Fashion For Thought April 2014

“Give a girl a the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe

Ann Murray-Paige’s final words to me last month were “It’s all about relationships.” I had the great pleasure to know and style Ann Murray-Paige. I first got to know Ann when she won The Wardrobe’s “If Our Clothes Could Talk” short story contest. Ann’s story was about a blue taffeta dress that she wore to the premier of her award winning documentary “The Breast Cancer Diaries”. Ann told the heartwarming story about how a her dress and the shop owner made her FEEL so good about herself after she had just recently lost both her breasts to cancer. While trying to getting ready for her premier, she discovered a magical dress in a window and discovered that a “breastless woman could pull off looking and feeling beautiful”. Ann managed to feel happy, healthy, pretty, and beautiful “knowing that beneath this gorgeous piece of fashion is a fighter; a woman who was down once but was definitely not out.” According to Ann “it was all thanks to the dress.”

Ann’s powerful and courageous journey has truly moved many. This month The Wardrobe asks you to walk a mile in Ann’s shoes in support of Project Pink. To show our support a portion of all our shoe sales this month will go to Project Pink. The metaphors for our clothes and even for our cherished accessories and our favorite shoes reminds us that color, beauty and self- adornment are tools to help us feel and look our best. Like a book or a film, fashion can truly be life altering mood food.

Over the last 2 years Ann wrote a one woman show about her experiences and favorite Desigual shoes. They are now on display at The Wardrobe and are part of my April outfit in this month’s newsletter. Recently at Ann’s life celebration, her husband, Sandy, asked her friends to take a pair of her shoes in her memory and “walk a mile in Ann’s shoes”.

Worldwide, Ann became a “local source for support, encouragement, knowledge and inspiration for women battling against breast cancer” said Ann Ternus-Bellany of the Davis Enterprise. One admirer of Ann’s told the paper; “You melted some of the icy loneliness that is hidden behind the pink ribbons. It is rare that someone walks the earth who has helped as many as you have.”

My all time favorite style session was when I styled Ann in a stunning gold Sue Wong sequin dress for “The One Hundred” event last fall in Boston. “The One Hundred” honors people who contribute to the fight against cancer. Ann looked like a million dollars and was radiant inside and out with a giddy, tickled pink sparkle. I was so pleased to be part of Ann’s big night. I still remember choosing a soft pink pashmina from my personal wardrobe as one of the finishing touches. In 2010, Ann inspired me to create a photo exhibition called “Women Making a Difference”.

Ann was the brightest light in Davis.
I think what I loved most about Ann was her sense of humor and her signature Marilyn Monroe air kiss. Ann was the epitome of pink and brought unconditional love to everything she touched. While attending the celebration of Ann’s life her husband Sandy shared her four rules 1) Show up 2) See the glass half full 3) Walk in Ann’s Shoes 4) Wear her Ring available now at De Luna Jewelers.

The Wardrobe is proud to style women truly making a difference. This is what energizes our team to rock Davis with style!

We encourage you to stop in and try on a pair of shoes and be inspired to walk a mile in Ann’s footsteps.

Colorfully yours,
Heather Caswell

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