Pixie Dust

I think this has been a long time in coming for me, but I decided to whack off my hair. It was time for a change and I’ve been feeling the need for something completely different for awhile now. So here’s to a new year and a new do, right! I LOVE my haircut! In my early 20s I did a shortish-pixie cut like this and well, now its time to bring it back.

This brings me to another point. Over the Christmas break, I got caught up on some blog reading and such and found this completely awesome interview done with Sallieoh. I love Sallieoh’s style and sartorial penchant and this particular response really rang true to me:

“I often find that anything too sweet or girly just doesn’t look quite right on me. As much as I love demure little peter pan collars and bows and puffed sleeves and dainty little prints on others – it just looks all wrong on me. Like I’m a 40 year old, hard-living, street-walking woman playing the Lolita. Just kidding. Not really.

I think it took me a little while to figure out that a vintage or rockabilly look was not my friend – which was a bit of a letdown because I generally love the look on others. But once I figured it out it was like a huge liberation! I don’t have to dress that way! I can dress alllll these other ways!

I think this is also where knowing your own body comes into play too. There are certain silhouettes that just aren’t particularly becoming on me. I’m so over trying to beat myself into somebody else’s shape so I can wear a certain type of clothing (if that makes sense) I’d rather just skip the drama and focus on what I know is flattering. And usually it involves something that doesn’t make me feel bad about my 3pm chocolate fix or my love of bread.”

I’ve been kind of grappling with this one for awhile, but I too have found that a lot of vintage and rockabilly styles just aren’t my style. I too love the look on others and really wish I felt like I was comfortable in my own skin when I wear stuff like that, but I’m not. I too look silly in peter pan collars and puffy sleeves and bows (I know this from many failed muslins and personal makes that just never get worn). I feel its interesting to point these things out because for quite awhile there (like the past year and a half), I kind of just felt like I was trying to impersonate someone else’s version of personal style instead of embracing my own. This also led to a general feeling of…. less. Like I was somehow less because I couldn’t do my hair in a victory roll (I have seriously fine/thin hair and when I do any type of updo it looks like I have no hair left!) or wear poufy skirts without looking like I was in costume. And no, this is not what I think of when I see someone else wearing these types of styles, its just a problem I have with how it looks on me.

And you know what? That’s OK, because as Sallieoh says – “I can dress allllll these other ways!” And I can and I intend to.

Whewwwwwwww! I am soooooo glad that is all off my chest now!

You guys, I’m seriously diggin my new cut. I know the pixie cut isn’t for everybody, but for me, its solved like a ton of issues with my hair. For starters the fine/thin issue. Leena, a lady I work with, even told me that my hair just looked too thin for long hair – she totally approves of my spontaneous haircut! I feel like a rockstar! Yay! And now, I feel like I’m in my own skin – Thanks Sallieoh! You are a total enabler and inspiration!

Cheers everyone! Here’s to my new do and a new year full of personal style journeys!

  • Amy L - Bravo on hair! I’m just a bit biased when it comes to short hair. Interesting to hear your thoughts on style. I’m swayed often by all the pretty creations and find that my interests aren’t always realistic for my lifestyle.
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  • ZoSews (@ZoSews) - Love the haircut, it’s very cute. I have thin hair too and go through cycles of growing ‘long’, realising ick it’s so thin looking so I’ll cut it, gah I wish I had long hair… and off we go again :)
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  • didyoumakethat - I am a big fan of the pixie haircut! I used to have one myself a long time ago. Yours looks truly fabulous. It definitely gives you a more sophisticated edge. And it’s sooooo low maintenance. You look lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Clarissa - Fantastic post! Love your haircut, it’s really cute. Pixie cuts are cute and addictive. I had one for so long, but a few years back decided to grow it out. Anyway…I really like the sentiment in this post. I also really like and appreciate vintage, but often feel silly in it, like I’m wearing a costume. Kudos to you for voicing it! Love your blog :D ReplyCancel

  • Becky - You are wise, grasshopper. I have really fine, thin hair, and I spent waaaaay too many years trying to make it look thicker and wearing styles that were not suitable. Too many lost hours! I wear it even shorter than yours, and it is liberating to embrace my limitations. You are lucky in that this style *rocks* on you. It really looks terrific. It is smart to find your style and go with it, in hair, clothes, whatever. I will admit I look wistfully at others at times, but that’s human, I guess. It is fleeting, thank goodness. I, too, cannot wear full skirts and ruffles. But, like you, I can wear elegant, simple styles, and even vintage when it is vintage Hepburn. So, good for you! Variety is the spice of life, so love the variety you have been given!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - You’re gorgeous! I love the do, too!ReplyCancel

  • Tasia - You look gorgeous! What a wonderful way to start the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Tracie W. - I just did ‘the chop’ myself!!!! I love your cut and am lovin’ mine as well! Coming into your own and accepting and loving who you are is ABSOLUTELY liberating. Loving your own look makes your style journey so much more exciting and fun!ReplyCancel

  • astitchtoofew - I love the new haircut! Totally agree with the comments on style and I’m also a fine haired girl so short is best. The cut really suits you.ReplyCancel

  • francesca - Your hair seriously suits you like this – but I have to say, I never thought it looked thin or whatever before, all I ever thought was what gorgeous red-gold hair…..

    I get what you’re saying – I relate in a way – I love vintage style, and collect and use vintage patterns from the 30s and 50s – but I wouldn’t dream of taking it all the way to crinolines and victory rolls – I’d feel like I were in fancy dress.ReplyCancel

  • Roobeedoo - Oh wow – your haircut looks fantastic! Feel like a rockstar? You LOOK like one! :D
    I have had a similar fall-out with vintage style – I love it on other people but I felt like I was “failing” at it.ReplyCancel

  • Erika - Love the new ‘do. It really suits you and brings out your features. I’ve had a variation of a pixie cut for over 20 years and I find that it fits my style and my need for extra sleep in the morning.

    I completely agree with coming to finding what styles of clothing work for us and what we’re comfortable with. I LOVE vintage…but true vintage does not suit me or my personality. I started designing and drafting my own patterns because I enjoy taking vintage ideas and fitting them into my world. I think that’s one of my favorite things about clothing construction: true self-expression in a very practical way.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley McKellar - I think the new cut looks wonderful. You have the perfect shaped face and cute pixie nose. Good Choice.ReplyCancel

  • zilredloh - Oooh I love the new pixie hair do! Very chic and fun. :)

    I loved reading this post from you today as I’m constantly thinking about what sewing projects are “me” as I learn to be a bit more discerning.

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  • judi - I LOVE your new cut! Very flattering.ReplyCancel

  • kata - It’s a really cute haircut. And I love how you connect it with the Everyday Wardrobe! Of which I am a fan.ReplyCancel

  • morenna - Your new ‘do looks fantastic on you!

    There must be something going around. I ended up cutting my hair off recently too. It had been long for fifteen years and now it’s nearly as short as yours again. Several people at work didn’t recognize me at first. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Blondell Howard - What a wonderful surprise to see your new hair style. It looks great on you, very becoming.ReplyCancel

  • Misty - Welcome to the pixie club! I’ve been here for a couple of years now and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. That cut looks great on you and I’m happy to hear you’re liking it. :)
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  • kathy - Just catching up with your blog and need to tell you how much I LOVE your hair. This cut was made for you. I cut my hair short about 20 years ago and I have never looked back. Don’t you find it liberating? Anyway, fabulous look.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Wow, your pixie dust hair cut looks fabulous on you. Really shows off your beautiful eyes.ReplyCancel

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  • Shawn - I’m new to your blog and this was one of the first posts of yours that I’ve read. As someone who also has fine straight hair and can whole heartedly understand how GREAT it feels when you find the style that fits your hair rather then making your hair try to fit the style. :D

    I too am in my 40′s and am trying to find a style that fits ‘me’ clothing wise. But I’m new to this journey and hope to someday come to the place where you seem to be :)

    I just recently made my first ‘vintage inspired’ top complete with pixie collar and bow and have found that I love it. So hopefully I’m headed in the right direction.
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