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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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Illustration by Danielle Meder

As I’ve gotten older, and seen a few styles come and go and come back again, I try to focus my fashion choices less around trends and more around the things I know I always like to wear.  A few tried and true styles I’m always attracted to are:

1) Wide trousers and long skirts

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2) Long earrings

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3) Clogs

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4) Jumpsuits

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I have a very specific vision for the piece of art I’d like to find and hang above my couch.  Basically, I’m looking for a calming beach or water photograph with somewhat faded colors.  I’ve been surfing (tee hee) around the web looking and while none of these are exactly it, they all convey they feeling I’m looking to capture.

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A few weeks ago on a hot summer Sunday, a friend of mine came over to my apartment and we sat outside on my fire escape with beers talking about life.  Among other things we talked about the layout of my apartment and how I loved the natural light in my bedroom but didn’t take good advantage of it. We talked about all the ways my apartment could be reconfigured.  And then, on a whim, we just went for it.  For the next several hours we switched my bedroom to my living room and vise versa.

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I’ve always been someone who regularly rearranges my furniture (even in my small 400 sq. ft.) apartment.  But this has been my biggest change yet.  It also basically means that you enter my apartment straight into the bedroom.  For years, I’ve been really hesitant to even consider this as an option but now I’m really going for it.  Once I feel like things have better come together, I’ll post some pictures but for now, these are some of the images from which I’m drawing inspiration.

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Our whole family has gotten really into bocce lately. We played it a ton in California over Albert’s birthday weekend and again while were just in Cleveland. It’s the perfect summer lawn game.  You can play for as long or as short as you want and it’s easy to keep swapping in new people.

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When I saw this DIY painted horseshoes post on Design Love Fest, I immediately thought of making my own unique bocce set. You could incorporate so many great colors and patterns. I’m liking the antique bocce set above (via here) as inspiration.

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