First of all, I want to start off this post by giving you an update on my sweet dad. My goodness, last week was rough, but we are so thankful for the progress that he has recently made. Here’s a little summary….
He had the bypass on Tuesday, and the surgery went great! In fact, they did a triple bypass, fixed his a fib, and also fixed a leaky valve they didn’t know he had. We were over the moon, and even though we knew recovery from open heart surgery was going to be really hard, we were so happy that they had fixed all of the problems that had been making him feel so terrible for so long.
So, Tuesday went well, but everything started going downhill after that. It’s all too much to write, but he wasn’t himself at all. He was sleeping a lot, and when he was awake he was often very confused. He wasn’t able to communicate very well (had a lot of word finding issues and was saying a lot of stuff that didn’t make sense at all). Sometimes he could tell you our names and other information that he should obviously know, sometimes he couldn’t. He failed 3 swallowing studies, so they put a tube down his nose to feed him. He was also having these blank staring episodes, and everybody was wondering if they could be sub-clinical seizures. We were worried, and neurology was worried. They ordered a cat scan on Thursday to look for signs of a stroke, but they didn’t find any. We were so relieved! However, he still wasn’t showing much progress, and his doctors (and us!) were still quite worried. They ended up ordering an EEG and an MRI to look more deeply into what could be the cause of his continued confusion. We learned Sunday morning that the MRI didn’t show any signs of stroke either! We are still waiting on EEG results, but because of his tremendous progress over the last 3 days, we aren’t nearly as anxious about the results.
Wednesday through Sunday is really just a blur to me. However, I would say that Saturday morning is when we really started to see Dad coming back to us. He was much more aware of us, much more lucid, his ability to communicate had improved greatly, he passed his swallowing study and was finally able to have liquids (he’d been begging for water for several days!), and he was also starting to gain some strength back. On Friday he wasn’t even able to sit on his own, and by Saturday afternoon he was able to walk with a walker (and some assistance from the nurse) about 60 feet! AMAZING!!!!!!! The progress continued yesterday, and we are all just so pleased and proud at how far he’s come.
Dad has a long recovery ahead of him, and he’s still in the hospital at this point. We hope he moves to an in patient rehab soon, and we look forward to seeing continued progress. We are beyond grateful for all of your kind words, and especially all of your prayers. We believe in the power of prayer, and we know that God is The Great Physician. We are so thankful to all of the members of his medical team that have been taking incredible care of him (one of his ICU nurses was even a blog reader! Hi, Catherine!), and we are anxious to get him home when he is ready.
So, all that to say, this is why I didn’t have a post on Friday! I had been at the hospital all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday….and although I had prepared it before the surgery and it was almost completed, I was just never able to finish it up and have it ready to publish. So, today you are getting the post that was supposed to go live last Friday. It’s Part 3 of READER QUESTIONS and the final installment of READER QUESTIONS WEEK! 😉
If you missed the first 2 posts, you need to check them out! To find the difference in age between me and my sister, click HERE. If you want to know about a new long sleeve tee I found that I’m obsessed with, click HERE! #itslikebuttah
Let’s get started!
READER QUESTION #9:
Have you ever seen I Mom So Hard on facebook? I don’t think you’ve ever talked about them, but I think you’d get a real kick out of them. Lots of love, Lisa
LISA!!!!!! I’m straight up OBSESSED with I Mom So Hard. OBSESSED. I want to be friends with these ladies, and I reallllllly think we could be if we met! I can’t recall if I’ve ever talked about them on the blog, but when I watch them, I do so with a smile plastered on my face, and I’m always laughing out loud. These girls are real life friends, and they do short little clips (under 5 minutes) on different topics. When I see they have a new post up, I GET FREAKING GIDDY.
I Swimsuit So Hard is my favorite one, and the last line gets me every single dang time. One of the funniest sentences I’ve ever heard IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE. Warning: it has language, but it’s worth it. 😉
READER QUESTION #10:
I’ve been a reader almost since the beginning, so I’ve heard you talking about all of the blardigans now for years. Problem is, even though I desperately want one for myself, I just can’t justify spending over $100 on a piece of clothing that I will probably just wear inside the house. Do you have a more affordable option for something that’s kind of like a blardigan? – Nancy (Blardiganless in Seattle)
Well, Nancy. I laughed out loud at “Blardiganless in Seattle.” Your question is a great one, and I’ve received several just like this over the last several years. I completely understand that the price tag of a blardigan is a bit eye popping at first! However, I promise you that if you did a cost per wear analysis at the end of a year (heck, at the end of a couple of months), it would basically be paying you to wear it, even if you never even wear it out of the house. YES. IT’S JUST THAT GOOD.
I do have a recommendation for you in a minute 🙂 ……
But first, I feel compelled to tell you that I’m afraid I can’t give a recommendation for anything that’s as amazing, wonderful, and delightful as the blardigan without the price tag. The cozy factor simply can’t be replicated with anything but blardigan fibers, woven by angels.
BUT! I did find this chenille hooded cardigan that is oh so soft and cozy, and I feel like it maybe comes kinda close. Ish. And the price tag of $45 is awesome and not nearly as shocking.
Personally, I do wear my blardigans out of the house, but I know not everybody does. This one can be easily worn out of the house with jeans and boots (as seen below), but you could also cuddle up with it with your pj’s at home! I’m a little worried that it might pull easily, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold up well! There’s only this one color to choose from, but it’s a really pretty blush. And since blush and grey is one of my favorite combinations….
Get The Look For Yourself Here. Just click on what you are interested in:
Here’s the cardigan again mixed and matched with a different outfit.
I’m wearing a small in the swing tee that I first showed you on Wednesday. I feel it’s necessary to remind you that IT’S LIKE BUTTAH. It comes in 6 solid colors and 2 striped colorways as well! The jeans are the pajama jeans, and the cardigan is heavenly. So basically, once you get dressed, good luck going anywhere. You’re pretty much still comfy enough to just crawl right back in to bed!
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One note about the above top, I received this comment on the blog last week. I MEAN. SOFT AS A KITTEN’S BELLY. Hysterical, Denise. And also very true!
I just received that Bobeau swing tee this week (in black) and “buttah” is no understatement! Dang that shirt is soft as a kitten’s belly. ???? I love it so much I’m trying to decide which color (or colors??) to get next. – Denise
Also….I feel like it’s my civic duty to let everybody know….there’s a new blardigan in town, y’all. I told you guys about it last week on facebook, and the darker color sold out lickity split. But the pretty cream is still available. It has a shawl collar AND POCKETS! And I love the overall shape.
And the baby blardigan has some new color options, including this cocoa/pearl heather. It’s a really great neutral.
READER QUESTION #11
Hi, Sheaffer! Several of my friends and I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now. We were talking about the blog in the teacher’s lounge one day, and we were wondering how you shop for the blog. Do you go in the store or do you order online? Do you show us everything you order? What is your process? – Shellie and the 2nd grade team
Hi, Shellie! These are excellent questions! I used to do a lot of shopping in store, but for the last couple of years I’ve been mainly shopping online. There are pros and cons to both methods.
The main pro to shopping in store revolved around the fact that I had less returns to deal with, because I do not enjoy dealing with returns. Cons included the fact that there’s less inventory in stores, they were sometimes out of my size (since it’s a popular size), and the lighting wasn’t always good for pictures (and the mirrors were most often really dirty). Ha!
The main cons to shopping online follow: 1) paying for shipping and 2) the high volume of returns I make every couple of weeks from my online orders. Packing up and organizing the returns takes a lot of time because I like to make it as easy on the sales associates as possible. Organizing and making the returns is without a doubt my least favorite part of blogging!
Since standard shipping (and returns) from Nordstrom is free, this makes shipping costs a non-issue when ordering from Nordstrom. (However, I sometimes choose the $9 2 day option if I’m ordering something that I need quickly for an upcoming post. I even sometimes utilize the $15 1 day shipping. I know that $15 is a lot to pay for shipping, but sometimes I need things really quickly, and Nordstrom’s 1 day shipping is MUCH more affordable than all of the other stores). Most other stores I shop from have free shipping when a minimum order is met, and I typically meet that minimum. I don’t know why, but I get soooooo annoyed when I have to pay shipping. #nordstromhasspoiledme #iwishtheloftwouldtakeapagefromnordstromsbook #andanthropologie
Now, about the returns. Most people don’t realize this, but I order a ton of stuff that never makes it to the blog. I truly only show you items that I love and that I think lots of you ladies will love as well, which means that there are a lot of things that you never see. At one point when I first started blogging, I thought about showing those items too (kind of as a warning), but I quickly realized it would take way too much time and effort to highlight things I didn’t even recommend. Anyway, I took a picture of my dining room a couple of weeks ago just to give you an example of what I mean about one of my orders.
These were all items that I received on one day. I can go days or weeks without ordering or receiving anything, and then one day, I might have a humongous order like this show up. See the tall stack of items on the table? Everything in that pile was all returned immediately. I can’t remember everything that was in the stack, but I do know it included a camo dress I was just sure I was going to love (but it ended up looking a little too skanky for my liking), a pair of high low ripped hem skinny jeans that were way too long for me, and a bomber jacket that made me look the Michelin Man. 🙂
The items hanging over the chair on the left were solid “MAYBE”s at the time. Since the picture was taken, several of those items ended up going back as well after I tried to style them in outfits (and didn’t end up loving them)…but I kept 4 of the items in the pile (the like buttah tee, the not fitted denim jacket I showed you last week, this $25 striped tee, and this J Crew button boatneck sweater that I’ll show you on Wednesday)! And do you see the 4 necklaces on the table? I only kept 1 of them. The other 3 went back before ever making it to an outfit. Two of them looked cheap to me, and one of them was too long for my frame. And do you see the 2 pink cardis? One was already in the return pile and 1 was a solid “yes”. I knew I wanted a pink cardi, so I ordered two from two different brands, hoping that one of them would work. The one hanging over the chair is the one I ended up highlighting above as a less expensive alternative to a blardigan!
I hope my long winded answer gave you some insight into how I do things around here!
READER QUESTION #12:
Morning, Sheaffer! Are corduroys still in? xox, Meredith
Great question, Meredith! YES! They ARE still in! And great news…………they are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more stretchy and comfy than they used to be.
I got these Kut from the Kloth stretchy cords 2 years ago I think, and they are maybe the pants I reach for the most during the winter months. They are warm, but not too thick, and they are comfy as all get out. I know lots of you fell in love with these bad boys too. They have 326 5 STAR REVIEWS, and they come in 10 colors! And ladies….they are incredibly flattering. #SOLD
I have a size 4Petite in these pants, and I’m almost 5’4″. The petite length on me are the perfect ankle length for flats and booties, and I love that there’s not a lot of extra material that I have to stuff into tall boots! Some people report sizing down, but I preferred to stay with my regular size.
You can use the code STMTSAVE10 for 10% OFF your Barrington order!
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And they also have this great boot cut style! I ordered the grey for myself, and they are supposed to arrive this week. I wear my grey skinny jeans ALL THE TIME, so I’m excited about having a different grey pair of pants to throw into the rotation.
I have a question for people who work in an office environment, would these be acceptable for you to wear during the week?
READER QUESTION #13
Help me, Sheaffer! I need a chambray shirt. I used to have one that I loved, but it finally bit the dust. I find that there are tons of outfits that I still want to wear one with, but I just can’t find one I like. Help! -Bethany
Bethany, I do have one that I love! In fact, I have two that I love. One is from J Crew Factory and the other is from The Gap, but sadly they are both no longer available. 🙁 I got the one from The Gap after my one from J Crew Factory started to not stay buttoned because the button holes were so worn out! Ha! What I love most about both of them is the fact that they are popovers and the buttons don’t go all the way down. I would love for J Crew and GAP to bring them back, because I know y’all would love them too!
I searched high and low for a popover that is currently available to share with you, but I haven’t been able to find another popover style. DANGIT! I did find this one from Dillard’s that I like, even though it isn’t a popover. I love the color, fit, and style…and I do promise to keep looking for a shirt like the ones I’ve loved for so many years.
If you ladies know where I can find a popover denim shirt, please let me know!
Although not denim, this shirt caught my eye while searching “popover” at J Crew. And Girls! EVERYTHING is 30% OFF right now with FREE SHIPPING at J Crew!
That’s it for reader questions today, but I have a couple of sale items I want to share before I go!
Like this floral mosaic blouse that is 40% OFF. The floral pattern, the lace accents, the split neck, and the shirred yoke back…IT’S ALL GOOD. I’ll be wearing it with grey jean, regular denim skinny jeans, and boot cut jeans. I also think it would look great with nice dress slacks. Click HERE to browse all of their new arrivals, all at 40% OFF.
Here are some other things I’m crushing on from LOFT that are ALL ON SALE:
And these over the knee suede boots are ON SALE for ONLY $84.96!
Click HERE for all the sale items at Colleen Rothschild. The gel cleanser, the salisylic treatment complex, and the clarifying detox mask are all products that I use and love!
Anthropologie’s SALE IS ON SALE. Click HERE to take a look around!
And if you hop over to Ann Taylor, it’s 50% OFF of EVERYTHING!
All right, that’s it for today ladies! Have a great Monday!