Help! I need bangs.

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I haven’t chronicled my hair progress in a while, but just be rest assured: it’s very long now. It’s also been bleached, and I have an undercut, and for the most part I wear it up in a top knot, because I don’t know what else to do with it! And I’m kind of bored with it but I also want to keep growing it out.

And on top of that, I have those gross little flyaways that happens to women after they have a baby.  I am in a RUT, I tell you. So, I decided I might as well try something new and get BANGS. This is a SIGNIFICANT time in a grown woman’s life. Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 9.23.46 AM

I was thinking about the character Joi from Blade Runner 2049 and she had some bangs I was really digging. Maybe I should get something like that? InStyle has this super handy guide where you get the right bangs for your face shape, and not like, the ones you just prefer, you know? Because all women are basically just blank canvases (I have a similar gripe with “the right jeans for your body” like fuck off). I don’t really know what shape my face is. Is it kind of square? Anyway, I narrowed down the choices:

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I’m in the mood to do something radical, and I feel like I want to get some short straight bangs like No. 3. Yeah??? No. 4 is kinda too early-2000s and No. 1 is too “beauty blogger”. 2 and 3 have some personality.

What do you think?? Help!

 

Hearth & Hand™ at Target

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Photos courtesy of Target

I went to my beloved local department store website today. I think my intentions were to find some drawer organizers for Alex’s room. Ha! So innocent. Instead I noticed the lookbook was available for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home collection Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia and I was like “Eh, let’s check this out.” I mean, I do like Fixer Upper. Sometimes the decor’s a bit more rustic than I like, and I am wary of the Gaines’ political leaningsbut my friends, I am INTO this collection. Every new thing I saw I was like “I want that.” I rounded up some of my favorite items (it was hard). The collection goes live November 5.

HEART N HAND

 

How are you doing?

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Good morning! Happy Tuesday! Look at that, it’s not Monday anymore. We’re gonna make it through this week, through this year, I promise you.

I’m sure most everyone can relate, but looking on Facebook or Twitter, you feel like you’re seeing the slow deterioration of society. There’s horrific deadly explosions in the middle east, there’s a sitting United States president who would’ve turned our government into a dictatorship if he were only smart enough, there’s the revelation that pretty much every woman you know has at some time experienced sexual harassment or assault. We might be on the cusp of a nuclear war, and climate change is not stopping. And Puerto Rico is still largely without power or clean drinking water. What a bummer. We’re living in bummer times.

If you’re like me, you’ve been feeling the weight of the world’s problems on your shoulders. I feel like I need to care about everything equally, because I’m terrified of becoming complacent. We’re living in a time where we get a first hand look, daily, of the magnitude of human suffering. That’s a terrible realization, isn’t it?

I just try to remember that I can’t solve all of the world’s problems. I can do what I can. I can donate to Puerto Rico hurricane relief. 

So please, make sure you’re practicing some self care. For me I practice in little ways like getting myself a Starbucks everyday. Bigger things might be a pedicure during the week or occasionally a massage. I also love when the weather gets cooler and I put on some lovely old Renaissance music (Spotify has a great playlist even). It’s peaceful and cozy.

But most importantly: Get away from the computer and go somewhere to be around regular people. You’ll be surprised at how normal things can be when you’re not saturated in death and hatred and bigotry.

 

My home office refresh

OFFICE-1Happy Hump Day (ugh)! I’m still decompressing after my insane trip to the Canadian Rockies last week, plus I’ve got some actual work to do, so blogging is unfortunately taking a bit of a hit. I need to sit down and map out some content because I love this blog and want to see it flourish.

Anyway. It’s looking pretty likely that I’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future, which I’m pretty pleased about. I have a nice little work wardrobe for when I have to go to meetings, but I also like wearing leggings and sweatshirts and getting coffee and listening to anything I want loudly. Plus working freelance is going to give me a chance to work on my new photography instagram account, so I’ll be able to drive around the area taking photos when I’m not working. It’s going to be great!

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Because of this, I wanted my office to get a big refresh. I had issues with my desk wobbling; the cheapo IKEA legs were causing that, so I upgraded to something much sturdier (and lemme tell ya: they don’t wobble). I also had a tendency to load a bunch of crap on my desk, so I slapped a couple of these cool little hexagon cork tiles up on the walls. And I suppose the most significant change was moving my desk to the wall under the window. As a reminder here’s what it was looking like before:

OFFICE-1A big ol mess. OFFICE-6OFFICE-9OFFICE-10I got a little wheelie cart for all my food photography props. My plan for this part of the room is to use it as a studio part time. So I’ll have a backdrop and lighting, and having things on wheels will make it easy to clear the space. The desk has wheels too!OFFICE-11OFFICE-12OFFICE-13I didn’t want to go overboard on spending. So I got a few things to make the space more useable, such as this desk riser (with drawers), this headphone stand and these little bins. I splurged a little on a few ornamental desk organizers, like this lovely little cup, this brass stand and these bookendsOFFICE-14OFFICE-17OFFICE-8OFFICE-2

The Mountains are Calling

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Friends, tomorrow I’m embarking on a trip! By myself! I’ll be attending Socality Camp in the Canadian Rockies and I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this.

I first learned of this over the summer, and it seemed pretty affordable (at least compared to other camp-for-creatives events I’ve encountered in the past) and Alan and I talked it out and decided I could go for it. I was so scared. Scared of leaving my baby for 6 days, scared of him not being well fed or not sleeping and creating chaos and stress for Alan. Scared of being all by myself in a sea of strangers! Scared of having to continuously pump milk so my supply doesn’t run out. It had also been so long since I did anything independently, and that was scary too.

But, I thought, if it scares me, I should do it. If I can do it, I should do it. I’ve been away from other creative adults for so long, and becoming a mother, while amazing and life-changing, meant that I lost part of myself along the way, and this is an opportunity to get some of that back, maybe an even better part.

So that’s where I’ll be! And I hope to return refreshed and positively abuzz with creative energy and motivation to do and make and maybe I can dust off the ol’ blog for fall.

Make sure to follow along on Instagram!

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