March 5, 2015

Kimono

 Lace kimono: Forever 21, T-shirt: Target, Denim: Pea in the Pod Maternity, Boots: Asos, Accessories: Karen Walker sunglasses (Discount code: BIGEVENT15), Lionette necklace, Lionette bracelet, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli

I've always liked the silhouette of the kimono jacket but I never appreciated it until now. Even at this stage of my pregnancy, I can throw on a kimono and still feel like myself. It doesn't look like it shrunk of me (like so many other pieces do nowadays) and still has room to spare! 

It's the little things...






March 4, 2015

Wednesday Whim - Designer Crayola

 images via Laughing Squid via InStyle / Photography by Matthew Carasella (ABOVE:  Bittersweet by Torn by Ronny Kobo)

What looks like a Project Runway challenge is part of the spring 2015 Bloomingdales outreach to several iconic designers to create pieces made from Crayola crayons. The pieces are part of a dramatic window display at the Bloomingdales store on 59th Street in New York City. 

Using about 18,000 crayons in total, the pieces showcase not only the color profiles from Crayola but the unique aesthetic from each designer (Torn by Ronny Kobo, Rebecca Minkoff, Clover Canyon, Nanette Lepore, Parker and Rebecca Taylor). The textures and designs created from the crayons are definitely worth the stop to window shop. If you're not in NYC, at least these photos can give you a peek at what's on display.



Midnight Blue by Rebecca Taylor 


Mountain Meadow by Clover Canyon 

Banana Mania by Rebecca Minkoff 


Unmellow Yellow by Nanette Lepore


Jungle Green by Parker

March 3, 2015

Sporty Baby (Bump)

 Leather jacket: H&M Icons Collection (old), T-shirt: Target, Harem pants: Forever 21, Sneakers: Nike Free, Accessories: SF Giants hat, Lionette necklace, Karen Walker sunglasses

I've always had a penchant for baseball and now that the season is around the corner (I see you, April) I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival. Through this blog, you may know that the husband and I root for different teams. He's from LA and I'm from SF. So naturally, our teams are rivals. This division sure won't make it easy for the baby but, we haven't tried to buy any baseball onesies (or layettes if you want to be fancy) to be influential. We'll just have to play this one out...





March 2, 2015

Striped and Shirted


This weekend, the husband and I entered "nesting mode." We still have lots to do but that itch to get things done has hit us. Rooms have been re-arranged. Items have been re-organized. Excess "junk" has been tossed. And the crib arrived! Our living room alone looked like a dumping ground. It was quite a whirlwind of events over the last two days but, it sure felt good. The ironic thing is that things (overall) still look pretty much the same. Go figure.

Despite how task-orientated we were, we still managed to get out and enjoy ourselves. The sun was out and shining bright for a majority of the day so it was nice to be out and about for some of it. Combining my stripe dress with this chambray boyfriend shirt was the ideal weekend pairing.








February 27, 2015

Making the Cut


As you can tell, the biggest change this week has been my hair. Woo! A whole 15 inches got snipped off! Crazy, right? I actually couldn't believe that much got cut (or that I had that much length!). 

Why the change? 

To be frank, my intent has always been to donate my hair. I kept saying I wanted to donate hair for years but I didn't maintain the patience to grow my hair out. Finally, I made a serious effort to commit to the cause. 

I took care of my hair the best way I could. 


  • I didn't use a lot of heating tools on it (I let my hair air dry a majority of the time) and when I did, I applied lots of protective product on my strands. 
  • I concentrated conditioner to the ends often (since that is the weakest part of your hair as it continues to grow). 
  • I brushed out the tangles (gently since I didn't want to cause any strands to break). 
  • And I made sure I didn't chemically treat my hair (perms, straighteners or color) since organizations often can't use hair that's been chemically treated.

Growing out my hair didn't require too much extra effort but I was very conscious of what I was doing and continued to be patient. It took me about 1.5 years. 

Choosing where to donate.
The most difficult part was choosing where to donate. When people think of donating hair, Locks of Love comes to mind. But, as my hair got longer and I explained to people I was donating my hair, people referenced a lot of discrepancies (here and here) about Locks of Love, which made me question donating there. So I researched a bit online (and even read this article) and decided against them. 


While I don't personally know of any wrong doing, I didn't want to question my donation either. I looked into each organization I knew about (Wigs for Kids, Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Children With Hair Loss). There are pros and cons to every organization but I decided to go with Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Their website was easy to navigate, which made it easy to find answers to a lot of my questions. To me, they seemed:


Time to cut.
I didn't have a specific timeline to make the cut. To be totally honest, I got tired of the amount of hair I had. There was a time I was enjoying having longer hair but everyone reaches her limit. I stopped "enjoying" long hair about six months ago.

I called my hair stylist and she was excited to see me after so long. I notified her ahead of time that I was donating my hair so she knew what to do when I saw her. I saved some photos of a style of cut I wanted (always be prepared!) and was ready to get it done.

Without trying to sound dramatic here, I was anxious about the cut. I realized I was hiding a bit behind this length of hair. People noticed my hair first and that became a bit of a security blanket for me. Going short meant people would see more of "me" than they had in a while. This feeling surprised me since I always knew my intention was to cut my hair. I started to wonder how I would look and then I felt stupid for thinking that way since my hair was supposed to go towards a good cause. And here I was...concerned about my looks. I shook off the vanity concerns and knew I was ready to make the cut.

When I saw my hair stylist, she was even surprised by how much hair there was on my head. I told her what I wanted for a cut, she tied off my hair (into several pony tails since I had SO much hair), and SNIPPED away. It was insanely liberating. When she was done making the cuts, I instantly felt wonderful

After the cut.

I want to state that I know I didn't do anything miraculous here. To break it all down, I got a hair cut and saved the hair to donate. But, for me, it was actually committing to a cause. I always admired those who would do something with the intent to do something for someone else. Finally, I was doing what I said I would do. I definitely hope my hair is used.

There are so many people who are going through difficult times and if cutting my hair can make someone else feel better then that is truly the least I can do
There is much more I can do for others in the future and this is just one item off the list. 

Have you ever donated your hair?

Disclaimer:  I'm not associated with any organization for hair donation and no one has sponsored this post. I conducted my own research and chose an organization based on my research. 


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