Before and After

What I wore to work yesterday. BCBGirls dress from when I worked at Aprie in high school + a black Jackie cardigan from J.Crew.

A perfect afternoon. Slept in, haircut at Kiwa, lunch at Brown Cup, and then the Alexander Wang sample sale in Soho. I told myself that I deserve something for schlepping the fall 2011 collection between midtown and tribeca for three months, so I picked up this racerback tank for $25.

Not the best pictures of my hair, but it will look better tomorrow anyways. I ended up only showing her the Kurt Cobain photo for inspiration. The second Junko saw it, she started tittering in Japanese about how I have bangs so she cant recreate the front. I reassured her that I realized that. Obviously I am not a white male, so my hair texture is completely different and therefore it would never look exactly like his. However it feels so much lighter and looks so much healthier. I’m very very pleased with the results.

Post Break Up Changes

Any excuse for a transformation eh? But seriously, its that time again when I need to chop my hair off. The bottom portion is so fried. Just bleached and dry and frizzy and awful. Its gotten to the point where I cant even wear my hair down anymore.

Even in the shitty quality of my photobooth you can see how over-processed and damaged it is. Whenever I go on interviews, I feel like a legit skank with this on my head. I scheduled a haircut at Kiwa Salon with Junko so hopefully she will work some magic. I do enjoy having long hair, however, I dont mind going shorter and I recognize the necessity of a good chop. Below are some random images I have been throwing around as hair inspo.

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Damage Control and Nourishment

I started lightening my hair last week. Its been a journey for sure. I am going to do a whole new tutorial on the steps I took to document it. But because of this recent process I have some new reviews and product insights to share with you all.

In Manchester, I fell in love with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist which is a deep conditioner. I really enjoy the squeeze tube packaging which involves no lid or cap whatsoever. Very clever and convenient. This has been saving my poor damaged hair and keeping it somewhat manageable. Plus it smells amazing. I am not even done with this tube, but because it was on sale at CVS, I just bought two more new tubes of it for $6. The yellow tube on the right is a new product from Carmex that I picked up for about $6 at Duane Reade. Its called a healing cream and I have been using it on my hands and feet, both of which have been suffering from the previous cold weather. What I like the most about this product is how quickly it absorbs. I get very sweaty hands extremely easily, so I cannot have a hand cream that leaves any residue on me.

Interesting point on my sweaty hands issue. I was diagnosed with hyperhydrosis and IBS when I was a child, but recently I have noticed that ever since I have improved my diet, both of these afflictions have subsided considerably!!! This was a very exciting realization for me that occurred when I was watching a commercial for a new diabetic drug. They listed the symptoms of low blood sugar as shaking sweating. I had never really associated the two, but on a biological level, I wonder if my hyperhydrosis and blood sugar sensitivities are related somehow….hmmmm. The important thing to note here is that a healthier diet really can make a huge difference in your life.

Moving on to some new recipes I have been trying!

I truly suck at baking, but I made two loaves of this Pumpkin Bread last week! My roommates and I ate it up so quick and it was delicious. I got the recipe from a youtuber named Laura Vitale. You can watch the video and get the recipe here although on the list of ingredients she forgets to list that you use 1/2 a cup of pumpkin puree. Other recipes I have in my cookbook called for 4 cups of sugar, which seemed ridiculous, but maybe it was for two loaves….

This is called Hippie Rice and I got the recipe from here off Glamour’s health blog called Vitamin C. Really simple and easy to make and SOOOO good. The one thing is that this didnt really keep me full. I would need to have some protein on the side or maybe add some chicken? I’ll be experimenting with this in the future for sure. The toasted sunflower seeds were the perfect touch and worthy investment for my cupboard. I also like putting a spoonful of them in a half an avocado as snack. yum yum yum.

I have a major recommendation out there for all my busy readers who need to de-stress. Whole Foods had a coupon on its website for $1 off any box of Yogi Tea. They were also having an in store promotion on select boxes of Yogi Tea, so I ended up only paying $2 for this and its one of the most amazing herbal teas I have ever tried. I am a strong believer in sleepy time tea preparing me for sleep or peppermint tea helping my digestion, so its no surprise that I find this stress relief tea legit relaxing. It was kind of freaky after the first time I drank this. I got this really soft dopey feeling as all the tension went out of me. It reminded me of a more subtle version of being high! Totally crazy! I am officially addicted!!!

Generic? I think not!

Loving the Fall 2011 look book for Lauren Conrad’s new contemporary collection called Paper Crown!! You can see all of the images at Fashionista. I have been having a hard time keeping up with all the different shows from Fashion Week, but I know I will get to see them all eventually. My blogging motivation (that urge to blog and read blogs) has considerably subsided now that I have some legit things to do: internship and school; but I am trying to keep on top of it all! Must keep updating!!

Due to my eternal brokeness, my skincare is increasingly becoming generic versions of the branded stuff….I am currently using the Duane Reade Cleansing Cream (generic of Clean and Clear), CVS Moisturizer for Combination Skin (generic of Neutorgena) and Duane Reade make up wipes. Thus far I am actually quite happy with all of these. They are pretty basic in principal and they get the job done, plus they cost a $1 or $2 less than the branded versions and considering how fast I go through these products, I am going to try and save as much money as possible hahah.

The weather keeps fluctuating between freezing and semi decent. There hasnt been that much precipitation though so I have been able to break out my Jeffrey Campbell over the knee boots from last year. I am still in love with these strappies. They just make a boring pair of leggings so much more interesting. 🙂 They also keep my legs nice and toasty. I have these great black knee socks from Uniqlo that I always wear with them. It helps keep the ankle from my leggings or jeans from riding up into the boot.

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