Black is Gold, Bolivian Queen

Before my new look, whenever I got ready in the mornings I would always put on my make-up first which was usually fail proof subtle brown eyeshadow. I would then quickly fix my hair, throw on whatever respectable looking, mildly put together outfit I could find with understated accesories and then run out the door….

Make-up is my Wig

A hospital appointment with doctors for a pre-chemo consultation can mean only one look:  Looking fabulous! I don’t need a wig when I have contouring, shimmer, bronzer and eye makeup to play with instead. But today I take it one step futher. The nice shadow of hair I used to have has faded, it isn’t as defined and it has become a bit…

Access your eyes!

I used to be a “less is more” girl when it came to jewellery. Unless the earrings and necklace came in a matching set, I would just wear statement earrings with a subtle necklace or vice-versa. Now it’s “more is more”. Your head needs all the company it can get! Mix accessories with strong eye makeup…

The Bronze Age

The upside of having no hair is that I now have more time in the mornings to put thought into the day’s outfit and to have fun with my makeup. When I had hair, I would only put on blusher when I was in a rush and anytime I did put on bronze powder it was usually only…

Futuristic Warrior

When I sent my dear friend Ombretta photos of my new look, she told me that I looked like a Futuristic Warrior and I thought “Yes! That’s exactly how I feel! I feel powerful, I’m a Futuristic Warrior!”. So with her words in my head, I got my inspiration for the day  “Retro meets Futuristic…

Attired

Getting ready in the mornings, I rummage through my wardrobe. It takes time to to rejig my clothes to find a style that honours my head. The upside of not having hair is that I have more time on my hands in the morning to think about what outfit I should wear. I never really gave much…

Hello Soho

It’s my first weekend with my bald head which merits an outing somewhere cool and trendy in its honour. I called my dear friend Frankie thinking we could head to a funky haunt in Camden together but he was already out with friends in Soho in the Coach and Horses pub and invited me to come along.  Excited I have a venue…

Dress Your Head

It’s the second day with my shaved head and I’m starting to have more fun with clothes. Every day has become a “Dress Your Head” day! I’m realising there is a certain power to be gained when you look strong and stylish on the outside. The strong inside me needs to be reflected on the outside, if it…

Sinead O’Connor, How do I compare to you?

It’s the day after shaving my head and as I get ready, I feel rejuvenated and excited. I can’t wait to see the new me. Strangely I had to put on my earrings first so I had something to work off when doing my makeup; I don’t know why, perhaps to match or to be in symmetry! Looking in the mirror, I really like my…

From the Prison Wig to Bald Freedom

Cutting my hair up short didn’t slow down the hairloss like I thought it would. Within days of my haircut, my hair started to obviously thin on the top so I went wig shopping with my best friend Kirby. Whilst it was fun trying on the different wigs and seeing how I could change persona in an instance, it was…

Rise from the Darkened Night

On the 7th January 2015, during my second chemo session, I listened to Mark Fowler’s piano arrangement of The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer’s music score for the Batman film) through my earphones on repeat. I realised the music perfectly embodies the physical and spiritual struggle of the tough nights that follow each chemo session. Sitting there with the chemo drip in my…

Get Shorty

My hair started to shed two weeks after my first chemo session. Every time hair falls out I try to see it as a cleanse, wiping away cobwebs from the old to make way for the new me. It’s been 3 weeks now and this is how much hair fell out after my second chemo session.  Time to “Get Shorty” !…

Smile, it’s Burger King!

A few days after finding out that I probably had breast cancer, my best friend Kirby said she was going to take me out for the evening to see the London Eye. Before heading there, she treated me to a slap up mean in a bistro pub. We were both having a lovely deep conversation about faith…

Hair loss, My gain!

On the 19th December 2014, three days after my first session of chemotherapy,  I recorded this video of me playing Game of Thrones (GOT) Main Theme on the piano. I know it will not be long before my hair starts to fall out so I want to mark the beginning of this journey with a musical gesture. The famous GOT…