August, 2010


12
Aug 10

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

When it comes to hair, I am a pretty low-maintenance kind of gal. But this wasn’t always the case. In middle school I was insane! I got up in the morning, heaped on product, butterfly clips, glitter – you name it. By the middle of high school, I was done. Too much effort.

My routine for the last several years has been to wash, brush and air dry. That’s it. Once in awhile I’d go crazy and do something with my hair – other than leaving it down or putting it up. Like attempting to curl it (disaster).

The last time I had my hair cut, colored and styled by a professional was 2004.

For the last six months or so, my hair has been driving me crazy. It was getting too long. Too much was falling out! It wouldn’t stay. If it was down, it was all over the place. I see people walking down the street, with their fabulous hair trailing behind them and most importantly, behaving. Mine? In my face, in my mouth and in my eyes. Ugh. So I started to debate cutting it. I wanted to go shorter – but how short? Which induced flashbacks to 8th grade – the last time I had my hair cut (accidentally) super short. Yikes!

Either way, I decided to stop being a wimp and to cut it. Then you know what happened? It started to behave! The nerve. I procrastinated a bit more, but ended up making the appointment to get my hair cut and colored. Goodbye ponytail!

Ponytail

My stylist knows me pretty well – since she was my neighbor growing up. She made sure I’d still be able to pull my hair back, though in hindsight I wish it was a little shorter. She cut more off once it was colored. This is my, “Are you seriously going to post this on the internet?” face.

Almost there!

And you know what? I love it. It is a little too red for what I wanted/what she showed me… but it will fade. The cut is great – aside from the fact that I can’t style it very well. Oops! It has been a few weeks and I’m starting to like what it does on its own versus trying to style it. I’m not sure if this is just me trying to justify being lazy or what.

New hair!

And of course, the outfit of the haircut:

OOTD - Hair cut

Dress – Old Navy
Blazer – Ross
Shoes – Avenue
Belt – Torrid


9
Aug 10

OOTD: Favorite things

People always ask, “Why are you so dressed up?” or “Did you do something special today?” Which can be both annoying and amusing. Problem is… I don’t have an answer. I often find myself dressing up for no reason or maybe it is a great reason – just because. Because I felt like it. Besides, I have ton of clothes and they aren’t going to wear themselves!

Me

This outfit combines a few of my favorite things – floral print, a thrifted skirt, ruffles and coral. Floral prints are my ultimate weakness, the uglier the better. There have been several occasions where I pick up a skirt, think “Wow, this is terrible!”, put it back… spend the next 5 minutes questioning my judgment for picking it up in the first place aaaaand then eventually go back to purchase. It is a sickness, truly.

OOTD

Shirt – Elle via Kohl’s
Skirt – Thrifted
Belt – From another dress
Shoes – Softspots
Bracelets – Evans

A few months ago I was at Kohl’s to look for towels and a vacuum. Oh boy, how adult. It is kind of funny – but the older I get, the more I get excited about… buying household items. Not necessarily the fun stuff either! But I am in the middle of decorating my bathroom and needed to find the right color towels. I don’t do much brick and mortar shopping – old habits die hard, I guess. Too many years of having little to no choices when it comes to plus size clothing, let alone above a size 24! Either way, I decided to try my luck and check their women’s section and was pleasantly surprised.

Now, I’ll admit that a lot of the Elle range was not my style – mainly the “trendier” items but there were a few gems. This blouse in particular with its puff sleeves, ruffles, princess seams and matching belt – it looked totally cute and had to be mine. There were a couple others: a jersey top with ruffle/flutter sleeves that I also adored in mustard and navy, a black lace top and a variety of leggings. The more “basic” elements of the line appealed to me more than the statement pieces. The rest of the prints were too over the top or “too much trend” for one item item of clothing. I ended up buying the coral blouse, the lace top, black leggings and a few basic t-shirts from their house brand – all on sale, for under $40 bucks. Not too shabby!

MeLooking Down

7
Aug 10

Breakfast of champions

This morning I figured I’d do something crazy and cook breakfast. Usually I stick to something easy – you know, things that you don’t have to get up early to make. Hey! I like my sleep. But it is Saturday and I don’t have to rush out of the house. So why not? I knew I had some eggs, but what else? I really need to go grocery shopping. Desperately. It just seems like the fridge and freezer are full, but nothing really “goes together” enough to make meals.

Breakfast

Many years ago, my mother introduced me to the fine art of refrigerator cooking. I swear that she can pull just about anything out of her fridge and make it taste good. I had stuff that needed to be used, so I figured I’d experiment.

Who knew that a bunch of random junk from the fridge could taste so good?

Here’s what I used:

1 zucchini, chopped.
2 stalks of green onion.
4 pieces of salami. (Yeah, I know, who leaves FOUR pieces of salami in the bag?)
1/8 cup sun-dried tomatoes.
3 large eggs.
1/4 mozzarella cheese
Spices.

Pretty tasty! Made enough for two people.