Cars and Crowns- What I Wore

Happy Wednesday ladies. My day was one for the books yesterday. I spent 3 hours on the road each way ( which should have taken 2) to see my trusted dentist. I passed multiple car crashes and roadside fires which slows everything down.

Anywho…he’s taken care of my teeth for over 20 years and knows the ins and outs of the disaster I call, my teeth. My issues are ongoing, as I’m sure yours are because teeth don’t last forever, especially with a crossbite and teeth grinding. I’m now at a whopping 11 root canals, 2 dental implants, and more crowns than I care to count. Remember this fiasco?

I’ve seen 3 local dentists over the last few months who all suggested different plans of treatment. That’s not only confusing, it’s worrisome so I went back to the guy who I have total confidence in. The upshot is, yes, I do have lots of broken things that need fixing and I may even have to break down and do Invisalign on my bottom teeth so I stop snapping off pieces of my top teeth:) Argh…

The fun part of my day was escaping our 100+ temps for a few hours and shopping in my old stomping grounds. The Nordstrom there is much larger than where I live now, so I had a blast looking at all the new merchandise.

I spotted this mannequin and wondered what you’d think of what it’s wearing. That leg you see on the right is not attached to this mannequin and looks bizarre, so just ignore it.


What do you think? Please share your styling ideas for this mannequin.

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Thanks for reading and remember to floss…just kidding, but smile:)




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  1. Cathy
    July 4, 2021 / 8:26 pm

    Yes I feel the pain of huge dental bills. At 64 I hate the thought of fake teeth but it may be better than more trouble and cost later in life. Already did what you did and can not afford more work. Covid cracking from grinding is now a problem.
    We can still look good with all your help. After all nobody checks your teeth except the dentist. But they do see you and what you look like. I have nice teeth if you look at me and do not know underlaying trouble.
    We were not all born with perfect anything so we do the best we can and get help from blogs like yours. Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negetive. That is the message I get from you!
    Keep up the great looks and suggestions.

  2. Andrea
    July 4, 2021 / 8:45 am

    Your dental woes resonate with me. I’m currently keeping my fingers crossed that my THIRD bridge (the first two having failed) will remain securely in place. That, coupled with a new crown (both paid for out of pocket), have me longing for some adult version of the tooth fairy to offset the expense. 😀. Meantime, I’m enjoying your posts as always and ordering a number of the featured items. Thanks for your guidance!

  3. Char McKeever
    July 4, 2021 / 8:22 am

    Thanks, Jennifer, for introducing me to this great crossbody bag by Lo & Sons. I purchased through your site this same Pearl style in Graphite color at 40% off, and it arrived two days later. My hesitation that it might be too large or too brassy was put to rest. A simply beautiful go-with-everything style and color. The story behind Mrs Lo is a fascinating bonus. Keep sharing your special finds…and I may buy you another coffee!

    • Jennifer
      July 4, 2021 / 9:19 am

      I am crazy about mine!! I’m so glad you like it. I love supporting companies like this too!

  4. Shelley
    July 4, 2021 / 7:19 am

    I like the dress and would definitely try it on to see if the color works on me. It might be a little too pale. Shirtdresses would be ideal for our slightly more casual return-to-the-office workwear. I could also see wearing this with white sneakers and a straw bag on a weekend.

  5. RoseAg
    July 3, 2021 / 5:57 am

    Well, you made me feel better. I thought I had the worst teeth in the world, but you’ve beat me out for root canals.
    I have a crown-happy dentist and a number of teeth that have been crowned before getting to the root canal stage.
    One thing that concerned me about invisiline, on teeth with a lot of dental work already, is whether it stresses the dental work that you already have, and could create a need for replacement work.
    I had an implant on a front tooth and while I was in the process of the implant healing up, before the crown was placed I had a retainer thing with the fake tooth in it, and it was so tight that getting it on and off was a pain. Shortly after I had several other adjacent teeth with fillings develop leaks and subsquently more work, and wondered whether the stress of pulling that retainer on and off had contributed to those leaking fillings.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2021 / 8:09 am

      You’ve really had some struggleS!I wore one of those flipper fake front teeth too for a while. Such a nightmare. I known you can’t put pressure on and implant because they do fail!

  6. Teri
    July 2, 2021 / 10:12 am

    I’m doing Invisalign now and I can say it’s easy, quick and painless. After too many decades of smiling with my mouth closed because I was embarrassed about my teeth being crooked, I look forward to having as nice a smile as you do. Yes, it’s pricey, but I don’t think one can quantify the confidence that a nice smile can provide. Best wishes on your dental journey.

  7. Janice
    July 1, 2021 / 12:11 pm

    I wore shirt dresses in my 20’s but not anymore, they looked cute then and were fun. I just finished a periodontal cleaning this morning I am so numb today, now to see what is next.

  8. TeeDVee
    July 1, 2021 / 10:59 am

    The shirt dress has no appeal to me – maybe because my waist could never be that teensy-weensy! The length is not flattering and the colors seem washed out. I really like your ivory top and cardigan and think it’s timeless. Not a fan of the bandana. A 20-24″ gold chain with a medallion would be my choice to match the hoop earrings. You look lovely, as always! I can relate to your dental hardships : ( I’ve gotten implants and am very happy with them. I regularly go to the dentist for check-ups and cleanings and still end up needing work. My husband never goes and doesn’t have one cavity. Go figure!?

  9. Carol O
    July 1, 2021 / 7:58 am

    Oh Jennifer your dentistry problems tugged at my
    heartstrings. Three weeks ago A cap on my front
    tooth fell off and since I live near Salem Mass,
    I started calling myself the Salem witch!
    Moved here awhile back to live with my
    son and family so I went to a new dentist who
    first said I would need a root canal, then whie
    working on me said ‘um no I don’t think you
    need one’. I had a temporary cap put on and
    films done and I don’t want to tell you the cost
    and I don’t have insurance. Ah well.
    I loved the dress. I think I am going to order it -think it would look good on my 5’10” body.
    Love your shows with Susan et al. Like her alot.
    But I have to say you come across wonderfully
    well. Humble, down to earth, funny, truthful
    and kind. Oh and non- narcissistic!

    • Jennifer
      July 1, 2021 / 10:09 pm

      What a nightmare with your tooth!! If it’s an implant, I know what you’re talking about, those are crazy! I snapped off a front tooth and it was nothing short of a nightmare to get fixed. Good luck with whatever you decide. It’s never easy. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  10. Lin
    July 1, 2021 / 6:11 am

    I don’t like going to the dentist.
    Be going for fillin & drillin, root canals, caps etc. for 65 years. I have a very expensive mouth.
    To the style:
    I like the style maybe in a brighter color plaid. Would have to try it on and see if it popped or no pop!
    Hope you get the dental problems under control.

  11. Linda Robertson
    June 30, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    Dear Jennifer,
    I love the new purse you bought from Lo and Sons.
    I would love for you to do a blog on what you carry in your purse.
    I totally understand if that is too personal.

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2021 / 10:41 pm

      Not too personal at all. What a fun idea. I’ll do it soon.

  12. Penny
    June 30, 2021 / 2:16 pm

    Dental issues, YIKES! I feel your pain.
    My comments are so similar to others here; though the pink plaid reminds me of a faded man’s shirt, especially the particular plaid. I like the print of the little top in the picture much better. Definitely change the t shirt color, coral would be great and what about salmon, or a pale orange? I think the pattern of the dress with the rounded hem and long sleeves would look better with boots and matching purse ( maybe a saddle type one). I just picture a more “country chic style”

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2021 / 10:39 pm

      Boots is an interesting idea. Thanks for sharing

  13. Kay
    June 30, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    Dentists! I hate mine with a passion. I also love him. I have lost count on my root canals.

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2021 / 10:38 pm

      Sounds like me;)

  14. Barb
    June 30, 2021 / 10:35 am

    Jennifer, I’m sorry for your dental woes. I did not realize when I had several crowns done that they do not last forever. I have had one implant and am watching another couple of crowns that seem to be degrading. Things are just starting to open up here in Southwestern Ontario, so i have not been into a clothing store for over a year!! Seems so weird. I have been trying to locate the post in which you recommended silk hair elastics, but I have not been successful. I wonder if you could possibly describe them again. Thanks.

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2021 / 10:29 pm

      I didn’t realize they wouldn’t last either! I had a bunch done at the same time that are all falling apart now. I think you mean a scrunchie coveted with silky fabric? I buy mine from Amazon. Do you mean like this? https://shopstyle.it/l/bvUXJ

      • Barb
        July 1, 2021 / 5:57 pm

        Thanks Jennifer. That’s exactly what I meant.

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