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‘Cancer Be Glammed’ co-founder shares holiday fashion tips for cancer warriors

EL PASO, Texas -- Trying to celebrate the holidays can be difficult for cancer patients. Lisa Lurie, "Cancer Be Glammed" co-founder and cancer survivor, understands how hair loss, bloating, sensitive skin and other side effects from treatment can leave those with cancer unexcited to see family and friends when they're not feeling their best.  Lisa appeared on ABC-7 at Four Wednesday to share some tips on how women with cancer can transform comfortable, treatment-friendly outfits into elevated holiday looks.

"When I was coping with cancer, it was often challenging enough to take a shower let alone get dressed for a special occasion or holiday event, says Lurie. "Yet at the same time when I did add a little extra something to my outfit or dressed in clothes or colors that I loved, I felt and looked better."

Fashionistas often throw around the phrase “Effortless Chic.” With an emphasis on effortless, here are some simple, get your holiday glam-on, style tips:

Recovery from surgery or coping with treatment side effects can be hard on skin and impacts appearance leaving women looking pale and drawn. Opt for clothes with colors that warm skin tones and add richness to an outfit. Jewel tones are a perfect choice. Named after gemstones, these colors are deeply saturated. Dress in emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, amethyst purple or citrine yellow. If you are a fan of grey, navy or brown select darker colored shades as opposed to lighter ones. Lighter colors can make skin look washed out.

Fabric choice is an important part of any outfit. Lurie believes you should never sacrifice comfort for style. "Every fabric that touches your skin should be non-irritating, breathable and soft. Made from natural fibers--velvet, soft lace, silk, 100% cotton, linen or bamboo are style favorites. Avoid clothing made from synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon. Some types of wool can be itchy too."

Lurie says holidays are about celebrations. Dig deep into your closet and bring out the sequins, sparkles, faux fur and bling," she explains. "Experiment with different looks to wear what makes you feel happy and festive. I recommend putting together a few outfits with pieces that mix and match, that can be worn for any holiday occasion. Prepare ahead of time as you feel up to it to avoid last minute chaos and stress."

You can learn more by going to Lurie's "Cancer Be Glammed" effort by going to http://cancerbeglammed.com.

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Mark Ross

Mark Ross is an anchor/producer for ABC-7.

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