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

Getting My Belly Out! 

Wow… What a day! I couldn’t sleep last night and decided to do a post on Reddit about being 3 months post surgery and I ended up on the front page with over 12,000 people visiting CrohnieClothing today alone! 

Since I’m now 15 weeks post surgery I thought it would be a good time to show my tummys progression over the last 3 months.

As I am getting my belly, anyone who would be able to, I’d really appreciate if you could help support #getyourbellyout, a group who raise money for crohns and colitis UK! 

so here you go… Here’s my tummy!! 



…Here is my tummy all marked up for my ileostomy taken the night before surgery…



…Here is my first picture post surgery that was taken 5 days after my collectomy and ileostomy surgery…



… Here is my tummy after I ended up with abdominal sepsis and an abscess under one of my laproscopic scars, it required some emergency surgery to drain the sepsis and relieve pressure…



…again…

 

… Here is how my bag looks under clothes after being freshly changed… 



… And finally here I am yesterday, really happy with how I look with my tummy now, 15 weeks since my first surgery! 

Where Is Spring?

Hey Crohnies!

I don’t know about you but my winter wardrobe is still in full swing and as much as I’m desperate to get my cute girly spring time clothes out, I do love the casualness of my winter clothes which can be mixed and matched for a relaxed casual look which is perfect for a trip to the shops or a coffee with friends.

Here’s my outfit of the day!

 I teamed my dark grey jeggings with a pair of tan army boots, and an oversized cardigan.

A little choker with a cross teamed with my huge tartan scarf gives the outfit a grunge look while still being tidy.

A simple black vest helps the jeggings support my bag even when it’s starting to fill up and the scarf and cardigan both hide the bulge of it til you get to the toilet.

 I’ve found that since my surgery I have rather weak ankles and tend to trip up or hurt my ankle unless I have structured shoes that support them. I’m basically living in my army boots and my hi tops! 

Excuse my messy room, I haven’t got the energy to clean it! 

Happy weekend!

Jen x

Can I be a Ballerina for a Day?

Hey Crohnies!

I don’t know about you but when I was younger I always wanted to be a ballerina, not because I wanted to be a dancer or really flexible, but for the costumes… Safe to say my dreams of tutus and pointe shoes went out the window 8 years ago when I got diagnosed and then went even further afield when I got good old Geoffrey the stoma, until now!

My first addition to my spring wardrobe is a tulle midi skirt (basically a long tutu, a chance to fulfil my ballerina dream at long last!) 

They’re light and have so many layers of tulle that they hide the bag very well and are gentle on soft skin due to the silky underskirt and with them being lovely and long, they hide a multitude of things you may feel uncomfortable about such as scars/burns/stretch marks on your legs.

Team with a cami top and strappy chunky heeled sanders for an outfit that is perfect for anything from a day in a beer garden to a club to a family party! 

Here’s my top 3 tulle midi skirts you can buy online.



The Louche Bettula Net Midi Skirt from joythestore.com is an absolute steal at £15 in the sale!



The Needle And Thread Net Midi Skirt from next.co.uk, £55 is the skirt to team with nude heels and clutch with an irridecent silver top on sunny days.

The Tulle Skirt Tea length Tutu Skirt Elastic Waist tulle tutu Princess Skirt Wedding Skirt in Nude Color- NC455 from etsy.com, £82.43 is the most expensive of our 3 skirts however it is beautifully finished and the skirt is a showstopper at any occasion!

Hope you all have a lovely day

Jen x

High Waisted Heaven

Hey Crohnies!

Hope you’re all having a fab start to your week unlike myself who’s a little under the weather with a kidney infection! (ouchie!)

On a cheerier note I have a great trendy way to not only hide an empty bag but also a half full one too. See this outfit worn by Kourtney Kardashian…



This is a very on trend outfit at the moment and since you are almost completely covered up it will hide almost any scar burn or colostomy bag! Here’s how to create a high street version of this outfit for a fraction of the Kardashian cost! 

Let’s start from the top down. Here we have a ASOS Long Sleeve Shirt with Spot Piping Detail (£14) from Asos.com 



Team this with the Black Ribbon Bow Tie from EBay.co.uk (£1.99)



Next we have the star of the show the Sisley Skirt in Pleated Leather Look from Asos.com (£55) 



Simply add some thick black tights and lace up high heeled booties and there you go, the perfect going out outfit that hides everything you want it to without compromising on style. 

Night!

Jen x

Stoma? What stoma? 

Hey Crohnies! 

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend and not about to be traipsing around Asda like I will be in about 10 minutes! 

Today is the first day I feel like I’ve no longer got the puffed up tummy (thanks prednisolone!) and thanks to my new convex bags for Geoffrey I finally feel comfortable enough to wear an outfit that is very fitted… Let’s see if this test drive goes to plan, if not I’ll be sure to let you all know. 

I’m wearing a pair of high waisted jeggins from New Look that were roughly £18, a primark vest top £2.50 (CHEAP AS CHIPS!), Nike trainers I got in the sale for £30, a hoodie from h&m that was around £12 and finally my huge tartan scarf from primark £5! 



 One thing I’m very surprised about is not only am I very supported with the jeggings and vest top which is supporting the bag, you also can’t see it at all even if I stand side on! 

I never thought 14 weeks ago that I’d be able to wear fitted clothes but it actually is a confidence boost to look like before, minus a few stone! 

Jen x

Post Surgery Casual Wear

Hi Crohnies!

As most of you will know I’m only 14 weeks post surgery to remove my large intestines and have an ileostomy (most will recognise the word colostomy but it’s a similar idea meaning I have a bag I poop into instead of doing my business normally) so I’ve not had much chance to be fashionable when my main concern is comfort… That is until very recently when I discovered these:



 The Boohoo.com AMELIA ZIP FRONT PULL ON TREGGINGS £12.00 have been life savers! Not only are they high waisted which is perfect for supporting my ileostomy, they also are a thick material which means when the bag is empty or partially filled you can’t even see it and no one is any the wiser.

I teamed these treggings with the grey MADISON ZIP FRONT CAMI also from Boohoo.com £10.00. The top is lightweight and baggy which helps greatly if your bag is pretty full as it disguises the bulge until you get to the toilet! 

I found the outfit covered and did not irritate my new scars and both are very soft on my irritated and dry skin. 

Wear with a hoodie and trainers for a dressed down look or add a cropped sleeve blazer and ballet flats for a city chic look perfect for shopping/lunch/meeting friends.