Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mini Makeover Ideas

Here I am at post #10! 3 months ago I was just waiting for the right moment to start my blog and now I’m one fifth into my 50 post goal. I still feel like I have so much to learn and today I’m feeling a little sour about my efforts. I’ve been checking out other people’s stuff lately and I have to admit it’s been intimidating! There are so many fabulous blogs out there and so much inspiration! In the spirit of my 2014 New Year’s resolution (Keep Pushing) I’m going to keep going in spite of my self doubts and just be myself. When I begin to feel like I’m just not measuring up to my competition in work and in life I instinctively search for a way to make a bold change so that I will stand out more. This often results in failure or embarrassment because I’m trying to be something that I’m not. I’m a perfectionist with a big ego so I generally compare myself to people who are at the top of their game, which always leaves me feeling less than.  A makeover doesn’t have to be a head to toe overhaul, sometimes a little tweak is all you need to neutralize the insecurity that arrives when we start comparing ourselves to others. Here are a few simple changes you can do to give your look a Mini Makeover without losing sight of yourself or trying to be someone you’re not.

1.) Change your part! Switching up your part is the easiest way to freshen up your look for free. Our faces are not symmetrical so switching the distribution of hair on your head can actually make your face look different too. Another added bonus is that you may get a burst of fresh volume as your hair fights against the split it’s been comfortable with for so long. If you don’t like it you can change it back, no commitment at all.

2.) Buy a new lipstick! The only thing stopping you from grabbing a color you’ve never worn before and slapping it on your lips is you! A new color can add excitement to your face and push you out of your comfort zone. A bold red, a bright pink, or a subtle nude shade you’ve never tried can make you feel like a completely different person. Don’t be afraid to just do it, it’s not a permanent change and you may be surprised by the feeling of rebellion you get from wearing a shade you thought you never could before. I found a great video that helps you identify your skins unique undertones so that can you pick the best shades for yourself, specifically red!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/best-red-lipstick-skin-tone_n_2481580.html

3.) Cut some fringe/bangs! Bangs never really go out of style but the styles of bangs do change frequently. If you’ve never tried them before maybe now is the time. Consult with your stylist to see which type of bangs will look best with your hairline and face shape because that will make a big difference. If you already have bangs maybe you could consider growing them longer or even cutting them a little shorter. For some ideas about fringe styles with pictures included to show you what they look like check out http://www.dailymakeover.com/hairstyles/bangs/.

4.) Change your eyeliner! There are many different types of eyeliner out there and they all give a different type of look to the eye. Liquid liners are usually applied with a marker style applicator and they give a very defined line that can be swept up on the outer corner. Gel and powder eyeliners are applied with a brush and can be used to create a smooth solid line or a smoky diffused line. If you really want to get frisky you can even experiment with colored liners! If you go this route I do recommend keeping the rest of the bright color on your face to a minimum or you may look like you did a clown makeover instead of a mini makeover. Here is a great tutorial/article about eyeliner that I found, it even taught me a few things!  http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/Eyeliner_Styles

5.) Get some new hair accessories! A beautiful clip, a sassy headband, or even a hat can all be quick and easy ways to freshen up a boring look. Nowadays there are so many cute ones available and there are plenty of stores at the mall full of reasonably priced accessories that are not just for little girls. This tip also pairs well with the “grow out your bangs” idea I mentioned earlier. Just clip them back or to the side with a trendy little bobby pin or a headband and voila, a new you!

Sometimes it’s easy to look around at everyone else’s fabulousness and feel like you’re blending into the background. You don’t need to follow the crowd to get noticed, you just need to switch up few little things and give yourself a boost. Like I said in my debut post, the secret to really looking great is confidence and seeing yourself in a new light can make that happen! Hopefully you’ve noticed the graphic header that my sister Mandy designs for me has received a little holiday makeover with a Santa hat and a few Christmas lights! I hope you will try a few of these mini makeover tips and tell me about how they worked for you. Did it make you feel different? Did anyone notice? Did it give you that little boost you needed this winter? Share, share, share!

Want to check out some of the blogs that I’ve been inspired and intimidated by? These are all written by empowered and creative women who are experts in the blogging community and I think you would enjoy them too! They have been recommended to me by my network of Facebook friends and they are top notch.

http://www.mollieinseattle.com/

http://www.alongabbeyroad.com/

http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

http://gardenapothecary.com/

The Gift Of The Present

When you are an ambitious working mom with a busy social schedule, living in the moment is more like surviving moment to moment. This week I’ve been so scattered I’ve forgotten where I set down my cell phone numerous times, officially lost a set of car keys within the mess of my car, and misplaced my precious make up bag! I’ve also failed to pay attention to the urgency of a few important matters in my daily world. Like I said in my first post, I am a major procrastinator and because of that I often let things erupt into a five alarm fire! For example, my recent string of bad luck with my car. Two breakdowns that left me stranded and over $1,600 in repairs later, I’m wishing I had taken the check engine light more seriously. I also have been ignoring a flea infestation in my apartment – the side effect of letting my cat cruise around outside on the balcony. For about a month I’ve silently prayed that they would just go away but after I noticed that I was literally being eaten alive, I had to accept that I was losing the battle of the bugs. My first instinct is to blame life for these major inconveniences but I know that the blame is on me. I’ve been too distracted by things that already have happened in the past or things that I think may happen in the future, to pay attention to what’s happening right in front of me!

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Whether I’m cutting, coloring, or styling a clients hair, I have to stay in the moment. If I don’t I risk hurting myself or my customer and their hair, while at the same time ruining my reputation as a master hairdresser. Once I was in a rush to add caramel lowlights to a blonde client’s hair and in my haste I mistakenly grabbed a level 1 (black) tube of color that was hanging out with the level 7s (dark blonde). Black streaks in blonde hair does add dimension, but it definitely wasn’t what my customer was looking for that day. Oops! Another time, I had my head in the clouds during a haircut and I nearly cut my finger off!  I knew immediately after it happened that I wasn’t paying attention and I was thankful I had sacrificed my finger instead of my clients ear. Being out of the moment can be dangerous and its most often when accidents happen that may make it even more difficult to enjoy the next moment!
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There are times when revisiting the past can be fun, like a 1960’s themed Christmas party. Last weekend I was invited to my friend, Rachel Belle’s, holiday work party. The theme was Mad Men and we were encouraged to dress the part. Rachel and I love to dress up, and more than that, we love attention!  I accepted the invitation to do her hair and be her date, knowing that I had a closet full of faux furs and vintage hand gloves that would be perfect.  After about an hour of prepping Rachel’s coif with a flat iron and endless backcombing, I had transformed her wild curls into a polished beehive-esque up do. Ready to take on the night, we headed out to Lake Union where the free food and fun was awaiting us. As usual, we were a little livelier than the rest of the crowd, so we left after munching and took our do’s to a small bar where we received even more attention. The night was fun and we did look amazing, but the best part of the whole night was getting to spend time with my gal pal Rachel.
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Time is a precious gift and it’s the most important thing we have to share with others when we are living in the moment. A couple of weeks ago I had a cold reminder of just how precious time is; I lost a long term customer and friend, Jen, to breast cancer. A couple days before she passed away I had made plans to visit  Jen because I knew she was sick. I was all set to head out to her place, when my stupid car broke down! Stranded and annoyed, I canceled our get together and rescheduled it for a couple days later, thinking that a few days wouldn’t really matter, but it did. I was so sad that I had missed our “last visit” and I felt silly remembering all the things I had complained about earlier that day – things that didn’t matter at all.  When I talked to Jen’s brother to express my sympathies and heartache that I hadn’t been able to see her a few nights before, he thanked me and said, “I know, we all thought she had more time.” More time.
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It is so easy to lose sight of the most important things in life like family, friends, and time. The magic of the holiday season isn’t on sale at the mall, it’s happening right now in front of you! Take a look around and appreciate all the good things you already have in your life because the future is quickly turning into the past, and the present moment is the real gift. Reflecting on the past can be a great tool to help us navigate the potential future, as long as it doesn’t overwhelm our attention and make us forget to enjoy the moment. The future is only something that may happen, and no matter how much we plan for it, we have no control over what will come to be. The only thing we can do is enjoy the moment and make sure we share it with the people that bring us the most joy, so keep that in mind this season when you’re wondering what to get that special person on your list. The gift of time is something that doesn’t cost much and it can be shared with anyone and everyone. Happy Holidays!