This week Inka of Glamour Granny Travels is hosting Fashion Flash. Most travel sites are are aimed at families or millenials. They offer solid advice, but not for us. Glamour Granny Travels has the adventure and style that a woman of a certain age dream about when they plan a trip.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Pretty Sick by Caitlin Kiernan
In the past five years eight close friends were diagnosed with cancer. Because I write a beauty blog, they would often ask me for advice dealing with their skin and hair issues. I asked my dermatologist experts, researched products and generally tried just to be there for them. I wish I had this book to give them genuinely helpful advice.
Caitlin Kiernan was a high profile beauty editor at Life and Style magazne when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the next few years she had rounds of chemo, mastectomy and reconstruction. Her fashion and beauty advice comes straight from the trenches. For example, she discusses what to wear while wearing post surgery ports on her breasts. ( its oversize button up shirts) She explains why scents are so challenging during chemo and how to care for hair and scalp during treatment. Her advice, has been road tested by other cancer survivors, is real and valuable while dealing with the diagnosis.
Her makeup tips almost made me cry. I remember trying to help a friend with cancer get ready to speak at a national organization and she did not want her colleagues to know she was sick. Her usual make-up looked too dark and theatrical and her painted brows like wiggly catipillars. Pretty Sick offers original and effective tools and techniques to look better. As she says in her book ” the goal is not to look like Cindy Crawford, but to look like yourself before starting treatment”.
I found her suggestions for gifts especially helpful. When I visited my friends, I ran out of ideas after flowers, soaps and lotions. She explained that chemo leaves a body chilled and a soft hoodie, furry slippers and faux fur throws are incredibly comforting.
There is an incredible authenticity in Pretty Sick. Combining an author who is a beauty editor AND cancer survivor has produced a uniquely valuable book.