Topic: How vain are you?

Forum: Humor and Games — Breast cancer is no laughing matter, but sometimes a good joke or a game is the best medicine.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 02:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 09:32AM by SelenaWolf

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 02:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 09:32AM by SelenaWolf

SelenaWolf wrote:

Okay, a few of us have had so much fun on another thread comparing the ways in which we are still vain, that I thought it deserved its own thread.  Everybody chime in... how vain are you?

Edited to add:

We on the "How Vain Are You?" thread recognize that our sense of fun- and humour is not to everyone's taste.  Hence, we have chosen the "Humour and Games" forum to let our hair down.  Although swapping "vain" stories, style tips and beauty secrets are always eagerly welcomed, going off-topic is not a crime.  Neither is bad language or differing opinions.  We recognize that each- and every one of us is interested in conventional, complementary, holistic and alternative treatments as long as there is science-based  research behind each- and every one.  [Like someone said, if honey badger pee as a treatment for breast cancer had hard science behind it, I would be the first in line.]  We reserve the right to honestly discuss the strengths and weaknesses (and dangers) of everything, and laugh at the ridiculousness of life. 

This thread is for sharing and laughter, but it is also about the freedom to DISCOURSE, DISCUSS, DECONSTRUCT, DEBATE and DEBUNK the various- and sundry myths out there about breast cancer and breast cancer treatment no matter what they are.  But don't forget to recommend your favourite lipstick shade along the way.

 

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Nov 27, 2013 02:25PM - edited Nov 27, 2013 02:30PM by SelenaWolf

I'll begin... I'm a real girly-girl, except that I hate pink.  I love having my make-up done, love having my hair futzed with, wear perfume when I go for a bike hike and, rarely, wear shoes with less than a 3" heel.  I adore clothes and jewelry, never leave the house without lipstick (Chanel is the best!) and, often, wear a tinted lip balm to bed (gotta stay gorgeous for my honey).  I love the fact that people's jaws drop when I tell them I'm in my fifties and get a perverse pleasure out of the fact that everyone thinks my husband is older, even though I'm older than he is.  Even though I've worn my hair in a pixie since treatment, I still have more hair product than I care to admit to and I use it ALL.  Although I'm a natural blond, right now I'm a red-head, and I've also been brunette and every other colour under the sun.  Hair colour is just an accessory.  Isn't it?

So... what's your vanity story...

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Nov 27, 2013 03:17PM Momine wrote:

Still? I am much worse post-cancer. Before my only real weakness was shoes. It is a genetic problem inherited from my grandparents.

During chemo, I couldn't do much, so I discovered shopping. It was fun. Now I have even more shoes :D, but also scarves and other nice stuff. I also lost my hair, which meant that post-chemo I started visiting a hair dresser regularly for the first time in my life. Oh, and getting rid of the cancer also meant that I finally got rid of the weird extra weight I had been lugging around. This means that it is a lot more pleasant to get dressed these days.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 27, 2013 03:25PM - edited Nov 27, 2013 03:36PM by exbrnxgrl

During my misguided youth, circa 1970's, I believed that a smart woman should not fuss with her appearance. As a matter of fact, I felt that to do so was an indicator of ones shallowness. Early 20's...I became friends with a woman whose was super smart, well traveled and beautiful. She wore make-up, paid attention to how she dressed etc. I was totally wowed by the fact that this was even possible! I took to this new perspective like a duck to water, though I had a lot to learn since I nearly blinded myself with a mascara wand. After that, my vanity was sharpened by a few years as a Pan Am flight attendant at a time when merciless grooming supervisors still did hair and makeup checks.

Fast forward to me today, age 57. Hair remains a deep chestnut, meticulously cut and colored every six weeks. Eyebrows regularly threaded and plucked in between appointments, rarely venture out without some make up on. I have very particular taste in clothing and I am happiest when I know I have dressed my body well. The minute the weather warms I get regular pedicures and I made a small investment in an LED light and do my own gel polish manicures. My nails are always done and gel polish is the bomb. Current color? A deep oxblood red. Did I mention I also have a weakness for pretty matched pajama sets? Call me vain if you must, but I am happy, put together and still smart!

Caryn

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Nov 27, 2013 03:33PM moderators wrote:

Love this thread!!Good to be honest and proud!

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Nov 27, 2013 03:36PM Momine wrote:

Brnx, the 70s were a weird time indeed, lol.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 27, 2013 03:39PM Bren-2007 wrote:

Selena .. love the thread ... I've been following it on the other forum.

Guess I'm vain too. I'm a girly girl and won't leave the house without makeup and lipstick. When I was little, my mom told me that a woman never leaves the house without lipstick! And that I should keep a dime in my shoe. Funny ... but those two things are the only advice I can ever remember her giving me.

I also have to be dressed and coordinated to go out ... even to walmart. ha! I am typically very over-dressed when I go to that store! Also ... I'm fussy about my hair. It's white-ish blonde and down to my waist. That's the one thing I won't do ... is color my hair. Too much hassle and I turned blondish-white a long time ago.

I love being a girl ... we rock!

hugs,

Bren

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Nov 27, 2013 04:03PM del4 wrote:

Vain - how can one not be vain, when her natural skin color is described as "Have you been sick?" Wouldn't be seen without my BobbiBrown tinted (SPF25) creamy mositurizer, cream rouge for cheeks & lips. Also lipstick, over lip pencil, over the aforementioned rouge.

Hair - delightfully CURLY. Get to laugh at myself for all the years, 1960's, so yes I'm 68 years young, I did everything to get rid of the curls, including ironing ( I'm not making this up) - now, I wash it, towel dry, shuggle my head, VOILA, done. My friends do get a kick out of the fact that I DO own a hairdryer, for drying crafts projects, and watercolor painting so I can add another glase without waiting for the first layer to dry.

Thanks SelanaWolf ( who has the best sense of humor) for this thread, but I almost miss the "one sandwich short of a picnic."

Maybe we could report what larry says?????

Ok - brnxgirl what are you cooking for Thanksgivukah?

PJ's - you mean there's another way to sleep except in Lanz Flannel nightgowns from the Vermont Country Store? Which are the REAL ONES, not the thin stuff they sell in dept. stores. Also, they sell delicious 8 oz. flannel sheets. Makes me sleepy just to write that.

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Nov 27, 2013 04:17PM Momine wrote:

Bren, I may be vain, but i can't deal with lipstick. the smell bothers me, and I feel like i need a bunch of other makeup if i wear it. I sometimes use a tinted gloss though.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 27, 2013 04:39PM shoppygirl wrote:

VERY VAIN! Wig, makeup and prosthesis all the time! I am a little concerned as we are going to Tacoma to my SIL for Christmas and I guess eventually I will have to de-wig!

Also shopping like crazy! I feel like I have to look my best all the time! I don't want anyone to think I was sick!!

Less than 2mm of cancer in the sentinel lymph node. Dx 1/27/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/8/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/29/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/16/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 27, 2013 04:58PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

sunflowers,

I'm having a very traditional Thanksgiving meal. Just finished making cranberry sauce and will soon put butternut squash in to roast. We'll light candles, of course, but my SIL's bubie always does a big Chanukah gathering and that will happen on Saturday night. Latke's will have to wait until then.

I used to love Lanz nightgowns. Now I go for Karen Neuberger sets for warmth and comfort. What I sleep in must match and be cute. No reason to wake up shlumpy! Sheets must be high thread count as well :)

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