WIW: For Elizabeth P Head to toe toile

The flu persists. It's now my 10th day of acute sickness and in retrospect,  I was under the weather for a full week before that. It probably doesn't help that I had to travel for important meetings last week, or that I have been under unusual stress. 

So, let them eat cake, I say!! Head to toe toile it is, just for Elizabeth P. 

Actually, that was just for the photo shoot. The real outfit is another version of sporty luxe. 

What should I do with the ties on these pants? Should I rip them out, or let them annoy me? Or are they less annoying than I imagine? 

I see I have cut off my feet. Better than cutting off my head, I suppose. Although at the moment, I wonder....

Off to cough into a kleenex again. Ugh. 

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  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    ETA: These sweatpant things are dangerous. Now I remember why we all lived in them back in the 80s. Oh oh...

  • Meredith replied 5 years ago

    Oh, Suz, you are such a sport even in the midst of what sounds like a very nasty case of the flu.  Thanks for treating us to this look!  I'd say head to toe sweats is about right for your second week under the weather.  Feel better!

  • Mona replied 5 years ago

    I was gonna say these pants are a blessing when you are sick. Not only are they extra comfy, but somehow they make you feel that you are dressed up too.
    Anyways, hope you feel better soon. I know this one is a nasty bug that is going around.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    You look ADORABLE - both ways. Super fashionable, and while you're not well too. (((HUGS))). 

    I hope you've been to the doctor, Suz. Sounds like a sinus infection. xo

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I haven't yet been to the doctor, Angie. I keep thinking it will go away and I am pretty sure it is a virus, not bacterial, so they are only going to tell me rest and drink fluids (which I'm trying to do). I'm also taking time off work now to try to heal. 

     I think having to travel last week made it all worse. I didn't get the rest my body needed when it needed it, and now I am paying the price. Thank you for the sympathy!! And if I am still feeling like this tomorrow, I am going to the doctor, regardless. 

    I have to say, these are the best PJs / loungewear outfits EVER!!! 

  • Gracie replied 5 years ago

    Both items worn together = pj deluxe :)  Very cozy looking, you are lounging in real style. I do like the ties on the pants, so, one vote for not cutting them off. I hope you feel better very soon.

  • Alexandra replied 5 years ago

    Adorable is right! I hope you feel better soon.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Wait till you try sweatpant jeans! These are so much fun. It's like giving up but with style. :)

    You look great. Rip the ties out. I can't stand fiddling with them myself.

  • Alassë replied 5 years ago

    I really, really like the colour of the blue top on you. The ties look cute to me, but then I like bows.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    FWIW, I'm glad you'll go to the doctor tomorrow, Suz. I waited 10 days before going to the doctor with what I thought was a bad cold when returning from Japan a few years ago. (I am the opposite of a hypochondriac and loathe going to the doctor. I always think it will just all go away). I ended up with a bad sinus infection, which then took another 10 days to clear. AND I gave it to Greg. 

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 5 years ago

    Aww, you look cute as a button, Suz. I'm sorry you've been sick for so long. Hopefully the doctor can help out somehow.

    I suspect I just picked up that blue sequined sweater myself, actually, from Twice. Is it originally from BR?

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    You are TOO cute in all that toile! Aw, hope you feel better soon. I kinda agree with Angie about the sinus thing....but only you know your body. Take care & hit the couch :)

  • AviaMariah replied 5 years ago

    You look so cute, especially for someone with that nasty flu.  I caught a bug 5 weeks ago which turned into a sinus infection.  Now, 5 weeks later, I think I can finally say I'm over it.  Of course I didn't go to the doctor either so can't really lecture you there.  I'm always afraid they're going to give me antibiotics when I don't need them and then I have to deal with issues caused by the antibiotics.  I did go to the chiropractor and that was the first night I could sleep without sinus pain and I started getting better after that point.  Coincidence?  I'm not sure. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Laura, it is! It's BR from last year and was a real workhorse for me (and will be again). It's just the right combination of casual, and statement, but not too obvious a statement, if you know what I mean. It washes easily. I don't put it in the dryer but lay it flat like a sweater and it comes out perfectly. I think you will be happy with it. Pairs really well with jeans but also with black pants for a date night. 

    Angie, I know. I am a bit like you. I grew up in a medical family and we were taught not to make a fuss about minor illnesses. (Which explains why I had pneumonia for about a month before my father finally took me in for x-rays and by the time he did, I needed intravenous penicillin!!) Anyway...it doesn't look bacterial and I don't have that telltale pain in my face or teeth (sure sign of sinus infection), but having said that, this is an unusually long time to be ill, especially for me -- I have a really strong immune system from all the veggies I eat and from exercising. So if I don't feel a whole lot better tomorrow, I am going to the doctor posthaste!  :) 

  • E replied 5 years ago

    So cute! Together they remind me of those sweet pajama sets for kids, except grown up. I like the ties, but I'm not an urban prince. hehe

    10 days is such a long time for the flu. :( I hope it leaves you alone very soon! I had the same thing happen to me as Angie w my bad cold earlier this year: I thought it a virus so didn't bother going to the doctor but it turned out to be a sinus infection (and I didn't have the sinus area pain I'd have expected w that!). Once I got on the antibacterials, things got better, although it still took too long for my taste. ;) So fingers crossed if you go in, they'll be able to help, instead of just telling you to ride it out!

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Super loungewear capsule.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Love it Suz! You are a trooper doing a photo for us. Glad you're likely to be going to the docs tomorrow. I remember the sinus infection from hell once when I had the most excrutiating pain ever, no fun. Take care of yourself and rest up.

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    You are so cute in your toile! Love the "real" version too. Nothing like a little daytime sparkle to keep your spirits up. :)

    Sorry to hear you are doing poorly. I hope it goes away soon.

  • N-Marie replied 5 years ago

    I saw you mention the pants and sweater in another post and it gives me a chuckle to see them together here. A little more maximal than your usual style but really cute. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    Yep ... You better get to the doc sista .... This new flu like disease seems to be a stubborn one. And in our case it was bacterial. The entire family went down. I am just curious ... How do you know it is not bacterial? Isn't viral supposed to get better in 5 days? Just asking ... To get educated :). That said fingers crossed its just viral!

    You look lovely though :). I need those PJs too. Both versions are chic and comfy.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Neel, you caught me. I don't know!! 

    But bacterial infections have different signs. Kind of gross to discuss, but the symptoms are a little different as a rule. And if I had developed a bacterial infection secondary on a virus (which often happens) I'd probably be running a fever. Which hasn't really happened. I may have had some fever near the start but not all that much and it resolved and has not returned. Which means that -- horrid as I feel -- I am probably fighting a bad virus. 

    Still, at least a doctor could give me sympathy and a potential time-line for this thing, right? Right. 

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 5 years ago

    We are sweater twins, Suz! I haven't worn mine yet since it's still warm here but I think it'll be a nice workhorse - more interesting than a plain sweater but not crazy bling.

    I did the same thing as you re pneumonia a few years ago - thought I had a bad case of the flu, finally went to urgent care when the fever wouldn't go down, they took a chest x-ray and voila! Funny thing was I didn't really start coughing until the fever started going down thanks to the antibiotics; then I spent the next month hacking up a lung. Hope you feel better soon.

  • Carole replied 5 years ago

    Poor Suz! How dreadful...tell me you've been to the doctor!!! You look super cute and comfy in toile!

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I'm so sorry you're sick, but I so wanted to see the complete toile-package!  I grew up with toile wallpaper, so I wasn't too shocked.  Love your second version --- and it's perfect for sporty luxe!

    Feel better soon!

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I hope you do go to the doctor tomorrow! I put off going a few years back and suffered for a week - turned out I had a sinus infection and I started feeling better within 24 hrs. after starting antibiotics. I could have saved myself a lot of agony by getting there sooner. 

    Both pieces look super fun, and I like how you are wearing the pants in #2. I almost always cut off the ties on my sweatpants - I can't stand 'em. The only ones that stay are the ones that are actually needed to keep my pants from falling down :)

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago


    What a good sport you are Suz. Love this. I can't believe how sick you are!
    Always been a fan of the BR sweater, so it's good to see it again.

    I get annoyed by the ties, sometimes tuck them in. But for some reason rarely get rid of them...

    Take care. And keep us posted!

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    You are adorable in this  toile uniform!
    Actually I think you got in backwards. Virus infection is often with a fever but bacterial - not necessarily. Back in Ukraine doctors called 37.1C temperature "pneumonia fever" because pneumonia often is fever-less.
    I think that work trip last week played a big role in prolonging the illness. However you should go to the doctor tomorrow just to rule out the pneumonia and bronchitis. If he thinks it is viral then get into bed and do not leave it for anything until you are well  - your work, daughter and hubby can take care of themselves for a week. Get well soon (and have another big cup of that ginger tea!)

  • Staysfit replied 5 years ago

    Suz, you contine to amaze me even when you are feeling ill. You look comfortable and cozy in your toile. I would never give specific medical advice without seeing someone in person, but after 7-10 days, if upper respiratory symptoms do not clear, it's time to visit your primary care doc. Two weeks maximum.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I think your outfit looks terrific and you are an amazing trooper. I would cut off the ties if they aren't necessary. Also a member of team avoid the dr. at all costs, but glad you are being checked nonetheless.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Yes, I'm definitely going to the doctor tomorrow. Even if it is just a virus, they probably need to know how bad it is. And it's true I am always at higher risk of pneumonia after my early experiences. I'm also now thinking "sinus infection" more and more. Sigh...

    Thanks for the sympathy and virtual chicken soup. I clearly need it!! :)

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    OMG you are so adorable even when you're sick! Love the cozy outfit. I refer to this kind of situation as "putting on my softpants" and now my husband has started saying it too!

    I hope the doc visit tomorrow brings you some answers and relief -- get well soon!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Fun outfits! I guess I missed Elizabeth's request, because I, too, thought of teasing you and daring you to wear the two pieces together. I'm another who is reminded of PJs with the head-to-toe toile. Looks sooo comfy. I do like your sporty luxe rendition. Feel better soon. I mean, really soon now! (Enough already, right?? It's so awful being sick.)

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    Feel better soon. Lovely toile outfits :) you are a super trooper - I don't even look this pulled together on a normal day much less 2 weeks into an illness.

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Tea, cakes and hugs from me, too! Sorry you're feelin' so bad(but assure you, still looking freaking good in your great toile outfit!!!:-)). This kind of  flu happens to me each year for a matter, we don't like going to docs, either...I know itz's bad, so sending more simpathy!

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    You look great in your sweats outfits!  I updated my lounge wear capsule last year but it's still not as cute and current as yours.  I hope you feel better soon.  I'm like you and never go to the doctor although I have no problems dragging my kids in if they're sick for longer than 2-3 days.

  • tulle replied 5 years ago

    Toile sweatpants! Who could resist?  And just the thing when you're feeling lousy.  Suz, as one who used to spend most of every February & March coughing with post-viral bronchitis, I can tell you what I learned:  at the first symptoms of a cold or flu, stop eating & drinking ALL dairy products for a week or two. There's something about those milk proteins that seems to irritate and promote post-nasal drip. Stick with clear drinks & soups, etc. This has entirely eliminated those endless weeks of coughing post flu for me. Wishing you comfort and a quick recovery.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    Sending you healing vibes, the flu stinks.  But fun printed sweatpants and sweatshirt.

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    I am so sorry you are so sick! But who else on earth can look so cute when they are so ill? Really!!! NO FAIR.

    Plus, now I want that sweatshirt. Is it nice enough to wear out? Over a button-down? It's super cheap right now. When you're feeling better, let me know.

    So glad to be back on YLF and to see your loveliness. Of course, you're driving me right to the JCrew site. :)

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    You poor baby!  Wish I could send you some tissues and organic broth to make you feel better, no matter how great you look in sickness-mode.  btw, did you ever get a flu shot?  Just curious and doing personal research.

    Hope the toile distracts you from any aches and pains and keeps you happy.  You look better than anyone I know who is sick.  Feel better soon, Suz, please.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Viva, thanks -- I PM'd you. 

    Vicki, normally I do get a flu shot. But I hadn't had a chance to get jabbed yet this year. 

    This isn't the flu, though. I suspect is it the enterovirus. Symptoms sound similar -- starts like a regular cold and then weirdly gets worse instead of better. 

    Still sick -- and the doctor confirmed virus today, so they can't offer any treatment. Just rest and fluids. 

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Oh Suz! At least it is not pneumonia. You should stay in bed for a week at least and do not work - let the rest heal you. You also need some boost for your immune system - apparently it needs some help in fighting the virus. Get tea tree oil and breath it in during the day, it really helps.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ah, thank you, Sveta. 

    The question is -- does online shopping count as "rest" or as "work." ;)

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    On line shopping is therapeutic. I hope you feel better soon. Rest as much as you can.

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    ETA I love the 2 pieces together.

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    You look better sick, than most of us do healthy and dolled up.  And I do appreciate the real-real outfit!  Feel better soon, and thank you so much for your astute and kind contributions to all of our threads.

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