What I Wore Lately Vol. 126

Hi friends! It’s time for another everyday outfit roundup! I don’t have nearly as many pictures as I usually do, since I’ve been down with an injured foot for the better part of the past two weeks, but I figured I’d go ahead and post what I have.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small or medium in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans and pants, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

What I Wore: Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits

The events before I messed up my ankle seem so long ago… almost like another lifetime. I wore this very basic outfit to work from home and walk the dog (thus the On Cloud sneakers) and then I ran out to get my hair color touched up and cover up those pesky grays.

While there’s nothing special about it, I really the easy fit of sweater and the crossover v-neck. Also, these jeans are my favorite everyday flares. They sold out at Nordstrom, but they’re on sale in a few sizes at Saks, and Neiman’s has a version with a finished hem on sale that is fully stocked! There are a few of those at Saks too.

Treasure & Bond sweater (S) // MOTHER denim (29) (on sale at Saks) (another sale option) (budget option) // On Cloud sneakers (39)

I wore this casual look to meet a friend for coffee. I love this stripe zipper detail on this cozy half-zip sweatshirt.

sweatshirt (S) // MOTHER denim (29) (budget option) // Vince sneakers (29) (option) // Lagos hoops

I changed into wide leg jeans and sandals for a mani/pedi that afternoon.

sweatshirt (S) // KUT from the Kloth jeans (6) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Lagos hoops

We had dinner plans that night, and I wasn’t feeling very inspired. This is such an awkward time of year to dress for. I wanted to wear my new LOFT swing trench jacket, and I thought it would work well with this stripe cotton blend sweater, but it seemed awfully plain without the coat. A front tuck helped only minimally.

I added a belt, and decided that would have to do. I should have worn bigger earrings, at least, but I didn’t bother changing the mixed metal hoops.

stripe sweater (S) // FRAME Le Easy Flare (29) (similar on sale) (budget option) // FRAME belt (M) // Vince boots (8) // Lagos earrings

Here’s how it looked with the jacket. This definitely completes the look. It was a chilly night, so I did wear it buttoned. Also, these jeans are on sale at Saks in some other washes.

LOFT swing trench jacket (S) // stripe sweater (S) // FRAME Le Easy Flare (29) (budget option) // Vince boots (8) // Lagos earrings

And that brings us to that fateful Saturday night… We came home from a long afternoon at our daughter’s competition, and I ran upstairs to change while Paul retrieved the pizza we had ordered. I debated doing the whole nighttime routine/pajama thing, but I was eager to have a piece of pizza while it was hot, so I just switched into slippers and headed back downstairs.

That’s when I got distracted by the dog’s poop (sorry, TMI) on the foyer rug and stepped down onto the bottom step, thinking it was the floor. I was holding a glass of water in my right hand, which I somehow managed not to drop, and I came down with my full body weight onto that turned ankle.

I scraped my right elbow on the wall, so I guess that’s how I caught myself and prevented a total wipeout, but I knew immediately that I’d done some serious damage to that ankle. I wasn’t able to put any weight on it without extreme pain, so after icing it for a while, we decided to go to the ER. They didn’t see a break on the x-ray, so they sent me home with crutches and a snazzy medical boot to use until I could get into see a specialist.

All that to say, this is what I wore that day… Except, I was wearing UGG slippers, not sneakers, by the time we went to the ER.

band tee // MOTHER denim (29) (on sale at Saks) (another sale option) (budget option) // P448 sneakers (39)

I do not have much photographic evidence of I’ve been wearing since, but it’s been pretty much some variation on this. I have several pairs of Vuori joggers, and I’ve been rotating through those, as well as my Athleta Balance Flare Pants, which are unfortunately sold out.

Athleta Pranayama Wrap (S) // old Vuori tee (S) // Vuori joggers c/o (M) // On Cloud sneakers (39)

For anyone more interested in the fate of my ankle than what I’ve been wearing, I did get in to see a foot and ankle specialist the Monday after my fall. Because I have a long history of foot and ankle injuries, I pretty much have one on speed dial. (I’m kidding, of course, but because I was an existing patient, I was able to get in right away.)

He confirmed that I did a good bit of damage to my ligaments, and he suspects there’s a break they missed at the ER. He did more x-rays and ordered an MRI. Until I get the results, I’m supposed to wear a medical boot 24/7, but he said I’m allowed to be weight-bearing in the boot, so I stopped using my crutches, but I’m not sure that was a great idea. At first, it felt fine to walk on it, but it has been getting more painful, and I definitely think there’s a break in there somewhere. I’ve gone back to using crutches some, trying to protect it from further injury. I have an appointment to go back in and get the results tomorrow.

Okay, moving on… I took this picture when I got back from my MRI on Saturday. This jacket is on sale, by the way! It’s my favorite for wearing with joggings and yoga pants to walk the dog or run casual errands.

And yes, this is a different boot. I have two – one from the ER and the other from my podiatrist. I can’t decide which one I hate more. One is smaller than the other, and it’s really tight, but it stays on better. The bigger one doesn’t stay snug, which isn’t good either, but when I start to feel claustrophobic in the smaller one, I prefer that one. I switch back and forth, depending on what I think I need on a given day.

Also, I keep getting asked what is on the bottom of my sneaker… that’s a shoe balancer. It helps balance out leg length, to reduce body strain due to uneven gait when wearing the walking boot. It’s a game changer, and I’m so grateful my podiatrist gave me one. I’ve been in a walking boot before without one, and it totally jacked up my hips.

Vuori jacket c/o (S) // similar Zella tee (S) // Athleta pants (S) (option) // On Cloud sneakers (39)

And then I took this picture on Monday, but nothing I’m wearing is available, so I’m not sure why I bothered. I didn’t go anywhere, but I did put on some makeup, just to try and feel a little more human.

And that’s it for this week. I won’t lie, it’s a challenge to stay positive, being laid up and not knowing what is going on. I’m praying I don’t need surgery or a cast, and that we can go to Florida for Spring Break next week. My daughters are going to be so disappointed if we have to cancel. I will too, but I’m more concerned about disappointing them. Anyway, all prayers are appreciated!

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45 Responses

  1. Prayers for your quick healing & no surgery! I can’t even imagine how frustrating & painful is has to be for you!

      1. I’m so sorry you are going through this. Bug hugs and prayers for quick healing and to stay positive. I’m reminded of that Churchill quote…..”when you’re going through hell, KEEP GOING!”

  2. Aw I’m so sorry about your ankle! I know how frustrating it is and disappointing to have to stop doing things. I’ve had three foot surgeries and a stress fracture in my ankle so I understand all the boot challenges and the pain. A verse that always came to mind during my seasons of recovering …Be still and know that I am God…I tried to trust that there was a reason I needed to come to a complete standstill. I’m praying that you heal quickly and that you’re able to just rest in the healing.

  3. Jo-Lynne, what a bad stroke of luck you’ve had. I’ve fallen too (fractured ankle) that the Dr said couldn’t be broken because no one would walk around for two weeks with a broken bone. (I am that someone!) Thank you for keeping it real in showing your boots. I’m hoping and praying too for a speedy recovery. I hope you can make the trip even if in boot or cast.

    1. Yeah, he told me I could be weight bearing, and he did say he thinks there is a break… I’m confused by that. Anyway. I can walk on it but sometimes it really hurts, especially when I get up from having it up for a while, and all the blood rushes down to my feet. BLERGH.

  4. Praying all goes well with your follow up appointment! I hope you can still take the family spring vacation ! Take care of that ankle those injuries can definitely take time healing:)

    1. Yeah, I know I’m in for a long haul. I can use a wheelchair at the airport, and spend a lot of time by the pool, but I really want to be able to go so I don’t disappoint the girls.

  5. So sorry your having to deal with the ankle, fingers crossed it is a bad sprain and you’ll recover quick, just keep doing what the doctor tells you, I made the mistake of continuing to run/workout/live life and “suck it up” till I couldn’t take the pain anymore and well surgery (plate, a few pins and rebroke my foot) and 8 months in cast, boot and finally a special shoe with PT – and could not wear heels for almost 2 years – maybe that’s why I’m not a fan of fashion sneakers…lol All kidding aside take care of yourself and you can always do spring vacation, it just might be modified.

  6. So sorry to read about your ankle. I fell, years ago, and although I didn’t break anything, I did pull all the ligaments in my foot/ankle. They say that pulled ligaments are worse than a break. At least that is what my brother, an orthopedic surgeon, said. The day after it happened, when I called him, he told me to put my foot in a bucket of ice. (He does a lot of sports medicine and deals with athletes.) I tried that, for about 20 seconds. No way! Athletes are used to pain; I am not. I had to wear a boot for quite awhile. Not fun. The colors on my foot, top and bottom, were amazing. I hope you start healing soon. Good luck! Sending you healing thoughts.
    Oh, yesterday, I channeled you (light olive Loft jeans, white Gap sweater, denim jacket, white leather sneakers.) I had just read your post before we went out to run errands. No photo, but I felt put together for our errands.

    1. Yeah, I have heard that about the soft tissue injuries being harder to heal. My bigger fear with a break is needing a cast. I will feel so claustrophobic if I can’t take off the boot and let my foot breathe every once in a while, or to scratch an itch. I do not want that.

      I do have quite a colorful foot at the moment. The ligament damage is a given, so I just hope there is no break or need for surgery to further complicate matters.

      My trainer told me to put my foot in a bucket of ice water. I want to do what I can to heal but that’s a bridge too far. I have been using ziplock bags of ice.

  7. I’ve been praying for you and will continue. I would not put pressure and use the crutches until you know for sure if it’s not broken. I would be doing same thing with switching the boots. I hope you don’t need a cast. I remember feeling so claustrophobic and I had them redo the cast. Well it felt the same afterwards so I know I probably had an anxiety attack. I hope you don’t need a cast. Cute outfits. I love the Loft croptrench jacket. 🙏

  8. Jo-Lynne, I just prayed for you to find peace, comfort, and healing. At the end of last August, I fell in a parking lot and broke my right elbow and fractured my arm in other places as well. I was so angry and upset because my first set of doctors really weren’t sure about what to do. I was also more than a little mad that I couldn’t do any of my regular daily activities, like yoga, furniture flipping, creating home decor, walking my dogs, etc. And call it shallow, but I was way more disappointed over not being able to wear all my cute new fall clothes and shoes than I had expected to be. After spending a couple of days wallowing in bitterness and self-pity about all the things I was missing out on, I came to grips with the fact that no matter what my mood was, my elbow and arm were going to need time to heal and that I could either spend that time being miserable, or perhaps I could reframe my perspective. I had also just been to a doctor’s appointment and had sat next to a guy in the waiting room who had two broken legs. He had stared at my sling almost enviously and said, “Well at least you can still drive.” From that day forward, I promised myself that whenever my mind would start listing all the things I couldn’t do, I would immediately shift my thoughts to all the things I could do and then start doing one of those things. I came out of that time feeling like I had accomplished so much in getting so many things done that I had never found the time to do before my arm was broken. I organized my office, files, photos, and so many more things around my home. I read and watched YouTube videos to teach myself more skills and techniques to use in my projects. I also contacted friends I hadn’t talked to in awhile and was able to reestablish a cherished friendship from over 20 years ago.

    I also did some visualization practices each day when I would find a quiet place to sit, close my eyes, call up my x-ray images, and then imagine my bones knitting themselves back together. I can’t prove whether this did anything or not, but I did recover in record time.

    I apologize if it seems that I am trying to make this all about me. That is not my intent. I just want to send hope and positivity your way because I have a sense of what it’s like to be in your situation. I will continue to pray for you, and I know you will come out of this even stronger than you already are.

    1. Thanks, Rhonda. I hear what you’re saying. At this point, I’m just eager to get more information and know what’s next. I can’t drive, and won’t be able to for some time, which hasn’t been as upsetting as I would have thought. I guess it helps to be a homebody, lol!. So many people have it worse, and I know of a few right now that I think about often when I’m tempted to feel sorry for myself. I definitely get the anger. I am so mad at myself because I know I’m prone to klutziness and injury, and I am usually careful on stairs. There was no reason for this to happen. So dumb. But it is what it is!

  9. Oh Jolynne, I am so very sorry to hear about your injury. I will be praying that you find clear answers with the MRI and that your healing is complete and fast.

  10. I feel your pain….literally. I had mid foot arthritis surgery on January 5 and just got to wear a shoe a couple weeks ago. Two casts and the same boot! Ugh! Almost three months of non weight bearing. My foot is still swollen and all I can wear is my Hokas untied! Can’t wait to buy new shoes! Good luck with your rehab….what a pain ( pun intended).

  11. It just shows how your life can change in a matter of seconds. Everything was going well and then bang!
    I’m speaking from experience. Praying you recover quickly and that you don’t have to cancel your family trip.

  12. Hi Jolynne!
    So sorry your other ankle got hurt!!!
    Just an FYI – my mother-in-law broke her ankle doing the same thing, tripping over her slippers on the stairs. And my neighbor’s husband also did the same thing. To greatly speed up healing, their doctors prescribed the hyperbaric chamber. There are a lot of articles about the benefits & zero risks of this therapy! https://hyperbaricoxygeninstitute.com/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-bone-fractures/
    Maybe after your MRI you can ask your doctor about this and find one in your area? I think some medical spas may also offer this…praying for you!

  13. I’m sorry about your ankle. I wanted to offer one small idea for icing as alternatives to a Ziploc bag (and apologies in advance if you already know this). It sounds weird but a bag of frozen peas is easy to mold around your foot. There are also some reusable icepacks you can buy that have cloth covers and velcro straps so you can position them just right. I find both of those convenient because you just take them in and out of the freezer without having to prep a plastic bag. I’ve been a runner for decades and use ice regularly, so I’ve tried a lot of different things. Good luck, hope you don’t need the cast!

    1. Thanks. I have some of those but I ran out of freezer room and put them somewhere and now I can’t find them. Haha! I like the ziplock bags because I don’t have to store them or wait for them to re-freeze. But yeah they’re sometimes hard to keep in place. If I use 2, it seems to work.

      1. I just had a broken ankle, and the hospital gave me a ‘machine’ that has straps going around your ankle and you put ice in it, and then the cold water is pumped around your ankle. It is fabulous! No mess! The ‘new’ (new to me) casts are light and have plastic and filler. They are not that heavy, and I had no problem with itching. If you fractured your heel bone, you can probably escape surgery. Fingers crossed!

  14. Oh Jo-Lynne……I feel for you. I know it must be hard and I’m glad you are telling us all the details, so we can keep in the loop and pray specifics. I too hope it won’t require surgery and you can go to Florida on your family Spring break, even if you have to wear a boot and sit in the lawn chair. It would do you good to get out in the sunshine, away from home. I know what you mean about not wanting to disappoint the kids. I would be the same way.
    I received the “Ocean color” swimsuit you posted and I love everything about it but, it is “cheeky” on me. I thought it wouldn’t be so high cut in the rear area. So wondering if maybe I ordered size too big, so just ordered the size down, from your link. Hope that helps, as I like everything else about it. The color is so pretty. I don’t like when they creep up when you walk. I also ordered the shirt dress cover up in white and really like it. Did you wash and dry yours yet? Did it shrink much? I bought the small and its plenty oversized. Thanks Jo-lynne and hope your day goes okay. Even if you have to wear the boot, its still nice to see the What you Wore post. Blessings.

  15. Jolynne, I’m so sorry you are going thru this, especially when you had two trips planned! Like others, I’m a bit confused by your doctor allowing you to bear weight if he suspects it’s fractured. Crutches are a pain tho! I know you might be hesitant to do this outside the house (I would be!), but have you seen those little scooters you rest your knee in? At least at home it’d make it easier to get around and put less pressure on it. Regardless I hope and pray it heals quickly! I hope you and the girls are able to go on your trip, even if it does mean you spend most of your time on the beach or by the pool. Which is not necessarily a bad thing!

  16. I went through all of these boot options recently when I had both bunions repaired on my big toes over the last several years. The boot is very hard to walk in without the lifter on the opposite foot. I found that a wedge sneaker worked also. I would suggest purchasing a knee scooter off of amazon if you need surgery or if you want to get around if you are considered NWB (non-weight bearing). I bought one on Amazon for less than $75. I recommend a padded knee cushion and a front basket for carting things around. Hoping you heal without surgery, but take it easy in the meantime.

  17. Hi! I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle injury. I’ve been there and it does seem like it’s forever when you’re forced to be on the sidelines not doing everything you’re used to doing. Hope you heal fast!

  18. Jolynne,
    I’m so sorry you are dealing with injury. Thanks for sharing and being real about it all. I’m praying for you and am anxious to hear what they find.
    Take Care!

  19. Prayers for your appointment tomorrow! Even if you end up in a cast, I hope that y’all will still be able to go to FL. I know it won’t be as much fun for you, but all of you will still be able to make memories. Thanks for keeping it real for us.

  20. I’ve been praying for you lots! Those boots are not much fun. Certainly not as fun as a cute pair from Nordstrom! 😂😉 It does sound like they missed a break. I’m anxious to hear what the doctor says tomorrow. I’ll probably save your email for while we are on the road for my husband’s aunt’s funeral. I remember how much I hated my boot when I broke my leg/ankle. But then when my doctor told me I didn’t have to wear it anymore, I was terrified to go without it! I’ll be saying some extra prayers that you get good news tomorrow! ❤️🙏🏻

  21. So hope you’re able to take a spring break with your family next week. Where in Florida will you be this time. You were just a short drive from me in Sarasota a couple weeks ago. I winter just south of Sarasota near Venice.

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