Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hair Antics

So for those of you who personally know me, you are aware of my long locks that I have a love-hate relationship with.  I grow it long & love all of the different things I can do... but I tire of how much work I have to put into it.  So what do I do?  Chop that sucka!!

I'm notorious for messing with my hair right before an event, mainly the holidays.  A few years back, I tried to "trim" my own bangs to get my typical wispy bangin' bangs like I normally do, only to use one of those razor combs & cut off too much, resulting in lovely full on bangs, lookin like a 6 yr old Chinese girl.  And while there's nothing wrong with that look, it wasn't what I was going for.

Another issue I have is the color.  Since I was 17, I've colored my own hair, from a box.  Simple yes?  That would make it roughly 12 years of hair color experience!  Well, I've ruined my hair... twice now.  My norm has always been a nice light brown color, very different from my natural dark brown color.  For some reason, I decided to go dark for the winter & then tried to go light in the summer... I'm not sure what was different from pervious years, but I ended up with an amazing reverse ombre.  Not cute.  My hair stylist was not amused.

So I decided as I near my 30's, I'm done playin' with my own hair & ponied up the bucks to have someone do their job.  I made the appointment the day before Christmas & cut roughly 8 or so inches off in length & went 2 shades lighter in color.  I love that my hair feels lighter & healthier!  Its also amazing to shower before bed & have my hair air-dry completely before I wake up in the morning!  We all LOVE leaving the salon with that fresh cut & style... but what happens when we go home? 

A couple times in my life, I've had short hair, yet I tend to forget how much more work it is to make short hair look amazing.  I'm used to being able to braid my hair the night before for some natural waves, or air dry & add product for a bedhead tousled effect.  But short hair, I wake up with a ball of fluff on my head every morning with hairs pointing in every direction except the one that would look best!  I've tried youtubing some cute hairstyles, but at this point, I miss my lovely long locks.  I dont know how to put it up in a bun, I cant stand the little stub ponytail & I especially was not fond of my attempt to curl my hair, which resulted in my looking like Johnny Depp a'la Alice in Wonderland: Mad Hatter. 

I'm not 100% sure of where I was going with this blog, other than ranting about the trials & tribulations of short hair living.  A couple products that I'm hoping works wonders for me:

Charlotte Ronson - A Pefect Mess Beach Hair, Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine, Carols Daughter Mimosa Honey Hair, Carols Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, Bumble & Bumble Straight Blow Dry... the list goes on & on!

Here's to gorgeous locks in 2012!

xo, Mia

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ohh Sephora, How I Love Thee...

Whew, the holidays are done & the busiest shopping season has finally subsided! This was this first time in my life that I've worked in a call center-esque environment where it was all about servicing clients... It's pretty crazy having people literally say horrible things to you constantly for things you did not do, not have any control over. Yet I pushed through those angry birds & still love working at sephora.com!
A few of my favorites i heard so far would be the people who insisted I ruined Christmas because they waited til the 12/22 & we were all out of an item and they didnt want to pay overnight shipping to get it by 12/23... Smh. The holidays are super stressful all around & this has definately taught me a little more compassion & restraint.
The best thing about the holidays being over would be the little contest we employees had. Based on attendance, performance & sales, every week we received a token. At the end of the season, management would have a little "store" where we could redeem said tokens. In less than 4 weeks, I accumulated 16 tokens, and THIS is my reward!

It really felt amazing to be rewarded & appreciated for showing up on time, performing well & doing your best! A lot of companies take that for granted & employers just expect you to "take it because it's your job". I'm grateful that I found a company that values its staff and what we do for them. Here's to a long relationship sephora.com! Xo, Mia