Quick outfit and review...J Crew Cashmere Tie-Front Cardigan (#18248, orig $198, curr $129.99, purchased with % off for just under $100, I believe). Still available in black, heather nickel, heather natural, and heather gray.
Check her out rocking it most recently here. I believe she has it in the heather natural and black, and goodness knows what other colors.) And I don't really have any v-style cashmere cardis, so I got it on a whim just to see and figured I may end up returning it. (Dina and I have very different figures even though we are close to the same height so things just fit us very differently - I'm a brick and she's a pear.)
But, lo and behold, I absolutely loved it, as she swore I would. To me the biggest downside is that with the tie, you can't really go with a tie belt type coat. So when I wore it today with my trench coat, I just left the coat open. Hey, I was wearing cashmere...it kept me warm.
No pilling so far, and I've worn it about 3 times in the past month since I got it. For cashmere in the spring with some of these super hot days we've had, I think that's pretty good (esp considering that it sat on a shelf for 2 weeks while I decided whether or not to keep it). It's a great cashmere piece to have for fall or spring because the nature of the tie front is more open, so it's not as potentially hot as a full cashmere pullover would be.
And because it's so open in the front, it is quite nice for showcasing a fab necklace, as I did today with my Anthropologie yellow beaded necklace from 2 summers ago. I forget the name, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it on Polyvore when I started the PV habit last spring, 9 months after it came out. It's also great for showing off some pretty detail on a cute tank or tee underneath. And I bet it will be great with my classic stripe tissue tee.
There have been differing opinions online about the sweater. The always-fab Post-Fab Princess got in the light ginger, maybe?, and got a major bathrobe vibe. Well, shoot, once you get that, there's no going back and you're gonna feel shlumpy every time you wear it. I totally understand her viewpoint...but I actually felt the opposite of shlumpy. You all know I love my big oversized sweaters, and I like that this did define my waist with the tie. Plus, I think doing the tie in a bow makes it less bathrobesque...plus when it's just knotted, I feel like the ties are too long.
To finish off the outfit, yellow Born Lovely flats (love me some yellow, navy, and white). Matchy matchy with the shoes? Meh, whatever, worked for me today. And then a plain white perfect fit crewneck tee and some white jeans. Springy for me.
Now...about the hair. I know...it's rather wackadoodle. Try to be kind. I thought of cropping my head out, but didn't want to do that for the next 2 months. Well see what happened was...
Ok, the last person who cut my hair, I loved. And I had been going to her for several years. But when I showed up with E for our appointment this past December, she had completely blanked and wasn't home. No problem, I understand, she had a lot going on. Happens to all of us. A friend gave both of us a trim and I figured I'd call the next time. Then when I tried calling twice this month to make an appointment, the first time she was closed through Easter, and then last week, she was closed for the next 10 days. And I just couldn't wait any longer.... (serves me right)
So I got a referral from a friend and went to a new guy. (Looking back, I realize that the 2 people I know who go to him have either mega-thick hair with a wave, or really curly hair.) Note, when someone new cutting your hair says about 5 or 6 times, "wow, your hair really is straight" after convincing you to do layers to get more volume at the top and then starts texturizing it, that's a bad sign. Plus he didn't really listen to my direction on my bangs - which I was REALLY happy with and I've been trimming for the past 4 months - they were perfect - keep them long and graduate from the middle outward so it's not a line straight across. Well, they are just barely long enough and much straighter across than they should be. Ok, that's not so bad - I need to be much more insistent on the bangs next time - and within a week, they'll be totally fine.
But the texturizing!!! Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! It looked really cute after he spent 30 minutes blowdrying it and making all the ends bend the exact right way. I actually was ok with the cut for the most part the day of (which was Friday).
Then Saturday morning when I went to style it, I spent my usual 3 minutes with the round brush to bend under the bangs so they don't stick out and give the top few pieces a bit of lift and shape. And oh it was tragic. I know this hair style. Mega shag. And shaggy. I had this hair style when I was 8. That was back in 1979, and it was stylish then. Not so much now, esp on a 38-year old woman. Up into a ponytail it went. (I will say that it looked really good in the ponytail with the layers.) Did I mention I was doing this before an 8:00 am soccer game? Yep, that's how the day started.
Today, I tried out the hot rollers. Darned if I'm going to spend 20 minutes with a frickin round brush and blowdryer - I don't have that much time in the morning. At least with the hot rollers, you put them in and can do other things. I think I left them in too long. Crazy curl today. Although E loved it and asked me to hot-roll her hair, too (which looked gorgeous on her). I think my hair worked fine today IRL, when it could moved. But I really don't think it photographed well at all.
I am so utterly disappointed in this hair cut. Clearly this guy is not good with uber-straight hair like mine. It wasn't the layers so much as the texturizing. You don't do that on superfine hair. It's never a good idea. And he was doing it before I could even stop it. Plus, he did cut the layers shorter than he said he would.
What do you do when you hate your hair cut? You can cry...but that just gives you red, puffy eyes and makes you look worse - and you don't need that when you are starting out with bad hair anyway. So, you suck it up and deal...try to find a way to make it work...and wait for it to grow. That is, after all, the great thing about hair...it does grow back. So you may see lots of ponytails or other experiments.
Question - with such a bad cut, do I even try it out again with a stronger mandate? Or just cut my losses and go somewhere else? And go ahead, tell me your awful hair cut stories...I know most of you have them, so that I can at least feel in good company.
Oh yeah, by the way...Polyvore from today: