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Loving Life in Lane Bryant Shoes

I guess my first question is . . . when was the last time you wore shoes?  Since the COVID pandemic I can count one time I wore a "fancy shoe" it's been all sandals and sneakers for me.  I have been looking for some cute white sneakers, ones I can wear with jeans, stretch pants and even with a skirt or dress.  I usually shy away from colorful or white shoes to try and not draw attention to Bertha.  But I've found a new confidence this year, so with swimsuits and shorts I'm adding any type color of shoe to the list of items I'm going to wear with pride!  

I always forget Lane Bryant's shoes come in wide sizes, I checked and found their Lace Up Sneaker.  I ordered the 11 wide, they are so comfortable and I'm able to wear my Sigvaris wraps with them.  I would say they are true to size to running a bit big.  Before Lymphedema I was a size 10, now I size up to 11's, but with these I think I would stick with a 10 wide.  I purchased them during the stay a…
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Loving Life in Shorts?

I had to add the question mark, because even before lymphedema at my thinnest I’m sad to say I never felt comfortable in shorts as a young adult. What that translated into is, “I didn’t feel comfortable in my skin” therefore I didn’t wear shorts.  I love flowy maxi dresses for summer, but now that we’ve become campers, the dress thing isn’t very practical. Even at home I find myself sweating up a storm, but a lot of times it's because of hot flashes. Picture you’re walking in a sweat suit in like 100° weather . . . and then walk into a sauna while Satan is breathing his hot breath on you-that’s a hot flash. Sooo back to shorts.  Jean shorts are so cute, but if I’m going to wear shorts I need them to be lightweight, comfortable and flattering. Those words all describe the new short I found. Wild Fable’s High Rise Ruffle Shorts. They come in 3 colors and are $17!! I’ve learned at Target if you see something you could see yourself loving-grab 1 if not 2 of that item.  When you realiz…

Loving Life in Faux Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks are probably my favorite shoe brand right now. From their Gizeh: https://shopstyle.it/l/blpM8  to their Essentials Gizeh: https://shopstyle.it/l/blpM3 and for Mothers Day my kids bought me the Boston Slip On Clog: https://shopstyle.it/l/blpMN which I love-and already have my eyes on another color. So to stray away from Birkenstock is a stretch for me, but I needed some water shoes ASAP to fit Bertha. Thats when I found Target’s Shade and Store Sandal: https://shopstyle.it/l/blpMT They come in Regular and Wide sizes 🙌🏻 I ordered my size in wide width and crossed my fingers they would fit. They fit and since they are foam I don’t need to break them in. They have been amazing on my family vacation. The sandals are light weight, fit Bertha and are a great deal to boot! My bro-in-law has the real Birkenstocks and honestly I can’t tell a difference from sight. So if you’re looking for a great pair of summer/water shoes you can’t beat this pair for under $15!! I purchased the w…

Loving Life Camping with Lymphedema

I don't mean this to be one of those food blog post where it starts out "...it was an usually warm fall day when I was born . . . "  Most of the time I'll scroll until I get to the recipe.  So here is your permission to scroll if you don't want the background story of my current health issues.
Recently my body has been what I call rejecting itself.  It feels like I'll have a season, when the saying "when it rains, it pours" describes my life and how my body functions.  It is difficult for me to slow down and listen to my body sometimes, but I feel like I've gotten better at listening to it's cues of when I need to stop and rest.  Well lately my body is screaming at me and my stubborn, strong willed self has had a tough time listening.  I told my husband my spirit character is John Lock from LOST (see below meme.)

I started to have back issues after my daughter was born about 7 years ago.  It would spasm so much if I moved an inch the pain woul…

Loving Life In Tie Dye

So I'm kind of a hippy at heart.  My Mom bought Organic, recycled and put Carob in our stockings before it was cool.  I will always love my black, white and grey wardrobe, but also show me a Free People flowy top I haven't loved.  These leggings are the best of both worlds!  Black and white tie dye!  There are from Target's brand Wild Fable and the same fit as the camo leggings I posted about (Loving Life Saving and Splurging on Camo Leggings.)  Spoiler alert they are the Save option.

What I love about Wild Fable is they have most items in Regular and Plus sizes!  I love my athletic leggings, however these are more cotton than spandex (95% cotton 5% spandex.)  On a recent vacation I pretty much lived in these leggings.  I've paired them with athletic wear, but also with a jean jacket and tunic top to work.

Tie Dye Leggings: https://shopstyle.it/l/bdo0M

Plus Size Leggings: https://shopstyle.it/l/bdo0N


Loving Life #ootd Jan 22-27

It feels good to be back and posting.  My hope is that my finds help other Lymphie Ladies out there find shoes and clothes that fit them and make them feel great!  I'm finally finding my working Mom life groove and finding a new flow of life.  That being said here are my past week's looks with links to all clothing (or similar items) linked for your convince.











Loving Life In Winter Boots

A last minute invite to play in the snow with our friends would usually put me in a panic, but since I found winter boots that fit Bertha, an invite like that was music to my ears.  Growing up before I developed lymphedema I lived at the mountains.  My grandparents build a cabin up there before I was born and almost every free weekend my family packed up for the short drive up the mountain.  In the summer we would camp, hike and go huckleberry picking.  While our winters were filled with sledding and skiing.  We found other adventures all of the months in between.  Growing up it was a second home.  Although the town has changed and it's always booming with people from everywhere,  I can still remember the simple days of walking to the town store to pick out a treat, hide and go seek where my brother would never seek me in the deep dark forest and hearing the babbling brook that ran through the property while laying in a hammock looking up at the canopy of fir trees.
Now that I hav…