Sunday, February 14, 2016

Missoni Love

Besides the red tights (last week’s post), I also bought some grey, textured tights/ when I was in Germany (in a grocery store of all places). I decided to wear them with my Missoni for Target dress. I can’t believe I almost tossed the dress several times… I so love wearing it now! And I’m always drawn to iconic Missoni prints and am thinking of adding some new pieces to my wardrobe (see below).

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Outfit Details

Dress: Missoni for Target old (I love this Missoni dress (a real splurge); I also love this and this much more affordable Missoni dress from TheRealReal - I’ve been meaning to check out TheRealReal, an online consignment store that verifies that designer pieces are authentic. They have lots of Missoni and other designers at great prices.)
Tights: German “no name” brand; these tights are great: grey cable knit tights, grey houndstooth tights
Blazer: Zara



Questions: Are there any clothing items you almost gave away/sold/donated that you now wear a lot? Any items you gave away and regretted? I can think of a few: a great black & white tunic that I soooo would want back is one example. Have you ever used TheRealReal? If so, how was your experience? 

Be well,
Andrea

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Friday, February 12, 2016

A Cancer in the Family Review

I often get contacted to review books, clothing, jewelry, and other items on the blog. Most often, I decline the offer as many items don’t quite fit the blog and/or my interest, or I just simply don’t have time to do a review.

When I was contacted to review A Cancer in the Family by Theodora Ross, M.D., Ph.D. that was not the case. My interest was immediately piqued as there is cancer in my family, not just one cancer type, but many.


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And I’m very glad that I read the book because Dr. Ross very calmly yet comprehensively discusses cancer that is caused by genetic mutation based on her own family history. To be honest, before I started reading the book, I was worried it would make me more anxious. But that was not the case. Instead, I started to feel empowered because I was finally thinking about the “elephant in the room.” And in the end, I came away with a wealth of useful information.

Throughout the book, Dr. Ross makes the point that knowing is better than not knowing, and knowledge allows us to make informed decisions. She also discusses what mutations need to be dealt with immediately and which are not as much a worry. The discussion of what clusters of cancers “go together” and are possible warning signs of mutations are very helpful, as is the discussion of how a good genetics counselor can help decide which tests are right for each patient (there are so many tests, that you can’t be tested for everything). The book is a good reminder of the importance of getting as much of a family cancer history as possible. Dr. Ross also points out that family secrets and incomplete information are very common when it comes to family health histories - a very useful reminder.

If there is a lot of cancer in your family and you are wondering if it may be caused by a genetic mutation, I think A Cancer in the Family  is a very good book to read. Dr. Ross provides a wealth of useful information and communicates it in a way I wish all doctors communicated difficult material to their patients.

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosures: I was provided with a free review copy of A Cancer in the Family . As always, all opinions are my own. Links in this post are affiliate links.]