Style me Pretty

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Fashion icon DVF speaks to my heart. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” – Diane von Furstenberg.  I believe style can play a huge role in that – dress for the job you want not the job you have right? BUT I have been a little cloudy about what I want to do as a career. I DO know I want to be independent with freedom to travel, have a family, throw a killer party and afford the lifestyle I want.

When I look at women that admire – both in real life and onscreen, (Kate Middleton, Claire Underwood, & Lisa Vanderpump) they have three things in common: Strength, Style and Class. As I turn 30 (in 17 days, but who’s counting), I am trying to find my own personal style.  Let’s not kid ourselves, I love clothes and I have a lot of them.    Being an actress for years, I have what some may call and “eclectic” wardrobe.  Trying to figure out what I want to portray to the rest of the world on a day to day basis has proven a bit of a challenge for me.  I browse online and picture an event or outing I could do in that outfit, but I never get it quiet right.

So I have enlisted some help:  StichFix.  It is a fabulous website where you fill out a style profile and a stylist picks clothes for you. They mail them directly to you and you get to try them on in the convenience of your own home. Plus, any returns are FREE!  I got my first box about a month ago and loved it!  I didn’t keep everything, but the items I did I probably wouldn’t have picked out for myself at the store.  That’s why I love it.  It pushes me to try new things and they give you a style card to help you pair their picks with other items you may already have in your closet.

You can check it out at:

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4614318

(*this is a referral link)

My second box is supposed to arrive this weekend.  Here’s hoping I can pull it all together! Strong, STYLISH, and Classy here I come.

Depression or PMS?

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you can muster up the energy to do is get to the couch to turn on Netflix and binge watch on your favorite TV series?  That was me yesterday.  It was an all day pajama party with Oreos and my cat.  For some inexplicable reason, I could not make myself do a single productive thing.  I had an amazing weekend filled with art, friends and football.  I even made a dessert dip that looked like the Pinterest picture so I truly didn’t understand why I was so glum.

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Then it happened, I started my period.  It was three days early and (being on the pill) I wasn’t anticipating it at all.  I have felt “off” all month and chalked it up to the massive amounts of changes that are going on in my life right now.   Anyone would be stressed or depressed in the same circumstances right?  But was it depression or hormones?  Or do the two go hand in hand?

Last week when I had to go back to the eye doctor, again, he told me I had dry patches on my cornea.  The most common cause: Changes in hormones.  So I started looking even closer at what my body has been doing this past month.  I have been spotting for weeks, again being on the same birth control for years now, this is not normal.  Could this be the cause of my feelings of depression?

Women are shamed when they talk about their hormones and menstrual cycle, but why?  The fact that a woman can conceive and carry a child is incredible.  Every month a woman’s body prepares to start the stages of bringing life into this world.  Our bodies’ work for weeks then in a matter of 5-7 days everything our body has prepared for sheds and it has to start all over again.  Sorry men, but PMS is a very real thing with chemical side effects.

So, what are my next steps?  I am either going to 1. Change birth control 2. Go off birth control, and/or 3. Meet with a hormonal specialist.  This getting older thing really is a challenge.  Why was I in such a rush to grow up?

Xoxo-

Suzanne

Four-Eyed Frustration

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For well over a month now, I have been having eye issues.  It started as a double eye infection and has just continued to get worse.  I have been reduced to having to wear my glasses almost exclusively.  The other day, I could barely drive because the light was affecting me so badly.

I’ve worn glasses since the first grade and contacts since the 6th, so why am I having this issue now?  This got me to thinking… Is there a point where your body just turns against you? In the past few months I have had to add an iron supplement and Metamucil to my daily regiment on top of my daily vitamin.  This is to help with exhaustion and gastro problems.  I also have a theory that my liver needs a little boost (an accident in high school injured it and I have had health issues ever since). With that I am adding two additional supplements to the mix:

  • Turmeric – a plant that is the main spice in curry.  It’s used to treat many ailments including: stomach pain, diarrhea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Basically a cure-all.
  • Milk Thistle: (silymarin) – a flowering herb related to the daisy. In addition to helping with liver problems, it is also used to reduce cholesterol and is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Once I get my eyes back and these herbs kick in, I will be ready to conquer the world (or at least be able to drive safely).  Small steps.

xoxo,

Suzanne