Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach
J. Jill linen shirt, Woman Within maxi dress, Ultrafino hat, La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen, Coppertone sunscreen, Camelbak water bottle, Chaco sandals. 

This day at the beach happened last month, in June.  June 24th, to be precise.  It was a nice day for being at the beach.  I did an outreach with my friend Patty.  She packed cold water, sandwiches and fruit.  I packed the sunscreen and a hat.  I bought along a bottle of water, too.  We were doing an outreach to the community at a Boardwalk Bash health fair at Midland Beach on Staten Island, volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Staten Island affiliate.  I've been a bit under the weather since then, and not going out much, so no outfits to post.  Also I haven't had much energy or ambition for blogging, sorry to say.  Hopefully I'm on the mend, and I'll be back posting outfits and articles again. 

This is the first maxi dress I've bought, and I like it.  It fits well (no bra straps visible in front or in back), it doesn't ride up and it's long enough to be a maxi, but it doesn't drag on the floor.  The linen shirt is so comfortable!  Perfect for when there's a bit of a breeze blowing, as there was at the beach that day.  

I wear two different sunscreens, one for my face and one for my body, because most sunscreens irritate my face, but this one from La Roche-Posay works very well.  It was expensive, but I got it on sale for half price from either or, I can't remember which.  So I got two, and now I'm set for a good long time with sunscreen.  That's good, because I use it every day I go out.  

The Chaco sandals I've had for a few years now, and they're great.  They're comfortable and they don't irritate my feet, the way some sandals can.  You can loosen or tighten the ties that hold the foot in place.  

I hope all of you are enjoying the summer.  It's definitely my favorite season of the year. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

What to Wear to an Ultrasound

What to Wear to an Ultrasound

Wednesday, July 8th, I went for an abdominal ultrasound.  I've had mammograms before, and the suitable attire is similar - no metal or jewelry, plus you can't have anything to eat or drink but water 6 hours prior to the test.  The only difference is that you can wear deodorant to an abdominal ultrasound.  If you've been for a mammogram, you know you can't wear deodorant, powder or perfume or oil.  

The ultrasound was early in the morning, thankfully.  The test took about 30 minutes.  I wore a t-shirt and elastic waist pants that were easy to move, and microfiber panties, that were also easy to move.  I don't recommend wearing cotton panties for an ultrasound, just because they aren't as flexible as microfiber.  That's my experience, anyway.  Yours may differ, of course!  I didn't actually use the Coach bag, I just thought it looked good with the pink shirt.  I actually used my trusty LL Bean tote:

I finally bought a pink wallet that matches the Coach tote, but unfortunately, it's no longer available, so I don't have a Polyvore picture to show you.  It's on my Pinterest Handbags board, though, if you're interested.  It was on sale!  $68!

Anyway, if you're going to have an ultrasound, I recommend wearing clothes that are comfortable and easy to move, with stretchy fabrics and loose fitting garments, or if you're wearing fitted garments, make sure they have some stretch so you can move them easily. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

California Dreaming

California Dreaming
Gray Anorak - Woman Within.  Denim Shirt, Mineral Blue Elbow Sleeve V-Neck Tee, Denim Jeans - J. Jill.  Silver Arizona Birkenstock Sandal.  Red and White Tote. 

This is what I wore to therapy on Thursday.  The clinic where I go for treatment is close to the ocean, so I decided to go for a seaside vibe.  The seaside I chose was Southern California, even though here in Staten Island we're on the Atlantic seaboard.  A girl can dream, right?  What I've been dreaming about is warmer weather!

It's been a chilly summer so far here in New York, even though supposedly this past May was the hottest one on record, with many days over 80*.  The beginning of June, however, has been chilly and rainy, and Thursday was no exception.  Temperatures have been from the 50's to the 60's.  It's 70* and sunny right now, on Sunday afternoon.  

I wore my jeans cuffed, like boyfriend jeans, and dared the double-denim trend by wearing a denim shirt over a blue t-shirt.  I topped it with a gray anorak.  

I wasn't actually wearing the parka as shown in the picture; the coat has a zip-out lining, and you can wear it as a water-proof anorak in the warmer months.  So it's like you get two coats in one!  The fur detaches from the hood, too.  The shell is nice and light, and very comfortable, and breathable.  I hate to tell you how much I paid for the coat.  I won a gift certificate from (f/k/a in a Summer Suitcase sweepstakes.  The gift certificate was for $100, which most definitely came in handy when I was shopping for my wardrobe last September.  The coat was somewhat over $100.  With the gift certificate, I ended up paying about $25 for the coat, including tax and shipping and handling.  So, thank you again,!  Don't worry, I wrote them a nice "thank you" e-mail at the time. 

I'm getting used to the Birkis.  It's a little difficult to walk in them initially.  They look so cute, it's hard to resist them, though! 

Back in 2007, I had one of those LL Bean Boat 'n Tote bags custom-made for me, and this is the tote I've been using this summer:

It's the small size tote.  It's looking somewhat the worse for wear.  I have a really nice Coach tote, but I hesitate to drag it around with me for everyday use.  It's the kind of handbag I would use for occasions like business meetings or occasions when I want to kick my outfit up a notch. 

I hope you are enjoying the start of summer where you are. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Casual Spring & Summer Wardrobe

Casual Spring & Summer Wardrobe


Items are from Lane Bryant, J. Jill, Woman Within, SWAK and LL Bean.  Shoes from Propet, Birkenstock, Chaco, Aerosoles, and Dansko.  

No, I didn't buy all these items this year.  Many of them are from previous seasons.  Why so many clothes?  I get paid once a month, and finances dictate that I can only send out the laundry once a month, when I get paid.  Sometimes I manage to send it out twice, but that doesn't happen often. 

I rely heavily on basics and solids, because I don't like to have to worry about whether or not this top goes with those bottoms.  Summer is too short to spend it worrying about how to put together an outfit.  As you can see, I accessorize with scarves and my shoes, and I have a cardigan, two shirts, two skirts and a dress in the mix, and I wear some simple jewelry, so it's not completely boring.