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?

Thanks for reading!