Friday, October 24, 2014

OH SNAP! How to Dress For Family Pictures!

So, this post started out one way...and then it ended up totally different.
Sometimes posts do that.  At least my posts do.  ;)
I won't even tell you where it started, because it wouldn't make sense to you.  At all.
But it ended up as a post that many of you have been BEGGING for!
I've received no less than 50 e-mails about this topic, and I just couldn't ever figure out how to tackle it, so I kept on putting it off.  If we're being honest, I'm still not sure I'm handling it in the best way, but I figured it was a good starting point.

So...today I present to you.......

YEP!
I'm going to talk about coordinating your family for family pictures!
Families are different sizes, with different genders, and different ages, and different combinations of all of the above, but I'm going to do the best I can today and hopefully all of you will take away a tip or two that will help you coordinate for your family!

Tips and Tricks to Follow When Picking Outfits for 
Family Pictures:
1) 
Pick one outfit that you love... it can be your kids, yours, your hubbies, whatever!
Use that favorite outfit as a jumping off point!
Coordinate all other outfits around that one.
2)
Don't be afraid to mix patterns and colors!
Going with a neutral theme with a pop of color here and there is also great!
Just don't try to be too matchy matchy or it can read cheesy.
3)
Pile on the layers and textures!
Layers and textures add interest to photos and make them look amazing!
Layers can come in many forms:  jackets, blazers, cardigans, boots, a scarf, etc.
Layer it on people!
4)
I know this seems silly, but make sure your clothes fit well.
Clothes that are too baggy will make you look bigger than you really are.
Clothes that are too tight will be uncomfortable and you will be too self-conscious.

OKAY!
So after I put together the simple tips and tricks list, I was trying to decide which direction I wanted to go with the rest of the post.
At first I thought I would only talk about what us wives and moms should wear in pictures.
That seemed the most simple in my mind.
But when I looked back through some of the e-mails that you girls had sent me, there weren't many specific questions about what we girls should wear.  In fact, most of the questions centered around what the hubbies should wear, which I TOTALLY understand.
As moms, we typically do a pretty good job of dressing ourselves and the kids, but dressing the hubby is a little more challenging.
At least it is in my house.  Ahem.
We want our guys to look HOT but not like they are trying too hard...and they don't want to look like we dressed them (even though that's what most of us ladies DO want!). ;)

So, when Nordstrom reached out and asked me to talk about Nordstrom menswear, specifically men's shoes, I thought this post would be the perfect time to do it since I was going to be talking about how to dress our men anyway!
We'll start out with clothes for our men, but we'll get to their shoes in a minute.

BUT FIRST, OUTFITS FOR THE GUY!
I hit up Pinterest (of course I did) for some inspiration pictures, and I found a couple that I created source boards for.
Now, my guy is not a puffer vest kind of guy.  But maybe yours is?!?
If your guy can rock a puffer, then by all means let him!
This outfit was a good way to illustrate how a guy can pull off a pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit.
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Do you like the idea of the puffer outfit?  If so, here are some sources for like items!
orange puffer HERE / grey sweater HERE/ cords HERE / black slip ons HERE

So, the above outfit showed how to create an outfit with a pop of color.
However, I decided to focus the rest of the post today on warm neutrals.
I felt like neutral colors with layers would be the easier theme to highlight...and I figured that many of you might already have items in your closets that could make this work!
So, because I'm going with neutrals, the interest is going to come in with the layers and the textures!
Do you hear that ladies?
LAYERS!
and
TEXTURES!

I put together a make believe family from Pinterest images (because pinterest told me to) ;), showing how  neutrals combined with some other muted tones thrown in make a pretty palette for a picture!

So here's the picture that caught my attention.  Can you blame me?
 I know lots of guys steer away from color, which is totally fine...but if they don't want to do color, then they need to LAYER UP for sure!  Just take it from this guy.  :)
Even just the grey tee peaking out from under the sweater is a layer that adds interest!
#yummy

If you like the above look for your man, here are some sources:
brown suede bomber jacket HERE
olive sweater HERE / tee HERE
(I accidentally cut off the best part of the tee!  Dangit!  I don't love the pocket on it, but as a layering piece, I love the contrasting collar.)
blue jeans HERE with AMAZING reviews and ONLY $88
I'm ordering these for Chris today!  They look like AWESOME jeans!
brown braided belt HERE / lace up oxford shoes HERE

And since Nordstrom asked me to specifically highlight men's shoes (I was of course happy to do so!), let's take a minute to look at some of my favorites out there right now before we get to all of the other outfits!

If you've never shopped for your guys shoes at Nordstrom, then you've been missing out.  Their selection is HUGE, and if you think the shoes are all expensive, well then you'd be wrong.
  THESE are my hubbies favs.
He loves that they don't have laces and that "you just slip them on like a house shoe".
He of course wears them with jeans, but he also wears them to work with khakis.
He explained to me that they are
 "the comfort of a sneaker with a dressier look and not with laces".
Well said babe.  Well said.
Click HERE.
If your man is anything like my man, comfort is the only thing he cares about when it comes to shoes!   Check out the 10/10 5 STAR REVIEWS.
This particular shoe is great for all ages.

And before we get on to outfit ideas, I wanted to share some of my other favorite men's shoes that are ALL UNDER $100!!!!
Because I know I said early that comfort was the only thing Chris cares about when talking about shoes, but I would like to amend that statement.
He also wants them to be SUPER affordable!
So...all of these great options are UNDER $100!
And if you are dealing with a teenage son, I'm guessing you definitely want to spend under $100 since their feet are still growing!

a) Chelsea Boot HERE / b) Sperry Slip On HERE
c) Jack Purcell sneaker HERE
 d) Cole Haan penny loafer HERE for 40% OFF making them under $100
English teachers out there...Should I have said "men's", "mens' ", or just "mens" in the above collage.
I act as if my mom won't be texting me promptly to possibly correct my mistake.  :)
Click HERE for lots of other great options ALL UNDER $100!
Did I mention they are under $100?  Because they are.
Just scroll through for some more of my favorites.
I think there are several that both you and your hubby will love!


Now let's plan some outfits for the other members of the family!
Here's an example of what a boy could wear: a button up layered with a sweater and some cords.
The colors are all neutral, but the layers make the outfit cool and interesting.
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Here are some sources to create the look for your little guy:
plaid button up HERE / brown sperry's HERE (sneaker option HERE)
khaki cotton twill pants HERE/ denim shirt HERE/ grey pullover HERE (love the extra interest with the ribbed texture, the high collar, and the buttons!!!!)


And for us mamas!
I wanted to highlight this look because I thought you ladies might already have similar items in your closet!
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Want the look for yourself?  Well, I found sources for similar items, and every single piece in the below collage is EXTREMELY reasonable! 
 Here are the sources:
cream cable knit sweater HERE
pendant necklace HERE for $18!
beaded drop earrings HERE are 50% off making them ONLY $5.98!
 skinny jeans HERE that are ONLY $44!!!!!!!  FOR JEANS!!!
And the reviews on these jeans are great..especially for the $44 price tag!
Over the knee socks HERE for $12!!!!!!  You better believe I threw them in my cart and pressed purchase before those bad boys sold out.  All of Nordstrom's boot socks sold out last year before I bought any.  Shame on me. (I also bought THESE in grey.)
multi-color scarf HERE
boots HERE (I went with a non-cowboy version)
The boots are 30% off right now making them under $100! And 7/10 reviews are 5 STAR!

Again, notice all of the layers!


And for a little girl, I love this sweet combo.
Click HERE for links to the sweater, tee, and skirt (just scroll down to see all items after clicking on the link).
flower head band HERE (bow option HERE) 
baby tights HERE /  baby ugg HERE

So,this post took around 97 hours to complete.
Just kidding.
Kind of.
Here's to hoping it was at least kind of helpful to some of you!
#ididmybest
#ihavenoregrets
#alittletributetowilliamhung
#iwonderhowmanypeoplegotthat

Before you go, I thought I would put together a little collage with what I think would be good layers for us mamas:
military vest HERE / mixed media military jacket HERE
leopard booties HERE / tall suede boots HERE
tassel necklace HERE / leopard belt HERE
fringy plaid infinity scarf HERE / plaid scarf HERE / be the change bracelet HERE


And do you remember these 2 scarves from a couple of weeks ago?
They would both be GREAT for family pics!
Click HERE for the red plaid infinity.
This one is light and airy, and perfectly voluminous! 

Click HERE for the leopard infinity. $20.
So soft.
And it's leopard.
Nuff said.

Have a great weekend everybody!
And thank you to Nordsrom for sponsoring the men's shoe portion of this post!
xoxo,
Sheaffer :)

p.s.
OH WAIT!
 I put these on facebook and within my post yesterday...but just in case you didn't see either of those.....Click HERE my favorite patent flats that are now $59.21!
Get 'em before they are out of your size!!!


p.p.s.
And don't forget about the super cute t-shirts HERE that help support our friend Manda!!!
These t-shirts are a MUST HAVE for your entire family!!!!!
100% of the proceeds go directly to Manda and her fam.
The dark heather grey only comes in adult sizes, but the navy comes in kid sizes too!
Remember after you get the tees to put them on social media with the hashtag #mandastrong! 
 Manda Strong Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front






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Thursday, October 23, 2014

LOFT IS 50% OFF!!!!! FIFTY PERCENT OFF!!!

WOW!
If you follow me on facebook, then you saw my post last night about LOFT going 50% OFF!
It was only supposed to be through last night...but they just extended it for today also!
WOO
HOO
!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I'm going to start today with some of the new things I found.
3 different cardigans that are all AWESOME.
A great sweater that I'm going to be wearing with regular blue jeans, with my grey jeans, and with my new zip cords!
And speaking of zip cords, LOFT has THE BEST cords right now!  And at 50% OFF they are $30!
30 bucks!  For an awesome pair of pants.

Okay.
Let's get to it.

First of all, you need to know  what jeans and shoes I'm wearing in the four first picks:
jeans similar HERE
my favorite nude patent flats HERE
AND YOU ALSO NEED TO KNOW THAT MY FAVORITE NUDE PATENT FLATS THAT I TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE NAMED A MUST HAVE ARE ON SALE AGAIN FOR $59.21.
(I think they are normally $78, so that's almost a $20 savings!

I'm also wearing THIS BEAUTIFUL tee in all of my cardigan pictures.
I was wearing a medium because I wanted it a little slouchy and not at all fitted.  

I absolutely loved these next 3 cardigans.
If you guys read the blog last week when I wore the skinny cargo pants with the neutral cardigan and leopard scarf (find the post HERE if you want to see my too short cardi in action), then you'll remember that I realized that my cardigan was WAY TOO SHORT.  So, that's why you are about to see lots of cardigans.  
Mama needed some new cardigans.
And I have a post scheduled sometime in the next couple of weeks where I talk about how jeans, a tee, a cardigan, and a scarf is the easiest fall combo imaginable!!!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the waterfall cardigan found HERE.
12/15 5 star reviews, and the other 3 were 4 star.
I was wearing a medium petite because it's all they had in store.  But I would have preferred a regular small.  You guys fell in love with the striped GAP waterfall cardigan of mine from several years ago, this doesn't have stripes, but it's a nice alternative!
Loved this next one too.  Super soft and thin for just a light layer.
It comes in 7 different colors and I loved it.
Click HERE for this notched open cardigan.
 For size reference, I was wearing a small.
 This next cardigan is quite a bit heavier than the last.  It has a lot of texture to it and also has a great fit.  It comes in 3 colors.
Click HERE for the ribbed open cardigan.
For size reference, I was wearing an x-small.
 I LOVE the open cardigans above, but if you want a more traditional cardigan, click HERE for a long boyfriend cardigan that buttons.
I got this cardigan in the color below (deep tomato red) and it's so pretty!
I sized up and got a medium in this one for a more relaxed fit.


Like I said before, I will be wearing this sweater with my denim jeans, my grey jeans, and my new cords!  
Click HERE for the colorblock textural sweater. 
 It comes in 3 color combos, but I was wearing the light sesame melange.  I was also wearing a small.
And by the way, what kind of color is light sesame melange?!?  :)

I know I mentioned THE COATIGAN (click HERE) in a post last week, so somebody asked me to review it last night on facebook.  Now, I haven't had it on (it was on a mannequin in the store and I didn't want to ask to get it off), but at first glance I wasn't impressed.  
It looked kind of shapeless and wasn't nearly so soft as THE BLARDIGAN (click HERE).
Maybe the blardigan has just ruined me?!?
(In the best possible way of course.)
Now again, I never tried it on, so this is just a snap judgement, but just in case you were wondering.

And I have NO idea why I don't have a picture of myself in this next item, because they are AWESOME.
These cords are soft, stretchy, and I love the zipper detailing at the bottom.
They will be great with flats, booties, and the legs are tight enough that they will also look great with tall boots!
Click HERE for these AMAZING cords!
For size reference, I got a 27.
I got the modern skinny HERE, but there is also a curvy skinny HERE.
They come in 2 other colors.
And because I feel like every girl needs one....
check out their leopard calf hair belt HERE.
I'm telling you, it will add the perfect somethin' somethin' to 98% of your outfits.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LEOPARD BELT, GET THIS BELT NOWWWWWWW!
Sorry to scream, but I promise the situation calls for it!!!
 ;)


Oooh!  You might also remember this shirt I briefly highlighted!
Click HERE for this cream and grey windowpane plaid shirt.
I will wear it like I am below (loved it with the leopard flats!), but I will also wear it with my new grey skinny jeans (click HERE) and my new over-the-knee boots (click HERE)For size reference, I'm wearing small.


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And now for a review of my previous LOFT post.
I know many of you were DYING over the cuffed booties and the snow leopard coat, but didn't want to pay full price.
Now is your chance!  :)
Today's post is sponsored by LOFT. 
ohhhhhhemmmmmmmmmmmgeeeeeeeeee
 Let's all just take a moment.
Even if you don't need a moment, I do.
So please, give me a moment.
;)

Loft decided that they wanted a handful of bloggers to promote their fall line,
 and they asked ME to participate!
#imighthavescreamed
#okayiscreamed
#theremighthavebeensomejumpinginvolvedtoo 
#allegedly
And then I found out that I got to pick out 5 items to have sent to me!
What?
Again.
A moment.
Thank you.

I picked a blouse, a pair of skinny jeans, a necklace, a coat, and a pair of booties.
It wasn't easy, because LOFT does Fall soooooooo well (they always have) and there were lots and lots of lovely things that caught my eye.
I mean, I've been shopping at LOFT for about 15 years now, and I always find myself exceptionally fond of their fall stuff.  You know what else they do crazy well?  HOLIDAY!
They really hit it out of the park every year with their holiday dresses, fancy tops, and blingy jewelry!
And you know what else they do SUPER well?  Business Casual!
Last year I did a "WORK IT" post (find it HERE) where I highlighted office wear only from LOFT! Maybe I should do that again in November?
But I digress.
 Back to Fall. 

Anyway, I wanted to create a head to toe look with all LOFT items, and it's a perfect 
fall look ifidosaysomyself

floral vine tie neck blouse c/o LOFT HERE (mixed reviews online, but I love it!) / skinny zippered moto jeans c/o LOFT HERE / short mixed multi-strand necklace c/o LOFT HERE / snow leopard car coat c/o LOFT HERE/ cozy cuffed booties c/o LOFT HERE
 For size reference, I'm wearing a small in the top and a 27 in the jeans.

I mean, really.
The whole outfit is extra cute right?
I absolutely love the colors in the shirt (the olive with navy, cream, and a dusty rose), the zipper detail on the jeans is so nice, and the cuffed booties are to die for.
I really liked the overall look.  And although super cute with jeans, I think this top would pair so well with suit pants or a pencil skirt for the office.
Here's a close up of the booties.
I didn't love the booties with these particular jeans (the jeans were a little long for me to tuck neatly into the bootie), but I tried them with a pair of my skinny ankle jeans and they were perfect!  They tucked right in!
And fyi:  the lining isn't throughout the boot, it's really just for show, but it's a really cute show!  :)
I will be wearing these A LOT.
They are a perfect cognac color.
I'm a 6 or a 6 1/2 depending on the shoe (more often a 6 1/2), but I'm a 6 in these.
And let's not forget the coat I picked out.
Because OH SWEET MERCY THE COAT.
The pictures really don't do it justice.
You're going to have to take my word for it.
IT. IS. FABULOUS. 
Hello.
It is soft and cozy and perfect.
For size reference, I'm wearing a small in the coat.

In fact, I was so excited about it that I showed it to you last week with leggings and a tee.
Again, for size reference, I'm wearing a small in the coat.

And just because I sometimes feel like a post isn't complete without one...
Here's a Get The Look for Yourself Collage!  
skinny zippered moto jeans HERE (17/19 5 Star Reviews!)
floral vine tie neck blouse HERE (mixed reviews)
short mixed multi strand necklace HERE
snow leopard car coat HERE (66/76 5 Star Reviews!)
cozy cuffed booties HERE

So, that's my head to toe fall look, all from LOFT!
 But in addition to what I highlighted above, there's lots of other pieces there right now that are also great staples that you might want to consider adding to your closet.

Here's another perfectly me fall look I put together!
The jewelry in this next look is part of the LOFT's Wear to Care program where they donate 70% of the purchase price to breast cancer research!
"Beautiful" Graphic tee HERE
Destructed Modern Skinny Jeans HERE 
striped long open cardigan HERE
necklace HERE
earrings HERE
suede lace up booties HERE
A totally simple and cute fall look!


I would like to end this post with a letter to the powers at be at LOFT:

Dear LOFT,
 I want to make sure you know that you can call me anytime.
Next month, next week, tomorrow, later today, whenever.
Really.
Anytime.Hugs and Kisses,
Sheaffer :)
p.s.  Remember that I really love your Holiday line.
#hinthint

Here are some of my favorite pants from Loft right now:
(the Marissa has always been my favorite cut for my body type)
And here are some tops, sweaters, jackets, and dresses:


Thanks again to LOFT for sponsoring this post!


OH....AND IF YOU DIDN'T SEE YESTERDAY'S POST....
make sure you click HERE to see my BIKER CHIC look!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pinterest Told Me To does BIKER CHIC ;)

Last week I showed you my 1st Pinterest Told Me To recreation with my new skinny cargo pants.
After one outfit, I was smitten with them.
I wore them with a neutral cardigan (similar HERE), leopard scarf (similar for all under $20 HERE), and nude patent flats (HERE).
You can see the full post HERE.

You girls also voted that I do a recreation of this next outfit.
It is total biker chic (which I am not), but I loved it!
And hey, I liked the idea of trying to pull off this new look!
original source unable to be found - spam link from Pinterest
My colors are all off, but I followed the basic outfit formula.
Skinny Cargo Pants + "Leather" jacket + Big Scarf + Booties
The look was a little more "edgy" than I normally wear, but I loved it!
Here are some sources for you!
exact vegan leather jacket c/o Piperlime but sold out, similar jacket HERE
exact scarf HERE
similar grey tee HERE
exact skinny cargos HERE that I ADORE (only 3 sizes remaining - other options in a minute - for size reference, I'm wearing 27s)
exact black wedge booties HERE
earrings c/o HERE, stack rings c/o HERE, cushion cut bracelet c/o HERE, similar watch HERE
Wanna get the look for yourself?
I thought I would make it easy for you!
 grey tee HERE / earrings c/o HERE / exact scarf HERE / cushion cut bracelet c/o HERE
Guess quilted faux leather jacket HERE ($118) / cargo skinnies HERE
watch HERE / stack rings c/o HERE  / exact black wedge booties HERE

Or maybe you love the look, but want some options for the individual pieces!
No worries, I'm here for you!

SKINNY CARGO OPTIONS
This fall I added a pair of skinny cargo pants and grey jeans to my closet.  And I'm getting so much wear out of both of them.  You know me, I'm a regular ol' jeans girl, but I really love the versatility these 2 new pairs of pants are bringing me!  Plus, they are both super comfy (both more comfy than my regular jeans actually)!
a)  HERE (2 sizes remaining)
b)  HERE  (fully stocked and only $49!)
c)  HERE (Rag and Bone and almost 50% off!)

Leather Jacket Options
My vegan leather jacket from Piperlime is sold out, but there are lots of great options out there for you girls!  I've only worn mine out of the house once so far (because the weather just isn't cooperating), but I have no doubt it's going to be a fall staple for me!
  Check out this BLANKNYC faux leather jacket  with AMAZING reviews
and UNDER $100!
I love the structure of it.
Click HERE.

And a collage o' options for you!
Which one catches your eye first?
All at different price points and all super cute!
Sam Edelman vegan moto jacket HERE ($169)
*Kut from the Kloth distressed leather HERE (40% OFF now $58.80)*
I think that one might be my favorite, especially for the price of $58.80!
Ryder Moto jacket HERE ($139)
Guess quilted faux leather jacket HERE ($118)
Old Navy faux leather HERE ($49.94)
Hive and Honey vegan leather HERE ($129)
Tahari knit and leather jacket 50% OFF HERE ($188.98)


I am also LOVING this jacket HERE.
I previewed it on Monday evening on facebook, so make sure you are following me HERE to get previews!
HOW CUTE IS THIS JACKET?!?
And it's ON SALE for ONLY $40.80!!!!!
Click HERE.

And after I found the above jacket, I put together this little collage, because I couldn't believe that you could add so much style to your closet with a jacket AND a pair of booties for UNDER $100!!!!
Click HERE for the booties!


BLACK WEDGE BOOTIE OPTIONS
The ones I'm wearing in the above collage are from Target.  I think they are plenty comfy (I love mine!), but I did get some e-mails from you girls disagreeing.  Apparently if your foot isn't narrow (which mine is), then the Target booties might not be for you.
 You can always try the black TOMS booties HERE.  And if you're not married to the color black, check out THESE herringbone TOMS.  Because I adore them. 

If you are interested in other options, here you go:
 a) Sperry bootie HERE/  b) dv wedge bootie HERE  (sold out in black now, sorry!)
c) Born wedge bootie HERE / d) dv suede with laces HERE

SCARF OPTIONS
I named the red popcorn scarf I have in my above outfit a MUST HAVE SCARF a couple of weeks ago.  And it is.  
I've received so many e-mails from y'all saying that after you received yours, you bought SEVERAL more for Christmas presents.  (A couple of you also bought all 3 colors for yourself.  I dig it.)
It's wonderfully soft and cozy, the perfect size, and it styles itself.
WIN. WIN. WIN. 
Click  for the scarf.
(If interested in other items below: the cardigan is old from GAP, you can find a similar one in plain grey with the same waterfall shape HERE with all 4 and 5 star reviews!!!, elle earrings c/o Kendra Scott HERE, jeans HERE (loving my first designer jeans so much and they are still on sale!), nude patent flats HERE

Here are 2 more scarf options for you!
 What about THIS scarf in the picture below?
So many beautiful colors and still so cozy.
I also like THIS one that's new to Nordstrom.

And just in case you didn't click over to see the waterfall cardigan option I gave you above, 
HERE it is!  I know several of you were disappointed that my striped waterfall cardigan was several years old (and I get that, because it's awesome), but this plain grey one is the exact same shape.


And I'm not sure if you saw my facebook post or BONUS blog post last night, but if you missed it....
click HERE....and then come right back for a very important PINK message!  :)
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BEFORE YOU GO....it's time to devote some time to PINKTOBER.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month last year, I had my friend Tracy over to the blog today to tell you a little about her story. I took this picture of Tracy at her youngest daughters 6th birthday party several years ago, which was 4 years into her battle.
She is an incredible friend, a wonderful wife, and an amazing mom.
AND she is a BREAST CANCER WARRIOR. 
I'm so proud to be her friend.
Tracy had a FEEL YOUR BOOBIES message for us last year that I'm re-posting now:


“You’re way too young to have breast cancer!” I hear it all the time from friends, strangers, and even medical professionals.  Unfortunately, no one told the mass that was taking up residence in my left arm pit (considered the breast stem)!
I was trying to take the world’s fastest shower while lamenting the fact that I was blessed with the only two year old that I had ever seen that refused to nap. Ever. Prioritizing which parts to wash before the inevitable interruption of my spit-shine, I came across a lump…and it hurt. I called my primary care physician immediately, not thinking cancer, but thinking a clogged milk duct (I had weaned a few months prior) or swollen lymph node.  I had no time to be sick!
I hear stories all the time about women being brushed off by their doctors. Fortunately for me, mine was very cautious (and amazing!).  He sent me to a breast surgeon that very day that biopsied the lump. It turned out to be a very aggressive form of breast cancer. I was 29 years old. 
Now I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself, lest you’re thinking, “I wonder what she DID to get breast cancer so young”.  I don’t have a family history. I nursed both of my daughters. I don’t smoke or drink more than a glass of wine on occasion. I’m not overweight, don’t exist on coffee or fast food, and I’m not mainlining BPA.  I’m a normal person…just like you! None of the risk factors that you read about applied to me.
So feel your boobies! Really do it. Feel for changes, lumps, bumps, thickening of the skin, changes in texture, nipple discharge…anything that’s just not right.  If you feel something wrong, get to a doctor, and don’t let them brush you off.  We have to be our own advocates!  Because everyone knows, “you’re way too young to have breast cancer!”
Thank you Tracy for your message!
 I know lots of companies do a great job of raising awareness for breast cancer in October, but I think it's great to hear a personal message from somebody JUST LIKE US to really encourage us to do what we need to do for early detection!
Two of the companies that stand out to me this year for raising awareness are Tieks and Accessory Concierge.
You saw me highlight the FIGHT LIKE A GIRL BRACELET (HERE) and the HERE COMES A FIGHTER BRACELET (HERE) from Accessory Concierge.
20% of the proceeds from the above two bracelets go to breastcancerfund.org.
(And my Cushion cut bracelet is HERE.)


Tieks also rolled out a campaign where they created a ballerina pink flat to honor breast cancer survivors and promote awareness of early detection.  
For example:
When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is over 95%.  Self-exames are an easy and quick method that leads to early detection!
I’ve included a few facts about breast cancer to encourage everyone to get routine check-ups and mammograms!

-In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
-Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.
-Every 15 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer in the U.S.  
-When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%.
-It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.
-Ways to increase your chance for early detection can be found HERE.


xoxo,
Sheaffer :)

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