A Casual Look For A Rainy July Day

Hey Crohnies! 

I’m officially back on the blogging horse again so I thought it’s about time for a look that’s pretty great for those typical British Summer days when it is actually quite chilly and overcast. I’m not one for bright colours and normally stick to a very earthy palate of colours when I very occasionally get out of black so this is me branching out a bit and trying to be a bit more colourful when really I’m just pretty gothic in how I dress usually! 

So here’s the look…

  Damn the lighting/unmade bed in this picture but this is the only full body picture I have of this look. I’ll need to update with a better one next time I have the outfit on! 

  My outfit starts with a wide rimmed hat which I got from Missguided last summer for I think £12, ive hardly wore the hat but it helps stop my wee scalp from burning in the sun. One thing I’ve never quite recovered from since my days on Azathioprine are that I burn ridiculously easy and have to take every precaution even when it looks overcast.

My make up is from my previous blog post Every Day Make Up To Hide My Paleness and I ordered my hair extensions from Amazon, they’re shade 1b natural black (£75 for 3 packs which gives me a very thick head of long curls).

I use the choker necklace (£5 New Look) to hide any slight blending imperfections from my make up and to make the jump from make up skin to non make up skin less noticeable.

  

  For my top Im wearing a baggy Cami in Khaki (£12 New Look) to hide my bloated belly from having a blockage the last few days behind my stoma… When will I ever learn to chew my food properly? And also to hide if my bag decides to fill up quickly so I don’t look like I have a half swollen tummy! My shirt is from Topshop (£35) and I have had it FOREVER. It’s the only item of clothing I’ve wore through losing and gaining weight and trust me it’s been washed more than anything else and it still looks brand new about 7 years since I got it as a present (thank you to my brother and sissy in law for that!). 
  My jeans are extremely high waisted which I love covers my bag and makes me feel more secure when I’m moving about as it isnt dangling in the wind (one thing you’ll notice about me is all my jeans/skirts/shorts are always high waisted since surgery. I love the support and comfort of being held in slightly and they also make people totally unaware of Geoffrey my stoma!). The jeans are from Asos (£35) and they fit perfectly on my 5’8 body. They’re also pretty stretchy so they move with my bag and they hide all my scars/stretch marks and only show off my knees which are pretty scar free and the knee slits are SO on trend this year. 

Finally my boots are from Forever21 (£25) in the sale last summer. Never had more supportive boots for my weak ankles than the army boot style, I haven’t twisted my ankle in them yet and they are so sturdy I think I’ll just love them more and more the more beat up they get. There’s nothing more comfortable than a pair of army boots that are molded to your feet! 

Hope you like this look, it’s my favourite outfit I’ve had in a while! 

Keep your eyes peeled for my wedding guest prep later today. I’ll be prepping my bag to bring my supplies for my stoma and on Friday I have a really great blog post on what to wear to a wedding that is very high fashion and hides a multitude of sins while being very classy and slightly sexy!

Jen x

Everyday Make Up To Hide My Paleness

As you all know I’m ridiculously pale, especially with being constantly anaemic! I’m also really struggling to sleep these days, it’s been an issue since my first surgery to get my ileostomy but I, like most of you who are unwell too, we don’t like to show it!  Here’s my typical day to day make up tutorial that takes literally 5/10 minutes yet makes me look a LOT more healthy.

 Here I am with my base coat of foundation which is the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour in 001 Ivory (£7.99 Boots/Superdrug). I use 3 squirts on the side of my hand and use a foundation brush to apply all over my face and blend into my neck.

  Next I cover all of the still tacky foundation with the Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent (£2.99 Superdrug) I don’t use the powder puff that comes with the powder however, I use a medium sized powder brush to apply this.
  Next I use this Elizabeth Arden palette blush on the apples of my cheeks to get a slight bit of colour. I like the shimmer on this deep pink hue, it really matches a pale skin tone like mine! (Im not sure of the price of this item as it was part of an Elizabeth Arden Gift set that was available on the Elizabeth Arden website around Christmas time). I applied this lightly with a blusher brush.

  Next I used the darkest brown in this In The Buff Nude Palette (£5 Watt Brothers) to fill in my eyebrows so they can now match my hair a bit better! I use an angled eyeshadow brush to apply this as I feel like it makes it less likely to go outside the lines. 
  Next I lined my lips with the Mac Lip Liner in Spice (£12.50 Mac Cosmetics) and Mac Lipstick in Honeylove (£15.50 Mac Cosmetics) – I love a subtle nude lip, it’s such a contrast to my normal bright red lips! 
  Lastly I apply 2 coats of this Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing Mascara (£22 Elizabeth Arden) and I’m good to go! 
  And here you go! Once I clipped in my extensions, shoved on a shirt and hat I’m good to go… Not that I’m actually going anywhere haha! 

Enjoy!

Jen x

A Little (2 Month) Break

Hey Crohnies,

Sorry I’ve not been around much recently to blog. To be honest, most days I’ve hardly got out my pjs so I’ve not really been looking my best or even wearing anything remotely interesting to blog about. I’ve been struggling with depression a lot the last year or so, not to an extreme extent, just enough to make me withdrawn and not really care about what I’m doing so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my room watching South Park… Not exactly being pro active with my recovery.

Another 2 blips are myself and my brothers health, I need more surgery which I’m still not well enough for and my brother is now on his second round of chemo so things are pretty stressful here on top of having already been feeling down. 

I’m now determined that I will be getting myself out of this hole and making positive changes in my life (like starting uni in September, yaaaay) and getting myself fit for this surgery as soon as possible which means not only trying to be more mobile and doing some gentle exercise but also being more mindfully positive too. 
I’ll be back to trying to blog at least every other day, If not feel free to tell me to get out my bed and get busy! 

Jen x

  

How To Contour To Look Less Ill

Hey Crohnies!

Sorry for not posting in a while but I’ve had a lot going on, had to have some staples removed from my stoma (don’t even ask how they got there, we don’t know!) and now dealing with my first flare up since my ileostomy surgery.

As you can tell I’m not exactly looking top notch these days, here’s a look of me without any make up, I look really pale and feel and look rather crappy!  

 

As you can see in the picture I’m using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (£5-8 depending on where you buy it) as a base for the contouring.

Here is a list of the make up I used in this look. 

  

I used a foundation brush to cover all over my face and blend into my neck to avoid any lines.

Next I got out my Smashbox Contouring Kit (£35 from boots) and includes a very handy little contouring brush. 

 

Firstly I highlighted the brow bone, above the cheeks, under the eyes (hides bags), bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow. 

Then used the contouring colour (darkest colour) to contour the hollows of the cheeks, jawline, sides of the nose and chin as you can see in the next pictures

 

  

 

I then blended it all together to be less dramatic. Remember to blend outwards. Throw in all the rest of my make up, I used a dark drown eyeshadow to darken my brows to match my hair, used th In The Nude Eyeshadow Palate (£4 Watt Brothers) to cover my whole eye in the lightest shade, used the medium brown to cover the bottom half of the lid, darkest brown to blend it all together and the black to find like the top lid. I used a black mascara very similar to the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Infinite mascara but I got it in a set at Christmas and I LOVE it!  (Estée Lauder £21)  

  

There you go, here’s my contouring make up look, I feel more like myself when I have my make up on, plus the full coverage of the makeup means it hides my med induced spots which have popped up recently and hides scars (like above my left eyebrow) pretty well. 

Hope you like them and have a lovely weekend :) 

Jen x

Your Go To Favourite Outfit! 

Hey Crohnies!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and you’re chilling out before a new one begins.

This week has been pretty trying for me since I’m really starting to notice loss of income due to being on sick leave and getting only enough money to cover my bills every month, never mind have a social life or have the joy of spending money on new clothes and to fund my being off I’ve had to spend basically all my savings and had to get creative while going to see friends this week.

You know that one outfit you’ve had forever? The one that makes you look good even when you feel like poop (basically me every time I go out right now) and you get compliments on? I’ve basically wore mine more than anything else I’ve ever owned apart from my pjs that I feel I’m never out of. 

This is mine: 

A one shouldered lacy crop top with black bandeau underneath. The top part of my tummy and the top half of my torso is something I’m quite comfortable with showing as it not only is the only place I have no scars, it means I get the chance to show off my tattoo which says “she flys with her own wings” in Latin and is a good conversation starter when people notice it.

Secondly the skirt is a silver/black patterned skater skirt which is the style I absolutely LOVE right now. Seriously, if you have a colostomy/ileostomy/urostomy I can’t recommend these highly enough! They have a fitted waist band shows off your figure and gives a tiny waist, then the flaring of the bottom hides even a pretty full bag successfully! 

As I currently have pretty bad anaemia/I live in a very rainy Scotland I am the colour of a ghost and swear by 100 denier tights. They’re not only warm but give really good support for my bag and as the whole bottom half of my body is covered I feel comfortable since its hiding my scars/stretch marks and my baggie!

Here are some action shots:

   

  

Hope you have a fab monday! 

Jen x 

I Feel Like a Mermaid! 

Hey Crohnies!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, I’ve been dealing with a few minor blockages, trying to get into my physio for my back and having a mini celebration about my brother being cleared for surgery on his oesophageal cancer (seriously needs a pic of him here, I’m so proud of him!)  

  

Anyway enough bragging, I thought I’d tell you all about my other new change this week that has me feeling more than a little majestic like a mermaid! I have discovered synthetic one piece extensions (used for cosplay mostly) and have realised that with a lot of tlc these very cheap hair extensions can have you feeling like a mermaid for as little as £20 for a full head (including delivery!).

Now I have VERY thick hair since roughly 3 years ago my hair all fell out due to methotrexate treatment and I was left virtually bald. During that time I discovered the fabulous cosplay wigs such as this beaut from Amazon.co.uk, the MelodySusie® HOT Fashion Glamour Natural Fluffy Long Full Dark Brown Wig Hair Curl Wigs + MelodySusie® Wig Cap + MelodySusie® Wig Comb (£14.99) was my wig of choice and it not only gave me the confidence to leave my house, I also got the long hair I was dying to get! 

  Here’s the little beaut in action back when I had hardly any hair underneath, can hardly tell its a wig, right?

Well since then my hair grew awkwardly and very slowly until I was left with a little ginger bob like this! 

 (Blatant boyfriend selfie, not even gonna attempt to deny he is a total babe!) 

But as usual I felt once again I needed another change and with a seriously failed attempt at dying my hair lilac (NEVER DO THIS WITH HOME BLEACH!!!) I had to dye my hair black to give it a bit of a rest from the harsh chemicals and to stop it being quite so dark I bought 2 sets of Black/Burgundy Ombre Clip in Extensions and thickened the ends up with 2 of the Black One Piece Hair Extensions and viola! One changed (gothic looking) Jen! 😊

Hope this was useful for some of you as having all these options to make yourself look exactly how you like are fantastic, I’ve had a really hard couple of months with fatigue and weakness due to the surgery/sepsis and I finally feel more like my old self! 

Speak soon! 

Jen x 

My Kopy of a Kourtney Kardashian Look! 

Hey Crohnies!

As you all know I’ve been posting a lot about my little cousins christening. The day’s now been and gone and I have to say it was a fantastic day for everyone! 

I didn’t get to the shops to buy a new outfit so I brought out an old favourite I spoke about before in the High Waisted Heaven blog post which details where to buy the outfit.

So without further adieu this is my look that I wore yesterday. 

   

     

Have a lovely Sunday… I’m off to YouTube cute animals for the rest of the day! 

Jen x

Too Many Options! 

Hey Crohnies! 

My plan this week was to go shopping for an outfit to wear to my little cousins christening… Should have known, as always, Crohn’s had other ideas! I’m now floored with the cold and can’t stop shivering so I’ve had to raid my wardrobe for some pretty outfits I already have, my only issue now, I can’t decide!

So, here are some of my options…

Option 1

 

My version of Kourtney Kardashians gorgeous leather skirt and shirt combo. My change would be a burgundy shirt and scrapping the rights for some strappy black heeled sandles.

Option 2

   

        My split level dress I wore to the Herald Scottish Business Awards in 2013, only had one outing but wearing it with contrasting purple heels and a real clutch would bring it right up to date.

Option 3

   A cream cami and black skort with black strappy heeled sandles. My only issue with this is that it’s a bit too casual for a christening party, more suited to a night out in a club. Due to them both being slightly loose fitting the bag is hidden even when it’s slightly full. I’d team with tights if you were wanting to hide any scars/burns/stretch marks on your legs too. Also HEY KATHLEEN! Haha! 

Option 4

The Front Runner

   My personal favourtie is my peach flapper dress with taupe detailing. I would wear some rather big Bridget Jones pants (Spanx!) to keep Geoffrey the Stoma under control. I love this outfit with some heels heels and a clutch with a matching wrap/pashmina and you’re good to go! 

What one do you think I should decide on?

Jen x

An Outfit for a Special Day

Hey Crohnies! 

I’m having a slight freak out.

Next Saturday my baby cousin Sophia Lilly will be getting christened and I hate to admit it but I’m really nervous about the whole clothing situation. This will be my first formal event since surgery and normally to something church based I’d tend to wear more light colours and girly clothes but since getting Geoffrey (my stoma) I’m not confident at all in light colours in case of a leak and I’d like to surprise my family who lovingly refer to me as the vampire bat in the bellfry due to my love of the whole grunge/gothic look by wearing something that is girly for once. 

Keep an eye out for my trip shopping this week where I’ll show you all the options and what I finally decide on! 

Jen :) x

Braving a Bikini With a Stoma!

Hey Crohnies! 

Im almost 4 months in from my surgery to get my Ileostomy now and after seeing so many amazingly inspirational people getting their bellys out I have been totally inspired. 



Bethany Townsend was the lady who started it all for me, she is absolutely stunning and was the first person I ever saw wear a bikini at the same time as having an ileostomy!

Her black bikini is timeless and the cut out in the middle of the top gives it an edgy feel. I think she looks so fierce you don’t even notice her bag!



Not only absolutely stunning but a total inspiration! 

…. Taking a leaf out of Bethany’s book myself and a few of my friends from #getyourbellyout have decided to do the same! 



Me in my first bikini since surgery! 



Here’s Molly Ní Cearùil rocking a gorgeous high waisted bikini on holiday! 



Here’s Peter Ramsay flying the British flag! 



Here’s the gorgeous AJ Mooney getting her belly out on holiday! 



Here’s Sahara Fleetwood-Bradford with a figure to die for! 



And the stunning Corrine Vanessa Burns getting her belly out in a lovely pink and purple bikini! 

Send us your photos of you getting your belly out and donate £3 to #getyourbellyout for Crohns and Colitis UK! 

Have a lovely day

Jen x