I’ve always loved retro clothes, dressing up in full skirts, fitted tops with pops of color & fun prints from different era’s especially the 1950’s. Celebrating a friend’s 50’s themed birthday party last summer reminded me of my love for that time. However,heading back home to London 2 months ago was so inspiring to me in every way but especially in fashion. Hitting up one of my favorite 50’s inspired stores called Collectif Clothing in Camden Town (best city in London) was the inspiration I got for my latest fashion shoot.
Deciding to have the Photo shoot at Hotel Adeline was a no brainer being one of the newest boutique hotels that re-opened up this February in Scottsdale, Arizona.The aesthetic was perfect from the welcoming influencer inspired pool area to the old school air conditioning unit in their suites, vintage orange-colored mini fridge, classic chaise lounge chair & spacious bathroom with funky tile work.
Hotel Adeline are willing to work with influencers & gave me free rein to rent the suite, explore & take pics all over their Hotel so cheers Hotel Adeline!
I went with a classic white & red gingham print dress from Collectif clothing that portrayed true retro style from the 1950s. My Photographer Alyssa recommended swimsuit looks (especially as they had a pool to-die-for) so I went in search for the right swimming costumes to compliment my curvaceously strong figure. I asked all around for thong swimsuits as I planned to get a little steamy in these shoots & I was informed the term is now called “cheeky bottom” lol
My last hope after finding no swimsuits with a cheeky bottom was Everything But Water the designer swimsuit store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ironically I was the Assistant Manager there 10 years ago so it was sweet visiting it. I found my 2 swimsuits so quickly & the help that I got from the Staff was outstanding! A nude Luli Farma & yellow Vitamin A swimsuits were the winners.
I already had my Vintage dress picked out, bag, shoes & accessories being a fan of that era i’d accumulated bits & bobs over time so next up was setting the scene & I needed Props. A coverup & sun hat for my swimsuit looks & possibly flowers… I headed to Victoria Secrets & found a green printed kimono style floral silk bathrobe, done!
Finding a sun hat was impossible as I looked everywhere & wanted something unique & still couldn’t find it so I thought why not try vintage stores, take it waaay back!
I perused Old Town Scottsdale & came across a quaint & boutique called Twice Boutique (instagram: Twicescottsdale). I met the owner Brittany whom was lovely jubbly so I bought a flamingo sunhat (which I LOVE) & Her store was full of so many hidden gems & I can’t wait to visit that Boutique in old town Scottsdale again! Furthermore whilst I was admiring the decor at Twice Boutique Brittany very generously offerred me all the sunflowers she created herself that you see strewn in the picture below… how sweet!!After that my looks were complete!
Hair, Makeup & Lashes.
Looking for a typical 50’s era hairstyle online, I went with one pincurl & loose waves that my hairdresser of 5 years Renata Henderson (instagram:rhhairstylist) styled so effortlessly. She is a joy to work with & I can’t tell you how the entire staff at Hotel Adeline knew which era I was representing based on my hair alone. We added a wire covered bandana first in white with black polka dots then an animal print loose scarf.
A friend who works at the same luxury brand I run my business through Britney-Rae Sanchez (instagram:brinnyrae) who is an internationally published celebrity makeup Artist offered to do my photo shoot & what an offer! Britney decided to create a natural glow with retro cat eyes & finished my look with her own custom lipstick concoction of an Armani red lip gloss then added red glitter from a costume store to seal the look! Genius! Britney warned me the glitter would get everywhere & she wasn’t wrong as it got on my teeth,face,inside my mouth & all over my chest but cheers to Britney I was prepared.I had tape & 2 touch ups worth of both said glitter & lip gloss & it turned out so well…
I’ve been seeing my Lash lady Miss Carmen (instagram: eyelashedarizona) for over 6 years & I never go anywhere else. Carmen is a true Artist battling my insanely curly lashes adding extensions to accentuate my big eyes & give me that glamour that I truly believe cemented my Pin-up look.
This was to be our second photo shoot working together & if the chemistry between Alyssa Ryan (instagram:Alyssaryanphotography) from the first shoot was anything to come by then we had no worries. True to that thought we began in the hotel suite,took it outside to the balcony,by the hotel restaurant,influencer signs & lastly the pool, bar & shower. With Alyssa’s talent & openness to explore 3 hours later we got all the shots in the bag! I truly recommend Alyssa as she’s just so easy to work with, eager to make her own suggestions but willing to explore yours & is fearless.
What an amazing experience that was with all those collaborative forces coming together to create magic! I want to thank each & every one of these amazing people including Hotel Adeline who helped me live out my dream as a 50’s pin-up girl. Please go & follow them & show support.Catch you next time loves!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.
Almost 6 years ago I began my journey into becoming a personal fashion stylist at the Luxury brand I run my business through.
I searched everywhere for the right type of footwear as I had to constantly be on my feet running around during client appointments.
After many battles with different brands & styles & still left with bruised & sore toes I came across a brand as per a colleagues recommendation. She said they were sold at Nordstrom’s & with some investigation I headed over there tried them on & bought 3 pairs!
What I love about the shoe is that they have a built-in padded cushion for the heel of your foot, which takes the brunt of your weight. Their unique technology is purrfect for my Lifestyle & I haven’t looked back since!
20 pairs later I started my Style & Lifestyle blog & post an outfit of the day tagging the brand Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear daily (as they are both under the same umbrella) on instagram. Me Too Shoes contacted me as they could see how much I love their brands & provided me with the 40% off code INSTAAFI40 for all my followers. I publicized their newest Summer sandals in a mini social media advertisement of me dancing wearing their 2 styles the Norina with the perforated ankle strap in new luggage goat nubuck color & Tarin’s criss cross Strap Chamet shoe in metallic (both pictures below).
I had Instagram followers, clients & friends ordering from them & got such positive feedback that I just received their fall collection!
This weekend I went to Sedona for a romantic getaway with my husband Zacko & wore out my burgundy flats Olympia Me Too Shoes in the quaint village of Tlaquepaque & my Camo print slip on Reese’s at the Buddhist temple Peace Park (both pictured below!) In addition their Hallees in a delicious floral print has me like woah! Check our their website www.metooshoes.com & www.adamtuckerfootwear.com.
Thank you Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear for saving my feetsies! Don’t forget to use the coupon code for 40% off! Catch you next time Lovies 😍💋
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
Ello Lovies! Apologies on being M.I.A there’s no excuse other than life but my childhood friend whom I lost touch with & hadn’t seen in 12 YEARS came to Scottsdale, Arizona by chance!!
Tumi, I and another lady (Alliccia) were in a musical singing group together called In Harmz Way in Mill Hill, North London in 1995 & we’ve known each other since we were 12 years of age. We grew up attending the same Mount School, wearing ugly brown uniforms & performed our original songs (singing & dancing) to the entire school. We even did lunch time concerts with the infamous Amy Winehouse who also attended the same school & was in our Music & English class! Before you ask we weren’t friends but had mutual respect for one another…
After making many original musical demo’s in studios across London, taking professional pictures for content & getting a manager our parents decided that we should pursue education over music so we parted ways. Tumi went to Hull University & I to De Montfort University,Leicestershire. That unfortunately was the last time Tumi & I saw each other until last weekend! Here is one of the professional pictures we took as a group before dispersing to University.
3 weeks ago I got an instagram message from Tumi that she was going to be flying to Scottsdale, Arizona for work & would be staying at the Valley Ho Hotel. She asked if that Hotel was anywhere close to where I live & to both our surprise I replied that I could walk there in 5 mins from my house!!! I started to concoct plans of taking her to old town Scottsdale & downtown Phoenix so she could get the best of Arizona. (cheers for the recommendation my insta followers) 😉😊
Here is a clip Tumi filmed of us reuniting after 15 years & she hasn’t changed one bit other than being more astute, commanding & confident in herself.
Here are the images of us enjoying each other in Old Town, Scottsdale at The Beverly a local & stylish bar/restaurant with my Hubby Zack, DownTown Phoenix at Pomo the Italian restaurant then Valley Bar (my fav underground place on earth, you should go…your welcome) & then at her Mizani for L’Oreal Summit which was the reason she was here in the first place! Tumi lead a presentation as the head of marketing & KILLED IT, I was so proud to watch her spread her magic!
It was amazeballs reuniting with her as after losing contact the universe brought us back to each others lives for a reason. I was missing my sister & I got her back! It truly was meant to be as Tumi also fell in love with an American so here we are Brits living & working in the U.S! Her in New York & myself in Arizona.
Pink is SUCH a big trend this spring season & you can see the different shades of it from blush to bubblegum to deep pink popping up everywhere on the runway to retail in the luxury brand I run my business through. It shouts SPRING to me personally & the start of something new. Here are some outfits put together for this pop of color trend.
Firstly for my bohemian look I have this Pello Bello Jack Fluffy Feather Fever jacket (try saying that 5 times in a row🤣) $248.00 paired with Loeffler Randall minimal rider shoulder bag $495.00 & these delicious Joie Abigail suede sandals $298.00.
Next for a very special occasion I have one of my favorite gowns of the season this Marchesa Chantilly lace gown $8995.00, for bit of ice Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier diamond 18k pink gold & stainless steel Bracelet watch $14300.00.Gucci is so hot right now so I included their Linea Farfalla flap leather wallet $420.00 & to finish off the look Jimmy Choo fringe stiletto suede sandals $895.00.
Lastly for a sultry night time look I have these Celine Pink square sunnies $400.00 obsessed! T by Alexander Wang lace up long sleeve bodysuit $160.00, Frame Le color distressed skinny denim $199.00, Gucci Guccify leather shoulder bag $4890.00 & Aquazurra powder puff velvet sling back pumps $795.00, the dream!🙌🏾
For my curvy girls looks 1 & 3 would be great paired with a darker denim or even black as an alternative if your not comfortable with white!
For my pump users looks 2 & 3 place the pump lower on your back & or clip it accordingly (to a stomach strap) so you can show off your outfit to its full capacity!
Cheers for checking out these fun pink looks! Catch you next times Lovies!
Cheers & Best wishes,😍💋
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
Ello Lovies!! This past week i’ve been getting my ducks in order. New year plan is to shape up this website & really focus on polishing it into what I DREAM of it becoming. I met an amazing blogger called Josie (her handler name is hellosilhouette on the Gram so follow her) & we had a couple of brainstorming sessions & a photo shoot at my house so we could create some content for my social media & blogs as content is KEY! It went exceptionally well as Josie has a knack for bringing out my goofy side in pics that I was admittedly too nervous (or too British) to share. She has been in this blogging business for quite sometime coming up with ideas some of us are too afraid to say out loud let alone act on but she is DOING it! Cheers Indeed love!
Here are some of the images taken in my newly renovated sitting room area & home office. Our color scheme in our sitting area is mostly maple cognac, granite, browns’s, cream & white. We wanted to create a calm space to relax in after a hard day at work.
For my home office above I only wanted 3 colors to be used for my personal space, white, light gray & green & that to me is perfection coupled with the wooden flooring! Combined they opened up the space whilst being photo friendly & ready for my fashion blog shoots.
Spring 2018 trends we are looking at pops of color from all pinks to crystal embellishment, pearls, vertical stripes, the Trackstar (tracksuit) is back. Denim sweatpants have made a comeback, the ultimate cuff denim, deconstructed denim, ornate embellished denim & lastly asymmetrical denim. Low slung, utility & mum jeans are going to be more popular than ever.
For the next 13 weeks i’ll be going through each trend showcasing how I would style it & how adaptable a pump User (Tandem T: Slim X2) such as myself can navigate around them. Yes I got a Diabectic pump readers! Just after I met my insurance deductible for the year I invested in my health so that means we payed very minimal cost. Felt like I cheated the system which was bloody brilliant! I’m still on my first week so still adjusting but can’t help feeling like i’m looking after a small child that is my “pancreas”.
Catch you next week lovies where I will begin my Spring Trend Investigations. Can you guess which title i’m going to investigate…you’ll have to tune in to see!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
Happy Happy New Year Lovies!! Christmas was something else with my 9 day flu that transpired into a sinus infection then Bronchitis!🤧 I made it through & am slowly getting back to the old me. My workouts on the other hand have been slightly harder as a runner so I’ve been slowly building back my stamina.💪🏼
It was lovely jubbly spending the holidays with my family who live across the street from the Hubster Zack & I. We started out with our annual pub crawl in old town scottsdale heading to the bars Counter Intuitive, Kelly’s at Southbridge then Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers to soak up all that alcoholic tom foolery.😋 💃🏿
The next night I met up with all my favorite Saks Associates past & present for our annual secret Santa dinner at the Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar in Arcadia. It was great catching up on life, remising about the past & of course gift giving. I got these delicious earrings from my friend Devon which I LOVE!! The waiter tried to rush us a few times as we couldn’t stop chatting but after almost 4 hours we left him in peace! Love my girls!🥂🍾
We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve as all the family were together then. Playing games, eating homemade Beef Wellington with all the sides & homemade cannolis’s for dessert was a dream. Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water! Yum! Zack printed out ugly sweaters for everyone in honor of Christmas cheer! Here we are showing how we Maita’s roll.🎅🏽🙋🏽
The new year had us toasting it with Chinese food from Uber Eats & renting movies. It was relaxing which was ideal as I had to work the next day & was getting ready for my brother’s visit later that week. Haruna came to visit us from West, Africa, Nigeria which was such a treat for 3 days! I know what your thinking 3 days is too short to come from such a long way away right?? I certainly thought so & shared it with him but I’ll take what I can get. It’s strange being absent from someone you’ve known your whole life then seeing them all of a sudden again, constantly, picking up like no time has passed at all. It was just golden. We spent some good quality time getting to know each other again, going out for lunches & dinners & I even made him my famous gluten free lasagna.☺️ Despite my brothers accomplishments he’s still the awkward boy I laughed at & who wouldn’t let me play with him & his friends (because I secretly fancied one of them).😋Love you brov!
Haruna was heading to New Jersey after his visit then Miami, London then back home to Nigeria. What a life!
This year i’ve Made a pledge to myself to be more aggressive in going after what I want, figuring it out if I meet any road blocks & just going for it. Make a pledge to yourself it feels good!
Catch you next time lovies!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
Ello Lovies! We’ve officially entered the holiday season with Halloween just yesterday & thanksgiving around the corner! 🎃 Apologies to anyone who doesn’t know what Thanksgiving is. It’s our first Christmas here in the States except there are no presents which in my opinion is the BEST, no pressure & no expectations!🙋🏽 Just some great company & good food shared among family & friends if your lucky.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to finally have a physical change of weather (especially for people who live in the Desert like myself.) I love this time of year as it reminds me of living in London when the air is crisp in the morning & you can see the fog of your breath when you talk…
After 7 months of planning & living in chaos our renovations you reckon is DONE!!! Yes people we survived our renovations!!!😱 Zack & I are so relieved to have our house back & have even gone as far as hosting 2 intimate dinners with friends. Here is the finished product…
The top left image is the before the renovations. I took this pic collage as I like to be dramatic & showcase the exact change so you can see the differences!😋Doesn’t it look like a different house?? Our contractor & his team did such a bang up job that I find myself going into my kitchen at 2 am & turning on the lights just so I can look at it again…😊
Other than the maple cognac cabinets being installed we raised them higher & got rid of the Soffet to the right (see the original image) that blocked off the entire room opening it all up & with that created a Peninsular. In addition lighting played a big part as we added 5 new canned lights, 3 pendant lights over the peninsular, a Game of Thrones👑 inspired rustic chandelier over the dining table (see bottom left image) & lastly a new fan/light in the music room. We centered the sink, (as it wasn’t before) 🙄 purchased a black under mount sink (so durable) & the piece de resistance was the Volcano Granite countertop spread out. A new range & gas & electric combined stove completed the look with white subway tile backsplash that opened up the room entirely. A big shout out & cheers indeed to AZ Home Remodel we are forever grateful!🙋🏽😍
Halloween is most peculiar in the best way with pumpkin carvings & people dressing up for fun. I’d never seen a real life pumpkin until I moved to the States & to be honest don’t really care for the taste. When this holiday comes around I hear “pumpkin this & pumpkin spice that” & get so enthralled with this pumpkin madness!🎃However, if you can’t beat them, join them & my favorite thing to do during Halloween is dress up! Here are my top 3 outfits that had I done anything this year I would have dressed up as…
Option 1: Wonder Woman. Did you see that empowering film released earlier this year? Female lead, Female Director & predominantly Female Cast & Producer. Need I say more??
Option 2: Khaleesi & Khal Drogo because it’s Game of Thrones’ epic couple & those characters are EVERYTHING!! All hail the Mother of Dragons!
Option 3: Pennywise from the movie “IT” though creepy this character has risen in popularity with the updated release of the movie… And it’s creepy A.F.
I hope you all made some amazing memories this year. Catch you next time Lovies & remember comments are alway welcome! Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
Ello Lovies! I hope your week day has been going great?! My renovations you reckon is 1 day away from being complete if you can believe it?! We’re getting so excited to have our kitchen/ house back after Glamping (Glamorous Camping) for 3 weeks!😳 Everything in our house is at an upheaval as we’re painting our hallway, color matching the ceiling of our kitchen to our dining room as they’re all one space now with the kitchen remodel & re-painting the husband, Zack’s office. I didn’t realize he had so many freaking sneakers & I thought I was bad! Lol😏 Here’s a sneak peek of our custom new maple cognac cabinets that just went up from Woodmark! Awesome sauce!🙋🏽
Don’t know if you know this but I’ve been living in Arizona for 10 years (since April 2007) having moved here for Love & found myself lacking in Black girlfriends. Coming from such a multicultural background & living in London pretty much my whole life in such a melting pot, I paid no attention to it. I have to mention I have every nationality of girlfriend & do not discriminate against any race but I just couldn’t build a long lasting connection with any black women in Arizona. Missing the closeness of my 5 sisters (who live in London) since I’d moved across the pond & Zack could see that with my obsession with the HBO show Insecure. I would act like the main characters Issa Rae & Molly we’re my Besties so with that clear indication he encouraged me to seek out more “Sister” friends! 😂 I went on Facebook & lo & behold there was an invite to a black Girl Magic Phoenix Brunch that was being held 2 miles down the road from where I live. If that wasn’t a sign I don’t know what was!! Now this event had popped up in my Facebook news feed many times but I was a little nervous going on my own but I finally grew some female balls, purchased a ticket online & selected my brunch choice with beverage (omlette with bottomless mimosas🍳🥂) Cheers!😋
Cueing up in line I started to do what I always do which is nervously sweat & question what the HELL I was doing there?! A lady in front of me in line with long bouncy curls & stylish framed glasses smiled So I spoke asking her if it was her first time which it was then we went from there.I sat next to her & we introduced ourselves, chatted then 2 other ladies came to the same table asking to sit as well & we all connected, shared our stories & exchanged contact details with plans to meet at a later date…Here are the beautiful ladies I met at the Black Girl Magic Phoenix Brunch whom I hope to develop a solid friendship with!😍
After getting to know the ladies at our table the Creator of Black Girls Brunch Gaybrielle, a Phoenix Native introduced herself to the entire room, a warm & bubbly lady whom I could not be more enthralled by! She introduced her Co-Founder of Black Girl Magic Phoenix Kyley & a volunteer Deanna. Gaybrielle described that Black Girl Brunch was created for black women to “see” each other, network & it was a place where ladies became “Sister Friends” & I totally agree with that. Gaybrielle mentioned that they usually shine light on one of the guests/ members business but this week they just wanted everyone to mingle & get to know each other… Here’s a shot of Gaybrielle & I after a little sesh on the dance floor.💃🏿💃🏿
There was a lot of dancing with a fun Dj, networking, delicious peach cobbler cheesecake dessert & bottomless mimosa’s, a fun experience it was indeed!!! If your looking for strong black women who are self- driven, empowered & looking for girlfriends then this is for you.
Catch you next time Lovies,
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T 😍❤️
Ello Lovies! It’s Fall y’all! I just LOVE that American expression as it flows so freely on the tongue don’t you think?! In England we just fall into the autumn weather with no expression other than “its bloody cold!”😂 but here in the states I find each weather is categorized & with it comes the “sweater weather” lifestyle. We have pumpkin spice everything which as a Brit I’ll never understand the taste (sorry not sorry😋) winter wear & all the delicious holidays that come with it like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa (depending on your beliefs!) On a side note the dress I’m wearing is the infamous wrap dress in the lipstick print from Diane Von Furstenberg I actually won from the luxury brand I run my business through… lucky me💋
I’m loving the fact that fall has begun only because my kitchen renovation just began,lovely Jubbly! Our Renovation team gave us 3 weeks to complete it (sept 18th-October 6th) so fingers crossed! It’s so exciting not having to cook everyone keeps telling me but me being me I prepped meals for 2 weeks and a half beforehand, fridged (is that a word?🤔) & froze them! Glamping (glamorous camping) as our Electrician hysterically called it as I was scooping pre-baked chicken from one at home Tupperware into my takeaway one for my work lunch crouched on our front room rug & low table using plastic cutlery is quite the challenge but I’ll take it for what our kitchen is going to be transformed into… These are pics I took before & after the demolition … crazy to think it’s the same space right?!
We chose maple cognac custom cabinets from the brand Woodmark, Volcano Granite countertops (which look like a volcano effect) & simple white subway tile for our backsplash which will balance everything out. I can’t wait to show you the after picture!😍 Golly gumdrops I’m excited! We’re into the second week now with the kitchen completely ripped out & they just started our cabinet installation & told us that 2 cabinet pieces are missing, another piece sent is 3 shades darker than the entire cabinet set we ordered & we have no filler for the cabinets ( to fill in the spaces where the cabinets meet the ceiling) so… Drama ensues…I’ll have to call back our kitchen planner & guilt him into sending us those pieces A.S.A.P as it’ll delay all the other work such as countertop installation if not.😏 I’ll keep you lovies posted…
This fall season it’s all about Le Jacket (the Jacket) and there are so many variations of jackets it’ll make your head spin but variety IS the spice of life (I think I’m saying that right?😋) & boy are we scorching!☄️ We have the Check Jacket, Pattern play, Velvet, Rocker, Sartorial, Evening, Bright jacket, the Double- Breasted Jacket, Monochromatic & Jacquard Jacket to name a lot. From designers such as Saint Laurent, Akris Punto, Stella McCartney, Brunello Cuccinelli & Etro there are an abundance of designers to choose from! I put together 3 pieces of my favorite fall jacket trends!
My first choice is from Etro & their Floral Jacquard Blazer at $2370.00 is everything! The rich colors pop with the pattern play & I would totally put it with neutrals so that it continues to be the central piece. For work or play this is a dream!
My second choice is this Check Tweed Jacket from St John at $1795.00 that is very “Jackie O”. It’s cropped so hits you just at the curve of the hip which is the most flattering point & the Check pattern is SO hot right now. This jacket is timeless. Pass me those oversized shades please?!😎
My final choice is this Bright Jacket by Escada at $1725.00. It’s cashmere & wool blend will keep you warm during those cool winter nights & that color will warm up every outfit. The cut may be a little conservative but the button front can be unbuttoned for variety!
There are so many jackets to choose from to reiterate so go with your gut as that almost never lets you down. I hope this mini guide helps with your outerwear choices for this season. Catch you next time Lovies, Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T 😍💋
Ello Lovies! The last 2 weeks have been hectic with life & me trying to get back on my gym game. I’ve been slacking, still trying to hold on to that summer Holidaze “feels” of chilling. As a type 1 Diabectic it’s essential for me to exercise as it lowers my blood sugars naturally & the less insulin (which is a protein that keeps me alive) I use, the better. I know I haven’t touched much on my condition but I was diagnosed a month before my 27th birthday for juvenile (or type 1) diabetes which is pretty old in age diagnosis. Some children get it as young as 3 years old but at almost 27 years it was rare & I’ve been living with this condition for 6 years (shhh don’t tell anyone my age 😊). Firstly there are 2 types of diabetes if you don’t know. Type 1 is hereditary & Type 2 is not. Type 1 diabetes is an incurable condition that can only be managed & I do that by checking my blood sugar about 5 times a day, (pricking my finger with a lancet & placing my blood drop on a test strip that produces a reading) counting carbs I eat & calculating that by how much medication (insulin) to give myself to control it, exercising & trying to eat well. Doctors nicknamed my condition Type 1.5 (which is even more uncommon) as I got to lead a relatively normal childhood without syringes, blood tests, insulin & such…
This all came about when my Hubster Zack & I decided to take a trip to Las Vegas as we were promoting his Printing & Embroidery business in 2011 & after much debauchery of late nights, drinking, no sleep & eating all the wrong foods we got back home to Arizona & I found it hard to look at the television or images in general. My gym workouts were a struggle as I had no energy to run on the treadmill & was easily out of breath which was abnormal being an athlete my whole life.The real kicker came when I started to vomit everything I ate & in 3 days lost 15 lbs. My extremely worried husband took me to a random doctors office & after checking me out (with no blood test) told me I had a “cold” & prescribed me sugary syrup cough medications. BIG MISTAKE! (oh I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Women when she gets shunned by the snooty sales associates then goes back to said store with all her new shopping bags to tell them off !!😂) After taking the prescribed medications I disintegrated further becoming disorientated & my Zack & mum-in -law Kris carried me to the hospital. The doctors & nurse did some blood tests & said a normal person’s blood sugar should be between 80-120 mg/dl, mine was tested at 1200 mg\dl. Firstly I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabectic (basically my God given pancreas stopped working) secondly I was entering a Diabectic coma, and lastly a couple more days going untreated & I would have been dead.
I was in the I.C.U for 3 days & the hospital for 5 more days after that…it’s a miracle I’m alive today.
Zack says he would ask me the days leading up to my diagnosis if I was awake or asleep & I would say disorientated shaking my head “I’m in between, I’m in between!”. We laugh about it now because we were crying at the time…what doesn’t kill you & all…literally! Very dramatic but there you have it with my diagnosis story. My pancreas was in a honeymoon phase & was producing insulin from somewhere nobody knows but it had a limited supply hence I was labelled a Type 1.5 Diabectic. It eventually shut down after our Vegas trip just before I turned 27! Happy. Freaking.Birthday.To. Me.
So exercise is a big part of my life like my condition I have to do it. Boxing, running, stepping, eliptical, cycling, weight & circuit training fitness, you name it i’ve done or am doing it 3-4 times a week. I want to live a long life & between seeing an endocrinologist ( my diabetes doctor) & dentist every 3 months I hopefully will! I now manage my condition with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and an Omnipod (wireless pump) personal diabetes manager, pre-filled flex pen with insulin & syringes & My last A1C (how i’ve managed the sugar in my blood for the last 3 months) was 7.3. (could be better & working on that but not perfect)
I find ways to incorporate my Diabectic style into my wardrobe by either hindering my pump (when I wore one) with fun & funky armbands to secure it for my workouts or swimming. Or just showing it off. My favorite experience was when a lady walked up to me at a supermarket & blatantly pointed at my arm & asked “what is that?” I replied it’s my outside pancreas! She looked appalled & started to walk away but I explained to her what it really entailed & she ended up offering to take me out for tea! Lovely jubbly!!☕️🙋🏽
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed how I became “Le Diabectic” feel free to leave comments below, I welcome them! Catch you next time!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T