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This morning, as I walked out of the subway, an old familiar scent passed me by: Sunflowers By Elizabeth Arden.  Sunflowers was my first perfume.  I must have gotten it when I was around 14 years old.  It smelled fresh and happy; wearing it made me feel older and more sophisticated than I was.

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A decade or so later, I found my second scent: Stella McCartney’s Stella.  This is not to say that I wore Sunflowers for a whole decade, rather I wasn’t really one to wear perfume in my late teens and early twenties.  But I received a free roll-on bottle of Stella at a fashion PR event my friend was working as one of her first jobs in New York and I adopted the scent as my own.  Its smell reminds me of my early days in New York, living in the East Village and going to parties that lasted til sunrise.  Now, yet another decade later, I have a new fragrance: APOTHIA’s IF.  I love this scent so much and can’t imagine ever moving on from it.  But chances are, in another ten years, the smell of IF will remind me of of myself now I can’t yet classify.

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I’ve had bangs for a little more than a year.  For the most part, I’ve been into them but recently they have started driving me nuts.  I think part of my irritation has to do with all the images I’ve been seeing lately of casually cool tousled locks.  There’s something so carefree-chic about this style and I want it!  I’ve been playing around with hiding my bangs but I don’t think the length is quite there yet.

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On a less superficial note, I watched former NYC Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden’s TED talk yesterday about public spaces and thought it was really great.  I once read testimony in front of Commissioner Burden at a public hearing relating to a major rezoning project that I’ve been a part of for several years at my job.  Her talk paints a really interesting picture of all the details that must be considered and all the battles that must be fought in order to develop first-rate public space.  She concludes her talk by saying, “I believe that a successful city is like a fabulous party; people stay because they’re having a great time.”  I love that comparison.

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photo Thanks to a lingering stomach bug, I’m just settling back into life following my foreign travels. I’m mostly unpacked (something I always consider a victory!), save for my carry on/purse which could use a little post-vaca attention. Though Thailand’s sandy beaches and beautifully blue water sound endlessly appealing, I have to say I’m so happy to be at home.  I have a new found appreciation for my apartment these days.  I’m not sure quite what it is (perhaps it’s the space heaters in every room) but I’m just really enjoying spending time here lately.  Though I have a never ending list of home improvements I’d like to make, I really love this little apartment of mine.

Yesterday I got completely lost in the “Survival Tips for Life In a Tiny Apartment” archives on the blog Reading My Tea Leaves.  Its author, Erin Boyle, and her husband live in a 240 square foot space (almost half the size of my apartment).  While there are some great tips in there for sure, the biggest thing I came away with was the importance of being thoughtful about your space, how you use it and what you allow to come inside.  I’m feeling a major de-cluttering coming on and I can’t wait!

This weekend I tried to bleach my hair on my own. Let’s just say that the end result was less than ideal and I had to go get it fixed at a salon for the very first time in my life. There are a couple of things I would like to note about my experience:

  • It was expensive.
  • Don’t go and do it on an empty stomach
  • My hair is very blond.
  • The fumes from the chemicals make you feel nutso.
  • Lucas at Echo Park is awesome.

Here is what I was shooting for in my dream world:

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As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to grow out my hair.  After cutting it short almost three years ago, I’m ready to revisit my long curls again.  However, as any girl who has ever made this transition knows, there are some awkward stages along the way.  I’ve been holding out on getting a trim for weeks because what starts as an effort to “clean up the ends” always turns into leaving the salon with a cut that’s feels like I’m starting back at square one.  Nevertheless, I think I’ve hit my breaking point and if someone doesn’t take some scissors to this head in short order, I’ll be all too ready to dress up as Cameron Diaz in “Being John Malkovich” for Halloween.  But until that day comes, aren’t these ladies providing great inspiration for ways to manage some overgrown locks?!

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