Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 25: Banana Bohemian (and should I get a haircut?)

On to Day 3 of my new clothes challenge, and it was an easy one!  (This is from yesterday.  Normally I get BF to take my picture before we both leave for the day, but today he was out the door early, so I had to wait until the evening.) 

Yesterday I had to go to work, and then I had a meeting with a professor at school, and was also participating in an info session for prospective students.  I know I said I graduated, but I was very involved while I was at school, and occasionally get asked to help out still.  I was running a little late, so I just dug through some of my dresses to find an unworn one (not hard, unfortunately), and came up with this one!

I bought this from the Banana Republic least a year ago, possibly more.  I'd always intended it to wear it with some knee-high boots, kind of 60s/70s go-go style, but that never happened for some reason.  It's a great knit dress - fairly basic with some cute details.  I love the big sleeves.  I paired it with a simple pair of wooden slides (can't remember the brand).

The dress ties in the back, with the same fun pattern.  So that's my outfit from yesterday - nice and simple!

Now on to the hair question!  Here's a picture of my hair!  I haven't had a real haircut in 3 years - I've had a couple of trims, but no real hair chopping. Every few years I go from what you see below to shoulder-length hair.  My mom and the BG love the shoulder-length hair.  My mom says it makes me look more adult, and BF just says he likes short hair better (which is a first).

Right now, I'm at the point where I might be ready to cut.  I run (okay, was running, and will be running again) 5 days a week, and usually just throw my hair into a bun after my shower.  As a result, my hair has taken on a semi wavy texture, but it's also fairly thick, so it's prone to frizz and flyaways.  Additionally, I very rarely dry my hair with a blow dryer...maybe once every 6 months or so?  It's really not worth it, as it's completely puffy after a blow dry, and I have to wait a day for it to settle down and be smooth...and by the time it's settled down, it's time to run again.  So basically it's just in a bun ALL THE TIME.

I'm always torn about cutting my hair.  I really love my long hair, and always always cry when I get it cut.  I've made the big chop 3 times now (each time have donated 12+ inches to Locks of Love), and am considering it again.  I half committed to getting it cut after I graduated, but now I'm not sure if I really want to go through with it.  I may cut off enough to donate, but keep enough to at least have a short ponytail, but I don't know.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Back with a challenge!

A lot's happened since I last blogged!  The biggest one is that I finished my graduate program.  I've been done with classes and coursework for almost a month now, but I officially graduated about a week ago.  It's been great to have some free time to just relax and do whatever I want.

A couple other big things happened (one that I won't get into) - including my beloved pet turtle's running away.  I've had him since college, and we've been through 3 boyfriends together.  Last week BF was cleaning his tank, and we haven't seen him since, even though we've ripped the apartment apart, looking in every possible place he could be (and some places he couldn't be), but it seems like he's journeyed off into the great green yonder.

But in the midst of all of these things, I realized how much STUFF I have.  I've always been really unable to let go of stuff, but having to go through everything in my apartment made me realize how out of control it is.

So I have a couple challenges for myself.  The first is to sell off as much of my stuff as I can bear to part with.  This is especially true for clothes and shoes.  I'm kind of embarrassed by the amount of clothes, especially brand new clothes, I have.  Same for shoes.  The second challenge is to try to wear something new every day (to work).  And by "new", I mean that it's new to me...many of the things have been hanging around for awhile, possibly even years.  I started this challenge yesterday, and managed to wear 3 new things yesterday!

So, onto my outfit for today.  According to my friends' Facebook status updates, it's supposed to be really hot today.  (And we all know this is the best source for stuff that matters!)  I went with a skirt that I picked up last spring or summer.  It's a petite, which I love, because that means it's actually the proper length to be flattering.  I was originally going to pair the skirt with the spring Celosia cardigan from J.Crew in grey, but I went with this yellow sweater instead.  The shoes are a darker nude peep-toe.

Skirt: Banana Republic (petites)
Sweater: Gap Outlet
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Watch: Fossil
What's New: skirt, sweater, shoes