Pulchritudinous Pink


As many of you know, 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 special meaning to me.

This week I am inspired by the color Pink. Perhaps it is because everywhere I look in Santa Barbara, the flowers seem to be pink. Pink, pink, pink: everywhere.  (I know. I know.  The daggers continue to fly from my friends who live anywhere OTHER than Santa Barbara!).

Pink also happens to be my favorite color (and that of our daughter, a/k/a Finally Five).

From our garden

More delicious pink from the garden

Still more. Sorry. I just can’t seem to get enough.

Therefore, I translated my pinkness into my round three of chemo.

Pink! Pink! Pink!

The sweater and blouse are by Oscar de la Renta.  I am a HUGE fan of Mr. de la Renta.  That’s actually an understatement.  I can’t really put into words how much I admire, respect and appreciate him.

A great gift in my life has been the opportunity to meet him (and even have conversations with him) on several occasions (Super Silver Lining!).  He is everything one would imagine him to be: kind, generous, funny, witty, intelligent, charming and a perfect gentleman. His smile is radiant.  His eyes are gentle. His warmth is palpable. So, I decided to take these extraordinary memories with me to chemo.

Hermes silk scarf

I’ve been wearing scarves more frequently lately.  Despite the “scarf stares”, I find them to be softer, lighter and generally more comfortable.  The Husband gave this one to me when I was pregnant with Finally Five.  Though you can’t see it in this photo, the image on this scarf is of children laughing and singing.  Another happy image to take into chemo!

Garden Party Tote

My tote bag is called the “Garden Party Tote”.  I love the name and it is an especially happy bag to have on a chemo day.

Here are some of my other happy visions in Pink:

Julianna Margulies in Vintage YSL from Decades

Oscar de la Renta Pink Gown          Spring 2011 

Pink Hermes Birkin

Chanel Resort 2011

Lowe Spring 2011

Pink Lily Pad

Japanese Kale from the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market. Seriously.

Christian Dior

Alexandra Knight Pink Eliza clutch

Windsor Smith tufted headboard. …would probably put The Husband over the edge, but a girl can dream!

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.

– Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn in what else? Pink!

Hoping that you all have a Silver Lined day filled with your favorite color!

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  1. says

    I'm an 8 yr. survivor, estrogen positive, stage 2, diagnosis like you. I also chose a double mastectomy for symmetry, besides added life insurance. Rebecca shared your site with me (classmate of my older daughter when I was their Girl Scout leader).

    You blow me away with your writing! I love it – what a great and funny voice. I'm writing like a crazy fool on a memoir, but the last few weeks I'm finding my passion buying jewelry and looking at my wardrobe with freshly opened eyes.

    Thank you for the fun.My hunch is you'll be shopping and lunching with your daughter, aka "Thirteen."
    Pat D.

  2. Mimi deGruy says

    I think I just might wear some pink today (a little unusual for me, but you are changing my mind) in honor of you! Here's to no side effects. None!

  3. Meika says

    You know what I was thinking Hol? These "scarf stares" are just because of how effervescent and fabulous you look. I literally fell out of my classroom the other day to stop you as you strutted off in your cute, floral print pants!

  4. Robyn says

    Hollye…. You would look beautiful in a potato sack and your smile is as beautiful as those pink roses. I just saw you in front of whodiddly. I could see you were in bad shape but you are still gorgeous and you still have that infectious smile. You sure do put up one hell of a fight!!! Keep it up …..And feel better soon…. Hugs, Robyn

  5. joanie says

    There is much to plumbed from that old saying (and one of my grandma's favorite) "in the pink"!
    Go for it….the pictures were a treat while sitting in Chicago which is masquerading as as "sub-zero". Blessings on the Rx round…may it work toward putting you "in the pink" on a steady basis.

  6. Nan and Hilary Jacob says

    We love you in pink..pink is such a gentle, warm and welcoming color. You wear it beautifully! Back in the 80's we had a pink living room….we called it "mauve" then. A little more unisex name for, let's face it, Pink! Loved it! :-) Thinking of you, and love the scarf!

  7. GOGO Burns says

    Dearest Hollye,
    Thank you for being so clever and upbeat! You are a wonderful role model..I love all your blogs .you are an inspiration for us to admire.
    I just finished co- hosting a" Wake up for the Cure", breakfast this morning with my daughter ,Samantha..best scrambles in town ..we had a sell out crowd of outstanding men and women…PINK is and always will be our color to fight for a cure!..Sat next to your husband last week at Nancy Brinker's Hope the rest of his trip turned out to be fun..keep up your spirit and courage .. xxoox GOGO

  8. Nicole Brownell says


    Pink is such a HAPPY color and you look especially bright (glad to see that pretty smile). We are thinking of you and sending all positive energy your way!



  9. Kendyll McManigal says


    I love this post!! You really do know how to look your best when you are not feeling great. You are beautiful!!! Praying for a side effect free round!


    PS….we are having fun thinking pink too!!!

  10. Nancy Weltchek says

    Wow, Hollye. I haven't met you (my sister Ann Wolf in Houston knows a friend of yours, Alexandra Knight, I think). Anyway, I went through what you're going through 7 years ago in a frigid NYC winter, not unlike the one we're having now. I can relate to so much of what you're saying. One of my most restful memories is of staring at the most perfect pink peony for hours as I lay on my bed at a particularly miserable post-chemo infusion interval. I too wore thick smooth silk and pink scarves. My favorite was (and still is) a swirly Pucci number in shades of pink, corals, creams, and browns.
    You look ravishing with your chemo glow. There is such a thing!

  11. Paula says

    Hollye, what a fun and upbeat blog! Here's to a great day and a week of feeling great and free of side affects!