Bored. But Committed To My Hair.

Monday August 31, 2015 | Beauty Hair Care Musings

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I’ve been growing out my hair for years. Years.

It’s been growing at an excruciatingly slow snail’s pace.

I just want to see how long I can grow out my hair. At this point, it’s already the longest it’s ever been in my life.

And yet, I want it to be even longer.

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WHY?

Here’s my line of thinking… hold your laughter please…

When you’re young, your hair is naturally thick and shiny. But as you age, it gets dryer and more brittle, losing its lustre.

For me, I feel like this is it. It’s now or never. This is the point in my life when I will grow out my hair to its longest length. At its most natural brilliance.

This is when I will wear my full crowning glory.

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I will never grow out my hair again to this length because 1) It takes for freaking ever 2) It’s so plain and boring and 3) I ain’t gettin’ any younger.

So why am I so committed to growing out My Long Yoko Ono Witch Hairstyle?

The simple answer is…

Because someday I want to look back at pictures of myself and think…

Oh there I am. With really long hair.

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And that’s all there is to it.

Pa Pa Pa Parasol Parade

Monday July 13, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

‍I got this parasol from guess where?!

A country where people are obsessed more with the idea of staying pale than any other insidious effects of the sun… Japan of course!

This parasol affords UVA/UVB protection. Because not all umbrellas do that?

Anyway I love this parasol because it is tiny and collapses to fit in the side of my bookbag.

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These photos were taken at the casting pools at Golden Gate Park.

I spent much of this weekend soaking in the sun. First at the beach, then biking through the park and climbing up hills.

And though I had my handy dandy parasol with me, I am a human being and need to feel the warmth of the sun!

So when I got back to the house, I had one more line of defense in my skincare arsenal. An après soleil. After sun cream. More about that later.

I hope your weekend was super saturated in color with a splash of sun 😎

How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

Wednesday June 10, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?

Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!

Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.

I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.

My daily beauty regimen can get quite heavy when you add it up by weight.

There was a time when I got used to traveling with everything. More than half of the weight of my oversized bags was made up of personal care products. Which was of course ridiculous.

So the challenge of making this…

Traveling with all these liquids? I think not!

…look like this…

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…was a nod to my minimalist sensibilities.

And BAM. We managed to get to Japan without checking in any bags! Hellz yeah!

I’m not saying I’m a pro at this. But here are some of my own tips when it comes to traveling light with liquid personal care products.

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1) Do The Research – Read up on travel regulations because they could vary depending on where you’re traveling. As of now if you are traveling to and from the U.S., the TSA limits each traveler to 100ml (3.4 oz) containers which must be placed inside a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziploc bag. But that could change. And let’s hope it does.

2) Gather Your Small Containers – I purchased little salad dressing containers at Target, then later found a cheaper and more diverse array of options at Daiso and Ichi Ban Kan in Japantown.

3) Divide And Conquer – If you are traveling with another person, divvy out the goods between you and your travel partner because you can share the shampoo and toothpaste and other such toiletries vs having to carry everything yourself.

4) Appropriate Container Types – Some products break down when exposed to sunlight. This is true for sunscreens, which have to be kept in opaque containers. Other products that I can think of which must be kept inside a dark container are Argan oil and Vitamin C. So just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t Leave Your Goods – This is what happened to me. I forgot my Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF. And then had to buy a generic SPF when I got to Japan. Fail.

6) Pack Enough – Make sure you pack enough so you don’t run out. Trickier done than said.

7) When All Else Fails – Check in your bags. Because remember. You can do that!

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