Happy December lovely people! I truly can’t believe we’re already right here at Christmas time! This year has gone by quicker than any I’ve ever lived through. Does anyone else feel that way? It’s crazy! But I love the holidays so I’m not complaining! Before we dive too deep into the holidays, let’s go ahead and start December off with an Instagram roundup from November and appreciate the beauty of fall one last time. 🙂
WHITE TURTLENECK | PLAID PANTS (under $50 – I recommend sizing up), similar here, here, and here (under $25) | BOOTIES | BAG (only $26) | COAT ($150, comes in 4 colors) | BERET (c/o Smak Parlour), similar here and here ($14) | NECKLACE (from a previous Rocksbox – get one month for FREE with code thesavvycamelxoxo) | WATCH, in silver here, similar here | FITBIT BANGLE
SWEATER (under $25!) | SKIRT (c/o Chicwish), under $50 and comes in black and grey | GOLD BOOTIES, similar here| GOLD CLUTCH (under $25 and comes in 4 other colors) | WATCH, similar here, same style in silver | EARRINGS, similar here
LEATHER MOTO JACKET, almost identical here (currently on sale for $52), similar here, here and here (under $50) | T-SHIRT, similar here | JEANS, similar here | BOOTIES (less than $100)| BAG (c/o Patricia Nash Designs) | SCARF, similar here and here | EARMUFFS, similar here | GLOVES, similar here, similar for less here
SHIRT (currently on sale for $30) | LEATHER LEGGINGS, similar here | PLAID BLAZER, similar here, here (under $35, same brand I’m wearing), and here (only $20) | BOOTIES (under $75) | BAG (under $30) | HAT, similar here
LEATHER MOTO JACKET, almost identical here (currently on sale for $52), similar here, here and here (under $50) | SWEATER, similar here | JEANS | BOOTIES (less than $100)| BAG (c/o Patricia Nash Designs) | GLOVES, similar here, similar for less here | SCARF, almost identical here | EARRINGS
SWEATER (c/o Joyfolie) | JEANS (on sale for $30), similar here and here (same fit as mine) | BOOTIES, almost identical here (under $100) | CLUTCH | BERET (only $14) | SCARF, almost identical here (only $12.50) | EARRINGS (c/o BaubleBar) | WATCH, almost identical here (on sale for $70) | FITIBIT BANGLE
CHRISTMAS TREE, similar for less here and here (under $150) | ORNAMENTS, I love this one, this one | this one, this one, this one, these, this one and this one | STEMS & SPRAYS, I love these, these and these | TREE SKIRT, similar here
SWEATSHIRT, similar and same brand here | LEATHER LEGGINGS, similar here | COAT ($150, comes in 4 colors) | SNEAKERS, also available here | BEANIE (only $13) | BAG (c/o Patricia Nash Designs) | SCARF, similar here and here
Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week Kickoff
You guys know that I usually share a random roundup (like my favorite food or TV shows from the month before) along with my Instagram roundup each month. This month I’m doing something a little different because the first week of December is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! I’m so excited to be doing a mini series on my blog this week in honor of raising awareness!
This week, I’m going to talk about all kinds of things related to Crohn’s Disease! Everything from the emotional impact of life with Crohn’s to diet and exercise. I thought I would kick this mini series off today by telling you guys a little bit about what Crohn’s Disease is and what my journey has been like.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. I just “celebrated” my 10 year Crohnsiversary this past June! There’s never a good time to be diagnosed with Crohn’s, or any disease for that matter. Every age brings a different challenge in the face of a diagnosis and the challenges that a 16 year old female faces from being diagnosed with a disease like Crohn’s are incredibly difficult.
Crohn’s is an Irritable Bowel Disease, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it. It’s an autoimmune disease that causes my body to attack healthy cells. In a nutshell, it’s inflammation of the intestines caused by my body thinking that there is an invader when there isn’t one. Crohn’s can cause frequent trips to the bathroom, abdominal pain and cramping, loss of blood, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, and even malnourishment. As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s no fun for anyone to try to explain to their friends that they can’t make it out because of certain indelicate “stomach problems.” But that was absolutely 10 fold as a 16 year old.
I’ve shared my story in extreme, rambling lengths which you can find here, but to sum things up for you, the past 10 years of my life have been the epitome of a roller coaster ride. I’ve been hospitalized multiple times, I’ve been depressed, I’ve had to take medical leave and quit jobs because of Crohn’s – I even took a year off of college because of Crohn’s. I’ve had to learn my limitations and accept that I can’t do everything that I want to do and I’ve dealt with a lot of trial and error to tailor my diet to suit my disease. I’ve seen more doctors, taken more medicine, and had more tests than I care to count.
Crohn’s has definitely raised some speed bumps for me, but I’ve always gotten over them. Living with any type of chronic illness is a challenge and a burden, but I always believe that you can find some good in it, no matter how big or small. Living with Crohn’s has taught me so much about the importance of self care. I’ve become very in-tune with the way my body communicates with me, I feel like I’ve gained a strong sense of empathy, my relationships have grown, I truly appreciate days where I just feel good, and I come out a little bit wiser and a little bit stronger every time Crohn’s presents me with a new challenge.
So, I’m dedicating this week to sharing more of this journey with you guys – both the good and the bad. Crohn’s isn’t a glamorous disease, it’s not commonly heard of, and it’s considered an invisible illness which makes it even more challenging to spread awareness. But I want to take the time to help educate those of you who are unfamiliar and connect with fellow sufferers or those of you who have friends or loved ones that suffer from Crohn’s Disease or other IBDs. I like to think I’m an open book, so if you have any questions or thoughts throughout the course of this week, please, please don’t hesitate to ask! That’s what this week is all about – helping you all become more comfortable with it! It’s a part of everyday life for so many people and we just want you to know it’s okay to talk about things and that you shouldn’t have to feel hesitant. 🙂
One final thing before I go, every year during this week, my friends and family take one day and wear the color of Crohn’s Disease, purple, with me. This year we will all be wearing purple on Monday, December 3rd and I invite you all to join us if you would like! You’re all my friends too, and, the more the merrier! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading today, you guys. I hope you’re as excited as I am about this series and I can’t wait to see you back here tomorrow so that I can tell you a little bit about a normal day in the life of someone with Crohn’s Disease. 🙂