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.


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  1. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful Smile too.

  2. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 9:59 am

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

  3. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  4. Jennifer H Huynh

    November 19, 2008 at 10:02 am

    She looks amazing. With an amazing story.

  5. Fashion Tidbits

    November 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

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

  6. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    November 19, 2008 at 10:14 am

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

    the outfit is tranquilo and very pretty.

  7. Alice Olive

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  8. a brown-eyed grrl

    November 19, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for including the story behind the gorgeous hair.

    I just adore this blog.

  9. M*

    November 19, 2008 at 10:31 am

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

  10. tihawkins

    November 19, 2008 at 10:32 am

    cancer…? she’s the epitome of true inspiration!

  11. acasi

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  12. goodluckcharm

    November 19, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful! Her story is so life affirming!

  13. Iheartfashion

    November 19, 2008 at 10:41 am

    She looks beautiful!
    Love the mix of greys.

  14. XAVS

    November 19, 2008 at 10:55 am

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

  15. artadviser

    November 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

    lovely!, lively!, just beautiful!

  16. Olviya

    November 19, 2008 at 11:10 am

    mmm, she looks great!
    love her coat!

  17. miss sophie

    November 19, 2008 at 11:24 am

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

  18. Diana

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  19. MollyCake

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  20. Jessica

    November 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

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

  21. Dreamer

    November 19, 2008 at 11:41 am

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

  22. starbahks

    November 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

    everything about her screams beauty and life.

    Great shot, sart :)

  23. Montreal Street Views

    November 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

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

  24. saro

    November 19, 2008 at 11:46 am

    oh, what a wonderful dress!

  25. effie

    November 19, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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

  26. norawoah

    November 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm

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

  27. Kristina

    November 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, this look speaks LUSH

  28. thealeatory

    November 19, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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

  29. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    amazing really beautiful

  30. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 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!

  31. lux lisbon

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  32. Maggie May

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  33. InstantVintage

    November 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful story and she looks lovely. Wow.

  34. Mo

    November 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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

  35. Kay

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  36. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 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…


  37. Dominica

    November 19, 2008 at 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 !

  38. Elli

    November 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm


  39. christie

    November 19, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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

  40. cassaundra

    November 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    she’s lovely.

  41. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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

  42. la mode est dans le ciel

    November 19, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    what a lovely story.

  43. elly

    November 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm


  44. The Concrete Commentator

    November 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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

  45. Trapiello

    November 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Que guapa!!!Me encanta como va vestida

  46. Justin Alm

    November 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    This is fabulous. Great post.

  47. Susan

    November 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    What a beautiful and strong woman.

  48. zue

    November 19, 2008 at 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!

  49. Anthony

    November 19, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    how utterly gorgeous.

    i’d die for hair like that.

    and that story made the picture all the more meaningful.

  50. MJ

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  51. charm

    November 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm

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

  52. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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

  53. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    November 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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

  54. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 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…


  55. alixrose

    November 19, 2008 at 3:22 pm

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

  56. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm

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

  57. Goldie

    November 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    GORegeous. Great story.


  58. Sara Lua

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  59. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 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

  60. susand

    November 19, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    She is beautiful both inside and out.

  61. -h of candid cool

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  62. -h of candid cool

    November 19, 2008 at 5:24 pm

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

  63. Paloma Medina

    November 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

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

  64. kiwibella

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  65. simplyolive

    November 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    thanks for sharing.
    the story makes her more beautiful.

  66. A Weekend in The City

    November 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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

  67. Alex Edward

    November 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm

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

  68. Dan in Richmond

    November 19, 2008 at 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!

  69. Anonymous

    November 19, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    gorgeous…but not mu style

  70. Rita

    November 19, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Beautiful hair, lovely story, great picture.

  71. Merry Widow

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  72. Tick and Play, Meu.

    November 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

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

  73. Ceyda

    November 19, 2008 at 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!

  74. Modelizer

    November 19, 2008 at 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.

  75. NikkiJoon

    November 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

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

  76. Mister B

    November 19, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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

  77. Brigadeiro

    November 20, 2008 at 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!

  78. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 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…

  79. aline

    November 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm


  80. Tassia

    November 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    amazing story. she really has a beautiful hair :)

  81. tine

    November 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    what a beautiful girl :)

  82. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm

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

  83. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    way to beat cancer!
    she is insanely hot.

  84. Lucius

    November 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    lovely anecdote, lovely photograph.

  85. = MARIA

    November 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    LOVE the hair! what a gift in deed

  86. Emily

    November 24, 2008 at 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!

  87. Scandalous Beauty

    November 24, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Love the outfit, she is very photogenic.

  88. Beanns37

    November 25, 2008 at 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!

  89. dolcechic

    November 29, 2008 at 12:38 am

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

  90. Jeanette

    November 29, 2008 at 8:17 pm

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

  91. A Day That Is Dessert

    December 2, 2008 at 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).

  92. Good-Grace

    December 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

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

  93. Chung Nguyen

    December 5, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Go, Susan!

  94. Anonymous

    December 5, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful girl, beautiful story!

  95. Frankie

    December 7, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Beautiful, in every respect. xx

  96. Rebecca-Claire

    December 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

    She is beautiful

  97. The Accused

    December 9, 2008 at 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.

  98. The Curious Prince

    April 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    She looks really beautiful !!!

    A great picture and a big girl !!

  99. wingflower

    May 1, 2009 at 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.

  100. Anonymous

    June 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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

  101. msly

    July 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Everyone has a story and this one is moving.

  102. Lu Olhosde Mar

    August 9, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    amazing story behind a fashion picture.

  103. Renata

    August 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Beautiful smile

  104. Renata

    August 10, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful smile

    I like her smile

  105. Alex

    April 17, 2011 at 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.

  106. ricardo espinal

    August 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    extremly refined!!!!

  107. peter evans

    March 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  108. Oskar

    April 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I think I’m in love

  109. Mistrot

    October 3, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Up with the strong women!! Susan, you look so beautiful with your long long hair. Many kisses. Bravo Scott!!

  110. gregg

    July 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

    She is beautiful, and God bless her for what she has been through.

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