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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 12:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 07:32AM 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.

 

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Aug 12, 2016 06:45AM SelenaWolf wrote:

I. HATE. SUMMER. Hate it. I'm an Autumn/Winter girl and have never, ever like the heat. Where I live in southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario, our summers can be VERY humid. Today, it was already 32C when I left for work this morning and, by noon, it's going to be close to 37C with a humidex of 44C. Ugh. Hate it.

It's always a struggle to be well-groomed in such heat. I don't like going without hosiery at work (feels unprofessional for a cemetery office), but there's no way in HELL I'm putting any on in the this heat. Our dress code is such that sundresses or exposed shoulders are out and, even if we were allowed to wear them, the A/C in the office is kept so cold, you'd need a sweater anyway. It's ridiculous.

Make-up is minimal; a touch of mascara and lip-stain. Don't get me started on trying to tame my hair. I've grown it out a bit and have it cut in an asymmetrical bob, but you'd never know it in this humidity; my hair is a halo of frizzy curls. Ugh. It's hard to look elegant and classy when one sweats like a pig.


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Aug 12, 2016 08:05AM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

I feel your pain. The worst was the 12 summers I spent living in NYC without AC. It's going to be hot here, but that means mid 80s. And I have the option of going swimming after work. I don't think so as preparing for my ride to Vancouver BC which starts at dawn tomorrow.

Summer cardigans are the solution to the AC problem.

Right now, it's cool and delightful. Hope things remain that way. - Claire

p.s. The bane of my existence right now is finding comfortable low shoes or flats. I think I may need to visit the shop in Seattle that specializes in sensible and stylish European shoes. No wonder everyone here is wearing flip flops winter and summer!

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Aug 12, 2016 08:24AM Momine wrote:

Claire, do you mean Arche? Some of their shoes are fabulous.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 24, 2016 04:52PM - edited Aug 24, 2016 04:53PM by Claire_in_Seattle

I found my 'ruby slippers' - fabulous Ferragamo flats on eBay, and my feet are rejoicing. I think there are similar ones out there, so will be back in business soon.

Learned over the weekend that a bit of vanity is a very good thing indeed. Won't share the experience other than say that a touch of vanity does wonders in more than one area of life.

I will still visit the shoe shop in Seattle, and also put in the clothing donate bin the attempts which do nothing for my feet and even less for my image.

Because fabulousness is so definitely the way to go. Especially when one's feet are happy. - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Aug 24, 2016 10:43PM Momine wrote:

Clare, my grandma swore by Ferragamo, never wore anything else. Sadly her collection went in the bin when she died, because all the rest of us have huge feet, whereas she was tiny.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM SelenaWolf wrote:

Oh, Momine! What a shame!


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Aug 25, 2016 01:33PM Momine wrote:

I know! She loved shoes, my grandpa too. I come by it honestly :D My grandpa advised me once that there is nothing worse than a beautifully dressed woman with bad shoes, better, he told me, great shoes and a pair of old jeans

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 26, 2016 06:43PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

Thanks Momine. What I do know is that shoes can make the outfit. Not to mention that your face looks better when your feet are smiling!

Unlike your family, I didn't come by it honestly. I did honestly come by my nose for a good bargain. Front page of the family Bible from my mother's family had the original price of $6 scratched out with a final price of $4!!!

Must find more shoes as you can't go for fabulousness and ignore your footwear. - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Oct 9, 2016 06:37PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

This thread is languishing so time for a "bump".

My latest updates on the vanity front are my two recent purchases of Jil Sander trousers. The first were back in August when I snagged a pair of stretch/stirrup trousers designed by Raf Simons for $9.99 on eBay. Far too toasty to appreciate then, but tried them on today and WOW!!!!

They look fabulous and highlight all the cycling I have been doing (which is killer legs). A couple of weeks ago, I found another pair, but these are classic tailored ones in a wool-silk blend. Again, they fit as if I were the model for them. Just fabulous and I will wear at the conference I am attending in a little over a month. An incentive to keep up my cycling.

These had the original price tag of $975. I got them for $41 including shipping and they are brand new!

The shoe crisis is over, thank goodness. I just bought a second pair of the Ferragamo flats I snagged a couple of months ago. My feet are happy again Smile I also just noticed that I can rock the fur collar I bought a few years ago at a thrift shop as back in style.

Yesterday, I signed up for the Ride in the Rain challenge, which requires 8 rides during November, the wettest month here to qualify. You get major bragging rights, plus stay fitter than otherwise. But fortunately not quite vain enough to cycle when it's icy out. There are limits to everything! - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Oct 10, 2016 05:11PM IamNancy wrote:

keep up the bike riding - its making you so fit and happy!! sounds like some great buys too


oncotype 25 Dx 11/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/13/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/7/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 11, 2016 12:04PM SelenaWolf wrote:

*blissful sigh* Just purchased a Ralph Lauren polo blazer at half price.

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Nov 11, 2016 01:05PM barbe1958 wrote:

I fit Nygaard well but not Polo. Well done you. Where did you get it?

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/17/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 12, 2016 11:10PM Momine wrote:

My mom has a Malene Birger outlet near her house, and because Danish women are big and I have lost weight, I can fit the sample sizes. So I have a couple of great jackets picked up for a song. I love those jackets. Like good shoes, a well-cut jacket can absolutely make an outfit.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 13, 2016 08:53PM barbe1958 wrote:

I will always spend more for a jacket than any other piece. I'm in sales so I know it makes a good impression when the cut is right.

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/17/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 14, 2016 09:53AM SelenaWolf wrote:

I love blazers! Especially equestrienne-tailored which is a good cut for me. Barbie... I'm always scanning for great deals of my favourite lines: Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers are my go-to's for work attire.


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Nov 15, 2016 07:28AM SelenaWolf wrote:

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