Normally I post about design, inspiration and beauty. Today, I am going to post about what is going on in my life instead. My husband, Ross, has been gone for the past 9 days (only 3 more to go) at SRP to prepare for his upcoming deployment to the Middle East. As a stay at home mom of two small children this is particularly trying. Especially, when I know that pretty soon this is going to be the norm for the next 9 months. We have been trying to conceive baby #3 for awhile now and it’s looking like it won’t happen before he leaves. Which may be for the best, I’ll just have to trust God in his timing. In the first week Ross was gone: I locked us out of our house, got milk fever, the girls got sick, my mother-in-law hit a deer in our car, and that’s on top of the normal adjustment of daddy being gone for the girls. I’m still trying to figure out what our plan is for when Ross deploys, but I’m thinking it’s not this. How can you be a full time stay at home mom and not have anyone coming home? Short term, I can do that, but for 9 months? So we’re at a crossroads. It has always been very important for me to raise my children. So the thought of putting the girls in daycare feels like I’m giving up on them, but in the end I think that will be our best option. What will I do with that time? I have no idea! Getting a job would be good to help offset the expense of childcare. I could also go back to school. Either one of those could be good choices. One of my biggest struggles with deployments is how to make it feel like we are still moving foward, together, in our life. Instead of just waiting for him to come home so life can start again.
The very nature of a portrait is slightly creepy. Maybe it’s because when I think of someone painting a portrait I think of Napoleon Dynamite’s portrait of Trisha or some Renaissance stalker. There is no escaping the subjects in these portraits. They are front and center and little bit too close for comfort. They can also be humorous. Of course Bill Murray’s head on a uniformed body is funny, but somehow I also find portraits of lesser known presidents to be humorous as well ala William Henry Harrison. Famous presidents portraits are not so funny, but I still have a soft spot for Honest Abe and would love to have some sort portrait of him, maybe in a guest bedroom, just in case. I think these would be great antique store/flea market finds because it’s not really about them being great art. The dipped affect is also a great idea if you find something that is a bit too creepy on the bottom half (cat lady with all her “babies”). I will be trying to find some of these not quite right portraits for my bedroom. I’m only interested in a couple but I would love to see a gallery wall of these in someone else’s house, maybe in the bathroom, now that could get uncomfortable.
I did a quick logo design to add to my business card. I hope to re-design the website at some point in the not too distant future. From the looks of my business card I also hope to get email set up through my website.
I love that blonde hair makes me feel more put together.
There is something about blonde hair on me that makes me feel like I look put together. I think it’s the unnaturalness of it. Blond hair equals I obviously care about how I look; I go to the salon. Where brown hair is more I’m a mom and don’t have time to think about how I look.
I can wear less make up with blonde hair.
Specifically in the eyebrow region. I was not gifted with thick eyebrows (Scornful look to my lovely younger sister with dark thick beautiful brows). Mine are sparse and lighter in color which looks more natural with blonde hair. I’m a blush, brows and lashes girl so this is huge. (One day I hope to graduate into a statement lip girl)
Very short very blonde hair is a very specific look and that look can over take you.
When all anyone sees is your hair that’s a bad thing. (Also being compared to Miley Cyrus not so much fun. How about Kate Lanphear or Michelle Williams people!)
Your hair becomes the ultimate accessory that is your signature piece.
Very blonde and very short are two very distinct things and together it starts to add up. See above. Even if my hair were long the blondness would still be distinct. This distinctness acts like an accessory that you are always wearing.
It looks like I am trying too hard.
This is the flip side of looking put together. Take it two steps further and you fall into a sterotype. My style is minimal with bold and edgy accents, but I want to steer clear of punk, and nothing says punk like a bleached asymmetrical hair style, think Agyness Deyn or Miley Cyrus.
I am no longer blonde. In the end I wanted to grow out my hair more than I wanted to be a blonde and maintaining that color resulted in a lot of damage.
** Notice that Miley Cyrus and Kate Lanphear’s hairstyles aren’t that different but their styles are and I personally much prefer Kate.
I have a love hate relationship with my hair (i.e. Blonde Ambition). The problem is I like it in extremes: platinum or black (I also have a love of vibrant coppery red hair); a pixie with shaved sides or a shoulder length blunt cut. I am ok with that, being bold is a big part of my style. I would describe my ideal style as Artistic Minimalism. It’s bold and edgy but simple. The problem, however, is that changing your hair takes time. Right now my hair is a bold and edgy undercut, so I’m longing more for the simple but still a bit bold blunt cut. Even a very simple bob is appealing right now. Into the Gloss has a whole article about the blunt cut but I found this bit to be so true.
Via Into The Gloss
Or the “non-haircut,” as hairstylist Joey Silvestra at Blackstones describes it. By slicing a bit off the bottom and letting your layers grow out to a single, uniform length, you’ll feel like you’re doing something new. Today, you see a lot of girls with very unique look-at-my-hair hairdos that become a style focal point. Well, this is the opposite of that.
That’s what I’m looking for, a hairstyle that isn’t quite so look at me. So here’s to growing out my hair. Wish me luck and maybe next year I will have a blunt cut to show for it.