So I have been cheating. I haven’t posted in two days, and I haven’t taken pictures. I can provide dozens of excuses – I woke up late, my camera is broken, yadda. But really I haven’t posted because I haven’t looked too good.
Yesterday I wore my Curvy boot cut jeans from Gap, my black cashmere crewneck from Isaac Mizrahi for Target, and a gray ribbed tank from old Navy underneath. Old New Balance sneakers. Hair was clean, blown straight using Samy Mucho Volume and Sexy Straight Hair’s Shine On! Makeup was L’Oreal True Match foundation in C3, some Body Shop bronzer in Light, L’Oreal Full Definition Voluminous mascara in Black on curled lashes and my brows colored in. Nothing exciting. I didn’t sleep well the night before, my heat isn’t working terribly well in my home, I am feeling a bit under the weather.
Today it’s even more glamorous and fashionable. The Curvy jeans are replaced by a pair of Express boot cut jeans that I got from my friend (we both lost weight so I fit into her old jeans) that are lighter than I find fashionable or flattering, and are so short they can only be worn with sneaks or flats. The gray tank replaced by a white J. Crew one. The cashmere crewneck replaced by a 1960’s sweater originally belonging to my father that is navy and berry marled yarn, wide rib with a turtleneck. Hair is on it’s second day, makeup is the same except some Neosporin LT on the lips.
Today’s excuse? My body had waged a full-on war against me. This has been going on since my cruise. I have been coughing, wheezing and being full of icky snotty stuff. I know one reason is because I am allergic to pets and well, I have a large dog who sheds like crazy (so bad, my work desk chair is covered with his fur!). Usually I can handle pets if I have regular contact with them – grow a tolerance and just sneeze a bit more when it’s winter or fall. Well since my cruise I am vacuuming every other day, I have washed my bedding and his every couple of days, wet-dusting flat surfaces nightly, and taking my Claritin every morning with my oatmeal. I have upped my Vitamin C intake. The dog does not sleep with me, I have hardwood floors and I have brushed him when possible. Even so, my allergies seem to be getting worse. Yesterday I started itching at work. I got home and took off my top and saw red welts below my breasts and a few on my neck. I gently washed the areas for fear that something on the skin was causing the irritation. Moisturized after with a cream for sensitive skin. By time I went to bed, the welts were all over my torso and on my forearms. When I woke they had crept up to my chin and on my temples. I sit at work in the only item in my closet that is not washed in the detergent of my bedding and air dried and not synthetic or wool, wanting to peel my skin from my bones. No hairspray, no perfume, no fun beauty products. I am away from the dog so I can breathe easy, but my skin is fighting against me.
In all my years of allergy shots, pills, herbs and preventative action, I have never had a skin reaction to my allergies. I have survived with humidifiers, hardwood floors and even a screen door on my bedroom growing up to offer ventilation with pet-proofing. On my way home from work I plan on picking up a new humidifier, Eucarin Calming Cream, face masks, rubber gloves, and some products to make the house more energy-efficient (I don’t think the cold is helping the situation). Once my skin has calmed down, I will post again. But for now, I am a sneezy itchy mess who is just covering her body enough to be functional at work and hoping to be healthy and back to normal before the hubby comes home on Saturday night.