Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday Wish

Just a modest wish this Wednesday for a change!  In honour of Easter week, I thought it would be nice to feature something yellow, yet amidst the plethora of extortionately priced yellow garments, my attention kept returning to this.

I’ve never been shy about my love for Massimo Dutti.  I think the clothes are fabulous, in particular their coats and jackets.  This yellow knit blazer is no exception.  Perfect to dress down with jeans and a tee, but would equally look good over black; with skinnies, palazzos or a pencil skirt or midi skirt.  The options are endless.  And the colour … well the colour is just perfect!  Happy Easter.
perfect little jacket for anyone with psoriasis


Saturday, 12 April 2014

In the Pink with Cocoa Brown Tan

There is a certain type of woman that I really envy.  You know the type.  The woman who can sling on a pair of jeans and tee shirt, throw her hair into a ponytail, lightly dab some moisturiser on her face and instantly look like she’s stepped off the cover of Vogue.   In other words - my total opposite.  In my next life I want to come back as one of those people who can jump in the shower and be ready to leave the house within ten minutes.   Sadly, in this life it takes a bit more time and effort to achieve a presentable effect.  Throw psoriasis into the mix and then you can really start to tot up the minutes.  Between emulsifying ointment, body creams, steroids, and God knows how many lotions, potions, salves and unguents, the daily shower routine becomes a real chore.  

For this reason, any extra beauty regime is just a pain in the ass!  Hell, you can even keep your facials!  Psoriasis patients spend so much time each and every day looking after their skin, that any extra maintenance is certainly not classed as a luxury.  So imagine my excitement when I discovered a multi-tasking product that actually works.  Drum Roll please … introducing Cocoa BrownTan Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan

Call me lazy, but the main reason I love this is so much, is that it doesn’t require any extra work on my part.  I moisturise everyday as it is.  So it was simply a case of swopping my usual moisturiser for this and ta dah!  Within a few days a light golden tan colour appeared.   No need to faff around with fake tan.  No worrying about streaks.  It’s paraben free, so no worries about reactions.  Just apply as you would any moisturiser and no further work or thought required.  Now that’s my kinda’ beauty product!  And, and, and ... as my psoriasis slowly (oh soooo slowly!) starts to heal, this tan does a very impressive job of concealing.  Result!

So in honour of Cocoa Brown Tan, I thought I’d use this opportunity to show you a new pink top that I purchased in TK Maxx recently.  For some reason and much to my serious amusement, I seem to resemble an American Football player in these photos – I promise that in reality, I’m not quite so broad!  I bought this top last month in the optimistic hope that the skin would be clear enough to show off my arms.  And is it?  Well, it’s not 100% clear yet … but all things are relative, so in my world, this is clearer than they have been for a very, very long time.

I paired it with a pair of Sandwich jeggings, Mary Portas for Clarks peep-toe boots, Oasis leather clutch and a bracelet from Knightsbridge Boutique.

My Best American Footballer Impression …

Did I mention it’s longer at the back …

Now if only the elbows would hurry up and clear …

And finally … a quick psoriasis update.  When last I posted about my progress, I cheerfully announced that I was on the fully daily dose of my medication.  Oh bless me and my (always 100%) cotton socks.  Not so much!  Progress was deemed to be disappointingly slow and so my daily dose was increased … and then increased again.  I tell you people, right now if you shake me, I rattle!    At this stage I’m on the final weeks of the experiment.  If on my next visit (seven weeks from now) I don’t have completely pristine, 100% clear skin, my medications will change.  Which in terms of side effects, may bring me back to square one again.  Which is rather disappointing.   But heigh ho – onwards and upwards.  Clear skin will be mine eventually.

Have a lovely weekend.  Did I mention I’m off to Zurich to meet my sister?  I’ll report back next week.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday Wish

I have stated before that I’m really not a fan of Louis Vuitton … or to be more precise, his logo collection.  However, there is one enormous exception to this fact and that is the Louis Vuitton scarves.  Let us pause for a moment and wonder at their beauty!

For a change, this is not me lusting from afar.  These I have seen up close and personal.  Sadly, not because I own one (yet), but I do have a friend who has one.  And they are beautiful. Every other scarf seems limp and light and cheap by comparison.  Which to be fair, they are!  Because how could high street scarves compete with the luxury of this crepe silk?

And this is my favourite.  The first time I saw it was in a magazine – worn by Jennifer Aniston with a simple white tee and jeans.  I could have wept with envy!  Quite how this hasn’t made it onto my Wish List before now is a wonder!  Because without a doubt, it’s in my Top Ten; quite possibly my Top Five!


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Ooooh! New Shoes ...

I’m not quite sure who I should blame for this!  Firstly I saw Michelle wearing them and I thought ‘oooh’.   And then I discovered that Sue (early adopter clearly) has hers since last year.  Next up it was Donna who succumbed and of course Kat proceeded to buy a selection!  Every rational part of my brain tells me I shouldn’t like these.   They’re flat and clumpy but oh my God, so comfortable and easy to wear and joy of joys!  Sooo on trend right now!

What am I talking about?

Skate shoes.

I don’t claim to always make sense.  And on this issue, I know I won’t.  After all, I absolutely abhor the current trend of wearing trainers with everything.  Hello people?  They belong with gym wear.  End Of!  But these skate shoes?  I just love them.  Love, love, love them.  And speaking as someone who has had severe psoriasis on the soles of her feet for the past ten months, I am beyond gleeful that something which a) I can walk in with comfort, b) is flat and, c) completely covers my foot has become the absolute ‘in’ footwear for S/S this year*.  Love them or loathe them, they’re here for the foreseeable future!

So I have I purchased?  You can bet your Granny I have!  And perversely, I am getting a serious kick out of the range of reactions they’ve caused.  My friend hated them with a passion … quite simply couldn’t understand how I could buy them.  My daughter (a teen now) thinks they’re seriously cool!  My sister just laughed!  Fiona screams noooo when she sees a pair.  My neighbour approved.  Kat wasn’t convinced on the colour.  But whereas everyone else has plumped for black or leopard print, I went for a metallic.  My summer wardrobe consists almost entirely of cream or white skinnies/jeans and as I consider a metallic to be a neutral, these will fit in perfectly.

So what do you think? Are you tempted?  The word ‘marmite’ is one of those blogging terms that gets bandied about quite a bit, but in the case of skate shoes it seems very apt.  When I tried these on in Clarks, some women looked horrified whilst two others approached and asked to try them in their size.  Don’t you love a controversial shoe?!

So here’s a selection that’s available right now.

(Mine! And incidentally already sold out in the Grafton St. store.  Just sayin'!)

perfect shoe for anyone with psoriasis on feet

perfect shoe for anyone suffering from psoriaisis on their feet

perfect shoe for sufferers of psoriasis

Not leather this time, but still a range to choose from in M&S.  Having said that, there wasn’t a pair to be seen in store yesterday.  (they're selling out, I tell ya'!) However, they are still available online.

Or in Black & White Lace


If you’re still not convinced but would like to give the trend a try, there is a canvas option available at H&M

But if you really want to go ‘out there’ and jazz up the patterns, these are currently available from Kurt Geiger

canvas shoe ideal for covering foot psoriasis

great shoe for anyone with psoriatic arthritis

So, will you be joining me in a summer of Happy Feet, or would you rather walk over hot coals than don a pair?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

*PS:  For those of you wondering about my medication ... it is working but very, very slowly.  And as my feet were the worst affected area, they are taking the longest time to heal.  So, no skyscraper heels just yet, but I'm happy to rock the skate shoe in the meantime.