I love exploring synergies between fashion and art. It’s a reoccurring theme on my blog. One of my fave artist is Jean Michel Basquiat. His dynamic and strong graffiti type paintings captured the turbulence of the 70s.
This t shirt is from Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY series from 2015. They produce a new collection every season with themes from art, popular culture, brands and logos. The skirt with orange batek print goes great with the tee and lastly chunky wedge sandals make my legs look lean and long.
Painting for the Soul
I’ve talked about diet and exercise, staying busy and keeping your mind occupied but you also need to nourish your soul or your core being. I am not an artist but I do enjoy painting when I’m inspired. This painting is a visual representation of my surgical scar. I’ve run the word “somontare” down the length of it because it is my mantra during this journey. It’s Italian for overcome or get over. Somontare would probably make a great tattoo as well in a scripty font…just thinking about it… I also included a work in progress which is for my parents. Flower Power!
Today is the festival of me so I wore my fave dress. I love the way the pattern on this dress is loosely scattered at the top and then clusters together on the skirt. The sea green colour really brings out my eyes. I like to pop this dress with turquoise sandals and of course it’s always chilly on my birthday so I need to add a teal cardigan over top.
I thought it would be cute to add a photo of me as a little girl celebrating her birthday. Here is #6. A Festa Italiana with pizza and birthday cake! I hope I get that today too!
Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is featuring me as one of their guest bloggers. I appreciate the shout out and I am so fortunate to be treated by their world renowned doctors and radiation therapists. Check it!
Sometimes all it takes to lift your mood is putting on a pretty dress – like this one from Ann Taylor Loft. I love the lotus flower print on the black background. The subtle hint of blue makes it perfect to wear with a jean jacket and black laser cut booties.
Last Full Week
This is my last full week of treatment. I can’t believe that I have come to the final countdown so quickly. I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to share my story with so many of you. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate the likes and follows. I hope I’ve been able to provide some inspiration and encouragement to women battling cancer.
In case you missed it here is the link the CTV news clip from Friday!
I had planned to talk about a boho look and the restorative qualities of the siesta but then this happened.
Pauline Chan from CTV news dropped by to talk about fashion, makeup and of course 25 Days 25 Looks. It was a great experience shooting this segment and meeting an admired journalist. My segment aired on the 6PM news and if you missed click on the link http://ctv.news/Opti3LM
In summer I love a bohemian vibe. I’m artsy and summertime is when I channel that vibe by wearing boho pieces.
A perfect summer topper is a kimono top. it floats effortlessly over anything. I’ve paired this Italian knit kimono over a t-shirt and skinny jeans. I added a funky beaded necklace and some bracelets to create a unique, boho look.
TIP – Although viewed as a traditional garment, the Kimono can sub in for many wardrobe items.
* Trench Coat
* Evening Coat
* Tunic – very boho
To fight the fatigue that is a side effect of radiation treatments I take a nap in the afternoon. I’m Italian and travel to Italy often to visit my family there. If I’m visiting in summer it’s wonderful to have a siesta after lunch when the sun is at its’ peak. I always feel so refreshed after an afternoon nap and can enjoy the rest of the day and evening without feeling so tired.
This outfit looks stylish and put together from separate pieces. My secret is this great dress I got in Florida. It looks like a top and skirt but it’s one piece. It came in many colour and pattern variations but I liked the green top with the dot skirt the best. Adding the shawl collar cardigan makes it office or hospital worthy any day.
Interview with the Fashionista
On Day 9 I was on a different treatment unit with a new crew and I met Yangchen Ukyab, a radiation therapy student. I of course told her about 25 Days 25 Looks and she asked if she could interview me for a presentation. As a course requirement these students need to interview a patient and then present their cancer journey to the class. We did the interview today and it was such a pleasure to speak with Yangchen. I know she’ll become a great radiation therapist and I wish her all the best!
Good Hair Day
Later on today I’m getting my hair done (photos to come). I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do things for yourself that make you make feel good and happy during your journey. Anna, my stylist at Head Candy Salon in Etobicoke knows my hair so well and is a master colourist. I always feel and look great after a session with her.
To achieve great style and a unique look you need to master mixing prints. I will admit that I am still a novice and my MO is to choose subtle and simple prints to mix.
These leopard print jeans appear grey from a distance so I consider them to be a neutral piece. Now I can add almost any print to them and it will go. This Zara top is a good choice because the print, although bold in size, is subtle in colour and goes with the grey. Another option for these jeans would be a striped top.
TIP – to mix prints effectively choose a tone-on-tone print that becomes the neutral piece. Then almost any print in a similar colour palette will go and give you great style.
The radiation treatment I am undergoing has 2 main side effects. Loose bowels (diarrhea) and fatigue. To combat the loose bowels a change in diet was required. I followed the diet guide provided by Princess Margaret and it really helped me. I eliminated diary, added white carbs and ate only the recommended fruit and veggies from the list. The fatigue feels like my legs are made of lead and super heavy. I try to walk or do yoga a couple of times a week even if I don’t feel like it. I was walking at such a fast pace after I recovered from surgery and now I feel like a snail. I know this is temporary and I will be back in good form after my treatment is over.
Today’s selfie I took in the atrium of Princess Margaret. This space is so full of light and is a great spot to check my social media if I’m early for my appointment.
I wanted to wear something new and special for the half-way point. I wanted to get creative with the photography. I love how this shot turned out – a defiant pose against stunning modern architecture. My song this week has been like an anthem pushing me on. It’s Fight Song by Rachel Platten have a listen – it’s empowering!
This black jumpsuit I found at Marshall’s. It was a steal at $40. It’s stretchy and comfortable. The wide leg is on trend for spring. I’ve chosen a more casual look with the sneakers but this can be dressed up with heels and a little bling.
The dolls have been on sabbatical during 25 Days 25 Looks but I’ve missed creating the paper dresses. I thought they would look great as my own personal cheerleaders so here they are in original outfits made from Japanese paper! Hip Hip Hooray for the halfway milestone!
If you’ve been following along you know I love to wear dresses over pants. This look works especially well in this chilly spring we’ve been experiencing. With the torrential rain happening today I switched the white pants for black leggings and wore my Hunter boots.
I like very graphic patterns in black and white. I love the oversized floral print of this dress. It is perfect on it’s own but I usually wear it over pants. These white skinny trousers from H&M are a great buy at $24.99. I especially love the split on the back of the leg. It’s a great detail. Speaking of H&M they are currently having a used clothing drive at the Eaton Centre. Bring in your unwanted clothing, snap a pic, post it using the #closetheloop and they’ll give you a $10 gift card. Give and Get!
Weekly Doctor Check-ins
Every Thursday I see the doctor in the radiation therapy clinic. It’s a chance for me to talk about any side effects I’m experiencing. We talk about how I can manage them and if any medications are required. The staff is friendly and I enjoy chatting with them about my treatment and of course 25 Days 25 Looks! In the spirit of giving please donate to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation if you can.
Black and white doesn’t need to be stark or boring. Texture and pattern can add visual interest to a colourless palette like this Zara blouse and these Ann Taylor trousers.
I purchased this blouse in January when Zara was clearing out Fall/Winter inventory. I knew it would be perfect for the chilly spring. The paisley embroidery adds texture to this white blouse. The small dot pattern on these cropped trousers elevate them from being plain black. The details on these 2 pieces create a unique look.
Tools for 25 Days 25 Looks
These are my go-to tools and I use them everyday for this initiative.
1. Selfie-stick. I need this to take my photo at Princess Margaret.
2. Mophie. My iPhone6 is nearing the end of its’ life and constantly needs to be charged. A portable charger is a must-have for me.
3. iPhone 6. Takes great images and I can transfer them easily to my Mac Book for the blog or post them directly to Instagram.
When I came up with the idea for 25 Days 25 Looks I knew I wanted to devote a week of treatment to black and white outfits. This combination is so graphic and really makes a strong style statement. When wearing black & white the details are important so pay attention to mine and you can easily get this look yourself. For the shots this week, my photographer and I had fun shooting in the area near Princess Margaret over the holiday weekend. I hope you enjoy Black and White Week!
This Lord & Taylor fringe skirt I purchased for $13 at a little known place of fabulous finds. In Etobicoke at Kipling and the Queensway there is a crappy strip mall with a Zellers outlet. It’s not Zellers. It’s Hudson’s Bay and they have great stuff! I find it easier to shop than Winners or Marshall’s because it is better organized. They have smaller circular racks usually sorted by brand as opposed to long racks by size.
I love the quality of this skirt. The fringe is put on expertly and accurately with no gaps at back where the zipper and seam are. This fringe provides visual interest and texture. I paired this with a simple white Top Shop t-shirt which has some appliqué lace trim. The watch is a Swatch with a see through face and the mechanisms are all different colours. I also wore this delicate Shanghai Tang bracelet which has an Asian print in silver, black, white and red. The fringe on the skirt and these interesting accessories are the details that take this outfit from boring to high style.
Mind Over Matter
In Week 2, I blogged about how important diet and exercise is to recovery. Keeping your mind active is also important. This initiative is my way of keeping my brain working. Determining the looks and scheduling them, writing the content and shooting the looks are all activities that require brain power and keep me busy. I don’t have time to dwell on survival stats or re-occurrence rates -fashion and style are in my thoughts 24-7. Looking good gives me a positive outlook towards my treatment. It doesn’t hurt that I get a couple of looks while walking the halls of Princess Margaret.
Unit 10 was a little behind today so I took the opportunity to try out a recliner chair. So worth it! It was quite relaxing and the selfie turned out great!