Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My April Makeover

After almost 40 posts, I figured it was time to share more than one photo of the face behind a little something in the meantime . . .

Last Thursday I got a haircut.

Not a ‘trim’ that would go unnoticed by 90% of the population, a haircut.
My hairdresser, Jodi, is almost 8 months pregnant and will (obviously and understandably) be taking some time off for a Maternity Leave. 

Jodi has been cutting my hair for years and understands its quirks. For instance, I have one spot near the crown that she affectionately named my “dead zone.” Sometimes it cooperates, sometimes it does nothing. There are certain hairstyles that I just can’t have as a result.

Jodi helped me creatively cover up bald spots that I developed while I was in college. I assume it was Alopecia, but by the time I had a dermatologist appointment the hair had already started to grow back so I never found out the cause. I am sure it has something to do with the way I manifest stress.

About once a month I show up at Jodi’s with a folder full of photos of haircuts that I like (thank you, Pinterest). One peek at my board and you will think that I’m obsessed with Michelle Willams. If you don’t know, she’s the “Rachel” cut for short haired ladies everywhere.

I decided that I would go short for spring/summer so that the maintenance is a bit easier for the stylist who temporarily inherits me until September.

It has taken a few days for me to adjust, but today I finally love it.

April 2012 Profile No Necklace

One of the things that helped most was the reaction of a Kindergarten girl when I walked up to the school where I was teaching yesterday. As soon as she saw me, she said, “Miss A, you got a haircut! It looks really good!” 

Much more reassuring than the people who say to you “did you get a haircut?” and then after you say “yes” you can almost hear crickets chirping (you know what I’m talking about!)

February 20th vs. April 24th.
 Blogger Profile Photo Before & After

A little more obvious now, right?

Yes, I am very fair-skinned (hence the scarf above and t-shirt necklace below).
 April 2012 Blogger Photo

It was tricky to photograph myself but I think I managed to do a decent job of duplicating Mr. Mechanic’s photo from February.

That’s all!

Stay tuned for one of my more typical posts later in the week. I’m working on something that will either be amazing or an epic fail.

Thanks for visiting!

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P.S. No, I’m not a redhead, but I sure wish I was!

P.P.S. Happy 42nd Anniversary (in a few hours), Mom & Dad!


  1. Beautiful! Your skin and hair are to die for! :0)

  2. What a fun cut. I bet it will be fun in the summer. :)

  3. Hi Claire, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is and also to let you know that I am now following you. Please pop on over to my blog for a visit and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Great Cut, Claire. I wear my hair equally as short. Quick and easy when you are busy with kids (at home and at school!) Your new cut will look lovely with a headband too. I always get compliments when I pop in a band with a mid-sized flower on it.

  5. It suits your face perfectly. I love it!

  6. Looks great! I desperately need a haircut! You've inspired me to book an appointment, although I don't have the bone structure to pull off short hair likes yours!

  7. I love your new haircut Claire! I think it looks fabulous darling! Seriously...it looks so good on you! Have a wonderful weekend! Angie xo

  8. I think your new cut looks great! I don't get mine cut very often (my hairdresser refers to it as my annual cut when I do go). I used to wear it really short like yours and it was so easy to take care of. Yours looks perfect on you. I think it might be time for me to go get a cut...

  9. Love your short hair! I'm a shortie too and LOVE it. And yes, Michelle Williams is totally my hair idol too :)


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