Fashion SL's: Red All Over

As you may remember, I  go chemo to in an outfit that makes me feel good, happy and confident.  I have always put forth an effort to look my best, no matter how I feel, and chemo infusions are no exception. So, the outfits that I wear to chemo are chosen with care and have special meaning to me.

Yesterday, I was feeling red and white.  I love the color red.  According to Henry Dreyfus, the Japanese word for red and white, Kohaku, is pronounced as one word in Japanese. Ko means red, while haku translates as white. Their use together immediately signifies happiness and celebration.  Yes, I was going to chemo. However, I was not going to let it get me down!

The sweater is by Oscar de la Renta.  It has a slightly vintage, granny feel to it, but with a chic and updated twist…because Oscar could never do anything less than fabulous!


The bag is uniquely special because it was my first Mother’s Day gift. The HOTY (a/k/a Husband of the Year) gave this to me when I was about oh, 15 minutes pregnant.  I was happily surprised (obviously) but uniquely so because because of the timing (I just entered that precarious first trimester when most people-myself included-don’t mention that they are pregnant). The HOTY was so confident about Finally Five that he bought me this beautiful Hermes bag.

The bracelet is from my mother-in-law.  She gave it to me before she died.  I love it and wear it all the time.  It makes me feel close to her.


Anthony Trollope’s The Way we Live Now was given to me by a friend. I am LOVING it.  Let me tell you, though, it is not for the faint of heart. It is a BIG book.  One of my favorite lines so far (in the first 4 chapters) is:

I haven’t paid for any of the horses I have bought this season.

The Way we Live Now by Anthony Trollope


J.Crew, Fall 2011


An apple a day….hasn’t kept the doctors away, but has made me happy!


Carolina Herrera, Spring 2011


from The Selby



Though this shoe is adorable,  I could NEVER walk in this shoe (because it is what I call a “tippy” – as in I would tip over if I tried to walk in it). Wishful thinking.

Maniapla, Manolo Blahnik Spring 2011


While this room teeters between perky and candy striper, I’m feeling the perkyness of it.  How could you not walk in and feel happy.  Kind of like seeing a candy striper come into your room.  By the way, do candy stripers still exist?  I was one when I was young (which is why, I believe, I ultimately became a nurse).  However, since I became a nurse, I’ve worked in a lot of hospitals and haven’t seen one.  Hmmm….

Elle Decor


Lanvin, Spring 2011


A girl can dream, right?

A "mystery set" ruby and diamond "Pavot" flower brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels.


And more dreaming….of dinner on these divine Hermes plates.


Hermes Balcons Du Guadalquivir dishes


The roses are popping all over Brookside!


Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2011

A Silver Lining is having dinner with my Mommy and Daddy.

~Finally Five

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  1. Devon Dabbs says

    I still have my candy striper jacket and name tag – makes for a great Halloween costume – awe how time flies. You look beautiful my friend, stylish as always. D

  2. says

    I love this post too and
    So glad you are loving Trollope!
    When I was very young I read a book called "Cherry Lane, Student Nurse" (not a Trollope :) ) and of course I wanted to be a candy striper for a while…
    That was until I realized that even putting a pierced earring through my friend's ear almost made me faint.
    Yet another reason to be eternally grateful that there are people like YOU in the world!

  3. adrienne says

    St. Johns hospital in Santa Monica had a candy striper there 13 years ago at the arrival of my little one . She beaded a beautiful little name bracelet for her . Exactly like the one made for me at St. Johns many moons ago !

  4. Kim says

    Thank you for the beautiful and vibrant post! A pretty and meaningful outfit for chemo & the red and white striped room struck me as such a brave and great decorating choice. Loved the quote – somehow kids always get it right. I hope these new drugs are easier for you to handle & take good care.