Sentimental Me: Family First.

I feel like lots has changed in my life this couple of weeks.

First there was the emergency hospital procedure.

Then mother of all eye infections decided to sneak up on me in the wee hours of Friday morning,

Not much wakes me from my slumber, but this nasty little beast managed to defy the odds.

Something I thought was just a simple eye infection, ended up with another (emergency) visit to a specialist on Friday afternoon.

Not sure if I’ve told you, but I’m a contact lens wearer.

Contact lenses are amazing – when they behave that is!

The magical little piece of plastic you pop into your eye and forget about, has been my saving grace in the vanity department, for so many years.

I loathe wearing my specs on a regular basis.

But last Friday morning, it seems said plastic decided it was time to play silly buggers and dry out while I was sleeping.

Note: I wear the type of lenses you sleep in.

In my comatose state I must have rubbed my eyes, which meant the dry contact lens scratched the surface of my eye leaving several grazes, which then quickly became infected – not a pleasant experience I can tell you, and one I would choose not to repeat.

The quick thinking of my GP made all the difference.

Without her excellent diagnosis (and persistence in finding a specialist willing to see me on the Friday before a bank holiday weekend) I may have ended up in hospital.

I’m happy to report my eye is healing really well, with the help of some kick-ass antibiotics and cortisone.

On Saturday I had arranged to meet up with some of the gorgeous women of #everydaystyle – but as soon as this happened, I just knew I had to cancel.

Drops were going in my eye every two hours, it was bloodshot, uncomfortable and I couldn’t wear make-up.

It was a big no-no.

Anyway, part of the fun of meeting up with everyone is dressing up and feeling fabulous.

I can assure you I did not feel fabulous.

Instead, I still headed to Brisbane (sans make-up and water streaming from my eyes) to get my blonde refreshed and a quick catch-up with my baby girl.

As it turned out, it was exactly what I needed to do…she needed some Mumma time. When I don’t feel right I need to have her around me.

It’s like the universe made me stop, change my plans and see Beckie – because seeing each other made us both feel better.

We spent quality time together, playing twins.

Her looking all beautiful, me feeling like a wreck in my prescription sunnies and no make-up.

But it was just what the doctor ordered for both of us.

Sentimental Me: Family First

Sequin Top in Navy Cream* $129.95 (Beckie wearing S Bev Wearing M) Adrift Clothing | Beckie: Jeans ‘Jamie’ from Top Shop  | Bev: Jeans Bohemian Traders Indigo Skinny* $129.00 |

Now, stripes are a must-have for any stylish girls. They are certainly a no-brainer for me.

I LOVE anything stripey, and completely ignore the mere suggestion that horizontal stripes make you wider.

This gorgeous top from Adrift  is more than a bit special though, the cream part of the stripe is filled with tiny sequins.

A genius combination if you ask me.

The sequins are subtle, yet sophisticated.

It also has a great length sleeve and the perfect curved hem.

Wear paired with denim of any colour for a stylish classic look that will have you feeling a millions bucks.

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Sentimental Me; Family First

The next time I see my beautiful Beckie, will be on Mother’s Day (read below).

By then I will have been to the other side of the world and back in just 10 short days.

Since we have lived in Australia, I religiously Skype my Dad and my Sister every Saturday night.

It’s the time when we sit down as a family and the thousands of miles separating us, just seems to disappear.

My Dad loves our skype time…even more so if Beckie is home.

I think he saves his weekly supply of jokes for Saturdays. Even when he’s having a bad day, he always has a smile on his face.

Honestly, he is an incredible man.

He has always been my hero, but especially so, since my Mumma died in 1999.

Looking back, I never thought he would survive without her.

He is strong, even when he is hurting.

But he has been poorly for a while now.

He has lots of medical issues; most are life threatening, but due to severe breathing difficulties he suffers, he is not well enough to survive surgery.

So on Thursday I will board a flight back to England.

I’ve had the call that everyone dreads.

Yes it’s time for me to go home and see my hero.

It has got to the stage where I need to go.

I cannot wait a second longer.

Up until this point, my Dad hasn’t wanted me to go.

But now he is not protesting, which tells me so much.

The unspoken words sometimes have the most impact don’t you agree?

He has finally admitted he is not well and he needs to see me, just as much as I need to see him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bev,

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  • Thinking of you sweet lady – I dread the day I get that call and need to go home, but it’s the price we pay for living out our dreams, right? I’ll be thinking of you until you arrive back home. And as a fellow contacts wearer – I totally feel your pain on the infection and hope you’re all better now.

    xxx

  • I know exactly what you mean about needing to catch up with your girl, I’m like that with Miss 19. So sorry to hear about your dad, big hugs xxx

    • Thanks Janet, loving being here in the UK with him, even though its just a flying visit.
      It sounds like you have the perfect relationship with your daughter too, we are so lucky xx

  • Uggbootdiva

    I’m sorry your dad isn’t well – it is so difficult when your family is away. On a more shallow note can you PLEASE post how you and Beckie do your hair? You both get it just right, how do you style it?

    • It truly is – thank goodness I’m here with him now spending some quality time.
      Both Beckie and I use more or less exactly the same process for doing our hair. I swear by my GHD hairdryer. Straighteners: I use GHD Eclipse, Beckie uses Cloud Nine (I will buy these next). We both use Kerastase Resistance Serum Therapiste plus Nectar Thermique for heat protection. Both of us love these products. We just blast our hair with a dryer, then section and straighten – hope this helps! xx

  • Sending you lots of love Bev xx

  • Fabric Epiphanies

    Bev I know how you feel. My own father has severely declining health. I am lucky though because he lives locally. It is not easy seeing my mentally and physically strong father fade before my eyes. Good luck with your trip. I hope you get to spend some quality time together.

    • Thank so much. You’re so right, it is so hard to see our loved ones fade. Even though my Dad has been poorly for quite a while, I was still shocked when I saw him. So I’m making the most of every minute we spend together xxx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Awww Bev, my heart is breaking for you. As you know we have had similar here recently (but very sudden) and now it seems another close family member is very unwell too…honestly it’s one thing after another this end too. It’s seems 2016 will be a trying year for many. Sending you my love & prayers lovely…safe travels xxx

    • Thanks so much gorgeous girl. I’m so happy I’ve made this trip over. I would have hated to miss the opportunity by leaving it too late. Although Dad is very poorly, he is still trying to crack a joke which is delightful and a pleasure to see.
      Sending you love and light Nat, so sorry to hear there is another family member ill xxx

  • merilyn

    oh my! you’ve been going through a lot bev!
    how wonderful is your relationship with your beckie! … just gorgeous together!
    I do hope you can have some beautiful moments with your dad!
    wishing you all the best lovely! much love m:)X

    • Everything seems to always come at once, I totally agree M.
      I’m so lucky to have such an amazing relationship with Beckie – she truly is my world.
      Just sitting here with Dad as I type this – he keep snoozing, but smiles a big grin when he wakes up.
      Have a great week gorgeous M xxx

  • Michelle

    Safe travels and enjoy your time with your dad.
    Mx

  • Petra

    Oh, I’m so sad for you Bev. Went through something similar with my dad 4 years ago. I will be thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Take care xo

    • Thank you Petra. My Dad has been fighting one medical condition after another and I’d started to panic that I would leave it too long and not get to see him. So pleased I’m sitting with him now while he has a little snooze xxx

  • Belinda Boschma

    I was in your exact same position 6 weeks ago, our flights were booked for Friday 18th march to see my dad as he had been given only weeks to live, he passed on the 17th, before we even flew. My heart is completely broken and I don’t know how to deal with it.
    I hope you have some quality time with your dad. Much love. xxx

    • Oh Belinda my heart aches for you. I just can’t imagine how you must be feeling. I’m honestly at a loss for words that can make the pain you are already feeling any easier.
      When my sister called me to say Dad was poorly (with yet another infection) which added to his other major ailments confirmed I had to get here asap. Sending you love and light xxx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    How sad sweetheart I hate this sort of post it makes me cry,as I know only too well what you’re telling us,you will be in my thoughts my friend and safe travels,I hope you get to spend some quality time with your Dad??

    • Thank you Darling Lisa, you’ve managed to read between the lines beautifully. I would never have forgiven myself if I didn’t get here in time. It would have haunted me forever. We are both just enjoying sitting together and catching up. He is always smiling, even though his prognosis is not at all good…at the moment, he is having a little nap xxx

  • Poppy

    So sad. Have a safe trip.

  • Beautiful post Bev. Safe travels and know there will be so many blogging & Instagram friends thinking of you while you’re with your Dad x

    • Thanks so much Kirsten, this community seriously blows me away. The support, love and kindness is incredible. Sitting opposite my lovely Dad as I type this…he is having a little nap xxx

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    Safe travels lovely, I hope the time spent with your dad is healing. X

    • Thanks so much Jenni – I’m soaking up every second with him xxx Enjoy Bali

  • Annette

    Love reading your blog Bev, I love your honesty and openness. I must say I am a little jealous of your relationship with your daughter (she and I are around the same age) as my mother and I have always had a very strained relationship. I have been lucky with my mother-in-law, however, she is a wonderful, loving and generous woman with a splash of style much like yourself! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you travel home to be with your Dad.

    • Oh Annette thank you so much. Writing is so cathartic for me, whenever I feel stressed or not sure, writing seems to make everything clearer. I remember the first day I wrote from my heart, the response truly melted my heart and gave me the courage to do it again.
      So happy to hear you have a loving relationship with you MIL, she sounds like a delightful lady (although I appreciate it must still be very difficult for you not having this relationship with your Mum). I’m sitting with my Dad as I write this…he is having a little snooze xxx

  • Yvonne Duke

    So sorry that your Dad is not very well. My mum in Scotland is very ill just now so I know how you feel….constantly have that feeling of dread x

    • Yvonne I Skype my Dad every Saturday night, but getting the call makes you panic that you won’t get there on time. I’m so glad I’m here (sitting opposite as I type this) xxx

      • Yvonne Duke

        That’s great you are there with him. My self and my eldest son flew into Glasgow this afternoon and went straight to the hospital to visit my Mum x

        • Oh Yvonne I’m so happy to hear you are with your Mum, sending you lots of love xxx

  • Suzie

    Oh so sorry to hear about your dad. My parents live in Europe and my dread is when That time comes. Thinking of you ?

    • Thanks so much Suzie, he is really poorly but such a strong man that refuses to give in. It’s so difficult when the calls comes though, but I just wanted to get here to see him asap, I also knew it was the right time xxx

  • Oh Bev you have had some many hurdles to get over and you do it with such honesty and grace. You really are one of the most amazing and of course well dressed women I know. Sending you all my love as you wing your way to your Dad xxx

    • Karen thank you so much for such wonderful words – they really do mean the world to me. I must agree, the past few weeks have been quite challenging to say the least. I’m so happy to be sitting with my Dad as I type this message to you though xxx