Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans?

These are not really my boyfriends jeans, I don't think I could have ever pulled off that look for real. I do remember in the late 80's cutting down the legs of my brother's Levi's and wearing them rolled and bunched up with a belt (FYI-my brothers hated me stealing their clothes). 

 I paired these with a sequined vest, silver heels and a fedora!

As well as a necklace I crafted from a few pieces of rummaged jewelry supplies.

I like this look edgy and not too literal. For me, I succeeded, I don't look like my boyfriend! Or my brother?

Jeans: Gap Boyfriend skinny-thrifted
Vest: twenty one-thrifted
T-shirt: J.Crew
Heels: BCBG
Belt: thrifted
Hat: gift from a friend
Necklace: DIY

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wig-ed Out

I thought it might be fun to document here what I look like with my wig on. 

 I have to admit, I haven't used it in public!

I feel funny like someone will think "who's she trying to fool, that's not her real hair, hee hee". But, in some ways it is a little comforting to see myself with hair again!

Look, I've felt well enough this week to work in my gardens and the weeds are gone and the mulch looks fresh. Stay tuned for the peonies and iris blooms!

Jeans: Vigoss-thrifted
Jacket: Old Navy-thrifted
Shirt: thrifted
Shoes: Target

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gingham and white

I find one the fastest and easiest ways to get dress and look presentable is by putting on a button up shirt and a pair of jeans. I'm in this combination very often and especially when I'm in a hurry. 

I am currently loving white jeans of all sorts and wore this newly thrifted pair of Gap skinny cropped with a large gingham print shirt from J.Crew, here it appears black but it is really navy and I love the way it looks and feels.

Leather sandals and a leather belt finish off the look and give it all a relaxed but put together feel.

Jeans: Gap-thrifted
Shirt: J.Crew-thrifted
Belt: American Eagle-thrifted
Sandals: Target

Monday, May 20, 2013

All Bald-win

I ditched the scarf and tossed the wig, in a major step for me I appeared in public, bald! I had a gala event to attend from the generosity of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I borrowed a dress, on such short notice of the event I had no time to thrift something amazing and wore this classic black taffeta number with silver embroidery. None of my scarves felt right so I decided to embrace the event and wear my natural self for all to see.

Some of you may be familiar with the Carol M. Baldwin BCR Fund of CNY, for others, I'll give a bit of background. In the late 1980's Carol, mother to Alec, Daniel, William, Stephen, Beth and Jane, developed breast cancer and as a result of her experiences dedicated the rest of her life to helping raise money to support research to find a cure. The "Night to Remember Gala" is the event where they raise funds, thank sponsors and name research grants to Upstate University Hospital (my treatment center) in memory of courageous women who have personally fought against breast cancer. 

My husband and I

My husband got a call on Wednesday from Beth Baldwin-Keuchler saying she had two complementary tickets to the event and would like to surprise me; would we like to go? Yes, you bet! So it was a fun night with silent auctions, dinner, drinks (not me) and a band with dancing. There were about 850 people in attendance and I met Carol Baldwin herself, granddaughter Jackie Baldwin-Keuchler, who runs the daily work of the foundation and Daniel Baldwin as master of ceremonies as well as many other great people. I heard some amazing stories and sat at a dinner table with the radiologist that preform my initial breast biopsy, a local news anchor and a Colgate alum! I had a great evening out with my husband and also felt quite well one day after my chemotherapy treatment. With all this talk at home of baldwins and baldness, my daughter now thinks I should change my name to Bald-win because I'm bald....haha!

With Jackie
With Daniel

Dress: borrowed
Jacket: Cold Water Creek-thrifted
Necklace and Earring: Gifts from my husband

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Out with my girl(s)!

My husband took me and my daughter with a few friends out to enjoy some pizza and ice cream. 

And he got a few photos of my outfit and the day. I love the look of the scarf tied up on top!

Jean Jacket: Old Navy-thrifted
Shirt: American Eagle-thrifted
Silk Scarf: Sally Gee (vintage) & thrifted

Random Kindness

This outfit is the result of a random and generous act of kindness from a sales associate at my local LOFT store. And one I wore to end my last dose dense administration of adriamycin-cytoxan chemotherapy (knocked me out and hopefully explains my absence).

After a Physical Therapy appointment for my lymphedema, I stopped by my local Loft store to scan the sales racks and hopefully be inspired! After trying on a few items, Jill, a sales associate came to help me in the changing room with sizing and alternate options.  As I chose the items I was going to purchase she asked me  "is there anything else in the store you'd like to try on? and I said, no one shirt is enough, my husband will say I don't need anymore clothes!" She insisted and I said pointing "I love those pants", in a few seconds she had them in my size and at the changing room...then she brought a shirt, a pair of shoes and an outfit was born. To finish up this amazing story, once I had the outfit on, she asked me "how to you feel?" and I said "I love it, I feel awesome". Jill then replied to me, "good, because, I'm going to buy that for you!" I cried and said, "NO" and she said "Yes, I can see you've been through enough and proceeded to the check out and bought it for me. 

It is a bit chilly in the infusion area so I added a few layers to the outfit with a chambray shirt and blazer. This blazer has been waiting patiently in my closet for spring, I thrifted it last winter and now I finally get to wear it. And I got so many complements and I had to share the story of Jill with everyone!

Amazing, I am so blessed and I hope I can inspire and help more people as a result of my experiences with cancer. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Last Friday I had my first of four dense doses of Taxol and I am feeling pretty well, I plan to catch up with my blogging!

Pants, Shoes and Shirt: LOFT-gift
Chambray: J.Crew 
Blazer: H&M Conscious collection Spring 2012-thrifted
Necklace: walmart