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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Signs of Life, Paris

I was chit-chatting with Susan after I took this picture and mentioned that I thought her hair was sooo beautiful - her best feature.

She said thanks and added that she had lost her hair once because of cancer. She now purposely keeps it long because she feels it is such a gift to have it back and, for her, a sign of life.

Comments on "Signs of Life, Paris"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 AM) : 

Beautiful Smile too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:59 AM) : 

Love her smile, her hair and your story. Thanks, Sart!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

thank you for this beautiful picture and the story behind it. i wish beauty would more often be seen as something having to do with life and a more complex meaning than just mere surface.


Blogger Jennifer H Huynh said ... (10:02 AM) : 

She looks amazing. With an amazing story.


Blogger Fashion Tidbits said ... (10:05 AM) : 

her hair is gorgeous and i'm sure she's a gorgeous person too


Blogger TMFA said ... (10:14 AM) : 

wow. I well can imagine the impact of cancer on ones perception of life.

the outfit is tranquilo and very pretty.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:16 AM) : 

I like that.

I also lov ethe dress and the folding of the fabric of her dress and the coat. Works well with her hair too.


Blogger April said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Thank you for including the story behind the gorgeous hair.

I just adore this blog.


Blogger MDS* said ... (10:31 AM) : 

This story makes her look more beautiful!
Thanks for sharing this to all of us.


Blogger Kristin said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Beautiful! Her story is so life affirming!


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:32 AM) : 

The story you tell serves as a lesson in the way of not judging by appearances.

It´s so usual that we think that a woman has a charmed life just because she´s beautiful. There´s more to people that meets the eye.

She´s gorgeous and the outfit is so light in a winterish way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

cancer...? she's the epitome of true inspiration!


Blogger The Spicers said ... (10:41 AM) : 

She looks beautiful!
Love the mix of greys.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Beautiful hair Scott. you're right!!..:She looks fantasctic and the picture is really nice, quite revealing...lovely, seriously.


Blogger artadviser said ... (11:02 AM) : 

lovely!, lively!, just beautiful!


Blogger Olviya said ... (11:10 AM) : 

mmm, she looks great!
love her coat!


Blogger miss sophie said ... (11:24 AM) : 

what a lovely young woman. and her story inspires me to perhaps keep my long hair, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 AM) : 

Oh yes, it IS life. My grandmother had very long grey hair which she worn in a bun. During a long illness, the hospital nurses cut it off, because they were tired to care for it. She cried and begged them not to do it, because she'll die if it's cut. They told her not to be superstitious. She faded away and died soon after that.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 

i had cancer at 16 and lost my hair. my parents love my hair long now, makes me look healthy to them. but i like it short, too, makes me feel stronger. susan looks gorgeous, tough as nails, and glowing. love this post.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:40 AM) : 

What a beautiful story! The first thing I noticed about her was her gorgeous hair, too!


Blogger Dreamer said ... (11:41 AM) : 

Great look!!!!!!!!!1


Blogger starbahks said ... (11:42 AM) : 

everything about her screams beauty and life.

Great shot, sart :)


Blogger Montreal Street Views said ... (11:43 AM) : 

My first thought was beautiful hair,
even more so now!
Great story Scott. Tks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:46 AM) : 

oh, what a wonderful dress!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:00 PM) : 

she's really beautiful! and the story just amplified her beauty.


Blogger norawoah said ... (12:03 PM) : 

Before I read the caption I was completely taken with her hair and her smile. She looks great!


Blogger Kristina said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Wow, this look speaks LUSH


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

Love her outfit, and her hair is gorgeous. Thanks for including the story!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 PM) : 

amazing really beautiful


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : 

What an inspiring story to the photograph. Funny how I was totally focused on her hair the moment I sent my eyes on her photograph, only to gasp in awe at the knowledge of it as a 'sign of life' for Susan. It really isn't just about appearances. I love the draped jacket over the dress with the lace ups; the grey tones work together so well.

Thanks Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 PM) : 

I love the unusual little bag she's clutching.

I agree with acasi - if I glimpsed this beautiful girl on the street I would probably think, 'Oh, I wish I looked like her, everything would be so much easier.' Not necessarily true.
Thanks for sharing her story.


Blogger Maggie May said ... (12:42 PM) : 

a lovely girl showing appearances can be deceiving- as someone else said it would be easy to assume she has a charmed life, free of worry.


Blogger InnyVinny said ... (12:44 PM) : 

Beautiful story and she looks lovely. Wow.


Blogger Mo said ... (12:57 PM) : 

a great ensemble, and her hair looks really healthy and pretty


Blogger Kay said ... (12:59 PM) : 

Yes!! I love this one. I really like the hang of the dress and the subtle reflection of colour in the check of the jacket. Good accessorizing (hate that word...) as well, all very classic and muted but completely harmonious.
And yes, her hair is incredible. Her story really does make you appreciate her beauty even more.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:02 PM) : 

Her "Signs of Life" as a reminder of her triumph over a terrible ordeal is inspiring. More than a beautiful woman! She remains me of a young Beatrice Dalle, Sophia Coppola and Carine Roitfeld all at once...



Blogger Dominica said ... (1:03 PM) : 

what a beautiful story .. makes you become very shhhhhhh....(index finger to the mouth)

Love her dress - the colour is amazing ...
grey but not boring !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:11 PM) : 

wow. she's lovely. and so young to have fought cancer.


Blogger Cassaundra said ... (1:18 PM) : 

she's lovely.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:24 PM) : 

I love her hair, her smile, her story, her clothing, this photograph,this blog, and those ADORABLE shoes.


Blogger la mode est dans le ciel said ... (1:25 PM) : 

what a lovely story.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:38 PM) : 



Blogger The Concrete Commentator said ... (1:50 PM) : 

Nice one.. She is lovely, and what a sweet story.


Blogger Trapiello said ... (2:05 PM) : 

Que guapa!!!Me encanta como va vestida


Blogger Justin Alm said ... (2:15 PM) : 

This is fabulous. Great post.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:18 PM) : 

What a beautiful and strong woman.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:31 PM) : 

wow! she is so beautiful and full of life!
i cant believe she had cancer, she looks so young!
you go girl!


Blogger Anthony said ... (2:41 PM) : 

how utterly gorgeous.

i'd die for hair like that.

and that story made the picture all the more meaningful.


Blogger LRB said ... (2:52 PM) : 

She looks like an amazing person inside and out thanks to that gorgeous smile and from what you've said. I think hair is an extension of how you feel emotionally, so no wonder hers is beautiful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:59 PM) : 

What a captivating smile. That dress is beautiful, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 PM) : 

what a beauty and a beautiful story! wish her all the best!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

I agree, her hair is beautiful and so is her coat!


Blogger AlixRose said ... (3:22 PM) : 

I was def. taken by her hair and her style is classy beautiful. Thank you for sharing her story.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Amen to Acasi's comment this morning ("It´s so usual that we think that a woman has a charmed life just because she´s beautiful. There´s more to people that meets the eye.")

Gorgeous hair and dress...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:23 PM) : 

awww what a beautiful story..
we should all appreciate our good health!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:25 PM) : 

She's perfection. Her hair was what first caught my eye too! I love her whole balanced outfit, and how the French are light on cosmetics.


Blogger Goldie said ... (4:25 PM) : 

GORegeous. Great story.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 PM) : 

I really love your pictures, although its mainly fashion, it brings the uniqueness of individuals around us to me eyes. And somehow, you always capture the moment, putting a new perspective in my eyes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:43 PM) : 

She is beautiful both inside and out.


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (5:23 PM) : 

o wow! that is incredible.
good for her, that she fought the battle and won!
it's so interesting what you can find out about people when you take the time to talk to them.


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (5:24 PM) : 

you know now that im looking at it, i wouldnt mind having that dress.


Blogger pm said ... (5:31 PM) : 

at first she looks amazing and after reading her story i'm sure she's really amazing.


Blogger kiwibella said ... (5:54 PM) : 

This young woman has really lived! She is very beautiful and not 'precious' about it. See the scars on her knees? I bet as a child she fell out of trees and off her bike and got her clothes dirty.

Now as an adult she is happy to show us her natural beauty. Her inner warmth really shines through.


Blogger so said ... (6:17 PM) : 

thanks for sharing.
the story makes her more beautiful.


Blogger the sophisticat said ... (6:36 PM) : 

A beautiful story, a stunning woman, a great photograph.


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (7:02 PM) : 

A very nice post, including the background story and all the affirmative comments about her having successfully battled cancer at such an early age. This is a beautiful seasonal palette. I like everything, particularly the coat and shoes and that fabulous ring, and the folds created by her belted dress. She looks wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 PM) : 

great story. looks like she's living life to the fullest in super chic style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM) : 

gorgeous...but not mu style


Blogger Rita said ... (9:22 PM) : 

Beautiful hair, lovely story, great picture.


Blogger Merry Widow said ... (9:36 PM) : 

I love it when you give us a back story, and I particularly appreciated this one... She is all the more beautiful and strong for what she's been through, and to win the fight and come out looking like that? Wow.


Blogger me.u said ... (9:52 PM) : 

the flow of her hair til her dress and gesture is just right. lovely.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:14 PM) : 

I have that skirt in black- it's Reiss, I wish I had seen it in gray though- like it so much more! What I would do for hair like that!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 PM) : 

fabulous hair. fabulous story. fabulous fashion sense. this photo makes me love this blog almost more than i already do! :)


Blogger Julia said ... (10:40 PM) : 

My Aunt [she married into the family] died of cancer when I was only 10 years old [12 years ago] and she always used to touch my hair after she lost hers and told me how beautiful she thought it was. After her passing I made a promise to donate it. Well 3 donations later I'm growing it out for a fourth time because I know how much joy it brings to women being able to regain that part of their lives.

The story so over powers the image, thank you for sharing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:41 PM) : 

There is a great representation of ebb & flow in her look. Truly, an inspiring outfit and photograph.


Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (2:26 AM) : 

Wow, she is incredibly stunning, her smile her eyes...such joy in them! What a lovely story, and an amazing outfit to match: love the dress & coat! Just gorgeous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:51 AM) : 

You have broken the belief that a picture is worth a 1000 words... your very brief story exceeds the photo... truely she was beautiful without your comments.. with? whew...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:08 PM) : 

amazing story. she really has a beautiful hair :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:29 PM) : 

what a beautiful girl :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:15 PM) : 

having worked with her, i never knew that about her. this is the best photo of her i've seen actually.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 PM) : 

way to beat cancer!
she is insanely hot.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:48 PM) : 

lovely anecdote, lovely photograph.


Blogger MARIA H said ... (1:58 PM) : 

LOVE the hair! what a gift in deed


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 PM) : 

She's stunning, with the story and without.

Take more pictures of her!! I'd love to see her hair complementing other beautiful outfits!


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:25 PM) : 

Love the outfit, she is very photogenic.


Blogger Beanns37 said ... (5:07 PM) : 

I had cancer last year and can understand how she feels about her hair. When mine came back it was even curlier than before and is taking a long time to grow, but I am definitely going to let it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:38 AM) : 

Wonderful post! I'm happy to hear that she's healthy. Her hair looks gorgeous!


Blogger Jeanette said ... (8:17 PM) : 

she's radiant from the inside. Beautiful eyes, beautiful hair.


Blogger Leciawp said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I lost my hair to cancer in 1998 (I've kept mine short since that time).


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (9:25 PM) : 

This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.


Blogger Chung Nguyen said ... (5:13 AM) : 

Go, Susan!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM) : 

Beautiful girl, beautiful story!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:17 AM) : 

Beautiful, in every respect. xx


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:59 AM) : 

She is beautiful


Blogger The Accused said ... (9:46 PM) : 

Hair her is luxurious and beautiful. Combined with the almost playful length of the dress and the minimal coat this picture is fabulous.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:14 PM) : 

She looks really beautiful !!!

A great picture and a big girl !!


Anonymous wingflower said ... (11:38 AM) : 

The girl did touch my soul when I just saw her picture, I thought her is the most brilliant girl I ever saw in the blog.
And I got to know why after I read the daily down there.
The shine comes out from her heart, just like a angel.

Tell you that I also lost my hair during the treatment of cancer, and I got it back, and my smile too.

Thanks for your picture to let me know there is someelse that just like me. Love you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:26 PM) : 

Beautiful girl.So charming. Hope she keeps her hair long forever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 PM) : 

Everyone has a story and this one is moving.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:30 PM) : 

amazing story behind a fashion picture.


Blogger Renata said ... (6:26 AM) : 

Beautiful smile


Blogger Renata said ... (6:29 AM) : 

Beautiful smile

I like her smile


Blogger Alex said ... (12:05 PM) : 

this is beautiful. I love my long hair and have donated it twice to locks of love, i think its wonderful that she was able to overcome cancer and cherish her life so much.


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