So as some of you know, I’ve been contemplating a big haircut for the last few weeks. I’ve always wanted to go short at some point, and although I’m not one of those people who get super attached to their hair, I was just waiting for the right time, ya know? I did actually have a super short haircut in college for like 2.5 seconds, but I hated it and grew it out immediately. I’ve always thought though, that the infamous short-period was just a bad cut, and I thought it deserved another go. By the time I was done pinning and obsessing over a million different styles, I had the feeling that everyone was like just do it already, Mim. So I decided to go for an asymmetrical pixie, and peeps, I actually got butterflies walking to the salon from my car which is so not me. I mean I used to be known as “Double Dare Mim”, so I was kinda ashamed to be wimping out over a haircut. But I muscled through the consult just hoping I wasn’t making a massive mistake, and as soon as my hairdresser (Cynthia–who was amazing) started snipping I was at peace with the world and my hair. The two words people have kept on saying is that it’s “modern” or really “80’s”, which are the same thing I guess–I’m just a little insecure that people don’t know that. I’m hoping that everyone isn’t like, wow, that was soooo 30 years ago.
I love it though. Love it love it love it. It’s a pretty unique cut, I haven’t seen anything exactly like I don’t think (especially the back which I didn’t get a full on shot of, but it’s sort of like a duck tale back there), and it feels a little edgy but still feminine. Hubs loves it, and so do my kiddos which matters to me for some reason. Overall I’ve gotten positive reviews, except for a girl at church who said my husband would kill me if I did anything like that. To each their own [80’s haircut] right?!
Now about this shirt. Isn’t cool?? While deep sea diving at Michael Levine Loft, I found this itty bitty piece of floral that I LOVED. I think I initially just boo hoo’d that there wasn’t more of it, but then I decided to take it anyway—maybe I could make it shine despite its lack of yardage. It was probably around a 18 inches by 12 inches, although I didn’t measure. When I was looking back through my Ottobre women’s issue of Spring/Summer , I saw this triangle blocked blouse and thought it was just the ticket (design #9). And man, I just eeked that sucker out (I had to piece the button band), but am so happy with how it turned out, it’s just my flavor.
The main fabric is this unbelievable rayon lawn (on sale for $4.02/yard!) that’s so pretty and floaty and drapey I wanted to wrap up in it, turn on a fan, and sing You Were Meant for Me if you know what I mean. It looks and feels a lot like matte silk, and was a bit tricky to cut out–I had two yards to work with hallelujah, because I ended up cutting several pieces twice because I didn’t get them exactly on grain the first go round. I dyed it Havana Brown using my beloved fiber reactive dyes, and it matched so perfectly with my floral that I knew it was providential. I also love that even though it’s light as air, it’s completely opaque. The only alteration I made was to slash and spread the back just a tad to give it a bit of flare. The simple striped pencil I whipped up the morning of my haircut, because I swear, I can’t make myself wear pants of even shorts this Summer.
So speaking of Summer, this one is fading away from me, and I’m mad about it. I’ve been busy with my fruit trees and garden, and it’s passed so quickly without my permission. It’s been such a low key, lovely couple of months, and I find myself not enjoying it because I am sad it will end. Do you ever do that? I do, all the time. I get this way especially during Summer and Christmas time–every nice thing has a twinge of sadness because somewhere inside I’m thinking it’s almost over! One bright spot of getting ready for the Fall is sewing for Twinkle’s back to school wardrobe, but that too is bittersweet because that means she’ll be gone for a full day this year. I’m already missing her, and think it might be a hard transition for me. But I’ve heard the elementary is a good one, and she’s so excited about her head is gonna pop off. Ah, these new chapters and changing seasons! I can only hope it will be as nice as the last.