An email arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago from the generous people of Rethink Breast Cancer. They asked me to help salute Breast Cancer awareness month by joining Battle Pink, a creative contest gathering media personalities from across Canada in a ‘Who Styled It Best’ battle. Participants will send in their styled photographs and the public will vote for their favorites. Each vote equals $1 towards finding the cure.
I was brought to tears while reading the email. I never thought my little blog would actually raise money for cancer. All I had to do was style their Fashion Targets Breast Cancer t shirt and ask my readers to vote. I wanted to take these photographs in honor of my grandmother (my mother’s mother) who died of breast cancer before I was born.
My grandmother Margaret was an English girl. She grew up in London and came to Canada as a British War-bride. It was here where she married my grandfather and had four babies, one of them being my mom. My grandmother adored England and spent her life wearing the clothes reminiscent of her girlhood. This included soft colored dresses, hats for all occasions and high heels (even when she lived in a boot-wearing town).
Although I never got to meet her in flesh or walk through the streets of England, we have something great in common; the desire to wear high heels no matter how many times we’ve gotten stuck in sidewalk grates. I wanted my outfit to capture her English girl spirit so I wore a delicate dress, pink beret and frilly socks. I can’t sew the way my grandmother did so I used scissors to cut the shirt and made a bow with the leftover material.
This contest isn’t about winning. Vote for anyone, it doesn’t only have to be me. Just think of every breast that’s been taken away and each belly that sunk when the words “You have cancer” were spoken.
This is for breasts and bellies!
Take the time to Vote Here