As you know by now, patterns are everywhere and plaid is a big part of that. In fact, you might notice that it is one of the main patterns you'll see this Fall and Winter.
Here's an opportunity to use all of those Pantone colors. Mix, match, contrast.
Accessories are garnering more interest this season because of plaid. Plaid is traditional, but you can certainly see that there is a 2018 flair to this season's wears.
During Fashion Week, designers showed their creativity with this trend and used many different color and design combinations that can only be described using pictures. Not only were there plaids, but plaids mixed with other patterns. Yes, patterns mixed with patterns. So, you can pretty much wear whatever you want. Permission to get creative, granted.
I am obsessed with these designs by Jodi Pedri. So fun! Check out her other designs by clicking on any of these two pictures.
I have lost another couple of pounds. It's lower than I have been in years and it's propelling me to continue. It's a lot easier to continue with the intermittent fasting and strict diet when I'm seeing and feeling results.
Of course, like I mentioned, I have halted the use of the drops for the time being. That does not seem to be effecting my weight loss in a negative way.
I continue to do my walking when the air is clear enough (which has not been the case much lately). As you all know, I continue to religiously do daily yoga. As someone with a chronic illness, this has been the best medicine of all (other than laughter).
My Journey To Self Love:
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Our first movie was Zoro and we enjoyed it a lot. It was kind of nerve racking though because I felt our chemistry. You know how it goes...'is he going to hold my hand'?
We enjoyed time out playing miniature golf and got to see each others' fun side. Things started to get lighter and more and more fun. We really enjoyed each other's company.
He would spend time at my parents' home with me (my son and I were still living there), going through the night routine with me and my son and then spending time watching movies together. It was surprising how much he wanted to spend that time with BOTH of us.
Always a gentleman, this man was so considerate of my needs as a mom. He was also so considerate of my needs as a woman, as a person. He treated me like I was on a pedestal.
This guy's name is Steve.
Steve invited me to his mom's home (where he was living) to a bbq. He would introduce me to his siblings who all lived near his mother's home.
Talk about being impressed. All of the family behaved like he did. Respectful. Honest. Polite. Speaking kind words. Not complaining. Spiritual. Organized. Clean. Modest dressing. Conservative views. Good humor.
Steve's mom was so inviting. She made me feel at home.
I know it must have been hard for Steve's mom to be so inviting, knowing how her son felt about me. I say that because it wasn't long before that her husband had passed away from cancer, and Steve had been taking care of her ever since. He was definitely an impressive rock for her to lean on.
During this time, while I knew in my heart and my mind that he was the one, I was still watching and observing, evaluating, taking stock. Why? I was still on guard. My guard was still up. I wanted to be certain that I was making the right decision, and at the same time, I wondered if he was feeling what I was feeling.
There was also the aspect of already being a mother and the fact that this relationship also affected my child. I was extremely protective and needed to be sure that this man would be a good father for my son.
So many feelings. So much responsibility. So many internal voices still telling me that I wasn't worthy of this relationship, of this outstanding person I was with. Was I good enough? I had been through so much. My life was not a straight path like it seemed his was.
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Almond Bluff and Quiet Gray are super neutrals. They go with everything.
The first thing that I saw in my mind's eye when I saw Almond Bluff was 'trench coat'. The traditional trench coat.
The next thing that I thought of is the 'nude' color shoe. This is a standard in fashion and something that every girl should own.
There are so many other items that are in the 'staple' category that are this color. For sure, Almond Bluff is a Pantone staple for this Fall and every Fall.
Quiet Gray is sophisticated, neutral and clean. It's cool and goes with all things Fall and into Winter. It looks especially great in athletic wear. Other things that came to mind are the pleated skirt and the boxy blazer. It's great in purses as well.
It's a lot like silver, mixed with white. Isn't it beautiful?
My Keto Journey:
In working on my diet to improve my health, I have had a hiccup. I've been super sick with migraines because of a laps in Botox for Migraine (due to a mistake from my doctor's office). I have gotten the shots now, but have been super sick. They take up to 3 weeks to work.
So, now I have another shot that is new. It's one you give yourself. It's once a month and you give it to yourself. It's called Aimovig. It was delivered today in a cooler. Then, a second delivery happened that was a bio thing for the shot after I give it to myself. It's huge. It's crazy. This new medication may eventually take care of the migraines. However, for now, because I still get headaches every single day, this is my best bet to take care of that issue.
Yes, I am still doing Keto. I am also taking supplements for wellness. I'm working hard to be well and to live to 150 years old if I can. Can you imagine all of the amazing things you would see in that long of a lifetime?
My Journey To Self Love:
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It's crazy...the dating world. AND frightening.
I was active once again in my church. Yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They don't want us to abbreviate these days. I am sure you have heard.
Anyway, there was this one guy in my church that asked me out. He was nice but very depressive. He obviously had deep depression issues. I don't remember much about him, but he was nice. He eventually would commit suicide. Very sad. He was a super nice guy.
I was still attracting the wrong type, however. Therefore, I had to work harder on myself.
I had intense anxiety and that would be hard to handle. Anything that came at me, be it callings (volunteer work) at church, new situations, etc., was so hard to deal with.
Turning to exercise was something I had done long ago. However, I decided to up the amount by A LOT. I was doing kick boxing, taking my son on a walk, and more. I got very buff. I was tiny. I was very muscular. I was strong. It changed not only my body, but it changed my mind.
Needing to change my mind...the way the hormones worked, the way everything worked, was very necessary. In conjunction with the medication, I was really feeling so much better. My mind was becoming less cloudy.
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Meerkat? Yes, Meerkat. That is basically a 70's brown. Pulling up items online that are supposed to be Meerkat color, there are some definite variations. Some of the items seem to have more gray than yellow in their Meerkat color. However, looking at the Pantone swatch, the color should actually have more yellow than gray.
Below, you can review the complete group of Pantone favorites for Fashion week. There are a good enough variety that can pair nicely without clashing and that will make for interesting pieces and combinations. In the next post, we will be going over patterns that are hot for Fall/Winter.
With my headaches being so bad, I am stopping the drops for now to be sure that they are not contributing. Once my Botox starts to become effective, I may resume the drops. TBD.
The Nanoceutical Nano Glutathione is something that I am not stopping for now.
For both the Keto diet and the Nano Glutathione, there are very amazing anti-aging benefits. A lot of those benefits come with memory retention and retrieval. Of course, I plan on using things that will give me the best shot possible of living with a great experience, clear until 150 (if I am so blessed).
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