If you’ve been following along on my IG stories the past few weeks, you may recall that I recently had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Ivy Rowe Boutique, Christine Glembin and Courtney Stone. This dynamic duo opened Ivy Rowe here in the Charleston area (Mount Pleasant to be exact) just this past May, and business certainly seems to be booming for them! I absolutely LOVE a great success story. Especially when such giant leaps of faith are involved (eg. taking a huge risk by opening your own business!). If you’ve shopped their site before, you KNOW how cute their collections are; so needless to say, when they asked if I’d be interested in helping them get the word out about their new fall collection, I was like “ummm…hell yeah!!!” And then I sent a much more professional response so they didn’t think I was an over-eager lunatic.
Seeing as I actually am a bit of an over-eager lunatic, I was super excited when they generously gifted me a couple pieces from the new collection, one of which being these distressed moto skinny jeans, and I’m telling you all….these are the most comfortable jeans I own now. The denim is extremely soft and very stretchy, while still holding its shape all day. I could legit do the splits in these suckers (if I were still in my 20s that is). I ended up sizing down by two whole sizes in these, but I’m actually not certain of my current regular size since losing a bit of weight this year (see my previous post about that), so I’m not sure if everyone should go down two sizes, and honestly going one size down probably would have worked out fine for me too. The stretch factor makes them pretty forgiving either way you go:)
I paired these moto jeans with some very very basic pieces from my closet for this photo sesh, but I had so many other fun outfit ideas for them. Most of them were on the casual side with different booties, and sneaks, and leather or suede moto jackets. I really adore the detail on these jeans.
The best part is that these babies are only $49, and if you use the discount code BREE20, you get an additional 20% off your entire order:)
If you end up going on a shopping spree and spend $75 or more, shipping is free, otherwise shipping is only a $3.00 flat rate. If you live in the Charleston area you can pick up your order at their shop off of Coleman Boulevard. And if you happen to live in Mount Pleasant, Christine or Courtney will actually deliver your order right to your home for free. I absolutely love that they offer such a personalized experience.:)
If you haven’t checked out my IG page yet today at instagram.com/bree.at.last , definitely head over there now and enter yourself in the drawing to win a $100 gift card for Ivy Rowe Boutique!:) You can get yourself a whole new outfit for a hundred bones there;) . And don’t forget to use code BREE20 to save 20% off your order!
In completely unrelated news, on my IG stories (which I know are typically pretty uneventful…sorry!) I’ve talked about how my vision has been going downhill this year, so I finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and went to an optometrist to get some new specs to help me with driving, watching TV, etc.
The problem is, my brain is not handling this new found clarity well at all. I’ve been having the worst vertigo episodes and dizzy spells, and it’s essentially ruining my life. The dizzy spells even happen at night just when I’m laying in bed with my eyes closed. NONE of this ever happened to me before the glasses. I’m like rock solid when it comes to balance, and now I can’t even do a yoga class without falling over because the room suddenly feels like it’s spinning.
Yesterday I had a productive day planned, but instead I had two horrible dizzy spells while I was in the shower and felt sick for the rest of the day. And those weren’t even the only episodes….just the nausea inducing ones. Pretty much every time I stand up, or climb out of bed I have to stop and struggle to catch my balance.
Naturally I’ve turned to google to see if this is normal, and it seems that an adjustment period actually is pretty normal while your neurons are making new connections and processing the new images. But I feel like it should be improving by now, and instead the episodes seem to be getting worse. It’s to the point where I’m afraid I’m going to have an episode while I’m driving and cause a wreck.
The episodes at night while I’m laying in bed with my eyes closed are almost the most miserable ones. The best way I can think to describe it is slightly embarrassing, but I think a lot of us have been there at least once. Basically it suddenly feels like I’m completely wasted drunk and the room is spinning. I remember feeling this way once right after my 21st birthday and my roommate telling me I needed to slide one of my legs off the bed and plant my foot on the floor so the room would stop spinning, which actually helped from what little I can recall about that night;) Anyway, it’s pretty much the worst feeling when you’re drunk, and I think it might even be worse when you’re painfully sober and wondering why the hell your mind is playing these awful tricks on you.
Has anyone else experienced something similar? I’m like a complete idiot when it comes to all things related to glasses (I’m still not even sure the correct term for my eye sitch…keep forgetting if it’s near-sighted or far-sighted, but basically I have issues with distance ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), so I’m hoping someone out there can enlighten me on if this is normal, and if these side effects will eventually resolve (?). At this point I’m wishing I’d never gone to the optometrist and just want my regularly scheduled, slightly blurry life back.