My Five ~ Short Ha..

NewHair2 The last time I wrote about my five hair dos was after I had stopped using shampoo for six months. While that “do” for my hair is still the same, I’ve got a new set of must hair dos now that my hair is short.

1. Wash every day–Whereas before with long hair, I could last for up to four days without washing my hair, now I need to wash it daily. The need isn’t because my hair is dirty. It just works better now when it freshly washed. I just let it air dry naturally, and I’m almost set. (See #3.)

2. Still using just conditioner–I was thinking that with short hair I might need to go back to using shampoo, but I don’t. Washing–the key word is washing–with conditioner is sufficient. My hair looks and feels super clean. It’s full of volume and super soft. I haven’t noticed any reason why I should reintroduce shampoo. Cleaning my hair with just conditioner still works for my hair.

3. Use product–One thing that has changed from having long hair is using product. My waves get pretty out of control without product. (In fact these pics are a hair day without product, and I seriously looked like I had wings!) My favorite product is Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade–probably because that one worked so well the last time I had short hair over 15 years ago. I just ran out, so it’s time to get another jar!

4. Get it cut often–Before with long hair, I got my hair cut twice a year–every six months, if that. Now, with the wings comin’ out big time, I can tell I already need another haircut. Aman is pregnant too, so I better get in quick before her due date. Maybe it’s time to go even shorter!

5. Invest in a hairdryer–I still don’t have a hairdryer, but with short hair I can see that there are going to be benefits to having one. It’s on my shopping list. I think I’ll be able to attempt more styles with a hair dryer, and I especially might need one for my next cut.



Cornucopia10When I saw this skirt ages ago, I knew it would be a perfect addition for my November wardrobe. The flowers are so autumnal with their oranges and greens and stand out set in a mirrored arrangement on navy blue. The skirt is like a cornucopia. The elastic waste band is also helpful for a Thanksgiving meal. For chillier weather this skirt could easily be paired with cognac knee high boots. For me, I finally got my hands on a pair of these heels that I had been coveting from Shalice Noel’s impeccable style.

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Nordstrom Gift Gui..

Often times when I go to someone’s home, Kevin and I will simply bring a bottle of wine. That’s pretty common practice. Yet, during the holiday season, it’s nice to add a little something to the gift. I’ve created this host gift guide–all from Nordstrom again. Hey! They have free shipping!! You could choose a couple of these items and order in bulk depending on how many parties you have this season.

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5th Links á la Mo..

This is the 5th time I’ve been chosen for Independent Fashion Bloggers’ Links á la Mode! This week they chose my post about my reflections on how I go for it in life.


Fix The Internet

Sure, none of us can unsee the madness that KimK launched on the Internet… but we can certainly get on with our lives. Especially since the holidays are in full swing and, quite honestly, we’re busy! Do you want to try the turtleneck thing? Are you gearing up for January resolutions by figuring out what you want out of life? Or do you just want to get out of town for a day? Whatever it is… enough with breaking the internet… let’s get to fixing up our lives.

Links a la Mode: November 20th

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Thanksgiving Round..

SoundOfMusic poster 2Thanksgiving is just under a week away. We are super excited for two reasons this Thanksgiving: first we actually have the day off. This will be the first time in our 18 years of teaching overseas that we get the holiday! Second, we will be with family! We are visiting my sister Mary in Shanghai. To me when I think of the proper Thanksgivings I had as a child, I have transported back to a couple of very distinct memories: Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Rolls served at the meal–not as dessert, all my cousins playing together, my Grandpa Bumps, my dad carving the Turkey, and The Sound of Music played post meal each year. I’ve actually never made a turkey–it’s on my bucket list–so you won’t find any recipes on this Thanksgiving Roundup. However if I were to host a T-day, I’d be referring to a bunch of these links for other purposes:

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My Five ~ How to H..

ClothingSwapLast night I hosted my first Kremb de la Kremb SWAP. I learned a few things along the way, so I thought I’d share–just in case you too want to get some people in your community together to exchange your old for their new.

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A Black Kimono Goe..

BlackKimonoJeansSometimes with a trend, I just nail it! And this summer when I picked up this lacy, totally tasseled black kimono was such an instance. I wear this kimono at least once a week. It either dresses up my torn up jeans, adds a bohemian touch to my little black dress, or serves as a cover-up while at the beach. Basically, I’ve been throwing it on for a little warmth or a little coverage. Either way, this is an item in my wardrobe that I would highly recommend as a trend in which to invest. Whenever I wear mine, I feel just a little sexier but in an innocent sort of way. I mean it’s a basically kind of like a jacket/cardigan after all.

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Serial Roundup

serial-social-logoI’m up to date! Are you? And I can’t wait until Thursday–can you? You’ve listened to Serial the podcast right? No? Well, talk to me in a week once you are caught up. Last Wednesday I listened to the first episode of this phenomenal podcast called Serial. Since then I haven’t been able to get it off my mind; hence I have listened to all eight episodes. Serial is a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig and produced by same creators of This American Life. According to Apple, this Serial has “quickly become the most popular podcast in the world!”I suggest you listen. Just go to the website, click on episodes, and then hit the “download” icon. I’ve managed to just stream the episodes from my phone without having to actually download an episode. Now because I am so intrigued by this 15 year old murder mystery, I’ve gone out and created a Serial roundup just to support its popularity and demonstrate how viral this podcast has become. Really, go on now, listen!

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The B.E. Influence

Tulle3Almost every day, I go visit a couple of blogs that definitely influence me. Sometimes these visits provide inspiration or other times they might prompt imitation. I’m not the kind to get jealous of the brands I might see–I don’t think I’ll ever own a pair of Louboutin’s, and I’m ok with that. Every once in a while though, I’ll visit one of my influencers and think to myself, I can do that! This happened a couple of weeks ago when I saw Blaire Eadie in A Tutu and Turtleneck. Instantly, I was like, Hey! I have all the components to make this look. At any rate, my mock-neck turtleneck–appropriate for an HK fall, with my tulle skirt (found with my niece Elle) paired with my treaded booties have been on some serious repeats these fall days!

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Nordstrom Gift Gui..

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