Epilepsy Awareness Week: Collab and Linkup

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Top:  Shein on Aliexpress // Pants:  Target // Bag:  Karl Lagerfeld (similar here) // Shoes:  Old Navy sold out similar at Target (crazy sales going on at Old Navy though!!!)
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I have so many things happening in today’s post!  I have a blogger collab, the linkup, a
review, and I wanted to touch base as to why I’m talking about Epilepsy this
week.  So let’s dive right in to today’s
post!
Epilepsy Awareness
If you’ve been following me for a few years, you already
know the reason why I do this purple clothing thing every year; because I’m an
epileptic.  I’ve talked about my story a
few times here on the blog and basically repeat myself every year so this year
instead of repeating myself you can just go ahead and click this link to be
brought to the last post that I talked about my story.  This year, instead of dwelling on the past I
wanted to talk about what I’ve been able to do with my epilepsy.  I have something called Juvenile Myoclonic
Epilepsy.  I got lucky because my case
isn’t as severe as some and I don’t have grand mal seizures.  My seizures last about a minute and then I’m
asleep for the next day or two.  The last
time I had a seizure was a long time ago because I was one of the lucky ones
that found the right medicine with the right dosage.  Anyway, since a lot of people ask me how I
live with it, I guess my best answer is, you just get used to it being a part
of you.  I know when I feel “off” and
that’s usually when I will sit down for a minute to collect myself and make
sure that it’s not my epilepsy acting up and it’s just me being over
panicky.  I take my medicine, I can’t
stay out late or get minimal amounts of sleep and I have to live a somewhat
stress free life.  The stress free doesn’t
really work, but I think I’ve learned how to have a balance of stress vs no
stress.  I also do not live alone.  There was a period of time where I did live
alone and to be completely honest I was a little nervous about being in a place
on my own because if something were to happen no one would find me.  Of course I went through the past 12 years of
being annoyed because certain things I just cannot do.  I’m limited to certain things, but at the
same time thanks to that I’ve been able to find other ways of having a good
time.  The only time it gets super
confusing is when I’m in different time zones (for example when I travel to
Poland) and I have to figure out when I’m supposed to take my medication
haha.  Other than that nothing has
changed over the past 12 years.  I’ve
been lucky enough to not have to change my dosage or my medicine because my
body has reacted that well to the specific one I’m on.  Seize the day ladies and gents.
Review
I got to work with Shein on Aliexpress again!  This time around I got to pick from so many
items, insert emoji with heart eyes!  I
cannot wait to show all of the pieces to you but since I have so many collabs
and reviews it’ll be spread out across the month of November.  This top is from Shein on Aliexpress.  First and foremost it’s much prettier in
person.  The sleeves are really that big,
and the wrap portion of this is amazing! 
I decided to wear a tank under it because I feel more comfortable and
would be less paranoid wearing it and having one of the girls accidentally pop
out of my top.  I love that this is such
a statement piece.  I decided to pair it
with purple stretch denim because of my Epilepsy Awareness week.  The quality of this top is pretty good,
better than I had expected and it’s not super thin either.  I also loved working with the company as a
whole.  They’re super nice and so
professional.  Also, just so that you
know on November 11th PST they will have a crazy global shopping
festival so make sure to check them out on the 11th! 
See More Bell Sleeve Tops
         

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Blogger Collab

Read on to see everyone’s Thanksgiving plans and stop by these fabulous ladies’ blogs, today, also.
Michelle: “On Thanksgiving, it’s all about food, family and comfort! Adding a vest to jeans & a blouse is the perfect way to make a casual outfit appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner!”
Chrissy: “Every year our family of six hops in our minivan and travels to central Illinois to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. I chose this outfit because I love the colors, as well as the reminder to be thankful.”
Kristin: “Living overseas makes it hard to be home for Thanksgiving, so this year my husband and I will attend a casual Friendsgiving. This red flannel has been in my closet FOREVER and I love it for Thanksgiving because it’s as traditionally ‘fall’ as you can get!”
Shelbee: “This year for Thanksgiving, we are joining our best friends at their house and decided we might want to dress up just for the fun of dressing up.  I chose a black knit long sleeve dress with lots of stretch to accommodate for food intake.  My favorite red paisley blazer to add some color and tall black boots with a modest heel.  A statement necklace completes the outfit.  Comfortable, chic, and fun!”
Monica: “Hey y’all!  The Thanksgiving holiday will be here sooner than we think!  I wanted to show one of the many outfits that I’ll be choosing from on Thanksgiving.  Over the past few years I’ve loved the whole casual vibes for Thanksgiving.  I also make sure to find outfit that will hide the food baby I’ll have after eating on Thanksgiving!  Since the fiance and I go to two different places on Thanksgiving we eat double.  With that being said, I love this top because the sleeves are such a statement that no one will be looking at your stomach.  Plus, it’s a super cute top.  The pants are really comfy and have stretch to them, so you won’t have to worry about your pants not being able to expand, these will expand with you lol.  Check out more looks like this one on my blog Jersey Girl, Texan Heart.  As always, thank you to Ada for hosting this awesome collab!​”
Linda: ” I love dressing up but I always need to be comfortable enough to serve and get everything ready for our guests. This Old Navy Tunic is a fav that can be dressed up or down at will.  With fun leggings and OTK boots I am fall appropriate.  Adding the pearls seemed to dress it up slightly.”
Lee: “Hi, I’m Lee and my blog is Wine & Couture.  This year I am hosting, for the first time, Thanksgiving Dinner at my home.  I am excited to decorate and have family over to share good food with.”
Kellyann: “Our Thanksgiving plans include dinner with our family.  We usually eat outside and don’t expect cold weather so this dress and booties are perfect!”
Ada: “My Thanksgiving plans are laid-back. Some of my family members work till the afternoon. But we will get together, have a bigger meal than usual, talk, drink coffee and love on each-other. I chose a semi-dressy outfit this year consisting of a thick, brick-red skirt (it has the cutest pockets) with a forest green+navy plaid shirt and some fun sparkly white booties to glam it up. Also, I chose a long coatigan (cardigan sweater) as a topper.”
Whitney: “This year I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and boyfriend at my sister’s new home in Colorado Springs.  I usually want to be comfortable (obviously) but a little bit dressed-up and festive, so this year I’m wearing an on trend velvet top in fall colors.”
Jennie: “We are looking forward to having our four sons, daughter-in-law, and dogs together under one roof again for Thanksgiving! My autumnal colored shift dress is not only stylish with its bell sleeves, but also works well with leggings for a comfortable look that will disquise my holiday food baby!”
LINK UP TIME!
Jersey Girl, Texan Heart Link Up
Jersey Girl, Texan Heart Link Up
   
   
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**Please note I received this top as a review, however all opinions are my own.
   

7 thoughts on “Epilepsy Awareness Week: Collab and Linkup”

  1. First of all you look gorgeous and your outfit was one of my favorites. I'd never guess that pretty top was SheIn. Now is SheIn Ali Express different than the regular SheIn?! I need to order that top, how does it run?! I usually wear a 4 or 6, is Medium OK?!

    You nailed this Thanksgiving look and even better as you wore purple for a purpose and great cause. Your epilepsy story always touches me, especially since a week ago a young, beautiful Albanian journalist that I knew died from a heart attack but she also had epilepsy (she lived on her own). She was only 31, so sad. Thank you for sharing your story. I love that you always wear pink in October for breast cancer awareness and purple in November for epilepsy awareness.

    Longest comment ever but I cannot wait to see the rest of your outfits from our Holiday Series collabs. Could you please add the Holiday Series button to your post too?! And welcome by to read my post too. 😉

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-holiday-series-what-to-wear-for.html

    Good night!

  2. Hey Monica! It's a pleasure to meet you here on the blog. You're beautiful and I feel that reading this post has enriched my day. Of course I love the outfit – those gorgeous jeans with that fab top, and at Target no less! have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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