Your Questions, Answered: A Haircut That Will Go Places!

Today I am answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you! Laina commented on yesterday’s hairstyle post with the following question…

I am leaving for a trip to India in just under a month and have been considering chopping off all my hair in anticipation of extreme heat but haven’t done it yet. I won’t be styling it at all while I’m there, so it would have to be a cut that looks relatively cute just washed (or more often than not, unwashed) and air-dried. I have pretty thin, fine hair, so it doesn’t have a lot of volume or body on it’s own. Right now it’s about shoulder length with a few layers…

Any suggestions?

I think it’s awesome that Laina is planning her hair around her exotic trip— that’s a girl after my heart!

A super-short cut can work really well for someone with thinner hair, since volume isn’t really part of the look.  And it would definitely keep the hair from sticking to your neck on those hot Indian days (and nights)!  But not all pixies are created equal: the trick is to pick something that requires minimal styling.

Here are some ideas:


Something this short is definitely the most low maintenance.  It will air-dry quickly and could be combed with your fingers!


If you still want to feel a little girly, keep the look short in the back, but leave longer bangs in the front.  This style would look great with a headscarf, a hair clip, or all by itself!


And if you decide to scrap the haircut altogether, I’d suggest an easy-to-style, yet super-chic side braid to keep your current ‘do in check.  (Though you might not want to wear it this loose…)

I hope this helps, Laina!  Whatever you decide, send a photo to

What do you think Laina should do with her hair?  Have you ever changed up your cut for a vacation?  Would you be brave enough to go with a pixie, or are you attached to long locks?


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What Hairstyle Are You Coveting Most?

Hey everyone!  I am super happy this morning because today marks a whole new phase in my career life: I am officially (finally!) starting cosmetology school!  The whole thing is so foreign and exciting— I can’t wait to share the experience with you.  And I’m hoping to learn some super awesome beauty tips along the way!

Since I’ve got beauty— namely hair— on the brain, I thought it’d be fun to chat about hairstyles.  As a budding stylist, I’d love to know what look you all are into!

My hair is currently l-o-n-g.  I’ve been growing it out for a while, knowing that 1) I’d be messing with it a bunch during cosmetology school and 2) I wanted to have a lot of options for the wedding (even though I wasn’t technically engaged until 2 months ago!)  But, to be honest, I am OVER having so much hair!  So what’s my plan of attack?

As soon as we get back from our honeymoon, I’m chopping it all off!  I had a pixie cut 9 years ago when I was an awkward, gawky teen.  I had no idea how to style it, and it was definitely not my proudest moment.  But I’m hoping that will change, now that I’ve got a little more experience under my belt.

And, man, it will feel good to get rid of all that hair!

Have you ever had a dramatic hair transformation?  Thinking about switching up your cut or color?  Coveting any celebrity hairstyles lately?  Tell me about it in the comments!


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Let’s Kick Autumn Into High Gear!

I have always loved Autumn… it is by far my favorite season.  For one, the weather in California is always best in September and October (although, we don’t get the pretty fall leaves in the same way that you lucky East Coast ladies do!)  Growing up, I loved Fall because my birthday always lands on either the first or second day of the season.  But there’s one reason why I’m really looking forward to it this year…

I want— no, NEED— a cool new pair of fall boots.

Okay, I don’t need them.  But I am so amped on all the cute styles in stores right now.  And there are a few pairs in particular that I’m totally into.

Check out the ones on my list:

These Dorado Riding Boots from Frye are $498 and way out of my budget.  But a girl can dream, right?

Fortunately, I found a very cute alternative by Madden Girl for just $89 at Macy’s!  (These also come in black.)

And I’m also into the shorter styles like this pair by Nine West, available at Zappos for $98.

If this doesn’t quench your thirst for cute Fall footwear, check out this slideshow of 43 Fall Boots Under $150 from!

I’m having a hard time rationalizing a purchase like this because I won’t get to wear them as much as I’d like to.  Cosmetology school starts on Monday, which means I’ll be spending the next 12 months in maroon scrubs and black leather Danskos.  But it doesn’t make me want these cool kicks any less… so, we’ll see!

Are you into the Fall boot trend?  Which of these do you like best?  Got any other shoes on your Fall wish list?  Tell me about it in the comments!  And have a happy weekend!


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POLL: How Many Pairs Of Jeans Do You Own?

I was watching HGTV last night, and a woman was giving viewers a tour of her home.  She pointed out a dresser in her bedroom, explaining that it held her jeans and nothing else.  Frankly, I was pretty shocked.  I know for a fact that I probably have fewer clothing items than the average American woman (I go through my clothes once a year to get rid of things I don’t wear and I don’t have the spending money to buy tons of new items), but I still think a dresser dedicated to jeans is ridiculous.


I own seven pairs of jeans.  Two pairs only fit me at my “skinny” weight, one pair is brand new and purchased as a required uniform for cosmetology school (until our scrubs come… blegh), and the other four pairs are worn in rotation on a regular basis.  I feel like the dresser-full-of-jeans woman must not be wearing all those pants very often.

Am I wrong?


How did you answer the poll?  Do you have tons of jeans?  If so, how many of them do you actually wear regularly?  Do you keep them in a dresser, or do you hang them?  Tell me all about your denim in the comments!


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Wedding Wednesday: Getting Back To Basics

Last week, we talked about destination weddings.  Truthfully, I was feeling pretty discouraged at the time because our original venue fell through.

It’s amazing how much can change in seven days.  After much deliberation, Travis and I are back on track and feeling really excited because…


We’re getting married at my childhood home!

Travis and I went back to Santa Cruz last weekend and spent hours walking around my parent’s place, envisioning the renovations that they’re planning for the house, and figuring out the logistics of the property.

We looked at other venues, and some of them were very appealing.  But throughout this whole planning process, we’ve really tried to stay grounded and keep our marriage in mind.  The wedding day is so exciting and important, but it’s only one day in the long life we plan on sharing with one another.  We don’t want to choose a cookie-cutter wedding because it’s just not who we are.

And I just love the idea of spending our special day in such a special place…

Have you ever attended a wedding at someone’s house?  Would you get married at your childhood home?  Do you think you’d enjoy planning a wedding with so much involvement from your parents?  I want to hear your opinions in the comments!


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