The Stomach Diaries Part VII ft. Erythema Nodosum

March 1, 2018

The Stomach Diaries Part VII

I can’t believe it’s been 1.5 years since my last Stomach Diaries blog post update (if you’re new here and have no idea what I’m talking about, go here). I’ve been doing smaller frequent updates on Instagram and Instagram Stories. For a while, nothing had changed with my health, so I didn’t feel an update was necessary, but let me catch you up to speed on what went on in 2017 and what’s been going on in 2018 so far. We left off in August of 2016 when I had just seen my gastroenterologist for the first time and my hand eczema was improving from the high dose of prescription probiotics he had given me. I started getting acupuncture more regularly and by about January of last year, my hands were the best they’d ever been. They were still dry and a bit blotchy, but my hands have always been that way, so I’d call it pretty normal for me. It was a relief for my hands not to be swollen and to regain full flexibility in my fingers. The only thing I changed in my diet was taking the prescription probiotics from my GI, so I can only attribute it to that. Even though I started out taking my probiotic “cocktail” (kefir, apple cider vinegar, honey, pomegranate extract, turmeric, and prescription probiotics) twice a day, once I started feeling better, I pared down to once a day.

Around March of last year, I encountered the most intensive, stressful project I’ve ever done for school. I was working 15-18 hour days every single day for about two weeks. I hardly had time to shower never mind moisturize my hands throughout the day. I noticed my hands getting drier than usual which was to be expected since I wasn’t moisturizing as much. But even after I finished my project and started back into my regular moisturizing routine, my hands were still getting drier and beginning to crack. I had one deep crack in the center of my palm that looked like someone had stabbed me with a knife. Remembering how painful my hand eczema got in the past, my hackles were up and I knew I needed to nip this in the bud before it got really bad. I started my sleeping with bags on my hands protocol—when I sleep with my hands creamed up and sealed in plastic food storage bags to make a steamy, humid environment that helps the cracks close up and dryness subside. I covered my cuts with Tegaderm during the day. I religiously got acupuncture once a week. My hands improved, but I still couldn’t get them back to the soft, non-irritated way they previously felt. Finally, sometime in June, the cracks started closing up for good, and by the end of June, I was down to just nursing three small paper cut-like cracks on my fingers. I didn’t change a thing with my diet (still eating primarily fruitarian).

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Fine Arts

February 21, 2018

Fine Arts

I don’t think there exists any item of clothing more undeniably cozy than sweatshirts. I’m always on the hunt to find comfortable clothing that doesn’t look like something you slept in and I really don’t think there exists a more elegantly designed and consciously made sweatshirt than Megan Huntz’s Fine Arts sweatshirts. They’re made from a material called eco-fleece, which is a tri-blend of cotton, recycled poly, and rayon. The yarns are sourced in the United States/spun in North Carolina, and the final product is made in an ethical factory in the Dominican Republic, then screen printed in Atlanta, where Megan is based. Sustainably made comfortable clothing—BOOM. Also, there is something so wonderfully ironic to me about the words “Fine Arts” written on a sweatshirt.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

These Juliana Barton earrings are a favorite of mine because although they’re statement earrings, they are made of vegetable tanned leather, which makes them just as light as a pair of studs. I can wear them all day without them pulling down on my earlobes.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Sweatshirt: c/o Megan Huntz
Denim Skirt: Vintage via Crossroads Trading
Shoes: American Apparel
Geometric Drop Earring 01: c/o Juliana Barton Goods

Father’s Daughter

February 14, 2018

Father's Daughter

Flashback to a few months ago when I had long hair and was in the height of growing out my bangs. Father’s Daughter is a vertically integrated denimwear label based Los Angeles. I love their vintage varsity school vibe. I paired their Jessie Top with their Jessie Pants and felt like I was wearing a casual version of a pants suit.

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Father's Daughter

Jessie Top in Valley: c/o Father’s Daughter
Jessie Pants in Valley: c/o Father’s Daughter
Make Moves Mule: Jeffrey Campbell via Free People
Circle Bag: COS
Kamala Earrings: c/o Seaworthy

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