Life After Loss— Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan from Michigan

The holiday season is full of hopes, happiness, stress and sadness at the same time. I remember last year right before Thanksgiving I started to realize that I may lose my late husband when he was sleeping, or more accurately, when he was struggling with his breathing during the night. We barely made it home on time from the hospital for our family Thanksgiving dinner. Then, after many sleepless nights, and many hospital stays, he made it to our Christmas family gathering. Then scary moments happened more often, he began just suddenly losing consciousness. The complete nightmare was when I was driving on the snowy freeway to his doctor and he was out. It was a race of life, but he made it again! I was seriously worried that he would not make it to the New Year, but he did. Although he passed away at the end of January, I know he is my hero because he never gave up, always being so upbeat and positive. He never stopped kickin.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

To be honest with you, I am not sure if I could be that brave, strong and upbeat if I was the one who had to go through all the painful treatments. Kathy Regan is dealing with a similar situation with the same type of upbeat attitude my late husband had. I don’t personally know Kathy, I only know she lives in Royal Oak, Michigan and she is currently battling severe appendix cancer. I planned to visit her and write a story about her, but at the last second I realized that I was not strong enough yet to handle it.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

Anyway, I know Kathy through an organization called “Still Kickin.” It is a non-profit that helps awesome people who are going through terrible things. Still Kickin started with a t-shirt. A thrift store t-shirt Aaron Purmort bought when he was in high school. He was wearing this t-shirt the day he had a seizure. A seizure that turned out to be brain cancer. Aaron had big plans to turn his Still Kickin t-shirt into something greater. Something that would help others. But unfortunately, Aaron never had the chance. His wife, Nora, saw Aaron’s dream through and now Still Kickin sells shirts and other apparel and accessories with proceeds going to families facing hardship.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

When I checked out Nora, I suddenly noticed that I knew her. Not exactly in person, but my late husband showed me her personal blog called My Husband’s Tumor and tried to cheer me up. I remember I only read one or two posts but I was so impressed with her witty and upbeat vibes. Just like the subtitle for her blog, “It’s not a cancer story, it’s a love story. With some cancer.” Now, after 5 years, she is still Kickin to help more people who are going through hardship in their lives.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

Every month, Still Kickin. chooses a Still Kickin Hero. They share their story of struggle and strength and give them the proceeds from their merchandise sales, donation-based workouts, and other events. Kathy is the November hero. Like I said earlier, she is currently battling severe appendix cancer. Her husband just lost his job, and they were recently told by their landlord that he was putting the house they’ve been renting for six years on the market. Heartbreaking? Yes. Helpless? No. Because she is handling it with such a positive attitude. “I still have my moments where I’m going nuts, like, ‘I can’t believe all this crap I’m dealing with!’” Kathy says. “And then I say, ‘Well… at least I’m still here to deal with it.’” Read more about Kathy and her story here.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

Now let’s bring up the holiday cheer and help Kathy and her family so their holidays will be less stressful. You can purchase Still Kickin apparel in Kathy’s honor here and she will receive the proceeds from the merchandise sales. There are many products on its website and the prices range from $10 to $75. The money may be not enough to save a person, but it for sure will make Kathy’s life just a little bit easier. I really appreciate your support! Below is a photo of her and her family.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Life After Loss--- Still Kickin Hero Kathy Regan From Michigan

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@Tonypetreski

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Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Party season is fast approaching and you may have several holiday parties already on your social calendar. Holiday parties are your time to dazzle, so don’t settle for any look less than spectacular. 😉

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

So what should we wear? There are many options and outfit formulas for holiday parties. For example, a classic LBD, or a solid colored dress, something with sparkles is always fantastic…But today, I want to share with you my recent personal favorite for holiday parties, a Staple Jumpsuit!

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Jumpsuits are always a dark horse type of choice for party wear. It is a little bit tricky to get it right, but if you do, jumpsuits can bring out the perfect balance of sexy and elegant, bossy and girly.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

I had my eye on a sleek jumpsuit for a long time, and this holiday season I finally made the move to give it a try. And I knew exactly where to find the perfect one for me—Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan. You can read my previous post Shop Fall Floral at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan to see what my personal connection is with this high end shopping mall.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Anyway, last month I found the perfect fall floral maxi dress from BCBG at Twelve Oaks Mall. You can see the short video about my shopping trip and how I styled that dress below.

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This month, I turned to another of my favorites, White House and Black Market at Twelve Oaks Mall for the perfect jumpsuit. I had found my favorite jeans, sweaters, and off-the-shoulder tops there and they all fit me perfectly and were quite well made. So, I was very confident that I may find the one thing that I was looking for.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Sure enough, I didn’t just find this black jumpsuit which you have now already seen, but I also found this black cropped blazer, and these super chic pearl party heels.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

I am super busy with managing two full time jobs now so I really appreciate anywhere I can find an entire outfit. The staff at White House and Black Market were super friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable about their products and gave me a lot of great suggestions about how to style them. I love to see how others to put an outfit together and I always appreciate a new way to do things.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Because the staff there were too good, I ended up getting even more than I was looking for. I originally only picked the jumpsuit, but I ended up with the cropped blazer and the pearl heels. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. In fact, I am quite satisfied by finding this perfect holiday party look in just one store, in and out. Anyway, I really love everything I got there.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

I love that the top of the jumpsuit is velvet, it just screams luxury. The bottom of this jumpsuit is very unique with wide legs and a skirt-like look. It is very flowy when I am walking.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

This cropped blazer doesn’t just keep me warm, but also adds a cool factor to this look. Those pearl heels! I just can’t get enough of those shoes. How classy and chic? The best part? They are very comfy too!

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

If you live in Michigan, or just happen to visit Michigan, don’t forget to drop by Twelve Oaks Mall, you may be surprised how many great things you can find there.

Shop Holiday Party Wear at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Photo credit: Grace Liang/Ashley Buck/@Tonypetreski

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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