Sunday, August 23, 2015

Retail Therapy

by Leann

Thanks to the release of a new book and the end of procrastination on the next one, I found myself very stressed over the last several weeks. Anyone who has an autoimmune illness knows that stress is about the worst thing ever--and yet it cannot be avoided. I also developed an  allergy to one of my long-standing medications and had to switch to a different drug. My gut rebelled--big time!

To keep myself occupied (seeing as how this is the worst summer I can remember for anything good
on TV) I have indulged in daily doses of retail therapy. It IS summer sale time after all and the sales are just too good to pass up right now. My wardrobe was seriously ugly--shirts with holes or with age-related pilling--so I had been purging quite a bit. I had clothing that hadn't seen my body in years. Time to give them up!

My favorite online spots are J.Jill, Sierra Trading Post, Footsmart, Eddie Bauer, Overstock and Kohl's. I have also discovered that Skecher's shoes are seriously comfy--though also seriously WAY too big in my regular size. A full size too big. I'm talking about the newer stretchy clog type shoes. I have to keep something on my feet all the time because I have cold urticaria--basically an allergy to
cold. I get hives if I go barefoot (and it looks exactly like the picture ont the left), even from walking with socks or shoes on our wood floor. Forget tile. That's far worse. This has gone on since I was a kid. It's nothing new but still just as much of a nuisance as ever. But these Skechers? SO COMFY. The pair with a back can get hot but the backless ones are awesome. It's almost like going barefoot.

One thing that is a pet peeve as far as what little "fashion" I indulge in is the Lycra that seems to be in everything. I want jeans with NO LYCRA. Impossible to find these days. I have several pairs of jeans rom three or four years ago that are 100% denim and that's all. Lycra and I do not get along. I am also sensitive to polyester. These are
both hydrocarbon fabrics. I read an article written by a doctor and he said that a person cannot be allergic to Lycra because it's inert. I would like to exchange bodies with that guy for just one day. Call it an allergy or a sensitivity or whatever, but I itch and wheeze when those fabrics are next to my skin. Yup. Crazy, right? Crazy that doctors are so far behind the curve on so many things. I remember in the 70s when schizophrenics had the illness because they had "mommy issues." I worked with many schizophrenics and watching them, I absolutely knew this was a brain illness. Of course about ten years later, it was proven that it is a brain disorder (and incurable. How much money did people pay out for worthless talk therapy?) You can manage schizophrenia but you cannot cure it. Same with the Lycra. One day people will understand.

So, part of my bargain hunting online is to avoid Lycra and polyester. And some days I put 100% denim jeans into a search engine hoping against hope I can find jeans without chemicals--that don't cost a fortune. What about you? Do you shop online? Do you only buy things on sale  like I do? Tell me if you engage in retail therapy, too, so I don't feel so guilty!



17 comments:

Doward Wilson said...

This was a great article, very informative. Nice to know that others suffer from things that can't possibly be. My feet start to swell and itch when I put socks on, any kind and the same with shoes. Backless slippers for me. With retirement I do 99% of my looking and shopping online. It's wonderful to not have to run from store to store in these days of high gas prices. Now if I go to a store, I have my specific list ready to go. Thanks for all the entertainment you give us, online posts and blogs make life a little less hectic.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Doward. I get hives from using a massager on my back (the vibration), from being out in the heat and also have what's called "dermographia" which is where I can take my fingernail and actually write on my skin. IT creates a raised red signature. I am a freak of nature--or just have too much histamine in my skin. Who knows? :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Leann. I have a problem with elastic touching my skin. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Like you, I don't shop much for clothing. When I do, it's online. That said, I love book stores! Those are the stores I frequent. :)

LORI CIMINO said...

Wow LeAnn I am sorry to hear about your allergies a sensitivities. When will people learn there are no absolutes when it comes to the human body? We are reminded all the time how unique our DNA makes us and yet when we discuss unique ailments well, that just means we are crazy.
I do love to "window shop " online but I rarely buy anything. I am too big around and to sort to be sure how things will fit. I am a barefoot girl with short erode feet and have been wondering about the backless sketches. Being a diabetic I know barefoot is bad.
I guess about the only thing I can absolutely buy online. Is books...... and believe me that budget is often is often in the red. Or is black the bad book keeping accounting. Red seems more emergent. But as I say, I don't drink or smoke, I don't overspend except as I mentioned, I don't run around town with bad boys (darn it). So books are my voice. That almost makes me pious. Go ahead and laugh, I did ��

LORI CIMINO said...

That should be SHORT not. Sort; and WIDE not erode; SKETCHERS not sketches; VICE not voice. Know a comment editor I can hire?

Leann Sweeney said...

I have to wear the Jockey underwear where the elastic waist is covered in cotton. Glad to know I, too, am not alone!

Leann Sweeney said...

hehe. I totally understand! Try on a pair of Skechers in the store to get the right size--I went to Kohl's. Then I ordered what I wanted online. I usually wear a 7 but in their backless I wear and the pair I bought with backs I wear a 6.5 Go figure. All I know is I love these shoes!

Leann Sweeney said...

Okay, I am having trouble, too. In the mule or clog type of Skechers I wear a 6.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Leann! There's nothing like a bit of retail therapy. I like to do it in our village so I can talk to people. Poor little extrovert stuck in a chair. I definitely agree about being allergic to Lycra. That's not my issue, but my MILK has it. I was once allergic to a beautiful dressing grown - took a long time for my arms to heal. Of course everyone thought I was crazy. I loved your post. XO

Anonymous said...

I know I'm weird but except for book stores, I really don't like to shop. I don't even particularly like to go grocery shopping, but that's a necessity. I can't shop online because I have very short legs and a long torso plus I'm way overweight so nothing fits. I'm not allergic to materials such as Lycra but am to many bath soaps and deodorants. Itchy armpits are not fun or attractive. Cordella

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank MJ! I'm an introvert stuck right where I want--indoors! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Cordella, I have found a few brands that fit and stick with them--and buy them online. I used to love to shop with my daughter but those days are over. Shopping alone isn't much fun.

Anonymous said...

I need to purge clothes that are very old and things I haven't worn in years. I have trouble getting jeans that fit not matter what. I am short and have a very short inseam. I dislike to alter clothes. When I was a child my mom made my clothes because she could find the right size for my age. You are right shopping is not fun alone. I found a pair a skechters that are so comfy. Thanks for listening tome Lois Rotella

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lois! I am short as well with a 28" inseam. But I am long waisted. So I wear petites on the bottom and misses on the top. I feel it, Lois. One size never fits all!!

Margaret said...

I am glad to see I am not the only one that believes in retail therapy. It is nice to know I am not alone, haha.
Two of the stores I love to wander around when I am in need in a little stress relief, is The Dollar Tree and The Christmas Tree Shops. There is something about all that stuff. And I can indulge with out spending too much. And I can always find something to buy.
But trust me, I don't need to be stressed to shop!

ceblain said...

Oh my gosh, Leann, I have tons of allergies to things too. Medications, especially antibiotics due to sulfa, and other ingredients in them (but now I know pretty much which ingredients in them that are the problem) and foods with certain things in them and all artificial sweeteners, and clothes with certain fibers too, so I can relate and feel so bad for you. I have a rash or hives or swelling or itching ALL the time as you probably do; there is rarely a day that I don't have one or all of those symptoms as obviously I am still taking something daily that is an unknown problem yet to be discovered. I am on medications daily to counteract the hives, itching and rashes too so maybe I am allergic to those. haha. I have to shop online all the time as I cannot walk or stand for more than two minutes due to many medical reasons, so online is the best thing that ever was "invented" right? I order things that are only a few dollars if I need them and with Prime shipping that is possible. Love Prime. Please know that you are not alone and anytime that you wish to talk about things like allergic reactions, feel free to contact me. We can all learn something from one another when it comes to allergies. I mentioned to someone about my anaphylactic reaction to artificial sweeteners and to canola oil and by gosh she stopped eating or using both of them and is now has not had a problem since. It does pay to share. Good luck with the online shopping. I love it until my Master Card bills comes in each month but I figure I saved a ton of gasoline from not driving anyplace. :)
Cynthia Blain

Annette said...

I do not drive, so shopping online is the way I roll. I shop on Amazon, QVC, eBay and Macy's.