Striped sweater, Boden (no longer available) – similar
Pleated khaki skirt – similar – more pleated khaki skirts
Pumps, Tsubo Dufay courtesy Tsubo
Bracelets, thrifted and gifted
Gah. It’s a good thing that I spent ALL of today in my frigid, air-conditioned office building because long sleeves in this heat would be unbearable. This sweater has nearly been cast into the donation bin about a dozen times, but I just can’t seem to part with it. This might be its most successful outing to date!
So. You may notice something slightly different about me in these photos. Last week, I looked like this:
I realize that may look “artfully tousled” to some of you, but to me it just looked wrong. My hair had entered a stage in which it could be frizzy in some spots and lank and greasy in others. I switched shampoos, stopped shampooing, switched styling products, washed it less often, eliminated all sulfates, changed my diet. Nothing worked. It was unruly, unpredictable, and unflattering. Looking through past photos of myself, I liked how my hair looked in about one out of every ten. Not the best track record.
As of late last week, I looked like this (photos taken Friday):
I brought this photo over to Richard at Salon Rouge, and made him promise me that my hair could do that. He said it could, and that it would look amazing. I did it over my lunch break and surprised the hell out of my coworkers when I got back to the office.
And I love it. I love it so much. I hadn’t realized how much I needed a change until the deed was done. First of all, I can style it up the night before, wake up mussed, spritz on some water, bike to work, take off my helmet, and look done. Completely done. The kind of artfully tousled that actually appeals to me. Secondly, I’ve been wanting to explore some more edgy, experimental looks and been too afraid to take the leap. This haircut works beautifully with my current wardrobe, but is pushing me to style my outfits slightly differently. Which is challenging and incredibly fun. And although I’m still stumbling a bit to tweak my looks, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
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