Life Interludes

To chop, or not to chop?



File this one under “Late Night Tea-Fueled Photoshop Disasters” and “Images That Will Keep Me Up for the Rest of the Night”.  After coming across the top image on Pinterest the other day, I haven’t been able to get that haircut, in all of its beautiful asymmetry, out of my head. I’ve been in a self-described period of hair limbo for the past few months trying to decide whether or not to keep up with the shaved part. Although at this point, indecision has become its own decision as I’ve forgone interfering and have kind of let it, you know, just do its thing. However, now that it’s been a few months, my side ratty is looking, well, a little ratty.

And so it should seem like a godsend that this photo appeared on my screen–clearly, if you start spending this much time trying to realistically Photoshop a haircut to your head, you should probably just get it actually cut on your head–I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge.

Among other questions forming a barrier between me and this new ‘do: what if it looks weird? Will I constantly look like I’m cocking my head to one side, or stuck in a perpetual state of imbalance? Will I follow suit and actually start to lose balance? What about my ombré, which, despite fighting an exhausting battle against bleach damage in the beginning, has actually held up pretty well?  What if I end up looking exactly like my mother, as apparently I am wont to do anytime my hair falls above my shoulders? How will my hair look in a hat? Will it be able to be coerced back into a ponytail? A bun? What will a bad hair look like if I can’t use one of the aforementioned options? Hell, what will a good hair day even look like?

And, perhaps the most pressing question of all–Why does so much thought go into changing hair? In the end, it’s still just hair. Isn’t it supposed to grow back or something? It’s one of our most easily altered features, and–thankfully–also one of our most fixable. So why does making a change feel so drastic?

What about you–are you debating a hair change? Have you ever thought this much about hair? And please, please, please tell me if you’ve ever stooped to the level of actually photoshopping it onto your [digital] self. Maybe we can start a Follicle-holics Anonymous group.


Hat Tricks




After a recent hour-long binge of scrolling endlessly through the Tumblr pictures resulting from a tag search of “Jessa GIRLS”, coupled with a serendipitous encounter with a hat similar to the one worn by the girl in the aforementioned pictures, I bought my first hat.

And I’m glad I did. Despite the loss of my peripheral vision, I’m adjusting to the new requirement of having to turn my entire head and sometimes entire top half instead of simply glancing with my eyes just fine.  The resulting look is part Jessa, part Zorro, but that’s a hybrid I’m willing to live with.

Save for the furry and oft-earmuffed versions reserved for colder weather, I haven’t stuck my head into the world of millinery before, and frankly I’m not sure what took me so long. Given my laziness penchant for letting my hair go au natural for a few days at a time, a hat serves as the perfect cover up. And if you need to take the hat off for any reason, never fear: everyone will be so distracted by the hat head that any less-than-clean roots will likely slick by unnoticed. [pun intended.]


The second main point of the post is this: I got me some ombré, hombre. Although it is difficult to see considering the progression goes from blonde to slightly blonder, and it requires a prompt something along the lines of, “Hey, did you notice the ends of my hair are lighter since you saw me last?” before anyone notices. I like to think it’s a sign that it looks natural rather than a sign that my hair is exactly the same shade that it was $65 ago.

For the record, let it be stated that my recent foray into the world of headwear does not have any connection whatsoever to my haircut recently being named one of the worst of the century. Can’t win ‘em all.  (But seriously, has no one seen a fully executed mullet? The Google image search alone is the stuff of nightmares.)

Lest you think the title of this post should fail to deliver, my hat goes off to you, see GIF below. Have a great Easter Sunday, or just a great Sunday.
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DIY, Outfits

These Turband Times


Although I may be years a bit late to the trend, I’ve finally hopped on the turband train.

A discussion of the photos: In the first, an otherwise tame gray t-shirt and jean combo get a hip update. In the next, things take a turn for the bohemian, and the turband only seems like a natural extension of that motif. In the last photo we run into the “There’s only so much I can do given the angle of my head and the flexibility of my right arm” conundrum, but the overall message is the same: There’s a turband on my head.

Although previously I had dismissed it as being much too complicated to attempt in the morning, specifically in the morning before coffee, contrary to popular belief it actually takes much less time. And what’s more, it’s officially drunk-guy-at-a-Matt-and-Kim-Concert approved.

Ready to give it a go, but unsure of how to turn that square scarf into a hip headband? Look no further than this video, brought to you by the lovely bloggers at HonestlyWTF:

How To Tie A Turband 3 Ways from LEAFtv on Vimeo


***UPDATE: Turbands, officially not TSA approved. Upon going through airport security, they had to give it a separate pat-down. In retrospect, I probably should have seen that coming.

Fashion musings

On Getting a Haircut

In keeping with the grand tradition of Photobooth reveals…..

…I pulled half a Britney-Spears.

Let me begin by stating that I’ve never been known for having dramatic hair. I did dabble in the world of full bangs once, but considering I also had them throughout all of preschool, I think that disqualifies them from being considered dramatic. But after longingly staring at pictures of Alice Dellal for two years, I finally had to admit this was no longer just a phase.

I’m not sure how long this particular look will stick around, but it will be fun to play around with in the coming weeks/months as it grows out. (And to embrace my inner Lisbeth Salander. Did I mention my middle name is Elizabeth?). It’s definitely going to take some getting used to, you know, not having half my head, but feeling a breeze on the right side of my head has been a liberating experience thus far. If nothing else, at least I’ll be saving a ton of shampoo.

What’s the most dramatic hair style you’ve tried?


This One’s for You, Mom

Jeans + Cardigan: Madewell; Shirt: J. Crew; Shoes + belt: gifted.

Finally, as promised, we’re back to the dorm.  And I didn’t even clean my mirror.  It’s good to be back.

Full disclosure:  This post serves two purposes, kills two birds with one stone if you will.  I wanted to make an outfit post, and I wanted to show my mother my new jeans.  True story, she is the top commenter on this blog, followed by my dad in a close second.  Thanks, guys.  Without you, none of this would be possible.  Literally.

Aaaaand on that note, it was recently brought to my attention that I have the same exact haircut-layers, length, bangs, everything-as my mother.  While they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, considering we both already share a knack for worrying, an affinity for hiking, and 50 percent of our genetic makeup, having the same hairstyle likely qualifies as overkill.  So while I wait for my hair to grow out, I’ve been experimenting (read: rocking a topknot everyday, except for this particular day).  Inspired by this tutorial, it will hide any hairstyle, no matter how awkward the transitional stage it happens to be in is, guaranteed.  It brings to mind a certain Britney Spears’ song, something like “Not a bob, not yet a Farrah.”  Anyway, it’s easy, looks good no matter which hairstyles you happen to be between, and holds up surprisingly well, assuming you use a lifetime supply of hair spray and bobby pins.  Just be prepared to explain to everyone in great detail how you managed to do it.