Heaven Has A New Fashionista

Heaven has a new fashionista now. Mallory passed away peacefully at home with her family on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. I know she is in heaven making sure everyone looks their best. I loved her theme of making lemonade out of lemons so as I sit having a cold glass of lemonade in her honor, I thought I would write her post. I’m thinking of the slogan “cancer sucks”.  And when it takes someone you know, someone you love, you understand what “sucks” really feels like. Especially when that someone is 27 years old, and your niece. During this challenging time, I have turned to you, her followers, for comfort. Your posts of love to her, encouragement and photos have been really wonderful to see. You may not know this, but you gave her something I don’t think anyone else could. By being her audience, and by reading her blogs, you gave her a different kind of strength, a new kind of love, and certainly, a passion she worked very hard on, even near the end of her short but full life. You allowed her to share her sense of fashion. She was a fashion diva from early on. She knew how to put clothes together and show them off with that incredible smile that was infectious. We used to joke that she could wear a burlap sack and belt it with a shoelace, know the exact shoes to wear, and look amazing. Fashion came easy to her and her blog was a way to share her passion. At first, she questioned whether anyone would read her blog. Would she have any followers? By thousands of you reading it and commenting on it, you gave her her answer. She kept on blogging. So much so that she became one of Denver’s most popular fashion bloggers. She didn’t stop there.  When Mallory’s health really took a turn, first with cancer, and then an ileostomy, she shared her story. This was a tough decision for her as she did not want to be a popular blogger because she had cancer, or because she decided to get a bag. You again gave her encouragement to talk about her personal life. So she opened up, and kept opening up. To the point that others who had the same difficult decisions to make in their lives received encouragement by what Mallory was posting. Then Mal started posting about how to look amazing when you have an ileostomy bag! She blogged about what was going on in her personal life as well, the pain and sorrow she was feeling. Not many people can be that authentic. Way to go Mal. I think all of us want to make a difference to people, touch people’s lives somehow. Even if there is one person in this world that we influence in a positive way, we have done something wonderful. Mallory not only touched those of us who knew her personally, but thousands who followed her on her various forms of social media. You touched her as well. When she was frustrated, tired with no strength, working on her next blog got her through. Seeing that people loved her passion made her smile. You kept sending her love, sending her encouragement, sending her strength. I can’t thank each of you enough for all that you gave Mallory. I think we will all agree that knowing Mallory was wonderfully Sweet, and losing her has been incredibly Sauer. Go dance in Heaven Mal Pal. Love, Auntie Sooze If you would like to help someone in Mallory’s honor, you can donate https://rayofhope.kindful.com/campaigns/264578

Heaven has a new fashionista now. Mallory passed away peacefully at home with her family on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. I know she is in heaven making sure everyone looks their best. I loved her theme of making lemonade out of lemons so as I sit having a cold glass of lemonade in her honor, I thought I would write her post.

I’m thinking of the slogan “cancer sucks”.  And when it takes someone you know, someone you love, you understand what “sucks” really feels like. Especially when that someone is 27 years old, and your niece.

During this challenging time, I have turned to you, her followers, for comfort. Your posts of love to her, encouragement and photos have been really wonderful to see. You may not know this, but you gave her something I don’t think anyone else could. By being her audience, and by reading her blogs, you gave her a different kind of strength, a new kind of love, and certainly, a passion she worked very hard on, even near the end of her short but full life.

You allowed her to share her sense of fashion. She was a fashion diva from early on. She knew how to put clothes together and show them off with that incredible smile that was infectious. We used to joke that she could wear a burlap sack and belt it with a shoelace, know the exact shoes to wear, and look amazing. Fashion came easy to her and her blog was a way to share her passion.

At first, she questioned whether anyone would read her blog. Would she have any followers? By thousands of you reading it and commenting on it, you gave her her answer. She kept on blogging. So much so that she became one of Denver’s most popular fashion bloggers. She didn’t stop there. 

When Mallory’s health really took a turn, first with cancer, and then an ileostomy, she shared her story. This was a tough decision for her as she did not want to be a popular blogger because she had cancer, or because she decided to get a bag. You again gave her encouragement to talk about her personal life. So she opened up, and kept opening up. To the point that others who had the same difficult decisions to make in their lives received encouragement by what Mallory was posting. Then Mal started posting about how to look amazing when you have an ileostomy bag! She blogged about what was going on in her personal life as well, the pain and sorrow she was feeling. Not many people can be that authentic. Way to go Mal.

I think all of us want to make a difference to people, touch people’s lives somehow. Even if there is one person in this world that we influence in a positive way, we have done something wonderful. Mallory not only touched those of us who knew her personally, but thousands who followed her on her various forms of social media. You touched her as well. When she was frustrated, tired with no strength, working on her next blog got her through. Seeing that people loved her passion made her smile. You kept sending her love, sending her encouragement, sending her strength. I can’t thank each of you enough for all that you gave Mallory.

I think we will all agree that knowing Mallory was wonderfully Sweet, and losing her has been incredibly Sauer. Go dance in Heaven Mal Pal.

Love,

Auntie Sooze

If you would like to help someone in Mallory’s honor, you can donate https://rayofhope.kindful.com/campaigns/264578

Rust Swimsuit

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

Holy cow, can you believe it's the end of May already? I'm so excited for summer, though. I've started buying some fun pieces that will be perfect for warmer weather and summer in general. One site I love is Tobi for fast fashion items. They always have the cutest stuff, great deals, and are always right on trend. Plus they have some seriously cute suits right now that are SO affordable. Check them out if you have a swimsuit-needing trip coming up. 

This swimsuit is from Tobi and I'm seriously obsessed. The quality is great and I LOVE the color. It's different and a fun twist for summer. As far as fit goes, I would say it runs true to size. Obviously the bottoms are a tad big on me, but I've already addressed why I have trouble with things fitting me in previous posts. I also absolutely love all the strappy details both in the front and back. 

One thing that I was skeptical about last year when it came to swimsuits was letting my ileostomy bag show. This year I've fully embraced it and let it show. There's nothing I can do about it, so why get upset, hide, and never enjoy the pool again? I've said this before - everyone has flaws and everyone has something they are dealing with. You should never be ashamed of something that makes you different, nor should you judge others for the things that make them different. Last year I would have refused to put these pictures up on my blog for everyone to see. This year I wanted to post them, mainly to show others that you should never be ashamed of who you are and what makes you, YOU.


SHOP THE LOOK

Suit Top (c/o) / Suit Bottoms (c/o) / Jean Shorts / Shirt (can't find online - but I love this and this as similar options) / Sandals / Sunnies

Cold Shoulder Top + Joggers

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful day! And most importantly, Happy Mother's Day to all the bad ass mama's out there. I would be nothing without my mama - shout out to mama Kath for all you do for me. 

X Disclaimer X - I do not want to hear anymore comments about how I'm "too thin" and "need to be fed" etc. I've addressed this in multiple blog posts and on my Instagram. Long story short, it's the result of stage 4 cancer and severe crohn's disease with a diverting ileostomy. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all :)

Ok now for this outfit! How AMAZING is this top? I'm so in love with it. It's super lightweight and flowy and just perfect for summer! Yes, it's another cold shoulder top, but I love how this one is a little different because it's not an obvious cold shoulder top at first glance, if you know what I mean. Also, I love the length - It's a little on the shorter side so it could totally be worn as a crop top, however if you aren't into that look, throw on a pair of high-waisted shorts or pants (plus the straps are adjustable). Also, this top is double layered so I didn't feel like I needed to wear a bra. Although you could absolutely pair with a fun bralette for a little more coverage and support. If you saw my last post, then you know how obsessed with these shoes. I haven't found a pair of simple platform sandals like this that are COMFORTABLE in a long time. 

Have a wonderful evening!


SHOP THE POST

Top / Pants (similar here, here) / Shoes / Sunnies / Bag (dupe here, here) / Watch / Bracelets 1, 2 / Necklaces 1, 2

Thank you to Tobi for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.