19 June 2012

Getting Used to My Hair & Upcoming Reader Feature!

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One thing that I didn't consider at all when I got my hair cut recently was how I was going to deal with my newly cropped length. There are lots of very easy things with long hair - you want it out of your face, you just pull it back. When you take it out of a bun or clip, it looks mostly the same. Guys love long hair. You can curl it, braid it, knot it up, layer it.

Now I am not griping about shorter length here at all, because I personally think shorter hair is confident, sexy and edgy. And I know the true worth of a hair style is in how you handle it, people don't just wake up with perfect hair. Unless you're Gisele Bundchen. She probably wakes up with that same tousled goddess-on-the-beach hair she goes to bed with. And Angelina Jolie. Probably Halle Berry.

So this is just a getting-to-be-long-winded way of me saying that I still don't know how to manage my shorter locks. Round brushing and curling irons don't really cut it anymore. I've been pulling my hair back recently because the ends tend to stick every which way and the dreaded frizz is back.

Do any of you ladies with shorter hair have recs on what you use/do to keep your locks sleek and tidy? Am I going to finally have to invest in a flat iron? 
 
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It's also time for another Respect the Outfits reader feature! This time I'd like to show you ladies off in Your Favorites! Has there been a recent ensemble that just made you feel at your tip-top best? Was it a special occasion dress that topped of an evening to remember or an outfit that made "just Tuesday" seem like the best day ever? Is it a sweater that has meaning to you and you'll never give up or a jacket that you don on those days you need to feel your most confident?

Please share with me and your fella fashionistas on what you've been loving the most on you!

If you want to participate, it’s easy  peasy
  1.  E-mail me at respecttheshoes@live.com with your pic
  2. Include a few words on why this outfit is one of your faves - what makes it so special to you?
  3. Shoot me your blog link if you like
  4. Send your stuff to me by Monday, June 25 – post will go up that week!  
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Top: Zara animal print (worn here - sim, sim)
Pants: J.Crew scout chino (worn here - sim)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim, wedge, w/pink)
Necklace: Old Navy ethnic statement (worn here - sim, sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew crystal abacus & F21 stud (sim, sim)

50 comments:

  1. I love your look today, esp the bright pants!

    I'm kinda going through the same thing, although my hair is now longer than it used to be...seems like super long or super short hair is easier to style but in between takes more time!

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    1. I think I went directly to the in-between hair, haha.

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  2. I've found that the only thing that keeps my short hair looking good all day is running over it with a flat iron in the morning.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  3. I've had long hair for years and I couldn't survive without my flat iron! Putting in product (I use a Matrix blow out cream) and the flat iron helps cut down on frizz.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  4. I agree that now's the time to invest in a flatiron. It's the only tried-and-true way for me to get my hair to behave. Even if I spend a half hour blowdrying, I usually still have to go over a few sections with my flatiron. Also, I shower at night and go to bed with wet hair and can still make my hair nice in the morning with the flatiron and about 20 minutes of time (and I have a LOT of hair). Also, to smooth down the frizz at the top of my head, I spray on a just a bit of flexible-hold hairspray and smooth it down with the flat of my hand (or the side of the hairspray can!). Then after about 15 seconds I run a comb through it.

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    1. Thanks for the info, Galena! I am def going to look into a flat iron!

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  5. That blouse is gorgeous with the bright pants, love it! I would absolutely get a flat iron...it works wonders! Also moroccan oil....I use that daily to help with frizz.

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    1. You've reminded me that I have some moroccan oil somewhere - gotta dig it out!

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  6. I recently have gotten the frizz issue as well! I am fighting the need for a flatiron because I am afraid it will damage my hair, but I am so sick of the frizz! The hairspray suggestion is a good one. I will try that.

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    1. Honestly the first and last time I ever used a flat iron on my own was an ancient cast off model from my sister. And I ended up leaving creases in my hair, haha!

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  7. hey lisa! it stays humid here in new orleans. my hair is in the process of growing out and the flat iron has been my best friend. i can't wait for my hair to grow out. i like short hair, but prefer long. at least when you're in a fix you can put it in a bun. use some type of heat protectant before using the flat iron.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  8. I loved that blouse when I saw it at Zara. So chic...like your new hair cut! =)
    Kristina J.

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  9. Frankly, I have no idea how you've survived this long without a flat iron! You must get one. They usually have lots of nice ones at TJ Maxx/Marshalls for cheapish ($50 and under). If I just blow dry my hair with a brush it is so poufy even though I have fine hair... the flat iron is necessary to make it look polished.

    Which explains why I blow dry/style my hair approximately 5x a year, TOPS. I hate the process! Updos are my best friend.

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    1. Shoot, I am starting to understand the need for a flat iron. My stylist used it a bit after I first got this cut and I was smooth and sleek for a few days. Now ... puffball hair!

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  10. I adore your look today. Flat iron or curling iron to the rescue. Long hair is so much easier... May be growing mine out.

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  11. I'd love to participate - thanks again for hosting a blogger party Lisa.
    I think shorter hair requires more prepping. Blow drying it into place, immediately after your shower, will help will all sorts of styling issues.

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  12. Love this colour/pattern combo! I agree with other commenters that a flat iron is a must, but I'm of the opinion that a good quality one is worth it. I've had a T3 for at least 6 years now and it's still good.

    Looking forward to participating in this reader feature!

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  13. i had my hair short for awhile - i chopped it off before going to europe so i wouldn't have to deal with the length, and then maintained it when i came home... until my hair stylist (at the time) cut it SO short you couldn't tell i was a girl. it was horrid.

    needless to say, its been about 3 years of me growing it out and i'm not so sure i could cut it off again. (at least, until after the wedding). i always used a lot of clips when i had it short, and some styling gel. :)

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    1. I seemed to have asked for that in-between length where it's not really short but it isn't long either, so of course it ends up sticking out in a million directions each morning!

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  14. That is going to be a great feature Lisa. I've always wanted to go short with my hair, but with curly hair, it is a really tricky situation--so much can go wrong. I love your coral and leopard!

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  15. I love my flat iron and the big curling iron, you have to get both. Even cheapo ones (that I have) are much better with frizz than any blowdrying/round brush. I have naturally curly hair so half if the time I do let it dry naturally, especially if it is humid, but i have to use one of the smoothing products after they dry.

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    1. I agree, round brushing sucks unless it's done at the salon. But darn, it's just so easy! 'Cept for the big ole puffball I end up with, haha.

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  16. I am in love with the pants and shoes!

    http://hippiechicpao.blogspot.com

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  17. Love this outfit Lisa and you work those prints! Short hair is not my favorite thing to deal with so I'm hesitant like you as to how many ways I can style it. As others have mentioned, using a flat iron can definitely help things along, or maybe even loose waves, ala Olivia Palermo?

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    1. I tried using the curling iron on this hair a while back and I must need some lessons, because it turned out clownish, haha!

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  18. Oh how I wish I could rock short hair! I've tried on more than one occasion and it just doesn't work for my face shape and my NOSE!!

    I love that you paired your neon chinos with leopard. I have thi same pair and leaned towards grays and whites. Leopard is practically a neutral so I will have to give it a try. ;)

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    1. Oh lady, if I could have hair like yours, I've never cut it!

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  19. Oh such a cool idea for a reader feature! I love your outfit here and I think your short hair looks so chic! http://www.natalyascloset.com/

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  20. LOVE the coral pants with the leopard. Very cute!

    I can't help with the hair dilemma....I gave up on short hair after I chopped 9 inches off before college.

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  21. I like this top and necklace together. The close up photo is so nice. I'm not so great about hair. Mine is either just hanging down, pulled back into a plastic claw clip, or tucked behind my ears. What about starting with heat protection stuff on damp hair and blowdrying? That's about as fancy as I get... good luck!
    --TS

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    1. Ah, the plastic claw clip, one of my faves. I can't seem to have enough of them because I keep losing them!

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  22. You look wonderful! I really love the mixture of leopard and coral! :)

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  23. Okay I scrolled down to examine your cut and it looks SO GOOD on you. I know the pullback can be a bit of a, well, challenge, but the length of the cut is so flattering. Wahooo! A good haircut is a wonderful thing.

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  24. Oh, can't wait for the upcoming reader feature. I'll have to check the archives for something good :)

    When I had the Javier Bardem 'do the flat iron was my saviour. But what do I know about short hair? I looked like Anton.

    Love the outfit and especially loving these shoes lately!

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  25. A flat iron is a must. I also found that Kerastase oleo relax smoothing creme gives me the best results when flat ironing. It does have a fragrance, and I usually prefer fragrance free, but it works so well on my dry, thick hair that I use it anyway.
    The pink + animal print is a fun look. :) I hope you post an update on your hairstyling adventures. :)

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  26. Short hair and leopard prints - two things I do NOT have the confidence for and am left to envy on others! You are gorgeous in this top and I really like your hair pulled back this way too, you have the perfect height with your "bump" on top - love it! And I am convinced my hair clips and socks are all in a pile somewhere laughing at the frustration they cause by disappearing at random!

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    1. My hair clips and elastic bands are consolidating under the dryer probably, waiting until there's enough of them to overrun the house - they're close!

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  27. Gorgeous blouse - I can see it paired with so many things!

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  28. Yes on the flat iron, as everybody else have mentioned already:p Liking the animal print!

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  29. I have long hair and I use a flat iron too. I won't get mine cut because I have to have it pulled up most of the summer. I know, makes no sense. LOVE the leopard print paired with the coral color! Perfect for summer!

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    1. No, that totally makes perfect sense. Though I cut my hair, I still asked for it to be long enough to pull back - because, well, just because. ;o)

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  30. those pants are great! love the color, and love what you wore with on top. great necklace, lisa.

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  31. Though your hair looks pretty good to me I'll take your word for it that it is sticking out every which way. I'm sorry your cut is one you have to mess with. For years the guy who cuts my hair would try to teach me how to dry it while using a flat brush and what products to use. I'd nod and pretend to go along but never did any of it. He finally believed I wanted wash and wear hair and I'm happy to report that's what I have. I hope you find a stylist to work with your hair so you don't have to use a lot of stuff or gadgets to tame it.

    Love your outfit ... super cute!

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  32. super cute. like the hair and the outfit!

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  33. Found you at thrifted shift again although I have been following and not realizing I was already following you. Well I am glad to have discovered you again. Love your style...so simple yet fantastic. Nice to meet you. dawn suitcase vignettex xo

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  34. I love this animal print with colored pants!

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  35. I am OBSESSED with those bright orange pants! What a great combo with the animal print, too!

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  36. You are looking cool.I like you hair style and dress too.

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