Yaaaaaayyyyy, nuffing skeevy, but still booooooo. The right oral prescription medication has reduced the symptoms from throwing myself off a bridge level to a very tolerable but I still want to lead a campaign to burn bras level.
But it sure felt like The Itch lasted seven years.
It's supposed to be 70 degrees tomorrow, and then drop back into the low 50s/high 40s on Tuesday for the rest of the week. I wasn't sure how to handle it since my summer clothes have been put away, but then remembered I'd thrifted this summery dress for $3.75 last month. As a gift for my oldest. I kinda suck sometimes. I hope you guys check out the lovely ladies sharing their unique and beautiful style at Not Dead Yet Style. I'm submitting my $5 Roulette dress from last week, because I love it and wish I could wear it every day.