Monday, December 8, 2014

The Red Menace

The Red Menace Is Real!
No, not communism. Me.
I'd actually been wanting to go back to red for a while, but for some reason in my head a red bob with bangs just screamed late 80s/early 90s to me. Possibly something to do with Molly Ringwald movies and Christopher Pike books; they're both generally pretty awesome, but there are some things about them that I don't want to emulate.
In retrospect, that was kind of silly. Even if other people do tend a peg a particular cut and color combo with a particular era, I'm going to look like some kind of throwback from 1991 unless I start feathering my bangs and wearing tapestry vests and frosted lipstick.
I was just watching this movie last night, actually. It's a good movie, but holy mother of god is her style terrible in this film. Was there actually a point in the 80s when people thought this looked good? I guess some people look at my style and think the same thing, but... wow.
There's something about this particular shade of red that has an interestingly graphic quality. It's not quite a natural hair color, but it's not over the top, circus clown red either. It makes me feel kind of like a comic book character or something, which I really like. I thought some similarly graphic color blocking would be a fun counterpoint to the new color.
I was trying to get all artsy with my photo taking. This looks kind of cool, right? I actually didn't do any editing with the color or use any filters. I love the marigold color of these tights.
A more standard shot. I still feel a little awkward in short shift dresses like this, but the style is growing on me.
So, I was looking at this photo, and I hated how shaggy my hair looked at the nape of my neck. If you have short hair, it ends up looking like this after just a few weeks. My boyfriend's clippers were right there, and I figured "how hard could it be to give myself an undercut?" Kind of hard, as it turns out. There's a reason people pay other people to do things like this. After a good 30 minutes of correcting my haphazard initial efforts, it's pretty even now, but I really need to learn that despite my years of experience of fucking with my hair, I'm not actually all that good at it.
What did you guys get up to this weekend?


  1. I'm enjoying the red - it suits you! This is the great thing about having short hair, you can change it so much because it's so easy. I've been terrified of dying my hair ever since it got down past my shoulders, in case I do a patchy job. And I sure as heck can't afford to get it dyed professionally! I've told myself it's all ok until the greys start appearing... I'm also enjoying the short hemline and blue with mustard - I like this look a lot, you shouldn't be uncomfortable about it! CC x

    1. I used to buy two or even three boxes of dye when my hair was really long - it's definitely easier, not to mention cheaper, to dye it when it's short.
      And thank you for the compliments on the hair and the outfit! It's fun to experiment with different looks, but sometimes it can feel a little intimidating until you get the good feedback. :D

  2. This looks absolutely fabulous on you. I'm seriously in love with it. It photographs so well too. I think it's going to give your photos some real POP, especially during the winter season when there seems to be a sea of grey in the natural surroundings. I had a bob haircut for many many years and I remember making my boyfriend do my undercuts in between real salon visits. It usually ended with a fight and me fixing it myself.

    She Knits in Pearls

    1. My boyfriend and I did actually fight about my haircut - he took one look at it and was horrified by how terrible a job I'd done! He insisted on fixing it at the first opportunity.

  3. The red suits you so well! My attempts to cut my own hair were mostly disastrous, and I appear to have learned from this, thank goodness. The constant attention required is a downside of short hair, and of a fringe, I've recently discovered. :(

    Anyway, congrats on the cool new hair. And I dare you to wear a tapestry vest.

    1. Dare not accepted. :P Although someday I fully expect to find one that's super pretty and be forced to eat my words.

  4. Your hair is stunning in this color!

  5. You look seriously sensational, sweet dear. I love, love, love red locks on you and that we're both now "gingers". This hair colour makes your eyes sparkle something fierce, which just heightens its awesomeness.

    Big hugs & many thanks for all of your fantastic recent blog comments (I sincerely appreciate and love receiving each and every one of them),

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Awww, thank you! It's funny, I didn't realize that we actually have a very similar hair color now. I can't say I mind matching one of my favorite ladies on the internet. :D