Thursday 17th January 2019

November Notes.#1. 2018.113.

November Notes.#1. 2018.113.

November notes are related to health and mindfulness and in November in Australia we see the jacarandas in bloom. This reminds us of….for some exams are just around the corner, it’s almost the end of the academic year and it’s closer to Christmas than we think.

A year ago, on 30 October to be exact, I began a practice that was going to be for 32 days in length. It was to ‘dare to post’ a photo of myself every day from then until I turned 68 on 30 November 2017.

As regular readers know 2017 brought a significant and blindsiding diagnosis of cancer: head and neck cancer located in my upper gums and under the top lip. If that doesn’t give anyone a shake-up then I don’t know what might.

I have always enjoyed sharing my life via photos on social media, instagram for preference, and as someone who had also, in that ‘life-altering year’, lost even more weight, new clothes and an appreciation of a more physically comfortable body gave me an idea. It was not my original idea as others before me were already snapping themselves with hashtags:

#everydaystyle

#dresswithpurpose

#outfitoftheday

#over60sstyle

and more….and I thought, maybe I could challenge myself to do this. I decided a little matter of not being able to open my mouth to smile would not stop me, so off I went. I wrote about it here in 2017.

Until I was 68. Then it changed. Again. I liked doing this so much I continued. Here are some of the shots back then.

In 2017 I used collages. It was a good chance for me to show the world how my ‘mouth’ was going – post July and then November 2017 ops

 

And, my husband made me smile (most times) for the pics. Finding some backgrounds was interesting.

My ‘telling it as it is” shot. I was in pain in my face from surgery, but we went to the beach to distract me…I also went bare-legged (right leg) to show my surgical scars.

Once I established this great routine, I added another, once I could be sure I could do it. Out for a coffee. Every day.

 

And as the weather warmed, it was clear I needed to shop for new items.

 

Once I was less fatigued, I found shopping for some new clothes (only ever ones on special) was a big distraction from cancer and the surgeries’ effects.

Another significant day: We attended our granddaughter’s 21st in Sydney where I saw family who had not seen me since surgeries and I got another dress for the occasion.

Deciding to go on after my birthday! Christmas Day shot with 3 of our grandkids.

And then into 2018.

 

I like a challenge, so a self-determined one, was that every day the clothes would be different. I kept as accurate a record as I could and it was also, ahem, great getting my shopping gene back. My mum liked to shop for clothes and shoes. As I can not find pretty shoes because of awful feet, I went for the clothes. The ladies in the local Rockmans, Millers and Suzanne Grae got to know me well and bargains were had.

It was a great thing for my mental health as there were days when, like all of us, I just would think, “I cannot be bothered”. They were the days, I recognised were the ones when I need to be bothered the most. So, as someone who keeps to her word, I went on.

I believe that this helped my recovery and in a future post or two in November Notes, I will share more.

  • Do you take part in any daily Instagram challenges?
  • Would you post photos of yourself on social media?
  • If the answer is yes, yay for you! If no, what is stopping you?
  • Can you consider that this is something that may be good for your health too?

Enough from me!

Denyse.

Joining with Leanne here for Lovin Life link up on Thursdays.

 

 

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What I Wore This Week. 2. 2018.77.

What I Wore This Week. 2. 2018.77.

Thank you to the readers and commenters from last week’s first post in this series:

What I Wore This Week.

Here is the link if you want to find out more about the why and the what for me!

I linked up with some new (to me) linky parties and the hosts were very friendly and kindly came to comment here.

Thank you!

This week has been, in its own way, busy but good. Generally good. My husband is recovering from an illness and he is taking it easy so we missed out ‘morning tea ritual’ on Friday. We will catch up I am sure.

What did you wear this week?

I hope a smile was there too.

I am excited that in this coming week, I am highly likely to be wearing a smile that includes upper teeth!

Next week’s post will tell!

Have a great weekend ahead.

Denyse.

 

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How I Am Organised For #OOTD. 2018.10.

How I Am Organised For #OOTD. 2018.10.

#OOTD stands for Outfit of the Day.

A few months ago I did something quite out of the ordinary for me.

I joined in the social media sharing of #OOTD.

Via Instagram (@denysewhelan) . I have a private account as I was hacked in 2017 so please request to follow me. I follow back!

Via Twitter (@denysewhelan1) and of course on Facebook, personal page and often on the Blog Page (Denyse Whelan Blogs)

I wrote a little about my Daring To Do This Daily here and Jan Wild had me guest post here too. If you are interested in knowing more of the WHY I am doing this #OOTD then reading those will catch you up.

What I do.

Each day I consider what I may be doing that day and plan my outfit accordingly. I am no longer working nor needing to attend any professional meetings or teach so my wardrobe ranges from beach casual to smart casual.

After breakfast and a slow read of the newspaper it is usually around 10 a.m. (the retired life and recovering from cancer surgeries affords me these luxuries) and I get dressed. It depends on the day and the weather what I will wear and where I am off to. I have made myself leave the house each day at least for a coffee. This has made a big difference to my emotional health and independence and has been hand-in- hand with the #OOTD.

Then what happens?

Once I have my outfit selected and I am dressed I choose accessories which I believe go well with the outfit, I apply some tinted sunscreen and some lip gloss to my bottom lip as my mouth is still very shrunken due to cancer surgery. I do my hair, put on my multi-focals and…..

Ask my IG photographer where he wants to take the pics today.

It is most often outside and using the square option on my iphone. If it is inside it is only because outside conditions are not great. I used to have my husband take a range of shots but since 1 January I am only posting one image each day and it is good if he can get me ‘all in’ and then I can edit.

Editing? What do I mean?

The editing is so my image fits within an app I used to then apply a border and the number of the day’s outfit: e.g. 26/365 and date. I do this so I can remember which #OOTD I wore and when. Memory is not as good as it was.

You Say You Are Organised. How?

I admit I now have more clothes to choose from and wear than I have for quite a few years. If you read this post you will see why. I found that having the photos made into mini collages for each week helps me track what I have worn when:

My Wardrobe Helps Too.

Accessories Can Be Hard To Find So….

We are renting this house so I am using drawers and containers within my bedside table for my accessories. It is working well. I probably would like them on display one day but for now this is good and it is next to the mirrored wardrobe where I can check how things look with each outfit.

Here are a  few outfits from recent weeks.

There you have it. How I do #OOTD.

I will be adding this post to  Styling You’s Facebook Group #EveryDayStyle and to Carly Findlay’s Facebook Group called #ShopYourWardrobe.

On Friday 9 February I linked up here with Kimba Likes.

Do you post an outfit of the day?
Tell me more.

Denyse.

Linking this week on Tuesdays with Kylie here for I Blog On Tuesdays and with Leanne here for Lovin’ Life Linky.

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