Thursday, March 7, 2013

Goodbye, hair

No, your eyes are not deceiving you - I chopped off all my hair! I thought it was finally time to fulfill my dream of looking like Justin Bieber. (I'm kidding - although my hair does kind of look like the Biebster's now.) It's weird and sassy and kind of boyish, but I love it! Plus, it means I can cross #5 off my 30 before 30 list. And it means that doing my hair now takes ten seconds.

I went to Lucas Salon to get it done. I can't say enough good things about that place. Every time I've been there, they've done great things to my hair. If you're ever in the Portland area and in need of a haircut, visit Lucas Salon and ask for Shiloh - she's the one who cut my hair this time, and I loved what she did.

(Don't mind my red earlobe - my ears just don't like earrings sometimes.)

Sweater: Target
Skirt: Halogen from Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: DSW
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Earrings: B. Lee Designs
Necklace: free from my aunt

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My (sort of) 30 before 30 list

I've seen tons of people make a "30 before 30" list, of 30 things they want to do before they turn 30. Well, since my 30th birthday is in just over a year (I'm trying not to have a panic attack every time I think about that), I decided to make my own list. I'm calling it my "sort of" 30 before 30 list because so far I haven't been able to think of 30 things. It's tough to find a balance between crazy things that are expensive, and fun things that don't cost any money. So as I think of more, I'll add to the list, but I wanted to get it posted today because I just did one of the things on my list, and wanted to talk about it in my next post!

1. Go skydiving.
2. Get another tattoo. I have two already, but there are several more I'd like.
3. Travel somewhere new. It would be too expensive to travel somewhere like Europe, so I'll settle for traveling to a new city in Oregon if that's all I can get.
4. Pay off all debt except student loans.
5. Do something new to my hair (that I've never done before).
6. Get a piece of writing published (or at least try really, really hard).
7. Sew another quilt.
8. Save up six months of expenses. Josh thinks this is overly ambitious, because even six months of limited expenses is a very large sum of money, but I'm feeling optimistic.
9. Learn to crochet.
10. Eat at a food cart. If you live in Portland, you know how crazy it is that I've never actually been to one.
11. Eat at Portland City Grill. It's a restaurant at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city, and it's normally absurdly expensive, but recently I learned that their happy hour prices are reasonable.
12. Go to a shooting range and learn how to shoot a gun. I'm actually anti-gun and never want to own one, but I still want to learn how to handle one properly.
13. Knit something that isn't a scarf.
14. Take a self-defense class. I'm feisty and I carry mace, but it would still be handy to know some tips for defending myself against an assaulter.
15. Go rock climbing (at a gym).
16. Adopt another dog.
17. Stay a night at McMenamins Edgefield. (I did a post full of photos of it here.)
18. Visit the Portland Art Museum. (Another thing I probably should have done a long time ago.)
19. Make a cake from scratch (icing too) and have it look pretty. I have no problem making delicious desserts - I just have trouble making them look nice.
20. Learn to drive a stick shift. I think this is the goal that makes Josh the happiest, because he's been wanting to own a stick shift for years.
21. Switch to buying all organic milk in glass jars. I know this one sounds all hippy-dippy - but I am kind of a hippy!

If any of you have suggestions for 9 more things to add to my list, let me know!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A once-a-year dress

The last time I wore this dress was more than a year ago (here). I know people always say that you should have a closet full of clothes you wear all the time, but I think there's something fun about having a lot of dresses that I only wear a few times a year. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm easily bored - if I only had five dresses, I'd hate them all pretty quickly. Instead, I have about thirty, and still feel pretty excited to wear all of them.

Turtleneck: Kohl's
Dress: Sweet Jayne
Coat: purchased in China
Boots: Jessica Simpson from Macy's
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Earrings: free from my aunt
Necklace: Evidence Jewelry, won in a giveaway
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