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Letting the Real You Shine Through: How Fashion, Make-up and Shoes Can Help

Today I have a guest writer named Jackie Clark. She does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, the leading web resource center for Mesothelioma Cancer.

Her blog: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jackie 

Enjoy and be inspired!

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Fashion and make-up have been much maligned as being at fault for negatively affecting women.  There is an idea that being fashion-conscious or interested in make-up and funky shoes can lead to insecurity in women.  While this can be true, the effects of being interested in fashion and make-up can also very positively impact a woman.  Wearing fashionable clothes, using make-up to help improve appearance and wearing a great pair of cool looking yet comfortable shoes can be quite empowering, especially when these things are a representation of a woman’s true personality.

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Getting dressed up can be the switch that turns feeling down into feeling great. When feeling down, it is a struggle to spend time choosing flattering, beautiful, stylish clothes to wear and applying make-up, but it is a very worthy time investment when it results in mood changes and the reflection in the mirror elicits that elusive smile.

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Samantha Jones from Sex and the City. In season 6 Samantha finds out she has Brest Cancer. She is an extremely inspiring woman, and fashionable!

Any woman can benefit from this, but particularly women undergoing cancer treatment benefit most.  The possible visible side effects of cancer treatments include loss of hair, skin problems, and nail problems. Additionally, skin might look sallow from effects such as nausea and anemia.  Battling cancer and dealing with the side effects can take a toll on a woman’s emotions, making her feel even worse about the situation.  They can all combine to make a woman feel truly uncomfortable in her own skin. And while most of these side effects are temporary, they still impact a woman emotionally.  However, something as fun and simple as wearing fashionable clothes and using make-up to help regain the look of a healthy, happy glow can effectively combat those negative feelings.

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For example, a woman receiving treatment for mesothelioma cancer or from any other type of cancer might find her spirits waning when she looks in the mirror and does not recognize herself.  Though she knows these are the side effects of the treatment helping to eliminate the cancer, she still struggles with the physical changes.  This is where fashion and make-up help to lift those spirits up. Clothes that fit, feel great, and look great help women feel more confident when facing life’s obstacles.  In the same fashion, taking the time to apply some face powder or bronzer to create a rosy glow, highlight the eyes with liner, mascara and shadow and use lipstick or gloss to create full, luscious lips can give a woman the boost she needs to go out into the world with a strong fighting spirit.

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Fashion, shoes and make-up are complements to a woman’s personality, helping the real her shine through, particularly when her body is undergoing changes due to cancer treatments.  The value of being able to look in the mirror and love oneself is priceless and infuses a woman with strength and confidence to face head-on any challenge that life might throw at her.

Outfits based off of Favorite Animals!

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I am always reading about “your favorite … reveals …. about you”! I find them fascinating. Some are dead on while others could not be more far from the truth! Such as a favorite color reveals your personality. How one draws a pig reveals how you’ll work with others. Your hairstyle reveals your love life. Etc!

This post will reveal what outfit you should wear based off of your favorite animal (or the 8 most popular ones I researched)

Favorite Animal, Cat.
Cats are digitigrades; meaning they walk directly on their toes. That translates they would so wear heels!
People who like cats are opinionated, sensual and love the color black! I might be biased (blogger’s favorite animal).

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Favorite Animal, Dog.
Dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
Playful, lovable and loyal type of people like dogs.

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Favorite Animal, Elephant.
The elephants can live between 50 and 70 years. The oldest known elephant lived 82 years old.
People who like elephants are old souls, family oriented and peaceful but very overprotective of their loved ones.

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Favorite Animal, Dolphin.
Dolphins are the only animal to have sex for pleasure and procreation.
People who like dolphins are playful, attention lovers and have big dreams!

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Favorite Animal, Horse.
A horse typically sleeps two to three hours a day.
Horse people are low-maintenance, free-spirits and intelligent.

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Favorite Animal, Snake.
There are over 3000 kinds of snakes in the world.
People who likes snakes are rebels, free-thinkers and are wild childs!

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Favorite Animal, Swan.
Swans mate for life.
People who like swans are graceful, romantic and strong-willed.

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Favorite Animal, Pig.
The largest pig was a Poland-China hog named “Big Bill.” He weighed a portly 2,552 lbs and was so large that he dragged his belly on the ground. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet.
People who love pigs have a sense of humor, are smart and are little strange but in a good way.

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Favorite Animal, Fox.
Both male and female care for their young pups.
People who like foxes are more traditional, hardworking and are shy.

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HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!!!!! : D