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Silence & A Link-Up

Silence & A Link-Up

Not a creature was stirring,

No, not even a mouse.


It’s been awfully quiet in Sheela land of late.  In fact, I’ve not written a single blog post since last Friday, and no, it’s not a delayed April Fool’s day gag.  The statute of limitations on that one ran out a clear week ago.  I’ve had the oddest three weeks.  First, a stubborn bout of bronchitis which ran its course until last weekend.  Then on Sunday night, the funniest (read: weird) thing happened.  My skin started to hurt.  Like burnt skin.  Raw.  Torturous to the touch.


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Imagine needing to heed the call of nature. 

You laugh but trust me, it was excruciating.  I started drinking less in the hopes that I wouldn’t have to go to the bathroom all too often but that only worked up to a point.  I had to walk around the house in my birthday suit (when no one else was around, of course) because each time fabric touched my skin, I wanted to scream.  It felt like the stabbing of a million and one daggers.  I ended up lying on the couch, swaddled in the softest of blankets (I’m forever in love with Berkshire, it feels like a hybrid of velvet with flannel) and not daring to move, being as still as a living, breathing human being can be.  Finally, around Thursday evening, the hyper-sensitivity went away.

And not a moment too soon.

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Thus has the mystery been solved.  Sheela’s absence has been explained.  We have a post today, and a link-up too.  And starting next week, the schedule will revert back to normal.  I’ll share my trademark bare-my-soul-to-the-world pieces with you, in the hopes you won’t judge me, that you’ll get to know me better and be my friend.

My confidante.

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If things go as planned, Sheela land might even be amped up.  Now, don’t quote me on that.  Not yet.


Until then, I’m looking off to the horizon.  Anticipating the (most likely insane, busy) weekend ahead and contemplating.  Planning.  Shuffling multiple puzzle pieces together to hopefully ultimately create a complete picture.

What’s on your dance card the next few days?

Oh and the link-up?  Obviously, I’ve not been able to harness any photos with me wearing a dress so the theme of Pretty In A Dress has been moved to next Friday, the 15th.  And as for this week, it’s anything goes.  Whatever you like.  And when you see the theme of Florals in the link-up, ignore that, clearly, I’m a mess.

Love, Sheela

p/s photos by Sofia Touassa

I link up here.


  1. robjodiefilogomo says

    Sheela—that’s crazy! No reason why the skin issue? Of course it could have something to do with the bronchitis, any medication from that and your poor immune system trying to recover? (Of course I’m not a “real” doctor—just a tooth one). But I always used to say to patients—there’s a ton of little wars going on in your body all the time; depending what else is going on is the reason you or the bacteria win that certain battle.
    I’m glad your back!!
    It’s always a pleasure to read your philosophical thinkings!
    What a great way to pair your camo (ish)—with another print!

    • I think it’s my IGE levels, they’re around 6000 odd. A normal person with seasonal allergies has about 500 🙂 so that affects the sensitivity of the skin, or should I say, levels thereof. I used to have Xolair injections on a fortnightly basis but haven’t done that since just before Christmas. There’s this whole fracas with the insurance which peeves me greatly. Let’s see how it goes 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to the amped up version of me too LOL I’m working on a plan, and hopefully, it’ll come to fruition soon xoxo

  2. Sorry to hear about you health issues! I’m glad things improved! Do you have any suspicions what could have caused it? Any changes in your diet/personal care products/rugs/towels/clothes? My son has eczema and it is a continuous puzzle to figure out what makes him better and worse… Right now we seem to have found a solution (hopefully) with charcoal soap. Keeping our fingers crossed!

    Love the camo top with the printed pants! And the most fabulous shoes as always!

    Have a great weekend! Hope it won’t be too busy…

    • Have you checked your son’s IGE levels, Andrea? Mine began with eczema, then chronic urticaria and only then did they check my IGE levels and found it to be insanely high 🙂 give it a go xoxo

  3. Eeeek. That sounds awful. I can’t imagine. Having all those lovely clothes and then not being able to wear any of them! It is like a style blogger’s worst nightmare!

    Glad you are on the mend now.

    Love the olive floppy hat.


    • Hahaha, yes indeed, it truly is. Although at the time, I was more concerned with removing the layers as versus putting them on 🙂 xoxo

    • It was horrid, I shan’t lie, and it’s come back every now and then, albeit on a smaller scale (thankfully). Thanks so much for visiting 🙂 xoxo

  4. What a nightmare! I’m so sorry Sheela. I so wish that your medical mysteries can be solved and you will be healthy again! Sending you ALL the positive vibes!
    Your outfit rocks, as usual. That hat is what my dreams are made of!

  5. So glad you’re feeling better. I might have a quiet blog week next week … sometimes you just need a little break. But I’m never gone long … as a matter of fact, not even long enough for anyone but me to notice! 😉 Looking chic, and cool, as per usual, Dear.

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

    • So true, babe. As with any other gig, blogging can get wearisome after a bit and there’s nothing like a hiatus to recharge and rejuvenate xoxo

  6. vanityandmeblog says

    Was you on antibiotics? Maybe a reaction ? Get some antihistamines in the house. Glad it didn’t last too long. Look forward to what you have in store to read. Thank you for hosting
    Laurie x

    • It was my IGEs, Laurie, something that’s plagued for over 3 years now. I suppose it just got amped up 🙂 xoxo

    • I was on the verge of committing murder, I swear. Although that might be a smidge hard since grabbing a weapon would’ve been very painful. For me xoxo

  7. Well I am glad to hear you are on the mend! So sorry you were not feeling well and the issue you had with your skin! Love that fabulous hat!

    • It was quite awful, it really was. And I had a recurring incident earlier this week, on a less epic scale (thank the lord). I think my IGEs are running havoc again so might be time to see my allergist. Ah well, at least I have a first step in place 🙂 xoxo

    • Never went to see him 🙂 but I’m quite certain it was an issue of escalating IGE levels. Thus far, I’ve managed to somewhat quash them with fortnightly jabs of Xolair but I haven’t had those since Thanksgiving. Insurance is being a bitch, refusing to give me the prescribed dose (like wtf??) so I’ll have to go fight that battle first xoxo

  8. stinedurfdl says

    Wth my friend, seriously wth? Do you have any idea what caused it? In any case, I’m so glad it decided to go away. And I have to say, your return to the world of the clothes wearing is stellar! This outfit is so beyond fabulous; the mix of prints is crazy good. And I’m a little in love with the camo cardigan…

    • Imagine having to go au naturel all of the time HAHAHA I highly doubt the world is ready for that 🙂 the camo cardigan is SUCH a steal. From Agaci. I think it cost me less than $20? xoxo

  9. So glad to hear that the problem has resolved itself. What a mystery…
    I love you for your complete honesty and openness Sheela. You write from the heart, every time, and always with substance too. I’m one amongst your many friends x

    • I try, Anna, I really do try. Sometimes I worry though. My daughter and my brother and my parents read my blog as well so I do encounter moments when I feel as though an editing hand is required. But because of that, I’m equally wary of not being as open as I really want to be. It’s such a balancing act xoxo

  10. Thanks for inviting me to your link up! The whole skin thing sounds puzzling, but I am glad it went away. My daughter has a lot of allergies/eczema/skin issues and its never fun when she starts breaking out!


    • It does, doesn’t it, Carrie. When I was little, I always had eczema around the neck and the backs of my knees but those went away when I became a teenager. There were occasions when bouts of photodermatitis flared up but they didn’t last all that long. I do wish though that doctors in Malaysia had warned me to go check myself since that evidently signalled elevated IGEs which is the premise of many of my current issues 🙂 perhaps you could consider checking your daughter’s IGE levels because most times skin conditions are triggered by that 🙂 xoxo

  11. Downtown Demure says

    Goodness, what a nightmare! I’m sorry you had a painful and physically draining past few weeks, butI’m so happy to read you’re better now and back on your regular blogging schedule. Hopefully, the hypersensitivity issue won’t return…

    – Liz @ Downtown Demure

    P.s. Love this edgy but comfortable look!

  12. Jess says

    Hi Shelia,
    I understand what that feels like as I often get skin sensitivity, and was the reason I was able to wear jeans for years. Being that is was intermittent, it is hard to say, fibro? I am not suggesting anythig as I am not a doctor and you recovered from it. Yea! Glad you are feeling better now, Of course I love those square sunnies on you, the olive hat perfection with your complexion and the color of lipstick, which you seem to be able to wear any shade. The whole look fab !
    Stay well.
    Jess xo

    • OMG I can only imagine how abrasive denim must have felt!! My clothes are generally Cotton or Silk, and that was already killing me during the time of hypersensitivity. I’m fairly certain this was due to my existing elevated IGE levels. Xolair injections keep it under check for the most part but because my last shot was just before Christmas (I’m supposed to have them every fortnight), my levels are quite likely through the roof at the moment. I just did bloodwork for that actually 🙂 right now, it’s mostly gone but the tops of my hands, the sides of my torso and chest are tingling which is typically a precursor for the hypersensitivity. Sigh. I hate skin issues.

      Anyway, onto more positive things, thank you so much, Jess. I adore lipsticks and would oh so happily try any shade under the sun 🙂 xoxo

  13. I’m so sorry to hear that you are facing some difficulties and getting ill….not fun but I do hope you are doing better now and you look great for someone recovering.

    • Many thanks, Jill. I’m glad too, that this thing appears to have vanished for the time being 🙂

  14. Oh I’m so glad you are feeling better now. Did you find out why your skin was so sensitive? That must have been awful. But thank goodness it’s resolved, and you look amazing! Love the outfit!! And I love you hair, how the bottom tips are red. It looks gorgeous!!

  15. I love your hat and sunnies, as well as those fab booties, you always have the most unique shoes! I can only imagine how uncomfortable you must have felt. I’m super sensitive and right now, I’m dealing with extremely chapped lips that nothing can help soothe. During this time of year, they either get really chapped or swell because of all the rain, pollen and trees. It’s crazy that my lips react the most though, haha, definitely weird, but it’s happened since I was a kid. I’m glad you’re feeling better, I don’t recall experiencing something like that before. Did you end up finding out what triggered it? Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



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