The Look Good Feel Better Blog
Look Good Feel Better has teamed up with Style for Hire, a national network of personal stylists co-founded by celebrity stylist and What Not to Wear host Stacy London during their third live streaming virtual workshop event which was held on November 1, 2011.
During the workshop Stacy London introduced the new “Styling Section” for the first time to the Look Good Feel Better program. Hosting the skin care, makeup portion of the workshop was celebrity makeup artist Carmindy, who is also from TLC’s What Not To Wear, and demonstrating wigs and head coverings was Linda Whitehurst , Look Good Feel Better national project director.
The new style component was developed by both Style for Hire and Look Good Feel Better experts. This new section will provide insight on how to use color in cosmetics or fabrics to create a bright, vibrant appearance; extend choices made for head coverings to create a complete look, and learn how women with any body type can use shape, silhouette and design to maintain their personal style while addressing the physical changes that often occur as a result of cancer treatment.
If you missed the virtual workshop you can watch it on our website at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. Don’t forget to visit our events page to learn about other events happening throughout the year!
A cancer diagnosis is never easy, no matter what kind of cancer or how far it’s progressed. It reminds us that we are not invincible. However, it also reminds us of our priorities. It allows us to let go of the little things and focus on the most important things in our life. My tumor was discovered at a regular GYN appointment in mid December of 2010. I almost postponed that appointment. I was too busy to deal with it. However, a little voice in the back of my head made me stop. While cancer was certainly not on my mind, I did know that these visits were important. I took the first available appointment that morning. It was at that visit my doctor found a baseball sized cyst on my left ovary.
I wasn’t terribly alarmed at first. He explained that women have cysts that come and go all of the time. I received more tests, then more after that and by January I was sitting in a gynecologic oncologists office hearing words like “mass” and “cancer.” On January 13th I had surgery to remove the tumor along with my left tube and ovary. That was one of the most difficult parts of my journey. It was fear of the unknown. I didn’t know what I would wake up to. Would the tumor be benign? Would it be malignant? Would I have to have a hysterectomy and never bear more children? What if it had spread? I couldn’t allow my mind to go there.
After surgery, we were so excited. Yes, it was malignant; however, they had caught it at stage 1A!! it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that we learned it was a higher grade malignancy than originally thought and I would have to go through 9 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy.
At that point, I slipped into my competitive mindset. I could compete against this disease! I took on chemo like I did Olympic competition. I prepared my body and mind for what lay ahead. Although I admit I didn’t realize that chemo could pack such a punch! I landed back in the hospital that first grueling week with dehydration and low blood pressure. It was at that point it became real. I was really going through this, this had really happened. Cancer didn’t care that I had 7 Olympic medals. I focused on taking it one day at a time and trying to achieve some type of goal each day. The nausea was severe, the fatigue difficult. I have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet that still has not gone away. But I made it through.
Losing my hair was one of the more difficult parts of treatment. Even when you think you’re ready for it, losing your hair is a shock. Mine came out in clumps, and left me feeling depressed and embarrassed. Like a lot of people, I saw my hair loss as a symbol of my sickness. I was scared that my son might be frightened of me. I had to turn this around in mind. I had to say to myself: losing my hair is a symbol of all that I am doing to get and remain healthy. It’s a symbol of my road to recovery and good health.
When it came time, I shaved my head. This was something I could control. One of the most difficult and humbling experiences about a cancer diagnosis can be the loss of control. I fought back and regained a little bit of the control I lost.
While it’s easy to think that how we look on the outside isn’t important when you are fighting for your life, it really is. It’s important to be able to look in the mirror and feel like you are still in there somewhere. For many of us, we have to keep up with work, family and other obligations even during treatment. It’s hard to feel like yourself if you don’t look like yourself. Sometimes we just need a break from the roller coaster ride.
That’s one of the reasons I love the Look Good Feel Better program. They understand that the outside is important. Looking good on the outside can help you feel better on the inside. Feeling better overall can give you hope and a better outlook which can aid you in a more positive outcome.
My day at the Look Good Feel Better workshop was a fabulous day filled with laughter, bonding and some great tips and techniques. Like how to use concealer, apply foundation and brighten your eyes with the right shadow colors. We also learned the importance of wearing sunscreen, especially on the top of the head. And how to fill in your eyebrows, style a wig and tie a turban. These are not things you necessarily ask your physician about.
On this day, it wasn’t about the cancer. It was about feeling beautiful, gaining confidence and transforming signs of sickness into signs of life. All with help from the Look Good Feel Better program.
Shannon Miller remains The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))
Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.
Shannon remains a passionate advocate for health and wellness for women and children through her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle.
For the second year in a row Sexy Hair, a charitable partner of the Look Good Feel Better program, is on a national search for a hair stylist who exemplifies its Caring is Sexy spirit for their Caring is Sexy: Sexy Stylist Contest. The stylist chosen as this year’s Sexy Stylist will receive training at Sexy Hair’s training facility, the Institute of Courage, and the chance to assist Rafe Hardy, Sexy Hair’s artistic creative director during a national campaign photo shoot. For every entry submitted Sexy Hair will donate $5 to the Look Good Feel Better program.
From the nearly 600 submissions received last year, Melissa Schwartz was named the 2010 America’s Sexiest Stylist. She demonstrated her passion for styling, her dedication to her clients, as well as her commitment to giving back to the community through her work as a volunteer at Camp Starburst, a camp for kids affected and infected with HIV and AIDS.
Think you or someone you know has what it takes win the Caring is Sexy: Sexy Stylist Contest, visit the Look Good Feel Better Web site at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org for more information, or Sexy Hair Web site, atwww.sexyhair.com to enter today.
We at Look Good Feel Better are very excited to announce our partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) that will run throughout the month of June. If you love to shop and love to give back here is your chance to do both! Visit to see all the amazing products that will be featured during the month of June with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Look Good Feel Better. Read the flyer below to find out all the details!
On Thursday, September 22, 2011 the 27th annual DreamBall will honor Jonathan Zrihen, president & CEO, Clarins Groupe North America and a member of the Personal Care Products Council Board, and Linda Wells the founding editor in chief of Allure, a Conde Nast Publication. The event will again be hosted at Cipriani 42nd street in New York.
Jonathan joined Clarins Groupe in 1993 in the International Marketing Division in Clarins head office in Paris. Shortly after that he spent time in Spain and Australia gaining valuable international experience. He returned to Paris in 1996 and was named Export Director of Clarins International division. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President, Asia-Pacific International Division, and was then named President of Clarins Canada Inc. Jonathan then went on to be named President & CEO of Clarins USA Inc. in 2007. Finally, Jonathan was named President and CEO, of Clarins Groupe North America in 2009.
Jonathan joined Clarins Groupe in 1993 in the International Marketing Division in Clarins head office in Paris. Shortly after that he spent time in Spain and Australia gaining valuable international experience. He returned to Paris in 1996 and was named Export Director of Clarins International division. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President, Asia-Pacific International Division, and was then named President of Clarins Canada Inc. in 2004. Jonathan then went on to be named President & CEO of Clarins USA Inc. in 2007. Finally, Jonathan was named President and CEO, of Clarins Groupe North America in 2009.
Linda began her career at Vogue in 1985 and became Beauty Editor and Food Editor of New York Times Magazine before starting Allure magazine in 1991, helping to redefine the magazine from a once traditional women’s magazine to a highly artistic and unique magazine dedicated solely to beauty. She is a regular in national media, including Today, The New York Times, The View, Entertainment Tonight, NPR, CNN, the Associated Press, and others. Linda is also the author of Confessions of a Beauty Editor in published in 2006.
Please join us for a night of celebration as we recognize these two industry leaders on September 22nd and watch for event materials in the mail.
For more information contact Mary Foster, at email@example.com or (202) 454-00359.
Please join us for our first-ever live Look Good Feel Better Virtual Workshop!
When: A two-hour workshop web-cast live from Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 26, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
What: Instruction, tips and advice for dealing with hair loss, changes in skin, complexion and nails during your cancer treatment, taken straight from the live Look Good….Feel Better community-based group workshop program
Who: Offered by Look Good Feel Better and facilitated by two top-notch volunteer beauty professionals - one a national Look Good Feel Better trainer
How: To register, click here. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn helpful, insider beauty techniques from the comfort of your own home, office, or favorite coffee shop! Can’t make the live viewing? Don’t worry, the Look Good Feel Better Virtual Workshop will be available “on demand” on our Web site www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Have you ever wanted your favorite celebrity’s autograph? Now is your chance! Look Good Feel Better is very excited to announce a Clarisonic sponsored online auction coinciding with movie awards season to auction off specially designed Clarisonic Pink Mias signed by your favorite celebrities, including such A-list stars as Academy Award Nominee Colin Firth, Lady GaGa,. Courtney Cox, and Jewel.
The auction is hosted online by Charity Buzz and runs through February 28, 2011 concluding just in time for the Academy Awards. All proceeds will go to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation to benefit the Look Good Feel Better program. To see the full list of participating celebrities or to bid on your favorite celeb signature, visit Charity Buzz. Happy bidding!
As promised here are pictures from AFI Fest!
Actress Katheryn Winnick
Actor Gabriel Macht
Actress Judy Greer
We would like to thank Clarisonic and all the celebs who came and supported LGFB!