Happy New Year Ladies!
2015 was “The Big Year” for me. In April I turned 40, in May we got our yellow Labrador retriever Luke, in July we celebrated our 20th year wedding anniversary, in September we had a whirlwind of a vacation in Las Vegas, in October I struggled with a pulled muscle & excruciating sciatica pain, and in November I had an MRI that showed the “muscle pain” was actually a fracture in my hip. I was given a choice right before Thanksgiving to let it heal naturally for 3 to 6 months by not putting any weight on my one leg or to have surgery and be walking that same day. Being completely blindsided by this diagnosis as I did not have a fall or incident to cause the break, I was numb. I could not even make a decision and I knew just “having surgery and be walking” was easier to say than the actual act. So with that, I have been officially off of my right leg ever since. An MRI in a few weeks will show how much I have progressed with healing and we will go from there. I keep using the word “we” because it seems like every moment is filled with decisions that effect both me and my husband in one way or another.
To be perfectly honest, these past few months have been extremely difficult for me and depression has been rearing its ugly head. The holidays did not seem quite as jolly as I had wanted, but having my loving hubby and Luke by my side, they have made it so enjoyable under the circumstances. No tree, no decorations, no parties, no baking, no gift wrapping. Everything that I love about Christmas was passing me by. Last Christmas was pretty much the same, but instead of a physical injury, it was a mental one. My dog of 13 years had just passed away so the thought of celebrating was too much for my husband and I. You better bet that Christmas 2016 is going to be epic! The Griswald decorations are going to have nothing on me! I did however have a fabulous time on Christmas surrounded by family who is so very gracious and kept me laughing at almost every opportunity.
Now I am ready for this new year. 2016. I have so much to be thankful for and I am continually blessed by God.
To celebrate the new year I thought I would commemorate it by showing my new blush tulle skirt that I got from Charlotte Russe Plus. This is my very first purchase from them and I wanted to share my experience with you. This entire look has a bit of a back story. A few months back I saw the below image in an Anthropologie catalog and I was smitten.
The ethereal tulle and the relaxed, yet edgy faux leather spoke to the inner forest nymph that resides within me. When I saw the tulle full midi skirt on the Charlotte Russe website, I thought perhaps I could recreate the look. Although the skirt does not have the small flowers cascading all over, I still was hopeful that it would have the same effect.
I was not disappointed.
My husband was laughing at me lovingly as he took these pictures of me as I hopped on my left foot with my walker through the terrain to then prop myself up onto the fence saying “you sure are determined.” And I am! I am determined to not mope around (even thought I do sit 99% of every day). All of my outfit posts since my diagnosis have been me balancing on one foot while having some sort of wall or fence to hold onto. At first, I thought I would take a break from blogging, but the planning process and the act of getting ready every day has helped me tremendously. I may not be able to keep up the 3 times a week schedule I usually have, but I will still be updating frequently.
I got this faux leather jacket and ivory crochet top on Poshmark to complete the look. Heeled booties were calling my name to pair with this look, but practicality had me select my lace up flats which takes this look to full on ballerina status. I even got compliments on this outfit while we were out and about as I was sitting in a wheelchair, so that has to say something for it. Either that or it was the absolute cheery disposition I had all day.
As far as the skirt itself, I am wearing a size 3X and it fits perfectly. The stretch waistband is exactly what I wanted and I styled it high waisted with my top bloused a bit. For the price I paid (I got it during cyber Monday deals), this is the quality I expected. The tulle is soft, but for some reason it refuses to lay totally flat. Perhaps after I wash it, it will cooperate a little better. I like the amount of layers it has too because some I have seen have been way too chinsy looking and some are so full I cannot see myself wearing them.
I wish all of you a Happy New Year! Thank you all so very much for following me and reading my blog. I so enjoy connecting with you.
- Plus Size Tulle Full Midi Skirt in Blush: Charlotte Russe Plus
- Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21+ via Poshmark (similar)
- Crochet Top: Chico’s via Poshmark (similar)
- Lace Up Flats: Old Navy (similar)
- Snake Print Clutch: JCPenney (similar)
Today’s Postivity Note
Interrupt anxiety with gratitude.