Friday, 9 December 2016

Sharing My Medical Misdiagnosis + the Saturday Share Link Up

Medical Misdiagnosis: Why it's so important to get a second opinion |  Not Dressed As Lamb

A couple of weeks ago I went to see a spinal therapist about my leg after being referred to her by my GP to find out why it was still sore nearly a year after my injury. 

I'm sharing my medical diagnosis this week because I wanted to highlight the importance of getting a second opinion where your health is concerned... I've just had a bit of a shock!

A quick recap: In November last year I went to Paris for 24 hours for a blogger event. After catching a train to London and carrying my overnight bag around on trains and the tube and the Eurostar I went to the doctor the following week with what I thought was a torn hamstring. She told me I'd slipped a disc and had sciatica, a condition which causes the sciatic nerve (the one that runs from your bum all the way down your leg to your foot) to be nothing short of, well, f*****g painful and debilitating.

And so I was unable to walk unaided (without help or a stick) for about six weeks, which made Christmas not much fun at all (and neither was I much fun at Christmas). I wrote about the experience explaining why you should never take being able-bodied for granted if you wanted to read more about it.

Fast forward to Spring 2016: I was pretty much healed, back to running and exercising and my usual jumping about (yes, I'd still run around like a 6 year old if I had the energy of a 6 year old... I try, but forgot I'm more than seven times that old and get tired incredibly quickly). I had acupuncture, I had physiotherapy, my leg felt better by a tiny bit every day so it was very, very gradual - but it did get better.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Warm-But-Super-Smart Outfit of Pinstripe Coat and Stylish Accessories

Smart cold weather layered outfit \ navy pinstripe wool coat \ moss green wool scarf \ bobble hat \ white backpack and Adidas Stan Smiths \ deep hem straight leg jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

This last week may have been our coldest so far this year, so I really, really needed to up the stakes where warm clothes and layering were concerned. 

Continuing our weekend with friends where we had a Christmas gathering/party on the Saturday, we spent Sunday taking a long walk down by the Thames at Richmond in the brilliant sunshine.

But oh BOY was it cold... I'm talking just about as cold as it ever gets in the UK (with the exception of a few freakish "10 below" instances that I can only remember about two or three times in my life, ever). However the sun shone, we worked up an appetite on our way to the pub for an amaaaazing roast dinner and we stopped to take a few outfit photos on the way.

WHOEVER SAID THAT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE MORE THAN THREE COLOURS IN AN OUTFIT OBVIOUSLY NEVER HAD FUN WITH COLOUR. TO BE HONEST I DON'T SEE THIS AS A PARTICULARLY "COLOURFUL" OUTFIT - IT'S QUITE MUTED AND GROWN UP.

It may not look like it would be, but the Jaeger pinstripe coat (I think because it's wool and so very long) is actually very warm when worn with lots of thin layers. Although it was a comfy but pretty nondescript outfit of grey sweatshirt (woo-hoo! so exciting!), white trainers and jeans underneath for the walk, the gorgeous moss green scarf and bobble hat did all the work of keeping me warm alongside the coat and added a bit of pizazz.

In other words, stylish accessories FTW.

Smart cold weather layered outfit \ navy pinstripe wool coat \ moss green wool scarf \ bobble hat \ white backpack and Adidas Stan Smiths \ deep hem straight leg jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The 2017 UK Blog Awards: Please Vote for Not Dressed As Lamb (Best Fashion & Beauty Blog)


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I have to start this post with an apology and say that yes, I am a hypocrite... A year ago I vowed I wouldn't enter the 2017 UK Blog Awards. 

But here I am, asking if you, my dear readers, would be good enough to vote for me yet again. Your support earlier this year for the 2016 awards was amazing - I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated it (especially as I was shortlisted as a result of your voting and wore my dream Cinderella-style outfit to the awards ceremony and felt like a fairy princess for a night).

So why the change of heart?

When the voting opened for the last UK Blog Awards, it allowed for daily voting, and many of us [bloggers] were really cross (and embarrassed) about it. It meant you either had to badger people every single day for nearly three weeks in order to stand a chance of being nominated - or you didn't, and were then up against bloggers who were prepared to badger people for votes every day.

HERE'S A SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE... VOTE FOR ME BY CLICKING HERE

I'm glad to say that this year, it's changed - I'd like to think that myself and another nominee at this year's awards, Michelle of The Barefaced Chic, had something to do with the change... We spoke to the organiser at the ceremony and begged her to change it to one person, one vote.

UK Blog Awards 2017 - Vote now for Not Dressed As Lamb

And our intervention made a difference - it's now one vote per email address, which is more than fair. A year ago I said I wouldn't enter in 2017 as I wasn't prepared to badger people to vote for me every day again, but the new voting system made me change my mind, as did one other thing...

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