With being so under the weather and housebound for more than mental health reasons this year's organisational skills have failed me, miserably.
I found myself, late last night, realising I still had bits to buy. We are now past the point of being able to order really, unless you want to fork out an extortionate amount of money so it only left me one option. We bandaged me up as best we could, took some painkillers and prepared to leave the house.
The first problem I was faced with is I can't have anything near my middle area really. More specifically near my belly button. Jeans, tights etc cause me chronic pain to wear at the moment. I couldn't possibly go out in the pj's I've been living in (on rotation obviously) and I have no loose dresses / skirts / trousers that could do the job.
Clothing at Tesco saved this day too. I swear they make a habit of it. I had ordered a pair of tracksuit bottoms a week or so ago and had them delivered to my local store. Lee picked them up for me at the start of the week. A thought occurred..... It couldn't possibly work.... Could it?
I made the decision to try and disguise joggers as trousers. Partly because I've no trainers and partly because I don't do dress down particularly well when I'm heading outside. Everyone needs their armour. Some women use make up, for me, it's my clothes.
Anyway I thought I'd divulge my dirty little secret and let you judge for yourself on the off chance you're ever in the horrible situation I found myself in. The joggers were still sore but they did allow me an hour outside, dressed. And they only set me back £4.00!! You can buy them in sizes right up to a 22 as well which is great. So... did I maybe, just about, get away with it?
Truth be told I felt ridiculous wearing boots and my fantastic new coat (courtesy of Sainsbury's) but I managed it and if you don't look too hard I reckon you'd never know. The only tell tale sign can be the slouch after a few hours wear but by that stage I was home. Oh! And remember to tuck the wee ties into the waistband in case eagle eyes see them dangling ;)
I can't say I'd make a habit of it but when needs must you have to make the best of a bad situation. This disguise was aided by the aforementioned amazing TU at Sainsbury's Coat, which I was very kindly sent (along with some other pieces I can't wait to tell you about but have to wait until I'm well enough to wear them) and I absolutely adore it.
Here are some close ups of the details
The faux fur is so so soft it's unbelievable! I chose to have a size 14 which is actually quite roomy which is a lovely surprise.
There was one more accessory to add and then I would be on my (very slow) way...
I was so very kindly sent these beautiful Armani Exchange gloves, thank you Carol, I do believe they may well have been made for me as they are the best fitting gloves I have ever had the pleasure of slipping my hand into (oooerrr! behave!)
So here's where the business of my last minute hints and tips for you all start. Any old gloves do not make a Christmas Gift. Gloves like this, that fit so incredibly well, with superb detailing, wrapped with care.. now that is a last minute gift you could be proud of. I do believe there is a sale ongoing at the Armani Exchange, The Outlet, Banbridge so you'll not have to break the bank to pick something a little extra special up for that someone you feel you didn't get enough for or indeed in case a gift hasn't arrived. These particular gloves are an extra small which is perfect for little hands like mine....
And because this is the season of goodwill and all that jazz here are some more quick fix ideas in case you find yourself in the situation of needing to find a last minute gift.
These tips are based in Coleraine but you could find local stores pretty easily I should imagine.
Waterstones have an extensive range of books, diaries, calenders for every age. My favourite was this 2013 Diary <3
I spotted this gorgeous Red Mac in the window of Menary's and if I remember correctly it was priced at just £24.00 in their sale which is happening right now. It's a great shade and cut for getting you from Winter into Spring.
There would have been a time I'd have turned my nose up at gifts from Poundland but no more. The range of little gifts and toys they had instore today was nothing short of amazing if I'm honest. And yes, they really are all £1.00.
Last, but by no means (and I really do mean that) least. Pluck and Devouchers.
Sometimes we see vouchers as a cop out, I know I sometimes do. However a voucher from Pluck & Devour is so much more than your average voucher. You can choose the amount, though I'd suggest going through the range online first or indeed contacting Grainne beforehand to guage the best price and you pay via paypal. Simples! So what makes Pluck & Devouchers different? You can choose to make up your own jewellery. You can pick colours, build a brooch or indeed put your devoucher towards one of Pluck & Devour's Luxe pieces, such as the P&D Cuff..
Last minute shopping doesn't have to mean anyone misses out now does it ;)
Think smart, shop smart.
Now, have I managed to divert your attention from my jogging bottoms debacle yet?
Good! It must have worked then!