Friday, August 22, 2008

Off, off, off!

If I've been silent lately, it's because I've been madly preparing for Burning Man. My buddies have an insane theme camp going, plus I needed to secure my supplies (nonperishable edible goodies, a metric ton of lightweight longsleeve knit shirts, etc.)

Tomorrow morning we're jetting off to Reno; after staying at the Atlantis (truly my fave Reno hotel) we're heading out to get water and any last-minute supplies before kissing normal civilization behind and going onto the desert.

Here's hoping the car doesn't break down, I don't break down, and so forth.

I have a good feeling about this trip, though. And holy shit! I don't have to work for an entire 7 days!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Daily outfit photo + new haircut!

Necklace: Forever 21
Shirt: Anthropologie (organic cotton! On sale for $40!)
Shorts: Forever 21 (I am obsessed with these)
Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

I am really loving this new haircut. I basically wash it, let it airdry a bit, then add Paul Mitchell curl-defining stuff and twist sections around my finger. At that point I can blowdry it with a diffuser, or can just let it air dry. Either way it doesn't take any more than 10 minutes of styling time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New haircut!

You'll have to wait just a leeeeetle bit longer for pics of my new 'do. Between traveling to see my grandparents, watching the Olympics, and making lots of jewelry (see my Flickr here), I've been a busy little bee. A busy bee who is LOVING her curls and the compliments her new 'do is getting!

As a consolation prize, here's a photo of my most recent creation. Tourmaline and gray quartz for the win!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Rediscovering elegant sandals

The other day I saw a woman dashing across the street with the most elegant teal sandals. They had the slightest wedge heel and looked a lot like these:

[Dolce Vita, $55 ]

But as I said, they were teal, not kelly green.

This summer it seems like a significant number of people are abandoning that Southern California staple, the rubber or foam flip-flop, and going for more luxurious styles made of leather. I think we have the gladiator trend to thank for that: even when people aren't going for gladiators per se, the trend has still yielded a lot of elegant styles. I'm a big fan of leather sandals that have the long, elegant T-strap, like in the sandals above. It's so much more chic than big rubber straps cutting across the foot.

Anywho, Dolce Vita seems to have its finger on this trend. I can't vouch for the quality of Dolce Vita's sandals, but these are mighty cute:

I love the little owl on these. So unexpected.

[ Dolce Vita, $60 ]

Franki Durbin highlighted these on her blog, and I've been slightly obsessed with them ever since.

[ Dolce Vita, $85 ]

I think people are also discovering that a good-quality pair of sandals are much more comfortable (and better for your feet) than some crappy pair of shower shoes. Ah, elegance colliding with comfort...ain't it a beautiful thing?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Chop chop

I like my hair, but there's too much of it. It's time to chop it off.

In my mind's eye, my hair looks like this:

In reality, my hair looks more like this:

Kylie's gorgeous as usual, but this cut is so blah. Her hair has the same haphazard waves and wispy ends that mine does. (However, I don't have brown roots. Ahem.)

Problem is, my hair is naturally wavy and the shorter it is, the more curly it gets. I need to either embrace the curl, become really good friends with my flatiron, or get it thermally straightened. Also, I have a lot of hair (especially for a blonde), and when it's short (i.e. unencumbered by gravity), it tends to go north, east, and west - everywhere but south.


Though this cut borders on Helmet Hair, everyone loves Nicole Richie's Fembot Bob. I could pull this cut off if - and this is a big if - I loyally straightened my hair. The qustion is, can I handle the upkeep? And what if a speck of humidity hits the atmosphere, turning my hair wavy?

I don't like the center part on Gwyneth's cut, but if I twisted my hair around my finger (or a curling iron) it could look like this pretty easily. Only problem: a short layered cut like this could really bring out the poofies - but there are products for that. This is definitely a contender.

Lastly, here's Kylie showing us what short and sassy is all about:

I would get this cut in a heartbeat, but my hair stays that straight for, oh, about 30 seconds. I could get my hair thermally straightened, but I know I'd miss my waves if I did.

Also, let me point out that how a cropped cut like this really adds height to petite gals. WIN.

Are there any neato short or medium-length cuts I'm missing?