Thursday, January 30, 2014

ootd - bling

I feel like I'm beginning to get my groove back.  I'm walking a little faster, a little straighter, laughing and smiling so much more.   Most importantly I actually care about what I wear these days.  It feels good to go into my closet and put some outfits together.

This is the blingie-est necklace that I own.  I've had this necklace for a few years, but have rarely worn it.  Other than my strands of pearls I rarely wear costume jewellery.  I prefer to leave things simple, and accessorizing with scarves and belts.  But, sometimes a girl's gotta pull out some blings.

Also an update on my mammo results.  After two mammos and two ultrasounds, I was given the 'clear' for now.  I will be going for an MRI in May because my mammo results were difficult to read.

That's all I've got for you today but I definitely want to talk about Massimo Dutti blazers and my newly acquired J.Crew Convertible Toggle Coat.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

a phone call

It's amazing how a phone call can change your life.  Minutes ago I just received a call from my cancer centre informing me to return next Friday for a follow up mammogram and ultrasound.  

Life turned upside down.

Monday, January 13, 2014

currently obsessing - Aritzia scarves

I have two major obsessions these days.

Aritzia scarves and Massimo Dutti Blazers.  Both brands offer online shopping to U.S. and Canada.  I have used the Aritzia online shopping service a few times and I am quite pleased with the ease of shopping, packaging and speed of delivery.   Calling customer service can be a pain, I've had to give up a few times due to the long waiting time, and they never call you back even though they encourage you to leave a voice message.  However, once you get to speak with someone, it's pretty efficient.  

I've never used Massimo Dutti online shopping service, but if the in store service is any indication, I would guess that their online shop is just as shopper friendly.

I will start with Aritzia scarves today as there're quite a few that I love (and own). :)

Marraine Scarf $75 is tapestry inspired, comes in quite a few colors.  This color combo is my favourite but they are all very versatile.

Coquette Scarf (currently on sale for) $80 is my absolute favourite, it comes in three colors and I own the two colors pictured here.  I bought mine earlier on in the season and they sold out very quickly.  I'm quite surprised to see them restocked.  This scarf comes in three colors and is the thickest of all the styles in this post, it almost feel like it's double layered.

Coquette Scarf  $85.  This scarf is softer and feels slightly thinner compared to the one above.  Sorry this is the most horrible and unhelpful picture, but hopefully it will give you the slightest idea as to how it looks on.  This scarf comes in four colorways, they are all very nice, it was very hard to decide on the one.

Coquette Scarf $75. I love the neutral colors in this one, it would look great with many shades and can be a great wrap for those cooler early spring days as well. 


I've made several attempts to write an update, but after such an extended disappearance I don't know how to just casually waltz back in here, even if it's just briefly to say hello.

Where do I start? What do I talk about? so much has happened since I was last here, so much good things...

Well, let's start by saying that things are going pretty well.  My hair is growing back, I'm also gaining weight, and even though there's no date set but we've talked about getting married this spring!  The most exciting update to share is that as of last month I am no longer menopausal! Yay!  This gives us a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, I can beat the odds and try to conceive once I am finished with my 5 year Tamoxifen treatment.

As much as I feel like a normal 30 something female these days, regular follow up appointments at the cancer centre keeps me busy.  As a matter of fact I was just there today having my first post cancer mammogram.

Even though cancer will never be completely out of my life, but it's becoming a small inconvenience, a thing of the past, a distant memory.  I am trying to live each day focusing on the present.  To quote Shifu Oogway (from Kung Fu Panda)

"There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."

I hope you are all enjoying your presents, and here's to a healthy and happy 2014!