James Perse t-shirt dress | size 3, a few years old (very similar light gray version on sale at Saks Off Fifth for $45)
James Perse exclusive Birkenstock sandals
Alexander Wang Rockie satchel
Happy Friday! That means I made it through my first week “quitting” coffee. I could have thought the timing through on this a little better, but I’ve actually not had a bad time of it overall.
I started Saturday morning, and since I woke up with a headache (I get migraines when I’m having my period because of hormone levels) decided to go ahead and have a watered down shot of espresso since caffeine helps with my migraines. After that…nothing. I tapered down the amount of coffee I was drinking every day until two days ago I cut it out completely. I do get nasty withdrawal headaches, but not until the afternoon, and since I’m winding down and in bed between 8:30 and 9:00 (I’m up by 5 AM), I can manage with those and not have to take anything.
Sadly, I discovered yesterday that sugar helps the caffeine headache. Which is interesting. But not totally surprising, because I’ve also quit sugar during the week…so double withdrawals, chocolate cravings, and fatigue won out yesterday and I ate (most of) a pint of ice cream while catching up on silly sitcoms last evening.
I honestly never thought I could quit coffee, but it turns out I can. Quite easily actually, which surprised me. I mean…I’ve been a little more tired in the afternoons and still have some mood swings, but I’m chalking that up with withdrawal, my period, and this CRAZY HEAT WE’RE STILL HAVING during the day here. Oh, and thanks to a comment from Anne recently, I’ve started taking evening primrose oil twice a day in an effort to attack the really super-crazy hormonal mood swings that strike the week before and a few days during my period, and I think it’s helping. Of course, there are so many things I’ve changed and messed with lately, who knows what’s going on with my body, but I should know in another couple weeks if they’ve really made a difference.
On another note, if you’re a James Perse afficianado like me, you probably noticed that he’s not doing ruched dresses/skirts anymore; he’s doing “tucked.” I’m conflicted about this because I’ve always loved the ruched dresses and skirts because of the way the ruching SUCKS everything in and holds it there. BUT they ride up terribly. I wore this dress yesterday and as usual, had to tug it down every so often.
My observation is that the tucked dresses stay put better, but I haven’t really found one that I like ON me. I’ve tried a couple on and they’re very good for straighter body types, or ones without so many lumps and bumps as mine, so I’ll be sticking with my old styles for now.
Have you tried on the tucked dresses? How do you feel about them compared to the older ruched styles?
Have a great weekend!!
Yay! I’m glad the EPO seems to be helping. Please let us know in a month or two whether you think it’s working. When I started taking it, I thought it kicked in pretty quickly, too, and chalked it up to the placebo effect. However, it’s been several months now and I haven’t felt that crazy PMS rage and sadness, so … fingers crossed it helps your symptoms as well.
As for the dress, I really love it on you. I love James Perse in general. Unfortunately, JP generally runs too short on me, especially the tops and tees. Argh.
Grechen Reiter says
i’m sort of nervous to think “problem solved” so quickly, but i do think it! i really feel different – more balanced – even after one or two days on the EPO. of course, the real test will be the PMS rage, as you said – that should kick in not tomorrow but the next saturday (always on a saturday!!). so here’s hoping for calmness! thank you SO MUCH for the recommendation!!
i have the opposite problem with JP – everything’s long on me, which with certain pieces, is even better. but a problem for others.
Appropriate that the weather is hot, cuz that’s how you look in this dress! (OMG….that sounds like some kind of nerdy pick-up line you’d hear in a cheezy bar!!!). 😉
And, Anne, I use evening primrose oil along with my “Flash Fighters” and the combo has changed my life! (Menopause sucks!)
Oh, I’m happy to hear that EPO works for you, too! Let’s me know I’m not imagining things. 🙂
Fatima Mahmood says
Just came across your blog and felt I should let you know that evening primrose oil is the best thing ever! I used to get really bad skin around my time of the month or whenever I was stressed but after 8 months on evening primrose oil it has almost completely cleared up. It was recommended by a friend who swears by it (she has beautiful skin) and says it all down to years on evening primrose oil.
Love this blog btw!
Grechen Reiter says
oh yay! bonus 🙂
thanks so much for your comment fatima!!
Marina miouprincess says
This is my 15th day without coffee. The first week was hard. Now I’m getting more used to it but I do feel tired in the evening. On the plus side I go to bed earlier! I drink decaf but it’s so not the same! The dress looks great on you!