My Style // Denim Forever

And after three months without an outfit post (the first trimester of pregnancy will do that to you), I’m back! This is actually a unique My Style post you guys, because my little lady came out for the adventure and got in front of the camera with me. We’ve never done an outfit post together, and although we both had all sorts of fun, it probably won’t be a regular thing. So that makes this post extra special.

I’ve already mentioned a couple of times here on the blog recently that I consider denim to be the quintessential back-to-school apparel item. And although neither Essley nor I are going back to school this fall, she will start preschool next fall (close enough, right?), so I thought it would be fun to ‘practice,’ and pay tribute to the ultimate piece of fashion for this time of year via a denim-themed photo shoot. Even if school isn’t a part of your autumn at all, there is just something classic about denim that makes it the season’s wardrobe staple. Fall denim forever. That’s my official August motto.

We actually did two rounds of outfits each featuring a favorite denim piece. For the first look, my focus piece was my absolute favorite jean jacket by Mudd. I love the lighter colored denim and distressed details, and the fit almost feels tailored. Essley wore an adorable denim button-down shirt by OshKosh B’Gosh that is the perfect weight – it’s a little lighter than a jean jacket, but heavier than a typical chambray shirt. It’s perfect for later summer and early fall. For the second look, I wore the one and only piece of maternity clothing I’ve been wearing this pregnancy, a pair of the cutest maternity jeans of all time (I’m not kidding) by Oh Baby by Motherhood. (I wish they made regular jeans because this is truly the best fitting pair of jeans I’ve ever owned.) Essley also wore a pair of jeans by Jumping Beans that is officially her first real pair of jeans, and not just jegging-type leggings. I know I’m biased, but man does she look cut in those babies. We nabbed all of these pieces from Kohl’s, which has a massive selection of fall denim for the entire family right now.

We had such a great time walking around in our favorite park and forest preserve, exploring and playing and just having fun. (And there is yet another great thing about denim – it pulls an outfit together in a snap, but it’s also really comfortable. You can’t beat that.) Despite the fact that I’m generally crying inside about summer’s end, part of me looks forward to slightly cooler weather when we’ll be able to wear our denim pieces on the regular. I’ll say it again, just for good measure: fall denim forever.

On Melissa – Denim Jacket: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Maternity Jeans: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Leggings: ℅ Kohl’s  // TShirt Tunic: H&M  //  Embroidered Tunic: F21  //  Hat: H&M  (similar)  //  Necklace: ℅ Jade Stone Jewelry  // Boots: ℅ Trask  //  Sandals: ℅ Trask  //  Watch: WatchCo
On Essley – Denim Shirt: ℅ Kohl’s  // Toddler Jeans: ℅ Kohl’s  // Tiger Dress: H&M Kids  //  Big Sis tshirt: gift // Moccasins: Freshly Picked  //  Sandals: Target  // Bracelet: mommy’s 

What are your favorite pieces of denim for autumn? If you or your little ones are getting ready to head to back, have you gotten any new denim pieces for the occasion?

This post is in collaboration with Kohl’s. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content.


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Pathophysiology of the Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral Bone Disorder

Pathophysiology of the Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral Bone Disorder
Purpose of review The causes of excess cardiovascular mortality associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have been attributed in part to the CKD-mineral bone disorder syndrome (CKD-MBD), wherein, novel cardiovascular risk factors have been …
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Fresh discoveries of ancient man's bone in Altai Mountains cave
Another find, dating to at least 35,000 years ago, was a tiny fragment of finger bone – a nail phalange. 'We struck really lucky this year,' he said. 'During works at Pleistocene levels of Strashnaya Cave we found new anthropological material. In
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I’m Badder

I fought you for 4,000 miles. And the fight has only begun. #companionsagainstcancer

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Tries to Stay Cool!

Whew, this week has been hot, hot, hot! Although I usually walk the dogs for 45 minutes in the morning and at least 30 minutes in the evening, this week we have been taking an early morning…

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Stop saying your pet doesn’t hurt.

If I had a nickel for every time a person said, “Oh, my dog isn’t hurting, I can tell because he doesn’t cry” I would have a nice little nest egg by now. It makes me nuts, because it’s not true, and pets suffer for it.

Maybe people will take it better from this older, distinguished-looking actor in a lab coat.

Maybe people will take it better from this older, distinguished-looking actor in a lab coat.

Have you ever been sore, or had a headache, or tweaked your knee? Did you cry every time you moved? Probably not. Acute pain, the type you get when you stub your toe on the doorjamb or slice your finger cutting lemons, is sharp enough that you might cry out “Oh !@$ @$ !# that hurts!” And the people around you react with sympathy and bandaids.

But chronic pain, that dull, throbbing, always-there ache of osteoarthritis or bulging discs, doesn’t usually manifest with vocalizations. If you’ve ever spent time walking around a senior citizen center, you’ll notice two things:

  • they walk very slowly, probably because many of them are nursing sore bodies;
  • they don’t spend a lot of time screaming.

So what does pain look like?

The descriptors people most commonly give for a pet in pain are not ‘loud’ but this: tired, mopey, crabby, tired, ‘old’, cranky, fine.

Dogs with rotting teeth are in pain. They may not yelp when they eat, but they sure do eat less, or eat slowly. Most people don’t even notice this until after the problem is fixed, when all of a sudden their pet has a voracious appetite.

Cats with arthritis in their spine are in pain. They may not yelp when they walk around, but they move gingerly. When their pain is treated, they start jumping back on counters again.


pets manifest pain through behavior, not noise. Some pets don’t manifest it at all.

The rule of thumb for pain management specialists is Assume Pain, meaning, if a pet is likely to have a painful condition, go ahead and treat for it even if they aren’t obviously in pain.

If you’re a veterinary professional, stop making pain medications optional for painful procedures. That implies pain control isn’t just as vital as every other aspect of your medical management.

Dogs in pain do not act like an Excedrin commercial

Dogs in pain do not act like an Excedrin commercial

The safety issue: Which is worse? Pain meds or pain itself?

Now that we are all in agreement that painful conditions are often underdiagnosed, we come to the next problem: many people are under the mistaken belief that most pain medications are so dangerous it’s better not to try them at all. Veterinary NSAIDs, the most commonly prescribed class of pain medications, are also the most indicted as a Bad Thing.

Yes, NSAIDs can have side effects. All drugs do. Some of them are severe. It is incumbent on veterinarians to ensure owners are aware of that potential and educate owners as to safe administration. They are not an appropriate choice for all pets. However, this can be mitigated:

  •  If owners are aware of the potential side effects and discontinue the medication if any symptoms arise, the chances of long term problems are usually minimal. In my own experience, the vast majority of patients have an excellent experience with NSAIDs* when given as directed. Most of the adverse events are related to people who either wait too long to report side effects, give more than the prescribed dosage, or refuse the recommended monitoring. In other words, most are avoidable.
  • There are other drugs out there besides NSAIDs. Tramadol, gabapentin, Adequan, just to name a few. We can also use adjunct treatments like acupuncture, laser, and physical therapy. The more combining of medications you do across categories, the less you need of any one and the better the overall pain control. This is called multimodal pain management, and it’s the best way to deal with chronic pain.
  • Those cheaper, OTC remedies you read about on the internet (aspirin, Advil, Tylenol)- you know, the ‘good old days’ approach- are not only less effective, but more dangerous. The worst pain medication reactions I’ve treated have all been to OTC human meds. And a reminder: one teeny Tylenol will kill your cat.
  • When it comes to the pain of joint disease, the best treatment/prevention is free: keep your pet at a healthy weight.

Educated owners make good decisions. We all want that.

Pain can be managed, even in very senior and frail patients. And yes, even in cats. We just need to acknowledge that it’s there first. Don’t wait for your pet to tell you- he can’t talk, but we can see it nonetheless.

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Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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There’s been a barr!


Nice bear track, complete with tufts of black fur.

Canis lupus hominis

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Review: Junction

Review: Junction
The deliciously salty orbs are heavily battered in cornmeal, fried crisp and served with cool dill tartar sauce. Fries also meet the mark and are of the hand-cut variety: Skins intact, the thick sticks are fried dark brown and salted judiciously. The

Time Out magazine comes to life in Portugal
Popular choices are salmon-cuttlefish burger with seaweed on cuttlefish ink bun, salad with goat cheese and ice cream or fish tartar with avocado puree.Rave reviews on travel websites frequently label the spot a “foodies' paradise,” with many praising
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Old White Dogs

I always wondered why after risking our lives on the Pacific Coast Highway for 7 months and 1,700 miles the media really didn’t give a shit and now I know.

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Well at least you clarified that for me why we matter so little in your existence.  We’re old white dogs.  


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Lend me your ear

Get it? Because we’re short one over here.

Warning: Blood ahead.

When it comes to my dog, I am just as nuts as any other client. I can’t think logically, I panic, I just gnaw on my fingernails and try to figure out what’s the best thing to do. For this reason, I had no interest in doing Brody’s surgery whatsoever and instead entailed the services of my friend, board certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Tracy Frey of Soft Surg and the lovely staff at Animal Urgent Care, who took amazing care of us both.

I would like to state for the record that even though Pet Doctor Barbie occasionally runs into situations similar to my own in my posts, I am not her, much as I wish I could be. I’m not that cool. Dr. Frey, though, may actually be the living embodiment of Pet Doctor Barbie in flesh and blood, just with more appropriate clothes.


And when I say that, I mean it as the greatest of compliments: a beautiful and accomplished woman who kicks ass in a tough field while unapologetically maintaining her sense of self and style (it can be done!) Pouf, her amazing and adorable Pomeranian who needs to have her own Instagram account stat, also accompanied her to the surgery.


Before: when he has no idea what he is in for.


Right after induction, shaving up his ear and discovering just how pale he is under all that fur.


Getting a 3-dimensional field sterile in multiple planes takes some derring-do.


The surgery instrument wrap is, of course, also pink.


And we’re off! First stop: hunting for lymph nodes. These will be removed and sent to pathology to check for evidence of metastasis. (say no! It has to be no!)


Planning out the incision. We needed to get 3 cm past the edge of the prior biopsy in order to maximize chances of complete excision.

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Eew! This was stuck in a bag and is currently being examined in a lab in Sorrento Valley. Kind of makes those pig’s ear treats a little less appealing, no?


Blood and stuff. This is why I prefer internal medicine and dermatology.


A hemostat works to clamp down on one of the major blood vessels of the ear while Dr. Frey plans a closure. One of the benefits of working with a board certified surgeon, in addition to their technical expertise in surgical technique itself, is the cosmetic outcome. Cartilage can do weird bendy things (have you ever seen a botched ear crop?) so we spent a little time discussing the possible looks for Brody’s ear nubbin:

-teeny tiny pittie point

-flat space

-rounded nubbin


We went for the third option. Being a surgeon’s work the incision line is so precise you can barely tell it’s there.


Then we spray painted him silver so he could look like a cyborg! Just kidding. That is collodial silver spray and it is actually medicinal in nature.


He woke up super fast. Groggy, but good. I sat in the cage the whole time <3


Post op warm compresses and lovin’ at home.


Every time I look at him I think of this scene from Harry Potter:


So I’ll be happy when his hair grows back. Until then he is simply “The Dog Who Lived.”

And guess what! Our neighbors brought toys and love and this is him yesterday.


Dr. Frey was right! He did just fine.

So now, I wait for the various parts of Brody scattered around the country to be analyzed, and we’ll go from there. So far, so good.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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The Prodent Group Discusses How Oral Hygiene Affects the Health and Body

The Prodent Group Discusses How Oral Hygiene Affects the Health and Body
Researchers claim that good oral hygiene might be fruitful in warding off certain serious bodily complications such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes and many others. Thus maintaining a good oral hygiene isn't a choice, it is a necessity. By now, it is
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CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – July 28, 2015) – In a recent study, Korean researchers have found that poor oral hygiene habits may lead to increased incidence of hypertension. The study, published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Periodontology, …
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Free oral care given during MOM Program in Wise
The VDAF MOM Dental Clinic in Wise, in partnership with the VDA and the VCU Schools of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, was the first effort of its kind for the organization, which began adding free clinics across the state. There have been 83 MOMs from
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