What I'm Wearing: Ahoy There! (It's Been Awhile)

As you've probably noticed (or maybe not), I haven't done a "What I'm Wearing" post since the weekend of Valentine's Day. I feel like I owe you guys a little bit of an explanation. As I mentioned in that post, I hadn't been feeling well, and after that weekend things just continued to get worse instead of better. Basically various joints (seemingly at random) started swelling and becoming very painful...first it was my fingers, then my knees, then my feet, wrists, elbows, etc. It kept moving around and at times the swelling was so bad I couldn't get my wedding rings on past my fingernail. Needless to say I was frustrated, upset, and making many trips to the dr. to find out what was wrong with me (and I had so many blood draws I think the American Red Cross was getting jealous). After about two months of feeling awful (hence the no outfit posting, most of the time I was in the comfiest thing I could manage to pull out of the closet) I finally got my answer from the doctors...I have lupus. I'm still in the process of adjusting to that fact, but the meds are starting to help and I'm beginning to feel a little more like myself so that's a plus.

So, since today is one of the best days I've had in awhile - I thought I'd celebrate with a post (plus I figured you guys needed your Einstein fix)! This outfit was inspired by a layout in the most recent issue of Vogue, as well as this adorable outfit Kate Moss wore recently. (Photo credit)

Outfit Details:
DKNY Trench - Purchased from Rue La La (no longer available)
J Crew Striped Tissue Tee (no longer available)
Delias Morgan Skinny Jeans
Target Simone Flats (no longer available)

Get the Look:
Since several of the items I'm wearing are no longer available, alternatives have been added. Click on any photo for more information.


Shannon said...

I know you've not been feeling well, but you look fabulous! And cute outfit :)

Unknown said...

Cute , I like your trench!!

Leslie, Lemon Sweet Life said...

I love your outfit!! So cute! Your dog is adorable too!

Kim said...

Awww Jen, I'm so sorry that you've been going through all that and feeling crappy. I'm glad you've figured out what it is and are feeling better.
Anyhow, I've never seen you before -you are so GORGEOUS!! I love your outfit -so Parisian chic!

*~Dani~* said...

Sorry to hear about how bad you were feeling, but I hope that you are feeling and better and adjusting well. Hopefully that red trench will brighten your day.

Thinking of you.

Amy Piccirilli said...

I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill. If it is any consolation - I read you blog religiously. It is a fun point of my night when I am winding down. Your outfit is beautiful and timeless. Thank you so much for this blog - Best wishes in the future

Patti said...

I have been following this blog for a little while. It is one of my favorites. So I feel a connection to you and am so sorry for what you are going through. Hope things settle down soon. You are precious and love the outfit.

Gayle Weiswasser said...

I am so sorry for all the months of uncertainty you've gone through. Thank you for continuing to post throughout it all - your readers have really benefited from it. I hope that the diagnosis will bring with it some certainty and comfort.

The Pretty Pauper said...

Very cute outfit and pup!

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PHV said...

So sorry to hear that! All you can do it look great, as you've done here :)

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the AnnTaylor Loft red jacket (military style) that I've had for a long time. I've been wanting to wear it again. :) Oh, I bought that J Crew Striped Tissue Tee, too, and boy, that shirt can be paired with almost anything! Now I have another thing to wear this week. Yay!

Thanks for all the inspiration, and I hope and wish you the best for your health. :)


Liane said...

I'm sorry to hear about your health problems and really hope you're quickly on your way to recovery.

But I'm glad you at least have such an adorable dog and a fantastic coat to help you through it!

Wendy said...

You look great! I am glad you are feeling better now. Why did it take so long to diagnose? Did you have a positive ANA? (Sorry if I'm being too personal-I know a lot about this stuff unfortunately!)

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

Littleblondie - Thank you.

Suzy - Thanks! It's one of my favorite items in my closet right now.

Leslie, Lemon Sweet Life - Thanks!

Kim - Oh, thank you! That's so sweet of you to say. <3

Dani - Thanks, it definitely does!

Amy - Thanks for being a faithful reader of the blog, I appreciate it. <3

Patti - Thank you so much for commenting, I appreciate it.

Gayle - Thank you.

Pretty Pauper - Thanks, I will!

V - Thanks. :)

Digitalsmacker - Glad I gave you some outfit inspiration, and thanks for the comment.

Liane - Thank you, I appreciate it (and yes, Einstein has been great in helping me thru!).

Wendy - Thank you very much. I started going to the dr. shortly after Valentine's Day and originally they thought it was a virus (Fifth's Disease) and put me on prednisone. The prednisone helped the swelling but as soon as I tapered down, it flared back up. I went back (about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks later) and they decided to test for everything they could think of that would cause inflammation. My tests from that came back as neg for Lyme, neg for the rheumatoid factor, and positive ANA. My dr. then referred me to a rheumatologist where they did even MORE testing and determined that in addition to the positive ANA, I also have positive double stranded DNA, low white blood cell count, mild anemia, and hypocomplementemia which in addition to my symptoms led them to the lupus diagnosis. So all in all I actually found out the diagnosis at the very end of March/beginning of April (right before Easter)...so it was just under 2 months after getting sick that I received a diagnosis.

Sorry for the long winded answer. I'm not 100% sure why it took so long, a lot of it was waiting around for blood test results (and when they came back it almost always led to more tests instead of answers) at least on my end.

Amber said...

omg Jen SOOO cute!! xoxo

Kristen said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Jen! I'm glad that you've found an answer and are feeling better and wish you the absolute best!!
PS you look fab in the pic!!

Anonymous said...

Jen, love the look. Super cute!

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

Amber - Thanks! <3

Miss K - Thank you, I appreciate it.

Welcome to My Fashion Trends - Thank you very much!

The Budget Babe said...

oye, im just reading this now...sorry to hear about your illness but glad to hear you're feeling better. we're all rooting for you :) and cute outfit, btw! you look great!

Amy said...

Hope you are feeling better. Your outfits always look great! How come you never wear heels though. Just noticed that all your outfits are with flats. Still cute though!

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

Budget Babe - Thanks. :)

Amy - I have been feeling better, thank you. I'm 5'10" so that's part of the reason I mainly wear flats, as well as the fact that heels just aren't practical for my lifestyle 95% of the time. I do wear heels if I'm going out, or going to a wedding or some other formal occasion but I definitely NEVER wear heels to go shopping, to work, etc. I only like to post what I'm actually wearing, so it would be silly to put heels on just for a photo (in my opinion). Hope that answers your question!

Unknown said...

Jen I'm sorry to hear about your lupus diagnosis. As Kim said, it's good they figured out what it is. Sometimes they are not so diligent and will keep prescribing Rx for the symptoms instead of getting to the root of the problem.

That was a good question about flats. I thought you were 5'4 - 5'6". Now it makes sense why the DKNY trench fits so great in the arm length.

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

Thanks Gigi, I appreciate it. I am thankful they didn't just keep prescribing me something to deal with the symptoms and actually came up with a diagnosis. It was very frustrating there for awhile!

Yep, I'm a tall one (although I'm the shortest in my family!). :)