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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

1. I want a new hairstyle. Like, the newest. I want, for once in my life, to be on the cutting edge! But I kind of missed the ombré boat and I've never been any good at predicting trends. Do you know what's coming next?

It's important to remember that nothing is ever truly new. Any "new" hairstyle is just a reworking of something that's been done before because humans have been here for wayyy too long. There were girls in my high school who did ombré on their hair, only they used dye AND bleach, rather than just achieving the gradation with highlights. Does anyone remember this? They were like sort of punk/rockabilly girls and from the roots to quite a ways down the length their hair, they put either burgundy or black dye and then a few inches before the end it would blend into bright red and then the tips would be yellowy? It looked like fire? Anyone? Okay, well, the point is that if you think about any recent hair trends, they all have a basis in something from the past. Another example is the shaved side of the head — it's just a modified mohawk.

CHALLENGE: Think of a truly new hairstyle and put it in the comments so people can fight with you about it. This will be fun!

So, to be cutting edge, you need to try to predict which style will come back and with which adaptations, but MORE IMPORTANTLY you need to not give a shit if you don't guess correctly. It's like being an entrepreneur! You must be willing to lose, but you won't actually be a loser because you'll have a super-original hairstyle and everyone will ask you about it and it'll be fun. And also it's like being an entrepreneur in that if you guess correctly, everyone will start following what you did and then you'll have set the trend and it won't matter what was going to happen next because you bent the future to your liking.

Here are my guesses for what's on the way, but let's all try to come up with a thousand more:  

Big bangs. Please, for the love of god, only not quite as big, thick, or hairspray-crunchy as they were back in the '80s. More like Marilyn Monroe. I mean, did you even  look at her hair in that picture up there?

– Speaking of, that short, bouncy hairstyle of the '50s is back. Like Elizabeth Taylor hair. Jessica from Homeland is doing it, did you notice?

Perms. I know! I know. But I think they could be cool now as long as we don't put gel in there? I want Elaine Benes hair.

– Very well done all-over unnatural haircolors on people who are not members of a fashion subculture. Mainstream-looking ladies have been flirting with this idea lately, but I say no more of these temporary color sticks or pink highlights, just go for it! Be the woman with long, flowing navy hair.

2. So, I'm going on a 10 day trip to Europe this summer followed by an 8-week conservancy project on an island. I've been searching for a good pair of sandals that are lightweight and cute, but won't destroy my feet after days of walking around sight-seeing. The problem is that all of my Google searches are turning up THE ugliest clunky mom sandals that look like they belong on the feet of Dr. Tobias Funke. Also, apparently Barcelona has a huge problem with pickpockets and so people have suggested a fannypack or money belt, but I'm really not tryna, again, because I would like to be semi-cute if possible. 

Uhh, do people think pickpockets don't know how to get into fanny packs? They do know how! They really do. When I travel alone with huge wads of cash... just kidding! I don't. Put your passport in a safe if your hotel has one and just hope your debit card doesn't disappear. If you're extra-extra nervous, look for trip insurance. (It might already be covered under your renter's or homeowner's plan, so call and ask.) I'm serious! It's usually under $100 and reimburses you if you get ganked, or many other worse scenarios, plus they have a "concierge" available to help you out of jams.

I have to also say, though, that I've never had a problem in one of those pickpockety areas, and chances are you won't. Rome, Beirut, London — all good! Just don't stand in the middle of a huge crowd of people watching some stupid "magic" show while you mysteriously get bumped into over and over again by the Tuppence A Bag woman. Just kidding, pickpockets look like you and me! It's like life in general: hang onto your shit very tightly, and sometimes be unlucky. You could always go for one of these bra wallets if you're still worried.

As for shoes, ugh. Why do people even want utilitarian sandals? Do your feet get that wet or hot? This old Bass style is my go-to "walking around for days" sandal, if I must be so nude-footed and comfortable at the same time. They're just squishy enough to be comfy, and they look cute, though there's not enough traction to go hiking in them, but why would you go hiking on vacation? If it's not going to be 100 degrees wherever I am, I prefer a lightweight, breathable running shoe that won't feel heavy on my burdened legs. How Euro-cute are these?

3. Jane, what the heck do I wear under a blazer? I'm a petite, chubby, chesty lady in my early 30's and I recently picked up a couple of cute blazers to wear to my smart-casual office job. Given that blazers are a bit bulky on my frame to begin with, I've been avoiding layering them over button-downs, thick knits, and anything with frills or those weird neck-ties. I seem to have found myself in a black tank top rut. Are there pretty, silky options that won't look like I'm in my nightie? Also, how do I figure out if my top length and blazer length are flattering on my short, curvy body?

You're on the right track with the fancy tank idea, and they even have a name: shells. More on them in a second, but first let's talk about proportions. To me, there are two places your shirt should hit under a blazer, and depending on your body type and which bottoms you're pairing with the outfit, you should decide which looks best on you: at your natural waist, which is at your belly button or higher, or a few inches below the top of your hip bone/just above your pubic bone. Just google "Kim Kardashian blazer" and check out all the ways she wears one. (I saw her IRL twice, I'll tell you about the first time some other time, but the second time she was getting into her Rolls Royce and she had heels on and she wasn't even as tall as the car.) You may strongly disagree with the print and accessory choices in the photo of her at left, but it's a good example of getting the proportions right.

Choosing a top also kind of depends on the length of the blazer. If you're wearing a super-cropped jacket, a longer top might look odd. Same thing with a super long blazer and a very cropped top. Caveat: some of you are quite fashion-forward and can pull off anything. N E WAYZ, just remember that if you're wearing the shorter, tucked in or cropped blouse, you'll need to pair it with a higher waisted pant or skirt.

As for where to find the right thing? Outlet stores are a great place to look for fabrics that are more affordable than silk. I've found some gorgeous printed and brightly colored shells at Banana Republic's outlet. (Just be sure not to hit them with a hot iron or they might melt!) Shells are cut looser than tank tops and read more "sleeveless" than "strappy." They can also have short sleeves, but they all basically exist to be worn under blazers. Try searching on "shell" at ShopStyle where you can refine by size.

Related: one of my "shell" searches just now randomly turned up this dress that I just have to show you guys:

4. I was hoping you could help me with my efforts to Do Better and Take Care Of Myself. Specifically, I need ways to cover my head. I'm trying to tackle my dermotillomania (which is isolated to my scalp), and having some kind of barrier really helps to keep me from picking. I have a bunch of bandanas that I can wear at home/when I'm schmucking around, but they are not exactly fun or flattering to wear. I also spend a lot of my time in a lab working with human subjects, so I need to be able to look respectable and science-y instead of like a dirty hippy. I have a couple of really gorgeous silk scarves that I can wear, but I'm worried about ruining them. My head is really big around, so most hats don't fit me at all. I can crochet, so soft crocheted hats are a possibility if I can find a pattern that is not completely ridiculous/a beanie.  If it matters, my hair is shoulder-length and straight, and I have straight-across bangs.

Oh no! I'm sorry you're dealing with this but also stoked for you that you are able to work on a solution. That's very lucky! I recently had a similar challenge, but for much less serious reasons: I took a job at a wine and cheese shop for one weekend and then I quit. No kidding! It's a story for another day along with that KiKi one. In California, and probably everywhere else, in order to work around any food you have to cover your hair. This was not the case the last time I worked in kitchens and it's bullshit! But true. All to say, I just went on this search and found ONE cute option that I can endorse.

First, though, since you know you like silk scarves, have you looked for vintage sets online for cheap? Maybe collect up a dozen that you like and don't worry about ruining them. I often find really good deals on them at TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack as well. And Goodwill and estate sales! The recently dead love silk scarves.

But the best non-silk option I found in my search was this cap. It held all of my hair and looked super cute with my bangs showing. She has a bunch of styles available and I believe she'd make you one out of your choice of fabric.

Oh, and this is neither here nor there, but I just wrote about having a hard time choosing my wedding hair/makeup/outfit. Do you think I should've gone with that first dress? It was TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, YOU GUYS.

Previously: Remember Crystal Gayle?

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catfoodandhairnets

In the UK (which tends to veer a little more extreme/early adopter on the hair spectrum I think)I have noticed a lot of purple hair. Classy purple hair. Not bright purple, but definitely PURPLE. I like it.

Caitlin Podiak

@catfoodandhairnets I want subtle, classy purple hair soooooooo badly, but my boyfriend is not huge on the idea and I can't afford to get it done professionally, anyway. I still have every intention of doing it someday, but by then it will probably be so played out and boring. :(

Alli525

@catfoodandhairnets At summer camp in the 90s (in the North Carolina mountains), I had a cabin-mate one year whose hair was self-described "plum" and it was the most gorgeous, purply-brown color ever. Sort of like auburn, but with deep purple instead of red. I am STILL jealous.

kellyography

@catfoodandhairnets I have always wanted to dye a strip or chunk of my hair dark purple but I am a redhead and generally pretty frumpy and low-maintenance so I don't know how that would play out. In my fantasy life, though, it looks awesome.

all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy

@catfoodandhairnets According to my very-on-trend hairdresser, lavenders and artificial greys are both hot, as well as asymmetrical 'weird' colour that fades into natural colour. Like pink fading into blonde. Here's a tumblr! Some of those are Manic-Panic stuff that faded, but some are professionally done. I wish I worked in a less conservative office, I would be rocking some lavender and grey accents right now.

all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy this sort of thing is what I'd go for.

catfoodandhairnets

@all the kittens in the club gettin nipsy Mmmm.That is not what I mean. Also nice, but a little too alternative for me (I am old). More like the katy perry hairdo (ugh I know) I found by googling dark purple hair 2013 and somehow can't link to here... :)

@Alli525 Was it like Claire Danes' hair in My So Called Life? I SO wanted that hair

Alli525

@catfoodandhairnets No, even more purply! Claire Danes' hair is basically auburn compared to how dark and glossy and wonderful this girl's hair was.

Brittabot

@Alli525 I think I had that very same color! It was also the 90s and the dye was straight from the box, but somehow the purple worked very well on my (lightish) brown hair. Some people (including my GRANDMA) still tell me how pretty it was and that I should do it again, but I have no idea how to recreate it.

packedsuitcase

@catfoodandhairnets Oh thank bajebus. I want that! Or a deep, magenta-y pink.

bb
bb

@catfoodandhairnets love the concept, but man, look at how like all of those women's hair is so dried out and damaged... I say if you are young/not gray, keep your hair its natural shine and color while you can. from an old person (obvs)

Dandyliongirl

@catfoodandhairnets I have that hair! Or, well, I did until it grew out. I told the hairdresser they could do what they liked and they gave me this classy bluegreypurple highlight thing and left the rest a pale blonde. It looked super great and somehow still tame enough for work!

Marjorie

@Alli525 I had plum hair for much of the early nineties, google La Riche Directions Plum, it's still out there.

Chel

@catfoodandhairnets I accidentally dyed my hair purple this weekend. I did a reddish-brown a few months ago and wanted to go redder (my natural color is mouse-brown). I picked up a box of dark red and it came out dark purple. I kinda love it.

I was worried about what my boss would say and totally prepared to have to dye it back to brown, but everyone at work seems to like it and my boss suggested sit in on a client meeting this week, so apparently it is office-appropriate.

squishycat

@kellyography I have red red red hair and also have always had bangs, even though I started growing my hair long at age four (my parents had kept it bobbed until that point, with bangs, so I just kept them and grew out the rest). I did occasionally decide to make my bangs thinner or thicker, and my teenage years were a "thinner" period, so I had shorter sections of grown-out bangs by the sides of my face vs the rest of my pretty much all-one-length-basically-to-my-ass hair, and decided that it would be awesome to start my senior year of high school with one of these sections dyed purple. My friend (who is a brunette) and I bought some decent-quality semi-permanent purple dye, and some salon-quality bleach, and had a dyeing party.
It turns out that the pigment in red hair does not bleach very effectively - my friend's bangs went WHITE and I still had a kind of light strawberry-blonde going, even with the extra time I left the bleach in. I decided to dye it anyway, and ended up with something closer to maroon than purple (while my friend had lovely vibrant, violet bangs). I'm just saying, it may not end well (though it was nice that, once the dye faded, the lightened section was easier to blend back into the rest of my hair without looking too obviously like it had been lightened and dyed).

Liz81

@catfoodandhairnets I noticed the same thing about women's hair in Berlin when I was there this summer. Lots more purples and pinks and bright reds on "mainstream" looking women. When I got back to the U.S., I had my hair (which is about shoulder length and dark brown) ombre-d so it was blonde at the bottom, and then dyed that part hot pink with Manic Panic. I love it. I work in academia, and when I went back to work in the fall, I thought I might have to cut it off or dye it back. But, though my coworkers have joked about it a little bit, no one has suggested I need to change it.

The pink is pretty faded right now (I've redone it several times since) and I'd really like a bluish purple next. Any recommendations on semi-permanent bluish purple dye?

Sarah @twitter

@squishycat Yes, I had a similar problem when I dyed the tips of my (red) hair purple. The bleach took like 2 and half hours to do anything at all, and the color faded a lot more quickly than on my blonde and brunette friends. My blonde friend dyed a chunk of her hair purple, and when it faded it turned a bunch of lovely shades of blue, while mine just kind of turned green...

mattewmc

Inter@testing.

Nicole Cliffe

I like the dress you got more than the first one. So, you should take the money you saved on not buying the first dress, and buy a bunch of precious stones. Because that's totally how saving money works.

Jane Marie

@Nicole Cliffe I can't even look at it without getting a little sad, but opals might fix that. Thanks Nicole!

empathicalist

@Nicole Cliffe - Agreed, the second dress was much more elegant. The new Mr. Jane Marie wasn't too shabby, either:)

Nicole Cliffe

@minijen You should see him in person; he totally either genuinely listens to you or pretends to really, really well, and you can get lost in his eyes.

Jane Marie

@Nicole Cliffe LIIIIIKE

parallel-lines

@Jane Marie I think you're right about the two month planning thing. I tortured myself over the dress I picked and given the choice probably would have ended up changing it six or seven times. And the headpiece was literally a rush order--I bought and returned four different headpieces until I found the one I wore three weeks before. In the end it didn't really end up being what I wanted it to, but what can you do? You looked smashing and incredibly happy, that's all that counts.

sophia_h

@parallel-lines I had about six weeks to plan, which made me insane, but also meant I went dress shopping twice and on the second day when my mom tossed over this blush pink confection of a dress instead of the simple shifts I'd been looking at, I fell in love AND was able to buy the floor sample for 20% off. Which barely anyone had tried on because, blush pink. Practically every other decision went just like that, no second-guessing allowed, and it was pretty okay.

Dove

@Jane Marie I spent a totally insane amount of money on my wedding dress and never regretted it for a second. That said, I much prefer the one you picked! No one besides my mom, dad, and husband actually knows how much my dress was, because I know they'd go from "cool dress!" to "seriously? that is stupid" in a hot minute. But I loved it dearly. (this is the dress - http://www.coutureinthecity.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/br-lu-112.jpg)

Clara Morena

@Dove That is an beautiful dress :D

maybe partying will help

There is a lady in my workplace who has very pale purple hair, somewhere between purple and platinum, and one with blue bangs. Both of them dress super-classy/professional-creative otherwise.

This gives me hope that someday when I can afford to keep it up, my hair will be pink.

Hot Doom

@maybe partying will help Yeah, my former boss has had neon yellow hair for the past 10 or 15 years and everyone is just so used to it that she looks totally normal and professional.

Rachel@twitter

@maybe partying will help

so jealous. my workplace (despite being an educational/non profit) is super conservative. i went platinum blonde and the reactions from the bosses were basically "when will you not be having that immediately, yes?"

my dream of awesome haircuts let alone color is currently on hold.

the roughest toughest frail

Oh please let the 50's hair come back so I can feel trendy, and not like my mom.

chartreusan

@abetterfate

I have it and LOVE it, but recently showed up to a family bbq with the exact same hairstyle as my grandmother.

Lucienne

@abetterfate Or like Twin Peaks pilot Audrey Horne.

Except I just grew out my hair.

Liz81

@Lucienne Oh my God, Audrey Horne is so stylish! I have asked to have my hair cut like hers before, but I don't like to spend more than just a few minutes on styling my hair (ideally just a few seconds) so it didn't really work out.

sevanetta

@abetterfate I got the 40s/50s haircut/hairdo before Christmas without realising that was it until I got it. My hair does both the Audrey thing and the Elaine Benes thing. It's not on purpose, it's just what I worked out my curly hair wants to do. Gotta do what the curl wants to do.

I will say I am extraordinarily pleased to be apparently in with a trend here in my small town in regional Australia. lol.

Angelena@twitter

skipped to the bottom to say i went to barcelona for ten days and if you just get a purse that fits under your arm and zips all the way through you should be fine. thats what i did, and my mom FREAKED about it and it was fine.

oboe-d-amore

@Angelena@twitter I haven't been to Barcelona, but in terms of my travel experience I second this. A bag that zips closed and is held close to your body is pretty safe! Just pretend you're going to any big city.

Ophelia

@Angelena@twitter This. Just avoid backpacks, bags that dangle at your hip, and anything that doesn't close all the way on top with a zipper.

Faintly Macabre

@Angelena@twitter I haven't been super-prudent in high-crime areas, but I generally feel pretty secure in under-arm bags that either zip or I can hold fairly tightly closed with my arm. I also figure that there's so much crap in my bag that I'd notice by the time someone dug all the way down to my wallet. (But sometimes I do dumb things like hold my phone loosely on the Metro when it's crowded, and I know plenty of careful people who've been robbed. Life is unfair!)

There's also the brand PacSafe, which makes wire-reinforced and lockable bags that look normal. I've never used one because I'm too cheap to buy one, but they at least prevent someone cutting or digging in your bag.

Hot Doom

@Angelena@twitter Oh snap! This is perfectly timed because I am going to Barcelona in two days and was trying to figure out if I could sew a bitchin' fannypack before then, but since that is not possible and bitchin' fannypack is mostly an oxymoron, I feel somewhat less neurotic now. Cool.
Toot toot beep beep, y'all!

cmchammer

@Angelena@twitter When I went to Paris during high school, I actually managed to both placate my mom and not look horrifying by wearing the fanny pack she insisted I take as a purse. Fit under my arm, zipped all the way, but looked just like a slightly outdoorsy purse. No problems!

SarahDances

@Hot Doom When travelling in pickpocket-heavy areas, I also wear an underarm, all-the-way-zip purse, and will for extra security walk with my finger threaded through the zipper pull. That, and a heavy dose of vigilance should make you a pretty tough target.

packedsuitcase

@SarahDances Yep, and arm clenched down on it.

Honestly? Longchamps Le Pliage bags are my go-to travel purse. Hook thumb through strap and put fingers over zipper and unless they get a running start, they're not getting my purse or its contents

Brittabot

In Barcelona (and pretty much anywhere else, I guess), just hold on to your zipped under-arm bag in crowds and you'll be fine. Also, avoid the Barrio Gotico around 6-7am.

meetapossum

@Angelena@twitter Definitely try to hold it in front of your body, too. We met a girl in Rome who had the back of her purse sliced with a knife, and they took her wallet that way.

RNL
RNL

@cmchammer Yeah man! A decently cute fanny pack can be worn over the shoulder or across the chest. In leather I think they look actually pretty great.

Across the chest is ideal, because then your stuff is literally under your nose, in an area (your boobs) that you are super aware of being touched. I travel like this all the time, and do stupid things like sleep on buses in rural Tennessee and Thailand with all my junk stored between my boobs. I do lock the zipper shut sleeping.

nonvolleyball

@Angelena@twitter (& everyone else)--I honeymooned in Barcelona a few years after doing a three-month study abroad there; on that trip, my roommate got knocked to the ground by a would-be purse-snatcher, & a couple fellow students actually did have their purses stolen. so vigilance is indeed important, but it's kind of a luck-of-the-draw thing. (also my mom once got pickpocketed in a museum elevator in Italy, but they only managed to grab a case containing some drugstore reading glasses & tampons. enjoy, thieves! I digress, but I love that story.)

anyway, on said honeymoon (amid my worries about suffering a similar fate), I saw a woman wearing a purse with straps of two different lengths, one of which she had looped around her waist like a belt. genius! I subsequently found a similar purse & did the same thing, & used it again on another potentially pickpockety vacation. look for a purse with interchangeable straps, but where it's possible to use them both simultaneously. googling this was surprisingly unsuccessful, so here's a picture of me wearing said purse so you know what I'm talking about (plus bonus unicorn).

sadly, this particular bag is kind of falling apart now, but I can't say enough good things about it, & I highly recommend a similar style to anyone who wants the to lug around a camera, water bottle, etc. without worrying about purse snatchers.

up cubed

@Angelena@twitter I also separate out the items I need for the day from everything else. The bus pass or any other quick access items can go into a mini wallet that I clip to my purse strap (inside the purse) or put in a pocket, so I don't flash my actual wallet around.

anachronistique

@meetapossum So I did this during a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice, and did not get pickpocketed.... but I did get a hilarious sunburn on my chest of opposing triangles because of the cardigan and purse-strap combo. And then I had the tan like that for months. Attractive!

TARDIStime

@nonvolleyball I clicked the link to your photo with you wearing the purse - I got a "forbidden!!!" landing page.
FORBIDDEN UNICORNSSSSSS!!!

Angelena@twitter

@meetapossum man all i can think to reply to that is "that shit cray"

nonvolleyball

@TARDIStime aw, boo. maybe this will work? (also, I fear I may have oversold the "unicorn" part a bit...)

does it need saying

@nonvolleyball You totally did not oversell the unicorn.

trappedinabay

@Angelena@twitter I went to Barcelona in October, wore a messenger bag-style purse that hit at the hip, and just kept an eye on it. No pickpockets stepped to me. I think if you're walking around like you know what you're doing and you look at least a little bit city-savvy (wear lots of black!), you'll be fine. There were some pretty obvious tourists (we're talking floral shirts, giant maps, super-white sneakers, big cameras around their necks) that even *I* was tempted to fuck with.

Hot Doom

@trappedinabay and everyone, Our friends also warned us not to wear jewelry or look too flashy. Not that I'm being flash (or AM I?) but they suggested leaving wedding rings and that jazz at home. Is that too extreme?

nonvolleyball

@Hot Doom unless your ring is so blingy that strangers stop on the street to gawk, I wouldn't worry about it. in general, a thousand-yard stare, avoiding obvious touristyness, walking with a purpose, etc. are the best protection you can have. & if you do need to stop somewhere to check out a map/guidebook/other tourist-signifier prop, be sure to do so in a place that's well-populated but not SO crowded that someone could get too close to you without your noticing.

also, a few things I forgot to mention re: my shoulder-bag-plus-belt-strap post above (& which I'm sure everyone's DYING to read)--for some reason I can't stand the way a cross-body bag feels (& I'm not even that busty), which is why I was so thrilled to figure out that setup. & it also somehow helps distribute the bag's weight more evenly; it feels less heavy than similarly full bags without a waist strap. who knows why?

trappedinabay

@Hot Doom I think that's probably too extreme, unless your wedding ring is some incredible bling and you don't have it insured. I wore mine and I don't think anyone even looked at it twice.

In other news, do you want restaurant recommendations? Because I ate at some pretty amazing places!

Hot Doom

@trappedinabay haha it is fer sher not that blingy! I feel better now.

And yes, I would love to know some recommendations! We have a few ideas about places to try but we were going to mostly just wander, so first hand experience is always good!

TARDIStime

@nonvolleyball Yay for unicorn! Also that bag is genius. :-D

Hot Doom

@trappedinabay P.S. Your recommendations are fab! I think the colles castelleres are going to be performing this weekend, so we'll definitely check them out. Thanks so much for taking the time to write!

Also, I feel so much less neurotic about the pickpockets of my Barcelona fantasies.

Heat Signature

New hairstyle for people in the comments to fight with me about: Giant updos in various shades of mauve with stuff in them, like tiny plastic skyscrapers or fake pizzas.

Ophelia

@Heat Signature Is that new, or is that Hunger Games?

I'm putting teeny-tiny plastic cats in mine.

Atheist Watermelon

@Heat Signature oh god, of course your comment immediately made me think of this ........

OwlOfDerision

@Heat Signature So... the 1770s are coming back into fashion?

Heat Signature

@Didldidi Oh you British, always making me giggle.

HereKitty

@Heat Signature Giant updos with stuff in them is very prerevolutionary France. Not mauve, as best I can recall, but I'm astonished that my memory of AP Euro History even extends this far (thanks, Mrs. Baer!).

honey cowl

@Heat Signature This sounds very Hunger Games to me.

Edit: ermahgerd somebody said it while I was reading the article.

area@twitter

@Heat Signature C'mown down to Honfest, hon!

Bawlmer

The OverLady@twitter

@Heat Signature Sounds like mid-century beauty pageant stuff. Which, by the way, is excellent. I want this to come back. I sport such looks on occasion. Reminds me of this: http://media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com/upload/251216485434177386_SSlc6ITS.jpg

StandardTuber

@area@twitter How'd you get the image to show up here? WIZARDRY?

area@twitter

@Mabissa A little HTML. Okay, TECHNO-WIZARDRY.
(Careful of sizing when you post images- e.g., the original image above was way too big for the comments. I had to screw with the "Set Height and Width" instructions a little.)

dotcommie

ugh i want that dress but have no reason to get more flowy sundresses! see, jane, this is why you can't have a "no modcloth" rule.

Amanda@twitter

@dotcommie I saw that dress on Modcloth this morning and I really like it but all I could hear in my head was "TEMPER THE LOOK! TEMPER THE LOOK! TEMPER THE LOOK!" (from last week's discussion of Modcloth)

Jane Marie

@dotcommie I don't! I said ModCloth "for the most part, is for teenagers" and that someone who looks like a teenager and doesn't want to shouldn't shop there. I REST MY CASE :)

Jinxie

@Amanda@twitter "Temper the Look!" was my own personal rule from that thread and now I want to break it and buy that dress and wear it with my old vintage glasses and tease my hair up and put on some red lipstick, just 'cause.

anachronistique

I was really sad when it turned out I misread the title and it wasn't about "Shell Bras," Little Mermaid-style.

JessicaLovejoy

@anachronistique Me toooo. Dammitall!

Helvetica

@anachronistique Me three. How can I rock that like Ariel? I mean, uh, asking for a friend.

JessicaLovejoy

Oh man, if anyone has links/examples of classay funky hurrs please share. (Shurr?)

fwipsis

@twinkiesandwine Oh god, I can't stop looking at/coveting that. And now all the people I've shared the link with are telling me to do it! *bites knuckles*

anachronistique

@twinkiesandwine AAAAAUGH why can't I just snap my fingers and have that hair? WHY???

madge

@twinkiesandwine With god as my witness, I'm totally getting that hair.

Does anyone know anyone in Pittsburgh or New York who could do this to me?? We needs it.

ach_so

@madge Pittsburgh rec: Beth Henry in Lawrenceville could probably do that to you! She is awesome. Her place is called Evolve Mod Hair.

thisisunclear

@JessicaLovejoy I've been obsessing over this shade from my old hair place in NY: Carly Cuts My Hair.

(p.s. my hair would never do that)

stonefruit

scale of one to dear G-d no, how bad is it that I want the crap out of that dress you found on your search for shells?

ETA: Oh dear. I do not $280 want it, though.

does it need saying

@stonefruit This is exactly what went through my mind.
OMG I want that dress... Do they have my size??? Oh, wait, how much?... Oh. Crap.

Susanna

Fifties and candy-coloured hair. Like Sally J Gorce. Except I've never seen a photo of her.

PaperbackLady

I feel like anything that was cool in the past, looks cool now. GO RETRO. Also, I've been watching a lot of Downton Abbey and think updated finger waves could be AWESOME

tessamae

@PaperbackLady I WANT EVERY HAIRSTYLE OF LADY MARY.

I mean, with the glittering combs and twisty elegance and how the hell does she get it so shiny?

PaperbackLady

@tessamae Ugh, I know. It is too much perfect.

rosaline

@tessamae Anna. Anna is the secret. Let's hire lady's maids.

highfivesforall

@rosaline Man, I might even put up with O'Brien's terribleness if she could get my hair to look like Cora's.

MmeLibrarian

@PaperbackLady I had finger waves on my wedding day. It was baller.

anachronistique

@PaperbackLady WHEN is Edith going to cut all her hair off and become a flapper already?

Steph

Okay, I have traveled all over the world (including Barcelona) and made out just fine with a smallish, close to the body purse (cross body strap) with a zipper. That's all you need, something close to you, and then keep your hand on it in crowds. pick pockets always go for easy prey, so don't look easy.

Judith Slutler

@Steph Yeah. And never carry around anything but small amounts of cash. There are definitely enough ATMs in Barcelona to accomplish this.

CoffeeAddict204

@Steph I agree. I spent the Christmas break in Madrid and Barcelona, and I had a small purse with a cross body strap, with a zipped pocket at the back (the side which sat against my stomach) where I kept my wallet. The tips I were given included: make sure they can't slit the bottom and have anything of value fall out, and make sure to wear the purse across your body so they can't just snatch it.

Steph

Also Tevas make some decent, REALLY comfy flip flops. Then I usually go for a pair of super comfy ballet flats, aerosoles make some great ones.

jule_b_sorry

@Steph I really like Chacos with the toe-loop! They're super comfy, come in cute patterns, you can get them wet, and you can walk for hours in them. Am I a total fashion victim and just kidding myself? B/c I live in Chacos when I travel in the summer but I don't want people laughing about what a dork I am :(

schrodingers_cat

@Steph I have lived in Tevas for years. I have Teva flats, sandals, boots, and sneakers currently and love them, but I am also someone who goes hiking on vacation.

matilda

@jule_b_sorry I love my Chacos oh-so-fiercely. I have so many foot problems that I NEED them. I'm wearing them right now because in the winter they are my indoor shoes!

LeafySeaDragon

@Steph also, just tevas. <3 my tevas

piggie

@Steph I used to be a huge Chacos girl. Lived in them exclusively for over a decade of summers. This summer I felt like I wanted something slightly less bulky, and I got Teva Zirras. I don't think they'll be with me for a decade, but they are lighter and more delicate looking. I love them!

queenieliz

#4, have you tried ravelry.com? You can search patterns by craft, yarn, style, etc I crocheted 5 of these (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/in-bloom-beret-and-cap) for family members last Christmas, it's a super quick and easy pattern!

dj pomegranate

I for one cannot wait for 50s hair to come back because I look awesome in it. In fact, this might be my belated New Year's Resolution: re-start 50s hair trends!

SeaKat

I *JUST* got my hair cut yesterday and it is, no joke, almost exactly like that Liz Taylor pic.

LOOK, MA! I'M ON TREND! **FINALLY**

OhMarie

@SeaKat My next haircut is on Tuesday and I can't decide if I want to bring a picture of Liz Taylor or the girl from Homeland.

Short n bouncy 4 lyfe

SeaKat

@OhMarie I hope you love it as much as I do! I was actually going for a Carrie Brownstein (from Portlandia) hairdo but my curly hair wasn't having it. So my amazing stylist did some magic and now I feel like the prettiest starlet on the MGM lot!

Regina Rizzo@facebook

Hey, #2! Clarks has some good sandals. I've worn the shit out of a few pairs over the years.

oboe-d-amore

@Regina Rizzo@facebook Jinx!

wallsdonotfall

@Regina Rizzo@facebook Keen are great too! I regularly walk 10-15 miles at a time in my Emerald City sandals, so they will treat you well.

rosaline

@Regina Rizzo@facebook Also Merrell. My sister has these and I am super jealous: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/12032W/36366/Womens/Agave?dimensi

NotFace

@Regina Rizzo@facebook No joke -- Privo by Clarks! SO comfortable and not hideous AT ALL.

Regina Rizzo@facebook

@NotFace -
Thanks Ladies!
also, I need to figure out how to change my hairpin name.....

TARDIStime

@Regina Rizzo@facebook
click your name, and then click "settings". Et Voila! Your profile. Don't forget to click save!

oboe-d-amore

For sandals, I might suggest Clarks or Born, both of which seem to be tending to clunky platforms right now but also have things like this: http://www.zappos.com/clarks-sennett-harmony-beige-leather.

For something cheaper, you might look at Target. Their shoes are surprisingly comfortable!

anachronistique

@oboe-d-amore I have those sandals in more of a bronzy color, and they are SO comfortable. Wore them to walk for miles all over New York and Boston in the summer, never had a problem with blisters or ouchies.

Bostonienne

@oboe-d-amore Yes! I have a pair of B.O.C. sandals, which is some offshoot of Born, and they are ridiculously comfortable AND cute. I bought them last year for a trip to Italy, and tromped all over Rome in them and they never hurt a bit and looked great. They were basically these, but with an ankle strap: http://www.dsw.com/shoe/b.o.c+women%27s+adie+sandal?prodId=dsw12prod3850010&activeCats=cat10006,cat20034,dsw12cat1230024

sam.i.am

I wear Birkenstock thongs on vacation. No shame. My feet are happy. They aren't really waterproof, but they're comfy and they have a rubber sole. Or I wear super broken in wooden soled flip flops and/or cute vintage-y Nikes. Or Cole Haan ballet flats. Depending on where I'm going. Or boots, if it's cold.

Also, for the curvy lady wearing a blazer, embrace the half-tuck. It kinda tightens everything up at the waist and makes sure you don't lose the length of your legs, without looking too uptight or tucked in (Although tucked in may be good for you at work?). I also find the kate spade sample sale is a great place to get nice lined sleeveless silk blouses for less than $100. And if you're prone to being sweaty, the non-silk fabrics can get a little, ah... fragrant...

itiresias

@sam.i.am I didn't bring comfortable shoes when I went on a 3-month backpacking trip in the summer, once, and I was miserable until one day in Paris I bought Birkenstocks. ZERO shame. Plus, they are totally more normal in Europe than they are here.

I also really, really am loyal to my Rainbows, even though they're just a simple flip flop - once you wear them in they're so comfortable, and really do last forever. I'm on my second pair in 8 years and I wear them constantly every summer.

sam.i.am

I wear Birkenstock thongs on vacation. No shame. My feet are happy. They aren't really waterproof, but they're comfy and they have a rubber sole. Or I wear super broken in wooden soled flip flops and/or cute vintage-y Nikes. Or Cole Haan ballet flats. Depending on where I'm going. Or boots, if it's cold.

Also, for the curvy lady wearing a blazer, embrace the half-tuck. It kinda tightens everything up at the waist and makes sure you don't lose the length of your legs, without looking too uptight or tucked in (Although tucked in may be good for you at work?). I also find the kate spade sample sale is a great place to get nice lined sleeveless silk blouses for less than $100. And if you're prone to being sweaty, the non-silk fabrics can get a little, ah... fragrant...

Ladies Who Punch

Link for that dress PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE!!

I want to wear that dress all over a European countryside, or a 1959 BBQ. It is too pretty to pass up!!!

Jinxie

@Ladies Who Punch The words "this dress" right above the picture are actual a link to where you can buy the dress online - internet magic! :)

Ladies Who Punch

@Jinxie Thanks! Sometimes the green is too light for me to distinguish it as a link from the black. Or perhaps in all my excitement I must have overlooked it.

martinipie

Sooooo I have hair that could easily become a 50's Liz Taylor bob or a 40's kinda curly bob thing but ZERO IDEA how to do this on my hair. Tutorial please?!?!

anachronistique

@martinipie I'm pretty sure it involves those giant rollers. And product.

martinipie

@anachronistique I am willing to do that to my hair if only to fulfill a childhood fantasy of lounging around in rollers, facemask and kimono while sippin' a bellini

highfivesforall

@martinipie Seconding because I have this hair too! Except, the procedure will probably involve effort and time, and not just waking up at the last second and running out the door, so I don't know if I'd ever actually do it.

empathicalist

@highfivesforall - Wasn't there an Elizabeth Taylor Beauty Q tutorial?

chartreusan

@martinipie

I do mine by pin curling it over night... it's a bitch at first, but now that I've gotten the hang of it, it takes me less than 15 minutes after my shower, and I don't even need a mirror (Daily Show time!) anymore. Do a row of stand-up curls at the top of your head (front-most one goes forward to get that fun front wave thing), and that will give you volume. Then I brush it out in the morning. Umm... I learned all this from Youtube.

All that being said, I've started looking into perms to see if there's a way to get it to happen by itself, because the instant my hair gets wet, it goes straight and gives me the sads. My hair has JUST ENOUGH of a wave to make it look wonky if I don't style it, and I kind of hate it straight anyway.

highfivesforall

@minijen That's right! I found it! I do really like hairstyles where you can still run your fingers through it and not ruin anything, so maybe I could actually try out this roller thing...

Ophelia

@martinipie Don't forget marabou slippers!

martinipie

@highfivesforall Thanks! I was pretty sure about this but not 100%! okay, next errand is buy rollers!

lisma

@chartreusan I've had a perm for the last year and a half and LOVE it. Not least because I'm incredibly lazy about my hair.

rachelrachel

BASS SHOES BASS SHOES BASS SHOES I live by them. Some of them are terrible, mom/orthopedic looking, but they have been getting cuter and cuter by the minute and goodness are they so comfortable. They have great, classic, very well supported sandals, too!

MollyculeTheory

I walked around the south of France for a week (including going up to the church-on-a-tall-cliff in Marseille) in well-broken-in 2 1/2-3 inch heels, because, France, and also "walking shoes" are gross. I think wearing shoes you know you can walk in is more important than getting something from the internet that reads comfortable.

Judith Slutler

@MollyculeTheory "well broken in" is really the key here.

iceberg

@MollyculeTheory yes, "well-broken in" is key. I once walked 30 miles around (& around) San Francisco in brand new sneakers and I wanted to chew my feet off by the end of the day. EDITED TO ADD: my mother-in-law regularly bushwalks in 3-4 inch heels. Thats 3 TO 4, not 3/4.

Steph

@MollyculeTheory daaamn you are hard core! I walked up to that dang church in sneakers and wanted to die. Also, dog poop.

Faintly Macabre

@iceberg Is your mother-in-law Eva Mendes?

Ophelia

@Faintly Macabre Eva Mendes is not amused.

iceberg

@Faintly Macabre Heh, NO those are CHUNKY compared to hers!

annimal

LW4 - If you want to crochet something, this is a super quick pattern for a slouch hat: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=3258. It's fairly cute and took me only a few hours. Also, I highly recommend ravelry.com if you're looking for crochet hat patterns. Some are very cute!

breccia

gosh i love all-over dye jobs. the almost-pastel-but-not-like-horrible-easter-pastel colors are AMAZING right now. i keep seeing photos of light purples and light blues that make me want to dip my head into a vat of bleach right this second for the chance to wear it.

AND! i think the all over color is more professional than a streak or tips. it shows you're COMMITTED. you're not just experimenting or trying to recover from a bad breakup by getting a single red streak a la ann perkins, you're a bad ass who can rock a whole head of pink.

(bad ass-ery is obviously the most professional of attitudes to have.)

cecil hungry

@breccia I currently have 4 stripes of pink in my (dark brunette) hair. They're in my bangs, both sides of my head (but not symmetrical) and in the underside of the back of my hair. I like it more than an all-over dye job because I tend it let it go all the way to blonde and the roots get really long before I manage to scrape together the time and money to get it redone. I can pull of blonde streaks better than root-showing bleached blonde hair. I work in a laid back office, but am not part of any subculture or getting over a break up. Pretty regular fashion-wise, a little girly if anything.

iceberg

@cecil hungry fellow dark brunette!I've gone for streaks because it's too hard to bleach my hair all the way back to enough to show a bright color, but maybe I should put some dark purple in there? So it'll just show up in the light? oPINions please?

breccia

@cecil hungry awwhh i'm just making silly reasons to convince people to do full dye jobs cause i wanna live vicariously through any pics they post on the pin. i had purple and pink tips last year and it was awesome when it was colored AND when it washed out and was just ombre blonde.

also i live for chances to reference parks and recreation

Mlle Mlle

@iceberg I think that's a great look (it also makes your hair look darker which I enjoy) but if you want bright colors to stick for at least a few washes I find you need some porosity (damage). I've had success by lightening a couple tones before highlighting the top half of my head then marinating it all in the colour of my liking.

Brittabot

@breccia Liked for the Ann Perkins reference.

iceberg

@Mlle Mlle ooh good advice thank you!

jaimie

Kork-ease sandals! I like these: ( http://www.korkease.com/product.aspx?ProductID=454 ) the best, because I prefer a thong-style, but they have other styles too. They need breaking in first, but after you do they'll be perfect. They're kinda like Birkenstocks in that way, but much better looking.

sox
sox

I just came here to say that I always keep some style of Bass Sunjuns on hand and currently have TWO styles in different colors and I endorse them all always.

themegnapkin

For comfortable sandals, I'm a big fan of my Birkies. For pickpocket worries, I have "lived internationally," and because I am paranoid, when I travel I keep my passport and an emergency supply of cash/extra credit card in a money belt. I also have a "day wallet" - a cheap velcro wallet containing a credit card with a low limit and about $50, or whatever I think I'll need that day, so that if I do get pickpocketed, I won't have lost very much.

chevyvan

@themegnapkin Yeah, I'm not sure what the beef is with a money belt. The point is that you're supposed to wear a money belt under your clothes where no one can see it. Who cares what it looks like?

empathicalist

Fifties bouncy curls and this blue/green/teal/platinum color scheme.

the roughest toughest frail

@minijen You just described my hair circa 2004.

empathicalist

@abetterfate - I've had all purple/red/orange shades. I'm thinking of branching out to the blues & greens. I really like the idea of long, class navy blue hair, just not sure it will work with my complexion. Or my employer.

the roughest toughest frail

@minijen I've done purple and red, too! The blue was the hardest for me to maintain -- hence the unintended, yet kinda cool aqua-ombre I would rock in between touch-ups.

mynamebackwards

@minijen I have curly hair and I just don't love how it looks in fun colors..I feel like I have cotton candy head. I'm prejudiced against my own hair!!

Beericle

@mynamebackwards
Do you ever just get fun color highlights? I have curly hair, and will do just like a random (pink or purple, but I want to try blue) piece near my face, and maybe something in the back, and I think it looks good?

notdrinks

@minijen I also think my hair would look like cotton candy :( I like fun colors on straight haired girls though

mynamebackwards

@minijen when I was in college I definitely rocked either hot pink streaks or purple underneath, but my hair was longer then. I would LOVE to have all-over lavender but I just don't think it would work with my texture. my hair is bombshell blonde at the moment and I think I'm going to have my colorist mix in some really dark chunks to funk it up a little for winter. curly hair is HARD :(

Hellcat

@Beericle I don't have CURLY-curly hair, but I'm doing this on my next reblondifying appointment; I want a very shiny blue streak, maybe underneath so it shows with a ponytail. Back in my college days (early '90s), I could never get the pretty blue Manic Panic to show up enough in my then-natural dark blond hair so the desire has never quite gone away. However, because now I pay my hard-earned dollars for realistic light-blond hair (light to cover the gray) I'm just going to have my trusted professional do the blue...even if it is sort of silly of me.

empathicalist

@minijen - I forgot I had pinned this very look, ages ago!
http://pinterest.com/pin/259168153527577380/

SockHopBop

These lightweight and cute strappy Teva sandals sound like they might be right up LW2's alley! Get 'em in black. The soles are the squishy kind that mold to your feet, and all the extra straps mean your toes don't have to do all that extra work to hang onto the shoe.

http://www.amazon.com/Teva-6840-Womens-Olowahu-Sandal/dp/B000MASSVG

Judith Slutler

LW2, right now those Birkenstock flipflops are pretty damn trendy at least in my part of Europe. Consider those! They are comfy as heck and even once they start to be considered horribly frumpy again, you will have a good pair of garden/camping/chores sandals for the rest of your natural life.

a small sea

@Emmanuelle Cunt I'm still wearing the Birkenstock Gizas I bought 6 years ago after seeing MK or A wearing them. I think I'll have to get a new pair this summer because they're starting to fall apart. I have the bronze color and think it's great! (For clarification: I didn't buy them because MK/A was wearing them but that was just my first exposure and I thought they were amazing)

Judith Slutler

@a small sea Keep in mind that Birkenstock will rebuild the soles for you!

allofthewine

"My husband later said that he wished there was a service where you could rent me out to other husbands for their wedding days, because I looked like the perfect bride walking down the aisle. That's all I needed to hear to know I'd made the right choices."

swoon x 1000 <3<3<3

ps- your wedding hair and make up is basically my dream hair and makeup.
pps- Are you going to write more about your wedding? Inquiring minds, etc.

TARDIStime

@allofthewine Right!?!?!
Mr TARDIStime better be taking notes!

VelourFog

I thought the Bra Purses would be these: Cup Case

KeLynn

@VelourFog I....kind of want one. I'm always stuffing my bra cups with socks and skivvies and balled-up t-shirts to get them to survive travel without getting weird creases so this looks perfect. (Although I don't understand their sizing scheme - cup letters are totally different sizes depending on what size band they're attached to?)

plonk

1) born sandals.
2) i have a 27-year-old coworker who dyes her hair gray and it looks amazing.

sinkara35

I spent an entire year traveling in Europe and SE Asia and these were the sandals that I wore 70% of the time (basically, whenever it wasn't raining): http://www.zappos.com/keen-emerald-city-3-point-slate-black

I got them in brown (why do they only have red and gray now??) and they are so comfortable! The footbed is squishy and soft, they never gave me a blister, and I've even run in them a few times w/o having them slip off (not recommended, but, well... it happens). I also get a lot of compliments on them. Highly recommended! :)

To protect against pick-pockets: 1.) Don't keep anything in your pockets, ever. 2.) Get a cute crossbody bag instead of a purse or backpack. You can carry it across your shoulder normally most of the time, but when you're walking in a crowd or on the subway you can just slip it around to rest in front of your hip and sling your arm over it.

Barcelona

I'm from Barcelona, and during the daytime between April - May and September I only ever wear havaianas (also sometimes randomly on sunny winter days). The touristy spots are quite filthy, but a) I wash my feet all the time, b) havaianas are like 20€ a pair, and c) the dull colours go with ANY nail polish! As for pickpockets, watch out. I'm sorry to say this but it's pretty terrible, especially re rental bikes and/or scooters. But, VISCA BARCELONA!

Barcelona

@Barcelona also, tropeziennes (cool French brand); and if you're here go to Andreas, basically the best knock-off shoe store in town.

Jane Marie

@Barcelona wait, talk more about scooters and pickpockets please! are they pickpocketing you while you're on the scooter or are they "pocketing" the scooter itself?

Barcelona

@Jane Marie sorry, more like pick-garagers or something? Pardon my broken English! Just be careful when parking your bike/scooter because it could easily be stolen (esp. Overnight!).

Barcelona

@Jane Marie are pickparkers a thing?

mezzanine

@Jane Marie both! or actually more purse snatching while on their scooters? and then also stealing scooters/breaking into them (like the seat compartment) for the helmet, etc.

@Barcelona el raval és el pitjor per a això, no? però el barri m'encanta!

(fa un parell d'anys que no he practicat el meu catalan i és molt mala, perdòna)!

you're a kitty!

I've had this (but teal) for the last six months or so, and I love it — it requires me to dress more professionally than I normally would so that I don't look like a preteen. And I've been surprised at how many older women (like retired ladies, who I thought might be critical) have been EXTREMELY enthusiastic about it.

For the record, if you're going to do any sort of bizzare color, DON'T use Manic Panic, get something professional-quality designed for adults. I used Ion Color Brilliance dyes and they worked great, they had real lasting power (months rather than weeks).

han
han

@you're a kitty! that is some seriously amazing hair

kickupdust

@you're a kitty! oh gracious, that's super cute! I looove it when older ladies like wackier hair - mine used to be a short, shaved-on-one-side silvery-grey, and I got easily the most compliments from little old ladies.

my dream hair now is long flowing forest green. buuut I just buzzed it all off like a month ago, so it's gonna take a good long while.

Daisy Razor

@you're a kitty! Ooh, I LOVE that. I wonder if I could work something like it with curly hair.

Ophelia

@Daisy Razor That's my big question, too...any ladies with fun hair colors rock it on curls? I love the idea of going navy blue, but a) I'm a pale redhead, so it would be dramatic, and b) my hair is curly, and I rarely blow it straight.

the roughest toughest frail

@Ophelia I have super-curly hair and I've dyed it purple and blue. I've done all-over dyes and "highlighted" my hair with Manic Panic and it looked totally awesome.

Liz81

@you're a kitty! I have similar hair except no bangs, and mine is pink at the bottom instead of green. I too have gotten compliments from older women! I've also had a couple little girls tell me how much they like it. I was pleased.

Creature Cheeseman

I love my naot sandals. They're super comfortable to walk in and, although pricey, they've lasted a long time. Some of the styles can skew a little mom-ish but others are cute. http://www.zappos.com/naot-footwear-dorith-grecian-gold-leather-zappos-exclusive-color

schrodingers_cat

@Creature Cheeseman Yes, Naots. I have a pair of clogs and a pair of sandals that are both super comfy.

plonk

also, lol jane, "the recently dead love silk scarves."

(true though! i have lots of silk scarves from estate sales, which i frequent with my weird mom.)

Ophelia

@plonk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdDrrChPwz0

Lily Rowan

I'm still OK to copy Michelle Obama's new haircut, though, right? I don't need to be cutting-edge. (Although I am TOTALLY READY to start curling my bangs again, 1989-style.)

Kitty Lydia G@facebook

Well I dont know if it'll come back as a trend (sorta hope not) but I've rocking BIG Bumper Bangs lately. They seem to be on the come up in the pinup rockabilly scene at least. I LOVE EM!! They are a BOLD statement!!

hallelujah

I just cut my hair off in order to try the retro Marilyn-esque curl bob! Still figuring out what to do with my bangs, but I think I'm getting pretty close to nailing it. Joinnnn meeeeeeeee.

han
han

For trendy hair styles on real people I stalk the seagull nyc tumblr -- http://seagullhair.tumblr.com/ Lots of retro bobs and cool colors among the usual long layers with highlights.

Hot Doom

@han oh my god, I'm like 10 pages in and I want their blonde skills on my head.

parallel-lines

@han I need a new hairdresser since mine literally disappeared into the night. This place looks great--is there a particular stylist there you can recommend?

han
han

@parallel-lines I actually have never been, I just stalk their website, haha. They generally mention who did each cut under the pictures, though!

Dirty Hands

@parallel-lines Whoa, literally?

twinkiesandwine

Look, I know this is blasphemous, but I'm going to say Crocs. Hear me out! They actually have some really cute sandals! I got this teal t-strap pair in September and a more simple black pair and wore them all around Disneyland for 5 days.

Plus, I worked at Starbucks and wore a mary-jane pair of crocs and never had any problems (and before, when I wore bad shoes, my lower back always hurt at the end of a shift).

KeLynn

@twinkiesandwine - I have two pair of crocs. I feel like such a traitor. One are ballet-flatish but surprisingly not very comfortable (no support at all) but the others are sandals that are amazing. At least in situations where plastic shoes are OK.

Blushingflwr

@twinkiesandwine I have an adorable set of Crocs in two colors (blue and black) and I get compliments on them all the time and people are always surprised when I say they are Crocs. They are super-comfy and cute. My one complaint about them though is that because of the material, if my feet get too sweaty, they will slide on my feet.

does it need saying

@twinkiesandwine plus there's also YOU by Crocs
Crocs but cute :)
Also maybe discontinued?
http://www.crocs.com/crocs-sale/sale-ybc,default,sc.html

Mlle Mlle

I like to think my latest DIY hair style is going to be a trend soon (maybe it already is, was?): Super dark green with highlights on top (darker than Azalea Banks' green hair phase) over black base. With heavy bangs (always). Somewhat discrete but still weird and in your face, cause green hair.

han
han

There is nothing I'd like better in the world than flowing brightly colored hair, but I'm a) terrified of bleaching b) terrified of permanent hair dye c) too cheap to keep it up. Maybe I'll henna it or something :(

KeLynn

@han I had fire engine red streaks for a long time and while they were awesome, you are right - all the bleach and all the upkeep were killers.

Karen McCowan@facebook

@han Totally unsolicited advice, but if you are afraid of permanent dye stay far away from henna! It doesn't ever completely fade out and there's no good way to get rid of it save chopping it all off! I used henna for about a year and it was the prettiest red I've ever had, but when I decided I wanted a change I had to grow it out and cut most of it off. My hair now is the lavender/blue/teal of my dreams and even with multiple colours the upkeep is way easier than henna.

han
han

@Karen McCowan@facebook Good point, thank you! I've kind of always wanted flaming red hair but I'm also very fussy and picky so maybe permanent on my first run through isn't a great idea.

Hot Doom

Sooo, also I keep seeing all these articles online getting all worked up about Karlie Kloss' new short hair, which...? It looks cute on her and whatever, but didn't Alexa Chung have this hair like, forever ago?

a small sea

@Hot Doom Yeah, I was going to say that I saw a tweet about that THIS VERY MORNING. http://style.time.com/2013/01/18/karlie-kloss-chop-already-named-haircut-of-the-year/ I like it. I'm in the process of growing my hair out from being super short and that's about the stage I'm in now but without the bangs. I like it.

a small sea

@a small sea Here's a better picture with the bangs http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/fashion/the-karlie-or-chop-is-the-haircut-of-the-moment.html?ref=fashion&_r=1&

Hot Doom

@a small sea Yeah, the last picture is the one I had mainly seen. It's totally cute, but it's just not that hairdo's first rodeo.

kate.m

I have these sandals and they're the best! I know they're Tevas and they have velcro, but nobody knows unless I tell them. Which I do, because it's funny.

Jane Marie

@kate.m those are adorable!

SuperGogo

@kate.m I'm totally bookmarking those for summer.

kac
kac

Tevas? Birkenstocks? Flip-flops? Come on ladies! Let the southern Europeans decide the best footwear for a southern European city.

Ferragamo Vara or Varina flats, available on ebay from $10.
They run narrow, and break them in!

noReally

Shells under blazers is my uniform. Buy them long and get the nice lady at the dry cleaner to hem them exactly where you want them, even longer back than front, or fancy like that. Alterations at the dry cleaner are the best.

selyse

I wear my Dansko Sara sandals every day in the summertime - they have lots of very cute, similar styles. They are incredibly comfortable. They are platforms, so I wouldn't necessarily hike in them, but perfect for sightseeing. Plus, I like that my feet are a little elevated when they're so exposed. I've been eyeing the styles at Camper, too ... I might try a pair out next summer.

Jinxie

@selyse Yes, Dansko sandals! I know they have a reputation for being a little...I dunno, boring/orthopedic/hippieish/cloggy, but some of their sandals are dang cute and I can vouch for their comfort.

selyse

Also, one of my favorite beauty blogs just did a slideshow on hairstyles for 2013 ... as Jane says, nothing really new under the sun, but I still found some inspiration. http://www.refinery29.com/new-hairstyles

j-i-a

I just dyed the bottom half of my hair into a teal rainbow and it's totally 4 years ago and ♩♪♫♬ I DON'T CARE, I LOVE IT ♩♪♫♬

jarwithaheavylid

Hello, you lucky duck going to Europe this summer! I totally agree about wearing sandals. They're an easy solution to the problem of daytime-nighttime vacation shoes which also don't take up a lot of space in the suitcase. Instead of, like, trail running shoes and a pair of pumps. One pair here:
Ancient Greek Sandals, the Myrtis

I have a pair of Borns with more (but not too much!) arch support that whose strap I've replaced several times, but I don't see non-clunky ones out there. The closest are those Keens someone else recommended.
And not to step all over what Jane Marie said, but the ONLY place I've had my passport stolen was out of a hotel safe. (in Madagascar. Long story. I think the hotel staff were in on it.) But I think keeping the passport in the cross-body bag or camera bag that rests close to you is the answer.

thebestjasmine

I thought the bra purses thing was going to be about storing important things (cell phone, cash, keys, lipstick) in your bra. I kind of do this all the time, though it can be awkward if you need to access any of it. And it probably wouldn't work for a passport.

Lucienne

@thebestjasmine Maybe if you hooked the passport on the back strap?

parallel-lines

Jane--can you do a column where you tell us how to work certain pieces into our wardrobe. Like a jacket that's amazing but you can't figure out how to wear it and what to wear it with? I think if anyone can do this it's you!

planforamiracle

@parallel-lines just chiming in to say I would also want this! I have a hard time getting myself to wear things that are different from my habits, even thing I like! HALP

Annie Murphy@facebook

I have a big stripe of color behind my hair. It's blue and purple blending into fushia and a lighter pink. I love it! There's a smaller stripe of the same colors on the back of my head as well. I like it because I can brush or arrange my hair in a way where it's not noticable. But, I can also part my hair to the side and really make it stand out. My hair is ear length, thick, wavy, and dark brown, for reference. My stylist rules.

Liz81

@Annie Murphy@facebook My stylist doesn't have any fun colors at her salon. Do most places? Or is yours just awesome?

Hellcat

@Liz81 Yeah, that's a good question! I recently FB'd my hair guy to ask him if I could have a blue streak next time I go in for my blond but I didn't remember to ask if I should go get it myself!

I just realized that is sounds funny to ask someone I'm paying for a service on my own hair. But he's been taming my shit for over a decade; for some reason, I guess I felt like he was sort of the boss of me for a minute! Maybe he is a little bit...

MoxyCrimeFighter

I just got the Karlie Kloss bob (chin-length choppy layers, but a little more angled to follow my jawline, and sideswept bangs) and I looooove it. I chopped off about 8 inches - it's the shortest my hair's been in 3 years - and just bought one of those wand curling irons to boost the waves. So it's not cutting edge, exactly, but it is very on-trend!

Anyone have any experience with peekaboo highlights? I'm a natural dark blonde who dyes her hair very dark brown/deep chestnut, but my hairdresser suggested I get really subtle highlights/lowlights on the underlayers to peep out when I curl my hair. Worth it, yay/nay? I like the idea but I'm concerned that dying my hair every month (my roots grow out super-fast) basically negates the money.

anachronistique

@MoxyCrimeFighter I feel like if they're on the underlayers you won't need to keep up with them as much. The roots will be obscured by the top layer of hair, right? (Note: I have no idea what I'm talking about.)

parallel-lines

I used to have a pair of super cute low wedge heels from Camper that were amazing for when I had to do lots of walking. They don't make them anymore but these are similar: http://www.camper.com/en/eshop/producto.xhtml?option=21573-007

parallel-lines

@parallel-lines Or maybe bass sandals? Totally Lutheran Midwestern Mom but I think they're cute...

Olivia2.0

@parallel-lines I have a pair of these that are also a little Lutheran Midwestern Mom (love that, by the way) but they are super comfortable...http://www.shoebuy.com/teva-cabrillo-universal-wedge/501165/1055235

frigwiggin

I don't know how *modern* or *trendy* or *cool* it is, but I just got a haircut on Saturday after having all-over purple and blue hair for 5-6 weeks (SFX Deep Purple has great lasting power, by the bye--Blue Velvet not so much) and since I keep my hair verrrry short it's now natural on the sides and back with just purple on the top, and it's faded a little to different variations of purple in a neat way.

Like, the cut actually reminds me of Tom Hardy, if he had purple hair on top. In a great way.

frigwiggin

me me me my hair myself god I can't talk about anything else

Miss Maszkerádi

I kind of suspect that wearing a fanny pack might make one MORE susceptible to pickpockets? I mean, who besides tourists in a foreign land ever wears a fanny pack?

I imagine that a pickpocket would more quickly target the obvious tourist (most extreme form: khaki safari shorts, Planet Hollywood t-shirt, camera on string around neck, sunglasses on string around neck, some sort of giant clompy shoes - I stereotype, but I have seen variations on this exact look more times than I can count) over someone who looks like she could be a local. As for the purse, mine does sit at my waist/hip, i saw some people upthread warning against that but what I do in pickpockety locations (Wenceslas Square I'm looking at you, goddamnit) is hold onto the front strap so I'm kind of resting my arm across the top of the bag like it's a nice portable armrest. If a pickpocket could manage sneak his thieving little hands around MY arm, unzip my purse, and fish out my wallet without me noticing - well, hats off to the bastard.

D.@twitter

LW3: The type of sandal you should get totally depends on climate. You say your project is on "an island," but don't mention which one. Is it, like, one of the Hebrides? Or is it in the Mediterranean...? You need to take into account what kind of terrain, soil consistency you'll be dealing w/. I brought Tevas and Keens w/ me to the outskirts of the Kalahari desert; it was super sandy and all the sand did was get in my sandals and make me feel super-gross. I preferred wearing either foot-encasing shoes or flip-flops. That said, I knew others who swore by their Chacos. Also, having done my share of camping/hiking, I can tell you that trudging through soft/swampy ground is also not fun in sandals. Actually, pretty much no matter what, were in in your shoes, I would want them to be work boots of some kind.
As for when you're in Europe? Think arch support. You're going to be walking around on a lot of cobbled streets. The most comfortable/stylish sandals I ever found were a pair of slip-one by Romika.
As Jane points out, pickpockets, while a problem, needn't be a crippling worry. I mean, Europeans walk around every day, and don't have all their possessions in special lockdown. They key is to remain vigilant. Hopefully you're traveling w/ some friends, and you guys can watch over each other.

smack

Silk scarves! I have like 40 of them because my mom gave them all to me. Ok well some are polyester but they're vintage also who cares. Ain't no shame in polyester! Who is grabbing your scarf anyway?

I admit to being a little scaredycat of scarves except in hair. My problem is that they always slip off so I bobby pin them on and so what! I think maybe wearing as a super-wide headband thing would be cute (I have been doing beehives lately and beehives + scarf = ADORABLE, or just scarf headband with teased crown (that might help I don't know) plus bangs is so fucking 60s French I don't even.

Also places like Yoox and flash sale sites and TheRealReal (which is my new obsession and I am mad I didn't buy that Margiela hobo when I had the CHANCE) have some great deals on designer scarves if that matters (I don't think it matters).

Hellcat

@smack "Who is grabbing your scarf anyway?" just made me laugh really loud. I think in my head it was really indignant and funny.

planforamiracle

@smack I would like your advice on how to wear scarves! I have bunch of little silk squares that I LOVE, and all I've ever done with them is tie them onto my handbag :/

lue
lue

Ah! So excited, that etsy shop has so many hat-y things that might look good with my pixie cut...I've never been a hat person, but I might like to be.

Does Axl have a jack?

Theeese Reef flip flops! They actually have really good arch support and are supercheap, comparatively, and I have walked literally miles in NYC comfortably in them.

chevyvan

@Does Axl have a jack? Yeah, but those kinds of flip flops are super bad for your feet. I wore those kind every summer for years like everyone else (and still wear them around the house in a limited manner). But after a while the muscles on the bottom of your feet shorten b/c you're always curling your toes under, and when you pull that muscle doing yoga it hurts like a mofo and then you have to limp around for weeks on end.

pistolwhip

No one else has said Worishofers?

parallel-lines

@pistolwhip I brought mine to Costa Rica and they did not fare well on the dirt roads. If there are pebbles or uneven surfaces it can gouge the cork. Mine died a pretty nasty death halfway into the trip.

Jinxie

@pistolwhip Ooh - I had a pair of those for years and I loved them. Very granny-chic (if you like that sort of thing, which I do). They lasted well for city walking.

chevyvan

Dear LW who wants to cover her head:
Have you looked into the Buff? I've never tried one on but they have them in a million different prints and you can wear them all sorts of different ways. I found them online and was curious. Would love to hear if other people like them too.

http://www.buffusa.com/sports/collections/original-buff-reg/styles/filter/tubular

honey cowl

@chevyvan I wear one tripled as a headband for winter running. They are fine -- I'm not going to rave about how amazing they are, but they keep my ears warm.

cd
cd

I finally mastered my full bangs & wavy/curled longish hair with curling wand and then that stupid NY Times article said no more waves. I have to admit, they are overdone but I'm just getting good at them! They're saying the next one is the long bob but I feel like they're always saying that?

Queen Elisatits

To LW2: Zipped underarm bags are good, but personally I prefer type of cross body bag that can be zipped, with the flap faced towards you because then it can't be taken off your shoulder or dug through easily.
I've been lucky enough to travel a bit and the only time I witnessed pickpocketing was late at night in Barcelona getting off the shuttle from the airport. Some random guy was posing as a worker and offered to help with some guys luggage and then reached into his pockets since his hands were full. The guys wife FLIPPED OUT and started yelling chasing the pickpocket-er down the street. He threw everything behind him while running and was then chased by a police car that was around the corner. That was a nice welcome.

Blushingflwr

I really do prefer sandals for daily wear. My feet do get that hot and sweaty. Plus, if I'm wearing close-toed shoes, I must also wear socks, which are an extra thing to pack, wash and worry about. This is assuming I'm mostly going to be walking on city streets, of course. Dealing with more varied terrain may mean I prefer boots (which in my experience tend to have a wider toe box, which I need), because the last thing I need is for my feet to be hot, sweaty AND dirty.

LW 3, if you are on Ravelry, try looking for patterns there. There are a ton of cute slouchy hats and also patterns for cloches and other styles of hats. You can filter your search to weed out all the beanies. (and if you're not on Ravelry, you should be, it is great for keeping track of your yarn and finding patterns)

iseeshiny

Maybe a hairstyle you can keep your wallet in? Like French Revolution hair, only instead of a birdcage you have a fanny pack.

Megan@twitter

Blazer Lady!

Banana Republic is the place to go for all of your under-blazer needs. They have a lot of cute tanks and fitted t-shirts that you can wear under a blazer. Most have some sort of embellishment or detail that makes them appropriate to wear with a blazer and they usually have a ton on sale.

Olivia2.0

Jane - I loved your wedding dress! No regrets! (I got married almost your same weekend and had a major freak out about dress choice too!) And will someone please tell me...do I have to cut off my ombre? Is it "out" now? To give context...I am mid30s and live in Chicago...HALP.

chlo

@Olivia2.0 Oh my goodness, same question here. Early 30s and in Chicago. Was planning on ombre-ing my hair in the next month or so. Is that a bad idea now?!? But it's so cute!

JanieS

I just got the soft-and-tousled-pixie-cut of my dreams and now I feel like telling everyone to CHOP OFF ALL YOUR HAIR. IT IS THE PATH TO LIBERATION.

Then dye it purple.

Olivia2.0

@JanieS PICTURES!!!

SR
SR

merrell's!!!! i trekked all around turkey and greece in these: http://www.zappos.com/merrell-henna-lychee and they were magical. my feet hardly sweated (which is a miracle for me), i got no blisters, and they did well in completely dry sandy climates and in city streets as well. can't recommend them highly enough! I got two colors!

up cubed

Does anyone have suggestions for new ideas for wearing curly hair natural and soft? The women on Garance Dore's blog always look so cool. I'm trying to get out of the standard long layer cut.

TARDIStime

Jane, you just changed my life with the words "shell top", I hope you know.
THANKYOU!!!

machinesss

I have a big blue chunk in my hair right now, and it's sort of a short bouncy curly thing? I think it looks rad, but I'm also in my early 20s and attending art school, so my sense of what is acceptable may be little out there.

I know a lot of people are against manic panic, but if you're not dying your whole head, just a couple of chunks or streaks, the upkeep is actually pretty easy, like twenty minutes of your time every other week, and the bottle will last you a while.

Hellcat

@machinesss What color is your real hair? I said in another comment that the shiny dark blue MP never showed up correctly back in college on my dark blond untreated hair. Now, though, I have faux light-blond hair and I am hoping to soon get the blue streak I've always wanted! Maybe I'll just bring the ol' MP to my hair guy, for at least the first attempt.

machinesss

@Hellcat My natural hair is light brown, but yeah, I have blond chunks bleached in. I'm pretty inexact when I apply the manic panic, but it washes out nearly immediately from my natural hair. I think you basically have to have lightened your hair for it to stay.

Hellcat

@machinesss Then I'm probably OK for the blue...finally! Hooray!

MilesofMountains

@Hellcat You need it to be really really bleached out if you want to put blue in. I had Manic Panic turquoise streaks for a couple years and if you have any yellow/blonde/natural colour left in the hair it'll come out green. I'd recommend having a professional bleach it and either bring the MP, or do what I did and just tell them you'll be putting blue over it so they know to bleach the hell out of it.

Hellcat

@MilesofMountains That's exactly what used to happen with MP, so I just started using the dark green. I'll bring it and see what he says.

anachronistique

@MilesofMountains This is how I ended up with green streaks in my learner's permit photo.

celeec4@twitter

Oh, fellow 'pinners, any other gals with long black hair up in here? If you've done fun colors in your hair, please share with me the secrets of either, a) how to get colors to even show up in %*(#) dark hair, or b) how to find someone who won't screw up your hair. It looks such fun, but I admit I'm scared of screwing up my hair badly and having to chop off a giant chunk.

Dirty Hands

@celeec4@twitter This all: http://rookiemag.com/2012/02/amazing-technicolor-hair/

Liz81

@celeec4@twitter If you just do a little part of your hair, you can bleach it and then the dye will show up. And if it looks bad and you regret it, dying over just a little bit of your hair to get it back to its natural color won't be a big deal.

celeec4@twitter

@Dirty Hands Thanks! That looks super-do-able. Admittedly, I may just, suck it up and pay someone to do it the first time...this way if I don't like it, its not because I screwed it up.

emilymoesewco

Ok people who say they have big heads:

I'm a milliner (that means hat maker), and nearly every woman I see at shows says either 1. I have a big head. 2. I have a small head. 3. I don't look good in hats. Commercially made hats are just like commercially made jeans. They are made for the same size and shape of person. A hat that is actually made for you will make you look and feel like a movie star. The difference between a large head and a small head is half an inch!! It's nothing! and usually it has more to do with how thick your hair is than how big your cranium actually is. Find an actual milliner, spend some money. (here's me, just in case you're curious: MoeSewCoMillinery.etsy.com) You will be so grateful that you did!

That covers 1 and 2. Now for the people who say, "I don't look good in hats": it's usually because you put them on the back of your head a la Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm and make an unpleasant face in the mirror (my husband and I call it "hat face"). Pretend you're Humphrey Bogart or Lauren Bacall and pull that thing forward and over one eye. Remember what Frank Sinatra said about hats: "Angles are attitudes."

anachronistique

@emilymoesewco My mom has a tiny peanut head. Once at Target I made her try on a child's Easter hat for kicks. It fit her perfectly and I could not stop laughing. (I am a terrible daughter.)

Jane Marie

@emilymoesewco thank you for this! in my case, i'm not the one complaining about having a big head, the milliners are. they always tell me, even at the fanciest nyc hat shops, that they don't have hats big enough for my dome. do you make bigger hats? who makes big enough hats! HELP. love, jane.

sophia_h

@Jane Marie it is true, some of us really do have big heads that don't fit most hats! Headbands give me a horrible headache, and whenever I steal my husband's baseball cap I have to loosen the back by like an inch. (He has a pinhead.)

emilymoesewco

@Jane Marie Yes! Yes I do! I made a fedora for a guy with dreds. 27 inches. HUGE! An average headsize is about 22.5!

Please send me an email (emily@moesewco.com) or convo me through my shop. I can definitely help, both with the big and the small! (and Barney's isn't going to stock expensive hats in 'larger' sizes either. they're just too expensive)

Hellcat

@anachronistique That is me--a peahead.

Inspector Tiger

@emilymoesewco I do have a ginormohead. I get serious headaches from normal headbands and knit heads, which is why I resorted to knitting and sewing. I also shop at the mens section because they have bigger ones, but then also the not-so-cute ones. One day I'll have the money to go to one of your collueges, and it will be a glorious one :).

sophia_h

Cutting edge hairstyles -- just check Japanese street style blogs. Ombré hair was there six months earlier than here, and currently Forever 21 is stocked full of fashions from early last year in Harajuku. Whatever's popular in Tokyo now will be big in New York next summer, I promise.

iseeshiny

@sophia_h So do you maybe have any links to favorites? I keep ending up in cosplay blogs, which are awesome but also not exactly what I'm looking for.

sophia_h

@iseeshiny sorry, just saw this! Tokyofashion.com is my favorite.

Dirty Hands

LW4: So excited you wrote! Trichotillomaniac here, I have to wear hats/bandanas constantly to keep from literally pulling out all my hair. I don't mind looking like a dirty hippie because I'm sort of a farmer anyways, and have to wear hats to keep warm/keep the sun off my face anyways, but this is my three season "classy" hat:

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/patagonia-winsome-cap?p=29260-1-275

It's made of organic cotton and can be worn forwards or backwards if that's your thing! Oh and it's great that you have bangs because they are stylin' even if the rest of your hair is hidden somewhere or wicked short like mine, and on another note I don't know you but I'm totally seeing you in a beret and can we be friends?!

hellomynameis

#2 - merrells! i bought some barefoot-y type sandals before a 10-day trip to colombia and they're all i wore the entire time.

Stacy Worst

There is nothing wrong with Birkenstocks! I think they're way cuter than the ones linked, which look old lady to me.

Minx

On travel considerations:

I can't imagine how frustrated I would be if my passport or money card went astray in a foreign country. So my basic rule of thumb is that a purse held close to you is fine for the vast majority of your junk. But if you have a small thin object that will cause you to be totally screwed if lost, keep it in a travel wallet of some kind. They really aren't that horrible and bulky. I mean, maybe if you're wearing fancy clothes it would be a problem? But if you're just out and about, they look fine. I just personally feel much safer knowing my bare necessities can't get lost or stolen. (Also, if you run into an angry ticket-inspecting man, he just might have a police officer commandeer your passport until you have been escorted to an ATM to pay for the ticket he feels you have incurred. I feel that situation probably gets even more irritating if your passport is back at the hotel. But who can say for sure? I've only experienced the passport-on-hand version of that story.)

As for sandals, I have worn Merrells, and they're very up to the task, but not the most flattering of shoes. Many of my friends have had great success with Chacos.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

If perms make a comeback does that mean that my natural curls will be considered pretty again?

Because some people say I have great hair, but (and I know this makes me sound shallow) the girls with the long straight Gwyneth hair and the Michael Kors purses are the ones who get attention from all the boys. When I straighten my hair I get attention from some of the boys.

Dirty Hands

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Those boys who won't look at you when you have natural curls are the wrong boys! Find some MEN!

Jolly Farton

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
I have naturally straight hair, and I perm it within an inch of its life ("please include the baby hairs in the rollers!!!" I tell my hairdresser)and have been doing so for at least 8, 9 years now. So what I'm trying to say is your natural curls are always considered pretty, at least by me!

Also ditto @Dirty Hands.

(reading old posts a month late, sorry)

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Also, has anyone heard that if you have oily skin, you don't need to worry as much about aging, so moisturizer/sunscreen are not essential for you?
Because the lady who does my eyebrows and facials and such told me so, and she's been right about everything else so far, but this sounds CRAZY.

zeytin

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

mmmm...yeah I don't think so.

If you are wearing sunscreen only for superficial reasons, maybe (but even then, questionable? Oily skin may be less dry but UV exposure still breaks down collagen etc). Oily skin does not protect against melanoma in any case.

Jolly Farton

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) My boyfriend's 8 year old niece told me this, and kids know everything!?!? Though when she told me, I was more busy secretly being self-conscious about my oily skin... what does my grown-up card even count for, I ask you.

Elsajeni

Mephisto sandals! They're not cheap, but they are SUPER comfortable, reasonably cute, and will last FOREVER.

Ellie

@Elsajeni Yes - I had (and still have, but I can't find one; I'm pretty sure it exists somewhere, I just don't know where) the BEST pair of Mephistos. They were almost identical, or possibly were these: http://www.zappos.com/mephisto-hannel-black-nubuck SO comfortable, I didn't even have to break them in - I put them on in the store and wore them the rest of the weekend in NYC. They definitely weren't $145, but I wore them daily for I don't even know how long, and they looked good enough to wear "out."

trefoil

Blazers and t-shirts are my uniform. I can never find a button down that fits, and a plain t-shirt or thin sweater with some fabulous jewellery or scarf under a blazer is more comfortable than something that doesn't stretch. I prefer to not wear sleeveless under a blazer because the extra layer seems to keep the sweatiness and pit stank down so you don't have to wash or dryclean as often. It's been -30 all week, so i'm packing on the layers for court--wool long-sleeved tshirts are the BEST THING EVER.

HNR
HNR

This summer I had a major toe injury and could only wear my Chaco sandals (which I purchased for the occassion) every day for like 4 months. No joke. The first day or two they felt weird, but after that, I was so glad to have them. I had to wear them to two weddings, even! They are admittedly not so cute, but if I pulled them off with fancy wedding clothes, you can too! And your feet will totally thank you that you didn't sacrifice them for semi-cute shoes.

@Jane Marie, you definitely chose the right dress for the venue - stunning bride!

HMSBeagle

A trick I learned in Peace Corps: A lot of my Mozambican lady friends kept their money in their bras. If I'm wearing a lower cut shirt with easy access, I've been known to shove all sorts of things in there - cash, credit cards, my iphone. It's super practical and theft-proof.

Mingus_Thurber

@heliotropegerbil8 You don't even have to join the PC to learn that! I live in Texas, and women Of A Certain Age keep *everything* in their bras.

One of the women where I work, in fact, keeps a butcher knife there when she's at home, in case of intruders.

itiresias

@Mingus_Thurber Yep, for me that was just college.

beanie

Nonononononono on perms! I did one three years ago and have finally gotten rid of the breakage and other bad after-effects. Unless you are dying to look like Madonna in the 80's, it's not a good look.

meaux

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