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Fashion Profile: Cyndy Peacock

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The Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation shares how her style has evolved, how she transforms from day to night, and offers insights regarding the road to recovery for cancer patients, including advice on how survivors can find self-esteem, hope, and feel good from the inside out again through smiles, laughter and caring connections.

 

Q. How would you describe your personal sense of style?

A. Classic with a modern twist. I select pieces that stand the test of time—classic silhouettes, such as a sheath dress, a fitted jacket, a pencil skirt or the staple little black dress. I mix classics with more current, eloquent, cool pieces like stylish jewelry, shoes, purses, or scarves. My petite frame warrants close attention to shape and detail to achieve a sophisticated look rather than a girlie look. It is fun to pair a ten-year-old versatile sheath with a new-cropped sweater and chunky jewelry.

I also love to add a new feminine blouse, perhaps one with ruffles, to an old classic pant suit. Vivid colors and modern touches keep my mostly conservative wardrobe fun. I really like to keep the outfit mainly one color and add a couple of elements to get that modern twist.

As an overachiever, I over do everything—that includes accessories. To remedy that, I add everything I want and then edit two or three elements. The trick is to pick the right pieces and to mix and match them in fresh, new ways. A stunning, showstopper of a dress is at the top of my shopping list, yet I tend to be a bit more understated so I am appropriate for any occasion. It is also important to not be too revealing as something should always be left for the imagination. There is nothing more stylish than the smart, elegance of style and manner, and a smile is always the best fashion accessory.
 

Q. How has your role as President and CEO of the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation shaped your wardrobe?

A. A professional setting is always on the agenda, and that calls for conservative smart dressing. It includes a shot of bold color or accessories that make for a sophisticated but fun presentation. My days often include breakfast, lunch and dinner appointments. Racing home after work to change clothes is not an option for me, so it is essential to create a style that will work for the office and transitions well to cocktail parties. I usually wear a LBD (little black dress) topped with a colorful blazer by day. And at night, the blazer is tossed aside and replaced by current accessories that add sparkle.
 

Q. Where do you shop in Omaha?

A. Von Maur is my favorite department store, but I shop everywhere along Dodge Street between Methodist Hospital at 84th Street and Methodist Women’s Hospital at 192nd Street. I must say my favorite place to shop is my own closet. I have many classic pieces in my collection, some dating back as far as high school. It is so much fun to accessorize something familiar with something new. When I walk into the office with an outfit that includes pre-loved pieces, mixed with new accessories, I feel a great sense of accomplishment, especially when I receive a compliment on my “new” dress or suit. It doesn’t cost much to keep pieces fresh with a few updated elements.
 

Q. Who has influenced your style?

A. My style has not been influenced so much by one person as it has by one culture. My Southern heritage created strong habits of a style that is lady-like, conservative, understated, feminine, and put together from head to toe. Southern ladies were taught early on it is important to dress well and be presentable at all times. We love to wear dresses, pearls and heels, and are called upon to hold our head high, sit up straight and have a well-groomed appearance. Everything is supposed to match, all the way down to the petticoat and pocketbook. I tend to be too “matchy-matchy” and even struggle to mix gold and silver jewelry.
 

Q. What do you think is helpful to patients recovering from breast cancer to help them feel better again?

A. The loss of self esteem is very common after a diagnosis of cancer. It is important to connect to people that care—people that have a lot of experience helping with this specific issue. When you have cancer, quality of life means much more than medical treatment.

Josie Harper, the late wife of former ConAgra President Mike Harper, was a beloved wife and mother who lost her life to lung cancer. A special gift from The Harper Family Foundation established Harper’s Hope at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska to honor Josie and provide support services, which will make a lasting difference to cancer survivors in the Omaha community.

Harper's Hope expresses the meaning of care at every turn of the cancer journey. Resources help patients and their family members live with, through and beyond the cancer diagnosis. Main program components include: nutrition services, wellness programs, risk and prevention assessments, social work, and support groups. Harper’s Hope offers assistance for all. Regardless of where you go for cancer treatment, no matter whether you are newly diagnosed or a longtime survivor, Harper’s Hope is available to everyone. Initial use of services is free of charge, and you will not be denied access to Harper’s Hope services because of inability to pay.

Flamingo’s for Hope helps cancer survivors LAUGH, and again, a smile is always the best fashion accessory.

Physical wellness and exercise helps survivors feel better.

Cancer Prevention provides peace of mind, which helps survivors and their loved ones feel better.

Good mental health also helps survivors feel even better. Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center provides a free initial visit to on site behavioral health specialists and support groups allow survivors to thrive.

 

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