#BLOGGERSFORBCA #TOUGHASNAILS

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“Fight like a girl.” This saying, along with anything pink, tends to feel, well, girly. And let me tell you, I’m the girliest of girl’s girls. I started this blog in April 2013 to write about all things girly—clothes, accessories, makeup, skincare. “Fight like a girl” brought an image to my mind of a woman taking off a stiletto to use as her weapon in a catfight.

I never gave the saying much thought, until I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on June 14, 2013. Two weeks later, I was on a surgeon’s table for eight hours getting a double mastectomy. She told my family it was a big deal that I didn’t need a blood transfusion—my body had decided to fight. A month after the surgery, I began 16 weeks of chemotherapy with a drug referred to as the “red devil” and another drug that required sitting for three hours with my hands and feet in ice buckets to prevent neuropathy (better known as a condition where I would never be able to wear high heels again… Yeah, right!) I’ve always been overly energetic, and for the first time in my life, I was fighting for my life with a completely exhausted body. My birthday weekend lead to my toughest battle to date. A double mastectomy and chemotherapy were child’s play compared to the courage it took to let my daughter shave my head bald. For a lot of women, their femininity is in their curves, my identity was in my mane of red hair. It’s baffling to me that breast cancer manages to strip women of everything that makes them feel like women. Throughout treatment, I was determined to feel feminine. My blog (and online shopping) became my outlet—a way for me to prove to myself and other fighters that you can still be stylish while battling cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness month is around the corner, and this will be my first October as a survivor. My daughter Alex works for Accessory Concierge, and when the owners asked me to launch their Breast Cancer Awareness Program “Tough as Nails—Bloggers for BCA,” I felt empowered. Getting to share this jewelry with the fashion blogging community is a humbling experience for me, because I have been so overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from my fellow bloggers. Statistics say 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her lifetime, so I know every one of you knows someone who has been affected by this disease. This is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the fighters in your life, and thankfully, this jewelry is a subtle enough statement to wear every day. Whether you order one for yourself or as a gift for your own fighters, it’s nice to know that proceeds from these stylish designs will be donated to Breast Cancer Fund, so while you wear the jewelry, you are fighting alongside all women. Join me as I keep my stilettos on and truly fight like the girl that I am! Wear the jewelry in your own way, share your story or the story of your favorite fighter, join the Bloggers for Breast Cancer Awareness movement, and be tough as nails!

Please comment with your own story and/or contact these two: Chelsea@rewardstyle.com and josh@rewardstyle.com to get involved with the program.

 On me::Sweater// PAPER DENIM AND CLOTH, Silk Cargo Pant// PAPER DENIM AND CLOTH (not available), Lace Tank// CALYPSO(not available), Shoes//JEFFREY CAMPBELL, All Jewelry by ACCESSORY CONCIERGE

On Alex:: Dress// MONROW

Photos: MARY SUMMERS

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EXHALE SPA BLOGGER DAY

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A few weeks ago, Tanya Foster of Film Fashion and Fun, put together a spa day for some Dallas bloggers at Exhale Spa. Exhale spa is in The Highland Hotel( formerly The Palomar). Although I didn’t get to participate in the yoga class,(was still healing from surgery) it was just what this blogger needed!!! We were treated to lunch at Knife (John Tesar chef, and Top Chef contestant) with a delicious salad and pizza.

Then came my favorite part…the quiet room and a massage. I don’t know about you, but I love having a massage. I wish I could do it weekly. I know it seems frivolous, but massage is so healthy for your mind, body and spirit. This was such a fun day! Check out their website for a list of services and how to join. If you don’t have an Exhale close to you, go get a massage somewhere! You deserve it!!! Thank you to Exhale and Tanya for including me.

Check out my super fun blogger friends and their blogs:

Ellen of The Perennial Style

Heather of Style by Fluent

Ashley of SideSmile Style

Mary of So Then They Say

Sam of Style by Sam

Molly of A Piece of Toast

Lynsey of Tomboy KC

Tanya of Film Fashion Fun

 

 

 

 

 

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