Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Count down to eight and done!

Friday marked my 8th treatment of chemotherapy, which began with 4 biweekly, dose dense infusions of the drug Adriamycin/Cytoxan and followed with 4 biweekly dense doses of Taxol. Friday was my final and fourth taxol. So, for now, I'm done and I get a three to four week break for my body to rest and repair. Then in the final week of July, I begin a five day a week treatment of radiation therapy for a total of seven weeks.

And to mark the occasion my husband took some outfit photos of me at the ROC.

Starting at the bottom I will showcase these brand new booties I scored at Salvation Army for $2.49! I have had a similar pair in my shopping cart at various online merchants and on my Amazon wish list since the fall.  They are synthetic suede, decent quality and Arizona brand which to the best of my knowledge is sold at J C Penney. I love the style.

Since fall and winter are long gone, I had to figure out a way to style the booties for spring and summer. Here you go....

I wore them with a casual jean skirt and a newly thrifted top with a tribal theme and lace back (whoa, maybe too many trends in one shirt?). I liked the ease of the blouse and it was different than many items I own.

I preferred a tuck on the blouse but pulled it out to show off the lace detail.

I remember in March when I began my dose dense treatments of chemotherapy. I thought, I'll be doing this all the way to the end of June. At the time it really seemed over whelming. Then I thought about the total number of infusions I would have, eight, and I thought, I can do this. I held up my fingers to myself and counted 1 through 8, and then backwards 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. One treatment at a time, one day at a time. Living. Praying. Trusting. Hoping. So for now I am done but, I still have to fight through a week to ten days of feeling bad and not so great side effects but, I'm done! I DID IT!!!
In the next week I will be doing several bone and body scans to see how the cancer retreated in the face of the chemotherapy and then I rest and begin another fight with radiation. Thank you for your support and prayers.

Skirt: David Kahn-local boutique
Shirt: Nordstroms-thrifted
Booties: Arizona-thrifted

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pink and Green

I've worn this color combination before and I really like it so, I am doing it again! (Please excuse the bathroom "selfies".I was alone for my chemotherapy and I wanted to document the outfit!)

The combination of pink and green, to my eye, is so fresh and spring like. And a chambray shirt is always a good choice in my opinion! It is a special shirt, too. A J.Crew chambray popover via a thrift. Compliments to my friend, Jennifer, for finding and gifting it to me. She knows what this girl likes!!!

These shoes were another amazing find, $1 at the end of the semester Worn Again sale...brand new BCBG,  T strap heels with a cool aged copper metallic look with gold accents.

And a cool statement necklace to finish it all off!

Jacket: thrifted
Pants: Target
Shirt: J.Crew-thrifted
Shoes: BCBG-thrifted
Necklace & Belt:Target

Thursday, June 20, 2013

1940s Vintage

I was really excited to wear this outfit, it is all thrifted and two of the items I thrifted this week.

It is the perfect country casual look to be stepping out of a 1940 vintage truck! 

Gingham shirt in a fresh green and an awesome pair of jeans, authentic like new citizens of humanity! 

In this post I am posing with a vintage 1940 Chevy pick up truck, which deserves its own post. Stay tuned!

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity-thrifted
Shirt:  Delia's-thrifted
Shoes:  Sebago-thrifted

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Slip on Sunday

I am always rushing to get to church on Sunday mornings, my husband likes the 9:00 service and likes to leave the house at 8:30 for our ten minute drive.

So, I'm always letting time slip by, helping my daughter get dressed and not thinking that we are minutes away from going out the door. This is where the dress is such a perfect item, I slip it on and GO!

I love colors and patterns of this fit and flare dress, it works for my body type but, for the sake of fashion, I think I missed the mark here on styling.

My cobalt blue vintage necklace doesn't really pop against the dress and I think a pink belt skinny belt around the waist would have set it off better and maybe a different pair of shoes...Ideas for next time, but overall I liked how this looks and I got to church on time!

Dress: Target
Necklace: vintage-thrifted
Shoes: Aldo-thrifted

With everything going on in my life the past six months: cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, I've just done the basics on my blog to keep in touch with family, friends and faithful followers. Thank you so much for keeping touch, commenting and praying for me on this journey, I really appreciate the support and love from all directions and I feel it is one of the reasons I keep going strong. Thank you!

So, today I am going participate in a link up which I haven't done in months, you all give me the confidence to reach out. Thank you.

pleated poppy

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rainy, Rainy

Well, I love my Hunter wellies and don't really need rain to wear them. But, we have had quite a lot of rain lately and I am looking forward to some sun to dry things up.

And warm things up...I put a long sleeved striped shirt under this chevron dress and added a denim jacket and scarf to be comfortable.

A twirl...please Mommy?

And a hug from my girl puts the warmest smile on my face!

Thanks to my friend Annette for my new Alex and Ani bracelet! I am lucky to receive such a sweet gift.

Dress: thrifted
Boots: Hunter
Jacket: Old Navy-thrifted
Scarf: thrifted
Jewelry: thrifted and gifts, bracelet-Alex and Ani

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I think I once made the statement here or at a comment post for another blog that I had never thrifted any item of clothing from Anthropologie. 

Well, I was wrong, and here is the Edme and Esyllte shirt to fess up. I am not that familiar with the store and their labels and I did not know it was from Anthropologie!  

As far as my fashion goes, I'm an east coast, northern preppy through and through! I can spot J.Crew in a thrift store quick as a wink. I think there is also a lot more Crew to be had in the shops I frequent (think Northeast preppy college towns) and I know there is a retail store and a factory store within an hour drive. The closest Anthropologie retail store is 101 miles away.

One of the fun aspects of thrifting is being introduced to new brands either current or vintage and I always enjoy learning more about different clothing labels. So I will keep my eyes open for more but still stick with my style aesthetic.

Shirt: Edme and Esyllte- Anthropologie-thrifted
Skirt: LOFT
Jacket: French Connection (old)
Booties: Target

Casual midi

Currently, I am really liking the look of a baseball T. I amped this one up with a big necklace and kept the rest of the look very casual.

I find midi skirts to be a tricky length but I think it came together with the converse as understated as my statement necklace is overstated with my T shirt.

Maybe next time I'll rock this skirt with heels!

Shirt: VS-thrifted
Jacket: AE-old
Shoes: Converse-thrifted
Skirt: Requirements-thrifted (the tag says made in the USA and it looks like this may be from the late 1980's or early 1990's)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Black and White

A simple black and white outfit but, right on trend for spring!

I wore this with a short sleeve tweedy jacket and a lady-like bag.

Now, looking back, I prefer the way it looks with just the silk blouse and linen pants.

The pants are a little slouchier than I intended, they've been in my closet a while and I'm 5 pounds down in my weight which is visible here.

Angled pictures and cool studded ankle strap heels. Just the edge I needed.

Blouse: Banana Republic (100% silk)-thrifted
Pants: Michael Kors-old (2005)
Bag: Aldo-thrifted
Jacket: hand-me-down from MIL
Heels: Target

Feeling okay after last Friday's chemotherapy slight nausea and the associated aches and pains with the Taxol treatment drug and Neulasta bone marrow stimulant. Thank you for all of your continued support and prayers.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Just your basic neutral: stripes and florals

Who would have known a few years ago that stripes worn with floral patterns would become so main stream?

What I did revive from the 90's grunge and is on trend now is the shirt tied around the waist...really not intentional.

Do the sunglasses hide the fact that I'm bald?

Pretty bracelets and watch are a nice touch I often over look.

Waiting for my seventh chemotherapy treatment today, my third with the second drug, taxol. If all goes well I will finish up at the end of June. Thanks to all of you for your continued prayers and support. It puts such a smile on my face reading your comments. You lift me up and make me want to keep on going with grace and style.

Shirt: J.Crew-thrifted
Skirt: Criss cross-thrifted
Denim shirt: Old Navy-thrifted
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Target

Spring Leather

I decided to ride the leather trend that is peaking now for spring.

This soft, slightly A-line leather skirt was the one that worked for the rainy and chilly day.

I paired it with a cashmere blend short sleeved sweater to lighten the look and bare legs of course!

Pointy toed flats and some necklaces completed things and I was surprised how well it all pulled together into an outfit, I wasn't sure if I would like wearing leather like this, but I do! 

 You just may see more of my leather skirts....

Skirt: Berman's-thrifted
Sweater: Banana Republic-thrifted
Shoes: Sam Edelman-thrifted
Denim Jacket: Old Navy-thrifted
Necklace: thrifted

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Brown and Black Polka Dots

I mixed in a little brown with this all black outfit.

The studded sandals, belt and leather jacket were meant to take this basic dress up a notch.

But, all-in-all, my best accessory was my Grace!

Dress: Old
Jacket: thrifted
Sandals: Target
Belt: thrifted

Monday, June 3, 2013


These blush colored jeans popped my way for $2 the last time I went thrifting (thanks for spotting them Emily) and I've worn them about three times in the past week!

Here I paired them with my go to shirt, the button up. And I really like the way they pair with this green fatigue jacket. 

Probably the best thrift of the outfit are these Sebago docksiders.  I've been patiently looking and waiting for a pair of "boat" or "deck" shoes for the past year or more and I finally found a pair that were the quality I wanted and are like new and my size!

Pants: Mossimo-thrifted
Shirt: Lands End
Jacket: thrifted
Shoes: Sebago-thrifted
Watch: Michael Kors

Much gratitude and thanks to you all for your love, comments, prayers and continued support.