Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - My Story

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and every year I try to do my part to help find the cure. Breast Cancer is still the most common cause of cancer amongst women in the country (except for skin cancer) and more women are surviving the disease because of the strides we have made to prevent it. Almost everyone I know has a personal connection to the disease, whether it is something their mothers, sisters, or friends have experienced. I'm also one with a very personal connection to the disease.

Almost three years ago, during a routine physical exam, I was diagnosed with a "lump" and sent straight to get my first mammogram. The hardest part of getting a diagnosis like that is thinking about all of the hypothetical scenarios that could result from it. The idea that something terrible could happen to me, leaving Adam without the irreplaceable love that can only come from a mother, was too much for me. The results from my mammogram were mixed, it was something they were going to 'keep an eye on', and I needed to return in six months. Every six  months, I returned to be given a similar result, until my last visit just a few months ago when I was told the "lump" had subsided and I didn't need to return until I reached a certain age, unless something is detected again. The feeling of relief and excitement from getting a clean bill of health is really hard to describe. I feel like I was given a second chance to live the best life, and I am determined to not take anything for granted.

If you want to support Breast Cancer Awareness, there are a few great companies I've listed below that are doing their part by donating proceeds of their merchandise. Also, scroll all the way down for a fantastic event in Chicago this Thursday! I hope to see you there!

Accessory Concierge: Donating 20% of the proceeds from the sale of the "Tough as Nails" necklace or the "Fight Like A Girl" or "Here Comes A Fighter" Cuff.

Ann Taylor: Donating 50% of the purchase price of the Strength, Love, and Hope Bracelets.

Chicago Premium Outlets: Between 10/1-10/31, if you donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the cure, you will receive a 25% off coupon that you can use on any one item. They are also providing free shuttle service on Saturdays and Sundays from Chicago with code: PINK. You need to reserve the shuttle 24 hours in advance, by calling 312 361-4111 or online at premium outlets.com/chicago.

LVX Nail Polish: ALL proceeds from the sale of "Lolli" will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I love this shade of pink - it is the perfect pretty pink.

Think Pink: 

This Thursday, I plan to attend The Think Pink fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. They will have a Nicole Miller runway show styled by one of my favorite bloggers and personal friend Janet Lee Mandell of the blog Fashionaholic. The proceeds will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation.

Prior to the event, the goal is to raise $3,000, and guests who donate $50 and up will get front row seats for the show. You can donate  here.

More details about the event:

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Culottes are a trend that has come back in full force since its hey day in the late 80's early 90's. Wearing culottes might be intimidating to some, but actually it shouldn't be scary at all! Pair with some heels and tuck in a blouse for a sleek elegant look - or wear a chunky boot or bootie and an oversized cozy knit for a casual style. 

I wore this look to a family dinner with my in-laws, except I swapped out the heels for flats because I knew I would probably need to chase Adam around all night. We left Adam with his grandparents for the night and it is so strange to be home without him buzzing about as he tends to do. 

I find the Topshop culottes to be very good quality, and i love the detail on the pockets and waist. It almost looks like a skirt because of the fabric and draping. Definitely a fall favorite of mine!

Thanks for visiting!

Outfit Details: Culottes: Topshop | Top: J.Crew | Bag: Reed Krakoff | Shoes: Christian Louboutin - Similar Style and Similar under $60! | Necklace: Thanks to Maurices | Watch: Michele

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