Feeling the love with Impish Lee…oh la la….

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As women,  we take on many roles, mother, spouse, employee or employer but at the end of the day we should take care of our own needs. Women are the backbone to the family, the center that keeps everyone together. This is tough role especially for those who may be fighting an illness like cancer. It can all be quite overwhelming.  A day can mean no shower no makeup and possibly wearing the same outfit from the day before because there is no time to peruse the closet. Save that for date night with the hubby…or wait date night means making sure the kids are fed and ready for bed when the sitter arrives. Also it means having the husband asking for fashion advice on his outfit. It may  leave time for a quick make up job and throwing on a dress with heels that gosh darn it the heels have to be repaired on the bottom. Oh well who will notice right? Well don’t even get started on the underwear draw. What middle age woman has time to shop for lingerie? To have to find something beautiful that fits well and is possibly comfortable too can be quite difficult. The department stores may be out of the special size or the colors are just not right that are in season, who wears bright yellow underwear anyhow?

Well that is where the ladies of Impish’ Lee step in. They are here to ease the burden of finding a quality made bra. They can introduce the idea of a custom sheer robe for a woman to feel beautiful in during those private ten minute tea breaks on a sunday afternoon. Impish Lee is a completeimages-8.jpegly customizable intimates line that allows women to take ownership of their lingerie needs. A woman is in control of choosing the design, lining, fabric, trims, (and get this) even bra sizes! Yes, bras that are custom made to fit you not for you to fit them. The bra sizes range from 28A to 40J. No more having to special order from the department store or become frustrated while searching the piles of bra sizes in the drawers at certain mainstream lingerie stores, no names need to be mentioned.
The pieces are made in the United States out of New York proper.  The creators are sisters Kali and Noelle. The ladies both have an education to back up their credentials having both attended design and art school. The designs of course created by the customer online, once the purchase has been made the order is then sent to the studio where the two sisters create the custom pieces. The patterns, fabric and size are all cut in the same space where the final stages of sending the package off is completed.

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Brand Owners Kali and Noelle

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Here is how the process works.. a client can go to the page and choose what silhouette they would like to work with, they can choose a

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Custom making process…such fun!

skin tone, and what type of piece they think makes the most sense for their lifestyle. Once these steps are made then the next phase is where the true fun begins. A variety of fabric and trim choices are organized in tiny windows next to the specific silhouette chosen. A customer clicks on a window for trim or fabric Then they click the area on the silhouette that is wearing the pieces they chose and the piece is instantly transformed.

The best part about this brand is each piece is unique and no one has the same color combination/trim. It is also made by hand with care and passion by Kali and Noelle. The two sisters are quite busy as their brand is growing. Their instagram page is beautiful with pictures depicting women poised elegantly in sample pieces. The pictures are taken by brand owner Kali who has a background in photography.

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Soft no wire bralette a must for breast cancer survivors.

For breast cancer survivors who need comfort, softness, and coverage there are two bralettes that would work perfect, per suggestion made by Kali. How
fun it  would be to create your own piece after having reconstruction surgery to celebrate the next stage to healing. Also, the ladies do have a men’s gift buying guide so in case husbands or significant others are wanting to join in on the creative fun they will not be completely lost in the process.

These ladies have a well thought out brand that honors women!  We love this brand for loving all women. These ladies are dedicated to reviving the idea every woman is sexy taking away the notion one size fits all, because that is simply not true. Help spread the word and check out impish lee on instagram and their website www.impishlee.com. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter too because flash sales do occur on occasion and besides it is always nice to hear how brands as wonderful as this one are doing. xoxo

d’curve is with the band

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This blog is dedicated to breast cancer survivors. I am a breast cancer survivor who has fought the ugly cancer beast twice in the past five years. I would like to bring beauty and hope to women who are in the doldrums of chemotherapy or just beginning remission. Please read and share because everyone is touched by breast cancer is some way and your share will reach a woman who needs a touch of love. Thank you…Dana Dinerman

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I’m With The Band Headbands

I remember waking up to strands of hair on my pillow only a week after my first treatment. The AC combo was doing it’s job, just as my oncologist had predicted. I dreaded losing my hair. I think it made the diagnosis more real for me. I know everyone is different with their journey and for some lIMG_1510 (1)osing their breasts is more impactful during the process of trying to fight breast cancer. I found losing my hair to be more emotionally disturbing. The morning I found the strands of hair I made a quick phone call to my friend and long time hair stylist Mia. She was at the salon that day and was able to get me in for a quick cut. I got dressed and drove over to the salon where I spent many past Saturday afternoon’s sipping sparkling water, reading gossip magazines, and chatting with the ladies. This day was quite different. It was a cold cloudy winter morning, perfect for my mood. I sat down with tears in my eyes and Mia, always so strong, said, “It will be ok.” I stared at my face in the mirror, not too long ago I sat in this chair to discuss with Mia hair do options for my wedding and now I was cutting it all off. She lifted a strand and as she did part of it fell out. We both looked at each other. I could tell she was trying to keep herself composed. She cut it off and at one point she said, “It is really falling out.” The hair was falling out of my scalp as she kept trying to cut it shorter. I felt terrible and I could tell this was a stressful thing for her to experience. I apologized profusely when she finished and she gave me a big hug. I made my way out the door of the chic salon and as I left I called, “Well..I will see you later!” Wait moment, it hit me that I was not sure when I would be back to see her. Would I ever step into a salon again? The idea sunk in and I felt an intense wave of emotion flow through me. A sense of who I was seemed to disappear. It seems odd to be so upset about having to be bald for a short time while fighting an ugly disease, better to have your life than a head of hair some might say. As I mentioned before, it made the entire process too real for me. I went home that afternoon and sulked in bed and watched television although I felt quite detached from the world depicted on the tv screen. I truly hated cancer. My hair did fall out pretty soon after and I would find myself wearing a wig with a hat on top since the top of the wig did not look ideal. Of course by the end of treatments I was wearing a scarf and did not care about the looks from people in stores or restaurants. It may have been needing to go to a medical supply boutique that made me feel quite separate from the world, and I did not feel trendy or hip to say the least. Today, after experiencing cancer twice, losing my hair twice within a year I feel that if there were more fun products to choose from maybe the shock of losing our hair will be not as tough to bear.I decided to write this blog about a very fun, California based company who makes headbands and turbans. I stumbled upon them while pursuing the internet. I fell in love instantly. I think it started with the name, The name of the brand is called, “I’m With The Band”. The idea behind the brand is to exude love, light, and beauty. The site has a whimsical vibe depicting long hair bohemian beauties adorned with turbans or headbands. Why do I want to introduce a company to women who are fighting breast cancer and are losing hair while the models on this site have long luscious locks? Well, this company is not geared specifically towards breast cancer survivors. I approached co-owner Kailee Steward and asked her if the headbands and turbans can be worn by survivors and she said of course! In fact, she said they are working on creating a scarf that covers the entire scalp. She did say how some could even be worn with wigs by wrapping the scarf or turban around the top. It will hid the odd areas like I had with mine. Of course a survivor can wear the headbands around the house to soften the look of having no hair. It would be wise to watch sun exposure outside but as hair is growing in the headbands can be worn to disguise the buzzed GI Jane look. I also had a point where my hair looked a bit curly and crazy during the growing out phase and there was nothing I could do about it, I think one of these would have worked well during that odd stage.IMG_2777_large
The unique quality about I’m with the Band is each headband is handmade and so a customer has almost a couture piece. The fabric varies from a chiffon to a stretch material and even includes velvet. They offer regular headbands that can be worn for working out at the gym to turban’s that can be worn to the beach, movies, or around town. I fell in love with the prints immediately and some are even sold out. The prints are chosen by the ladies who run the business and each piece shows the print in its own way. Each headpiece is almost made just for the one individual purchasing them and that is what every woman wants, to be an individual and not to see the same exact piece on someone else. I know that when I go out and I see an article of clothing on someone else that I own, it takes away the magic of that piece. These pieces are ideal for those who are going through breast cancer because they can help cover up the scalp and enhance a woman’s appearance in a fashionable bohemian way. The pieces are reasonable priced, they run about $28. Please check out their page and if you are interested in reading more about this brand check out their press link. The company has been featured in multiple blogs and even the Today Show! Here is their link and tell them d’curve sent you! www.im-with-the-band.com

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Java Scarf Turban

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The Morgana Turban