It was another (surprisingly) busy week, hence the day-late post.
The Thursday evening event at J.Crew was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed meeting those of you who stopped by. Thank you for coming! I posted the image above on Instagram from the event, and received a lot of questions about the necklaces. The crystal necklace is HERE (also available in other colors too) and the faux-pearl necklace is HERE. I really love both of these necklaces. They’re the kind of thing you can throw on (either separately or together) to glam up a casual look, or wear with dressier clothing for the holidays. (Both gifted.) The lip color is NARS “Red Square.” The sweater is the longer collarless style.
There was (really good!) wine and cheese, and they’d also brought in a young woman who does on-the-spot freehand custom embroidery. She has some really fun designs and her website is HERE. She had a little time toward the end of the event, and was able to embroider my t-shirt.
J.Crew is having a Friends & Family sale, 30% off with code FRIENDS. If you’re part of their Rewards program, it’s 35% off with code FAMILY. Both necklaces are included along with many other items. While I was in the store, a few pieces caught my eye. (All of these included in the F&F promotion.)
This satin peplum top is a perfect holiday party piece, but can also work in a casual outfit. The fabric is substantial but silky and drapes nicely. This dark green is lovely, but there are other colors as well in Misses, Petites and Tall sizes. I have this on order in the Ivory in Petites and will report back.
This faux-shearling toggle coat is really cute and super soft. It’s offered up to size XXL. It’s a lighter weight coat, so nice for milder winters or transitional seasons.
Not your run-of-the-mill quilted jacket…this one’s reversible with a Liberty print floral pattern on one side. It’s another lighter-weight coat, and according to reviewers runs slightly large. The print is really pretty in person!
Health & Wellbeing
Early November tends to be when I schedule my annual doctors’ appointments; I like to get them out of the way before the holidays are in full swing. Back in 2006 I had my thyroid removed due to early stage thyroid cancer, so have been on replacement thyroid hormone since. I hadn’t been to an endocrinologist in years, and my primary care physician was adamant that I have a consult to check that my dosage was still correct.
I really liked the new (to me) endocrinologist. She was very personable and thorough. I begged her not to lower my Synthroid dosage, as I already have a slow metabolism and keeping my weight down is a struggle. She said at this point in my life osteoporosis is a greater concern than a few extra pounds. (Too-high thyroid replacement dosages are associated with bone loss.) But she did understand my concern, and said we’d try to find a good balance.
I also had a follow-up with the oral surgeon who pulled my tooth in August. Good news: he says there’s enough bone re-growth that we can proceed with my implant, so I’m scheduled for Part 1 of that next week.
And yes, I’m still doing Pilates. I’ve finally begun to feel (more than see) results! During the last session, I found I was able to easily do one of the moves that I couldn’t do at all for the first several weeks. I feel a bit stronger and that my balance is better. And, I’m no longer wiped out after each session. (Feeling like I’ve had a serious workout, yes. Sore the next day, yes.) The instructor is really good; she varies the routine each time so it’s never boring. The hour just zooms by.
November Sales Worth A Peek…
Ann Taylor: 40% off purchase with code FRIENDS40
Banana Republic: 40% off purchase
Chico’s: 25% off purchase with code 29332
J.Crew: Friends & Family, 30% off selected items with code FRIENDS.
Lands’ End: 50% off full-price outerwear, 40% off other full-price styles. Code STORM, pin 7424.
L.L. Bean: 25% off order with code FALL25
Talbots: extra 30% off all markdowns
What keeps you motivated to stick with an exercise program?