Monthly Archives: February 2010

Random post about hair products

Straight:

Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom. This stuff is amazing. Usually when I go from curly to straight it takes a little while for my hair to not look like hay at the ends, it seemed like no matter how much oil I would put in, my hair would look completely dry and damaged ten seconds later. Sucked that moisture right up. I never really used any special products to straighten it with. I would just wash and deep condition and after air drying in large twists, straighten with my Chi flat iron. (In high school, when I first started straightening my hair myself, instead of going to get it done every 4-6 weeks or relying on my mom’s assistance, I would use my large barreled curling iron to get the job done. That…took a while. And there was a LOT of volume.)

People are usually surprised at how straight I can get my hair; everyone asks me where I get it done. I don’t feel like paying people to do a job I can do better on my own. The only thing I can’t do myself is trim it. But this stuff really makes my hair feel so light and soft. I love it.

Curly:

DevaCurl Set It Free, One Condition and B’Leave In

I love this line. It really adds the much needed moisture my hair needs while not producing that crunchy effect like the majority of curly products. I’ve been using the Set It Free and B’Leave-in on Z lately and his curls have been looking really defined.

Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding:

I use this stuff mainly for fly aways in the front and for twists. It’s really not in my best interest to use a lot of this product as it creates crazy build-up, but a little goes a long way.

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I feel pretty

When I saw that this dress was marked down for the second time at Anthropologie I had to snatch it up immediately!  AND THEN I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when the mail woman dropped it off, after ordering it only a day before (it usually takes a week!). I tried it on and I love it! I have a feeling that I’ll be wearing this dress often. I’ll post a picture soon.

I attached (read: safety-pinned) a fur collar to my Tulle coat. I bought two other fur collars that I don’t quite know what to do with; I compulsively bought them several months ago and am finally incorporating them into my wardrobe.

Me in my Corey Lynn Calter dress (also from Anthropologie) holding Mad Miles.

I’ve had this fascination with cameos lately. The one on the right is by Wrecords by Monkey and the one on the left is by Princess Tina. I’m really just trying to find ones that remind me of these:

There’s a talented woman who makes these amazingly beautiful trinkets and they sell out in like two seconds AND she isn’t taking custom orders right now. *sigh* They’re so beautiful.

ETA: Here is that promised picture of me in my new dress 🙂 Don’t you just love my postman socks?!

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I need this in my life

I mean, COME ON. Come. On.

And while we’re talking about things that I want but can’t have:

These Hansel from Basel tights come in three colors and are on sale at Anthropologie. I had to return mine because I couldn’t pull them up past my hips. They’re made for stick figures, but they continue to haunt my dreams. I called the designer and she said that she was working on getting larger sizes out there so… *crosses fingers*. I’ll be waiting.

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If I were a collector

I’d collect cloche hats, gladstone/doctor/medical bags, old globes, fur collars, clocks and goggles. Here are some things that I’ve been lusting after.

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Peter and Vandy > 500 Days of Summer

Apparently I am a fan of quirky indie love stories told out of order. I had forgotten that I wanted to see Peter and Vandy until I randomly saw it in Netflix’s Watch Instantly section. Watch Instantly? Don’t mind if I do!

I  (obviously) love 500 Days of Summer. I’ve mentioned the damn thing enough on this blog, haven’t I? Sure, it sometimes felt like it was trying too hard (downtown LA is NOT cool no matter what you say, everyone is super up to date on their hipster trivia, etc). I loved it anyway. But then I watched Peter and Vandy. And it’s so much better! You know how people say, “That’s the stuff!”? Well, that’s the stuff. Such good stuff! I mean, I got their relationship. I could see why they fell in love, why they continued to work out the kinks when things started to get messy. I could relate to the little mind games that they played, even the random (but not so random) blow-ups – when Peter called Vandy a fuckface for using two knives to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (which btw, she calls a PB&J and it drives Peter insane)? Died. laughing. Because sometimes you just have to call your lover/spouse a fuckface, am I right? *looks around*

In 500 Days, I didn’t quite understand what was SO GREAT about Summer, why Tom would even be interested in her and why she would be interested in him. I mean, besides their common love for The Smiths (who DOESN’T LOVE THE SMITHS?!). You see his heartbreak coming from a mile away, and you just want it over already. Summer paves the way for Autumn, and the whole movie falls into place. And  we’re supposed to sigh and say, “Everything happens for a reason!” But with Peter and Vandy, there is no clean resolution. They love each other but it’s messy and there’s the possibility that the relationship could go downhill (again). But you root for them, you want them to make it. It went much deeper than: Hey look! It’s the guy who falls in love, not the girl! Isn’t that just WACKY?!

P.S. It also doesn’t hurt that Jason Ritter is completely adorable.

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I love you, NoPo*

*I just saw I love you, New York. It sucked.

Everyone always talks about how pretty Portland is, and it’s true. Portland is a pretty, pretty place. One of my favorite things to look at in Portland is the St. Johns Bridge.

Look at that. The park below it is called Cathedral Park. Each and every time I go there, I hear “Grace Cathedral Park” in my head. It reminds me of living in Santa Barbara after college. Andy and I lived next door to this guy who would snore all night long. When yelling “shut the fuck up!” wouldn’t work to shut him the fuck up we would turn on some music to drown out his snores. I had never really liked Red House Painters before I started falling asleep to them. That sounds funny, I know, but man that’s good sleeping music. I should say that I have successfully listened to them while awake (even driving!) as well.

We also got in the habit of waking up to music. One morning I woke up and almost died laughing.

“What?” Andy asked.

“The Get Up Kids,” I said. “We’re waking up to The Get Up Kids.”

It was kind of a let down when he simply grinned.

Anyway, when we first moved to Portland, I remember being shocked to hear that Andy and I had moved to the ghetto. I had just gotten a job and all my coworkers wanted to know where I lived. I had no idea what the area was called. “Uh…St. Johns?” I asked.

They all looked at me with pity. “Yikes, that’s the ghetto,” they said.

I looked at them sideways. “Huh? Nah, not really.” But I knew it had to be true when my coworkers brought forward the only other black person who worked at the company to acknowledge this fact for real.

“It’s the ghetto,” he said gravely. So there you have it.

We lived in North Portland less than two years, then moved to Vancouver after I got pregnant with Z, hated it intensely, and moved back when I was pregnant with Mad Miles. After we left Vancouver, I found out that some guy had gotten hit in the head with a HATCHET in the park down the street from our old place. So, it’s nice to be in a better neighborhood.

Bye for now.

P.S. I remember watching My Own Private Idaho for the first time after moving up here and seeing the St. Johns Bridge in a scene and yelling to Andy, “Hey! I know that bridge!”

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