Cardigan, J. Crew; top, Anthropologie (thrifted); jeans, William Rast (thrifted); shoes, Tory Burch (via Kijiji); necklace, Old Navy; bag. Mulberry
Cardigan, J. Crew; top, Anthropologie (thrifted); jeans, William Rast (thrifted); shoes, Tory Burch (via Kijiji); necklace, Old Navy; bag. Mulberry

I thrifted most of this outfit last week at the Sherwood Park VV; it cost less than $12. The top is Postmark, an Anthro brand, and the jeans are William Rast — and just about the softest things ever. I added a mustard yellow J. Crew cardigan and my navy TB Revas (both secondhand, via eBay and consignment respectively), and my now almost ubiquitous Mulberry Jody bag (also via eBay) for a head-to-toe pre-loved but pretty fab outfit. Maybe a little too whimsical for my age and job, but why does casual Friday exist if not to allow the rules to be stretched a little. Or a lot, hah.

feeling the yellow
feeling the yellow
bag love
bag love

You may have noticed something else new. Yep, I broke down and cut my hair. It was a totally spur-of-the-moment decision, but it all started with this picture:

the bob of my dreams (or of my literary heroine)
the bob of my dreams (or of my literary heroine)

This photo hangs in the window of a hair salon that I pass by every morning on my way to work. A couple of weeks ago, I actually noticed it (I’m not at my most observant first thing in the morning before my first Coke Zero of the day), and felt an immediate longing for a blunt bob. However, pragmatism won the day. First of all, I know blunt bangs are not in the cards, because I’m terrible about getting regular trims, and I hate the feeling of having hair in my eyes (which is precisely what would happen). Second, I think bobs like that look extra sharp on brunettes or platinum blondes, but I think it’s kinda meh on my faded ginger hair. So I consoled myself by deciding to give the heroine of my current Work-in-Progress that haircut instead.

But the idea of going in for a chop had taken hold. I’ve been trying to grow my hair long (past my shoulder blades long) for ages, but my length has stagnated in the past year — without even one intervening trim involved. I think that, as a result of the 3 perms I did in the past, the bottom half of my hair got really weak and brittle; I’ve been consistently getting a ton of breakage, and the hair felt super dry still (even though it hasn’t been processed in over a year, and I use very little heat on it). So, basically, I started wondering if cutting it might not be the way to go in terms of getting a fresh start. Still, I wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger — I’m still traumatized from my last grow-out period. And then, last Thursday, I came to the office in the morning (admiring blunt bob girl along the way), and popped down the hall to say hello to a colleague … and, bam, decision made. She had just cut her hair in a “lob” (long bob), and looked fantastic. I took it as a sign — and called my hair salon as soon as it opened. Luckily, they had an open spot that day at lunch — more signs of fate — and chop-chop I went.

Long story short, here’s what my hair situation looks like now:

this is not bad either ...
this is not bad either …

I know I will inevitably start missing long hair before six months are out, but for now, I’m loving the new look. A new hairstyle has the tendency to make one’s existing clothes look different, so I’m excited (and nervous) to see how that plays out.

up, up, and away!
up, up, and away!

9 Comments on New Clothes, New Me

  1. Love your new haircut. So chic and sassy. The outfit is great, I especially love the top and the cardigan. Have a wonderful day. Cheers, Michele

  2. I love your whimsical top paired with the yellow. I really love your new hair cut too! Do you have natural waves? If not, how do you curl it with using little heat?

    • Thanks! My hair is a weird texture — not perfectly straight and not wavy, so currently I curl it with my straightening iron. I find that works better (or is easier for me, at least) at this shorter length than trying to use my curling wand.

      The “little heat” part comes from the fact that I air-dry my hair, and only style it once or at most twice a week (because I wash it every 4-5 days). So, I do use heat but in small/infrequent doses, if that makes sense.

  3. Super cute haircut! And I don’t think your outfit is too whimsical at all. Whimsical is good. Especially for lawyers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It’s so cute! I love it! That’s about the length I think I’m going for now – long enough to pull back into a ponytail, but short enough to be swingy and fun. It’s great!

    • I like it a lot. I’m sure I’ll grow it out eventually, but I like the length a lot. It’s more stylish and practical, without being “mommy hair”.