June 26, 2018

Comfort & Joy!

It’s not Christmas, but it sure feels like it!  If there ever could be a positive reason associated to treating RA, it’s that you try many products in an effort to find ones that will accommodate your condition.  I hit the mother load approximately 5 weeks ago, shoes I had thoroughly researched and ordered, had arrived. Purchasing footwear has been a dilemma because of the RA flares I experience in my feet.  The flares are not constant but regularly affect how I walk and feel when they are present.  There are only a few pair of shoes that I am able to wear during a flare.  So with great enthusiasm I wore my new shoes for the last 5 weeks nonstop.  Here is my experience with these two pairs of shoes that were absolutely comfortable on good days and not so good days.

allbirds Wool Lounger

They look like something Grandpa Puchalski wore in the house, they look like slippers!  What sets them apart from slippers is that they are made of soft merino wool, breathable, supportive, and wonderfully functional and comfortable.  I wore these shoes with and without socks, and washed (in a machine as advised) them after wearing them for three weeks usually without socks.  Normally, the shoe naturally wicks moisture away, yet was unable to handle the Coke Zero I dropped on them.  I believe the Lounger shoe looked neat with jeans and a summer t-shirt dress.  The shoe conforms to your foot shape, and did not cause any friction during flares.  They don’t come in many colors, but if you look online they have seasonal colors in addition to the gray and black regular choices.  A comfy choice at $95 a pair with no shipping fee.  The return policy is 30 days.

tieks by Gavrieli Ballet Flats

Similar to the allbirds Lounger, the tieks Ballet Flats conform/mold to your feet making them equally comfortable.  There are so many colors to choose from, I chose the Pacific Green, not really a good summer color, but great with jeans.  The flat has a split, non-skid, outer sole and a flexible midsole which allows the shoe to fold.  I was ecstatic for another pair of shoes that required no break in period that I wore for hours the first time out.  I attribute the comfort level to the soft leather and cushioned back.  I probably will not buy other flats after my experience with these.  They are neat and tidy looking and the only negative that I can think of is the price.  At $175, I thought they were on the high side but will reserve final judgement until their demise.  They may seem as if they are an extravagance, but when comfort is fleeting in most shoes, I had to give it a go and have no regrets.  Hopefully they will last beyond my formative years.   

Have a great week and I’ll continue to be on the lookout for comfort and joy!

February 20, 2018

Older Woman Learning A New Language!

Lately, it has become clearly apparent that I am acquiring a new language, at this late stage of my life!  At times I do peruse online sites and will marvel at the new verbiage that is being used, to describe clothing, behavior, and ways of living, with new monikers.  

Growing up I was clothed with the basic necessities that I assumed all of my peers were wearing, as well.  Another term for basic necessities I’ve learned is now called a “capsule wardrobe” or “minimalist clothing”.  There really is no significant difference when an individual wears clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions, so why change the moniker?  I always dressed in a minimalist fashion even as a  young girl. On one occasion, for my first high school dance, I was allowed to go to Jordan Marsh and pick out a spring jacket, being it was the end of March.  I returned home with my mother’s charge card and a red blazer similar to the one George Harrison wore on the cover of the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, it went over like a lead balloon!  She immediately put on her trench coat, now called a rain coat, and we left to find a more “suitable” item of clothing.  Little did I know on this day my mother taught me the basics of capsule/minimalist wardrobes.  She marched me through the Jordan Marsh main building towards the annex where on the bridge connecting the two buildings were many display cases containing a rainbow assortment of twin sets.  I immediately gravitated to the chartreuse twin set, the color of the liquor I now know as Midori. As we walked a little distance away, she strongly whispered; “Choose a color you’ll wear this spring into summer or get a color you can wear now and in the fall.”  I chose hunter green, being it was the color of March and would match my school uniform.  On the way home, my mother didn’t tell me to meditate, she mentioned I should think before I make purchases, and make wise decisions.  Who knew at this early age, I began to  utilize the practice of “self-talk” before making decisions.  Self-talk is a really popular thing to do these days, and I  agree with the positive motivational effects of self-talk, but I’m sticking with the compass I’ve used to navigate life thus far, plain old thinking and talking to myself. My inner voice and compass guide me and I have learned to trust them. 

Even though I am resistant to gratuitous change, I’ve absorbed and retained the changes that are necessary for me not to be perceived as an ossified fossil.  I no longer look in department stores for reasonably priced clothes, I now know they are in the contemporary department.  I no longer use the word slacks when referring to my pants or woman trousers, and no longer reach for a chapstick as a remedy to soothe my winter lips, I apply my lip treatment, what all the gals in the know use. For whatever the hip term is these days, it’s all about self-care and self-acceptance. Follow your inner voice. Follow your bliss. Have a great week!

 

November 21, 2017

It’s That Time Of The Year!

Since early October I have felt pressure to compose a gift guide in response to the intense advertising in magazines, on television, & other media outlets, sharing Christmas gift guides. Last year in early December I reacted to a gift guide I had read and responded to in my blog post A Jolly Thought!   This post addressed my disdain of suggestions of Christmas presents  specifically geared for individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  In retrospect, my blog post seemed to read as a polite rant ending with my suggestions of what any individual with or without Rheumatoid Arthritis would like.  Well, this holiday season is different.  I’ve come up with a holiday gift guide that consists of presents I have received and items I have purchased over the years that merit recognition.  This is my tried and true gift guide that I hope you enjoy!

My good friend Jackie is a tremendous gift giver!  She bestows presents on you that you would never think of buying or needing, but now would never want to live without!  The Henry and Friends™ gray cushion cover with Henry the Jack Russell Terrier proudly displayed, has found a home on my bed in both winter and summer.  

The monogrammed cotton, white with navy piping, J Crew Pajamas are an example of something I purchased for myself and think it would make a great present.  These pajamas are holding up beautifully after a multitude of washing and are comfortable and take up little space in a suitcase.  

 The two monogrammed Garnet Hill Signature Bath Sheets  are a Christmas present we received years ago that are still used a few times a week. Whenever I’m putting them into the washer I think about my niece Carla and how thoughtful the present was and how much we have used them.  Years have gone by and they are still plush and absorbent.  

The last item in the above picture is the coveted Fairmont Hotel bathrobe.  This full length, thick shawl collar, terry and velour bathrobe is a dream to own and wear.  This was last years present from my husband and hopefully he purchased it on the Fairmont Black Friday days.  This year all Fairmont Stores are 25% off everything from November 24-26th.  You could never do wrong with a cozy bathrobe!

The LL Bean Moonbeam Alarm Clock is the best alarm clock to wake up with.  The blinking light  before alarm sounds is a welcome change, as is the gentle sound of the alarm.  This retro looking alarm clock has a light up dial making it easy to read.  It has an electrical power source with a battery back up, as well as USB port.  What more could you ask for?

Lush Bath Bombs are my absolute favorites.  I love a good soak with one and particularly enjoy the soft water and the different scents of the bombs. The Luxury Lush Pud is a seasonal bath bomb that I enjoy with its lavender scent. The Reusable Bubble Bar Magic Wand turns your tube into a pink bubble bath with a candy scent that feels devine.   

Hope this gift guide is helpful, and your holiday shopping is as painless as mine!  Have a wonderful holiday week!

 

October 17, 2017

Box of Style Fall 2017

There is nothing better than answering a knock at the door and finding The Zoe Report Box of Style. This is a quarterly lifestyle and fashion subscription box I now eagerly await its arrival. The unadorned magnetic box opens to a mini mag and six individually wrapped items. Receiving this box is reminiscent to childhood Christmas mornings, opening presents you didn’t ask for, but immediately love. The fall box did not disappoint!

 

GiGi New York Rachel Convertible Clutch: Retail Value $195

A navy clutch that can be hand-held, used with the leather strap allowing it to be worn on the shoulder or cross body, and when fully opened, used as a 13” laptop sleeve. A smart everyday bag!

La Soula Two Diamond Rings: Retail Value $176

These are adjustable bands that are made of 14K Gold Plated Brass. The sizing is based on a size 6 ring and can be stacked or worn alone. Before being sent this box, I was given a choice of metal color preference. I chose the yellow and am not disappointed. As a non Rhode Island native, I was happy to now own these rings knowing they were created by Kimberly DeTomasis, born and raised in Providence, RI.

Odeme Gold Catchall Tray: Retail Value $45

A snazzy tray that can accommodate keys, cosmetics, or anything you like. What a surprise it was to see this tray, something very different from my conservative surroundings, it really stands out on my bureau and makes me smile. It is so not me, yet fits in beautifully.

Skinesque 3-Step Brightening + Charcoal Mask: Retail Value $35

There are five mask treatments in this box. Each treatment has three steps, cleansing, hydration, & a brightening charcoal mask. I was never a fan of paper masks, but I did notice a brightness to my complexion after the first use, and have a new-found affection for them.

NUDESTIX Pulse Gel Color Lip & Cheek Balm: Retail Value $24

Love, love, love this product that I had never heard of before. A perfect fall light figgy color( PULSE), perfect for autumn. In love with the mirrored container and sharpener enclosed. I’ve used this product daily since receiving my box, and am smitten with it.

Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream: Retail Value $52

Never used a Oribe product that I didn’t love! So thrilled to find this leave-in conditioner in my box, immediately used it on damp hair and later in the week on dry hair to control fly-aways. It works, all Oribe product I’ve tried work, but they are so expensive.

When trying new things in life you are never guaranteed they are going to work out, but when it does work out, my doesn’t it feel great!  I am so pleased I gave this subscription service a try, and haven’t been disappointed in the three boxes I’ve received.  This may be the beginning of a longterm relationship!  Have a great week!

 

 

September 26, 2017

Early Autumn Compilation!

 

The Definitive Sign!  Summer is over!

Thursday and Friday of last week I was off from work.  I definitely was not expecting good weather, but was pleasantly surprised on Thursday by the mild, but overcast sky!  We did have to contend with the hurricanes that have graced us with their presence, but certainly not as devastating as many other states.  It is difficult to be grateful for dodging a bullet, when so many others are in crisis!   Yet, even with the unpredictable weather at hand, the beauty of Narragansett Bay is breathtaking.  I wanted pictures of the waves and came back with pics of theses guys!

Awakening on Friday morning, I felt and heard the heat running, the first day of autumn had arrived!  It was certainly a sweatshirt and fleece pant kind of day.  Earlier in the week I had picked up new sweats and paraded around with them all day!  So as I sit and critique the August and September Birchbox products worth mentioning, I must admit these two boxes were heads above what I’ve been sent previously, in the last six 6 boxes.  

August Faves!

amika  Bombshell Blowout Spray

The blowout spray is a heat-protective mist that boosts the hair’s volume and body.  Loved it, left my hair silky and shiny without drying my hair out.

GLAMGLOW® THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment

Hydrated my skin, what I liked best about this product was ease of use.  You apply to your clean face, leave on for 10-20 minutes, whip off, and either wash off or massage residual product into your skin.  Ingredient list is impressive, hyaluronic acid, raw honey, and ginger root.

September Faves!

Davines  MINU Shampoo, MINU Conditioner, & MINU Hair Serum

There is nothing negative to be said about these products.  It does the job, and it does it beautifully.  I’ll probably will not purchase these products, only because the price is steep, even though it may be worth it!  

Finally, I think I’ve enjoyed today’s writing experience even more than I usually do, probably because of my comfy clothes that kept me warm today!  I have shut the heat off and am ready to embrace the new season. Have a great week!  

Jeff’s Apple Pan Dowdy

What food plan is this on?