9.30.2010

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign

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Top: Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign Skirt: Vintage Jacket: H&M Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
http://www.stylelist.com/2010/09/30/ralph-lauren-enlists-100-bloggers-to-model-for-pink-ponys-10th/


Around a month ago, I was asked to take part in Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Campaign, and on the surface for most, it would seem only like a terrific opportunity to collaborate with an iconic American brand.  However, within my reality, it is a staggering honor to contribute to a world-wide campaign to help end breast cancer.  This is all in part to the subject of breast cancer being a sobering issue for me, as my Mother is a recovering survivor of this particular affliction. Her unbridled strength & determination to fight this disease is beyond an inspiration for me, and her courage in the face of a life threatening disease brings me daily courage to face any struggles before me.  It’s for these reasons that I decided to help in any way that I can, and why I’ve decide to use this format to share her story with all of you.  It is my hope that she can bring hope to those in need of it, and at the least, help share with the world that my Mother is my biggest hero – a subject long overdue.
So here we go.

It was the morning of December 26th when my mom and dad sat the family down to tell us some news:  My mom had breast cancer.  Not only did she have cancer, but it was diagnosed three months prior.  My mother, being so selfless, had refrained from telling any of her children for fear it would upset us over the holidays.  After months of dinners and presents and family, I was left in disillusion and shock. The thought of my mother, one of my best friends, was going through this stopped time in my heart and broke it.  And to think that this life-changing information had been withheld from her children to benefit us for the holidays was so absurd, but that’s just how my mom is – always putting her family before herself.   The excitement of the season all felt so trivial within that moment and fear quickly began to take hold.  How could such a selfless caring person be dealt this hand?  We were all terrified at the thought CANCER – MY MOM HAS CANCER – MY MOM MIGHT DIE.  At this point, your whole life falls under self-analysis, and the feeling of guilt eats away at you.  Could I have been nicer, better, smarter. Etc?  And, it didn’t help that my mother kept being so brave & kind that it made me feel less worthy of having such a beautiful person love me unconditionally.  For the months leading up to her mastectomy she called ME every day to see how I was doing.  To see how I was doing. It was absurd to me that she was fighting for her life, but was more concerned about how everyone else was dealing with the issue instead of freaking out all over the place.

A long story short, my mother had a successful surgery, and her cancer is in remission.  The thought of its return looms like, well, cancer.  However, her survival & bravery has stuck with me, and no disease can ever eat away the love that I have in my heart for my mother.  

Thanks for bearing with me, and hopefully, none of you dear readers will ever have to go through this, and maybe some of you already have.  Regardless, you aren’t alone.  Millions of people are forced to endure this heartache every year, and hopefully, this Pink Pony Campaign can help to restore life in the afflicted worldwide.

48 comments:

--Sanam-- said...

Amazing photos,i love this outfit :D and beautiful post, your mother sounds like such an inspiring person. Not many people can go through something as devestating as that and come back out at the other end. She sounds so brave :)





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the Citizen Rosebud said...

Meggs!
This is one of my favorite posts of you ever, and that's saying a lot because you know I love your posts, too many to count.

YOU look fantastic in your outfit, and even more to the point, you wrote so fantastically about your mom, and your family's bout with breast cancer.

I am so glad to hear that your mom is a survivor, and that you and your family can gather around the next holiday table and be grateful for so much. Thank you SO much for sharing this part of you. It's like getting a glimpse of the soul behind the style.

mad love at ya, girl. -Bella Q

PUNKIE said...

OMG! this skirt is perfection, I totally adore it!

Jenni Wells said...

I am so fortunate to have never had to deal with a loved one having cancer. Your mother sounds like a wonderful, strong woman.

Clara said...

amazing skirt!

Justice Pirate said...

That is wonderful news about your mother. I have known a few breast cancer survivors and it is such a blessing to see them go through that. I did know one person who didn't make it through. That's a rough thing for a family to have to go through. I pray your mom will continue to be clear!

One Girl said...

beautiful. she is an inspiration

CC said...

Gorgeous photos! LOVE that blazer. :)
Xx

emma said...

i love the photos! so glad to hear that your mum is in remission.. this post is so inspirational :)

Glenda C said...

what a great look!

Beckerman Girls said...

You look AMAZZZZING! Brilliant how you paired the polo with a tartan vintage killer skirt! LOVE IT ALL! And that hattt..spectacular. I'm so relieved that your Mom is okay :) Sending lots of love! We LOVE your BLOG!!! U have RAD style! We are now following you! We also did the pink pony collaboration on our blog!
kisses
xoThe Beckerman Girls

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Charmalade said...

I love it when bloggers take the time to actually share a story alongside sharing their outfits. It's very telling about someone's character and in some times, quite revealing.

Thank you for sharing your story, and I think it's poignant that this campaign strikes a personal chord with you.

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Lady Moriarty said...

You are lovely ! I've seen two other bloggers wearing this, but you're the prettiest one ! I love it, very original with this skirt (that fits you perfectly !)

See U !

annierama said...

Really well combinated , the outfit looks so fresh and trendy!
I like your shoes a lot!

Roo Paprika said...

Your Mother sounds inspirational. Awareness of cancer of all kinds is so important, people should not be ashamed, well done for taking up this campaign

Hillary said...

Aww what an amazing story, its so good to hear of winning battles because breast cancer is such a scary thing and something that so many women fear. :(

Beautiful outfit too!

ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

wow, how amazing that she has survived this disease, some are not so lucky. Great cause for you to support, tell your mom to never quit fighting :)

XoXo-Kelli K
http://thefashionworshiper.blogspot.com

Charlotte. said...

LOVE the skirt.

Lindsay LeBoyer said...

Wow, what an amazing story. Truly inspiring. I love the Pink Pony label, Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite designers and its so great that he is helping a good cause. You look beautiful, as always.

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Mitzi Cocoa said...

I got kind of emotional reading your story - your mom sounds like a wonderful lady. It is always so fantastic to hear cancer stories that end with "the surgery was successful." I share some of your feelings as my a lump was found in my mother's breast a couple years ago... but it turned out to be a cyst! Being healthy and my loved ones being healthy is the number one thing I'm thankful for everyday. It is so great that you are collaborating for charity.

P.S. ... And you look really cute doing so. Your skirt and booties are pretty amazing.

Terri said...

I appreciate this small personal glimpse. My mother too is a breast cancer survivor and like your mother, was slow to relay the news to her family (privately, I believe that selflessness contributes to cancer). I understand my mother's reasons and the optimism she practics to this day, nearly 20 years after the experience.

The jacket looks charming with the skirt.

libys11 said...

such a sincere post.. unfortunately, i have an aunt that died due to cancer.. but this post really left a smile on my face. :D

great burst of color from your skirt!

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kelly ann said...

your mom is such a fighter, i'm so happy she's in remission! i hope and pray the cancer never ever returns. thank you for sharing this with us, dear. it was so honest and real and sincere. <3

also, i have to say... that is my DREAM skirt. haha, it's so gorgeous!

J.S. said...

cool outfit choice! I am loving the skirt...

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kelsea said...

i absolutely love how you styled the polo!! you and nana suarez are my faves so far <3

Nico said...

This was such a touching post...it's amazing how strong your mother was to fight through such an ugly disease. i'm glad she's ok. very inspiring story, thanks for sharing something so personal that almost everyone can relate to and be touched by. i love reading the sincerity in your posts, you always keep it real! and you look stunning as always! xxoo

Kimberley said...

Your mother sounds like an incredible, inspiring person. I am so glad she is healthy now! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Also, you look gorgeous.

C L O said...

you look so lovely *o*

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ching said...

oh congrats to be part of it.
i have to say, your eyes are dazzling

disarming darling said...

oh gosh. this hit so close to home, i can't even think of a proper response.

my mom is also a breast cancer survivor- she had it when i was much younger... but at one point they thought she had it again, and she did the exact same thing your mother did. she refrained from telling anybody until she'd gone through all of the tests and found out if she had it or not for sure, that way she didn't unnecessarily worry anyone. i'll never understand how they do it, but they really are the most fearless, brave, unbelievably strong women in the world...

i'm so glad your mom is in remission. and i'm so glad you took the time to write such a thoughtful post.

xoxo

Sky Pies said...

It is terrible when a family member becomes afflicted with cancer. I hope you have all kind of emotionally recovered from that and in the case of your mother, physically. All the best and your outfit is beautiful! <3

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KANI said...

i'm glad to hear the surgery went well! all the best to your mother and thankyou for sharing your story.

glad to see ralph lauren supporting such a lovely cause, and you of course, look lovely!

Rosa&Carlotta said...

lovely skirt!

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Rachael said...

You are by far one of my favorite pink pony bloggers, this outfit is so pretty and the pictures are adorable!! I'm a new follower.

I featured you in my blog post about Pink Pony, please check it out!

www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

p.s. Your story is truly inspirational...thank you so much for sharing.

annawithlove said...

Beautiful photos, I love that you paired this skirt with the pink pony polo!!

Just found your blog, it's very well done and inspiring!

http://www.annwithlove.com

anna - lifeetc-blog said...

I love the skirt and the jacket!
Hope your mum stays okay!

anna
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V(*)CHILLP(*)V said...

love your blog!! great style you have :)
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Kristen said...

I love Ralph Lauren, along with his polo's! I also love this outfit when you have the jacket on! It makes the outfit look totally different!

sPam said...

Your mom sounds like such an amazing person. This made me think of my mom and my life. Wow. Choking up. I'm so happy your mom is getting better. And I just want to say that as much as your mom was brave, you were too. I'm so happy for you :)

PS: Your skirt reminds me of something I thrifted. HAHA!

April said...

i love that you paired this with that amazing skirt. and your story is so moving!

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Elena Vasilieva said...

this look is totally chic, loving the colour of your skirt, looks especially great when paired with the blazer

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Delita said...

Definitely love your dress!!!

Ruby And Siel said...

amazing skirt and jacket!

Ruby And Siel said...

what a story .. I'm sorry for you!
Luckily I don't know anybody who has it

avalonne lou summers said...

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story with us. I'm glad your mother has recovered and she sounds like a very strong, loving, beautiful person. Sometimes it's hard to understand how such good people get sick, but as long as we support them in any way we can, they will get better. I'm glad you had the opportunity to participate, it must be such a good feeling to be able to spread the word and be part of something so significant.

dishly said...

woww..i'm glad to hear your mums in remission :), she must be proud of you! great outfiitt for a very important cause

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Shilpi said...

beautiful skirt!

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