Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Sentimentality

Some Sentimentality

Works Cited

dress: anthro
cardigan: j crew
wedges: fitzwell

It's the final day of Dress Your Best week, and I'm celebrating my hair. I feel particularly glad to celebrate my hair because this month, I am also celebrating three years of being a cancer survivor.

Some Sentimentality

Aside from a stint of chemo-induced baldness and the subsequent pixie and bob haircuts, my hair has always been long and I love it that way. I can no longer tell whether it is neurosis or vanity that prevents me from chopping it to look as cute as Katy or Lexie. But my long hair is also a reminder of all that I've been through and how resilient I can be. And so it only seems fitting that the last day of Dress Your Best goes to celebrating the three parts of me that will always be metaphorically interconnected: hair, health, and happiness.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. xoxo.

P.S. I promise not to be this sentimental again! I think all this body-lovin' celebration has gotten to me...


59 comments:

Chaucee said...

I never know what to say to these things, but I'm glad you survived cancer. Your hair is beautiful and so are you.

Bridget said...

three years...whoa. One of my girls (I'm an RA) survived an osteosarcoma...so scary. I'm glad you're still with us! :)

Intelligent Tool said...

what a great thing to celebrate. your hair is gorgeous.

Amanda said...

These shoes are a great fit.

caffeinerd said...

Congratulations on three years, and---seconded---so glad you're here with us today! You hair is absolutely gorgeous---even moreso when you know what it's been through.

Sal said...

SO glad you've got that gorgeous head of hair, and that you're healthy and well!

Katie said...

My friend calls her hair her badge of courage, and says it always reminds her of what she's capable of conquering.

Congratulations on three years!

Tanvi said...

Cheers! Here's to being a survivor :) Thanks for sharing! Says a lot about your strength and spirit ... Impressive! ... Love this olive green against your skin. Blue Green is also a lovely combo. Love the look, love your hair :) Have a wonderful weekend!

the style crusader said...

there is absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of sentimentality. that is an incredible story. it is always encouraging to hear about people who have triumphed over such times. your hair looks gorgeous - as do you! i love that colour green on you! xx

Academichic said...

Wow, Tania, what a story! I'm so happy to hear that you're a survivor and you should sport your gorgeous locks proudly as a symbol of that. I've always admired your really beautiful hair, but now it seems even more poignant that I know this story behind it. I'm so glad you're well!

And thanks for participating this week, I've really loved all your posts!
S

La Historiadora de Moda said...

You can be sentimental whenever you want! We're so glad that you are healthy and well! Here's to you for being a survivor!

Lori said...

Congratulations on the three years!!!! Your hair is lovely :)

Bee said...

A full head of luscious hair is something often taken for granted, especially by younger women. Thanks for reminding the world that it needs to be appreciated. Your hair is gorgeous! Congratulations on three years, and I wish you many, many healthy years to come. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

Congratulations! What a fantastic way to celebrate-- you look fabulous!

portlandize.com said...

There's nothing wrong with being sentimental. Being glad to be alive is a perfect reason for celebration, even if your life hasn't been so overtly challenged as with cancer. It's important that you're still here. Congratulations, and happy hair day! :)

Kristin said...

Cheers to you, woman!

Lisa said...

You look gorgeous today - now that's an anniversary worth remembering and celebrating.

spiffy said...

Your hair is beautiful but even more so is what it represents! so take that, stupid cancer!

enSTYLEpedia said...

our bodies really are amazing.
i had no idea you were a cancer survivor, it's nice to learn a little about a woman i stare at everytime she posts! ;)
congratulations on your remission.
you look great, love everything you're wearing...and you do have great hair!

Jilliebeanie said...

What a beautiful testimony! So glad you are well! Your hair is lovely for many reasons!

Breanne at Bella Vita said...

Your hair is beautiful! Here's to those three years and many, many, many more!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Future Lint said...

Oh my goodness, my jaw is on the floor right now - I had no idea!! That is amazing! You do have fabulous hair and way to celebrate it!

On a far more shallow note, I love this outfit - the navy dress is lovely and I want to steal your shoes!

ambika said...

What a touching post. I spend far too much time fighting my hair when I really should be grateful for...everything...

& just visually, I love these colors together--classic but different.

Becky said...

Don't apologize for being sentimental! Your hair is beautiful. Your outfit is fantastic.

Larysse Tavares said...

I didn't know why I was so enchanted with your hair this week, it looks so bright and beautiful... and now I can finally understand why you look so confident in life. I've never imagined that someone like you --and here I mean more than yourself in the outside, could be a cancer survivor. Now I see :) I am very proud of you, darling. You really inspire me in life. May God bless you everyday and please, keep rocking :D

xoxox, have a lovely weekend you too :)

Larysse Tavares said...

P.S.: I loved your dress :)

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

What a wonderful, moving post to end Dress Your Best week. Your tribute to your hair is poignant and thoughtful - thank you for sharing this with us. And I'm so very glad that you're healthy!

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Your hair is beautiful and amazing, and I wanted to thank you for sharing your experience with us. You are truly inspiring in so many ways, both in your style and your strength. Here's to many more healthy years.

Erin said...

This is my first time commenting but I wanted to just say congratulations on being a 3-year cancer survivor!! I celebrate my survivorship anniversary every year in February (27 years this year, I was only 5 when diagnosed).

And I love your clothing combinations :)

Moni said...

Congrats on three years! You've definitely earned the right to be sentimental!

Amy said...

Oh wow, I had no idea you were a cancer survivor. I am so happy to hear that you have been cancer free for 3 years. Congratulations!! Your hair is gorgeous and you should definitely celebrate it.

xoxo
Amy

P.S. I love the color of your cardi!

KP said...

Your post is so inspiring - I'm so happy to hear that you are healthy - and your hair (and outfit) is incredibly beautiful! =)

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

how amazing - and your hair is gorgeous. glad to hear you're healthy!

Clare said...

Get sentimental whenever you want, my dear, this is something to celebrate! And, of course, your hair is always just incredibly gorgeous!

Dorky Medievalist said...

Well done, you! I'm glad you're healthy and strong and that you have that gorgeous mop as a bonus and a measure. Thanks for the reminder that hair is so much more than a vanity.

S@sha said...

Wow, I'm glad you are healthy today and hope you have many more decades of health in front of you.

tastymoog said...

aw, I'm so glad you get to celebrate your lovely, long hair, and the health it represents! :)

Sit Under the Apple Tree said...

I have always thought your hair so beautiful, I had no idea of the story behind it. You're so brave and this is a really powerful lovely message - thank you Tania for reminding me that I should be grateful for what I have and to appreciate everything. (I love your outfit too!)

bonjouritsjinah said...

This was such a touching post! I always think that your hair looks gorgeous in your outfit photos, and the story behind the length made me tear up a little! I've always been a long hair girl too, but go through spurts of short cuts.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I'm so glad you're healthy and well now. What a beautiful post, Tania!

FashionTheorist said...

Congratulations on three years cancer free! You're certainly entitled to some degree of sentimentality. Celebrate your gorgeous hair and your health with it!

Also, I love the navy and mustard color combination on you.

(always)alanna said...

congratulations girl! you look absolutely beautiful as does your hair!
stay strong
xx

LyddieGal said...

I can't completely understand your love of your long locks - just let it keep growing, it's beautiful and you should celebrate!

Chic on the Cheap

Fia said...

Such a touching story and beautiful hair.

I love this dress. The olive cardigan shows it off really nicely.

piglet said...

Wow I had no idea. Congrats on overcoming it, you certainly should be proud of your gorgeous hair!

FashionJazz said...

Luv ur colours together!! Hope u have a lovely wknd! xx

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

*hugs* this post is incredibly touching. You are an amazing woman.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

wow! i had no idea you are a cancer survivor! that's so awesome! i don't think i'd cut my hair short if i had gone through something like that. what a brave woman you are!

Fer said...

:)

beautiful story, and gorgeous hair

um beijo from Brazil!

Catherine said...

Congratulations! That is amazing. You look so pretty, and the colors of that outfit are beautiful!

Melanie said...

I'm so, so happy for you. From the first time I saw your blog I thought your hair was gorgeous. Great dress, too, btw.

Melanie@Unravelled Threads

Vicky said...

You have beautiful hair! I love the color of your cardigan and wedges, and you pulled them together. Love your blog.

http://vickysdailyfashion.blogspot.com/

Kelly @ blackdog finds said...

What a journey you've had. You and your lovely mane are amazing.

aspiringminimalist said...

You look beautiful and so does your hair!

Thanks for sharing this sentimental post, and your admirable journey :)

Chelsea said...

Wow, it is always so shocking when a young person shares that they are a cancer survivor. Some don't even feel comfortable doing it. So, thanks for bringing some awareness... I'm so glad that you are healthy and I've said it before but I'll say it again, you've got some DAMN GOOD HAIR!!!

Kyla said...

Awesome testimonial! You are truly an inspiration!

Wicked Thrifty said...

wow, brave girl- good for you! i had no idea.

could i love this skirt any more? i think not.

Meg said...

I just stumbled upon your blog tonight. I'm trying to be a bit more fashionable and so I'm looking for ideas. Because there is nothing to make a girl feel not so cute than to be bald right? I just finished chemo two months ago (Hodgkin's lymphoma). Thanks for giving me a whole lot of hope tonight seeing your beautiful long hair. I love wearing mine long too. You look great! Here's to good health (and you know, cute shoes)!

Aubrey Anne said...

Congrats girl! It's crazy because you just never know who has gone through something that life-changing. I've been loving your blog for a while now, and of course I never would have known. Happy birthday, and btw I like the weirdly-shiny tights. :) I'm also one who will never cut my hair again if I can help it.... it signifies much more than beauty to me.

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