Camel, Pink, and Plum for Fall…or Winter

pink with camel cardigan and jcrew necklace

plum crops with camel cardi and pink
tan cardigan with pink tank and necklace

plum pink and camel

Cardigan: B.P. (different colors)  – similar here, love this style, or splurge here or here; Tank: Trouve – similar here; Pants: Halogen – similar here or here; Pumps: Sam Edelman – pointed-toe version or similar here; Necklace: J.Crew – similar here or fun option; Earrings: J.Crew – similar here or love these; Purse: Coach – similar here or here

Sneaking in before the weekend! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I’ve been busy making jewelry and had a recent visit to see my sister, parents, and niece. These outfit photos were actually taken back in October but I’ve been keeping busy and focusing on other aspects of life, which I’ll get to more below. But first, my hair has gotten so much longer since these pics were taken! It is crazy what two months can do! And, its wavy and curly now! So, hopefully I’ll get some new outfit photos up soon to show off my new ‘do! As for this look, although I wore this in the fall, the rich plumcolored pants, cozy camel sweater, and sparkly necklace would be perfect for a holiday gathering as well.

So, an update on life post chemo: I’m doing really well! My follow up visits in November went well with no visible signs of cancer! Can I get an amen!! My doctors have decided to do fewer CT scans to decrease my radiation exposure because they feel I’m relatively low risk for recurrence and they believe physical exams and blood work are just as likely to catch it if it does return. So, also good news. And, I got my port removed (a little mouse-shaped device on my chest that I received treatment and had blood draws through)…this is months ahead of schedule and I’m so happy to have it out! So, overall good news all around.

Lately my cancer journey has made me think about priorities and being happy now – not in months or years from now, not because of the things I might have in the future, every day, now. I have a greater sense of urgency to do the things I want to do sooner, rather than later, and to focus on the activities that energize me. I’m still trying to figure it all out and decide what happiness looks like for me. And, I think what makes me happy will change over time. For now, feeling rested and healthy (eating well and exercising), spending as much time as I can with the people who support me, traveling and having new experiences, and pursuing my passions are at the top of my  list…yes, it is a long list. So, I’ve been trying to listen more to my gut feelings and let them guide me to what makes me feel most fulfilled. Sometimes that means working on jewelry and other times, it is working on a blog post. Some nights its going to the gym (we do martial arts here) or staying in and doing yoga (Yoga with Adriene rocks). Some nights, it is a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a brownie and ice cream with my hubby. More than ever, I think life is about finding the right balance…and by right, I mean the one that works for you and makes you feel most fulfilled with where you are at that time in your life. So, while we all have responsibilities, try to do what makes you happy as much as you can!

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Wide Legs, Crop Tops, & Transitions

black wide leg and pink turban

crop top and pink head wrap

pink chemo turban

blazer with wide leg pant

short hair with crop top and blazer

crop top wide legs and short hair

wide leg trouser and zip back top

blush black and cream with snake sandal

Top: Forever 21 – similar here ($7!), here (night out), or here (love but splurge); Blazer: H&M – similar here; Pants: Chelsea 28 (Nordstrom) – similar here, here or here (splurge but on sale); Pumps – Vince Camuto – similar here (steal), here (pricey), or here (major splurge); Sandals: Dolce Vita; Long Earrings: Kendra Scott; Studs: J.Crew – similar here

I thought today I’d share two versions of this outfit. With the turban is how I wore it to my sweet friend Julia’s (if you don’t follow her on Instagram, you should) bridal shower back in April, the weekend after my second chemo session. And, how I wore it to work last week, with a blazer and fun sandals. I love the versatility and polish of these pants and am looking forward to styling them in so many ways.

And, yes, I have hair! It is short and sticks out funny in places, but it is a full head of hair! It has taken me 3 months since my last treatment to grow this long. Since my last posts I’ve been thinking a lot about the transitions from being a chemo patient to getting back to real life. Life honestly seems pretty normal – which is really great! I’m getting into a routine and I no longer feel like everyone who looks at me knows I recently finished chemo. But, I also don’t want anyone reading this and looking at these photos thinking I had some miraculous recovery and my life is perfect now. Like most blogs, photos only show the good stuff.

The reality is, each day there are really tough moments. There are moments when I think about the past few months and cry, and times when I think about the uncertainty of the future and cry. There are frustrating moments, like when I put a shirt on and realize my port is showing, or get out of my chair at work and feel like an old lady with major joint pain, or wake up in the middle of the night with a hot flash. But there are also happy times, like seeing a full set of eyelashes again, looking in the mirror at a full head of hair, and feeling incredibly proud of myself for getting back into the swing of life. So I guess you could say it is bit of an emotional roller coaster. But, life is what you make of it and I’ve been trying not to have expectations about how I should feel, emotionally or physically. I just put one foot in front of the other, move forward, and try to make the most of every moment, even the tough ones.

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Striped Midi and Paisley

paisley turban with stripes

striped midi dress with headwrap

paisley chemo turban

turban with striped midi

Dress: Old Navy – similar here, here, or here; Shoes: Franco Sarto – similar here or here; Sunglasses: Maui Jim – also here

First off, thank you to everyone who sent a little love, positive vibes, warm wishes, and prayers my way. I was truly overwhelmed with the support. So, thank you, from the bottom of my very full heart! Sorry for the long delay in getting back here to thank everyone…I needed a little time for all of those feelings to settle in, then my hard drive crashed.

Comfort was all I wanted any time I got dressed in more than lounge wear this summer. I picked this dress up from Old Navy for $8! Yup, 8 bucks. I loved it so much I got it in all black too. Both the stripes and black have been on regular rotation the past several months. I love that I can add heels to dress it up or flats for casual running around…or a stroll through a rose garden.

As for the head wrap, this was one of my favorites. It is actually an old piece of fabric my grandma had hanging around that she let me put to good use. The paisley print made it fun and the colors kept my blacks and whites from getting too boring. To be honest, during treatment I usually didn’t wear a head wrap if I ran to the grocery store or went out for a walk, especially in the summer heat. I saved the head wraps for dinners with friends or more crowded places where I didn’t want to make it as obvious that I was going through chemo. It took me a bit to get comfortable walking around with my bald head, but I decided that however I felt the most like myself was how I was going to be. Of course people would look twice, its not everyday you see a woman with a bald head, but I felt like I got as many looks with the head wrap as I did without, so however I felt most comfortable is how I went out.

I didn’t take any blog photos without a head wrap. I thought about it, a lot. I have pictures of my bald head. But, the reality is, I don’t want pictures of my bald head living on the internet for years to come (not to mention the painted on eyebrows and lack of eyelashes). It just isn’t how I want to memorialize that time. Instead, I’m hoping I’ll look back at these photos and feel a little glamorous looking at myself in a fancy turban and aviators…hey, a girl can dream right?

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