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Another terribly foggy day in the Nation's Capital. Heading north on 295 traffic was stop and go – not because of any issues – just people rubbernecking at fog. I then treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks after my ridiculous commute.

Picture 011Picture 016Black cotton wrap shirt from Ann Taylor, dark denim pencil skirt from Newport News (that I will be writing about at Wardrobe Oxygen later today because as all Newport News stuff – it is CRAP), leopard peeptoe heels from BCBGirls, gold bangles from Ralph Lauren, gold necklace from a beach boutique.

Hair is second day. Brushed it out with my Body Shop wood-bristled brush, then hit the right side with a curling iron (was a bit flat and the left side looked awesome), then a bit more Jonathan Silky Dirt to the bangs and twirled around locks.

Makeup is L'Oreal True Match concealer in W405, philosophy's The Supernatural in Beige, Cargo Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis – ivory in inner corners, khaki on lids. Lahses curled, two coats of DiorShow in black and on lips is Revlon ColorStay Lipcolor in Rich Raisin.

Picture 025I know a few of you long-time readers remember my skin allergy in January – thinking it was due to mold and mildew but found out I was actually allergic to blue cheese. Well I have stayed blue cheese-free ever since with no issues, but in the past week or two my hands – just the palms and not the top have been extremely itchy to the point of waking me at night. Cortisone, Benadryl and regular moisturizers do not help.

As you can see from the picture, the hand is a bit swollen and red in places (swollen and itchy enough that I can no longer wear my wedding set) but not anything supern out of the ordinary. The top of my hands are normal – hydrated and happy. The skin doesn't lok or feel dry, just so itchy, almost like after a sunburn. Doing some internet searching, it seems it too could be an allergic reaction, or something bigger like hypothyroidism. I'm guessing it's an allergic reaction, but not sure what as that there haven't been any changes really in my handwash or body care products and my diet really hasn't changed either. I know if I go to the doctor they will tell me to go to fragrance-free everything to guess what it may be. I figure I'll start on my own – first switching out my beloved Body Shop Coconut Hand Wash since it seems to only be my hands. If I end up allergic to coconut, I will just cry. Blue cheese AND coconut? What next, red wine, sushi and cheese?

And I apologize for any typos – I used to post in Firefox which has a built-in spellcheck. With my new laptop, something is on it where Firefox won't store cookies but IE will (the company pushes us to stick to IE) so I'm back to spellcheck/theme/add-on free IE. ๐Ÿ™

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  1. I found your blog via “Style for SAHMs” and I am really glad that I did! Awesome blog, thanks for all the info and really, you are stunning!

  2. Allie:

    You might want to also look at anything and everything that you *touch* regularly– you might be allergic to something not obvious in your routine, or something that has changed that you’re not aware of (coworkers, maybe?).

    I have a ton of environmental allergies as well, and had an allergic reaction to the moisturiser a coworker– with whom I shared a keyboard– was using at the time.

  3. Sorry about your allergic reaction… but what I mostly want to say is YOWZAHS… your figure looks so FIERCE in this outfit!

  4. Cute outfit! I always thought I was too voluptuous to wear a pencil skirt but you and I seem to have a similar body shape and it looks great on you, so I’m going to give it a try.

  5. You never know, yours may have a different zipper. Retailers get clothing made at various countries – I remember when i worked for Express I would only buy their tees made in the Northern Mariana Islands because they didn’t shrink. I have seen similar with Gap too.

    And Tali, that’s interesting! I’ll make an appot with the doc. I do know the blue cheese was due to the mold as that I am allergic to mold/dust/mildew and such. My hand feels better now that I am at work – more like blisters but less itchy. Seriously thinking it is something at home and most likely handwash… grrr.

  6. ARRGH! I ordered that skirt because it looked so cute on you, and I got the shipment notification right before I checked your blog. I knew it was too good to be true. Oh well–maybe I can jimmy it up–my grandmom just sent me a new sewing kit!

    If it’s any consolation, you look fabu in the picture.

  7. You may wish to investigate a wheat-free diet. Blue cheese contains wheat (usually) and people who have issues with it are often the same people with wheat allergies or even as far as gluten intolerance.

  8. Cute skirt, sorry to hear it stretched out so much. Would love to find a high quality denim pencil skirt.
    Why is it always the good stuff, like wine, cheese and cocount, we have to give up? Isn’t the wives tale that if your palms itch you will be getting some money. A lot of itch—a lot of money. Hope you feel better soon.

  9. Glad bypassed that particular skirt – to long for me.
    I had a virus in Aug/Sept that caused me to itch terribly on my hands and feet – it lasted a month – so irritating – no rash – I thought I was going insane, but others around here had it too.

  10. I love firefox tons! I’ve gotten so used to having spellcheck on my computer at home, and then going to school to use their IE without spellcheck is just horrible!! =[

    good luck figuring out the allergies!

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